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The above article is by Swami Tanmayananda Saraswati.

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The Magnificence of Pratyabhijnaa, the Experiential Awakening.

Preamble:

In the last issue, we saw how Bhagavan Ramana in His dialogues with seekers in Talks
with Sri Ramana Maharshi shed light on the real nature of the so called Enlightenment
and the principal means to unravel its mystery.  We discovered the paradoxical truth that though He was recognized as a great Sage of modern times who perpetually
dwelt in the Sahaja Samadhi, He was consistently engaged in demystifying the nature of spiritual Awakening, called Pratyabhijnaa.

Rendered as 'Recognition of the Self', this accurate translation does simplify the meaning of the term in the linguistic sense.  Lest we construe this recognition as merely an intellectual appreciation of the higher Truth as revealed in the Upanishads,
we would do well to recall an anecdote in Lord Buddha's life.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.     


   

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General Discussion / Two Lovers, One Beloved - Margaret Laulor:
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:20:08 AM »
(A Study in the Mysticism of Rabi'a of Basara and St. Teresa of Avila:)

There is a deep rooted kinship which exists between the souls of East and West.  As Rudolph Otto has pointed out, 'There are strong primal impulses working in the human soul which as such are completely unaffected by differences of climate, of geographical position or race,  There are show in their similarity an inner relationship of types of human experience and spiritual life which is truly astonishing.  (Otto, Rudolph, Mysticism East and West, New York  The Macmillan Co. 1932.)

When we examine the spiritual experiences of mystics like Sufi saint Rabi's of Basra and St. Teresa of Avila we discover similarities. It is the purpose of this study to present these two saints from the perspective of their practical mysticism of divine love, that our own vision and understanding may be enhanced.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.           

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General topics / Telugu New Year Day - 18.03.2017
« on: March 18, 2017, 03:59:48 PM »
Today is the Telugu New Year Day.

I wish all our Telugu members a happy and prosperous New Year, with greater
progress in Atma Vicharam.

Arunachala Siva.

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My first teacher, Uncle Noah said words of wisdom that are now embedded in my bones:
'If a star came down from the heavens and unleashed hailstorms and lightning on the Earth, we would perhaps consider it a miracle.  But I would have said that the world is already miraculous. We know that the light of distant stars takes millions upon millions of years to reach us, and that we are seeing these stars not as they are now, but as they were countless eons ago.  So the heavens were set in place before man ever roamed the earth or drank water from any ice cream.  Is all of this not comprable to the miracles of the prophets (anbiyya) and the saints (awiliyya)?'

Why do we not see the miracle in front of our own eyes, instead of concentrating on things we have never seen and know nothing about?

The Earth is a miracle in itself, and man is here to revel in its beauty and rejoice in its never ending renewal, even though this Earth is also flawed, imperfect and, in some ways, impoverished.  And it does not need men who travel on flying carpets, or raise the dead, to make it rich in tenderness and marvel, a home where man may dwell for  time and begin to ponder the beauty of life, the meaning of all his sorrows and the haste with which we depart from this abode.  So listen to the wisdom of your ancestors, preserve the purity of the epics and the romances laden with tradition, but also find you own destiny, pursue your own calling, never stop thirsting for more life and more understanding.  Whether you are 100 years old or only a boy, be alive, love life, drink it in like the water of a cool stream in a barren land.

According to the Juki, divine revelation is woven into the very fabric of the universe. It emanates from the dew that glitters and shines in the morning grass, as from the birds that serenade the rising sun and the full moon that 'pours light into the darkness of the forest.'  Some have contrasted this revelation in nature with more formal, explicit lines of spiritual authority and especially with the mantle of the universal mastery claimed by the priests and the theologians of various religions.  Juke lore, however, sees no contradiction between the authority claimed by the great religions of man and the narrative heritage of the tribe, replete with love of 'the celestial forest', the terrestrial world and the endless flowering, withering and renewal of the entire earth.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                                 

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General topics / Sri Vidya Homam - 17.03.2017
« on: March 17, 2017, 12:27:01 PM »
Today Sri Vidya Homam is done in Asramam.  This is as per request of Kavya Kanta Ganapati Muni in the beginning.

