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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Gods
« on: October 23, 2011, 06:25:14 PM »
Ramakrishna Paramahamsa thought that Brahman and Shakti are the same.
Is this true?


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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Gods
« on: October 23, 2011, 05:27:41 PM »

Mahadevi's forms and names issued out of Brahaman's manifesting power. They are also names and forms only. It is all manifesting
power of Brahman, which is the only Reality, without name and form, eternal and ever present, the One without a second.
But did not Bhagavan perform Sri Chakra puja?
And Sri Chakra is the yantra of goddess Lalita Tripurasundari.

When Mahadevi's forms & names come from Brahman, why did Ganapati Muni worship Shakti instead of Brahman?




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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Gods
« on: October 22, 2011, 03:17:01 PM »


All gods are only forms and names. They have been created or they came as avataras like Krishna and Rama. Siva has no
avatara, or incarnation.  Sri Bhagavan said that Brhaman is the only eternal, ever present, Reality.  All gods are super impositions
on the formless Brahman.  The Self or Brahman is like Screen.  All gods are like films shown on the screen.


What about Mahadevi (Shakti) and her various forms?
Are they only forms and names too?
Did not Bhagavan himself have a vision of Sri Minakshi Devi?

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Arunachala / Re: Arunachala Darshanas
« on: October 22, 2011, 03:14:12 PM »


Dear Jyoti,

You are right. The murti of Arunachaleswara is in the form of Lingam.  Devi is in usual feminine form. Arunachala
Mahatymyam says Devi got her half of Siva's form in Arunachala.  Hence she is called Ardha Nari. Ardha = half; Nari =woman.
This is mentioned also in various Tamizh bhakti literature.

 
Isn't one of Devi's names Urcavar?
What is the meaning of this name?

I think I read somewhere that when Shiva manifested as the Lingam, Uma came out of the Lingam to enlighten Vishnu & Brahma about the nature of Brahman..
Or do I confuse this with the story from the Kena-Upanishad where Uma teaches Agni, Vayu and Indra?

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Gods
« on: October 22, 2011, 01:08:11 PM »
Dear Jyoti,

Or do you mean various Devathas?
Yes, I mean devatas like Durga, Krishna,...

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Arunachala / Re: Arunachala Darshanas
« on: October 22, 2011, 02:12:55 AM »
Is it correct to assume that the murti of Lord Arunachaleshwarar consists of a lingam only (no face)?
It looks like on this picture.

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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?

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General topics / Re: Sexuality & morals
« on: October 11, 2011, 01:13:12 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?

What do you mean by sexuality?  Do you refer orientation?
Sex before/outside marriage, sexuality of woman, homosexuality.

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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?

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Arunachala / Re: Arunachala and mother of Bhagavan
« on: October 09, 2011, 10:52:07 AM »


Dear Jyoti,

Who said Grace is  conditional. Grace is conditional.


Arunachala Siva.   
Did you mean unconditional?

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Arunachala / Re: Arunachala Darshanas
« on: October 08, 2011, 10:37:04 PM »
Is there anywhere a site that shows pictures of Arunachala from 8 directions?

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Arunachala / Re: Arunachala and mother of Bhagavan
« on: October 08, 2011, 10:30:26 PM »



Dear Jyoti

One should stay in Arunachala or within thee yojanas [thirty kms] through out his life. Not only that. He should lead a spiritual
life. [this is not of course, mentioned in the poem]. And such a living with spiritual leanings shall confer moksha without deeksha
i.e without getting into sannyasa dharma, without  getting the touch of the Guru and also Diskha  name. But at the same time,
the unspoken element of spiritual pursuits must be there, to the extent of nullifying all vasanas.  This is the minimum qualification. The rest is taken care, by Arunachala.

Pazhani Swami had spiritual pursuits but still there were some hidden vasanas. So even Guru's touch could not do the required conferring of moksha.

One gentleman in the Asramam gave me an example to drive home this point. The puranas say that circumambulating a particular
tree, so many times per day, shall give the girl a baby. But if the girl is unmarried, and if she goes round and round the tree,
will she get a child? The qualification is that she must be married and should live with her husband and she must be childless and
she must yearn for a child. Then she can go round the tree to get the benefit.



Arunachala Siva.
       

         
So in order to obtain the grace of Lord Arunachala, certain requirements need to be fulfilled.
That is most disapointing, I thought the grace of Lord Arunachala were unconditional.

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Arunachala / Re: Arunachala and mother of Bhagavan
« on: October 08, 2011, 06:05:49 PM »


Dear Jyoti.

That person was not a monk but one Pazhani Swami who was doing all service to Sri Bhagavan in the early years. His guru
bhakti was tremendous. Sri Bhagavan wanted to confer moksha for him. So when he suffered from some terminal illness,
Sri Bhagavan sat near him and placed His hands on the head and chest. At the final moment, Sri Bhagavan thought that his
breath has gone to dwell in the Heart,  He took away His hands. But Pazhani Swami's vasanas were still there, and so he opened
his eyes for a second and the breath flew away through the eyes. Sri Bhagavan understood His mistake of taking  away His hands
a little early, and at the same time the vasanas of Pazhani Swami did not quell in full.  Even a single vasana will give a fresh birth.
That is why his prana flew away through the eyes.  Sri Bhagavan took special care in Mother's case and did not leave His hands till
her vasanas did completely die in the Heart and the prana also withdrew into the Heart. So she could attain moksha.

So in spite of a Guru's help, when vasanas are still there, as the destiny would have it, prana will fly away in the last moment
through any one of the orifices like nose, eyes, mouth, and ears. Guru's help will be 100% successful, only when vasanas are
totally dead.



Arunachala Siva.       
But Pazhani Swami lived near Arunachala, so why did he not get moksha vasanas or not?
It is said that whoever lives near Arunachala gets moksha.
When only getting rid of the last vasana liberates one, what is the significance of Arunachala?

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Arunachala / Re: Arunachala and mother of Bhagavan
« on: October 08, 2011, 05:19:57 PM »


Dear jyoti,

Arunachala = Sri Bhagavan.


But there was also a monk whom Bhagavan tried to give moksha but failed because he took his hand from his chest too early.
So when Bhagavan is Arunachala & Arunachala is Bhagavan - how could this happen?

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

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