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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: February 16, 2013, 06:15:15 AM »

Your quote from Annamalai Swami is wonderful and sums up Bhagwan's Teaching in a Nutshell .I have added this quote in my Pointers from Bhagwan's Thread .

Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: February 15, 2013, 09:55:01 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Subject of Marriage
« on: February 15, 2013, 08:58:02 PM »
These forum discussions are addictive. Even though we gain something its a great sucker of our entire energies an focus. We must regulate ourselves.


You wanted to avoid watching TV but now got caught in Net/Forum Discussions . I had already mentioned the example of a person known to me who did the same i.e avoided TV and landed up with the same problem as you ( i,e got caught up in net addiction ) .

The problem is neither in Net /Forum/TV /Cell Phone but how we regulate them as your own statement says .
Anyway being an Arunachala Forum , nothing goes waste . All discussions here definitely have some impact in due course .I myself found lot  of value in many of yours posts and comments here .

Om Peace .

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 14, 2013, 01:56:48 PM »

Subramaniam Sir
Can you share any specific recollections .

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 14, 2013, 01:29:15 PM »
Great and rare experience recalled. The picture is really astounding. Only Maha Periyava could observe so minutely and teach us. All of us, who saw Arjuna’s penance sculpture will be content with seeing Arjuna and some elephants> Only Maha Periyava could point to the presence of Vishnu Temple and a sage doing Maathyaanhikam. What Grace! Jaya Jaya Shankara, Hara Hara Shankara!

காஞ்சி மஹா பெரியவருடனான எனது அனுபவங்கள் – டாக்டர் தியாக. சத்தியமூர்த்தி


சிறு வயதிலிருந்தே அவரை தரிசித்திருக்கிறேன். தொல்லியலாளரான பின்னர் அவரைப் பார்க்கப் போனபோது, “நீ என்ன வேலை பார்க்கிறாய்?” என்று கேட்டார். அப்போது கோவில்கள் திட்டப்பணியில் தொல்லியல் துறையில் செய்யும் பணிபற்றிச் சொன்னேன். “நீ மகாபலிபுரம் போயிருக்கிறாயா? அங்கு என்ன பார்த்தாய்?” என்று கேட்டார். நான் பஞ்சபாண்டவர் ரதம், மகிஷாசுரமர்த்தினி என்றெல்லாம் சொன்னேன்.

“அங்கு பல்லவர்களுடைய கடிகாரம் ஒன்று இருக்கிறதே, அதைப் பார்த்திருக்கிறாயா?” என்று கேட்டார். ஏதோ விளையாட்டுக்குச் சொல்கிறார் என்று நினைத்து, “பல்லவா காலத்தில் ஏது பெரியவா கடிகாரம்?” என்று கேட்டேன். “இருக்கு. இருக்கு. நீ அடுத்தவாட்டி போறப்போ நல்லா பார்த்துட்டு வா!” என்றார்.

மறுமுறை போனபோது, “கடிகாரம் பார்த்தாயா?” என்று கேட்டார். “இல்லை பெரியவா, எனக்குத் தெரியவில்லை” என்றேன். “அர்ஜுனன் தவம் பார்த்தியா?” என்று கேட்டார். “பார்த்தேன்” என்றேன். “அந்த அர்ஜுனன் தபஸ் சிற்பத்திற்குக் கீழே நதி ஒன்று ஓடிக் கொண்டிருக்கும். சின்ன விஷ்ணு கோயில் ஒன்று இருக்கும். பக்கத்தில் ரிஷி ஒருவர் உட்காந்து கொண்டிருப்பார். கீழே அமர்ந்து சிலர் வேதம் சொல்லிக் கொண்டிருப்பார்கள். ஒருவர் ஆற்றில் நனைத்த துணியைப் பிழிந்து கொண்டிருப்பார். மற்றொருவர் நின்று கொண்டு மாத்யான்னிஹ வந்தனை செய்து கொண்டிருப்பார். (அதில் ஒருவர் இரண்டு கைகளையும் கோர்த்து விரலிடுக்கால் உச்சியிலிருக்கும் சூரியனைப் பார்க்கிறார்) பனிரெண்டு மணிக்கு இந்த விஷயம் நடந்தது என்பதைச் சிற்பி தெரிவிக்கிறார். அதைத்தான் ‘பல்லவ கடிகாரம்‘ என்று சொன்னேன்” என்று பெரியவர் சொன்னார்.