The Homam is celebrated by digging many homa pits in  the place between Dining Hall and Cow Lakshmi's statue, and the Homam is performed for several hours.  The prasadam is given in the end., along with lunch.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Verses from Sri Ramana Jnana Bodham composed by Muruganar:

Tr. T.V. Venkatasubramanian and David Godman:

When Muruganar passed away in 1973, a huge portion of his poetic output, estimated to be about 18,000 verses, still remained unpublished.   A few months before his death he made it clear that he wanted Sadhu Om, his long time literary collaborator, to take charge of his manuscripts because he knew he was the only person who had the capacity, the knowledge and the enthusiasm to organize his vast collection and bring it out in a coherent form. Sadhu Om took on the challenge and spent much of the remainder of his own life copying out the verses and arranging them in a thematic way.

His efforts were supported by Prof. K. Swaminathan who, in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, was the chief editor of Mahatma Gandhi's Collected Works and vice president of the Ramana Kendra in New Delhi.  Using his influence and government connections, Prof.
Swaminathan secured financial support for Sadhu Om's project.  In the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, nine new volumes of Muruganar's previously unpublished Tamizh verses were
brought out in a series entitled Sri Ramana Jnana Bodham, (Sri Ramana Jnana Bodham can be translated as The Experience of Jnana Bestowed by Sri Ramana, or Experiencing the Jnana that is Sri Ramana.) all published by the Delhi Ramana Kendra. The government subsidy paid for the printing, allowing each volume to go on sale for the bargain price of Rs 10 per copy.  These books have recently gone out of print, but all the volumes have been scanned and can nowadays be read on Sri Ramanasramam website. (http: // www. sriramanamaharshi.org/resource-centre/
publications/ramana-jnana-bodham/).

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                             

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General Discussion / punarvasu Star Day - 08.03. 2017:
« on: March 08, 2017, 12:47:54 PM »
Today is the Punarvasu star day, the star on which Bhagavan Ramana was born in the Month of Margazhi.  But today is the Punarvasu day of Masi month.

Every punarvasu day of the month, there will be special pujas for Sri Ramaneswara
Mahalingam with special abhishekam, alankaram and arti.  Today such one is done in
Sri Ramanasramam.

I give below the verse of Muruganar to be remembered for this day:


To remember this auspicious day, I give below the verse from Tiruch Chazhal of Muruganar's 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, unequaled, 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.
 

   

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The first four chapters of the above titled book are given below:

A blessed bee am I, to hover, ever in close proximity of the lotus that is verily the twin feet of Lord Annamalai, and drink deep the nectar therein.  Twice blessed indeed, to partake of the ambrosial grace of my Bhagavan, Guru Ramana, who, ever abiding as the Atman-Self, also led others on the path of deliverance.  It is my fortunate lot to have thus been twice blessed.

Endowed At Boyhood with God's Gracious Gifts:

I am the third child to my parents, Raghavan and Ponnukutti, of a middle class farming community, born in January 1897, in the village of Cherakodu that lies between Palakkad and Chittur towns in the Kerala region.  Until my third year I grew
up like any other child, showing nothing to mark me as being different from other children.

After that I would, it seems, sit quiet in some place, neither joining other children
of my age in play nor crying or throwing those childish tantrums.  This uncharacteristic behavior of mine naturally puzzled my father who then showed my horoscope to my maternal uncle, an expert astrologer.  My father wanted him to divine the planetary influences that would account for my odd behavior. 

On perusing my horoscope this uncle of mine was struck with wonder and delight! He said to my father, 'To beget a child such as this one, so full of wealth of divinity, is more than what our family of modest standing deserves!  Therefore, in bringing up this child, you should show every care in matters of food and ceremonial cleanliness.'
My father was much pleased to hear this pronouncement. He was well learned in Vedantic texts such as Kaivalya Navaneetham.  On the one hand, he evinced a keen interest in philosophic texts such of Vedanta and, on the other, held a deep faith in God.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                     
     

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There is no Jnani, only Jnana.  There is only the Self, the Heart.  The One Pristine Self.
Be still.  Find out who you are.

