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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: July 20, 2014, 12:16:41 AM »
Another visitor asked, ?Why is there so much pain even for the innocent, such as children for instance? How is it to be explained? With reference to previous births or otherwise??

As about the world, if you know your own reality, these questions won?t arise. All these differences, the pains and miseries of the innocent, as you say, do they exist independently of you? It is you that see these things and ask about them. If by the enquiry ?Who am I?? you understand the seer, all problems about the seen will be completely solved.

Dr. Syed asked, ?If a person prays for a spiritual good for say two years and yet is not answered, what should he do??
Bhagavan: It may be it is for his good that the prayer is not granted.

- Day by Day with Bhagavan

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: July 19, 2014, 08:17:35 PM »

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: July 16, 2014, 05:44:13 PM »
Sadhana Panchakam of Sri Adi Shankara

As the name suggests, Adi shankarAchArya has listed down in 5 verses, 40 steps of sAdhanA (discipline) to be followed to achieve the only meaningful goal of human life- Moksha (liberation)

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: July 16, 2014, 01:56:33 PM »
Paramacharyar?s 3 Commandments

This is the English translation of my previous post ?Maha Periyavalin 3  Kattalaigal? with more additional information.

I. Perform Sandyavandanam 3 times daily.
II. Do Sahasra Gayathri.
III. Observe Ekadasi Upavasam.

I. Sandyavandanam:

It is a MUST that you do Sandyavandanam daily 3 times without fail. If for any reason you could not perform any one time or so, keep an account of it and do it whenever possible in future ? either the same day or next day or the day after or any day in future in day or night. The idea is it should NOT be omitted. ( As told by Sri Musiri Periyava ) He is one of the 4 who Maha Periyava mentioned in His own voice as Mahan.

I I. Sahasra Gayathri Japam:

Maha Periyava has elaborated the sanctity and importance of Gayathri japam many times. That too Sahasra Gayathri. He has given Upadesam to a retired devotee like this. ?Keep doing Sahasra Gayathri daily. This is for your divinity or Aanmigam. Help illiterate people coming to post office to read and write and accept whatever they give you. That is enough for your livelihood?

This Upadesam is not only to him but also to every one of us. We should not be running after money all the time. Money is essential but only just. I used to tell my students that money is like a dog. If you chase it, it will go away and if you go away from it, it will chase you.  A decent income is enough during our retired life. He has asked us to do Sahasra Gayathri at least on Sundays before retirement and daily after.

If we get 1 hour daily, avoid watching TV and perform Sahasra Gayathri, we get the punyam of following His order. You are wondering that it is easily said than done right? Let me give you a method.

Daily in the morning or evening make yourself free for 1 hour. Take bath, perform Sandyavandanam wearing Panchakachcham and settle in a secluded place on an aasanam, sit erect facing east, north or west and start.

It is said that our palm is comparable to Maha Meru. Each finger has 3 parts. Take the middle of right ring finger as 1, base as 2. Little finger 3,4 and 5 (base, middle and top), tip of ring finger is 6, tip of mid finger is 7, index finger 8,9 and 10 ( top, middle and base). Then the reverse ie 11, base of index finger to 20, middle of ring finger. Chant 1 Gayathri for 1 number. Total is 20 Gayathri. If you do like this, it is equivalent to doing Pradakshina of Maha Meru. (Aadi Parasakthi?s abode). Chant silently and properly without movement of lips or any sound. This is 1000 times more powerful than open chanting.

We have not seen Maha Meru. So let me give you a way out for this. Imagine Tiruvannamalai as Maha Meru.

1. Do namaskaaram in front of east Gopura vaasal.
2. Dharshan of Pillayar in south Gopura vasal.
3. Seshadri Swamigal dharshan.
4. Ramana Maharishi?s dharshan.
5. Yama linga dharshan.
6. Nandiemperuman dharshan.
7. Maha Vishnu dharshan.
8. Anjaneya Swami dharshan.
9. Girivala pathai.
10. Aadhi Annamalaiyar sannathi. ( Brahmma poojai seitha Lingam).
11. Namaskaaram to  Aadhi Annamalaiyar.
12. North Girivala path. An old gopuram is seen.
13. Kubera Linga dharshan.
14. Idukku Pillayar.
15. Panchamuga dharshan.
16. Eesanya moolai. North east.
17. East Girivala path.
18. East Girivala path.
19. We are nearing the Gopura vasal.
20. Reaching East Gopura vasal.

