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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / How to find your Guru?
« on: April 23, 2012, 08:04:44 PM »
For those who were not lucky enough to meet Bhagavan and become his disciple:
How does one find one's Guru?
Did Bhagavan say something about this?

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / What are thoughts?
« on: April 07, 2012, 12:50:29 PM »
When nothing but the self exists, then thoughts also must be part of the self.
But thoughts keep us from residing in the self.
So what are thoughts?

Tripura Rahasya and other ancient works / Bhagavad Gita online
« on: April 06, 2012, 04:59:33 AM »
Where can I find an English Bhagavad Gita translation online that is not translated by ISKCON?
I try to find out about 12.5, the translation I read is:
For those whose minds are attached to the unmanifested, impersonal feature of the Supreme, advancement is very troublesome. To make progress in that discipline is always difficult for those who are embodied.
I suspect this to be the ISKCON interpretation.

General topics / Bhavamukha
« on: March 29, 2012, 03:05:07 AM »
I have read that Sri Ramakrishna got a command from Kali Devi to 'remain in Bhavamukha for the enlightenment of the people'.
Can please someone explain what Bhavamukha is?

General Discussion / Great site with lots of texts about Bhagavan
« on: March 28, 2012, 12:17:14 AM »

Under Ramana Maharshi you find:

Aksharajna: Sri Ramana, The Sage of Arunagiri
Brunton, Paul: Maharshi and His Message
Chadwick, AW: A Sadhu's Reminiscences
Cohen, SS: Guru Ramana
Cohen, SS: Reflections on Talks
Cornelssen, Lucy: Hunting the 'I'
Devaraja Mudaliar, A: Day by Day with Bhagavan
Devotees: Surpassing Love and Grace
Ganapati Muni: Epistles of Light
Ganapati Muni: Forty Verses in Adoration of Ramana
Glen Friesen: Hindu and non-Hindu Interpretations of a Jivanmukta )
Humphreys, Frank H: Glimpses of Life and Teachings
James, Michael: Happiness and the Art of Being
Krishna Bhikshu: Sri Ramana Leela
Mahadevan, TMP: Bhagavan Ramana
Muruganar: Ramana Puranam
Osborne, Arthur: Be Still It Is The Wind That Sings
Osborne, Arthur: Ramana Maharshi and the Path of Self-Knowledge
Osborne, Arthur: Teachings in His Own Words
Ramanananda Saraswati: Sri Ramana Stuti Panchakam
Ramanananda Swarnagiri: Crumbs from His Table
Ramanasramam: Golden Jubilee Souvenir
Ramanasramam: Ramana Smrti (Birth Centenary Offering - 1980)
Sundaresa Iyer, TK: At the Feet of Bhagavan
Suri Nagamma: : Letters from and Recollections of Sri Ramanasramam
Swartz, James: The Teachings of Ramana Maharshi
Viswanatha Swami: 108 Names of Bhagavan

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhagavad Gita 16:18-20
« on: March 26, 2012, 02:13:56 AM »
I found these verses here.
Verse 20 says:
O Arjuna entering demonic wombs birth after birth, these fools receive an even more abominable destination unable to achieve me.
Does this mean that some being that has fallen into this state can never become enlightened?
Did Bhagavan say something about this?

General Discussion / Women devotees
« on: March 20, 2012, 07:15:13 PM »
So far I know:
Echammal, a widow who not only had lost her husband but also both of her children
Chellamma (nice of Echammal)
Suri Nagamma
Satyamayi (from the West)
Any more?

When Mount Arunachala is the centre of the universe, why do the Puranas say it was Mount Meru?

General Discussion / Interesting article about 'Aham' on Wikipedia
« on: March 15, 2012, 05:11:14 AM »
From here:

Aham (Kashmir Shaivism)

Aham, a concept of Kashmir Shaivism, is defined as the supreme heart (hṛdayam), transcendent Self, supreme I awareness or infinite consciousness.The space of Aham is where kechari mudra (free movement in the space of the heart) is realised.
Kechari mudra is considered the supreme state of spiritual evolution.

