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General Discussion / What is Neo Advaita? James Swartz.
« on: March 05, 2016, 10:13:37 AM »
(This article appeared in Mountain Path, April - June 2007)

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In Eighties, the Western spiritual world became reacquainted with Sri Ramana Maharshi, a great
Sage in Vedic tradition who had achieved international recognition, around the middle of the
20th century but, though greatly respected, did not have a significant following since His death
in the Fifties.  The rediscovery of Sri Ramana roughly coincided with the rise of  'Neo-Advaita',
a Satsangh based 'movement'  that has little in common with Sri Ramana except the idea of moksha,
freedom from the problems of Samsara.

What accounts for the popular of the Neo Advaita movement?  I think it would be fair to say that
the secret lies more in the Sang than the Sat.  The Sanskrit word Sat means 'what is', in other words
the non dual Self.  The word Sang from Sanga means an association or a company of like minded
people.  When Sat and Sanga are combined it means 'keeping the company of truth', the Self,
in other words an inquiring mind fixed on the Self.  Since only a mind that is properly prepared is
capable of achieving this condition and Neo Advaita has no techniques for producing this kind
of mind, we have to look elsewhere to understand its appeal.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.         

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We have been to several Ashrams all over India.  But Sri Ramanasramam stands unique and is the true
Asramam for sadhana towards liberation or self realization.  There is no place for ego, money, worldly
matters or other mundane activities.  The Asramam can aptly be called Kalpatharu, as it satisfies the
yearning of seekers in search of true silence,  meditation, peace and self realization. 

Though Sri Ramana Maharshi is not in His mortal body, He still is regarded as the monarch of the
place and the Asramam is run as per His wish and guidance.  People from various corners of the world,
who are His devotees and true seekers of knowledge come here to stay and have His darshan. They
relish the love and grace of the Master and experience the joy and bliss found nowhere else.  Devotees
stay in the Asramam for three to four days and return to their homes.  Some are fortunate enough
to stay there permanently.  Parayana (chanting of the Vedas), Narayana Seva ( feeding the poor and
the needy), meditation, Prasadam for devotees,  circumambulating the Hill and the Guru's Samadhi
are some of the regular routines in Sri Ramanasramam.   And Bhagavan's Presence is experienced
in all these activities.  His presence is also seen in the acts and deeds of all who serve in the Asramam -
the cooks, laborers, Ashramites running the library and the management personnel.  It is His discipline,
philosophy, simplicity and perfection in every act that is reflected in everyone, and it assures us of His
continuing presence. Silence speaks more than words and there resides a deep calm and peace everywhere.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.               

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14.  praana bandhanaal lina maanasam
       eka chintanam naasam etyadah.

When the mind has been suspended by breath restraint, it may then be annihilated by single-
minded attention to the Self.

Once the mind has been calmed by the regulation of breath, one should hold one's attention
on the Self, seeking the identity of the 'I'.  If this practice persists, eventually all other mental
activity will dry up and the stream of thoughts will disappear.  Then, in the absence of separateness
from the Lord and from the world, -- a sense of thought has sustained -- one arrives at the knowledge
that there is only one Consciousness, and the individual is only That.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.     

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Verse 325:

If the mind once forgets its own object, it goes out and out;  just as a ball if it falls, rolls down
and down (the stairs) and does not stop until it reaches the lowest step.

Verse 326:

When once you think of the objects of senses, you want to enjoy them;  and from that comes desire.
That desire engages you to possess, and that engagement takes you away from your real Self.

Verse 327:

Therefore, with all care, one should try to keep himself recollected and should not be negligent.
For the knower of Brahman, there is no greater death than negligence.  One who is careful in
remaining in Brahman becomes successful very soon.  Therefore, be careful and stay in Brahman
all the time.

Verse 328:

Once you fall back from your real Self, you have fallen down.  When one has fallen down, there is no
hope for him.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.     

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 05, 2016, 08:43:54 AM »
Verse  10:


அப்பொழு ததனைக் கொண்டு
   நெற்கொள்வான் அவரும் போக
ஒப்பில்குங் குலியங் கொண்டோர்
    வணிகனும் எதிர்வந் துற்றான்
இப்பொதி யென்கொல் என்றார்
   உள்ளவா றியம்பக் கேட்டு
முப்புரி வெண்ணூல் மார்பர்
    முகமலர்ந் திதனைச் சொன்னார்.