                             - Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Shortly after having moved back to Chennai, I paid a visit to Prof. R. Balasubramanian, one of my Vedanta professors at the University of Madras.  He said, 'I can't seem to find someone write a volume on Sri Ramana Maharshi, for a series I am the General Editor of, The Builders of Indian Philosophy Series. Would you like to do it?  I would like the finished manuscript in nine months time.'

I immediately said yes.  Not only was I thinking about the love and respect for Sri Ramana Maharshi and His teachings but, I felt something special would happen in the writing.  To be presented with the opportunity to plunge deeply into Sri Ramana Maharshi's teachings was too good to pick up.

All the books in this Series have a philosophical format.  The first chapter is a short history of the philosopher's life.  The second chapter is an overview of what will follow. Then come chapters on epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, spiritual practices, Jivan Mukti and an evaluation vis a vis the philosopher being covered in the traditional sense of the word.

As Sri Ramana said, 'I was indeed fortunate that I never took to philosophy.  Had I taken to it, I would probably be nowhere, but my inherent tendencies led me directly to inquire, 'Who am I? How fortunate!'  What is astonishing is Sri Ramana's teachings emerged spontaneously as the fruit of His Great Awakening and only subsequently,
almost by accident, did He learn of the ancient Upanishadic and philosophical teachings.  Even more astounding is that His words, almost, word for word, identical with those found in the Scriptures.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.           
   
 

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General topics / Siddha Siddhi - John Grimes:
« on: March 02, 2017, 10:59:30 AM »
The word 'siddha' means complete, perfect, accomplished from the root 'sidh' 'to attain'. There are two uses for this word.  One use refers to an accomplished one, a seer, a sage, a perfect being, a Jnani, a Mukta. The other use refers to a person who possesses one or more miraculous powers (siddhi).  Bhagavan Ramana used the word in both of these ways. Further, in this regard He said:

'There are two kinds of siddhis and one kind may well be a stumbling block to Self Realization. It is said that by Mantras, by some drug possessing occult virtues, by severe austerities, or by samadhi of a certain kind, powers can be acquired. But these powers are not a means to Self Knowledge..... the other kind are manifestations of power and knowledge which are quite natural to a person when the Self is realized.
They come of their own accord, they are God given.'  (Sad Darsana Bhashya, Kapali
Sastri).

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.,             

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(Subramania Bharati - Translated by J. Jayaraman)

Mountain Path April June 2016.

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We can infer from Sri Devaraja Mudaliar's Day by Day with Bhagavan, the diary entry dated June 3rd, 1946, that the great Tamizh poet Bharathiar indeed, did once visit
Maharshi Ramana, during the Skandasramam period (1915-1922). This is quoted below:

'G.V. Subbaramayya:  Did Subramania Bharati ever come to Bhagavan?

Bhagavan:  I think he did once.  It was then we were on the Hill. One evening when only Sivayya (late Kutraalam Mauni Swami) was with me, someone came and sat for nearly an hour before me and then went away without saying a word.  Later when I saw the pictures of Bharati, I thought it must have been he.'     

Bharati quit the Tamizh daily Swadesamitran as its Assistant Editor to join the Tamizh
weekly India in 1906.  Following the Bengal Partition riots in 1905, he sought refuge in French Pondicherry owing to persecution of freedom activists by the British powers.
When the First World War was over in 1918, Bharati was granted safe residence out of Pondicherry, in his home town in Tirunelveli district. From 1920, upon the invitation of his penultimate employer Swadesamitran, he resumed as its Assistant Editor at Madras (Chennai).

