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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?".

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

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Sadhana Tips
« on: November 10, 2011, 03:40:41 AM »


Sri Bhagavan used to love children very much and seeing her curiosity, asked her to say, Deham, Koham, Naham, Soham, which
were the first words of the four line verse.             
Please, what do these words mean?

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

http://www.projectmadurai.org/index.html

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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 ...  :-[

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Gods
« on: November 05, 2011, 09:12:27 PM »
I do not mean if God (Brahman/Self) dies when people stop believing, I mean if the gods (devatas) die when people forgett them.
There are many cgods who do not receive any worship anymore, because the cultures they belonged too are death.
Do these "forms & names" still exist, or do forms and names vanish when nobody pays attention to them?

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Gods
« on: November 03, 2011, 10:24:31 PM »


All gods are only forms and names. They have been created or they came as avataras like Krishna and Rama.

Created by whom?
Do the gods die when people stop believing in them?

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General topics / Re: Aryan Invasion Theory and the Arya-Dravid Problem
« on: November 02, 2011, 01:53:38 AM »
I'm no expert in that field, but I think "dravidian" is perhaps just the South Indian, Tamil language branch of Indian civilization.

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Gods
« on: October 26, 2011, 11:11:32 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Thank you very much for these verses.  :)

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Arunachala / Re: Arunachala Darshanas
« on: October 26, 2011, 09:16:57 PM »

You are right. The murti of Arunachaleswara is in the form of Lingam.
Is this an exception, or did the person who took that photo make a mistake and it is not Lord Arunachaleahwarar?

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Gods
« on: October 26, 2011, 09:00:18 PM »

So where is difficulty for you in worshipping Arunachala?
I ave no difficulty worshipping Arunachala, but I want to address Arunachala as mother.

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Gods
« on: October 25, 2011, 02:51:02 PM »
Dear ksksat27,

I think when one wants to worship Devi why not in the form of Arunachala?
Arunachala Shiva can also be heard as Arunachala Shivaa - Shiva/masculine, Shivaa/feminine.

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Gods
« on: October 25, 2011, 01:23:04 PM »

Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni said that Tiruvannamalai is a Sri Chakra with nine roads leading to the Hill.
So from the Shakta viewpoint Arunachala mountain is the bindu of Sri Chakra?

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Gods
« on: October 25, 2011, 10:50:37 AM »
All Dasa Maha Vidays are very very valid  and sri charka worship is one of the 10 Maha Vidyas.
Isn't Arunachala seen as Sri Chakra by the Shaktas?
Bhagavan saw people in the mountain, even streets, as if there were a whole city inside of Arunachala.

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Gods
« on: October 25, 2011, 06:53:15 AM »
Naayana himself believed to the end of his life that he was an Avatar of Ganapati, and firmly believed Bhagavan  Ramana Maharshi, his master, being an Avatar of his brother Skanda.
Did Bhagavan himself say anything to that point?

When Ganapati Muni was an Avatara, how can it be he did not attain enlightenment?
I think Bhagavan said he didn't because his wish for power was too strong.

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Gods
« on: October 24, 2011, 06:46:38 PM »
I have heard that Bhagavan is an incarnation of Skanda.
Is this true and how can that be when Skanda is just form & name?

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Gods
« on: October 23, 2011, 11:05:52 PM »
When gods are only forms and names, how and why are Bhakti Yogis such as Mirabai able to attain enlightenment?

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