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General Discussion / The Power of Arunachala......
« on: November 05, 2017, 07:06:21 AM »

Arunachala has always been renowned as the bestower of liberation, the destroyer of the ego, the remover of the false notion 'I am the body' - as the jnana-Guru par excellence.

When Brahma and Vishnu began to quarrel, being deluded by pride and egoism, Lord Arunachala Siva appeared before them in the form of a column of fire, thereby vanquishing their egoism and teaching them true knowledge. When Sakti, Goddess Parvati, wished to attain a state in which she could do no wrong, Lord Siva sent her to Arunachala, where she merged and became one with him. Thus, even to Brahma and Vishnu, Arunachala was Guru, and to Parvati it was the place where she lost her separate individuality.

Throughout the ages saints and sages have sung verses in Sanskrit, Tamil and other Indian languages extolling the unique power of Arunachala to root out the ego and to bestow Self-knowledge. All the four great Saiva sages of Tamil Nadu, Manikkavachagar, Sundaramurti, Appar and Jnanasambandhar, have sung in praise of Arunachala. In one verse often pointed out by Sri Bhagavan, Jnanasambandhar described this hill as being jnana-tiral, a dense mass of jnana. And Sundaramurti, singing in Tiruvanaikka, remembers Arunachala and sings, 'O Annamalai, you can be known only to those who give up the attachment to the body'.

These puranic stories and songs of ancient sages all confirm the fact that Arunachala is the supreme jnana-Guru. But this fact has received its most striking confirmation from Sri Bhagavan. In verse nineteen of Aksharamanamalai he explicitly states that Arunachala shines as the form of his Guru; and in the same verse he reveals the function of the real Guru, namely to destroy all our defects, including the root-defect, the ego, to bestow all good qualities upon us and to rule over us.

ref: Michael James, The Power of Arunachala

General Discussion / BJP president visits today Ramanaasramam
« on: June 27, 2017, 08:18:46 AM »
it is reported  that shri Amit shah, President of BJP is visiting asramam today
Obviously other state big weights will accompany him
 Bhagavan's premises with It's ever present silence  there will remain  many fold more despite their visit and Bhagavan's Grace will be  showering on them like to any other commoner.
om namo bhagavathe sri ramanaya   

General Discussion / reported in face book
« on: May 02, 2017, 07:40:24 AM »
a friend  of mine shares in Face book today
"Two losses in a short period .On 30th April 2017 at 1930 we lost a great devotee of Bhagavan and a perfect example for the word "Confidence"... TV S Manian father of Sri Vaidhyanathan at Arunachalam.
He was 92.
Today May 2 at 0030 am lost Smt Sarda wife of
Late Balu Sarma and mother of Prohit ,Scientist
(Not even an undergraduate of Science) ,Astrologer , SocialIst and genius in the field of Astronomy BALU SARAVANAN .
She lost her hearing at a tender age. She was a great devotee of Sri Ramana . Always smiling .
Our family bondage dates back to forties 1940
Whenever I meet her she will mention every one in my family and enquire about their health.
She was 89 .

General Discussion / Brahmasri Nochur anna's pravachanam at asramam
« on: December 19, 2016, 07:22:35 AM »
Nochur Sri Venkataraman talks 8 days in Sri Ramanasramam, Thiruvannamalai about Ramana Bhagavan's Aksharamanamalai in English.
Sri Ramanasramam,
Aksharamanamalai (continued),
09.30AM to 11.00AM
Entry is free for all of us to listen his Satsang in all place.
Here is more detail:

General Discussion / pavazhakundru temple kumbabhishekam today
« on: November 07, 2016, 02:25:41 PM »
shri kumararaja posts: TODAY 7 Nov Monday 2016 . Kumbhabhishekam Pavazhakundru temple ,@ Tiruvannamalai .
Here only we received through Mother the first Upedasa of Sri Ramana Maharshi .The entire activity and function sponsored by Sri Ramanasramam. photos are also posted.
i am unable to pickthem and post here
om namo bhagav the sri ramanaya

