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Most of us are used to image worship, because it is ingrained in our blood due to the religion
that we adopt.  Bhagavan Ramana never criticized image worship.  He only said that one has
to go past the names and forms.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Poems from Mountain Path - 2015 onwards.
« on: January 14, 2016, 03:34:04 PM »
(The following poem also appeared in Mountain Path, Jan. - Mar. 2016.)


The Lap of Love

(Anna Ramana)


Let me, O God, be most intimate with my own heart.
Relieve me of the crust congealed in crevices.
Lure me into the lap of love
Where you and I abide as One.
And always have.

Why do I resist?
Who is it hides from her real home?
What dream of me keeps me from your truth?
Don't let me stray like a wild dog,
Gnawing on the bone of illusion.

My one wish is for you ---
To fall into your arms, O my Beloved,
To rest in the quiet of your charms.
What is this dream of life but a chance to die
Into the light of your Pure Being?

Let me live as That, while breath still courses through.

I lay my head at your lotus feet,
O Holy Master.
One gaze from you and I am free.
I close my eyes now
That I may truly see.


Arunachala Siva.       

General topics / Re: Poems from Mountain Path - 2015 onwards.
« on: January 14, 2016, 03:24:53 PM »
The following poem appeared in Mountain Path, Jan. - March 2016.  This is by Upahar:


Notes to Self:

Inestimable form of things;
 time, and the whirling stars;
these dancing, dying bodies; children of earth,
 our clamor and cry;
river of thought in the shadowland of dream  ---
 Love, none of this can veil you.

Invisible the root of this appearing,
 unthinkable the flower;
within, without; belonging still to no one,
  and yet most gladly, marvelously here.

Knowing, unknowing; the empty heart mysteriously
  abounding;a moon through clouds, a blossoming --
Love, all of this reveals You.


Arunachala Siva.     

The above article giving some excerpts of the book Guru Ramana Prasadam, is available in
Mountain Path, April -June 2007)


5.  Through the joyous power of the true love, that took as its goal the feet of my Guru, a life
lived in the vast space of the Self that shines fearlessly within the heart burgeoned forth within me,
as the unfailing awareness that it is divine silence became ever more intense.  Birth's suffering was
abolished, and my eye became fearless, as I obtained the vision of Grace.

7. His true glance, the pellucid knowledge dispensed by the Guru's Grace, is the medicine to cure
the disease that is the illusion of worldly bondage, inflicted upon us by the vagaries of the objective ego
mind whose nature is to look at that which is alien to itself. How strange it is that we wander in this world
illusion,instead of availing ourselves of that glance to go and win salvation at the feet of the true Lord
who shines within the heart.

205. Destroying the dark void of base ignorance, the light of the grace-bestowing feet of my Guru
and Master, whose nature is of the form of shining self knowledge, revealed to me my true self,
driving out entirely the degrading confusion of that false, delusional state,in which I wandered weeping
and fretting over 'I' and 'mine'.

334. Reality, the Supreme and unique nature of the Self, is nothing other than the Heart in which the
power of the mind to generate its false creations has died.If the aggressive ego is eliminated as its
source, a joy will arise that the sorrows of the mind cannot touch.


Arunachala Siva.               

General Discussion / Re: Siddha - Siddhi.
« on: January 14, 2016, 02:09:37 PM »
Dear Ravi

The article says "like Sri Ramakrishna..."
The error in typing is profoundly regretted.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: The Past is Past, Now, be here:
« on: January 14, 2016, 01:29:03 PM »
All the books on this Series, have 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.

What an incredible time I had writing the book.  From Sri Ramana Maharshi's perspective, there
is no teacher, no taught, no birth, no death, no enlightened individual, no unenlightened individual,
no path to enlightenment, there is no knower, no known, and no means of knowledge.   Obviously
Sri Ramana was not a philosopher 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 nowhere, but my inherent tendencies led to 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 are almost, word for word, identical
with those found in the Scriptures.                     


Arunachala Siva.

Verse 81:

A spoilt intellect will try to go through the path of the objects of the senses, and dies at every step.

He only succeeds who follows the instruction of the kind, wise teacher, along with the use of his own
intuition and discretion.

