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General topics / Why I am Happy?
« on: February 03, 2015, 10:21:22 AM »
This article appeared in Mountain Path, October- December 2014 issue.The author is I.S. Madugula.


' be happy is natural; all else is unnatural...(Talks No. 633)


Happiness is my birthright and nobody is going to take it away from me.

I have no use for happiness engineers, happiness consultants, chief fun officers, or 'fungineering'  departments that
are becoming popular in big business.  You cannot mandate happiness or force someone to smile.

John Stuart Mill's "paradox of hedonism" says, 'Ask yourself if you are happy and you cease to be so.'  So I am not asking
myself if I am happy;  instead, I am analyzing why I am happy, as any rational person might be curious to do as he sees
so much unhappiness around the world.

The ability to be happy is inherent in all of us.  The Dalai Lama says,'The purpose of our lives is to be happy. Referring to
to the easy accessibility of happiness, Einstein says, 'A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else a man need
to be happy?' He means that, since happiness resides within us all the time, why look for it on the outside in all kinds
of possessions?  Even a basic setup is enough.


Arunachala Siva.       

General topics / Thaip Poosam - 03.02.2015
« on: February 03, 2015, 08:29:39 AM »
Today is Thaip Poosam. The poosam or Pushya star day of the month of Thai, Makara Month.

This day is auspicious for two things.  One is today in all major Muruga temples in Tamizh Nadu,like Tirup param kundram,
Tiruchendur, Pahzani, Swami malai, Tiruttani and Pazham mudhir solai, there will be elaborate pujas including special
abhishekam (oblations) and alankaram (adornment) for Muruga. This will be done in Ratnagiri also in Walaja Taluk,
Tamizh Nadu.  The oblations include with Vibhuti, sandal paste, coconut water, milk, curds and honey.  There will
be adornment of silver dress for Muruga. Many hundreds of people from nearby places visit these temples and obtain
the grace of Muruga.

One another thing is today Ramalinga Swamigal, who was praying to Jyoti,got merged with the Absolute in a place
called Karunguzhi.  There will be puja for the Jyoti seen in a mirror for today. There will also be serving of food  for
all devotees.

Arunachala Siva.         

Today is the pumar vasu day of the month of Makara(Thai in Tamizh).Punarvasu is the birth star of Bhagavan.  He was born
on the punarvasu day of the month of Dhanus.(Margazhi). Every punarvasu day is celebrated in the Asramam with
special pujas for Sri Ramaneswara Maha Lingam. The noon meal is served with sweets and other delicacies.

To remember this holy day, a verse from Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai:

Verse 1157:

You alone are the World
And you are living beings too.
You alone shine as great Lord,
O Venkata!
Whether you are one and the same
Or else different from these,
You alone can tell me and bring
Clarity to my heart.

Arunachala Siva.   

General topics / Enlightenment - The Ultimate Paradox in Vedanta:
« on: January 21, 2015, 02:14:45 PM »
Experiential Knowledge Swallows the Knower - the Nature of Pratyabhijna:

This is from Mountain Path, July - September 2014 of Mountain Path, by Swami Tanmayananda Saraswati.


A common man's life is beset by contradictions, complexities and conflicts, while the conceptual levels of Vedanta that
we study are replete with puzzling paradoxes. The two sets of baffling conundrums are, however, as different as chalk
and cheese in their scope, depth and consequence. The former keeps one in bondage whereas the latter is not a just
a series of static tenets but a living tradition that beckons the aspirant (mumukshu) intent in unshackling himself from
the fetters of samsara and guides his intuition to feel his way towards freedom. 

