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General Discussion / Re: Guruji Raghavan
« on: May 20, 2013, 11:41:33 AM »
Another article on Guruji A.S Raghavan that came in year 2003 .It is given in this article that Guruji was also a close devotee of Bhagavan Ramana and I was never aware of this aspect .

'Guruji' Sri A.S. Raghavan:A Life dedicated to Thiruppugazh
-by V.S. Krishnan

http://thiruppugazhanbargalmumbai.blogspot.in/2013/04/blog-post_2.html
September 15, 2003. The Sringeri Pravachana Mandapam at Raja Annamalaipuram, Chennai, wore a festive look. The hall was overflowing with devotees of Muruga, celebrities from music world, representatives from Mutts, officials, businessmen, journalists and people from different walks of life. They had assembled there to pay reverence to a man who initiated a divine movement and carried it forward with great success.
The person who occupied the limelight was Guruji Sri A.S. Raghavan and the occasion was the celebration of 75 years of his glorious life in the service of the Lord and the movement he helped to strengthen was the Thiruppugazh form of worship. He was conferred the title: "Thiruppugazh Gana Rathnam" a title that came from a great spiritual institution, Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam.
Sri Raghavan was born in 1928 to Sri Subbiah Sastrigal and Smt. Ramalakshmi Ammal at Arumugamangalam near Tuticorin, the sea shore noted for collection of precious gems. Unfortunately, he was affected by polio and all treatments attempted were in vain. An expert in the local system of medicine then came forward and promised to cure him. But he demanded a fee, an odd one at that. Sensing the boy’s devotional nature, the medical practitioner insisted that the child be dedicated to the service of Senthil Velavan.  For the parents, no price was too heavy for the health of their dear one and they readily agreed. Besides, to offer oneself for the service of God was indeed a privilege. As the treatment progressed, the boy started showing signs of recovery. He was taken to the temple of Tiruchendur.  At the very sight of the temple at a distance, the child started running easily at the vast stretch of slippery sands. He feasted his eyes at the splendour and elegance of Lord Muruga. When he returned after the worship, he got the image of the Lord of Tiruchendur firmly embedded in his mind, the image that was to make profound influence on his life later.

After the formal education Sri Raghavan left the eastern shores of Thiru Chendur and reached the western shores of Thiru Chembur. Having settled in Bombay, Sri Raghavan got the opportunity to learn the basics of Carnatic music from Sri Vaidyanatha Bhagawathar. Later Sri Raghavan shifted to Delhi.

Even while doing the various duties expected of him, there was always an urge to give expression to the devotion brewing within. The spark that flashed at Tiruchendur was looking for an opportunity to illuminate.

.He felt Senthil Andavan had designed a particular role for him. ‘What was that role?’ he wondered

He realized that he has been gifted with musical talent to perform that role. Then, it dawned on him that there cannot be a better medium to hail the glory of Muruga than Thiruppugazh. The very word ‘Thiru Pugazh’ (Glory to God) which had already kindled a light of devotion in him, has now awakened him. He then adopted Thiruppugazh as his way of life. It became clear to him that his role is to highlight the glory of Thiruppugazh to all corners of the world.  He took up Thiruppugazh study seriously. The more he studied, the more he got absorbed. Gradually it became a total involvement. As the divine grace of Lord guided him through, Sri Raghavan selected certain songs and set them to Carnatic based raga and thala on the lines of chandam.

In his very first song, Arunagirinathar prayed that he should be blessed to sing the glory of Muruga where each word would shine as a precious gem (muthai tharu). Guruji, born in a place rich in gems, composed this song in Koulai Raag. The song 'Andarpathi' has been set to Raag Sindhu Bairavi. Thiru Ezhu Koottirukkai song 'Or Uruvakiya Tharaka' has been set in Darbari Kanada. Thus every song has been set to a particular Raga and Thala.  One day, Sri Raghavan sat together with his friends, Sri R. Narayanan, Sri M. Mahalingam and Sri Narayana Swami and the three of them started singing. That heralded the beginning of a glorious chapter in the history of Thiruppugazh.