He received it and moved out to buy paddy;
On his way a vendor of Kungkuliyam came in front of him;
He asked him: "What do you carry in the bundle?"
The vendor truly told him what it contained;
Then the wearer of the threefold sacred thread
Spake thus with a beaming face:

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 05, 2016, 08:41:47 AM »
Verse  9:


யாதொன்றும் இல்லை யாகி
   இருபக லுணவு மாறிப்
பேதுறும் மைந்த ரோடும்
   பெருகுசுற் றத்தை நோக்கிக்
காதல்செய் மனைவி யார்தங்
    கணவனார் கலய னார்கைக்
கோதில்மங் கலநூல் தாலி
   கொடுத்துநெற் கொள்ளு மென்றார்.



There was nothing left in his house; two days   
Passed without their having any food;
Grieving for the plight of the sorrowing children
And the great kin, his beloved wife removed
Her flawless tali from the auspicious cord and gave it
To her husband saying: "Get paddy for this."   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 05, 2016, 08:39:57 AM »
Verse 8:


இந்நெறி ஒழுகு நாளில்
   இலம்பாடு நீடு செல்ல
நன்னிலம் முற்றும் விற்றும்
    நாடிய அடிமை விற்றும்
பன்னெடுந் தனங்கள் மாளப்
   பயில்மனை வாழ்க்கை தன்னின்
மன்னிய சுற்றத் தோடு
   மக்களும் வருந்தி னார்கள்.

As he was thus poised in his service, acute became
His chill penury; he sold all his lands and also
All his serfs and slaves who willingly served him;
His manifold wealth was total lost; his kith and kin
And his children too were sunk in domestic misery.   


Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 05, 2016, 08:37:52 AM »
Verse  7:


கங்கைநீர் கலிக்கும் சென்னிக்
    கண்ணுதல் எம்பி ராற்குப்
பொங்குகுங் குலியத் தூபம்
   பொலிவுறப் போற்றிச் செல்ல
அங்கவ ரருளி னாலே
   வறுமைவந் தடைந்த பின்னும்
தங்கள்நா யகர்க்குத் தாமுன்
   செய்பணி தவாமை யுய்த்தார்.



To the Lord in whose matted hair the Ganga courses gurgling
-- The Lord who sports an eye in His forehead --,
He rendered unfailingly the service of fumigation
And from his censer rose spiraling clouds of holy smoke.
Even when the Lord in His grace made him indigent
He failed not in this service to his Lord.   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 05, 2016, 08:35:53 AM »
Verse  6:


பாலனாம் மறையோன் பற்றப்
    பயங்கெடுத் தருளு மாற்றால்
மாலுநான் முகனுங் காணா
   வடிவுகொண் டெதிரே வந்து
காலனார் உயிர்செற் றார்க்குக்
   கமழ்ந்தகுங் குலியத் தூபம்
சாலவே நிறைந்து விம்ம
   இடும்பணி தலைநின் றுள்ளார்.


When the Brahmin lad held fast to Him, he who is not
To be beheld by Vishnu and Brahma,
To annihilate the dread of the lad and grace him,
Took a form, and kicked Death to death;
To this Lord, Kalayar rendered the service
Of holy fumigation of kungkuliyam in abundant measure;
He was firm established in this service.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 05, 2016, 08:33:36 AM »
Verse  5:


மருவிய திருவின் மிக்க
   வளம்பதி அதனில் வாழ்வார்
அருமறை முந்நூல் மார்பின்
   அந்தணர் கலயர் என்பார்
பெருநதி அணியும் வேணிப்
    பிரான்கழல் பேணி நாளும்
உருகிய அன்பு கூர்ந்த
   சிந்தையார் ஒழுக்க மிக்கார்.



In that wealthy town where abides Lakshmi,
A Brahmin versed in the Gospels -- the wearer
Of the threefold sacred thread --, by name Kalayar lived.
He would daily hail the ankleted feet of the Lord
Who sports on His matted hair the great river;
His heart ever melted in devotion, and he was virtuous.   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 05, 2016, 08:31:34 AM »
Verse  4:


துங்கநீள் மருப்பின் மேதி
    படிந்துபால் சொரிந்த வாவிச்
செங்கயல் பாய்ந்து வாசக்
   கமலமும் தீம்பால் நாறும்
மங்குல்தோய் மாடச் சாலை
    மருங்கிறை யொதுங்கு மஞ்சும்
அங்கவை பொழிந்த நீரும்
   ஆகுதிப் புகைப்பால் நாறும்.


