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This is quite simply aimed at preventing the false/pretend sadhana that we see so often.

Genuine outer non-duality is impossible without inner advaita.

By perfecting advaita within, you automatically practice it outside, but in s subtle way.

Everything takes place in the mind, therefore this is where the practice should happen.

That is the meaning in a nutshell.

The reference to mixed marriages etc. simply shows that outer practice without inner advaita leads only to conflict.

Forum advice, news & etiquette / Re: Spelling promblem
« on: August 09, 2009, 12:02:24 PM »

Sorry, but there is no separate Forum dictionary as such.

What this and every other forum uses, is the default dictionary and spellchecker provided by the Server Host. This cannot be edited by users.

I assume that there is a very good reason for this.

I suggest that people write their submissions in a word processor and then paste it in.


Tripura Rahasya and other ancient works / Welcome to the new board
« on: January 16, 2009, 04:37:18 AM »
For the past twenty-odd years I have read the English translation of the Tripura Rahasya and found it to be an invaluable source of guidance.

This ancient Sanskrit work, along with the Srimad Bhagavata and Advaita Bodha Deepika, was recommended by Bhagavan for those who found difficulty in understanding His teachings.

For those who are unfamiliar with this work, you can download the entire book from dozens of websites - just do a search for Tripura Rahasya.

There are a number of errors and unclear sections in the book and I suspect different hands have been at work in editing the English translation over the years, even the most recent reprint still contains many errors.

Also a number of verses were missed out in the English translation and these should be added again.

Perhaps those members who are familiar with Sanskrit and English might consider clarifying it for the benefit of all.

The Srimad Bhagavata / Welcome to the new board
« on: January 16, 2009, 04:17:33 AM »
For the past twenty-odd years I have read S. S. Cohen's English translation of the Srimad Bhagavata and found it to be an invaluable source of both spiritual and day-to-day guidance.

This work, along with Tripura Rahasya and Advaita Bodha Deepika, was recommended by Bhagavan for those who found difficulty in understanding His teachings.

For those who are unfamiliar with this work, you can find extracts on this website under the News and Articles section - go to:

Link corrected

Forum advice, news & etiquette / Forum themes
« on: January 08, 2009, 09:58:29 AM »
I have added a number of new layout themes to the forum.

To choose a new theme select:

Profile from the top menu - this will load your registered profile - then
Look and Layout preferences from the left menu - then
Current Theme: name (change) - click on change

This will display a list of available themes and show default sample images for each one - choose a theme with a displayed sample image ... some themes do not have them because they are faulty and should not be used until fixed versions are available.

When you have chosen your theme you can preview it before selecting Change Profile

When you visit the site afterwards it will always be displayed using your chosen theme.

I am using the Life Space theme.


Arunachala / Re: a beautiful still of the Arunarala Hill
« on: December 27, 2008, 08:40:35 PM »
Thank you - however, the webcam service is the creation of two long-time USA visitor/residents to Tiruvannamalai, I only maintain their website for them.

The archive of images is overwritten automatically every minute throughout the day, so only today's images are available from the archive - totally 1412 per day.

I have uploaded 80 new, very clear photographs of Arunachala taken this year with a high-resolution digital camera - more to follow. You can see them at:


The use of drugs to induce some blissful state is not only useless, but totally harmful to sadhana. Bhagavan himself said so.

Addiction to the enhanced state is always the result, and drug abuse follows. This is a fact of life and the millions of addicts in the world are proof of it.

They are not the least bit enlightened, they fear life and death more than most - which is why they pursue their drug-induced dream world.

The fear of death is the ego's fear, it does not want to die, so it fights to survive by using every trick it can. Fear of death will never leave until Self-realisation occurs.

Drugs are NOT the way!

Dear R. Subramanian 

You were not the only contributor with multiple posts.

Your input to this forum is both welcome and valuable, especially as it helps to clarify some of the more obscure points.

Let me suggest that you carefully compose your contributions on any particular complete work - i.e. commentary and translation - and I will consider putting them on the main site under the news/articles section. If they are new/revised translations of the Upanishads then I will add them to the Upanishads section of the site. You can then point visitors to them via the forum.

This will solve all problems.

Best wishes


The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Board pruning undertaken
« on: October 28, 2008, 05:26:13 AM »
This morning I started to prune the boards of all posts that potentially infringe copyright. I also removed those that make it difficult for visitors to find varied topics of interest to them.

About 30 pages of posts were removed from this board alone and to do this I had to be pretty ruthless. However, on the whole, the majority of posts that I removed had no replies to them and were rarely viewed.

The contributions of devotees to this forum are entirely welcome as is their enthusiasm, but virtually hijacking the forum with dozens, even hundreds of consecutive posts does not help anyone.

So, how to resolve enthusiasm with practicality?

1/ When posting on the forum, please consider that visitors might not be interested in your topic.

2/ If you are quoting from some work (with your commentary), then please contain it within one or two posts.

For example: if you are writing about a particular Upanishad with 100 verses, then please contain the entire 100 verses within the fewest number of posts and not across 100 posts.

Forum Administrator

Forum advice, news & etiquette / Copyright
« on: October 19, 2008, 05:37:50 AM »
Dear members,

Please be careful when you post material from other sources, breaching copyright can lead to legal problems for this site.

International Law generally permits quotes from copyright works as long as the post contains credit to the original source (many books/works do not even permit this in their copyright statement).

You are NOT permitted to quote entire books/works or large portions from copyright material without permission in writing from the copyright holder.

You can quite legally upload your own translation of original works, but not the original work itself unless the author has been dead or it has been out of print for more than 60 years.

If you have uploaded copyright material then please remove it.


The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Resources in Tamil
« on: October 19, 2008, 04:48:05 AM »
Dear Senthivel

You can purchase them from the Sri Ramanasramam book-depot.


General Discussion / Re: Resources in Tamil
« on: October 19, 2008, 04:47:36 AM »
Dear Senthivel

You can purchase them from the Sri Ramanasramam book-depot.


Dear mikroth

There is no 'official' answer to your question except the words of Bhagavan and the other great sages or yore.

Bhagavan was very clear. His teaching is to inquire "Who am I?" or "To whom does this thought arise?" in order to focus the attention on the source of the question, there is no answer, except awareness of 'you'. You simply focus your attention on the answer and remain as that. When the mind strays you bring it back - that's all.

Bhagavan also said that 'Who am I?' is not really correct, 'Whence am I?' is more correct. This clearly implies that the inquiry is not a thought but paying attention to the source of it.

There is no ego apart from the idea of it. Ego is only thought, an aberration on the pure unblemished Self. It arises from the Self and depends upon the Self for its existence; it is never apart from the Self and is in fact the Self, but forgetful of its true nature. It believes the lie of its own existence.

The purpose of the inquiry is to discover the lie and then remain free from it by practicing Self or Brahman. The more you practice, the more tenuous the lie becomes until finally it loses its power to hold you.

I remember reading somewhere that the urge to seek the Self arises from the Self, not from the ego, thus any effort expended in that direction is never wasted.

Forum advice, news & etiquette / Email addresses
« on: July 08, 2008, 05:48:55 PM »
I recently sent two email messages to all members. Many were returned because the addresses were non-existent. The majority of those accounts have now been deleted because there is no way of contacting the member.

The accounts of active members whose emails bounced have not been deleted. So if you are an active member then please ensure that your email address is correct.

Email verification has now been enabled for those registering for the first time or re-registering.


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