In the beginning (1958) Thiruppugazh classes were held at the residence of Sri G. Sundaram at Connaught Circus. Gradually more and more students joined and more and more classes were held. Those who learned from Sri Raghavan, received his blessings first and then started conducting classes. Some disciples who left Delhi and settled elsewhere started new classes there.  The divine voice of Sri Raghavan that echoed the devotion towards Muruga was heard at many places and picked up by many more students. “There is no body in this generation who can render the verses of Thiruppugazh in the way Arunagirinathar intended as exactly as Sri Raghavan,” commented Sri Subbudu, the correspondent of The Statesman.

Arunagirinathar had composed his songs in chandam style. He has composed them by blending the divinity of Sanskrit with the beauty of Tamil. To give every such song a distinct raga, to create an interest in Thiruppugazh songs among the new generations and to create a Thiruppugazh movement across the country was indeed a gigantic task. It involved sparing the precious time and efforts, organizing people and overcoming many obstacles but Sri Raghavan went ahead with determination and succeeded in his mission.  “It was like Bhagaritha who brought the Ganga from its source of Siva’s head and reached it to all parts of the country”, said Sri S.K. Ramanathan, President of Pavazha Vizha Celebration Committee, on the occasion of Pavazha of Guruji at Chennai. “I have not done anything. “I was a mere tool in the hands of Senthil Andavan”, said Sri Raghavan.

A system of rendering songs in a prescribed way was devised. Sri Raghavan has now come to be known as Guruji. Under his guidance, a method of conducting Thiruppugazh Isai was developed. When the beautiful verses of Arunaginatha Swamigal acquired the sound of music, it became a wonderful form of prayer. Everyone took part in the bhajan, the talented and less talented, to convey the prayer in one voice. It became a spontaneous outpouring of devotion.  The Thiruppugazh Isai Vazhipadu was held in Uttara Swami Malai temple and Sankara Kendra at Delhi, the Chembur Murugan temple at Mumbai, Ved Bhawan at Kolkata, Kundrathur temple near Chennai, Annarpurneswari temple at Coimbatore and at many other halls.  Among the distinguished personalities who took the glory of Thiruppugazh to Himalayan height, special mention must be made of Sri G. Balasubramanian, Mumbai, popularly kown as ‘Thiruppugazh Mama’, a direct disciple of Guruji Sri A.S. Raghavan.  Many Sabhas and Associations felicitated him for the exemplary services he has done in expounding Thiruppugazh in Maharashtra region.  When Balu Mama sings, he is so deeply involved that he forgets the environment, forgets himself and transport the audience to a new world of devotion, knowledge and happiness.  It was clear that Thiruppugazh Anbargal were making waves. The overwhelming participation of devotees in classes and recitals was sufficient indication that Thiruppugazh culture was set to scale new heights. In the year 1975, a grand Thiruppugazh festival was organized at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, wherein many scholars have participated and many research papers were submitted.

Guruji, as he is affectionately known, has performed Thiruppugazh recitals and Valli Kalyanam at many places in India and abroad. Wherever he performed, devotees assembled in large number to immerse themselves in the shower of music. Among the dignitaries who turned up to hear him, one could spot Tamil litterateur, Ki Va Jagannathan or Seetha Ravi, Editor of Kalki.  As Thiruppugazh movement gained momentum, it needed an administrative framework, which also Guruji helped to build. Among the many dignitaries who attended Guruji’s Bhajan and lent overwhelming support to his Thiruppugazh movement, special mention must be made of former President of India, late Sri R. Venkataraman.

