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Dear All

Is there a place online where we can get all the Tamil works of Bhagavan Ramana and Muruganar online in Unicode format that is ideal for copy paste here . In Ramana Ashram website I am getting the free PDF Download version of Bhagavan Ramana's works ( but not Muruganara's ) but I want the online version in Unicode format like the ones available in Project Maduari and other sites that have all the great Tamil Classic works published online in different formats .
Kindly share the link if you have .

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I have been a great admirer of Saint Ramalingaswami alias Vallalar and want to use this thread to share some wonderful divine poems of his , his teachings and others opinion about him and his works .
I am not an expert on his works but still a beginner in my continued slow study of Classical Tamil Divine Poems ( like Thiruvachagam , Thevaram , Thirupuggazh, Bhagavan Ramana's Tamil works  etc ) I also consider his divine work Thiruarutpa to be one of the greatest Divine work in Tamil and want to use this thread to share some very important things about Vallalarr , his life and poems that I found on the net

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General topics / Remidies for common problems through stotras
« on: June 10, 2013, 01:18:48 PM »
http://www.astrologytraining.com/remedies.html

1) For marriage and child birth - Recite


    Mattapalli mangalastakam
    Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam
    Kanaka Dhara Sloka

2) For fear of death, severe health problems, eye trouble, loss of reputation,name and fame, litigation, difficulties to father - Recite


    Adhithya hirudhaya slokam
    Sudharshanastakam
    Sri Vishnu Sahasranaamam
    Hanuman Chalisa continiously for one mandalam (41 days)
    Or Perform Sudharshana Homam

3) For all types of difficulties - Recite

    Sri Vishnu Sahasranaamam
    Sri Lalitha Sahasranaamam for one mandalam

4) Financial problems - Recite

    Sri Lakshmi Sahasranamavali
    Soundarya Lahari
    Kanaka Dhara Sloka for one mandalam.

5) Fear of accidents and business development - Recite

    Sudharshanastakam,Mantra Rajapadam
    Mattapalli Mangalastakam

6) Kala Sarpa Dosha, Rahu-Ketu - Recite


    Garuda Dhandagam
    Sri Durga Suktam

7) Remedy for Sani (Saturn) - Recite

    Adhithya hirudhaya slokam
    Sudharshanastakam
    Sri Vishnu Sahasranaamam
    Hanuman Chalisa continiously for one mandalam
    Or Perform Sudharshana Homam

8) Remedy for Rahu/Ketu - Recite


    Garuda Dhandagam
    Sri Durga Suktam

9) Remedy for Guru (Jupiter) - Recite


    Sri Lakshmi Sahasranamavali
    Soundarya Lahari
    Kanaka Dhara Sloka for one mandalam.

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General topics / Today( Wed 15 May 2013 ) is Adi Shankara jayanti,
« on: May 15, 2013, 11:02:54 AM »

Today( Wed 15 May 2013 ) is Adi Shankara jayanti,the birth anniversary of Sri Adi Shankaracharya

Sri Adi Sankaracharya was born twelve centuries ago on a Sunday, on Shukla-Panchami day in the month of Vaishakha as per the Indian calendar. The parents (Sivaguru and Aryamba), named him Shankara (शं करोति इति शङ्कर/ śaṁ karoti iti Śaṅkara, i.e. bestower of auspiciousness) in grateful remembrance of Lord Shiva's grace and blessings because of which they begot this child.

The child had divine signs on the body, which are described thus:


मूर्धनि हिमकर चिह्नं निटिले नडनाडकं अंसयोः शूलम्।
वपुषे स्फटिकसवर्णं प्राज्ञास्तं मनिरे शंभुम्॥

mūrdhani himakara cihnaṁ niṭile naḍanāḍakaṁ aṁsayoḥ śūlam,
vapuṣe sphaṭikasavarṇaṁ prājñāstaṁ manire śaṁbhum.

“The learned and the wise saw the brilliance of the moon on his head; on his forehead the sign of the divine eye; his shoulder had the impress of the trident; his body was resplendent like crystal; verily, he looked like Śaṁbhu (Lord Shiva) Himself – walking in the world in human form.”

Speaking of the glory of Sri Sankaracharya, Swami Chinmayananda says:


“Sankara is not an individual. To the students of the Advaita philosophy, Sankara is an institution. No single person could ever have achieved what he achieved in his short span of life.