The purpose of spiritual sadhana is to primarily address a person's seemingly insoluble predicament in the face of contrary
forces characterizing our inner and outer worlds and show him the way to self integration with a harmonious alignment of
body, mind and speech, that is, the purification of physical actions, thought processes and verbal expressions (trikaraNa

Such a conscious self disciplining process heals all inner divisions and brings order to our everyday life. It promotes a stable
life of relative happiness, poise and equanimity. This component of sadhana constitutes the essence of yoga marga. It
makes the seeker a wholesome personality, who is well prepared for the next and final level of Jnana Vichara and its eventual
consummation in Enlightenment. The latter alone delivers the Jiva once for all, from the thralldom of the cycle of births
and deaths (samsara)


Arunachala Siva.             

This article is by Kenneth Rose.

On a January morning in 2007, we set out from Sri Ramanasramam from Puducharry. It was during Pongal.
This is a four day harvest festival, people make bonfires to burn old clothing while wearing the new clothing
that they have brought in a frenzied shopping in the days before the holiday begins. Burning the old and putting
on the new is a suitable metaphor for what I hoped would happen to me at the Sri Ramana Maharshi's Asramam.

As we turned a corner in the road a couple of hours in the ride we had our first glimpse of Arunachala as it suddenly
appeared like a gently curving wave of reddish stone slowly undulating across the horizon.  Although Arunachala is
believed to represent Siva as the Light of pure consciousness, it also projects a motherly presence, which promises
refuge and restful contemplation to the mind that for too long  has been tossed about upon the sea of samasara             ,
the world of cyclical rebirths and deaths, of alternating delight and despair.

The first sight of the holy Hill is considered auspicious, or spiritually beneficial , and for the devotee of Sri Ramana
Maharshi, seeing Arunachala for the first time or after a long absence is like having darshan, or an audience, with
the great Sage himself who so loved this Hill.

Slowly as we rode along the road, the lush countryside gave to the urban sprawl of Tiruvannamalai.  The town had
grown from a quiet town to a bustling city since I had last been here in 1994, seemed similar to me to other
South Indian towns until we came upon the district surrounding the vast complex on the eastern base pf Arunachala.
As I looked at the western tower of the temple against the tall backdrop of Arunachala, I was inwardly stilled by the
Shakti, the energy of the mother goddess, which radiates through India's holy places. I felt happy to be here again.


Arunachala Siva.             

General topics / Makara Sankranti - 2015 - 15.01.2015
« on: January 15, 2015, 07:45:24 AM »
Today is the Makara Sankaranti, the first day of Uttaraaynam.  After Margazhi, where there is chanting of Tiruvembavai
and Tiruppaavai, today the chanting ends and there will be special pujas for Ramaneswara Mahalingam for this
beginning of Makara month.  The Sun comes to Makara in the zodiac and then moves northward in the sky today.
Uttaram means north.

I wish all the readers of the Forum a happy Makara Sankranti and in Tamizh we call it Pongal.

Arunachala Siva. 

This is an English translation by M.C. Subramanian.


Suva Mahimna Stotram:

O Hara! Even the words of Brahma and other Gods are inadequate to sing your Glory.  It is therefore impossible for
an ignorant man to speak of your greatness.  Nevertheless, this, my deep desire to describe you as Indestructible,
cannot be wrong.

Even the Srutis could only indirectly describe you as 'not this, not that' and your greatness as being beyond words
and thought. How can one say what you are and who can visualize you?  Yet, how can one remain without thinking
or speaking of your revealed form?  I am inclined to speak of your Glory so that I may become pure.

O Hill Supreme, when you stood as this Column of Effulgence, the utmost efforts of Brahma and Vishnu to realize
your greatness were of no avail.  Later, full of devotion and faith, they praised you and appeared before them! Can
devotion fail to achieve anything?



Arunachala Siva.     

Sri Bhagavan's 135th Jayanti falls today, the punarvasu star day of the month of Margazhi, Dhanur month.  He
was born on 29-30 of December 1880.  The members may shower praises on His teachings and life. I shall however
confine this post only to certain uniqueness of Sri Bhagavan.

1. As soon as He was born, the blind mid wife attending to Mother Azhagammal,  had seen a flash of light. She cried
'Here is an avataram born; here is an avataram born!' 

