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General topics / Bhagavan and Periyava - ONE!
« on: March 08, 2013, 01:05:26 PM »

A devotee reminisces :


General topics / Re: Naming Baby
« on: February 11, 2013, 10:12:46 PM »

You just made my day! simply wonderful. Did you notice the absolute joy and glee at bhagavan's face when he plays with that kid! such innocence from THE master! How do they do it! Phew!


Thank you :)

General topics / Re: Naming Baby
« on: February 11, 2013, 07:07:54 PM »

Firstly, thank you to all devotees who so lovingly suggested names for my son. A zillion thanks! The names suggested by you all just felt very special and wonderful, as though coming from bhagavan himself!

As suggested by atmavichar ji, we have named our son karthikeyan. His other name [sarma] is swaminathan. It is interesting to note here that even our kula deivam is palani subramania swamy!

I am absolutely sure that i was bhagavan himself who gave those names through you all. :)

He is 5 months old now [ yes! its taken us that long to name him!] and i plan to take him to ashram asap. last year too i couldnt go to the ashram, so this year  i do plan to go with the family. I am sure that, that morning idly from ashram for karthikeyan will keep him healthy and away from all health troubles for life! Such is the speciality of our ashram prasadam. I feel very blessed that karthikeyan will grow up to run around in the ashram and imbibe good teachings/habits through osmosis.

Thanks a lot again friends :)



General topics / Naming Baby
« on: January 14, 2013, 02:30:39 PM »

My son was born in september 2012.  We wish to name him after bhagavan, his teaching, devotees or arunachala. I have been having a tough time thinking of names that would have relevance to bhagavan, arunachala and his teachings. The name, ideally should start with the letter 'k'. Would be very happy if you could provide me with some inputs. :)

Thanks for all your blessings,


The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Here and There!
« on: August 17, 2012, 07:36:41 PM »
At about 9.00 a.m. on the next morning, I was sitting in the hall of the ashram a few yards in front of Sri Ramana, who was seated in samadhi state on the sofa. Many men and women devotees were also sitting on the floor with their eyes closed. Perfect silence prevailed. We were all watching the sage, who was effortlessly sitting absorbed in the Self. To watch him was itself a great inspiration. An old brahmin pundit, who was till then sitting with his eyes shut, stood up and walked one or two steps forward and stood near Sri Ramana's sofa. This pundit was clad in silk upper anga-vastram and a dhoti beneath his waist. He wore two diamond rings on two of his fingers of the left hand. He had diamond-set earrings also. His tall forehead was marked by vibhuti stripes. There was also a big kumkum mark between his two eyebrows. He was a well built old man. He loudly addressed Sri Ramana in Telugu and spoke with a stentorian voice. He said, "Swamiji, many men and women are now sitting before you in order to get some instruction. You do not speak even one word. They too do not put any questions to you. They are all silently sitting to learn something. What are you teaching them? What are they learning from you? Please explain this secret to me."

Sri Ramana did not stir. He did not open his eyes or make any gesture to indicate that he had heard the loud words uttered by the old pundit. All of us were eager to listen to any answer that the great sage might give. The questioner stood for five minutes hoping that the sage would give a reply. However, the sage continued to sit with his eyes closed as before. The old pundit started to speak again and said in Telugu as follows: "My two questions have not been answered by you, Swamiji. I too cannot discover the answers. Please explain the matter by word of mouth." After having thus spoken, he continued to stand. Sri Ramana then opened his bright eyes and looked at the old pundit and replied in Telugu as follows: "What are you asking me? Is there any one here to teach others?" Unable to give an answer to the questions put by the sage himself, the Telugu pundit said again as follows: "If it is so, why are so many men and women sitting patiently in front of you? What profit do they derive by sitting in this hall?"

Sri Ramana, with a slight smile on his serene face, gave the following instructive reply. He said in Telugu, "The question must be put there. Why are you putting that question here?" When he used the adverb there, the sage stretched his hand towards the assembled devotees. When he used the other adverb here, he turned his hand towards himself. Such were his suggestive gestures and answers. From the words and gestures of Sri Ramana, I realized a profound secret. Other devotees assembled in the hall must have also realized the same thing. That was this: Sri Ramana had no notion or idea that he was a teacher or a Guru. Likewise, he had no notion or idea that the men and women sitting in the hall were ignorant and that they needed enlightenment. From the great sage's point of view, every one in the hall was Brahman or Atman. His drishti was that of a knower of Brahman. Knowers of Brahman have Brahman drishti.

- T.S.Anantha Murthy



Mahan Kanchi maha periva has blessed countless number of devotees in his lifetime. Infact even till today, like bhagavan he continues to bless us all. I came across this video and many others in the process which really proved once again that Mahan sri seshadri swamigal, bhagavan ramana and maha periva were all but the same God!

I am giving the link hereinbelow. Gowrishankar mama lives in Thiruvannamalai :)

Gowri shankar mama almost is in tears when he narrates the experience where maha periva gives him and his mother darshan as seshadri swamigal and bhagavan ramana!


I havent come across any info on poonal ceremony being conducted for bhagavan or his brothers. Bhagavan was hardly 11 i think when his father passed away. For sure as mentioned above, the family was highly religious, pious and extremely refined in brahmanical ceremonies. Also, his mother azhagammal used to recite the dakshinamurthy stotram while taking her bath. I had been to tiruchuzhi and details of bhagavan's ancestors is still available there from the priests and other neighbours living now as has been passed down by their ancestors..

Nagaraj, excellent post as it reaffirms bhagavan's approval of our customs and traditions. The other day, i was watching the srigeri mahaguru's discourse on daily life and he said that it is formost in brahmanical dharma to follow as rules and sampradayams entirely. He said that people working in IT and other fields always complain about the lack of time but if they DO take time out to watch movies, drink coffee in the morning or eat lunch in the afternoon why cant they take 5 mins out of their time to do a sandhi?!