It is into a chaotic intellectual atmosphere that Sankara brought his life-giving philosophy of the Non-dual Brahman of the Upanishad. He showed himself to be a great organiser, a far sighted diplomat, a courageous hero and a tireless servant of the country. Selfless and unassuming, this mighty angel strode up and down the length and breadth of the country serving his motherland and teaching his countrymen to live up to the dignity and glory of Bharat. Such a vast programme can neither be accomplished by an individual nor sustained without institutions of great discipline and perfect organisation. Establishing the mathas, opening temples, organising halls of education, and even prescribing certain ecclesiastical codes – this mighty Master left nothing in maintaining what he achieved.

The more we adore him, not as a divine incarnation but as a sincere man inspired to serve the country and reconquer the nation from its slavery to alien ideologies – the more we shall successfully pay our tribute to our own culture.”

Today, on the occasion of Sri Sankaracharya's Jayanti (birth) day – let us offer our prostrations to this great Master of Advaita with the following shloka:

श्रुति-स्मृति-पुराणानाम् आलयं करुणालयम्।
नमामि भगवत्पादं शङ्करं लोकशङ्करम्॥

śruti-smṛti-purāṇānām ālayaṁ karuṇālayam,
namāmi bhagavatpādaṁ śaṅkaraṁ lokaśaṅkaram.

I salute Adi Sankaracharya, the abode of the Sruti (Vedas), Smrti (Gita etc.) and Puranas, the repository of compassion, one who is revered and the one who gives happiness to the world.

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I have got Sri Ramana Virunthu Part -3 but unable to find Sri Ramana Virunthu - Part 1 & 2
compiled by Siva. Deenanathan published by Sri Ramanasramam .
Are Parts 1 & 2 still available at the Ashram Book shop .I found only Part 3 available at the Online store ?

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Bhagavan’s 63rd Aradhana – Live Video Streaming….. Date: 07.05.2013 Timings: 09.00 AM (IST) to 11.00 AM (IST)
http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/live-video-streaming/

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Writer Proves You Can Survive Without the Internet for a Year
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/tech-writer-proves-survive-internet-year/story?id=19088407#.UYUzhko7GZY
 Even if some of us can remember a time before it, living without the Internet seems impossible.

But Paul Miller, a 26-year-old writer at The Verge, a technology site, just did the seemingly impossible: He survived a year without the Internet.

He didn't read e-mail, type a word into Google, or download apps. He never saw Obama tweet his reelection victory, watched a "Harlem Shake" video or had even seen a Vine. He lived his entire year -- a full 365 days -- offline in hopes of finding out more about himself and focusing on some other activities.

But Wednesday, Miller rejoined the rest of us digital nomads and reconnected the WiFi on his laptop and iPad.

ABC News spoke to Paul when he was just starting his journey last year and decided to catch up with him again to find out what he learned, how it went, and what he is looking forward to the most on the Internet again.


Did you really do it? Did you really avoid all parts of the Internet for a year?
Yes, with one exception. I was at the library trying to look for a book and I pulled up the card catalog and it turned out to be a website. I did inadvertently click a link, but as soon as I realized my mistake, I fled.

But yes, I avoided looking at people's screens all the time. Even when people tried to show me Instagrams on their phones I always looked away. I didn't use the Internet for a year.

What was the hardest part about it?
It was really easy to not load a browser or use apps and keep WiFi off, but when people tried to show me things -- funny YouTube videos or Instagrams -- it just felt really selfish of me. They wanted to show me something -- they weren't doing the experiment -- and it felt rude of me. They just wanted to share something with me, and I felt rude. That was hard.

When we talked earlier, you were finding out about other ways to communicate: the phone, telephone books, snail mail, etc. How did you get around not using the Internet?
A lot of those practical things never really became an issue. I went to the library a lot, but they don't really have books at the library anymore; they just have computers mostly now. I got a lot of letters but I never really got into the groove of sending letters. And then I used 411 a lot instead of the phonebook. I mostly just asked people questions. I really did learn you can get lots of great information from asking real people.



What did you want to accomplish in this year? Did you feel like it was a success?
I wanted to read a lot and educate myself. But then it evolved into an experiment where I could learn something about the Internet. I didn't really succeed, but I learned a lot. I got some reading done and some writing done, but I am not a transformed person.