2. He attained Self Realization in less than twenty minutes in Madurai house, upstairs.  No sadhu or Jnani had attained
Self Realization in such a short period.  They have worked life time for this.

3. He was an ordinary boy in His childhood, the only  special feature being that He used to sleep very deeply
for hours and no one could wake Him up easily.  However, perhaps this was an indication to show that He would
only remain wakeful sleep, thoongal thoonguvathu in His years at Tiruvannamalai.

4.  He never left Tiruvannamalai for 54 years that is, till His Maha Nirvanam. He was living in Temple, Guru moortham,
and a few places in the Hill and for sometime in Pachai Amman Kovil.  He never left the town.

5. He was an ati varanaasrami, He wore only a white koupina and He insisted even His devotees not to wear ochre robes,
since internal renunciation was more important than the outward clothing of ochre robes.  He had even no name for Him
and the name Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi was conferred to Him by Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni.

6. In spite of staying in Tiruvannamalai, He like a magnet attracted people even from Western countries and from
all parts of India.

7. When He left His mortal coil, a meteor like star moved skyward from the Nirvana Room flew high and perched on the
summit of Arunachala.   

On this day of His Jayanti, let us pray to Him and seek His grace for progress in our spiritual pursuits.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Happy New Year 2015.
« on: December 31, 2014, 01:17:38 PM »
I wish all the Forum members and their families a prosperous, healthy, happy New Year 2015.  I also wish the members more
and more progress in spiritual pursuit.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Luci Ma's Day - 31.12.2014
« on: December 31, 2014, 01:15:46 PM »
Luci Ma as she was affectionately called by residents of Sri Ramanasramam, is Lucy Cornelssen, a German lady, who came to
have darshan of Sri Bhagavan and she simply stayed there without going back to Germany.  She is the authoress of the book
Hunting the 'I'.

When she took seriously ill, her daughter came from Germany and took care of her till her merger with Arunachala on a 31st
December.  The daughter who is now staying in the Asramam, like her mother was, did not go back to her country having
attracted by Sri Bhagavan's teachings. Nowadays one can see her inside the Asramam, wearing a white sari and having a chain with
Cross, on her neck. She wears kumkum also!  She attends all pujas everyday in the Asramam and also takes the South Indian
food and breakfast served.  She lives not inside the Asramam but somewhere outside the Asramam.

I do not know where the Samadhi of Lucy Cornelssen is.

Arunachala Siva.

Today is the first day of Margazhi month.  Thanks to Maha Periyava, the chanting of Tiruvembavai and Tiruppavai  have been
started in all households in Tamizh Nadu and Karnataka. 

In the Asramam, right from Sri Bhagavan's days, Tirvembavai used to be chanted in the early morning.  Sri Bhagaan used
to take bath even at 4 am. and be ready on the sofa to listen to the chanting. In fact, Tiruvembavai was composed by
Saint Manikkavachagar in Tiruvannamalai.

Even today in the Asramam, devotees come early morning and chant Tiruvambavai and Tirup PaLLi 

Sri Mauruganar has also composed Tiruvembavai on Sri Bhagavan.

I have already written serial posts on Tiruvembavai and Tirup PaLLi Ezhuchchi. Once I had given Translation and
Original verses. I have also given Murugnar's Tiruvembavai.

I beseech Sri Ravi to continue the Tiruppavai with Sage TGN's comments and complete the poem this month.

I do not want to repeat anything this month, the serial posts already posted.

Arunachala Siva.     

General topics / Maha Kavi Bharati's Birthday - 11.12.2014
« on: December 11, 2014, 09:19:47 AM »
Today is Mahakavi Bharati's birthday.  He met Sri Bhagavan once on the Hill and Sri Bhagavan remembered it after long years.
He did not speak anything to Him. He spent some time and went away.