I am saying this much, but sad to note that these are not followed even in my own house....:)


hanuman chalisa by Smt. MS Subbulakshmi is beautiful!

General topics / Re: Self Realization
« on: October 04, 2011, 10:03:26 PM »
summa irukannum. so difficult to practise... :)

Tripura Rahasya and other ancient works / Re: Lalitha Sahasranamam
« on: September 30, 2011, 07:53:44 PM »
Subramanian sir,

Since you mentioned the topic of the "impure" time of the month - I wonder if, incase what you said was true then why is it that they dont allow us to go inside a temple [ a devi temple for that matter!] and even at homes, the kitchen and pooja room is forbidden!?

I think subramanian sir, that lalitha sahasranamam involves some tantric phrases and i think it dosent suit one to overlook matters that have been followed  religiously for a long long time.. There has to be some thing to it...maybe something in vedas and puranas...

Sir, i have downloaded the stotram in my laptop and recite along with the recording. I still stutter on difficult words and phrases but am able to recite atleast a significant portion of the stotram without any trouble...

Tripura Rahasya and other ancient works / Re: Lalitha Sahasranamam
« on: September 29, 2011, 07:50:07 PM »

I live far away from ramanasramam. But i will surely keep your advise in mind when i go there. I have never been able to see the srichakram though. I have seen the friday poojai that takes place...

It is only very recently that i have started chanting lalitha sahasranamam. I really like it a lot. The names of the shakti or the devi are so beautiful. It captivates you at once...

Subramanian sir,


How diffferent is bhagavan's devi kalottaram from lalitha sahasranamam?


The very first word hridayam itself is so beautiful! Sometimes, the whole topic of self-enquiry, surrender and advaita seems so dry and technical, whereas it is far from being that! It is all emotional and beautiful! Once someone asked bhagawan : bhagawan everytime i concentrate in the middle of my brows and try to concentrate on my inner 'I' i get this severe headache. Bhagawan smiled and replied: It is better to concentrate on the heart [spiritual hridayam] centre. You will feel cool and beautiful.


Tripura Rahasya and other ancient works / Re: Lalitha Sahasranamam
« on: September 28, 2011, 10:57:19 PM »

Thanks for the photo of Matrubhuteswarar garbha griham at ramanasramam!

Tripura Rahasya and other ancient works / Re: Lalitha Sahasranamam
« on: September 28, 2011, 12:44:30 PM »
You know ganesh, ramaswami pillai was mad about arunachala. He would suddenly just spring into aksharamanamalai even in the middle of the night with such bhavam that no one would really complain! :) He said that it was a great mantra and repeating that alone was enough to lead us to bhagavan.

One more person like that was sub-registrar narayana iyer. David Godman says in his blog - To Narayana Iyer the content of Ulladu Narpadu became a vedic truth and its verses veritable mantras. He took to chanting them as japa. The constant chanting of Ulladu Narpadu was all the religious observance known to him. It would start right from the morning.

Amongst all works of bhagavan, I find aksharamanamalai really emotional. bhagavan has written it with so much emotion that u cant help but be moved with it. Like sreeswaroopji just said, having come bhagavan what else do we need?

Ganesh have you read this fascinating life story of sh.narayana iyer. Here's the link. You will be amazed at his one pointed devotion. Such an inspiration.


Tripura Rahasya and other ancient works / Re: Lalitha Sahasranamam
« on: September 28, 2011, 12:09:15 PM »

Passages from the Diary of a Pilgrim to Sri Ramanasramam

Paul and I recited the "Sri Lalitasahasranam Stotram" as we went and Ramaswami's mood was melted. Here and there he would single out a name and repeat it in ecstasy.

We stopped the rickshaw to walk around the shrines of Ganesha and Hanuman and had passed Adi Annamalai by the time the recitation ended. The sun was setting and the sky was covered in hues of gentle pink, lavender and an unearthly blue. The normal reality of objects and events seemed called into question in
the magical light of dusk.

Ramaswami said, "You have the recitation of 'Sri Lalitasahasranam Stotram' by heart, it seems. Very few can do it — it's a very rare thing. And you do it with faith.... 'Sri Lalitasahasranam' is so concentrated, so powerful! You can go on and on reciting it like Bhagavan's hymns."

"Sri Bhagavan's teaching is really practical, but some people make it into a philosophy. They really wish to publicize themselves. People may talk on and on about Bhagavan, they may praise him, but unless they practice his teachings none of this impresses me.

"I can't talk this way with everyone," Ramaswami commented. "I am talking with you as though to a goddess. Because, you see, in India we stress that a man must be very careful with women — even one's own mother! But you recite 'Sri Lalitasahasranam' daily by heart. Not everyone is capable of this. Some brahmins may do so, but you do it with devotion and faith. When I hear 'Sri Lalitasahasranam' I am completely immersed. You can practice it the way I recite Akshara Mana Malai — automatically it goes on. I may pick it up anywhere and continue with it."

I described to Ramaswami the routine of morning and evening recitations done at Arunachala Ashrama, stressing that we all recite Mother's Names by heart. He said, "Regular parayana is good, but Self-enquiry must be practiced always . . . continuously. By practicing stotram regularly, one may acquire most of what one desires in life. First one, like a child, asks of God and receives; second, he will say, 'Whatever You wish is best.'; finally, there comes a state in which even to think is a sin. Thought itself will be rejected.


Source: The Devotees here, spent a lot of time with one of bhagavan's oldest devotees, sh. ramaswami pillai.

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