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General Discussion / Self and Ego - An article from Arthur Osborne.
« on: January 30, 2017, 02:25:57 PM »
The above titled article appeared in Mountain Path, October 1968.

This also appears in Arthur Osborne's book For Those With Little Dust.


With practice you can concentrate on Being, just as you can on breathing or eating.
And, as breathing or eating, it does not mean thinking about it but consciously experiencing it. A stone can Be unconsciously; a man can too, but he can also consciously Be.

When you feel this sense of being, the pure I-am, you find that it does not fall
into any category; it is neither yours nor not yours, it is neither divided from other people not united with them; it just is.  And it is pure simple consciousness. You cannot say that you are conscious of it because there is no separate you to be conscious of it.  You are it and it is you.  And the experience is a very blissful one,
free from all worries and sorrows.  All this you recollect when looking back at it, because while it lasts you do not bother about such questions.  In fact, on looking
back you realize that while it lasted you were either not thinking at all or just seeing,
hearing, cognizing, without this, encroaching upon you, without being at all disturbed by it.

You can also feel yourself an individual being separate from all others, liking some
and disliking others.  No practice is needed for this, because it is the way the people
usually do feel.

The first way of Being is called the 'Self', and is to be meditated upon, the second is called the   'ego' and is to be rejected.  Concentration on the heart at the right
side is safest according to  Sri Ramana Maharshi, while concentration between the eyebrows may lead to visions and strengthening of the ego.


Arunachala Siva,   

Today is Sivapraksam Pillai's Liberation Day: 12.01.2017.


Sivaprakasam Pillai
The Essence of Sri Ramana's Sayings

By Sivaprakasam Pillai

Sivaprakasam Pillai is the fortunate devotee, who put the important question "Who am I?" to Bhagavan and preserved His answers. This treasure-trove of Wisdom now guides innumerable seekers all over the world.

He dedicated the rest of his life for contemplation on His teachings. Now and then he used to write a few verses. Sivaprakasam Pillai passed away in January 1949. After that, when Sri Manickam Pillai, his nephew, came to the Ashram, Bhagavan enquired about Sivaprakasam Pillai's last days. He asked whether 'Pillaiyavargal' (this is how Bhagavan referred to Sivaprakasam Pillai) had left any poems behind. The nephew hesitatingly replied: 'Bhagavan! He did leave some manuscripts with me, but with the instructions that I should burn them after his death and not show them to others.?'
'Oh, is it so! Doesn't matter. You can show them to me!' From the bunch Bhagavan picked up one sheet and said: 'This one is enough' and returned the rest.

On the sacred day of Sri Pillaiavargal's remembrance, we present the English translation of his poem selected by Bhagavan:


Translation by Devotees

This is the essence; This is the essence!
This indeed is the essence of Ramana's words!
Tell me who is the real You! Seek the real You!
You are not surely the putrid flesh.
The body is born, the body dies.
The body knows not itself in deep sleep.
You are Knowledge. Knowledge is You.
Knowledge-Eternal is never born nor dies.
In sleep is Awareness of Self, not of body
You alone witness absence of body-consciousness
Do not all know that body takes birth
Is there anybody who is aware of birth of Consciousness?
You are not the body as declared above.
Destroy the false notion that you are the body
Seek ceaselessly your real nature
Think no other thought.
If the root thought 'I am the body'
Subside; then all other thoughts subside.
'Who is aware of the body' -This quest
Alone will eliminate 'I am the body' notion.
The deluded one who thinks 'I am the body'
Will crave for food, clothes and desires thereon
He who is free from the delusion 'I am the body'-
His mind will not crave for food, clothes and desires extensive
Even as the end draws nigh, get not perturbed
Be tranquil; it is all God's work
Ponder not the body is one, two or three(gross, subtle or causal)
Vain is such pursuit.


Arunachala Siva.
If you observe attentively
There is no scope for body-consciousness at all
Reject all appearance that seems apart [from You]
Reject it as ?Not I?
All other dogmas and tenets are garbage-like collections
Remove them all away.
Repeatedly questing ?Who am I?
The I-thought alone stays
The rest will be ashes.
When I-thought gets burnt away
Know that ?That is the Real You?; bereft of thought
That which neither rises nor sets is the Real You shinning effulgent
As the Self shines like the resplendent Sun
Be that, never falling back
This is the essence, this is the essence,
This indeed is the essence of Ramana?s Teaching.


Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: November 23, 2016, 10:22:55 AM »
The first three canons of Tevaram are by Saint Tiru Jnana Sambhandar.  I am giving the first canon verses now.

