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Dear Katy,

The ego cannot realise the Self, it is this failed effort that brings about depression.

It is like the character played by an actor trying to realise (become) the actor as an independent entity.

All effort - and effort IS required - should be directed at holding onto your awareness of Being whenever possible to the exclusion of all else, including the effort itself (not thinking about it, but just being aware). This is real self-enquiry and brings the right results in the end.

Best wishes

Graham

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Operating System and Software Issues / Re: Personal messages
« on: May 06, 2013, 06:44:29 PM »
Dear all,

It is an anti-spam measure along with many others. The count has reverted to the original five per hour, but will not be raised higher.

Graham

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General Discussion / Re: what happened to the posts of Tushnim Asanam
« on: April 24, 2013, 04:26:46 AM »
Dear All.

They were deleted at his own request and he has left the forum.

Graham

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Dear Kicsi,

In my own case it was almost 20 years between first becoming a devotee of Bhagavan and being permitted/able to visit Arunachala. They say that 'absence makes the heart grow fonder (of that which is absent)' and in that 20 years my longing grew until it had to produce fruit.

Arunachala/Bhagavan are not limited, even as you are not limited to any time or space. All are products of the mind, but in the case of Arunachala/Bhagavan such thought leads to the destruction of the mind, whereas other thought leads to the mind becoming more entrenched in the unreal.

This my experience and I am sure that it is the same for others.

The scriptures testify that just to think of Arunachala is enough.

Graham

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Jesus and Ramana
« on: March 24, 2013, 06:40:00 AM »
Dear Kicsi108

Visit this site for the Gnostic Teachings of Christ and follow the links on the pages

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/story/heretics.html

You will find the clarity you seek there.

Graham

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Jesus and Ramana
« on: March 22, 2013, 06:24:16 PM »
There is no contradiction.

Read - “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

As - “I am 'is' the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me ('I')."

And there you have the complete truth.

Graham

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Hi Mark,

The experiences you have had are the product of the mind just as every other experience in 'life', but these types of experience have importance in that they mark a turning point, a new beginning or direction. That they have succeeded in that is a sign of grace.

Christ was undoubtedly a Jnani and as such should not be dismissed. If your faith is based in Him then there is no reason to drop that faith. This does not mean that you cannot follow Bhagavan's directions also, which are much clearer than the published teachings of Christ.

Once you pass the crossroads and move in the right direction there is no reason to continuously revisit them.

Most people go through this phase; entry to this path always appears to be accidental, but in truth there are no accidents.

Graham

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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: February 10, 2013, 09:04:18 PM »
Dear Jewell,

I have suspended your email account as members mail sent from India bounces from it and comes automatically to my inbox.

Please email me for a solution

Graham

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Arunachala / Re: Arunachala photos
« on: January 24, 2013, 05:49:13 PM »
Dear Jyoti,

Just look at the Arunachala photos on 'this' site -

http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/arunachala/girivalam/arunachala_girivalam.htm

and

http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/arunachala/girivalam/arunachala_girivalam_1.htm

Choose the one you want and I'll send you the high resolution file so that you can get it printed out wherever you live.

Graham

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for the kind offer and consideration of my situation, but I must decline.

The cost of this is actually very little these days and my family and friends already take care of everything.

However should the need arise then I will openly ask for help.

My deepest thanks and best wishes to you all.

Graham

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Health & Welfare Issues / Extensive Power Cuts in Tamil Nadu
« on: December 14, 2012, 06:42:27 PM »
For the past six months or so we have been subjected to power cuts of up to 14 hours per day, with an average of 12 hours and some days extending to 16 hours.

At first the cuts were regular and predictable, which meant that you could cope with them, organising your life, including work around them. Recently however they have become totally random both in duration and timing, with cuts of up to four hours at a time and power on for only 10 minutes at the shortest, up to an hour or two. As a result batteries cannot charge properly and even a UPS cannot charge fully (after a few days they get totally drained).

Prior to this we had four hours cuts per day at the most, with the cities sharing the burden. However, the cities now get two hours cuts a day and the rest of Tamil Nadu gets at least 12 hours of cuts and up to 20 hours of cuts in the villages (so I am told).

Why the cuts are so irregular now is open to question, perhaps the powers-that-be don't want us to get bored with repetitive hours, or perhaps they fear that people will use more power if they know when the cuts are coming.

Whatever the cause it is disrupting everyone's lives and livelihoods. Perhaps they should rethink their strategy and be a little fairer to the vast majority of Tamilians who after all contribute far more to the economy than just a couple of cities.

Graham

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Forum advice, news & etiquette / Transliteration
« on: December 06, 2012, 06:35:12 PM »
Friends,

Please do not use the transliteration style of mixing upper-case and lower-case characters within words or any of the other Sanskrit transliteration styles in general posts.

I personally find them extremely difficult to read and few visitors will even understand their meaning or purpose.

The forum is for everyone and phonetic word-use suits most people - as is the case with ashram publications.

If someone wants to learn these things then that is their choice, but it should not be forced upon people.

Graham

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Foreword to Sri Tripura Rahasya

Tripura Rahasya was considered by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi as one of the greatest works that expounded advaita philosophy. He often quoted from it and regretted that it was not available in English. As a consequence Sri Munagala Venkataramaiah (now Swami Ramanananda Saraswathi) took up the work of translation in 1936 as another labour of love, adding just one more English translation to his already extensive store. This was first published in parts in the Bangalore Mythic Society's Journal (Quarterly) from January 1938 to April 1940 and afterwards collected into book form, of which five hundred copies were printed and privately circulated. The Asramam has since taken over the copyright and made it one of their official publications.

The work originally in Sanskrit is widely known in India and has been translated into a number of local languages, but I do not know of any previous translation in English. It is regarded as one of the chief text-books on Advaita, the reading of which alone is sufficient for Salvation. Sri Ananda Coomaraswami quotes from it with appreciation in his book, "Am l My Brother's Keeper?"

I for one much appreciate the present translation which will now be easily available for all who know English. Sri Ramanananda Saraswathi has put us under a great obligation by his painstaking work. It will surely be a gratification to him to know that his labour of love has at last found a permanent abiding-place and will not be lost to future generations, for many of whom it must become a spiritual text book.

SADHU ARUNACHALA
(Major A. W. Chadwick, O. B. E.)

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Sri Ramanananda Saraswathi always checked everything with Bhagavan, so you can be certain that the translation is correct.

I too was puzzled by the references to Janaka and Ashtavakra, having read the Ashtavakra Gita previously.

The question arises is this the same Ashtavakra or the same Janaka in both books. We do not know.

Graham

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General topics / MOVED: Mandalasa Upadesha
« on: November 17, 2012, 12:39:48 PM »

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