Sri Raghavan is married to Smt. Janaki. Hailing from a village in Tirunelveli District, Smt. Janaki is a lady of high virtue and devotion. She did not find it difficult to adjust to the devotional life of her husband as she wholeheartedly shared his commitment and dedication. She herself was deeply moved by the power of Thiruppugazh and she took active part in Thiruppugazh recitals.  Just as the Thiruppugazh song of Sri Raghavan, set in concordant notes of Thala, progresses in perfect rhythm, the life of Sri Raghavan with Sri Janaki moves forward in perfect harmony melodiously. Looking at the portrait of Sri Raghavan and Sri Janaki, naturally one visualizes the image of Lord Sri Ramachandra and Smt. Sita Devi.

A perfectionist by temperament, an ardent devotee Sri Ramana Bhagavan and one who has travelled extensively, Sri Raghavan is an affable and pleasing personality. He always stressed the point that a Thiruppugazh bhajan is a collective prayer, where the individual merges with the whole. There is no distinction of any sort and all devotees are one before God.  Guruji always emphasises the three qualities the devotees should cultivate: anbu (love) avirodha (free from negativism) and thondu (service). “True devotion would help one to cultivate these values“, he often used to say.

Recipient of titles like “Thiruppugazh Thondar” from Sri Abhinava Vidyathirtha Swamigal of Sringeri Mutt, ‘Bhaktha Ratna” from Swami Chidanandji Maharaj of Sivananda Ashram, Guruji ’s contribution in creating a spiritual awakening and Muruga worship has been appreciated by heads of mutts, men of letters and great musicians. He was conferred the title "Guhasri" in the presence of Thava Thiru Nataraja Sivacharya Swamigal and other distinguished personalities during the Valli Kalyana Mahotsavam at Palani.  “If Thiruppugazh occupies a prime position among devotional literature and is adopted as a way of life by Muruga devotees today, it is largely due to the selfless service rendered by Guruji”, said Sri Sundararajan, an ardent devotee of Muruga in Bangalore. “Guruji was instrumental in organizing the 600th birth anniversary of Sri Arunagirinathar on a grand scale.  Again, it was as a result of the initiative taken by him, the Government of India has released a postal stamp in honour of the saint of Tiruvannamalai, Sri Arunagirinathar. In recognition of the various services he has done in expounding the cause of Thiruppugazh, Guruji has been conferred with the title “Thiruppugazh Chakravarthy”, added Sri Sundararajan.

Though the Eternal Reality is one, in his song, (‘Or Uruvakiya’) Arunagirinathar said that the Brahman appears as three (Moovvathayinai), meaning thereby the manifestation as Brahma, the Creator, Vishnu, the Protector and Siva, the Destroyer. We find triads (Trimurthis), Sri Thyagaraja Bhagawathar, Shyama Saastrigal and Muthuswamy Deekshithar in the field of Carnatic music and Sri Bhodendra Saraswathi Swamigal, Sridhara Ayyaval, Marudhanallur Sri Sadguru Swamigal in the field of Nama Sangeerthanam.  Similarly, we find Trimurties in the field of Thiruppugazh also like Sri Sachidananda Swamigal, Sri Chengalvaraya Pillai and Guruji Sri A.S. Raghavan. Sri Sachidananda Swamigal dedicated his entire life for highlighting the value and importance of Thiruppugazh. If Sri Chengalvaraya Pillai had not put in his efforts in locating the Thiruppugazh songs and done extensive research on the subject, it is doubtful whether Thiruppugazh would have got such prominence.  His research book, “Arunagirinathar Varalarum, Nool Araichiyum” is considered as a rare treasure (Pokkisham) by Muruga devotees. However, these verses had to wait over five centuries to bloom in splendor till Guruji Sri Raghavan gave the songs the sound of music and taken the glory to all parts of India and abroad. While Vallimalai Sri Sachidananda Swamigal highlighted Thiruppugazh as Gjanamrutham (the nectar of knowledge), Sri Raghavan focused it as Ganamrutham (the nectar of music).