Substrate of creation

When Śiva wants to create, the first step is said to be the creation of an interior space (the space of his heart) - a matrix of energies that will be the substrate of the new world. This place is called Aham which means "I" in Sanskrit.
Thus the absolute first creates the divine person, Aham, and from this divine person will appear the manifestation itself.

Aham is identical to mātṛkā (the wheel of phonematic energies), essential nature of all categories from Pṛithvī tattva (earth) to Sadāśiva tattva.
Aham is the final resting place, dwelling place, abode of all beings, receptacle of the world.

Ultimate mantra

Another definition of Aham is that of primordial mantra, transcendental mantra, the so called heart-bīja (mantra of the heart) - force and power of consciousness. As the supreme mantra, Aham is closely related to matravīrya (the potency of mantra).
Thus the realization of Aham confers power over any mantra.

United form of Shiva and Shakti

In Aham, the supreme (para) aspect of Śakti is realized. Aham is the Śakti of Śiva or in other words, the expansion of Śiva.
Another way of describing Aham is as the union of Śiva and Śakti, the emittive (visarga) aspect of the Supreme (anuttara).


Aham is formed of A+HA+M, a triad of Śhiva (A), Śakti (HA) and bindu (M). M is the final point, union of Śiva and Śakti, where they dissolve into Paramaśiva. The triangle of A+HA+M is the essence of the Trika system.
A+HA+M form the sṛṣṭi bīja (seed of emission), a mantra that is identical to the energy of expansion and creation.

Aham can also be defined as: A = abedha (non-differentiation), HA = bheda (differentiation) and M = bhedābheda (differentiation cum non-differentiation).

Maha, the mirror image of Aham

On the other hand, MAHA, mirror image of AHAM, is formed of MA+HA+A, and represents the saṃhara bīja (seed of reabsorption) - the mantra that is identical to the process of spiritual evolution, or in other words reabsorption of the manifestation back into the absolute.
In MAHA, Śakti (HA) enters bindu (M) (the limited being) and reunites it with the Supreme (A).

I think Bhagvan also said that 'Aham' is the best of all mantras.

General topics / Mantra
« on: March 14, 2012, 10:42:58 PM »
"Unnamulai Amman Thiru Annamalaiyaarukku Arohara"
I found this here.
Can someone please translate this for me?

General topics / Migrating to India?
« on: March 12, 2012, 10:20:30 PM »
Is it possible for a non-Indian citizen to settle at Ramanashram forever?

General topics / Goddess of Salvation
« on: March 09, 2012, 06:07:11 PM »
I found this story here:
During those days I had a dream. A resplendent lady with a luminous face was seated by Bhagavan's side on the sofa and Bhagavan was adorning her with meticulous care. Another lady, as beautiful and full of light and splendor, was moving about the Ashram, doing all kinds of service. I asked Bhagavan how it was that he was giving so much attention to one and none to the other. Then I woke up. When I told my dream to Muruganar, he told me that it was true that an invisible being was always near Bhagavan. She was the Goddess of Salvation and Muruganar had composed several songs about her.

In the afternoon, Bhagavan, Muruganar, and I were sitting around a big brass plate, preparing sweets for the coming festival. I asked Muruganar to tell my dream to Bhagavan. When he started, Bhagavan said: "What are you, her attorney? Let her tell her dream herself." When I had finished, he added: "When I was on the hill, the lady who used to bring me food would serve a second plate by my side. When I asked whom it was for, she would answer, 'For the Mother.' She had a similar vision."
This 'Goddess of Salvation' should be Unnamulai Amman, I think?
Who is this other goddess, 'moving about the Ashram, doing all kinds of service'?

General topics / Mukti sthalas outside of India?
« on: March 09, 2012, 02:23:55 AM »
Are there mukti sthalas outside of India?

Arunachala / Arunachala & Lord Murugan
« on: March 06, 2012, 09:13:21 PM »
What is the connection between Lord Murugan and Arunachala?

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed
« on: February 25, 2012, 03:59:51 PM »
I would like to know if Bhagavan ever said something about Buddha or Jesus or Mohammed.

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