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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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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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