Sri Pe.Su. Mani, a doyen among the relentless journal researchers, and who is still
active, dug out from the archival issues of Swadesamitran, the fact that Bharatiar's
twin talks at the Aruhnachaleswara Temple precincts, of May 1921, had been reported in the issues immediately following the events, in Mitran issues of May 3rd and 5th under the banner 'Bharati in Tiruvannamalai'.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.       

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General topics / Maha Sivaratri - 24.02.2013:
« on: February 24, 2017, 09:53:08 AM »
Today is Maha Sivaratri.  The night of Siva.  The God who has no night and day, we
celebrate His day as Siva Ratri.  Today in Sri Ramanasramam there will be special pujas almost every time, that is about 6 times on this day.  In all Siva temples, the day is celebrated with six times abhishekam, alankaram and arti for Siva Linga.

Siva is dancing in the cremation ground, with fire on one hand and hand drum on the other, on the body of the demon.  He applies Vibhuti from the burnt corpse.

Today is the day of completed fasting.  People who cannot fast the whole day takes
gruel etc., on this day.

Arunachala Siva.     

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General topics / Editorial - July - September -2016:
« on: February 22, 2017, 12:40:18 PM »
Home:

We all are in exile. It is the condition of our lives.  We are all seeking or waiting for the time when somewhere, somehow we can discover and rest secure in our own home,
the place where we instinctively know we belong, whatever or wherever it may be.
Although we may be unsure of its shape, size and location, every single one of us
is aware at some deep atavistic level that home exists and we are searching for it.

Though we pretend we know what we want, it is rare that we do truly know.  We indulge in babbles; we read books and think we understand; we distract ourselves with day dreams and wishful thinking.  Our vision is clouded as we seek for what we think is home. We are full of concepts as we seek for what we think is home.  We are full of concepts about enlightenment, bliss, glory, power and knowledge as if we are conversant with the potency of these ideas. 

The trenchant observer Kabir sang:

If parroting the name of Rama brought salvation,
Then saying Sugarcane should sweeten the mouth,
Saying Fire burns the feet,
Saying Water slake the thirst,
And saying Food would be good as a bletch.
If saying Money made everyone rich,
There would be no beggars on the street.

(Eating God, A Book of Bhakti Poetry, Penguin, 2014.)

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                     

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General topics / Editorial - Mountain Path - April- June 2016:
« on: February 22, 2017, 12:25:23 PM »
Participation:

The question is often asked by the newcomers to the Asramam: when is the teacher they can turn to now that Ramana Maharshi left this world in 1950? The normal response is what need to look elsewhere when Bhagavan is still there? It is all very
well for those who are convinced  because of their own intimate experience of Bhagavan's Grace but for the sceptics, more experience who are in desperate need for guidance, this is an unsatisfactory answer.

All of us who are devotees of Bhagavan know there is a subtle radiance ever available
if one but remains still and listen quietly with an open heart and mind.  The fact that people come again and again is a ample proof that they do 'get' something so fulfilling
that they eagerly want to return.  What is the grace that satisfies the heart and quietens the mind?

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                 
   
 

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General topics / Editorial - Mountain Path - Jan Mar 2017:
« on: February 17, 2017, 01:05:54 PM »
RESTRAINT:

Restraint is not a word one often hears these days.  It is more likely that we hear about excess, indulging oneself. Restraint is not restriction, rather it is positive self control. We restrain ourselves because we reflect that we can act in a better way. For example, we restrain ourselves from spending our hard earned salary on a new enticing mobile phone because we want to save money to visit Arunachala. We evaluate, we discriminate between what is of value and what is not.

Restraint can have the implication of deprivation, that one is deliberately missing out on something. But what are we missing out on?  Quite often it is something we do not
need. For example, we restrain ourselves from a second helping of food because we are satisfied and any more would just be greed. But how do you know when to be restrained in our behavior or thoughts, especially when we are surrounded by endless
array of advertisements or social peer pressure to acquire, do,acquiesce or compromise our beliefs and values for the sake of something new or inviting?
Temptation is a powerful intoxicant. And lastly, how do we restrain ourselves in the
face of long enterenched habits that we know are not helping us?

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.       

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