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Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: August 08, 2013, 02:17:36 PM »

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Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: August 07, 2013, 08:52:42 AM »

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: August 03, 2013, 06:58:55 PM »
It is ignorance that causes one to fail to see the self as distinct from the body, mind, senses etc. This in turn leads to suffering. Understanding that you are not the body and engaging in acts of devotion to the Lord are very essential for a beginner on the spiritual path. - Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

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Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: August 03, 2013, 08:32:11 AM »

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Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: August 02, 2013, 11:22:42 AM »

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Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: August 01, 2013, 05:19:04 PM »

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General topics / Re: Aadi Krittikai - 31.07.2013.
« on: July 31, 2013, 09:23:16 PM »
A wonderful article that talks about Kanchi Paramacharay's views on Lord Subramanya .

Translated from an article in Kalki Deepavali Malar of 1990:

A memorable incident when Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswati, Paramacharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt,gave a wonderful commentary on Muthuswami Dikshitar's kriti on
Subrahmanya to Ariyakkudi Ramanuja Iyengar.

The article appeared in Ariyakkudi's centenary year, when Paramacharya was in his 97th year.

http://www.carnaticcorner.com/articles/srisubramanya_translated.htm

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I posted the message below in another thread but I feel they will be useful here also .

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D: People practising meditation etc., are said to get new diseases; at any rate, I feel some pain in the back and front of the chest. This is stated to be a test by God. Will Bhagavan explain this and say if it is true?


B: There is no Bhagavan outside you and no test is therefore instituted. What you believe to be a test or a new disease resulting from spiritual practices is really the strain that is now brought to play upon your nerves and the five senses. The mind which was hitherto operating through the nadis to sense external objects and thus maintaining a link between itself and the organs of perception is now required to withdraw from the link and this action of withdrawal naturally causes a strain, a sprain or a snap attendant with pain, which people term disease and perhaps tests by God. All these would go, if you would but continue your meditation bestowing your thought solely on understanding your Self or on Self-realization. There is no greater remedy than this continuous yoga or union with God or Atman. There cannot but be pain as a result of your discarding your long acquired vasanas.

D: Hatha Yogic practices are said to banish diseases effectively and are therefore advocated as necessary preliminaries to Jnana Yoga.
B: Let those who advocate them use them. It has not been the experience here. All diseases would be effectively annihilated by continuous Self-enquiry.

~from ‘Crumbs from His Table’ by Ramanananda Swarnagiri


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General topics / Re: Aadi Krittikai - 31.07.2013.
« on: July 31, 2013, 07:24:26 PM »




Kandar Anubhuti: Arunagirinathar's experience of Lord Murugan

http://murugan.org/research/kandar.anubhuti.htm

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General topics / Re: How prasadam is offered?
« on: July 30, 2013, 06:17:08 PM »
Dear Hari

Happy to know about the influence of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnu devananda in your spiritual life .
Most of Swami Sivananda's books are available for free download at the Divine Life Society website .
Swami Krishnananda who took over the duties of Swami Sivananda after his demise has also many excellent books to his credit and they are also available for free download .
Some of the books are quite bulky ( as they are transcribed versions of his talks given at Rishikesh over a period of time ) but they are very excellent and practical and deals with the struggle any spiritual aspirant faces on the path and how to over come .
2 such books I can recommend for you and they are :
1) His talks on Patanjali Yoga Sutras ( 2 volumes )
2) His talks on Bhagavad Gita ( 1 big volume )
and both are available for free download at this site
http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/disc_scriptures.html

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General topics / Re: Uncontrollable shaking body and head
« on: July 30, 2013, 02:00:47 PM »
D: People practising meditation etc., are said to get new diseases; at any rate, I feel some pain in the back and front of the chest. This is stated to be a test by God. Will Bhagavan explain this and say if it is true?

B: There is no Bhagavan outside you and no test is therefore instituted. What you believe to be a test or a new disease resulting from spiritual practices is really the strain that is now brought to play upon your nerves and the five senses. The mind which was hitherto operating through the nadis to sense external objects and thus maintaining a link between itself and the organs of perception is now required to withdraw from the link and this action of withdrawal naturally causes a strain, a sprain or a snap attendant with pain, which people term disease and perhaps tests by God. All these would go, if you would but continue your meditation bestowing your thought solely on understanding your Self or on Self-realization. There is no greater remedy than this continuous yoga or union with God or Atman. There cannot but be pain as a result of your discarding your long acquired vasanas.