As milk that drips from the udders of huge, long-horned buffaloes
That lie immersed in the tanks, is splashed
By the ruddy carps that leap and dart thither,
Lotuses smell of milk sweet; the clouds
That move on, come near the towered halls
Of sacrifice; the showers that fall from them
Are tinct with the odor of sacrificial smoke.   


Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 05, 2016, 08:29:30 AM »
Verse  3:

குடங்கையின் அகன்ற உண்கண்
   கடைசியர் குழுமி யாடும்
இடம்படு பண்ணை தோறும்
   எழுவன மருதம் பாடல்
வடம்புரி முந்நூல் மார்பின்
    வைதிக மறையோர் செய்கைச்
சடங்குடை இடங்கள் தோறும்
    எழுவன சாமம் பாடல்.


Songs in Maruda tune are sung in the places
Where dance the farm-wives whose eyes, broad as
The palm of hand, are touched with collyrium;
In all places where Brahmins-- the wearers
Of threefold sacred thread --, perform rituals
Hymns of the Sama Veda are chanted.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 05, 2016, 08:27:39 AM »
Verse 2:


வயலெலாம் விளைசெஞ் சாலி
   வரம்பெலாம் வளையின் முத்தம்
அயலெலாம் வேள்விச் சாலை
   அணையெலாங் கழுநீர்க் கற்றை
புயலெலாங் கமுகின் காடப்
   புறமெலாம் அதன்சீர் போற்றல்
செயலெலாந் தொழில்க ளாறே
    செழுந்திருக் கடவூ ரென்றும்.


In fecund Thiru-k-Kadavur the fields are rich in paddy;
Their ridges are full of chanks and their pearls;
On all sides flourish halls of sacrifice;
Its waters are rich in clusters of red lilies;
On the tops of areca groves, clouds rest;
People tend them with loving care; there the Brahmins
Perform nought but their sextuple duty.   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 05, 2016, 08:24:19 AM »
Kunkiliya Kalaya Nayanar Charitram:

Verse  1:

வாய்ந்தநீர் வளத்தா லோங்கி
    மன்னிய பொன்னி நாட்டின்
ஏய்ந்தசீர் மறையோர் வாழும்
   எயிற்பதி யெறிநீர்க் கங்கை
தோய்ந்தநீள் சடையார் பண்டு
   தொண்டர்மேல் வந்த கூற்றைக்
காய்ந்தசே வடியார் நீடி
   யிருப்பது கடவூ ராகும்.


In the Chozha land that thrives with foison enriched
By the waters of the Kaveri, there?s fortressed town
Where could abide Brahmins, great in Vedic glory;
It is prosperous Kadavur where is enshrined the Lord
Whose matted hair sports the billowy Ganga
And who, of yore, smote Yama with His roseate foot,
That came to take away the life of a devotee.

Arunachala Siva.
 

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C.V. Subramania Iyer writes:-

Once four ladies came to Sri Ramanasramam to have darshan of Bhagavan Ramana. 
They belonged to different nationalities - an American, an Italian, a French and an Indian Christian.
They sat in the prayer hall near the southern wall right in front of Bhagavan, after duly paying their
respects to Him.  The American lady began the conversation putting questions to Him and getting
answers which were interpreted by a devotee in the Hall.  In the end, the American lady asked
Bhagavan Ramana:  "Bhagavan! Can we have your Grace for our spiritual development?" 

Bhagavan replied:  "If you had not the Grace, you would not have thought of coming here."
What an encouraging reply!  No one who came to His presence ever went away discouraged.
To an earnest enquirer, He would always say:  "You are already That, only the veil of ignorance
has to be removed."  Swami Vivekananda used to tell his followers:  "Don't believe the self
possessed teacher who says:  "I see, but you cannot see."  Bhagavan never observed
any secrecy with regard to His teachings.

(Source: Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace,
Volume 6. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannnamlai.)

Arunachala Siva. 

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