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General topics / Re: Subrahmanya Bhujangam by Adi Sankara
« on: January 19, 2013, 08:15:09 PM »
Thanks Subramaniam Sir for posting this wonderful hymn by Adi Shankara .

I am giving below the youtube link for the same rendered by Bombay Sisters :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCl_yMKukDU

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Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: January 19, 2013, 04:40:19 PM »

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Pointer-2

FREEDOM FROM KARMA


The purport of the statement, ‘For those who dwell in the firmament [of consciousness] there is no prarabdha,’ is that not even an iota of prarabdha will exist for those who meditate unceasingly on the subtle space of consciousness that flourishes everywhere unobstructed, and which cannot be encompassed even by the vast physical space.

Prarabdha, like a whirlwind, relentlessly agitates and spins the mind that has shrunk through the ‘I am the body’ idea. However, it cannot stir, even slightly, the limitation-free mind that shines as the extremely clear space of being-consciousness when that ego-impurity [the ‘I am the body’ idea] is destroyed by self-enquiry.

It is impossible for the jiva who has become a victim of ego-delusion to overcome even slightly the force of prarabdha. Therefore, unless he subsides in the Heart by relying primarily on God’s grace, he can never, by mere effort, which is the activity of the rising ego, overcome the buffeting momentum of that prarabdha, subside by himself [in the Heart], attain Self-realisation and be freed from fear-causing delusion.

No one can do anything that is opposed to the ordinance of the Supreme Lord who possesses unlimited power and who can do anything. Therefore, to end the illusory anxieties of the mind, which engender an evil discontent, the proper course is to remain under the spell of supreme consciousness, which arises from meditating on the divine feet, with the mischief of the ego subdued.

Siva shines within each jiva as a witness, [enabling] him [the jiva] to experience his prarabdha through his [Siva’s] presence. Whoever knows his nature to be mere being-consciousness, without imagining through ignorance that he is the experiencer of prarabdha, shines as that supreme person, Siva.

  Guru Vachaka Kovai (697, 698, 300, 1191, 151) 

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Dear Atmavichar100,

You wrote about Aksharamanamalai and Tiruppugzh verses. I propose to write the gist of that book, soon.

Arunachala Siva.

Sure Subramaniam Sir

Hoping to get the inputs of the same from you .

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Tushnim , Subramaniam Sir

Appreciate your comments . Each and every individual relate to Bhagwan differently . Some are attached to the form of Bhagwan ( his picture ) ,some to his teachings , some to the Institution i.e Ramana Ashram ( in his absence they feel that is the place where one can feel his presence most ) and some a combination of all the above  .
For me Bhagwan's life is itself a great teaching and the book "Living by the Words of Bhagwan " and "Power of Presence " are equal to Upanishads  of course Bahgwan's Tamil Works like Ashara Mana Malai are equal to Vedic Hymns .

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Dear All

I have opened a separate thread  "Pointers from Bhagwan - For Reading Only " .
The link to the same is given below :
http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/forum/index.php?topic=7564.0
That is only for contemplative reading and reflection .This thread is to discuss / pass comments on what has been read in the other thread .
Om Peace .

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Dear All

I just wanted  to open a thread about certain select pointers from Bahgwan's life , Bhagwan's teachings and Devotees experience with Bhagwan  that I get as updates regularly from some sites related to Bhagwan .This thread is only for contemplative reading and I will open another thread for discussions on the same .


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

Pointer- 1
THE POWER OF THE PRESENCE OF A JNANI

One day when I was sitting by the side of Sri Bhagavan, I felt so miserable that I put the following question to him: ‘Is the sankalpa [wish] of the jnani not capable of warding off the destinies of the devotees?’

Bhagavan smiled and said: ‘Does the jnani have a sankalpa at all? The jivanmukta can have no sankalpas whatsoever. It is just impossible.’

I continued: ‘Then, what is the fate of all of us who pray to you to have grace on us and save us? Will we not be benefited or saved by sitting in front of you or coming to you? What use is there then for family men like me to gain by coming here to you?’