Those who have done Girivalam can understand the above.

Now let us see what is breathing practice.

Our normal breathing should be abdominal breathing. Abdomen should move back and forth and not thorax. Keep one hand in abdomen and one on the chest. As you breath out, your abdomen hand should go in or backwards completely. During inhalation, that hand should move forward first and in deep inhalation, your hand on the chest should move forward. When you exhale, chest should go in first and then abdomen fully inwards. In normal breathing only abdomen should move and not the chest. In deep breathing both should move sequentially as explained. Understand?  The placement of hand is only for practice. In due course you will get it automatically and without your knowledge you will breath abdominally. They have established that anything you practice for 21 days becomes a habit.

This is a bit different from Pranayama. As a doctor I advocate abdominal breathing to everyone. Diaphragm is the major muscle of respiration and by abdominal breathing, maximum air goes in and is good in many ways.

Now let?s come back to Girivalam.

1-20 Gayathri: Take a deep breath as mentioned above and start, simultaneously moving the thumb along the other fingers as mentioned, keeping your thought on the relevant places along the Girivala path and do Gayathri. Do as long as you can hold your breath. Usually upto 8 and then slowly exhale while chanting the next 2. Repeat from 11 to 20. (2 deep breaths). Initially you may take 3 or 4 and will improve with practice.

Now place an aasanam in front of you and keep 10 nel or beads or anything on top. After doing 20 as mentioned above, fold your left ring finger as 1. After completing 5 times ie all 5 fingers are folded the count is 100. Place 1 nel. Like this place 3 nel on left, 3 on top and 3 on the right. Now you will get the shape of a Lingam. Place the 10 th nel as Aavudai facing any direction other than south. Now 1000 Gathri is over. Chant another 8, do Neivethyam (offering), chant Rudram and complete it by doing Totakashtagam.

While doing Girivalam, instead of you going alone, you may take your family with you.

There are lots of benefits by this method. Let?s see what are they.

    They say that by thinking of Tiruvannamalai, you attain Moksha. Now we have done 50 pradakshinas.
    We have made our family members also benefit from this.
    You have performed deep abdominal breathing 100 times.
    Abdominal muscles will strengthen.
    Your tummy will reduce.
    As you sit erect with or without support, your back muscles will strengthen.
    This type of breathing will stimulate brain and keep your body, mind and brain healthy.
    As pancreas is in the upper abdomen at the back, doing abdominal breathing may stimulate it and control your diabetes as well. (Research needed on this)
    Your concentration power will sharpen.
    Above all you have had dharshan of Mahans, Deiva sannathis 50 times and the Giri itself- non other than Lord Siva.
    As I mentioned in the beginning, various points in the fingers represent various places along the path. It is common that our thoughts go astray many times if you start meditation. It may even go to the extent of cursing somebody whom we consider as enemy! In that event we can always quickly come back to the assigned place and continue our goal. In due course our concentration will be intact and this is a good exercise for that.
    This is 1 hour japam. At least in this 1 hour we will be in Satsang without any bad thoughts.

The benefits are much more.

I mentioned Tiruvannamalai as I am familiar. Used to do Girivalam on Pournami nights since young. Will write about it later. It is an example only. Each one may focus on any temple or kshetram or anything you are familiar with, Siva or Vishnu or any other God. The idea is to do Sahasra Gayathri, deep breathing and be in Satsangam. Mainly 3 in 1. It is important to do that as per Maha Periyava?s order for Logakshemam.

III. Ekadasi Upavasam:

Maha Periyava has mentioned a lot about Upavasam. Especially Ekadasi Upavasam. A recent American study shows that fasting reduces our cholesterol level!

Mahan has said ? Fast on Ekadasi and eat moderately on other days?  We will NEVER get into trouble if we meticulously follow his order. Try fasting on Ekadasi. Then you will understand the benefits of it. First out tummy will start reducing. As our stomach Is conditioned to be small, the next day you cannot eat your normal amount of food and if you continue in the coming days to maintain the same amount of food intake, that is the best think to do for a healthy life style. Have to stop at first burp. Eat only when hungry. Eat slowly. Have a balanced food of moderate amount and enjoy it. Don?t eat anything in between meals except drinks. Drink water to thirst. If you practice like this, you won?t have the urge to eat this and that. This will help in spiritual advancement.