General Discussion / today punravasu
« on: September 25, 2016, 12:24:44 PM »
first time could be here at asramam  on the eve of punarvasu.
great abhishkem great archanai & prayer songs dedicated to Bhagavan
great mahaprasadams
namo ramana 

General Discussion / Nochur brahmashri venkataraman's CD
« on: August 29, 2016, 09:24:43 AM »
I have about 20CDs of shri Nochur Anna's

i have taken them into my  music folders and as such i am willing to give them to any  who are interested

if interested please send to me  personal message

om namo bhagavathe sri ramanaya

General Discussion / Attained the LOTUS FEET OF OUR MASTER
« on: August 24, 2016, 07:39:33 PM »
shri kumara raja reports:

SMT.Sulochana Natarajan,ardent devotee of Sri Ramana Maharshi and pioneer of SRI RAMANA MUSIC ,whose entire family is dedicated to Bhagavan Ramana(RMCL BANGALORE) , attained the Lotus feet of Bhagavan Sri Ramana
yesterday night (23/08/2016) at Bangalore. Heart felt condolences to the family members (KUMARI DR SARADA NATARAJAN AND SMT DR AMBIGA KAMESHWAR ) and Devotees.
She was a Member of the Governing Body and heads the Music Division, 'Ramananjali'. Under her leadership, more than 400 live programmes have been given in India and all over the world and 140 music cassettes have been recorded. She has also notated and set to music all the compositions of Bhagavan Ramana and those on him by Ganapati Muni and Muruganar and is the compiler of several Ramana Sangeetham books

i join every one in praying that her Soul lie in eternal peace

om namo bhagavathe sri ramanaya

General Discussion / rare silent video of shri bhagavan
« on: August 12, 2016, 08:34:11 AM »
Found this in FB?.For some reason there is no audio ? I dont know if this is a problem with my laptop.  Only then, I realized the power of silence when watching Bagawan. Isn?t his teaching all about inner silence and jeeva-brahma aikyam? I see it as a coincidence! The silence in this video amplifies Bagawan?s blessings?.While watching rare videos like this and Periyava, I prefer no background sound ? gives us an opportunity to do our prayer peacefully.

Look at His eyes with ever-flowing peace and karunyam!! Reminds me of Paul Brunton?s book on his experience on sitting in front of Bagawan of hours together with absolutely no sound whatsoever!

How blessed are we to live in the same century as mahans like Him!!

Om Bagawn Sri Ramana Maharishi Padham Potri potri !!

General Discussion / Stellar devotee passes away
« on: July 18, 2016, 08:00:39 AM »
there is  a sad report that:

"Ashram is served by many devotees who don?t live in the ashram. One such devotee is T V Venkatraman. He rendered invaluable proof-reading service from his residence in Chennai. All ashram publications in English were carefully and meticulously proofed by him. We are sad to report that this great devotee attained the lotus feet of Bhagavan on Friday July 15th. He was 87 years old and is survived by his daughter and son.
During the early days of penury at the ashram Venkatraman?s help was enormous. They used to print the books first and allow the ashram to pay according to its financial convenience. Swami Ramanananda Saraswati (formerly T N Venkatraman and former president of Ramana ashram) used to affectionately call him ?Jupiter? because he was associated with Jupiter press. His greatness can be judged by the reactions of those who for whom he offered his professional service. The editor of the Mountain path Chris Quilkey writes ?I am in deep shock. This is news I did not want to hear. He was a rock to us all and now it is gone. But I am happy for T V Venkatraman as I am sure he is now in a better place after a lifetime of service. What a wonderful person. He helped me so much in the beginning with his humble and respectful ways. Michael Highburger the editor of Saranagathi newspaper writes ?Too sad. But , you know, that day we took the photo together back in May, you could feel that it was the last time we would see him. He even almost said it. Thankfully we got to see him one last time. What a wonderful soul. I shall truly miss him?.Anand Ramanan remembers the day about 30 years ago when he wept to witness the sale of Jupiter press in Mount Road. He says ?Venkatraman was a pillar of strength to the ashram. KVS mama says ?very unassuming, self-effacing devotee. He was a perfectionist when it came to proof-reading. He would not even miss a comma.?

