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General topics / Akka Mahadevi
« on: February 17, 2012, 09:58:01 AM »
She was a great Yogini from Karnataka (12th century).

I love the Handsome One:
he has no death
decay or form
no place or side
no end nor birthmarks.
I love him O mother. Listen.

I love the Beautiful One
with no bond nor fear
no clan no land
no landmarks
for his beauty.

So my lord, white as jasmine, is my husband.

Take these husbands who die,
decay, and feed them
to your kitchen fires!

Some of her verses with music

General topics / Sati & Pativrata
« on: February 03, 2012, 09:35:33 PM »
Why had widows to be burnt with their husbands in India?
Is the idea that a woman exists solely to serve her husband really found in the Vedas?
What did Bhagavan say about these subjects?

General topics / Caste rules
« on: February 03, 2012, 02:55:24 AM »
Why does Hinduism have castes?
What did Bhagavan say about this?

General topics / Karma
« on: February 01, 2012, 02:45:05 AM »
What sense does Karma have when one does not remeber ones previous lifes?

When one experiences suffering one does not know that it comes from have done thos or that in a previous life.
For instance, when someone beats me in the face because I have beaten him in the face three lifes before.
Would I know it, Karma would make sense because I would learn that my commiting act X lead to my experience of suffering Y.

But since we do not remember our previous lifes: What sense does Karma make?

General topics / Tao
« on: January 13, 2012, 05:03:46 AM »
"The Tao that can be expressed is not the eternal Tao; the name that can be defined is not the unchanging name...There is a thing inherent and natural, which existed before heaven and earth. Motionless and fathomless, it stands alone and never changes; it pervades everywhere and never becomes exhausted; it may be regarded as the Mother of the Universe. I do not know its name. If I am forced to give it a name, I call it Tao, and I name it supreme... Man follows the laws of earth; earth follows the laws of heaven; heaven follows the laws of the Tao; and Tao follows the laws of its intrinsic nature."

The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao.
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.

The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.

Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.

Tao Teh Ching 1

When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.

Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn't possess,
acts but doesn't expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

Tao Teh Ching 2

The Tao is like a well:
used but never used up.
It is like the eternal void:
filled with infinite possibilities.

It is hidden but always present.
I don't know who gave birth to it.
It is older than God.

Tao Teh Ching 4

Is Tao the Self?

General topics / Wh does not every Jnani teach Atma Vichara?
« on: November 26, 2011, 04:03:59 PM »
As far as m knowledge goes, Bhagavan is the only one who gave this teaching.
Anandamai Ma, Jillellamudi Amma, Papa Ramdas, Paramahamsa Ramakrisha ... non of them teached Atma Vichara.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Pranayama
« on: November 10, 2011, 11:23:03 PM »
Bhagavan said that one can do this simpla Pranayama to calm the mind_

Exhalation: I am not the body. (naham chinta)
Inhalation: Who am I? (koham)
Hold brath: I am He. (soham)

Now I read that instaed of "Who am I?" one can also ask "Whence am I?".

Sri Ramana has advised that Self-enquiry can either be done in the form 'Who am I?' or in the form 'Whence am I?'. 'Who is this I?' may rather be called 'I-attention', 'Self-attention' or 'Self-abidance'. Enquiring 'Whence am I?' is enquiring 'Whence is the ego?', meaning ‘From what?’. When taken in this sense, instead of a place or time coming forth as a reply, Self-existence, 'we', the Thing (vastu), alone is experienced as the reply.

He who seeks 'Whence am I?' is following the ego, the form of which is 'I am so-and-so', and while doing so, the adjunct so-and-so, having no real existence, dies on the way, and thus he remains established in the Self, the surviving 'I am'.

What are the 3 questions for "Whence am I?"?
I take it one should use one's own language, not Sanskrit?

General topics / Project Madurai
« on: November 06, 2011, 01:06:35 AM »
Somehow found this on web:

Project Madurai is an open and voluntary initiative to collect and publish free electronic editions of ancient tamil literary classics.

I do not speak a word of Tamil, but I though this site could be interesting for those who do.  :)

[Edit] Ooops, that topic should have gone to the "General Discussion" subforum ...  :-[

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Gods
« on: October 22, 2011, 02:03:24 AM »
What is the place of the gods in the philosophy of Bhagavan?

General topics / Sexuality & morals
« on: October 10, 2011, 07:55:27 PM »
I think the attitudes of Western societies towards sexuality and morals are very different from that in India.
What was Bhagavan's approach to the subject?

Arunachala / Arunachala Darshanas
« on: October 06, 2011, 07:15:13 AM »

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Translation of "Nan yar?"
« on: October 03, 2011, 11:57:20 AM »
I I'm not wrong here (I don't speak any Tamil), Nan yar? means I - who?.
So would it not be better translated as Who is I? ?

General topics / Anandamayi Ma
« on: October 02, 2011, 05:13:47 AM »
I know that Swami (Papa) Ramdas visited Bhagavan one.
Has Bhagavan ever met Anandamayi Ma?
I know she visited South India with some of her devotees.

Arunachala / Arunachala and mother of Bhagavan
« on: September 25, 2011, 05:36:30 AM »
When Arunachala grants moksha, why did Bhagavan have to stay with his mother while she was dying to give her moksha?

Every day when I go to sleep I say to myself "Tomorrow I will start with self-enquiry" - and the next evening I do the same.
Because I have no idea how to put it into practise.
Can anybody give me a hint?

I would use a chair for sitting, I cannot sit on the flour.
So when I sit on my chair - what am I to think? "Who am I?"?
What am I to feal when I think "Who am I?"?

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