பெரியவரின் நுணுக்கமான பார்வையைக் கண்டு எனக்கு பிரமிப்பு ஏற்பட்டது. இப்படிப் பல அனுபவங்கள்.

டாக்டர் தியாக. சத்தியமூர்த்தி, தமிழகத்தின் தலைசிறந்த தொல்லியல் ஆய்வாளர்களுள் ஒருவர். தமிழ்நாடு, கேரளம், கர்நாடகம், குஜராத், டெல்லி, ராஜஸ்தானம் என இந்தியாவின் பல பகுதிகளில் தொல்லியல் ஆய்வுகளை நிகழ்த்தியவர். இந்தியத் தொல்பொருள் கள ஆய்வுத் துறை (Archaeological Survey of India) மூலம் இவர் ஆற்றிய பணிகள் குறிப்பிடத்தக்கன. தமிழகத்தில் ஆதிச்சநல்லூர், மகாபலிபுரம் போன்ற இடங்களில் இவர் செய்த ஆய்வுகள் முக்கியத்துவம் வாய்ந்தவை. ஆய்வு, பயிற்றல், கருத்தரங்கு எனப் பல வேலைகளில் இடையின்றி ஈடுபட்டிருப்பவரைத் தென்றலுக்காக அரவிந்த் சுவாமிநாதன் சந்தித்தார். அந்தச் சந்திப்பிலிருந்து…

Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: February 14, 2013, 12:00:23 PM »

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 14, 2013, 11:36:41 AM »
It is not possible for a person whose mind is ever dedicated to God to be preoccupied with transient, mundane difficulties. Neither will such a person get unsettled by difficulties. God will give him the strength to face and surmount his problems. - Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: February 14, 2013, 11:30:52 AM »

Happy to note that your cousin has underwent a very successful operation . Congrats to the Team of Doctors who made this possible . Thanks also to the Almighty for making this possible .
Really happy to hear this . Keep us updated about his further progress and hope he returns back to normal life soon .
Om Peace .

Arunachala / Re: Surrendering a wish to Bhagavan and Arunachala
« on: February 13, 2013, 09:36:24 PM »
Would a petition to the Chief Minister by long-term local residents backed by us occasional visitors to Tiruvannamalai help?  I think only a relentless campaign will do the trick. And sorry no bribes will be paid. We expect it to be done for our Arunachala.

Maybe a delegation can meet the Chief Minister or even the District Collector to start with?  What do you all think?

Any volunteers to write up a nice petition that does not sound angry but inspires the authorities to love Arunachala as much as we do.

My take on this is if Ramana Ashram takes a step forward in this and request for public support then all others will follow .But we do not know whether Ramana Ashram has already taken any steps in  that direction and yet things remain as they are .
Unless the Petition is being made by a Seasoned Organization like Ramana Ashram ( with support from Other Spriitual Organizations there in Thiruvanamali  )  I doubt the Concerned authorities will take proper action in this matter . Of course we must understand the fact that Thiruvanamali is not just for Ramana  Ashram and Ramana Devotees and it is a highly populated district and has its own set of concerns and no one can take action just to satisfy the concern of Ramana Devotees .

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Re: Light Post
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:46:15 PM »
Ravi ji, thats ok ... but there can be some problems like this.
When I was studying in my college, I was explaining to my friend about buffers. I was trying to explain to him about file buffers and he was not getting it.
And then suddenly a friend entered , from nowhere and saw me explaining the concept ... he just seems to have heard memory and said "Its simple buddy, you know a floppy ? [those days floppys were still there], thats what it is " and this student of mine said "ah, its so simple i get it !! " :) and i was left stunned as to what I should say, because the concept that was being discussed was something else altogether :D

simple answer ... pointing to something else !
complex or simple is a perspective ... what is has to be presented as it is...
and when its said, one should not be left in a loop. One who can show what is , as it is ... is a guru.
a guru is supposed to have two qualifications according to mundaka : he should be a sthotriya, a person well versed in scriptures and he should be living it . without these two qualifications one become a guru ... thats according to mundaka upanishad.