Verse 82:

If you have desire for liberation, give up like poison from a long distance the objects of senses;
and takes to contentment, kindness, forgiveness, straightforwardness and peace.   

Attachment to the Body denounced:

Verse 83:

One who tries to make this body the all all - to have pleasure in it -- kills himself by the act.

Verse 84:

One who wants to gratify the body and still see the Atman, is like he man who takes hold of a
crocodile to cross a river, thinking it a log, and is thus destroyed.

Verse 85:

For the aspirant, this body is the great object of delusion. One who can conquer that, attains to

Verse 86:

Kill this deadly attachment to the body, wife, children and others.  The seers who have overcome
it go to that high dwelling place, of Vishnu, the all pervading.


Arunachala Siva.     

General topics / Re: Sri Achuthanantha Adigal:
« on: January 14, 2016, 01:01:22 PM »
Achutahananda's book of songs is aptly titled Advaita Kirtana Ananda Lahari (The Blissful Wave of
Advaitic Songs).  His songs are well known even today among Tamizh bhaktas.

He spent several years traveling and giving lectures until 1902.  In that year, the year called Subhakrithu,
from the Tamizh month of Aavani until the month of Aippasi, he visited his disciples and advised them,
'Oh, the most loved sons!  Don't waste precious time. Seek Atamanubhava (direct experience of the Self)
and attain eternal bliss.' He also added, 'This is my final visit.'

In the second day, of Karthika month, he came to the house of his disciple Sri Arangasami Mudaliar,
in Vallam village in Vellore district and started writing a book on Jnana Sastra titled Sanmarga
Darpanam (The Mirror Revealing the Direct Methods of Attaining the Eternal Self.)

(It was at Bhagavan's explicit command that the book was published with a commentary by Swamigal's
disciple, Sadhanapani Ramachandra Guruswamigal. The book was published in 1926.  A copy was kept
in Bhagavan's revolving book case in the Old Hall..  Now it is in Asramam archives. 


Arunachala Siva.             

General Discussion / Re: Channels of Grace - A Tribute:
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:47:54 PM »
Then aged 93, he would walk to the dining hall for his meals and to Samadhi Hall for the evening
parayana, and aarti..  For three of us (Amma, Baba, and myself) our days at the Asramam were
pure perfection and complete harmony.  We would sheepishly admit to each other, 'There is no one
and nothing that we miss!' This was our home, and our time away from it was simply marking time
until we could return.

I bow my head in eternal gratitude to our parents who inculcated the Divine in us.  They enabled
us to meet spiritual luminaries like Swami Sivananda, Swami Chidananda, his successor, whose room
in Dehradun was filled with the pictures of Bhagavan and Arunachala, Ma Ananda Mayi, the Dalai Lama,
Satya Sai Baba, Mother Terasa, and many other spiritually evolved beings who frequented our home,
including Miss Merston from Ramanasramam and an American devotee called Freddy, in saffron
robes, also from Ramanasramam.

They finally anchored us, till the fourth generation, as Blessed Arunachala.

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya.


Arunachala Siva.             

General Discussion / Re: Siddha - Siddhi.
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:21:09 PM »
Moreover what are these powers for?  The would-be occultist (siddha) desires to display the siddhis
so that others may appreciate him.  He seeks appreciation, and if it is not forthcoming he will not be
happy.  There must be others to appreciate him.  He may even find another possessor of higher powers.
That will cause jealousy and breed unhappiness.  The higher occultist (siddha) may meet a still higher
siddha and so on until there will come one who will blow up everything in a trice.  Such is the highest
adept (siddha) and He is God or the Self.

Which is the real power?  Is it to increase prosperity or bring about peace?  That which results in peace
is the highest perfection (siddhi).  (Talks $ 20)

This is obviously true from one perspective.  However, there is another perspective to consider.
Bhagavan stated in the Sri Ramana Gita, compiled by Ganapati Muni, 'The glory of the siddhas is
beyond imagination.  They are equal to Siva. Indeed they are the very forms of Siva.  They have the
power to grant every prayer.' (Sri Ramana Gita, ch. XVIII, VERSE 26)


Arunachala Siva.       