Bhagavan turned graciously to me and said: ‘Just as a trouble (or arrow) that comes to destroy the head goes away carrying with it only the turban, so a person’s bad karma will be considerably reduced while he is in the presence of a jnani. A jnani has no sankalpa but his sannidhi [presence] is the most powerful force. He need not have sankalpa but his presiding presence, the most powerful force, can do wonders, save souls, give peace of mind, even liberation to ripe souls. Your prayers are not answered by him but absorbed by his presence. His presence saves you, wards off the karma and gives you the boons as the case may be, involuntarily. The jnani does save the devotees, but not by sankalpa, which is non-existent in him, only through his presiding presence, sannidhi.’
(The Mountain Path, 1968 p. 236)

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Dear atmavichar100,

This book was published to celebrate the Skanda Sashti by the Murugan TiruvaruL Sangam, Tiruvallikeni, Chennai 600 005,
in the year 2010. It is almost three years old. My wife brought it in Bangalore, when Bangalore Group celebrated the same festival
in 2010.  You can contact:

Murugan TiruvaruL Sangam
101/50 Big Street,
Tiruvallikeni, Chennai 600 005.

The book is free of cost. You may get it, if copies are available with them.

Arunachala Siva,   
Subramaniam Sir
Thanks  for the information .
Have you read that book and can you share the feedback on the same .


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I came across this post on the net but there is no reference as to where to get the book . If anyone can find out where the above book can be got ,it would be very helpful .

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Dear Anbargal,

Sub:  Akshara Manamalayil Thiruppugazh Malargal – Book Review

Though Arunagirinathar, the author of Thiruppugazh and Sri Ramana
Maharshi, a towering spiritual order aimed at one destination, they
differed in their perspectives and the methods to be adopted.  Ramana
Maharshi followed the path of Jnana and viewed Self as the reflection
of Brahman within (Advaita). Arunagirinathar followed the path of
devotion which admitted duality.  While Ramana Maharshi remained all
through his life in the surroundings of Arunachala, Arunagirinathar
went on a long pilgrimage in South India and beyond.  While   the
former was noted for his silence, the latter was noted for his
eloquence.

But the points of difference that distance them are few and the points
that unites them are more; says Smt. Santha Rajan and Sri Sundara
Rajan, who have brought out a wonderful book titled, “Aksharamana
Malayil Thiruppugazh Malargal”.
They have taken Maharshi’s
Aksharamana Malai as the subject of their research and established the
fact that all the 108 verses of Akshara Manamalai have many things in
common with Thiruppugazh.  Against each verse of Akshara Manamalai,
they quoted some songs either from Thiruppugazh, Alamgaram or
Anuboothi that contained the same message.
  The songs contain
references to various aspects of spirituality like self-realisation,
devotion, ego and anger as the obstacle.   It takes us to a new world
of knowledge and devotion.

When someone asked Maharshi about Adi Sankara’s influence on his
teachings, Maharshi said that what he had spoken or written were the
result of his own experience.  Similarly, we find that many aspects of
truth which Maharshi said has tallied with what Arunagirinathar had
said many years ago.

Rajans should be congratulated for bringing out a twin volume that at
once gives  the words of wisdom emanated from Ramana Maharshi and the
beautiful verses of devotion that flowed from Arunagirinathar.   There
are some excellent colour photos of Muruga, Ganesa, Adi Sankara,
Kanchi Maha Swamigal, Sri Bharathi Theertha Swamigal of Sringeri,
Ramana Maharshi, Arunagirinathar, Sri Sachidananda Swamigal, Seshadri
Swamigal, Pamban Swamigal and an overview of Arunachaleswar temple.
The book has been well researched, beautifully  written and
excellently presented.   We look forward many such brilliant
expositions from Rajans. Readers would find this a treasure of immense
value and those interested may contact Sri Sundararajan at
yesye...@yahoo.com.

V.S. Krishnan
www.thiruppugazh.org

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Dear atrnavichar100,

Did I not tell you that he lived only up to his nineties and merged with Sri Bhagavan? He lived up to 105 years is definitely incorrect.

Arunachala Siva.

Sure Subramaniam Sir

But as there is no confirmed DOB of Kunju Swami and the only given DOB is  1887 in the link provided .Even now David Godman has not given his exact DOB and only said that 1887 is wrong .
So anyway I had this query after re-reading about Kunju Swami yesterday in the book Power of Presence .

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The following is the reply I got from David Godman on Kunju Swami's DOB query

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1887 is definitely wrong.
He arrived at Tiruvannamalai in the early 1920s when he himself was in his early 20s. He was probably around 92 when he passed away in Ramanasramam.


Best Wishes      David Godman

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Subramaniam Sir

I have just posted an email to David Godman to confirm exactly Kunju Swami's DOB . Only yesterday I went through his life as mentioned in Power of Presence but there is no mention of his DOB . Among Bhagwan's  earliest devotees he was one of the longest living one's I suppose .

