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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:40:08 PM »
from fb Sri Ramana MaharshiNavarathri Celebrations 2017.
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SALUTATIONS to the Divine Mother, Durga, who exists in all beings in the form of intelligence, mercy, beauty, who is the consort of Lord Shiva, who creates, sustains and destroys the universe.
Devotees observe Navaratri festival up to four times a year the most important one being in the month of Ashwin or September-October. It lasts for nine days in honour of the nine manifestations of Durga. During Navaratri (the word literally means "nine nights") devotees of Durga observe a fast. The beginning of winter is a very important junctions of climatic and solar influence. This period is taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother. The bodies and minds of people undergo a considerable change on account of the changes in Nature. Under the watchful eyes of the Great Master Sri Ramana Maharshi, Mother Durga will be worshiped during Navaratri. The nine day worship begins on September 21 and concludes on September 30. In the Ramana Ashram, the following are the regular features during the Durga Puja celebrations:
1. A special ritualistic worship of the Mother is conducted daily, which includes the recitation of the Durga Saptashati.
2. Laksharchana for the Mother in the temple, with recitation of the Sri Lalita Sahasranama, is also conducted.
3. An elaborately decorated altar is set up for the evening worship, with the picture of Mother Durga for the first three days, Mother Lakshmi for the next three days, and Mother Saraswathi for the last three days. Many sacred verses from the scriptures are recited and many Kirtans are sung. The Durga Saptashati or the Devi Mahatmya is recited and explained in discourses. The function concludes with the formal floral worship and Arati.
4. Please refer to the attachment for daily program. Everyday devotees can view the evening Aarti live here

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 18, 2017, 03:36:10 PM »
We talk of attaining the Self, of reaching God with time.
There is nothing to attain. We are already Self-Existent. Nor will there ever be a time when we shall be nearer to God than now. We are now ever blissful, Self-Existent, the Infinite. Our consciousness is unbroken, continuous and eternal.
It is all maya, self-hypnotism, to imagine that now we are otherwise. De-hypnotize yourself. It is ego, ahankara, which deludes itself that there are two selves, one of which we are conscious now (the person) and one the higher, the Divine, of which we shall one day become conscious. This is false. There is only one Self and it is fully conscious now and ever. There is neither past, present nor future for it since it is out of time.
- Conscious Immortality

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:36:50 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 06, 2017, 07:57:06 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 01, 2017, 07:47:11 AM »
Thanks Balaji .I have sent a request for joining .

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: August 29, 2017, 10:40:08 PM »
Bhagavan once told a story about a man who wanted to bury his own shadow in a deep pit. He dug the pit and stood in such a position that his shadow was on the bottom of it. The man then tried to bury it by covering it with earth. Each time he threw some soil in the hole the shadow appeared on top of it. Of course, he never succeeded in burying the shadow.
Many people behave like this when they meditate. They take the mind to be real, try to fight it and kill it, and always fail. These fights against the mind are all mental activities which strengthen the mind instead of weakening it.
If you want to get rid of the mind, all you have to do is understand that it is 'not me?. Cultivate the awareness 'I am the immanent consciousness?.
When that understanding becomes firm, the non-existent mind will not trouble you.
- LWB, p. 266

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: August 27, 2017, 11:27:48 PM »
Question: What is the easiest way to be free of the 'little self?
Annamalai Swami: Stop identifying with it. If you can convince yourself This "little self? is not really me? it will just disappear.
Q: But how to do this?
AS: The 'little self? is something which only appears to be real. If
you understand that it has no real existence it will disappear,
leaving behind it the experience of the real and only Self.
Understand that it has no real existence and it will stop troubling you.
Consciousness is universal. There is no limitation or 'little self?
in it. It is only when we identify with and limit ourselves to the body and the mind that this false self is ?born?. If through enquiry, you go to the source of this 'little self?, you find that it dissolves into nothingness.
Q: But I am very accustomed to feel ?I am this "little self??.
I cannot break this habit merely by thinking ?I am not this "little self ??.
AS: This 'little self will only give way to the real Self if you meditate constantly. You cannot wish it away with a few stray thoughts. Try to remember the analogy of the rope which looks like a snake in the twilight. If you see the rope as a snake, the real nature of the rope is hidden from you. If you only see the rope, the snake is not there. Not only that, you know that there never was a snake there. When you have that clear and correct perception that the snake never at any time existed, the question of how to kill the snake disappears.
- LWB p 264

General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: August 20, 2017, 08:43:21 PM »

Just came across this link to the Quiz on Gospel of Ramakrishna ( English Version ) . There is a separate quiz for the Tamil Version of the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

General topics / Re: Pointers to Presence
« on: August 17, 2017, 02:59:44 PM »

"Within this consciousness, within this space of stillness, many thoughts can and do appear. Many emotions can and do appear, many ways that we could imagine in our minds that we know. But really, it's all imagination. How do we know it's all imagination? Because when we stop imagining, it disappears. When we stop naming ourselves, who we think we are disappears until we begin to name ourselves again. But when we stop and we look, what's obvious is that there's just the looking, an open space of awareness, and nothing more, because the next thing is simply the next thought."