General Discussion / Re: Narasinh Mehta: An Introduction:
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:09:23 PM »
By the fifteenth century, the term 'avatar' to signify an incarnation of Lord Vishnu is a commonly accepted
concept in all parts of India.  What does this mean in the context of Mehta's poem?  First, instead of just
being born, a condition every mortal is subject to, this speaker looks at herself as an incarnation.  Second,
the term evokes the status of women are neither special nor important. Her 'beyond the norm entitlement'
is located precisely in the fact of her gender. It is because she is born as a woman that the indscribable
Lotus Lord, the husband of Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, now is a supplicant before her.  She knows that this
must be because of some unusual act. What kind of good deed has she had done to deserve this?

Having set up the problem, the speaker goes on to work out the quesion.

Perform rituals, meditation, and penance precisely;
  Hari comes not even in a dream.
That same Hari appears most easily,
 When sought with devotional passion.

As far as she knows, the usual methods of achieving the sight of God are to perform ceremonial prayers
faithfully, meditate sincerely, and even do painful sacrifices to assert your devotion.  But, she knows
that even after all such proofs of sight of the Lord is not a guarantee. In contrast, she finds that just because
she loves the Lord passionately, he arrives in an instant.  The speaker is stunned.  Is achieving oneness
with God so simple?  I love him and He loves me back!

Shesh Nag's comfortable cradle we gain
  In the heavenly palace for our pain.
Greater than that is my temple; adoringly the
  Yellow Garbed One comes to my bed.


Arunachala Siva.             

General Discussion / Re: Shadow and Substance -
« on: January 14, 2016, 11:54:45 AM »
One caveat, however, is that the Self is not really a substance with specific characters that can
be described and cataloged.  Only in contrast to the shadow, do we refer to the Self as being
substantial to be striven for, not that it can be known in any sense of the term.  It just has be realized
in one's own Heart, hrdayakuhare madhye. 

A good first step to reaching there is by consciously dissipating the shadows.  Which should not be too hard,
because they are non existent in the first place. You surrender.  You receive Grace.  You have found
your Self, which underlies both the shadow and the substance.


Arunachala Siva.       

General Discussion / Happy Sankranti - 2016:
« on: January 14, 2016, 10:36:55 AM »
I wish all the members of the Forum, a happy Sankaranti tomorrow. 15.01.2016.

Arunachala Siva.

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 14, 2016, 10:18:41 AM »
Ramaswami Pillai - Liberation Day - 14.01.2016:

Today is Ramaswami Pillai's liberation day.

Ramaswami Pillai first saw Bhagavan when he was studying in school. "He looked indescribably majestic.
Since then He has been God to me in human form. He turned on me that look of heart melting grace
that He so often bestows on new comers.  I felt filled to the brim just by seeing Him."   

Miracles did take place in the presence of Bhagavan. .. After some months I saw a man prostrating
to Bhagavan with deep and sincere gratitude for having restored his eyesight!

Bhagavan could turn most mundane event into an opportunity for spiritual instruction.  Once, for
example, Ramaswami  Pillai was searching for a key that had been lost. After sometime he came
into the Hall and told Bhagavan about missing key, who told him, 'The key is where it always was.
It is not lost.  Only your memory is lost.  Atman is always there, but due to ajnana, (ignorance) we spend
our time searching for it.'

Arunachala Siva.     

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 14, 2016, 07:55:15 AM »
Verse 290:

முன்னேவந் தெதிர்தோன்றும்
   முருகனோ பெருகொளியால்
தன்னேரில் மாரனோ
   தார்மார்பின் விஞ்சையனோ
மின்னேர்செஞ் சடையண்ணல்
   மெய்யருள்பெற் றுடையவனோ
என்னேயென் மனந்திரித்த
   இவன்யாரோ வெனநினைந்தார்.

"Is he -- the one before me--, Lord Muruga?
He is robed in such superb effulgence!
Or is he peerless Manmata?
Or a Vidhyatara decked with ethereal garlands?
Or one blessed with the true grace of the Great One
Whose ruddy matted hair flashed lightnings of gold?
Who may he be -- the one that hath
Subverted my mind"?
Thus she mused.

Arunachala Siva.

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