What are you looking forward to seeing the most once you connect?
I want to see the big things I missed this year, the Internet culture that I missed. I also missed the people and connecting with them online.

 What did you learn? Do you come back to the Internet feeling more balanced?
The big thing I learned is I can't blame the Internet for my problems. I thought leaving the Internet would fix some of my issues, but they are more innate. The experiment was a failure because I didn't fix myself; I just stayed away from that part of myself. I did learn what priorities are important to me. Family is really important. I actually wasn't able to connect with my family as well since I couldn't Skype with my niece and nephew.

What is your advice to people that feel overwhelmed by the Internet, to those that wish they could disconnect more? I think we have an uphill climb. As a society, we are learning how to not bombard each other, and I think that's what becomes overwhelming. It's not that the Internet is crazy; it is the people on the Internet that want your attention. That's not wrong. We just need to figure out how to balance that.

Note: Paul was able to quit the Internet as part of his job at The Verge. He said he was really lucky he was able to do it.

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General topics / Thiruvanamalai Pathigam by Saint Ramalinga Swamigal
« on: April 22, 2013, 08:08:44 PM »
மூன்றாம் திருமுறை of Thiru Arutpa
16. திருவண்ணாமலைப் பதிகம்

( 2490 )
வளங்கிளர் சடையும் விளங்கிய இதழி மாலையும் மால்அயன் வழுத்தும்
குளங்கிளர் நுதலும் களங்கிளர் மணியும் குலவுதிண் புயமும்அம் புயத்தின்
தளங்கிளர் பதமும் இளங்கதிர் வடிவும் தழைக்கநீ இருத்தல்கண் டுவத்தல்
உளங்கிளர் அமுதே துளங்குநெஞ் சகனேன் உற்றரு ணையில்பெற அருளே

( 2491 )
அன்பர்தம் மனத்தே இன்பமுற் றவைகள் அளித்தவர் களித்திடப் புரியும்
பொன்பொலி மேனிக் கருணையங் கடலே பொய்யனேன் பொய்மைகண் டின்னும்
துன்பமுற் றலையச் செய்திடேல் அருணைத் தொல்நக ரிடத்துன தெழில்கண்
டென்புளம் உருகத் துதித்திடல் வேண்டும் இவ்வரம் எனக்கிவண் அருளே

( 2492 )
பூத்திடும் அவனும் காத்திடு பவனும் புள்விலங் குருக்கொடு நேடி
ஏத்திடும் முடியும் கூத்திடும் அடியும் இன்னமும் காண்கிலர் என்றும்
கோத்திடும் அடியர் மாலையின் அளவில் குலவினை என்றுநல் லோர்கள்
சாற்றிடும் அதுகேட் டுவந்தனன் நினது சந்நிதி உறஎனக் கருளே

( 2493 )
அருள்பழுத் தோங்கும் ஆனந்தத் தருவே அற்புத அமலநித் தியமே
தெருள்பழுத் தோங்கும் சித்தர்தம் உரிமைச் செல்வமே அருணையந் தேவே
இருள்பழுத் தோங்கும் நெஞ்சினேன் எனினும் என்பிழை பொறுத்துநின் கோயில்
பொருள்பழுத்தோங்கும் சந்நிதி முன்னர்ப்போந்துனைப் போற்றுமாறருளே

( 2494 )
மறையும் அம் மறையின் வாய்மையும் ஆகி மன்னிய வள்ளலே மலர்மேல்
இறையும்மா தவனும் இறையும்இன் னவன்என் றெய்திடா இறைவனே அடியேன்
பொறையும்நன் னிறையும் அறிவும்நற் செறிவும் பொருந்திடாப் பொய்யனேன் எனினும்
அறையும்நற் புகழ்சேர் அருணையை விழைந்தேன் அங்கெனை அடைகுவித் தருளே

( 2495 )
தேடுவார் தேடும் செல்வமே சிவமே திருஅரு ணாபுரித் தேவே
ஏடுவார் இதழிக் கண்ணிஎங் கோவே எந்தையே எம்பெரு மானே
பாடுவார்க் களிக்கும் பரம்பரப் பொருளே பாவியேன் பொய்யெலாம் பொறுத்து
நாடுவார் புகழும் நின்திருக் கோயில் நண்ணுமா எனக்கிவண் அருளே