May his soul rest in Eternal Peace.

General Discussion / shri Graham Boyd attains Bhagavan's abode
« on: June 17, 2016, 07:10:48 AM »
i read shri kumararaja's today, just now, that
"Dear Sri Ramana Devotees !
Graham Boyd attained the Lotus Feet of Bhagavan today
evening at Thiruvannamalai . He is remembered for his contributions in the field of restoring and coloring Bhagavan's pictures,his technical assistance in shaping the current Archival building , recording the Daily Tamil Parayanam at Sri Ramanasramam (he brought the recording instruments from London),starting of the Web site for Sri Ramanasramam and maintaining it. Two decades ago I was the only person who received him at the Chennai Airport when he made his first visit and accompanied him to Thiruvannamalai, the day was "Thai Karthikai ",an auspicious day for Ramana Puranam.
He was very close to me, a fellow devotee.
My condolences to his dear daughter who visited him recently from London."
Let he be resting in eternal peace

om namo bhagavathe  Sri Arunachala ramanaya

General Discussion / meditation with open eyes
« on: June 10, 2016, 05:19:53 PM »
namo ramana

When we sit to meditate, if we close our eyes, what we do is that we send a signal to our mind, intellect and our physical body that sleep is coming close and that signal, in turn, induces sleep though that is the last thing we want to induce inside ourselves, while meditating.  Bhagavan  has preached that when we are likely to fall asleep to  not to go sleep but ask who is getting sleep and thereby try continue awake and pursue Vichara and thus awake . Meditation could therefore be a way to wake up and stay awake, not only physically, but in terms of being conscious and alert about what is happening internally and externally.

 is it therefore good to practice with eyes open, so that during your meditation, you can become used to going beyond the physical inputs of what you see, hear, feel and smell and at the same time, remain exposed to these inputs?.[shri Bhagavan has suggested to better keep the eyes closed as out side world of objects are sure to distract the meditation/ Vichara]

By practicing with open or semi-open eyes, will it not becomes easier to train one to create the accurate state of consciousness while still being faintly aware of our surroundings. This will be essential in day to day activities when we want to stay connected to our inner peace while others around us may not necessarily be very peaceful. It will also help us to move deeply into our peaceful consciousness during conversations which at the same time, require alertness to go into the depth of ideas and concepts. When we are established in our peaceful, spiritual state (as a result of meditating), it is as if we are keeping our third eye, the eye of our intellect, open, which gives us the ability to see, in actions and interactions, what is true and false, and to make the right decisions without being influenced by others or our own emotions. All the above abilities are required many times during the day. We obviously can?t keep closing our eyes to meditate each time any of these abilities are required but given the above humble comments will a person be effective in his transactions in day to day life suppose  if keeping eyes and being in Vichara awareness become open becomes a choice.........

welcome  opinions/comments please

General Discussion / mr graham's health
« on: May 29, 2016, 03:56:49 PM »
does any body  knows  of mr graham's health?. it is quite some time I/we have not heard of his current recovery or whatever it is. While I am sure that  Bhagavan is  gracing towards  his progress, just out of concern arising out of this mind this is being posted in this forum. 

General Discussion / gospel of perfect life~~~ book
« on: March 30, 2016, 07:35:56 PM »
would like to know briefly on the contents of  the book "Gospel of Perfect Life by Kavi Yogi Shuddhanatha Bharathi. it is priced rs 500 plus in amazon.  Can any member kindly share info about PDF or any free reading of it via internet resources....................thanks
om namo bhagavathe shri Ramanaya

General Discussion / prapathiashtakam and.....
« on: February 23, 2016, 11:49:19 AM »
Brahmashri  nochur swamigal  chants few hymns on Bhagavan and  on Arunachala before starting his satsangs
and some times he chant among them one set of hymns ending "prapathye", "prabathye"; i think it is prapathyashtakam.
can some give me the above both in tamil for me to learn and chant ?
om namo bhagavathe sri ramanaya 

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