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Arunachala / Mental Pradakshina
« on: May 14, 2011, 09:56:40 PM »
When someone is unable to go to Arunachala physically, can that person perform mental Pradakshina?

General Discussion / Was Annamalaiyar temple a Jain temple?
« on: May 11, 2011, 02:46:29 PM »
From Wikipedia:
As per archaeologist and confirmed history ,this Arunachaleshwara temple was originally converted from Dravidian Samanar religion, who are micro minority in South India now. Around 8000 Samanar saints were killed in one day when this temple as well as many Samanar temples were forcibly converted to Brahmin temples. There is no historicity in Brahminical claims. However it makes no difference who controls the temple and the main deity who is renamed after Shiva originally from Arugar ( Adinath- Dravidian god) , Such temples which were originally part of non-vedic dravidian heritage,which includes other famous temples like Nagaraj temple in Nagercoil,Kamakshi temple in Kanchipuram, Varadarperumal in Kanchipuram, Tirupati Balaji at Thirumala hills. History of Hinduism started in Tamilnadu only after 5 th C A.D.
Please, is this true?

General topics / Women who were Jnanis
« on: May 11, 2011, 02:16:20 PM »
Can someone list the names of some women Jnanis for me, so that I can do further research?

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Shiva & Shakti
« on: February 11, 2011, 08:02:58 PM »
What I understand of Hindu philosophy, Shiva does nothing, only Shakti (Devi) acts.
Is that true?
What did Bhagavan say about Shiva & Shakti?

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Liberation
« on: February 06, 2011, 01:57:25 AM »
In a book about Ramakrishna Paramahamsa I read him say that of 1 million people liberation is attained by perhaps 1 person only.
When it is so rare, why even bother?

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Food - how & what to eat
« on: December 22, 2010, 01:21:30 AM »
What does Mahrishi say about food & eating?
I live in the west, supermarkets offer a wast variety of food.
What should one eat?
When shoulod one eat (morning, evening)?
How much should one eat?

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhagavan on Shakti Ma?
« on: September 19, 2010, 08:00:49 PM »
Please, I would like to know about Bhagavan's teachings about Devi Shakti.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhagavan on Karma?
« on: August 22, 2010, 06:37:11 PM »
What did Bhagavan say about Karma, is Karma for individuals only or do groups such as families, countries or even companies have Karma too?

There is currently a discussion going on in USA and in many European countries about the questions if homosexual people can change to heterosexual, and if they should be allowed to marry as man & women do.
Is homosexuality a mental disorder?
Has Bhagavan ever said something about this?

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Ganapati Muni
« on: August 13, 2010, 04:43:51 PM »
I would like to know about Ganapati Muni.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Ganges
« on: August 11, 2010, 10:57:34 PM »
There is the believe that someone who takes a bath in the Ganges gets purified of all sons.
Has Bhagavan ever spoken about Ganges, as he lived in South India were Ganges does not flow?

Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi once recalled an interesting episode of Virupaksha cave days on the hill of Arunachala.
Bhagavan once thought of skipping breakfast due to the prevailing indigestion. He retreated from the cave quietly and slipped into the forest.
In the forest He was approached by seven ladies who each had a bag in their shoulder and accosted to have breakfast with them.
Each one competed with each other in serving Bhagavan.
Bhagavan managed to partake of the food of the seven sudden visitors and managed to escape from there.
While He took leave, they shouted back telling that He was entitled to have lunch as well with them and there was no way of escape.

Bhagavan as customary of Him, steeped in solitude, walked deep into the jungle to avoid being spotted by the wonder women.
As He rested under a tree, to His surprise the seven women once again appeared and expressed their wish to share their mid day meal with Him.
As Bhagavan spurt out a few words of protest saying that breakfast was suffice to keep Him going for three days, the three ladies engaged in getting prepared to serve Him. A variety of sumptuous dishes were served.

The women reverentially asked Bhagavan to partake of the food and to give up His protest.
They asked Him to consider that the lunch was specially hosted by the queen of the place, Goddess Unnamulai, Thiruvannamalai for Him.
After a while they surprisingly disappeared from the place. Bhagavan felt that perhaps they belonged to a different world.

It seemed having carried out the instruction of Unnamulai ( Mother Parvati as addressed in Thiruvannamalai ) they went their way.
Complete surrender meets the necessities of the hour unfailingly could be the message from this episode.
We may not be possessed of the devotion of thorough surrender like Bhagavan.
However the most merciful Master demanded only partial surrender for our redemption from both material and spiritual issues.
I found this story here.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Arunachala Shiva
« on: August 05, 2010, 04:53:12 AM »
Will chanting of "Arunachala Shiva" lead to liberation?
What did Bhagvan say about this?
I ask because I am not fit for self-enquiry.

Was does Maharishi say about this subject?

Arunachala / Arunachala Puranam and Arunachala Mahatmiyam in English?
« on: June 04, 2010, 09:45:53 PM »
Are there English translations of Arunachala Puranam and Arunachala Mahatmiyam and where can I get them?

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