“When Sri Raghavan sings, the music originates from the soul and flows through his heart. Just as Lord Krishna graced the voice of Meera and Jayadevar, Lord Muruga too had blessed the voice of Guruji”, said Sri N.V. Vaidyanathan, disciple of Sri Balasubramanian, Mumbai.  Sri Vaidyanathan is conducting over five classes at different places in a week in Coimbatore.

Thiruppugazh and Muruga worship go hand in hand. It is believed that Muruga worship is never complete without a Thiruppugazh rendering. When a description is given about a Muruga temple, quite often the temple is referred as one visited by saint Arunagirinthar. When a music recital is held, invariably a song from Thiruppugazh is included.  Muruga devotees and Thiruppugazh have become synonymous and the two are inseparable. Guruji Raghavan and Thiruppugazh are so inalienably linked that it is impossible to think of one without the other. The growth of Thiruppugazh into a new powerful movement and the growth of Sri Raghavan into an enlightened Guru happened almost simultaneously.

The Thiruppugazh movement which Guruji initiated goes by the name of Thiruppugazh Anbargal who dedicate themselves to worship Muruga with the garland of Thiruppugazh songs. They are all united by the common bond of love and devotion. Apart from Thiruppugazh classes, Thiruppugazh recitals on the occasion of Thaipoosam and Panguni Utthiram, Valli Kalyanam based exclusively from the songs of Arunagirinathar, jubilee celebrations are conducted by Thiruppugazh Anbargal.

The land mark events in respect of Thiruppugazh are many and the one worth mentioning is the Golden Jubilee celebrations held in 2008. One can be a guest quite too often but the honour of being a host comes very rarely in life. That too, the honour of hosting a grand spectacle of Thiruppugazh Golden Jubilee comes once in a life time. Bangalore Anbargal were blessed enough to organize such an event in a spectacular manner.

Muruga devotees residing in all regions of India turned up to take part in this magnificent event. In his presidential address, Guruji stressed the importance and value of Thiruppugazh, the need to recite the songs with knowledge of its meaning, in accordance with the raga and thala and in the true spirit of devotion. He invoked the blessings of Lord Muruga for peace, happiness and prosperity for all.

Sadhabhishekam is the most auspicious day in one’s life. It is the day when you recall the years of happiness gone by and prepare yourself to welcome the future with hope and confidence.  Looking back, it was a glorious life for Guruji; every moment devoted to the worship of Senthil Andavar, the eyes always centering around the image of Muruga, the ears always listening the songs and the voice always rendering Thiruppugazh. Thiruppugazh Anbargal consider themselves blessed to be able to live in the same age Guruji lives and to witness the grand event of Guruji’s Sadhabhishekam.

May Lord Muruga shower His benign blessings to Guruji for long life and peace! May Guruji continue to guide us and lead us to the Lotus Feet of Lord Muruga!

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General Discussion / Re: Guruji Raghavan
« on: May 20, 2013, 11:22:15 AM »
An old write up on Guruji Raghavan and his Thirupugghaz Anbargal mission .
In Pursuit of Universal Love -- The Tiruppugazh Way
Feature article from The Indian Express (Madras) of Saturday 29 June, 1991
by SR Subramanian

http://murugan.org/bhaktas/raghavan.htm
The scene: Arumugamangalam village in Tirunelveli district. The anguished parents of a four-year-old who is unable to walk, wait for the verdict of attending doctors. The doctors ultimately express their helplessness and pronounce that the boy's handicap will remain ever for life. The parents stand dumbfounded. Should their sone suffer in silence this malady permanently?

Suddenly a flash comes to their mind like a bolt of lightning. The thought of visiting Tiruchendur, the magnificent seaside resort and the Holy Abode of Lord Subrahmanya, their family deity. The pray earnestly that the Lord cure the disease of their child and make him walk the distance of one kilometer along the beach leading to the temple.

Their prayers are indeed answered. The merciful Lord's infinite grace passes on to the young boy with the result that within the next few months the boy, completely cured of his handicap, runs fast on the sandy beaches of Tiruchendur giving a challenge to his parents who are unable to cope with his speed.