Diabetics also can fast. There is no need for anti diabetic medication on the fasting day. Nothing will happen. Use home blood sugar monitoring 2 or 3 times that day initially to assess your blood sugar response. If uncontrolled, limit your fasting. These are exceptions. Use your common sense in these matters. Normally only when food enters mouth, it stimulates L cells in the terminal ileum which in turn produces substances which stimulate insulin and other hormones. So during fasting insulin will not be released but need to monitor blood glucose and act accordingly. But other medications for hypertension may be taken.

On Ekadasi day one should be all the time thinking about divinity and Satsangam. That is essential. Should not sleep during day time. By practicing with passion and determination, one will see the change in the mindset and attitude. I practice all the three with His Blessings. Take only udhrini jalam during Sandyavandanam on that day if possible.
When have to drive long, should not fast. Have to use discretion on these days. The method of Girivalam, Gayathri and Meditation just occurred to me and I am 200% sure it is due to Maha Periyava?s Grace. I pray to Him to give me strength to continue this for ever. I consider all His devotees as my brothers and sisters. If you have any doubt in your health condition and need a second opinion, please feel free to ask me. I will be more than happy to assist you in any possible way. You may email me or call in person. I close with the statement ? Bhakthi is essential but Bhakthi without determination (vairagyam) is useless?

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara.

General topics / Re: Sat 12 July 2014 Guru Purnima Day
« on: July 14, 2014, 05:12:06 PM »
The Guru?s grace works in the form of Sadhana (Spiritual practice) in the aspirant. If an aspirant sticks to the path tenaciously, This is the grace of the Guru. If he resists when temptation assails him. This is the grace of the Guru. If people receive him with love and reverence. This is the grace of the Guru. If he gets all bodily wants, This is the grace of the Guru. If he gets encouragement and strength, when he is in despair and despondency, This is the grace of the Guru~Swami Sivananda

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: July 13, 2014, 09:43:47 PM »
"RAMANASHRAM TODAY", by Sri Arthur Osborne( source: Surpassing Love and Grace)

THERE are so many spiritual centres in India that not onlythe foreign tourist but even the Indian devotee may well be excused for wondering which one to visit. However, it is not simply a question of duplication; each one has its own specific character, so that while one meets the need of one person, another provides a haven to someone else.

First of all comes the question of the aim of a spiritual centre, because this decides the sort of people who are likely to be attracted to it. The Maharshi was clearly and solely concerned with guiding people towards Liberation or Self-realisation, that is to moksha [?]. But is this not the case with every Ashram and holy place? Not at all. There are places where people go to pray for a son or a job, to win a lawsuit or pass an examination, to obtain release from sickness or misfortune.

I do not say that no such prayers are ever answered at Ramanashram, but I do say that the Maharshi did not approve of such motives in those who came to him. Rather, he tried to awaken in them the realisation that they were not the suffering body but the eternally blissful Self and thereby to give them serenity even in misfortune.

There are also places where people go in the hope of developing powers, obtaining visions of the deity, reading people's thoughts, curing sickness, and so forth. To all such aspirants the Maharshi was even more discouraging. Not only do such powers not lead to Liberation, but they can actually be an impediment to it, since men become just as attached to them, or to the desire for them, as to worldly wealth and power.

All this implies that Ramanashram is not a place visited by large crowds in search of transient gains. Rather, it is for the serious aspirant who has understood that Liberation is the supreme goal and who seeks the grace and support of the Master to guide him on his way.

Even if the goal is agreed upon, there are various paths or disciplines for approaching it. The Maharshi taught the path of Self-enquiry ? Who am I?? This is not investigating the mind, conscious or subconscious, but seeking the Self underlying the mind. Therefore he said: "There can be no answer to the question; whatever answer the mind gives must be wrong." The answer comes as an awakening of pure consciousness, a current of awareness in the heart.