Sirkazhi - Tirup Pirama Puram:

Verse 1:

தோடுடையசெவி யன்விடையேறியோர் தூவெண்மதிசூடிக்
காடுடையசுட லைப்பொடிபூசியென் னுள்ளங்கவர்கள்வன்
ஏடுடையமல ரான்முனை நாட்பணிந் தேத்தவருள்செய்த
பீடுடையபிர மாபுரமேவிய பெம்மானிவனன்றே.

With studded ear and a pure silver moon-brooch,
Aboard a stud-taurus, adorned in charnel-ash
The lifter of my heart, of yore graced the coral-line lotus
Who piously extolled Him of Brahmapuram,the Lord truly He.

This decade was sung by the Saint when he was just three years old.
He was taken to the temple tank of Sirkazhi by his father.  While the father
was bathing, the child sat on the steps.  As he could not see his father, (who was
immersed in the tank for bath, the child cried.  Siva and Parvati appeared on the
sky and Parvati gave Her breast milk on a golden bowl and the child Jnana Sambandhar drank the milk, and when His father asked from where He took the
milk, the child showed the sky where Siva and Pavati were seen. At that time,
He sang this decade.

Arunachala Siva.       


General topics / Annamalai Swami - Liberation Day -
« on: November 09, 2016, 01:15:27 PM »
Today is Annamalai Swami's Liberation Day.  He merged with Arunachala on this

For detailed life story of Annamalai Swami, please read two books of
David Godman.

Arunachala Siva.   

Sri Ramana Jnana Bodham of Muruganar, a compendium of Sri Ramana's teachings, is now available,
in the following website:

htttp:// www. Sri Ramana

Earlier Prof. K. Swaminathan, of Ramana Kendra in New Delhi had brought Sri Ramana Jnana Bodham
in 10 volumes with the government subsidy for printing, allowing each volume to go on sale for the
bargain price of Rs. 10 copy.  These books have gone recently out of print. 

I bought some old volumes from Sri Ramanasramam, a few years back.

Arunachala Siva.           

General topics / Puinarvasu Vannam -
« on: October 22, 2016, 10:14:34 AM »
Today the 22nd October 2016, is the Punarvasu star day, the star on which Sri Bhagavan was born.
Sri Rama was also born in the same star.

The Asramam celebrates every Punarvasu Day, with special abhishekam, alankaram and arti for
Sri Ramaneswara Mahalingam. 

Muruganar has written a poem (Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai) on the glory of Punarvasu.  This is called
Punarvasu Vannam.

I shall give one verse from Tiruchuzhiyal Padigam (Decad on Tiruchuzhi).  The decade is quite noteworthy because Sri Muruganar says:  "Even if I forget you, my tongue would utter your Name."  The Name and Form are quite important in bhakti marga.

Verse 423:

Lord Ramana, Master of Wisdom shining
On the Vedas' lofty crown,
Because I came to You I have gained
This bliss unparalleled
Lord of ancient Pandyan Tiruchuzhi,*
Be still, clear minds adored,
I may perhaps sometimes forget You
But my tongue shall for ever Your Name utter.     

(* Tiruchuzhi is in Madurai district which was capital of ancient Pandyan Kingdom.)

Arunachala Siva.

(September - 2016)


The Asramam intends to publish in 2016, a new, more complete translation of Living with the Master,
the popular reminiscences of Kunju Swami, a close devotee of Bhagavan.  The first four chapters of the new
translation 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 of the nectar therein.  Twice blessed indeed, to partake the ambrosial grace of my Bhagavan,
Guru Ramana, who ever abiding as the Atman-Self, and 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 any 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 the 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 other hand, he evinced a clean interest
in philosophic texts of Vedanta and, on the other, held a deep faith in God.


Arunachala Siva.             

Among various human relations, the most intimate, sacred and deep rooted is the one with the mother.
While all other relations are characterized by an element of mutual expectation, the relationship with
mother is based on pure love and devoid of any expectation.  There is no parallel anywhere to the profundities
of mother's love.  Mother's love is limitless, sublime, unconditional, magnanimous and well enduring.
No words can give adequate expression to the overwhelming flow of love that springs from the heart of a mother. Her son or daughter would have risen high as a towering spiritual leader or as a universal Guru but that makes no difference for the free flow of love between the mother and daughter or son.  It is a divine
relation that cuts through all barriers.  It is unique and no other love can equal it, not even that of God.
Perhaps, that was why God Siva himself manifested as a mother to a daughter.  It is said that Lord
Siva cannot physically be present in a perceivable form 'as Himself' whenever and whatever His devotees
look for Him and that is the reason He manifested as a human mother to bestow His love and care to all
His devotees at all times. Because Lord Siva manifested as a mother, to take care of a pregnant daughter,
He came to be known as Thayumanavar or Mathrubuteswar (the Lord who became the Mother).  The legend
of Thayumana Swamy is a moving illustration of the motherly love and compassion bestowed by Lord
Siva on His devotees.