The lad who won the grace of Lord Subrahmanya at that tender age is ‘Guruji' Śrī A.S. Raghavan, the founder of and the moving force behind Thiruppugazh Anbargal (Thiruppugazh Lovers), a unique organisation set up witt the aim of spreading love, unity and brotherliness among people through the medium of Thiruppugazh, the immortal song collection of Saint Arunagirinatha.
Arunagirinathar

Thiruppugazh represents the musical outpourings of Saint Arunagirinatha towards Lord Subrahmanya or Karttikeya or Murugan as He is variously known. The saint, who lived in the 15th century, sang us these sweet and soul-stirring Tamil songs numbering 16,000. In these songs, Arunagirinatha sings the glory of Muruga and seeks His grace. The entreaties of Arunagirinatha to his beloved deity for annihilation of strifes and human sufferings and for mortals' leading happy lives devoid of multifarious diseases also bear eloquent testimony to his concern for the well-being of humanity at large.

The story of Arunagirinatha is itself inspiring and serves as a proof as to how the grace of Lord Karttikeya can transform the personality of an individual, he be placed in any situation. Given to worldly pleasures during the early part of his life, the saint came to be afflicted with a dread disease. Dissatisfied with mundane existence and suffering, Arunagirinatha decided to end his life. To execute his plan, he climbed up the lofty temple tower of Tiruvannamalai where he was born, and leapt down with Lord Muruga's holy name on his lips. Presto! The Lord manifested himself before Arunagirinatha, as Guru, the Eternal Teacher, and took him in His hands as though He was holding a delicate bouquet!

Blessed by the Lord, the saint did penance for twelve long years when the divine Protector appeared before him. the time for His handing over Thiruppugazh to suffering humanity had now come. The Lord wrote gently the Pranava mantra ‘OM' on the saint's tongue with His Vel (spear) and ordained him to sing His glory. To a hesitating Arunagirinatha, the Lord even acted as the prompter giving the first word for the maiden musical offering! Lo! an unending stream of words began gushing from Arunagirinatha's blessed tongue, in chaste Tamil, as though from open floodgates! Thus emerged the priceless gems for all ages -- Thiruppugazh, Kandar Anubhuti, Kandar Alankaram and other offerings.

Apart from six holy shrines of Lord Subrahmanya, viz. Tirupparamkundram, Tiruchendur, Palani, Swamimalai, Tiruttani and Pazhamutircolai, Arunagirinatha visited a large number of holy places in the country and sang in praise of Lord Subrahmanya manifesting in these shrines. He also visited Katirkamam, the abode of Muruga in Sri Lanka. Because of the divine accreditation, Thiruppugazh songs are marked for distinct masterliness, exquisite poetic beauty and unique rhythmic pattern and are replete with deep spiritual fervour.

The movement started by Śrī Raghavan for propagation of the celestial verses in praise of Lord Muruga is unparalleled. Himself an expert musician, Śrī Raghavan has set melodious tunes to these songs, which are instantly appealing to the ear. It is a sheer mystical experience to be present when a large assembly of devotees sing these hymns in chorus in perfect harmony and in a highly disciplined manner.


The organisation at the instance and guidance of Guruji has evolved a well-structured training scheme to those who aspire to learn these songs -- at no cost whatsover. From modest beginnings there are now (in 1991; many more today) more than 2,000 students, both men and women, of all age groups, undergoing training in Thiruppugazh and other works of Arunagirinatha at their convenience in different parts of the country. A noteworthy feature of the training is that in all these classes, the standardised system designed by the founder is followed without the slightest deviation. The selfless dedication of a select band of proficient trainers is indeed remarkable. The language too seems to be no bar. The writer has come across English and Hindi transliterations of Thiruppugazh songs with some young aspirants having no knowledge of Tamil script.