This is pure jnana [?], but the Maharshi also taught a path of bhakti [?]. He often said: "There are two ways: ask yourself `Who am I?' or submit."
A philosopher could easily prove that these two paths are mutually exclusive. If you seek to realise your identity with the One Universal Self, which is the Absolute, you logically cannot worship a Personal God or Guru at the same time. Logically not, but in real life you can, because you have different moods and are helped by different kinds of approach. Therefore, in spite of logic, the Maharshi said that the two paths are not incompatible; and his devotees have found it so.

It will be seen that both these paths are direct inner disciplines, independent of ritual; so here we have another characteristic of Ramanashram. There is a minimum of ritual and organisation there. People go and sit silent in meditation before the Maharshi's shrine or in the hall where he sat for so many years with his devotees. They walk on the sacred mountain, Arunachala, or sit in their rooms. They visit or talk.

They arrange to take their meals at the Ashram or prepare their own food, as they choose. There is scarcely any outer discipline. The Vedas are chanted in front of the shrine, morning and evening, as they used to be in the Maharshi's presence in his lifetime, but even for this attendance is not compulsory. And those who do attend sit together, shoulder to shoulder, brahmin and non- brahmin, Hindu and foreigner, which would not please those who make a fetish of orthodoxy. This, however, does not imply laxity; the discipline comes from within.

Pure jnana marga [?] and pure bhakti marga though it is, the Maharshi's path contains a strong element of karma marga [?] also, since he expects his devotees to follow it in the life of the world. Time and again someone would come to him and ask his authorisation to renounce the world, and he would not give it.

"Why do you think you are a householder? The similar thought that you are a sannyasin [?] will haunt you even if you go forth as one. Whether you continue in the household or renounce it and go to live in the forest, your mind haunts you. The ego is the source of thought. It creates the body and the world and makes you think of being a householder. If you renounce, it will only substitute the thought of renunciation for that of the family and the environment of the forest for that of the household. But the mental obstacles are always there for you. They even increase greatly in the new surroundings. Change of environment is no help. The one obstacle is the mind, and this must be overcome whether in the home or in the forest. If you can do it in the forest, why not in the home? So why change the environment?"

How does this affect Ramanashram? In the first place, it means that there are few sadhus or sannyasins to be found there. Also, not many of the Maharshi's devotees live there permanently. Most of them pursue their professional life in the world, practising his sadhana [?] invisibly, without form or ritual,and only coming to Tiruvannamalai from time to time, to recharge the batteries, so to speak. Thinking of them, a doctor, an engineer, a professor, a bank manager, an editor, a cinema proprietor and many others come to mind. When it becomes appropriate for one of them to retire from active life in the world and settle down at Tiruvannamalai, circumstances become propitious. It just happens so. Visitors tend, therefore, to be such as have pledged their life to silent, invisible sadhana [?] while performing their obligations in the world, and who seek the grace of the Maharshi, the power of his support, to aid them in doing so.

Another result of the formless, essential nature of the Maharshi's path is the large proportion of foreigners both among the visitors and the resident devotees. There is no need to be a Hindu to follow it. Anyone, whatever religion he professes, whether he professes any formal religion or not, can practise Self-enquiry or can worship and submit. Therefore the Maharshi never expected any of his devotees to change from one religion to another. Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Parsis came to him, as well as Hindus. Some continued to practise the forms of their religions, others not; it was up to them.

Mr. Evans-Wentz, the well-known writer on Tibetan Buddhism, visited the Maharshi and asked whether he recommended any special methods for Europeans, and he replied: "It depends on the mental equipment of the individual. There are no hard and fast rules." Each aspirant was guided and helped according to his aptitude, not on any basis of race, caste, sex or religion.

While the present article was being written, it so happened that the Ashram received a letter from an American woman who never saw the Maharshi, and indeed has never been to India, containing the following message:

"Great blessing and benediction was unexpectedly mine.

At 7 a.m., just before waking, a vivid vision of Maharshi, potent and powerful, was vouchsafed briefly to me, in colour. Yes, I know visions are not our aim and goal. However, the depth of surrender, ecstasy, awe, wave after wave, deeper and deeper ? wave after wave of Bliss ineffable ? was overwhelming, wonderful and encouraging: almost all vestige of mind was gone. The veil into Self was delicate, tenuous-thin. Of course, thankful, humble and grateful, my dedication deepens greatly after this. The import and impact of it is with me still."

