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General Discussion / Re: Poems, Sayings on Solitude
« on: June 06, 2013, 12:15:20 PM »

Dear Anil

No hurry . Just respond when you feel like .
Om Peace


Happy to note that Swami Sivananda and Swami Chinmaya are the guiding forces in your spiritual life . For me it was the mysterious force of Swami Sivananda that pushed me on to the path of Yoga Sadhana ( before that I had only some academic knowledge )  many years back and right now keeping my Yoga sadhana as a base I am moving towards Jnana Marga .

Since "intellect" is being talked here I just wanted to share my views :
Gross Intellect =  this is more outward responsible for all the great achievements in the world and that is what Scientists , artists etc are famous for .There is more Rajas here .
Subtle Intellect = This is more inward and useful for atma vichara to differentiate between the real from the unreal .There is high degree of sattva here .
This difference must be understood . That is why people who are successful in Atma Vichara may not be great achievers in the outside world ( of course there can be exceptions to this ) and people who are great achievers in the outside world struggle with atma vichara ( again there can be exceptions to this ) .

Vigilant among the careless, awake among the sleepers, restrained among the indulgent, reflective among the thoughtless, the wise aspirant boldly marches forward, reaches the Goal now and here and attains Immortality and Eternal Bliss.

Superb quote from Swami Sivananda . Thanks for sharing that wonderful letter by Swami Sivananda to Swami Chinmayananda .

Subramaniam Sir

In fact I wanted to add the fact that previous day we first visited Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple and also visited the room where Bhagavan had his death experience and only after that I got the phone from my friend informing about Saint Ramana Giri Samadhi  near the Sirumalai Hills . Might be it was a blessing from Bhagavan to visit that site . Before doing my Yoga Intensive ( in Jan 2010 )  I visited Arunachala and RamanaAshram in Dec 2009 and that was my last visit ( I was a very frequent visitor to Arunachala and Ramana Ashram from 2000-2009 ) .

The Other excellent article about Saint Ramanagiri that David Godman had used as his main refernce is given here in the Jayathi issue of Mountain Path 1994

His body was interred at the foot of the Sirumalai Hills, at a place, he had named 'Ramana Padam' and a Siva Lingam was installed over his samadhi.  It is near Vadipatti Village, which is about 25 kms. from Madurai.

Dear Subramaniam Sir

I was fortunate to visit the Samadhi shrine of Sri Ramanagiri in Jan 2010 . There is an interesting background to this . In Jan 2010 I was immersed in a "Sadhana Intensive" program at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Madurai .This is an intensive Sadhana program for a group of Sivananda Trained Yoga Teachers based on the ancient Yogic Text "Hatha Yoga Pradipika" and there is a strict control on diet , no use of cell phones , internet etc till the program was over ( i.e for 2 weeks ) and we had to do  to our yoga sadhana in total silence and seclusion and even among ourselves we were not supposed to talk much  . After the program was over I got a call from a close friend of mine saying that there is this Ramana Giri Ashram in Sirumalai hills near Madurai and if I have time I must visit it . I spoke about this to other of the sadhaks there and they told they would like to go and we all went in a hired mini bus there .Till then I did not know much about Sri Ramanagiri or his Sadhana and when I went there , the person incharge of that Ashram welcomed as and gave an Old Copy of Mountain Path ( Jayanthi Issue 1994 ) and asked me to read it aloud to others and we were surprised to know that Ramagiri was also a serious Yoga Sadhak and his samadhi was also the way Yogis have it by taking the prana along the sushumna nadi .Also the diet which Sri Ramana Giri had was similar to the diet which we had in our intensive program only that we had more quantity and Ramanagiri had a diet of just one handful .We all spent time in silence meditating around his Samadhi and came back spiritually refreshed . We felt highly blessed that after immersing in a Yoga intensive we got the blessings to visit the Sadmadhi on another great Yogi Cum Jnani .
Given below is the picture of the Samadhi Shrine taken during my visit in Jan 2010 .