To remember Mahakavi Bharati, here is one song by him:

எனக்கு வேண்டும் வரங்களை
      இசைப்பேன் கேளாய் கணபதி
மனத்திற் சலன மில்லாமல்
      மதியில் இருளே தோன்றாமல்,
நினைக்கும் பொழுது நின்மவுன
      நிலைவந் திடநீ செயல்வேண்டும்,
கனக்குஞ் செல்வம் நூறுவயது,
      இவையும் தர நீ கடவாயே. 7

He wanted to live for 100 years but destiny took him away in just 39 years.

Arunachala Siva.

Today is the punarvasu star day, the birth star of Sri Bhagavan, in the Tamizh month of Kartikai. Sri Bhagavan was born
on the punarvasu star day in the month of Margazhi, Dhanus.  The Asramam celebrates every punarvasu day of Tamizh
month with special abhishekam, alankaram and pujas and arti.  The Lingam is adorned with a golden casket and the celebrations
start from 9.45 to 10.30 a.m.  Special feast is served to the devotees and inmates on this day.

Punarvasu is also the star of Sri Rama.  There are many similarities between Sri Rama and Sri Bhagavan.

To remember this auspicious day, I give below a verse from Tiruch Chazhal (Holy Criticizing) from Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai:

மற்றுவமை இல்லாத மாதவத்தான் வேங்கடவன்
அற்றவரை ஆதரிக்கும் மந்தநிறை காணேடி
அற்றவரை ஆதரிக்கும் மந்தணிறை ஆயிடில் என்
குற்றுயிரா என் நெஞ்சைக் கொன்றான் காண் சாழலோ. (Verse 1541)

The English translation of Prof. K. Swaminathan is as under:

Unique, unequalled, mighty Master,
Venkata, they say, sustains
The poor and helpless. So they  say.
But look, my heart he has pierced
And left me half dead, What is the game?

Arunachala Siva.     


The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Mahadeepam 2014.
« on: December 05, 2014, 05:21:42 PM »
Thanks to Graham Boyd.

Today I could see the Mahadeepam, at 6.00 p.m., the Light which even devas were waiting to see. 

Sri Bhagavan says:

இத்தனுவே நான் ஆம் எனும் மதியை நீத்து அப்
புத்தி இதயத்தே பொருந்தி அக நோக்கால்
அத்துவிதமாம் மெய் அகச் சுடர் காண்கை பூ
மத்தி எனும் அண்ணாமலைச் சுடர் காண் மெய்யே.

What is Annamalai Deepam? Leaving the idea that one is the body, and keeping the mind and intellect in the Heart,
with inward looking one can see the Truth, the Advaitic truth, and that is the light of Annamalai. It is the center of earth.
And it is the Truth.

Om Namo Bhagavate Ramanaya Namah. 

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / punar vasu vaNNam - 12.11.2014
« on: November 12, 2014, 08:14:26 AM »
Today is punar vasu star day, the birth star of Sri Bhagavan in the Tamizh month of Aippasi. Sri Bhagavan was born on the
punarvsu star day of Margazhi (Dhanur) month.  However, Asramam celebrates every punar vasu star day, with special
pujas for Sri Ramaneswara Mahalingam.  There will be special alankaram, abhishekam, and arti, with golden casket on
the Lingam.

To remember this day, here is a verse from Ramana Mayavan of Sri Ramana Sannidhi  Murai:

ஒருமையாய் என்னோடு ஒழிந்த நீ பின்னர்
உழுவலன் புறாத காமுகர் போல்
தெருவிலே பல்லோர் சிரிப்பவே விட்டுத்
திரிந்தனை அவற்றை யான் இப்போது
உரிமையால் உரைத்தால் உற்றதோர் கனவென்
உறை செய்வாய் உன்நிலை என் போல்
அரிவையார் தம்மால் அடைந்திடப் படுமோ
அண்ணலே ரமண மாயவனே.   

Arunachala Siva.


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