The Thiruppugazh Anbargal is now a registered body with five chapters (in 1991; many more today) functioning actively in Delhi, Calcutta, Madras, Bombay and Bangalore. The movement has crossed the seas too with trained disciples popularising the songs in Canada, USA and UK. The organisation also brings out publications periodically, apart from holding conferences and lecture sessions when the efficacy of works of Arunagirinatha and the eternal values enshrined in them are highlighted.

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General Discussion / Re: Guruji Raghavan
« on: May 20, 2013, 11:15:48 AM »


Guruji Raghavan has departed in the tamil month of "Vaikasi" which is very auspicious for Lord Muruga and he has left on 17th May at the conclusion of Sashti tithi which is again very auspicious for Lord Muruga . This clearly proves that he has merged with Lord Subramanya / Muruga .

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Dear Anil

Thanks for the update . Happy that once again you escaped from a fatal accident by Bhagavan's Grace .Feel sorry for those who lost their lives / got injured in this accident . Take Care .

Om Peace

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Thanks Subramaniam Sir for sharing this excellent piece of info .

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Yes Subramaniam Sir

Bhagavan Ramana and Adi Shankara had the same teachings only that Adi Shankara came at a time when Sanatana Dharma was in shambles both in form and spirit and he had to revive it back both in form and spirit and hence apart from writing commentaries on Upanishads , Gita and Brahmasutra he composed various Divine Hymns in praise of various deities all over India , installed Sri Chakra at important Shakti Peetas , established Shankara Mutts at 4 corners of India for propagation of Sanathana Dharma .

Adi Shankara composed a Hymn called Kaupina Panchakam and the meaning of the same completely matches with how Bhagavan Ramana lived .
Kaupina Panchakam and Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi
Koupina Panchakam, a short composition by Adi Sankara is a beautiful stotram on the glory of a sanyasi established in the Self, wearing only a kaupina (loin cloth) and living on alms. This composition applies so well to Bhagavan Ramana Maharishi.

The dispassionate one wearing a piece of loin cloth — who is roaming in the thoughts of Vedanta (Upanishad), who is satisfied by a meagre portion of begged-food, who is meditating in his inner-self without grief — is indeed blessed.1

The dispassionate one wearing a piece of loin cloth — who is sitting at the roots of a tree, who is eating unmeasured (meagre) food with his two hands, and who is disregarding wealth like a patched-cloth — is indeed blessed.2

The dispassionate one wearing a piece of loin cloth — who is elating and satisfying in his own thoughts, who is keeping quiet and curbing his sensual desires, and who is roaming day and night in the thoughts of Brahman — is indeed blessed.3

The dispassionate one wearing a piece of loin cloth — who is witnessing his body changes, who is seeing self as the aatman, and who is not remembering either the end, or the middle, or the outside one — is indeed blessed.4

The dispassionate one wearing a piece of loin cloth — who is reciting the Brahma-syllable, who is is existing with the thought ‘I am Brahman’, and who is wandering in directions for alms — is indeed blessed.5

-Adi Shankaracharya-

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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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Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: May 13, 2013, 05:40:04 PM »

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Different ways of Bhagavan's replies

When talking about Bhagavan and the various things that he said, there will always appear contradictions in his teachings, but this is solely because he had to speak from two points of view. His real teaching, which never wavered, was that there is nothing but the SELF. He saw everything as just That and nothing else. But most people were unable to accept this. They wanted it to be expanded, so some explanations were necessary and to make such explanations he had to speak from the questioner's limited point of view.

~ Sadhu Arunachala (Alan Chadwick)

...from: `A Sadhu's Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi’



Here is the thread where you can discuss about what you read here :
It is called Pointers from Bhagwan - For Discussion

http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/forum/index.php?topic=7565.0

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I have to confess that I am still only operating from a ego level - yes, I am trying to cleanse my ego to be rid of negative thoughts and build chittha-shuddi. This requires conscious effort/contemplation as well as some form of surrender to guru. This contemplation/surrender has become part of me now. Still, self-enquiry for me is still only a theoretical way - even if I sit for 30-40 minutes, all I achieve is some quietness of mind and a short thoughtless state.