I was reminded of my collage days after reading what you wrote .
A friend of mine who was absolutely new to computers , computer terminology etc and we had to submit a simple project report . This was in a first year ( and hence not to be confused with the final year Project Report ) .The Lecturer had made it known that he wants the report to be submitted in Soft Copy ( meaning floppy in those days ) . My friend made the report and took a print out of the same and gave it to the Lecturer and the Lecturer told him didn't I tell you to get it in a soft copy . My friend argued that he has got it in a soft copy only . The lecturer took one of the Foppy Disc ( the 3.5 inch one ) and showed him this is what a soft copy is . My friend still trying to prove the lecturer wrong told him sir that is Hard Copy what you are having as u cant bend the floppy disk while I can bend this project report of mine and what I have is the soft copy and what u have is the hard copy ,so u are wrong and the lecturer got fed up and left  unable to argue with this chap :)

Pointer- 5


Atmananda was a young, accomplished Austrian musician called Blanca Schlamm, whose interest in Theosophy first took her on a visit to India in 1925 at the age of twenty-one. She later became an ardent follower of J. Krishnamurti and returned to India in 1935 to teach at the Krishnamurti School near Benares. By 1942 she became despondent and left the school in search of a means to assuage the inner crisis that had engulfed her. This brought her to the Maharshi from whom she sought clarity, peace and direction. From the excerpts of her diary below it is apparent that during her six-week stay in Tiruvannamalai she was granted that, and more.

The diaries of Atmananda were edited by Ram Alexander and published by Indica Books under the title "Death Must Die". The book contains the intimate story of a sincere seeker who ultimately finds her way to peace and security under the loving guidance of Anandamayi Ma. Atmananda died in Benares in 1985 and at her funeral was given the utmost honor and respect accorded a sanyasini of the highest order.

Ramanashram, Tiruvannamalai, 17 May 1942

I left Benares on the 10th May. As the train approached Tiruvannamalai, I suddenly felt blissfully happy, thinking, 'Now all struggle is over, there will be only peace. The prodigal son has returned to his father's house.' After some time this passed.

31 May, 1942 - Questions for Ramana:

(1) If the mind seems utterly confused and muddled, what is the first step in order to get clear?

(2) In one of the books of your dialogues you say that such thoughts as "Is this a good thing to do or is that" should not be allowed. How can one live and decide without such considerations?

(3) At times I am completely at peace and at other times all restlessness. There seems no connection at all between these two conditions. Why is that?

3 June, 1942

Answer to question No.2: "If you surrender to the Supreme Will, there will be no question of decision or choice."

Question: But I don't know the Supreme Will. I do not know to whom to surrender. How do I know the Supreme? I may deceive myself.

It is the mind that deceives itself. At least you must admit that you exist. Either you accept the Supreme or at least enquire into the true nature of your self. Who are you? Knowing or not knowing belongs to the mind and therefore all your so called 'knowledge' is really ignorance. You identify yourself with the mind and that is the cause of the confusion. Enquire more deeply into the true nature of your individuality (i.e., Who is it that possesses a mind?). In fact, if you perceive that the mind does not exist at all, then it will vanish along with the confusion, and what truly is will stand revealed. When you look at your reflection in the water and believe it to be an accurate representation of yourself, then you are troubled when the movement of the water disturbs the reflection. But when you realize that this has no reality to it, then your worries cease. You cannot get rid of your shadow, but you need not believe that it is who you really are.

I feel as if I were two and not one.

Answer: No, there is only the Self, there cannot be two. But if you focus only on the form of the bangle, you may forget that it is made of gold. Yet the form of the bangle is dependent on the gold. It cannot exist without it and ceases to exist when the gold is melted down; but the gold itself remains constant. By deluding yourself into identifying solely with the mind, you deny your true Self. This is worse than suicide, because in suicide you only kill the body; but here you are murdering the Self. Seek the Self and the ego will vanish.

By solving one mind-created problem you only create new ones. When you cut off one leaf, four new ones sprout out. Only by killing the root of the tree, can you prevent the leaves from growing.