( 2496 )
உலகுயிர் தொறும்நின் று‘ட்டுவித் தாட்டும் ஒருவனே உத்தம னேநின்
இலகுமுக் கண்ணும் காளகண் டமும்மெய் இலங்குவெண்ணீற்றணி எழிலும்
திலகஒள் நுதல்உண் ணாமுலை உமையாள் சேரிடப் பாலுங்கண் டடியேன்
கலகஐம் புலன்செய் துயரமும் மற்றைக் கலக்கமும் நீக்குமா அருளே

( 2497 )
அருட்பெருங் கடலே ஆனந்த நறவே அடிநடு அந்தமுங் கடந்த
தெருட்பெரு மலையே திருஅணா மலையில் திகழ்சுயஞ் சோதியே சிவனே
மருட்பெருங் கடலின் மயங்குகின் றேன்என் மயக்கெலாம் ஒழிந்துவன் பிறவி
இருட்பெருங் கடல்விட் டேறநின் கோயிற் கெளியனேன் வரவரம் அருளே

( 2498 )
கருணையங் கடலே கண்கள்மூன் றுடைய கடவுளே கமலன்மால் அறியா
அருணைஎங் கோவே பரசிவா னந்த அமுதமே அற்புத நிலையே
இருள்நிலம் புகுதா தெனைஎடுத் தாண்ட இன்பமே அன்பர்தம் அன்பே
பொருள்நலம் பெறநின் சந்நிதிக் கெளியேன் போந்துனைப் போற்றும்வா றருளே

( 2499 )
ஏதுசெய் திடினும் பொறுத்தருள் புரியும் என்உயிர்க் கொருபெருந் துணையே
தீதுசெய் மனத்தார் தம்முடன் சேராச் செயல்எனக் களித்தஎன் தேவே
வாதுசெய் புலனால் வருந்தல்செய் கின்றேன் வருந்துறா வண்ணம்எற் கருளித்
தாதுசெய் பவன்ஏத் தருணையங் கோயில் சந்நிதிக் கியான்வர அருளே

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A few weeks back I had posted Adi Shankara's Vaithyanatha Ashtakam in this forum .I am interested to know whether the famous Tamil Saivite Saints ( Appar , Sundarar , Sambandhar , Manickavachagar etc ) have sung Pathigams in this Temple for Vaithyanatha Swamy . If any specific Pathigam is there kindly share their names and reference .

Om Peace .

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General topics / Happy Ram Navami Fri 19 April 2013
« on: April 19, 2013, 08:06:42 AM »

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Yesterday some foreigners asked Mataji ( Ananda Mayi Ma )  questions.

Q: How can I get Self-Realization?

Ananda Mayi Ma: The Self is Swayam Prakash (self-illumined), so you need not do anything.

Q: But have we not to make an effort towards it?

Ma: Yes, there is a veil over the Self and you can remove it by your effort.

Q: What is the process towards this?

Ma: Do you really want it? Then will you do without questioning what I tell you?

Q: (hesitating) I came to India for this purpose and I regard Ramana Maharshi as my guru.

Ma: Then you must do exactly as He tells you. If you want Self-Realization and nothing else, you shall find a way. There is no doubt about it.

This is really the point and justifies what J.Krishnamurti said: “ If one is in dead earnest, this very seriousness becomes the guru.”

But who is in dead earnest?

'Death Must Die'

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 “Once during a visit to the Ashram in the 1940s
I was sitting outside the Old Hall with many
devotees, facing Sri Bhagavan who was reclining
on [his] couch. A group of learned pundits were
discussing certain passages from the Upanishads
with great enthusiasm and profundity. All, including
Bhagavan, appeared to be attentively listening to
this interesting discussion when, all of a sudden,
Bhagavan rose from his couch, walked thirty meters
to the north, and stood before a villager who was
standing there looking lowly with palms joined.
Immediately the discussion stopped and all eyes
were turned to Bhagavan and the villager standing
at a distance. They appeared to be conversing, but at
such a distance no one could tell about what. Soon
Bhagavan returned to his couch and the discussion
resumed. I was curious about this villager and why
Bhagavan had gone out of his way to meet him. So
while the discussion continued, I slipped away and
caught up with him before he left the Ashram. I
asked the villager what he and Bhagavan had talked
about. He said that Bhagavan had asked him why
he was standing there so far away. ‘I told Bhagavan,
“I am only an ignorant, poor villager. How am I
to approach you who are God incarnate?”’
‘What
did the Maharshi say then?’ I asked. ‘He asked me
my name, what village I was from, what work I did
and how many children I had, etc.’
‘Did you ask
Him anything?’ ‘I asked Him how I could be saved
and how I could earn His blessings.’ ‘
What did He
tell you?’ ‘He asked me if there was a temple in my
village. I told him there was. He wanted to know
the name of the deity of that temple. I told Him the
name. He then said that I should go on repeating
the name of that deity and I would receive all the
blessings needed.’”