General topics / Re: Pointers to Presence
« on: August 15, 2017, 10:09:02 PM »

"The resistance of the ego is the primary obstacle to the awakening of consciousness. You cannot defeat the ego, nor can you get rid of it. The intention to defeat the ego is nothing more than the ego trying to defeat itself. it will not work. If you are to overcome the resistance of the ego, you will have to come into right relationship with it. Right relationship with the ego is one of love, acceptance and compassion, and this is only possible from Presence."

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: August 15, 2017, 03:56:04 PM »
Mother( Anandmaye Ma )  said that there are two basic methods of meditation:
One is to concentrate on the breath observing each inhalation and exhalation. Then when the mind has become stilled in this manner, one should practice vichara, inquiring "Who am I?" until the true Self is revealed. She said that in this way one becomes a light unto oneself.
The second way is to think of one's mantra (or any name of
God) with each inhalation and exhalation, feeling that both the Name and the Breath are none other than God Himself ?the very breath of life? thus becoming fully absorbed in this devotional awareness. The first way is one of Jnana and the second of Bhakti.
Again She told me to think of the Pranava [Om] as much as possible.
She said: "It must become so automatic that you cannot breathe without remembering it. Do your personal mantra when you sit for meditation and the rest of the time the Pranava".
?Death Must Die, p. 423

General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: August 11, 2017, 04:19:35 PM »
Meditation is a deliberate attempt to pierce into the higher states of consciousness and finally go beyond it. The art of meditation is the art of shifting the focus of attention to ever subtler levels, without losing one's grip on the levels left behind. In a way it is like having death under control. One begins with the lowest levels: social circumstances, customs and habits; physical surroundings, the posture and the breathing of the body, the senses, their sensations and perceptions; the mind, its thoughts and feelings; until the entire mechanism of personality is grasped and firmly held. The final stage of meditation is reached when the sense of identity goes beyond the 'I-am-so-and-so', beyond 'so-l-am', beyond 'I-am-the-witness-only', beyond 'there-is', beyond all ideas into the impersonally personal pure being. But you must be energetic when you take to meditation. It is definitely not a part-time occupation. Limit your interests and activities to what is needed for you and your dependents' barest needs. Save all your energies and time for breaking the wall your mind had built around you. Believe me, you will not regret.
~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
...from 'I Am That', chapter 81

General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: August 10, 2017, 04:00:38 PM »
Q: The truth is that I am a mind imprisoned in a body and this is a very unhappy truth.
M: You are neither the body nor in the body -- there is no such thing as body. You have grievously misunderstood yourself; to understand rightly -- investigate.
Q: But I was born as a body, in a body and shall die with the body, as a body.
M: This is your misconception. Enquire, investigate, doubt yourself and others. To find truth, you must not cling to your convictions; if you are sure of the immediate, you will never reach the ultimate. Your idea that you were born and that you will die is absurd: both logic and experience contradict it.
- I AM THAT ch 54

General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: August 09, 2017, 03:38:29 PM »
I will explain to you a simple technique, which is called Dhyana Yoga [realization via meditation]:
Sit in the open air every day in the morning? at any convenient time, irrespective of any laws and regularities?on a simple asana [seat or posture], for 30-60 minutes. Keep your eyes half open and [be aware of] your nose-tip. This is only to withdraw your mind from external sense-organs.
Then try to be aware of the Seer. You have not to think about sense-organs. You have only to do nothing?no thoughts. Be only aware of the one who is sitting in Dhyana [meditation]. You have to focus on him only. Be aware of the One, who is beyond body, without body [videha].
Practice this slowly, slowly every day and all your problems will be solved. Have the feeling of Caitanya Brahman [Divine Reality as Pure Consciousness]. Be aware of Purnam [wholeness, fullness]. If your eyes close during this, let it be. You will aware space. All forms of which you are aware within are modifications or shapes of the One who is sitting.
Call him Krishna, Shiva, or any other divine Name. It is all darshan of the one who is sitting. Continue sitting in this sadhana [spiritual practice]. From within, That will give its message, guidance, and spontaneous insight. Remember: ?I am not the body.? Be aware of the Seer. ?I am beyond the body.?
Nisargadatta to a visitor called Mahindra in 'About Nisargadatta'

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: August 08, 2017, 09:02:14 AM »
[Post # 1,010] Reminiscence of Vaikuntha Nath Sanyal:
The Master would say: "Some people believe God is with form, while others believe he is formless. This also limits God. I say God is with form, without form, and again beyond both. Take for example the sound of a bell- ?dhong?. The first letter represents the aspect with form, the nasal portion his formless aspect, and the impression the word leaves in the mind after the whole has been pronounced stands for the Absolute aspect.
Furthermore, God has many forms and many names. For instance, a confectioner takes' fresh cheese and sugar and makes a preparation over fire, which he then forms into various shapes, giving them different names. But the real substance is the same, no matter what shape or name is given. Similarly, whatever names and forms you see or hear are all made by combining Purusha [Spirit] and Prakriti [matter] aspects of Satchidananda Brahman. It is due to distance that God looks small or variously coloured, but when you go near him, you will find he is omnipresent and self- luminous.

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