Of course. Is it any wonder that people turn to him from all parts of
the world? Even from behind the Iron Curtain letters come.

Normally, it has been possible for any spiritual aspirant in any religion to find guidance within the framework of his own tradition. Today it is no longer easy, if at all possible, to find a guide in any religion who has himself attained the heights and can guide others thereto. Nor is it easy, even though one had such a guide, to follow any strictly orthodox path in the conditions of the modern world. However, the divine grace always provides an answer to man's needs, and in this age has appeared on earth the supreme guide, bringing a path to be followed invisibly by anyone who gives his heart to it.

The Maharshi often reminded those who came to him that they were not the body. Now there are those who presume that he was the body and, no longer seeing his body at Tiruvannamalai, take it that he is not there. But not those who have felt in their hearts the power and subtlety of his guidance, the vibrant, all-pervading peace of Arunachala, the sacred mountain at whose foot his Ashram is located. He used to say: "The purpose of the outer Guru is only to awaken the inner Guru in the heart." And shortly before leaving the body he told a group of devotees: "When the Guru has awakened the inner Guru in the heart of his devotees, he is free to leave the body."

Yes, it may be said, that is all very well for those who were
already his devotees when he shed the body, but what about those others who approach him now and feel the need for an outer Guru?

It may be that in some cases he influences them indirectly through those older disciples in whom the inner Guru has been awakened. Certain it is that in many cases he influences them directly and powerfully, as with the American lady from whose letter I have quoted (though not necessarily with any dream or vision).

A visitor asked once whether the contact with the Guru would continue after the dissolution of his physical body and he replied: "The Guru is not the physical form, so contact will remain even after his physical form vanishes."

If it be asked how he can guide individuals or perform any function after having become One with the Absolute, the answer is: in the first place, he has not become One with the Absolute but simply realised his preexisting and eternal Oneness. In the second place, he had already realised this Oneness while wearing the body and was universal then, as he is now. He himself told us that death makes no difference to the jnani [?]. The only way of understanding how the jnani [?], who is universal, can perform an individual function is to become one. Therefore, when people asked him such questions he would usually reply: "Never mind about the jnani; first find out who you are." And when you have done that fully you are the jnani [?].

But surely this continued guidance after leaving the body is unusual! Yes, it is unusual; but who is to bind Divine Providence with regulations? The circumstances also are unusual. I have remarked how the formless path the Maharshi prescribed compensates for the modern difficulty in finding adequate guidance within the forms of any religion; similarly, the invisible Guru may compensate for the modern difficulty in finding a fully potent living Guru on earth. Such explanations are for those who like to speculate; for those who are content to strive on the path, guidance is there.

This invisible guidance also has an effect on the Ashram.

It means that many or most of those who come, both from India and abroad, are new people who never saw the Maharshi in his lifetime but have been drawn to him in various ways since then.

The conclusion, then, is that if you are a ritualist or strict formalist, if you crave material boons, if you seek visions or powers, there are other places better suited to you than Ramanashram. But if you have understood the ultimate spiritual goal of liberation and seek grace and guidance on the path, you will find it at Ramanashram.

General topics / Re: Sat 12 July 2014 Guru Purnima Day
« on: July 13, 2014, 08:07:00 PM »
Smt Pollachi Jayam Paati Attained Mukthi on Sat 12 July 2014 i.e on Guru Purnima Day while watching Kanchi Matam Vyasa Puja on TV with Acharay's name on her lips . A proof of true Bhakti .
For more about this Pollachi Jayam Paati refer the site for her earlier interviews about Mahaperiva .

It is sad to share that our dearest paati had reached the lotus feet of her guru Mahaperiyava on a very auspicious Guru Poornima Day (july 12th) while her son was giving running commentary of kanchi Matam Vyasa puja to her.  Last words she mentioned were ?Gurunatha?.Gurunatha??..She was 98 years old.

She is not just a paati ? to me, she is my guru who taught me what ?anugraham ? means through her interview! Whenever I feel that I am not blessed, paati?s words come to my mind ? feel rejuvenated!