“I came back to Bhagavan’s presence and sat among
the devotees listening to the learned discussion, in
which I had now lost all interest, realizing that the
simple humility and devotion of this peasant had
evoked a far greater response from our Master than
any amount of learning.
I then decided that, though
a scholar by profession, I should always remain a
humble, ignorant peasant at heart, and pray, like that
villager, for Bhagavan’s grace and blessings.”


Prof.K.Swaminathan

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Today i.e Sun 10 march is Maha Shiva Rathri and last year during Shiva Rathri Sri Ra Ganapathi attained Mukti and I felt it worthy to remember him for the wonderful contributions he made in the spiritual field in the form of his excellent spiritual books .



Shri Ra Ganapathi attained Mukti at 7:25 p.m. on Feb 20th 2012 on the auspicious Maha Shivaratri evening.
He was very conscious at the moment of his passing, and started a japam as he started on his way. He had been well aware of the forthcoming end and had shared it with people close to him. In a letter written earlier in the day he said he saw mukti devta spreading the red carpet for him. Shri Ganapati will live through his works, continuing the mission of carrying the Voice of Divinity to reach far beyond his times

He was keenly devoted to Maha Swamigal, Sri Chandrasekhara Bharathi Maha Swamigal of Sringeri,Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sri Satya Sai Baba and Yogi Ramsuratkumar. He was a keen proponent of Aikya or Unity among the various Sankara Mathas. He used to call the Mahaswamigal, Sri Chandrasekhara Bharathi Maha Swamigal and Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi as the Advaita Triumvirate of the 20th century.



Despite his extensive knowledge of wide-ranging topics, incisive analytical ability, sharp intellect and brilliant writing skills, he never wrote on subjects other than in the spiritual domain. Shri Ganapati never coveted any fame or material possessions, and spurned offers to write film scripts or pursue other lucrative avenues. He was quick to dispense with his royalty earnings to charitable institutions, and espoused the cause of charity as a living example, giving to the needy through regular contributions. He lived a simple life of austerity and prayers, exuding love and affection, and enquiring caringly after the well-being of all who came to meet him .



He merged with the Absolute on Maha Sivarathri day, chanting the Naama till the end. What greater example of Mukhthi, there could be?



Deivathin Kural ( Voice of God )

The most outstanding of his works, which can be truly acclaimed as his Life and Mission, was Deivathin kural, a seven-volume, 6000+ page treasure trove of knowledge on Hindu dharma, which took the Shri Kanchi Maha Periyava's teachings to thousands across the globe. A wealth of information that touches upon disciplines covering science, arts, literature, sociology and religion, these volumes never cease to amaze the readers who vouch by it as illuminating and even life-transforming.

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General Discussion / Awesome Conversation between God And a Man. ♥
« on: March 07, 2013, 09:31:23 AM »
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Awesome Conversation between God And a
Man. ♥

Man: God, can I ask You a question?

God: Sure

Man: Promise You won’t get mad …

God: I promise

Man: Why did You let so much stuff happen to
me today?

God: What do u mean?

Man: Well, I woke up late

God: Yes

Man: My car took forever to start

God: Okay

Man: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong
& I had to wait

God: Huummm

Man: On the way home, my phone went DEAD,
just as I picked up a call

God: All right

Man: And on top of it all off, when I got home
~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot
massager & relax. BUT it wouldn’t work!!!
Nothing went right today! Why did You do
that?