Deepaji

All we can do is to bring in more amount of Sattva in to our lives through various forms of Sadhana like Japa , Parayana , Puja , Study of scriptures , Satsangha , control of diet etc .Rest is grace of God and Guru to take us to the next stage .

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: May 08, 2013, 09:07:39 AM »
It is true that even in the beginning of sadhana everything happens by God’s Grace. But during those times the JivAtmA was engaged in self-purification and for that to happen well God’s Grace helped. But now the purification task has reasonably progressed. Now the purified antaH-karaNa (inner organ) has to reach step by step the state of experience. ‘Reach’ is really not the right thing; unusually instead of ‘reaching’, now it is ‘giving’. As Manickavachagar said, it is a smart trading. One gives up the JIva-bhAva and receives the ‘shiva-sthiti’ (the state of being the Absolute). But even this is only true in a poetic sense or in the sense of bhakti. In reality, there is no JIva who receives the ‘Shiva’. JIva is gone but Shiva remains!

Kanchi Paramacharya

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Instructions are necessary only so long as one has not surrendered oneself.

~ Sri Ramana Maharshi

...from Talk 434; 28th December, 1937

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Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: May 07, 2013, 12:35:07 PM »

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From wikipedia about Bhagavan's final years and also about his samadhi .

Final years (1948-1950)


In November 1948, a tiny cancerous lump was found on Ramana's arm and was removed in February 1949 by the ashram's doctor. Soon, another growth appeared and another operation was done by an eminent surgeon in March 1949 with radium applied. The doctor told Ramana that a complete amputation of the arm to the shoulder was required to save his life, but he refused. A third and fourth operation were performed in August and December 1949, but only weakened him. Other systems of medicine were then tried; all proved fruitless and were stopped by the end of March when devotees gave up all hope. To devotees who begged him to cure himself for the sake of his followers, Ramana is said to have replied, "Why are you so attached to this body? Let it go" and "Where can I go? I am here."[10]

By April 1950, Ramana was too weak to go to the hall and visiting hours were limited. Visitors would file past the small room where he spent his final days to get one final glimpse. Swami Satyananda, the attendant at the time, reports,

    On the evening of 14 April 1950, we were massaging Ramana's body. At about 5 o'clock, he asked us to help him to sit up. Precisely at that moment devotees started chanting 'Arunachala Siva, Arunachala Siva'. When Ramana heard this his face lit up with radiant joy. Tears began to flow from his eyes and continued to flow for a long time. I was wiping them from time to time. I was also giving him spoonfuls of water boiled with ginger. The doctor wanted to administer artificial respiration but Ramana waved it away. Ramana’s breathing became gradually slower and slower and at 8:47 p.m. it subsided quietly.[citation needed]

Henri Cartier-Bresson, the French photographer, who had been staying at the ashram for a fortnight prior to Ramana’s death, recounted the event:

    "It is a most astonishing experience. I was in the open space in front of my house, when my friends drew my attention to the sky, where I saw a vividly-luminous shooting star with a luminous tail, unlike any shooting star I had before seen, coming from the South, moving slowly across the sky and, reaching the top of Arunachala, disappeared behind it. Because of its singularity we all guessed its import and immediately looked at our watches – it was 8:47 – and then raced to the Ashram only to find that our premonition had been only too sadly true: the Master had passed into parinirvana at that very minute." Ramana Maharshi was 71 years old at the time of his death.[43]

Cartier-Bresson took some of the last photographs of Ramana on April 4, 1950, and went on to take pictures of the mahasamadhi preparations. The New York Times concluded:

    Here in India, where thousands of so-called holy men claim close tune with the infinite, it is said that the most remarkable thing about Ramana Maharshi was that he never claimed anything remarkable for himself, yet became one of the most loved and respected of all.[citation needed]

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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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