(This is according to the legend Ratnavati, a great female devotee of Lord Siva, who was pregnant
and as was customary, she returned to her mother's house situated north of Kaveri River for delivery.
One day, while her mother had gone to Tiruchirapalli, across the river, Ratnavati felt her labor
pains.  Alone at home she cried for help.  Soon her mother came and attended to her delivery. Actually
her real mother was stuck across due to the flood.  When the flood receded, she returned home and saw
the happy face of Ratnavati with her baby.  Pleasantly surprised, she asked her daughter who had helped
her for the delivery, 'You yourself came and helped!', said the daughter who had helped her in delivery,
'You yourself came and helped!', said the daughter.  But her mother said,  'I have only just returned!'
It then dawned on them that Lord Siva Himself had incarnated as her mother  (Thayum Anavar).
For Lord Siva, who has manifested in different forms at different times, perhaps this incarnation as
a mother truly reflects His divine qualities of love and compassion.  Lord Thayumanavar, continues to bless
His devotees from the Rock Fort Matrubhuteswarar temple complex constructed in the 6th century
at Tiruchirapalli.)   

Arunachala Siva. 

General Discussion / Punar vasu star day - 29.8.2016
« on: August 29, 2016, 12:40:46 PM »
Today is the Punar vasu star day of the month of Sravana.  Sri Bhagavan was born on the punar vasu
star day in the month of Margazhi. 

The Asramam celebrates every Punarvasu star day with special abhishekam, alankaram and arti
for Sri Ramaneswara Maha Lingam, followed by lunch with sweets.

Sri Rama was also born on the punav vasu day.

Sri Muruganar has written a decade called Punar vasu vaNNam, praising the star punar vasu.

Arunachala Siva.   -

General topics / Sri Andal Birth Day - Aashad Pooram star day.
« on: August 05, 2016, 03:46:08 PM »
Today Andal is said to have 'born' in the world.  She was not born of any parents, but was merely
found out by Periyazhwar, her foster father. It was in Srivilliputtur, in South India.

She, from her young age, wanted to marry Sri Rangantha, Maha Vishnu in Sri Rangam. 

She used to wear the garlands made by her father, on  to herself and imagined her to be the bride of
Ranganatha.  Once it was found out by her father and he chided her.  Then he made another garland
and took it to the temple.  However Mahavishnu in Srivilliputtur temple, refused to wear it and the
garland fell down.  Periyazhwar then heard a voice, that the Lord would wear only the garland worn
by Andal.

At the suitable age, her father took her to Sri Rangam, and there she merged with Sri Ranganatha.

Her poems are quite charming.  The Tiruppavai is the most famous one. This collection of 30
songs are sung every day in the month of Margazhi.  This is sung along with Tiruvembavai of
Manikkavchagar in Margazhi.  The scheme was first suggested by Kanchi Mahaswami.

One song from Tiruppavai:

மார்கழித் திங்கள் மதி நிறைந்த நன்னாளால்
நீராடப் போதுவீர் போதுமினோ நேரிழையீர்
சீர் மல்கும் ஆய்ப்பாடிச் செல்வச் சிறுமீர்காள்
கூர்வேல் கொடுந்தொழிலன் நந்தகோபன் குமரன்
ஏரார்ந்த கண்ணி யசோதை இளம் சிங்கம்
கார் மேனி செங்கண் கதிர் மதியம் போல் முகத்தான்
நாராயணனே நமக்கே பறை தருவான்
பாரோர் புகழப் படிந்தேலோர் எம்பாவாய்

Arunachala Siva.     

General Discussion / Kavya Kanta Ganapati Muni Day - 25.07.2016
« on: July 25, 2016, 03:02:04 PM »
Today is the liberation day of Kavya Kanta Ganapati Muni.   He attained Sri Bhagavan's Feet, when he
was touring North India. 