From the past three great devotees of Periyava whom we lost, it is clear that all of them surrendered themselves that gave them the mukthi. Sri Chettiar attained His feet after entering Kanchipuram entrance while talking about Periyava. Now paati! It isn?t just enough to watch and appreciate their interview; we need to learn from the great life they led and keep them as our guru for doing bakthi/surrender.

Our condolences to her entire family!

Jaya Jaya Sankara Hara Hara Sankara!

General topics / Re: Sat 12 July 2014 Guru Purnima Day
« on: July 13, 2014, 01:31:34 PM »
16 November 1936

Talks 286


D.: It is said that the Guru can make his disciple realise the Self by transmitting some of his own power to him? Is it true?

M.: Yes. The Guru does not bring about Self-Realisation. He simply removes the obstacles to it. The Self is always realised.

D.: Is there absolute necessity of a Guru for Self-Realisation?

M.: So long as you seek Self-Realisation the Guru is necessary.

Guru is the Self. Take Guru to be the Real Self and your self as the individual self. The disappearance of this sense of duality is removal of ignorance. So long as duality persists in you the Guru is necessary. Because you identify yourself with the body you think the Guru, too, to be some body. You are not the body, nor is the Guru. You are the Self and so is the Guru. This knowledge is gained by what you call Self-Realisation.

D.: How can one know whether a particular individual is competent to be a Guru?

M.: By the peace of mind found in his presence and by the sense of respect you feel for him.

D.: If the Guru happens to turn out incompetent, what will be the fate of the disciple who has implicit faith in him?

M.: Each one according to his merits.


General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: July 12, 2014, 10:00:13 PM »
"Anasuya" means nonjealousy. Heart-burning caused by another man's prosperity or status is jealousy. We ought to have love and compassion for all and ought to be patient and forgiving even towards those who do us wrong. We must not envy people their higher status even if they be less deserving of it than we are and, at the same time, must be mature enough to regard their better position as the reward they earned by doing good in their previous life.

Kanchi Paramacharya

General topics / Re: Sat 12 July 2014 Guru Purnima Day
« on: July 12, 2014, 02:00:06 PM »

General topics / Re: Sat 12 July 2014 Guru Purnima Day
« on: July 12, 2014, 01:06:34 PM »
Readings on Guru?s Grace on Guru Purnima Day

The feet of the Guru, Sri Arunachala Ramana is (our) succor and support.

One day I wondered why I was visiting Him at all. What was the use? There seemed to be no inner advancement. Going up the hill was meaningless toil. I decided to end my visits on the hill. For one hundred days exactly I did not see Bhagavan. On the hundred and first day I could suffer no longer and ran to Skandasramam, above Virupaksha Cave. Bhagavan saw me climbing, got up and came forward to meet me. When I fell at his feet, I could not restrain myself and burst out in tears. I clung to them and would not get up. Bhagavan pulled me up and asked: ?It is over three months since I saw you. Where were you?? I told him how I thought that seeing him was of no use. ?All right,? he said, ?maybe it is of no use, so what? You felt the loss, did you not?? Then I understood that we did not go to him for profit, but because away from him there was no life for us.

Once I wrote two verses in Tamil, one in praise of the Lord without attributes the other of the Lord with numberless forms. In the latter I wrote: ?From whom grace is flowing over the sentient and insentient.? Bhagavan asked me to change one letter and this altered the meaning to: ?who directs his grace to the sentient and the insentient.? The idea was that grace was not a mere influence but could be directed with a purpose where it was needed most.

Bhagavan gave us a tangible demonstration of God?s omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence. Our sense of ?I? would burn up in wonder and adoration on seeing his unconditional love for all beings. Though outwardly we seemed to remain very much the same person, inwardly he was working on us and destroying the deep roots of separateness and self-concern. A day always comes when the tree of ?I?, severed from its roots, crashes suddenly and is no more, this is Guru?s Grace!
What is the Guru?s Grace? Well, this is exactly the word that awakens us from this dream life of ours, to which we cling so hard until the tiger of death pounces on us and proves that it is ephemeral, unreal.