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General Discussion / Re: we are missing a point.
« on: January 16, 2013, 01:18:03 PM »
we are missig one point:



I read the account of Kunju Swami who lived in Bhagvan's presence for a long time.

Seems these people  did not have any money or property or whatsover.

Their only aim in life was pure devotion,  self realisation,   guru bhakthi,  guru's teachings.

One occasion Kunju Swami  leaves for Kerala in a train to take care of his insane friend
who confused so much with sadhana and turned insane.

At that time,  Maharishee ,  realising that Kunju Swami did not have money to buy food,
makre parcel of fresh puris he just received from some devotee.


Now reading this,  I could visualize,  to what extent people like kunju swami lived
without having money for food for the next meal time.


I think ,  until one gets this attitude,  he cannot be considered a mumukshu.

I am not asking everyone here to depend on next time food aimlessly,  but at the same tiem
we should realise how difficult it was to be with Bhagavan all the time.

We now say,   we have missed Bhagavan , his physical presence etc.

But are we now as care-free as this gentleman Kunju Swami ?  A big No.

We have many ailments,  we depend on tablets.

Our next time meals is readily available in abundant,  until the end of our life time
it will  be availale.  But are we planning  money for next time food?  No,  we plan for
properties,  savings,  more luxury like AC,  costly bed,  cots ,  furniture etc.

We plan for next 30 -- 40 years put together.

People like me love and crave to be in 24 hours air conditioned places or hill stations.

In this endeavour,  ofcourse we have so many complex materila problems and we blink not knowing what to do.

But think of this --  Kunju Swami  when he really thought seriously enough,
he would have got frightened because for next meal time,  his meals is not guaranteed.

But inspite of that,  people like Kunju Swami,  Viswanatha Swami,  Muruganar, Annamalai Swammi
these people -- inspite of that,  they were not worried and focussed only on sadhana.


But we people are not like that -- in the name of duty,  we simply keep on adding more
and  more of our material needs.  And in the midst of this,  we have somehow started
sadhana .  So here,  we are committing some mistakes in terms of planning.

Planning,  worrying,  thinking and then fearing the future --  bad way to live life indeed.


One of my close relatives,  one day met me as I was going to Srirangam temple in my
natvie place.

He made lot of money in IT industry and now settled in India after long stay in Australia.

He asked about my current job and then forecasted the fate of my career in IT after 10 years
and warned that I need to spend more time ,  more free time of weekends to improve my skills.

He told that otherwise,  with my minimal skill set,  I may be thrown away anytime.

Fear struck me at once -- we were discussing this near the Rajagopuram of Srirangam temple.

Fear really struck me --  I got confused and started sweating.  Somehow I smiled and cut short that
topic and then I went straight to Thaayar -- Mahalakshmi sannidhi.

There I sat and unloaded my burden created by the fearful lecture of my relative.


Today I compare this  attitude with  Kunju Swami's. 

I can really see that,  I am and many others along with me,  are planning too too much.

David Godman spent 18 months in a damaged temple roof. He was not afraid of snakes,
scorpions or anything.  There  he performed self enquiry.


But today  I want instant realisation -- I go to saradamma's hosue and if Amma does not
come out,  I get frustrated.


Then for relaxing,  I go to youtube.com and start seeing some video on self enquiry.

One thing is sure -- God or Atman or Self --  it will never reveal unless we atleast
untie ourselves from this over planning,  this  extra carefulness in material affairs.



On top of all this,  occasionally we comment that Kunju swami may not have  realised Self.


We did not even realise our fears for next 40 years financial planning, 
while Kunju Swami also did not realise that his next time meal is not guaranteed.



Unless one is able to throw himself at Nature's mercy,  unless one is ready to place
his physical body in front of the eternal quest,  it is not going to be easy.


One need not die,  but one should not care even if death comes due to starvation.

Just thought of writing.
Kskat

I went through this old post of yours and I appreciate what you have written . You have yourself given the answers in your post on the qualifications needed to be on this path .
One of the signs of spiritual maturity is less anxiety for the future . It does not mean we have to be careless or lazy but just do what we can and stop overspending the time contemplating on the future . The Current Global Economy runs by exploiting people's twin powerful emotions of Greed and Fear .

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Subramaniam Sir

From the link below it is given that Kunju Swami was born on 1887 and you have mentioned that he passed in 1992 so it means he lived for 105 years .

http://bhagavan-ramana.org/ramanadevotees.html

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On this day, in the year 1992,

Subramaniam Sir

When was Kunju Swami born ? I guess he lived for more than 100 years ?

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