He came to Sri Bhagavan when his mind was not content, in spite of reading all Puranas and various
books on Hindu philosophy.   He came to Sri Bhagavan and held His Feet with his both the hands
and asked Him to solve the problem.  Sri Bhagavan said:  Find out from where the mantra dvani
arises, and hold on to the place.  You will greatly relieved.

Sri Kavya Kanta Ganapati Muni was quite pleased and told everyone that Sri Bhagavan was his Guru.

There are many books on life of Kavya Kanta Muni.  Readers can go through them to know more about him.


Arunachala Siva.

General topics / H.C. KHANNA DAY - 21.07.2016
« on: July 23, 2016, 01:08:28 PM »
Today is H.C. Khanna's Liberation Day.

Mr. H.C. Khanna came with his family sometime around May- June 1946 to have darshan
of Sri Bhagavan.  He asked many questions to Sri Bhagavan, inter alia, how to remove the
idea that the body is not the Self and how to keep the Self in Heart while doing occupation.
He had come from Kanpur.  His wife was an illiterate and had seven children.  She asked
how to do self inquiry with all the family chores.  Sri Bhagavan answered them with great
patience and compassion;

The family returned to Kanpur after a few days.  Perhaps Khanna must have come several
times to Sri Bhagavan after the first visit and should have done self inquiry, thoroughly. 
He attained Liberation later in course of time. 

His Samadhi is in Kurangu Thottam along with those of Cohen, Chadwick and Lucy Ma's Mother. 

There is not much reference about Khanna except in Day by Day of Devaraja Mudaliar in three places.

I met Khanna's son and his sons and daughters-in-law sometime during one of my visits to the
Asramam.  He said that he comes with his family every year once on his father's liberation day.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Guru Poornima Day - 19.07.2016
« on: July 19, 2016, 11:12:06 AM »
Today is Guru Poornima Day.  It is also called Vyasa Puja Day.

The first Guru is called Vyasa or by some as Sri Dakshinmurti.

Today the disciples / devotees pray to Guru for having given them the way to the Truth. 

Our Guru is Guru Sri Ramana.  Let us all pray to Him for having given us the way to the Truth.

Let His name live for ever.

There will be perhaps, special pujas for Sri Ramaneswara Mahalingam.  There will be special
abhishekam and alankaram, followed by special arti for Sri Ramaneswara Mahalingam.

kuRRam muRRum aRuthenaik Gunamaaip PanithaaL
  Guru uruvaai oLir Arunachala!

- Verse 19 of Arunachala Akshara Mana Maalai.

Arunachala Siva.   

My wife Anu, dropped me off at Dulles International Airport. Washington D.C.  Four weeks earlier we
been sitting in our Puja Room in our house in Vienna, Virginia discussing the plans for our India trip in
July 2010, in connection with the Upanayanam of my brother's son as well as the Sathabhishekam celebrations
of my father.     

I mentioned that it would be unlikely that I would be able to visit Arunachala until 2011. As a self employed
physician I could never afford to take more than ten days off from work at a single time.  Each trip to India
represented an enormous expense since I had to continue paying the practice expenses and payroll while
effectively earning no money and at the same time incurring additional expenses while in India.  Thus I have
to earn and save money for each trip. I had already made a trip to Pune in May 2009, I had resigned myself
to mental contemplation of the only place that I truly call my home.

As I spoke these words my gaze moved to the picture of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.   The gentle countenace
smiled back at me as if relishing a secret joke.


Arunachala Siva.         

Quarreling with the Lord - Neera Kashyap:


The rubber tree glimmers in fragrant rain,
dust sliding back to earth in pouring notes.
Grim greyness leaves to green limp veins, ribs, blades;
wet breathing pores, refreshed with clemency.

Arrive so I forget when you depart.
Arrive so I forget when you hit out
with your unkind departures, exits free.
Arrive so I forgive, forget, abide.

This dance is not just mine but yours, my foe.
This dance is not just ours but Time's to move,
unspooling clouds of film to fill the hours
so Time dissolves, instilling hearts with peace.

To crowd today with thoughts of your goodbyes.
To crowd today with thoughts of endless Time
is greyness; the dance of rain unheeding
the stealing back of grey, of grime, of thirst.

The spool unfolds the hues of dusty breath.
The spool unfolds the hues of endless thought.
For brown a scarred hill, raging red for prey;
the clean of green departs, the screen remains.

Then why do I romance with you, my foe?
Then why do I romance with you in dreams?
Enfolding sleep where thoughts no longer flow.
Then stilling colours all, the Screen remains.


Arunachala Siva.                 

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