God: Let me see, the death angel was at your
bed this morning & I had to send one of My
Angels to battle him for your life. I let you
sleep through that

Man (humbled): OH

GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there
was a drunk driver on your route that would
have hit you if you were on the road.

Man: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich
today was sick & I didn’t want you to catch
what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to
miss work.

Man (embarrassed): Okay

God: Your phone went dead bcuz the person
that was calling was going to give false
witness about what you said on that call, I
didn’t even let you talk to them so you would
be covered.

Man (softly): I see God

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a
shortage that was going to throw out all of the
power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you
wanted to be in the dark.

Man: I’m Sorry God

God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to Trust Me…. in
All things , the Good & the bad.


Man: I will trust You.

God: And don’t doubt that My plan for your
day is Always Better than your plan.


Man: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God,
Thank You for Everything today.

God: You’re welcome child. It was just another
day being your God and I Love looking after
My Children…

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VISWANATHA SWAMI
A Hidden Gem
Murray Feldman


Viswanatha Swami first came to stay with Bhagavan when he was about 19 years old. His father, Ramaswamy Iyer, was a first cousin of Bhagavan.
I had the good fortune to spend considerable time with this great devotee of Ramana Maharishi from April 1976, until he became ill and passed away at 75 years of age on the 22nd November, 1979. How he came to Bhagavan has been written about elsewhere. Here I attempt to show how he exemplified, so wonderfully and devotedly the teachings of Bhagavan.

When I first came to the Ashram in 1976, I sought out Mrs. Osborne to hear about Bhagavan and to discuss his teachings and their practical application. She told me that I should visit an unassuming older devotee by the name of Viswanatha Swami who, except for his work on The Mountain Path, was living quietly at the back of the Ashram in a side room of the old dispensary.

I found his room near the dispensary the next day and went to visit him around 4 pm. Timidly approaching his open door, I saw a grey-bearded man sitting quietly on his bed with his legs dangling and staring straight ahead. I asked him if he was Viswanatha Swami. He nodded and gestured for me to enter and sit on the bench opposite him. I asked him a question about the application of ‘Who Am I’.

He did not look at me but said very tenderly, “Bhagavan’s teaching is one of the Heart.”

At that moment, he closed his eyes and a beautiful delicate silence filled the room. I too closed my eyes and we sat together in this stillness. Time passed very quickly and after about an hour, he opened his eyes and gestured for me to leave. He said that I could come the next day around the same time if I wished to. This was the beginning of an extremely beautiful and important period in my life. I had planned to stay at the Ashram for only four days but nothing pulled my heart elsewhere during the next couple of years. I am sure it was to a large degree Viswanatha who made Bhagavan come alive for me. It is very true that Bhagavan’s presence is profoundly felt at the Ashram but Viswanatha brought Him alive as a Guru in the flesh.

After that remarkable first day, I went to visit Viswanatha daily. For two months, he hardly spoke another word to me. But after that, he told me many stories of being around Bhagavan. He represented Him in such a beautiful and true way. His love for Bhagavan and His teachings were evident in his words and his manner and he often mentioned how still and beautiful Bhagavan was.

During those two months effortless peace became my constant companion and I had the opportunity to sit with Viswanatha daily and to watch him with other people.
Ashram workers, old devotees and others would come in and talk to him about their problems. He gave advice, medicine, money, food and patience to all those who came for help. He was always surrounded by a wonderful peace. Even his movements seemed silent. I began to feel that he embodied a culmination of the three yogas; deep devotion for Bhagavan, jnana (wisdom) and effortless selfless service. He constantly gave to others in such a kind way without any hesitation.

After a period he allowed me to spend more time with him and we started to do pradakshina together. These were wonderful times as he brought Ramana so alive on these walks. He would point out the places where Bhagavan would sit and it was easy to imagine Ramana in these places. Once when we were walking he said, “People say that Parvati walked here. This I don’t know about but what I do know is that Bhagavan Himself walked along this very place where we are walking now.” Words cannot explain the love that was in his voice as he said this.

When Viswanatha walked, he was so quiet. He walked perfectly straight, rarely looking to the left or right: just silently walking.
One time when we did a pradakshina in the rainy season we got soaking wet. When the rain started to come down, even here, he showed his love for Ramana by reminding me of the gift of this beautiful rain that Bhagavan was giving us. We laughed and laughed with joy at this gift. When we arrived late at the Ashram we went in to get food and Balu served us with equal joy. Viswanatha spoke with great affection about Balu and how he loved to serve the devotees.

