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Ashrams / Re: Doctor at Sri Ramanasramam
« on: March 25, 2020, 12:43:38 PM »
Sorry to hear that Balaji .Indian death is quite low now compared to other parts of the world but after a week we will know the seriousness of the situation in India .Prey and hope things are in control . So In Paris is there a lockdown till May first week ?
Om Namo Bhagavte Sri Ramanaya

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Ashrams / Re: Doctor at Sri Ramanasramam
« on: March 24, 2020, 07:59:22 AM »
Right now kindly do not make any travel plans ( this applies to people in India and World Wide ) till the Crisis is over and  there is clear instructions for people to Travel safely . Thanks to Technology we are able to connect with Each other through forums like these and many Ramana Satsangs have started online via Skype , Zoom etc .Best is to convert your own home to a Prayer Hall or Temple and offer your prayers . Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

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Ashrams / Re: Entry Restrictions in Ramana Ashram due to COVID-19
« on: March 23, 2020, 02:50:58 PM »
Sri Ramanasramam has decided to close indefinitely. The limited visiting hours of a few days ago appear to have been cancelled.




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Sri Ramanasramam has decided to close indefinitely. The limited visiting hours of a few days ago appear to have been cancelled.



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Ashrams / Entry Restrictions in Ramana Ashram due to COVID-19
« on: March 20, 2020, 06:30:47 PM »

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: February 22, 2020, 03:24:49 PM »
DIPA MA EXPLAINS VIPASSANA

The following questions and answers were recorded in interviews with Dipa Ma in India in the 1970s and at Insight Meditation Society in the 1980s.

Q: How do I practice vipassana [insight] meditation?

Dipa Ma: Sit [with your back straight]. Close your eyes and follow the rising and falling, the rising and falling of the abdomen as you breathe. Feel the breath. When watching the breathing in and out, ask yourself, "Where is the touch of the breath?" Keep your mind on the touch only. You are to do nothing with the breathing, only feel the touch. If it is heavy, let it be heavy. It if is short, let it be short. If it is fine, let it be fine. Just feel it.

When your mind wanders away, notice this and say to yourself, "Thinking," and then come back again to the rising and falling of the breath. If you feel a sensation somewhere else, like pain m the leg, then take your mind to the pain and note, "pain." And when it goes away or fades, then again come to watching the touch of the breath. If restlessness comes, note "restlessness."

If you hear a noise, say to yourself, "Hearing, hearing," and again come back to the feeling of the breath. If memories come, know them as "memories." Anything you see, anything that comes to mind, just be aware of it. If you see visions or lights, just note "seeing" or "lights." There is no need to keep any of it, to make it stay. Simply observe.

In insight meditation, you are observing the rising and falling of the breath and the phenomena that arise in the mind and body. So there is a shifting of the mind from sensations felt, both painful and pleasurable, to thoughts as well. Whatever is happening is to be noticed, then that will go away, and another thing will come. In this way, insight practice is a method of observation. All six senses [the mind being the sixth] will arise.


Just watch them arise and pass away and come back to the feeling of the breath. Anything you see, anything that comes to mind, just be aware of it.

- Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: February 15, 2020, 01:54:42 PM »

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General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: February 14, 2020, 08:28:07 AM »

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: February 11, 2020, 11:23:33 PM »

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: February 08, 2020, 10:35:33 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 08, 2020, 03:16:09 PM »
Disciple: After chatting for some time, in the course of conversation, I told the Mother, "Mother, you are Mahamaya; you have nicely deluded us by bestowing parents, husbands, and children on us."

The Mother( Sarada Devi )  immediately replied,

"Don't speak like this - that I have kept others deluded! The sufferings of people bound in the world pain me very much. But what can I do, my child? They don't seek liberation"

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General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« on: February 07, 2020, 08:06:09 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 07, 2020, 07:20:03 PM »
MY LIFE WITH BHAGAVAN

My life with Bhagavan taught me the value of faith, obedience, and surrender. When I obeyed Bhagavan?s words or had complete faith that he would look after all my spiritual and physical needs, everything went well. When I tried to mold my own destiny (such as the time I went to live in the cave and the time I ran away to Polur) things went badly. Life?s lessons have thus taught me the value and the necessity of complete surrender.

If one surrenders completely to Bhagavan; if one lives by his words, ignoring all others; if one has enough faith in Bhagavan to stop making plans about the future; if one can banish all doubts and worries by having faith in Bhagavan?s omnipotence ? then, and only then, Bhagavan will bend and mold one?s circumstances, transforming them in such a way that one?s spiritual and physical needs are always satisfied.

?Living by the Words of Bhagavan?

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 06, 2020, 12:24:51 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 04, 2020, 11:54:38 PM »
CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI

DO NOT CLING TO BLISSFUL STATES

Q: I know that Bhagavan is within all forms but sometimes I feel that it is easier to feel his grace by concentrating on an image of him.
Self-inquiry is such hard work. One rarely feels blissful or peaceful doing it. Sometimes I feel like treating myself to a little bliss by looking at Bhagavan's picture for a while.

AS: There is nothing wrong with looking at Bhagavan's picture. It is a very good practice. But you should not get sidetracked from your main objective which is establishing yourself as consciousness. Don't get attached to states of bliss or give them priority over the quest for the Self. If you become attached to peaceful or blissful states you may lose interest in your main quest.

It is good to feel blissful and peaceful but don't indulge yourself in these states at the expense of self-inquiry. If you realize the inner Self, if you realize that there is not an atom which is apart from the Self, you will experience the real peace and bliss of the Self.

You will BE the peace and bliss rather than being the experiencer of it. If you enjoy temporary states of peace and bliss in the mind, the experiencer of that peace and bliss will not want to subside into the Self and disappear.

Don't get attached to mental peace. Go beyond it to the real peace which comes from being the Self.

LWB, p. 339

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