D: Hatha Yogic practices are said to banish diseases effectively and are therefore advocated as necessary preliminaries to Jnana Yoga.
B: Let those who advocate them use them. It has not been the experience here. All diseases would be effectively annihilated by continuous Self-enquiry.

~from ‘Crumbs from His Table’ by Ramanananda Swarnagiri

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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 Heart.' At that moment, he closed his eyes, and a beautiful delicate silence filled the room. I too closed my eyesand we sat together in this stillness.  Time passed very quickly and after about an hour, he opened his eyes and gestured to me to leave.

That's the key .

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General topics / Re: How prasadam is offered?
« on: July 29, 2013, 10:16:23 PM »
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I didn't know that you follow Swami Shivananda. :) He was really great Sage. His strict following of Classical Vedanta is remarkable. :) It is great that you are doing your best to follow His teachings.

Hari

I was pulled in to Swami Sivananda quite unexpectedly on 14 July ( his Mahasamdhi day ) many years back and have been associated with the Organization found by one of his chief disciple Swami Vishnu devananda ( www.sivananda.org ) . All my basic training in Yoga and spirituality was through the teachings of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnu devananda and they were all very practical and had the Classical spirit . Right now I am not actively involved with the Sivananda Organizations as I prefer a contemplative life and doing my sadhana alone but their teachings are always in my heart . It is the pull of Swami Sivananda and Mother Ganga that makes me visit Rishikesh ( Swami Sivananda's samadhi is there )  very regularly and I consider Rishikesh to be my second home .

Some  people come to Bhagavan Ramana / Jnana Marga directly but for me I came to Bhagavan Ramana / Jana Marga only after immersing myself in the Yoga  teachings of Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnu devananda .

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General topics / Re: How prasadam is offered?
« on: July 29, 2013, 01:45:35 PM »
Hari

Offering Prasad is a symbolic act of showing our gratitude to the almighty for blessing us with our daily food . Also food once placed before God and consumed is no longer considered as food but as prasad as it has now the blessings of God . If you do not know any Mantras you can just chant the favorite mantra of your Ishta Deivam / Guru and consume the food .

Only yesterday while attending the Bhagavad Gita talk of Swami Paramarthananda he said the food should always be consumed after offering a prayer and if you do not know any prayer just chant "GOVINDA ,GOVINDA , GOVINDA " and consume the food .

When I eat in Hotels ( I do not eat outside as much as possible except when I travel or have some friends / Guests ) I always take care to offer my prayers and invoke the blessings of my Gurus before I consume the food . Since I come from the Sivananda School of Yoga we chant the famous "Bramarphanam Bramhahavir .. " Mantra from the Chapter 4( Shloka 24 )  of Bhagavad Gita as a short prayer followed by Invoking the names of our Gurus Swami Sivananda , Swami Vishnu devananda ( who was his disciple and my Yoga Guru ) .

Traditionally Vedic Mantras are chanted before the food is being offered and this is still followed in Sri  Ramana Ashram . In Other places like Chinmaya /Dayananda Organization the Chapter 15 of Bhagavad Gita is recited before food is being consumed .

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General topics / Re: How prasadam is offered?
« on: July 29, 2013, 01:17:51 PM »
Dear Hari

Except for Mantras of ISKCON ,I feel the rest of the procedure is correct . You can remove ISKCON Mantras and add the mantras of your favorite deity .

Basically here is the simple way I offer Prasadam :

1) Have bath and be in clean clothes
2) Place the cooked rice ( Since rice is the basic staple dish we keep boiled rice  and on special days we keep some sweet dish / fruits ) in front of God with the covers open , add a few drops of Ghee in to it .
3) I chant the basic Annapoornai Mantra ( which comes at the last of Adi Shankara's Anaapoorna Stotram ) as an Offering to Goddess Annapoorani the Goddess of Food .
4) While Chanting I lite a camphor and wave the camphor aarti simulatneously ringing the bell .
5) Then I prostrate before all the deities in my Puja room
and the food is ready to be served .

You can replace the boiled rice with any  vegetarian dish that you prepare and you can also offer fruits ,sweets etc in case you are unable to prepare food .Only see to it that you do not keep already cooked food / stale food as Prasad .
Also you can chant your favorite deity / Guru Mantra while offering the prasad .

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