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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Committing mistakes
« on: August 30, 2016, 09:54:25 PM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Dear Devotees,

In this path towards non-doership, I find it easier to let go of the 'good' done through me as being actions of the Higher power, but somehow the inadvertent 'mistakes' committed by me, I find hard to assign to the higher power as the doer. I wanted to get your opinions on this asymmetry. Can this be thought of as the action of Maya trying to use 'guilt' as a means of entrapment? Does the committing of mistakes by us, who are working towards the path of 'correct' action, be considered as a means to obliterate the notion of doership in us? Meaning, since we consider ourselves to work towards not committing mistakes at all, but since mistakes/wrong actions are committed by us, does it mean we are not the doers but merely the tools of the action being committed? Please understand that I am not justifying the committing of wrong actions here! On another level, the very idea of good and bad are created by the mind and this dichotomy is fictitious at the deeper level.

Bhagavan says that the notion of Karma and destiny exists only for the outward turned mind and that if there is the notion of doership, then both Karma and destiny exist as well. As we all know, even in the Bhagavad Gita, the Lord urges Arjuna to continue with his actions, as they have already been committed and that he is only the tool through which it is being manifest in that form. And the very beginning of the teachings is rooted in the 'guilt' that Arjuna feels on having to kill his own cousins and the Lord motivates Arjuna to continue with his actions/duties of a Kshatriya. There it is a competition of two good vs. evil debates - (a) usurping the Pandavas from their throne and (b) killing of one's own brethren. One 'good' cannot be better than the other 'good', I feel. Though as the Lord hints, this debate does not even exist as the actions have already been committed.

In summary, I find it orders of magnitude easier to quietly let go of the doership of the 'positive' actions committed by me, but am unable to shake off the notion of my doership considering the 'negative' actions!

All discussions will be appreciated.

Namaskarams,
Krishnan
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Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Palani Swami - I

Palani Swami (Nandi) was a reclusive ascetic. He religiously worshipped a stone image of Ganesa on the banks of a pool in Tiruvannamalai. Every day, he ate a simple single meal of boiled rice without salt or side dishes. This simple ascetic had but one aim, and that was to recognize the Truth. One day, one of his friends told him, ―What is the use of worshipping this stone image? This will not give you anything. There is a God in flesh and blood. Like the five-year-old Dhruva, who did penance standing on one leg during ancient Puranic times, there is this young ascetic totally absorbed in samadhi. Go and serve him. Your life?s purpose will be achieved. Palani Swami went to Gurumurtam. Young Bhagavan was totally immersed in samadhi. The very first look at him shook Palani Swami to his roots. He saw not just God, but his guru as well. From that Darshan onward, for Palani Swami, there existed no world other than this supreme ascetic. Being an ascetic himself, he could perceive the boy-saint?s depth of spiritual surrender. He vowed to himself, ―Until death, I will serve this saint.


He then began to serve Bhagavan at Gurumurtam and saw to it that the insects did not bother his Master. While Bhagavan was immersed in Nirvikalpa samadhi (deep body-less repose), people would shake the body, try to talk to him, and touch him. Palani Swami's duty was to protect this physical form and also ensure that this highest spiritual state remained undisturbed. He would feed Bhagavan one cup of whatever food was collected. This way, some food was offered regularly to Bhagavan. He even raised a fence around Bhagavan who remained inside. Whenever Palani Swami needed to go outside, he would lock the door so that nobody could bother Bhagavan.

In this manner he attended to Bhagavan for eighteen months, day and night. Sometime later, Bhagavan had to move out of these premises. In the next compound, there was a mango orchard. Its owner requested Bhagavan and Palani Swami to come and stay there. There was only a thatched hut made of coconut leaves. Palani Swami and Bhagavan stayed there for six months, undisturbed, because the owner of the orchard strictly prohibited visitors. This was the time when another facet of Bhagavan opened up. Palani Swami was thirty years older than Bhagavan and held a fatherly affection for him. Like a caring father, Palani Swami would go to the town library and get books for his adopted son to read. Palani Swami's mother tongue was Malayalam. The books he brought were, naturally, in Malayalam. But Bhagavan had no knowledge of Malayalam, as his native language was Tamil. So Bhagavan requested him, ―Palani Swami, teach me Malayalam. Within a few hours, Bhagavan had picked up the language and was able to read, write, and understand it. (Kunju Swami told me that Bhagavan was an ekagrahi, which in Sanskrit means ―the one with one-pointed observation. Like the negative of a photograph, which, when once exposed, remains imprinted with the image, there was no need for him to refer to anything again without mental distractions; he had a clear memory.

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General Discussion / Request for prayers
« on: March 10, 2014, 12:33:28 AM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya
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Dear devotees,

I am passing through a very rough phase in my life currently as a PhD student. Bhagavan's Grace is the sole propellant of our lives & we ourselves are null in front of him. I kindly request you to find some time for prayers for me so that I may cross this very trying phase successfully - the power of collective prayer is immense.

My humblest thanks to all of you for your prayers, wishes & blessings.

Namaskarams,
Krishnan

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Repentance of actions
« on: January 20, 2014, 01:38:35 PM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Dear Devotees,

I have been seeking to know more on Bhagavan's views on repentance. I understand the root question to ask would be Who is repenting and Who has committed the sin. But then again, before that complete understanding, there still exists an association of self with the body and mind. Therefore, how are partial surrender, repentance and reduction in the bad effects of Karma linked?

It is said that the Sannidhi of the Guru is sufficient to undo the bad effects of the Karma. Could you please explain?

Thank you for shedding some light on this.

Pranams,
Krishnan

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