17 June 1942

Question: When I asked you how to solve the problems of life, you said "Self surrender." How can one surrender without danger until Self realization has been achieved, as the mind may create its own God to surrender to? The most cruel things in the world are done in the name of God.

Maharshi: The mind and all of its creations come from the same source. Self-enquiry and Self-surrender are the same. As you proceed in Self-enquiry you automatically surrender (as you become nearer to the Divine Source).The person that surrenders to a mind-created God will have to bear the consequences of his actions and suffer for them. But even the thought of God, however false, will take you to the Supreme Truth of the Self ultimately. The man who has realized, knows that the thought of a separate God is utterly false. But until then one cannot help it. When you are totally still, you are the Self. When we think, we are forgetting God. Self-enquiry leads back to Him (who is none other than the Self).

Question: Ultimately, but it may take a long time!

Maharshi: There is no time. You may have it even now.

Someone else's question: If the Self is one, why is it necessary to approach a Guru?

Maharshi: In reality it is not necessary, but because we are dreaming on the physical plane, the presence of the realized man is necessary to wake us up - to remind us of ourselves. When the proud elephant dreams that a lion comes, he gets a shock and wakes up suddenly. As we are all dreaming, the help of the Guru, within this dream, is necessary in order to force us to wake up. The eyes of the Guru disperse the dream.

The physical eyes?

Maharshi: There are only 'eyes', not physical or otherwise.

Miss Merston's question: From where does the 'resolve' come to start the Self-enquiry?

Maharshi: From the mind, like all other thoughts. But by having only one single thought, this thought finally also gets absorbed. You need not follow your thoughts; the more you think the more thoughts there will be. But rather take each thought back to its source. That is surrender and enquiry at the same time.

Why are you unable to refuse when others prevail on you for this or that? Are you not free of karma and therefore able to do as you like?

Maharshi: There are three types of karma:
(1) Made by one's own actions and desires.
(2) Inevitable karma like Government - world circumstances beyond your personal control.
(3) The karma of others taken on himself by the man who is free of his own karma.
Questioner: Is it like Christ, who suffers for the sins of others?

Maharshi: Yes. There is no freedom, it [freedom] is merely a word (i.e., even Christ or the realised saint still must fulfill his destiny outwardly, although inwardly he is fully liberated).

Questioner: Yesterday my old agony of restlessness returned, and with it my fear. I had back ache, head ache and tummy ache and utter misery. This in turn made me resentful at feeling somewhat bound. But this morning I suddenly got back my peace after deciding to talk to Bhagavan and to ask him why I can't get rid of my egotistical resistance. As I asked him the question tears came. The answer was: "Take the resistance into your heart and keep it there."

From the Ashtavakra Gita:
"When the mind is freed from such pairs of opposites as 'this is done' and 'this is not done' it becomes indifferent to religious merit, worldly prosperity, desire for sensual enjoyment and for liberation.

"The one who abhors sense objects avoids them, and one who covets them becomes attached to them. But he who does not accept or reject, is neither unattached nor attached.

"He who has an egoistic feeling even towards liberation and considers even the body as his own is neither an jnani nor a yogi. He only suffers misery."


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

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 13, 2013, 07:49:05 AM »
Some are very keen on the Sankalpa portion of any Puja. Not content with God’s grace, they pester Pundits to add more words to the Sankalpa to cater to their longings. Is it necessary? Not at all. Ishwara knows what is best for us. – Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal.

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 12, 2013, 04:05:20 PM »

Actually that quote was to re-assure a close family member of mine who is going through some difficult times and I assured him of support through my daily prayers . Here Barathi Teerta Swamigal has given twin benefit of such prayers - help to the other person + our own mental purity .

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 12, 2013, 03:39:28 PM »
When you pray for someone in need, the prayer will help him and also purify your mind. Then why not pray for the welfare of all? Praying for the welfare of all is a hallmark of the tradition of Sanatana Dharma. - Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 12, 2013, 03:36:37 PM »
When you pray for someone in need, the prayer will help him and also purify your mind. Then why not pray for the welfare of all? Praying for the welfare of all is a hallmark of the tradition of Sanatana Dharma. - Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

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