Once he told me how Bhagavan came to his room in the middle of the night knocking on his door. Bhagavan said to him, “Quick, quick, let’s go for pradakshina before anyone else finds out.” The two of them walked together and Bhagavan gave him teachings along the whole circumambulation of the hill. Viswanatha had such a beautiful smile when he told me about this. He did not smile a lot but when he did his whole face beamed and when he laughed his whole body laughed.

Viswanatha always encouraged me to visit the places in the area that were associated with Bhagavan. He would ask me if I had visited places like Mango Tree Cave, Pavazhakkunru, and Turtle Rock (where Bhagavan had his second death experience).

Once I did not visit Viswanatha for two days as I had dysentery. I was staying in a small hut at Saraswati Nilayam and was shocked and very touched when, who should I see approaching me at 4 pm but Viswanatha Swami! He said, with a smile and a chuckle, “Mohammed has not come to the mountain, so the mountain has come to Mohammed.” He gave me some chyavanaprash he had brought. Viswanatha was very fond of chyavanaprash as a general tonic. After that, he said, come, we are going for a walk. I said that I had dysentery but he replied that I would be fine. Needless to say, I was fine. After walking for a while, I asked where we were going. He told me, “It’s a secret and you will like it.”

We walked out of the town to a small shrine. This was Gurumurtham one of the places where Bhagavan had stayed in His early days. Viswanatha showed me the indentation in the wall where Bhagavan had sat for long hours. Viswanatha was always ready to talk about Bhagavan and his teachings.

During one period, I became very sluggish and dull. I decided to do a retreat in Hyderabad with the well-known Buddhist meditation teacher Goenkaji. When I returned from this retreat several people were critical of my need to go away. This disturbed me so I thought I would ask Viswanatha about it. I went to the Ashram in the morning planning to see him in the evening. As I started walking up the steps by the bookstore I met Viswanatha as he was coming out of the Ashram office.

He looked at me, smiled, and asked if I wanted to go for tea. It was a hot summer’s day and he was carrying his umbrella. As we were walking out of the Ashram, bells started to ring. Viswanatha said, “Sound comes out of silence, sound is sustained in silence and sound returns to silence, silence is all.” We drank the tea and I thought this was a perfect time to talk with him, but I felt shy. We walked back to his room and he said, “Come into my room, there is an article I want you to look at for The Mountain Path.” He gave me the perfect opportunity but I still felt shy to do so. After I had read the article, he asked for my thoughts on it. He then asked me if I had anything else to say and I said no. He said to come back around four.

As I left however, he called me back and said, “Hey you, what do you want?” I was amazed at how Bhagavan had so wonderfully set the whole thing up to help remove my doubts and worries. I told Viswanatha about the Goenka meditation that I did and how the meditation emphasizes the purification of the latent (unconscious) mental tendencies.

He looked at me so sweetly and slowly started to lie down on his bed. As he was lying down he said, “I know nothing about the mind or its tendencies. All I know is, be asleep to it all.” I am sure to this day that his face changed complexion, almost becoming grey, and he started to snore. I was sitting there and he was snoring. At that moment, an Ashram worker came in to see Viswanatha. He saw Viswanatha sleeping there and he promptly lay down on a bench as well and started to snore. I decided to lie down too on the bed beside Viswanatha and went into a deep deep stillness. After a while, I became aware of the noises around us and looked. Viswanatha was rising from the bed and staring at me. He said very pointedly, “Do you understand?” The Ashram worker was still snoring. Viswanatha laughed and said, “He does.”

As I read over these few words, I see that they just cannot convey the beauty of this great devotee of Bhagavan. His love for Bhagavan and his gratitude to Him shone in every action he did and in every word he uttered. It is strange that we never spoke about Viswanatha’s initial meeting with Bhagavan, but everything he said and did reflected his love and devotion. Sitting quietly at the back of the Ashram in his room, he truly was a hidden gem.

Murray Feldman practises and teaches homoeopathy in Vancouver, Canada. He first came to Bhagavan in February 1976. He planned on staying for four days and stayed for four years. He has been visiting the ashram on a regular basis since that time.


source: MOUNTAIN PATH October 2012

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