With one meaningful look the Master sees deep into the soul of the enquirer. And lo! What a trance of joy, what a blissful existence, and what a calm this is! The agitated soul is stilled, silent; he sits and sits and sits. Gazing at the Master before him the minutes and hours are hardly noticed gliding softly away. In this way days and months are condensed into a few moments of blissful life. The wanderer has found his harbour; he is all new life and light, so he swears, ?For eternity I shall not part from my Master, who is my All!?
A Tamil verse says: A bird drops seed upon a tree and causes its decay. So Guru?s grace radiates knowledge into the seeking mind. Replacing ego-shadows with resplendent Jnana?s light. Bhagavan has explained the meaning of this verse. The seed of the huge banyan tree, which grows to shelter hundreds, is one of the tiniest and represents unselfish benevolence. The seed of the palmyra which is so large, grows into a tree which can hardly shelter a single man from the sun, and so well represents the selfish ego. Yet this tiny seed can be dropped by a bird in its droppings, and while it grows it can demolish the palmyra tree itself. So the tiny seed of Grace can destroy the great tree of egoism.

The Guru says, ?Be still, and Know that I am God.? This knowing is the understanding of the absolute and relative values of Life.
Understanding what? It is the distinctive knowledge (the vijnana) of the eternal unchanging Truth of yourself. In the background of this eternal and unchanging Truth, the changeful and varying states of your doership move about and cloud your understanding of the Real Truth of your Being.

You are really free in yourself; the clouds do not really affect you. Yet you are also outwardly active, according to the latencies of the past karma in you, which work out according to the law of that karma. The potter has given up his hold on the wheel; yes, but the wheel still moves on owing to the momentum still left in it.
In the same way you move, and yet you are unaffected, no longer clinging to the action. You do; yet you feel you are no more the doer. You enjoy or suffer; yet you feel you are no more the one who suffers or enjoys. You are a mere witness of all things in your varying states: waking, dreaming and sleeping. You are you, or I am I, or the Self is the Self; and these states pass and re-pass. This is the state of real knowledge (jnana) or real devotion (bhakti). This is the message of the Gita. This is equally the message of our benign Guru, Sri Ramana Maharshi.

General topics / Re: Sat 12 July 2014 Guru Purnima Day
« on: July 12, 2014, 10:04:10 AM »
Today is Guru Purnima.

The Full Moon Day in the month of Ashadha (July-August) is known as Guru Purnima. This sacred day marks the very first transmission of the yogic sciences from Shiva ? the Adiyogi or First Yogi ? to the Saptarishis, the seven celebrated sages. This momentous occasion took place on the banks of the lake Kantisarovar, which stands a few kilometers above the Kedarnath Temple in the Himalayas. Thus, the Adiyogi became the Adi Guru or the First Guru on this day. The Saptarishis carried this knowing offered by Adiyogi throughout the world. Even today, every spiritual process on the planet draws from the spine of knowing created by Adiyogi.

This day is also sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa. All Hindus are indebted to this ancient saint who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. Vyasa even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the Guru of Gurus.

Swami Sivananda asks: "Do you realize now the sacred significance and the supreme importance of the Guru's role in the evolution of man? It was not without reason that the India of the past carefully tended and kept alive the lamp of Guru-Tattva. It is therefore not without reason that India, year after year, age after age, commemorates anew this ancient concept of the Guru, adores it and pays homage to it again and again, and thereby re-affirms its belief and allegiance to it. For, the true Indian knows that the Guru is the only guarantee for the individual to transcend the bondage of sorrow and death, and experience the Consciousness of the Reality."


On this day, all spiritual aspirants and devotees worship Vyasa in honor of his divine personage and all disciples perform a 'puja' of their respective spiritual preceptor or 'Gurudevs'.

This day is of deep significance to the farmers, for it heralds the setting in of the much-needed rains, as the advent of cool showers usher in fresh life in the fields. It is a good time to begin your spiritual lessons. Traditionally, spiritual seekers commence to intensify their spiritual 'sadhana' from this day.

The period 'Chaturmas' ("four months") begins from this day. In the past, wandering spiritual masters and their disciples used to settle down at a place to study and discourse on the Brahma Sutras composed by Vyasa, and engage themselves in Vedantic discussions.

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Accepting the realized sage as the Guru, serving Him and continually dwelling upon His guidance constitute the unfailing means to knowledge. - Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

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