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



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

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



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



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



Deivathin Kural ( Voice of God )

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

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The following is the reply I got from David Godman on how Bhagwan Ramana conducted himself during Shivarathri and what was his Upadesa

I don't know how Sivaratri was celebrated in Bhagavan's day. There are very few mentions of the day, so I am assuming that there were few extra events beyond the usual scheduled ones. There is, of course, the famous occasion in 1923 when Bhagavan was asked to speak about Dakshinamurti's silent teachings on a Sivaratri evening. He responded by keeping quiet, and by keeping everyone's mind completely silent and sleep-free all night. I think there were five people present that night, including Ramaswami Pillai. I remember talking to him about this Sivaratri blessing in the 1980s, and he was still moved by this ex-pression of Bhagavan's power and grace some sixty years after it manifested.


Best Wishes    David Godman

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General Discussion / Awesome Conversation between God And a Man. ♥
« on: March 07, 2013, 09:31:23 AM »
MUST READ.. Don't MISS It..

Awesome Conversation between God And a
Man. ♥

Man: God, can I ask You a question?

God: Sure

Man: Promise You won’t get mad …

God: I promise

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

God: What do u mean?

Man: Well, I woke up late

God: Yes

Man: My car took forever to start

God: Okay

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

God: Huummm

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

God: All right

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

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

Man (humbled): OH

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

Man: (ashamed)

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

Man (embarrassed): Okay

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

Man (softly): I see God

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

Man: I’m Sorry God

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


Man: I will trust You.

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


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

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

Don't forget to share with your friends..


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General topics / Re: Detailed history of Shri Nisarghadatta maharaj:
« on: March 05, 2013, 10:32:58 AM »
For those interested in teachings of Ranjit Maharaj , here is a link to the same called "The Way of the bird" in the form of a free PDF .
The Way Of The Bird - Quotations of Ranjit Maharaj -Commentaries by Andrew Vernon


http://www.albigen.net/Portals/0/documents/Ranjit_Maharaj_The_Way_Of_The_Bird_Andrew_Vernon%20.pdf

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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: March 04, 2013, 06:58:26 PM »
My humble opinion again - many times we discuss about who is a jnani. I think this is a futile discussion. A person writing beautiful poetry may or may not be a jnani. How does it matter to us? How can we be judges of it?

In Vibhuthi yoga terminology  - in beautiful poetry and poet - see me in action. In best dancers, see me in action. In best of the best singers - see me in action. When HE transcends everything - how can mental activity and dance and poetry be outside of it?

Sanjay

 :)


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Forum advice, news & etiquette / Re: Hello Friends
« on: March 03, 2013, 09:26:11 PM »
Aleksandr

Welcome to this forum . Hope you enjoy sharing and interacting here .
Om Peace .

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VISWANATHA SWAMI
A Hidden Gem
Murray Feldman


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


source: MOUNTAIN PATH October 2012

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: March 02, 2013, 06:20:15 PM »

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 28, 2013, 05:09:35 PM »
When performing a ritual enjoined in the scriptures, it is essential to do with total faith and by following punctiliously the procedure described. Only then shall the desired result be produced.- Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

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Go to this link given below  and on the top left click on  the PDF and it is 20.4 MB , 4699 pages ( all 7 volumes ). Note the PDF version is not a very professional one but yet legible and thanks to whomsoever who has posted the same online .Though best is to read this in the print version but  we can read  this PDF version in our laptops during our idle times during work , travel , in train , flight etc .
Download it  here and pass on to others
http://archive.org/details/DeivathinKural

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Pointer- 8
Reegarding what Meditate on the Self means by Annamalai Swami

Bhagavan once said to me :’The one who limits the Self by believing himself to be the body and the mind has ‘killed’ his own Self. For killing the Self he has to be punished. The punishment is birth and death and continuous misery.

Q.: Is the ending of misery determined by prarabdha karma, or can we bring it nearer by personal effort?

Annamalai Swami: The misery comes to an end only by realizing the Self, not by any other means.

Q: Can this happen at any time?

AS: Here and now you are already the Self. You don’t need time to realize it, all you need is correct understanding. Each moment you identify yourself with the body and the mind, you are going in the direction of ego and misery. The moment you give up that identification, you are moving towards your real Self, towards happiness.

Q: … If I try to generate this feeling ‘I am the Self’’ it will not be the real thing. It will be just another idea in the mind. Can thinking about this idea really help me?


AS: When I say, ‘Meditate on the Self’ I am asking you to be the Self, not think about it. Be aware of what remains when thoughts stop. Be aware of the consciousness that is the origin of all your thoughts. Be that consciousness. Feel that this is what you really are. If you do this you are meditating on the Self. But if you cannot stabilize in that consciousness because your vasanas are too strong and too active, it is beneficial to hold onto the thought, ‘I am the Self; I am everything.’ If you meditate in this way you will not be cooperating with the vasanas that are blocking your Self-awareness. If you don’t cooperate with them, sooner or later they are bound to leave you.
If this method doesn’t appeal to you, then just watch the mind with full attention. Whenever the mind wanders, become aware of it. See how thoughts connect with each other and watch how this ghost called mind catches hold of all your thoughts, saying,’ This is my thought. ‘ Watch the ways of the mind without identifying with them in any way. If you give your mind your full, detached attention, you begin to understand the futility of all mental activities. Watch the mind wandering here and there, seeking out useless and unnecessary things or ideas, which will ultimately only create misery for itself. Watching the mind gives us a knowledge of its inner processes. It gives us an incentive to stay detached from all our thoughts. Ultimately, if we try hard enough, it gives us the ability to remain as consciousness, unaffected by transient thoughts.

– ‘Living by the Words of Bhagavan’, p. 283

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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General topics / Re: Pradosha Stotram
« on: February 25, 2013, 11:43:56 AM »
In Indian Context is the Pradosham time ( i.e daily pradosham time ) is it between 4.30 - 6 p.m ? Can someone clarify the same ?

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 19, 2013, 02:45:46 PM »

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Pointer-7

D: Is solitude necessary for a seeker?

Maharshi: Solitude is in the mind of a man. One might be in the thick of the world and yet maintain perfect serenity of mind; such a person is always in solitude. Another may stay in the forest, but still be unable to control his mind. He cannot be said to be in solitude. Solitude is an attitude of the mind; a man attached to the things of life cannot get solitude, wherever he may be. A detached man is always in solitude.

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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