Om Peace .

General Discussion / Re: Poems, Sayings on Solitude
« on: June 03, 2013, 02:18:04 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Poems, Sayings on Solitude
« on: June 02, 2013, 09:21:13 AM »
Further, by meditating on God in solitude the mind acquires knowledge, dispassion, and devotion. But the very same mind goes downward if it dwells in the world. In the world there is only one thought: 'woman and gold'.
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

General Discussion / Re: Poems, Sayings on Solitude
« on: June 02, 2013, 09:17:58 AM »
One must go into solitude to attain this divine love. To get butter from milk you must let it set into curd in a secluded spot; if it is too much disturbed, milk won't turn into curd. Next, you must put aside all other duties, sit in a quiet spot, and churn the curd. Only then do you get butter.
The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: May 29, 2013, 12:43:30 PM »
Who is the real Genius ? :)

Thanks for starting this thread Hari . Being a student of the Sivananda Institution which was my first formal initiation to spirituality I always look with gratitude towards Swami Sivananda and his senior disciple Swami Vishnu devananda ( in whose Institution I got trained in classical Hatha /Raja Yoga ) for putting me on this path .
Swami Sivananda has an integrated approach to spirituality and basically his teachings are very useful for a beginner to spirituality and all his books are very simple and easy to follow . Swami Sivananda's teachings helps a person to prepare himself to receive the subtle and direct teachings of Bhagavn Ramana .

General topics / Re: Who Am I-some thoughts
« on: May 26, 2013, 02:35:06 PM »
Kanchi Paramacharya on Atyashrami

An ‘atyAshrami’ is one who is either in the SannyAsa-Ashrama or one who is even higher than that, namely one who is a jnAni whom no ShAstraic injunctions touch. The Svetasvataropanishad (VI-21) seems to be teaching Brahma VidyA only to such atyAshramis. There is an Upanishad called Kaivalyopanishad. The Acharya (Sankara) used to quote from it often. In the beginning of that Upanishad it says the atyAsharami goes to a solitary place, sits in a straight Asana, controls his senses and mind and meditates on the Shiva svarUpa, his Atman.

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: May 26, 2013, 11:39:32 AM »
Kanchi Paramacharya's Upadesa :

     நாம் “தானம் கொடுக்கிறோம்’ என்ற வார்த்தையைச் சொல்வதே தவறு.”பகவான் நம்மைக் கொடுக்கும்படி வைத்தான், கொடுத்தோம்’ என்று அடங்கி பவ்யமாகக் கொடுக்க வேண்டும். அகங்காரம் வந்துவிடுமோ என்று பயந்து கொண்டு கொடுக்க வேண்டும்.
     நமக்கு எத்தனை ஆசை இருக்கின்றனவோ, அத்தனை ஆணிகளை அடித்துக் கொண்டு, நம்மை கட்டிப்போட்டுக் கொள்கிறோம். இதனால் துன்பம் அதிகரிக்கிறது. ஆசைகளை குறைக்க குறைக்க துன்பமும் குறைகிறது.
    ஒருவர் நம்மிடம் நெருங்கிப் பழகாவிட்டாலும் சரி,  அவருக்கு ஆத்ம குணங்களும் அனுக்கிரக சக்தியும் இல்லாவிட்டாலும் சரி, அவரால் நமக்கு எந்தக் காரியமும் ஆகாவிட்டாலும் சரி, அப்போதும் நாம் அவரிடம் மாறாத அன்பு வைத்தால் அதுவே உண்மையான அன்பு.
    தியாகம் பண்ணவேண்டும். அதைவிட முக்கியமாக  ”தியாகம் பண்ணினேன்’ என்ற எண்ணத்தையும் தியாகம் பண்ணிவிட வேண்டும்.
    மகான்கள் செய்கிற ஆசிர்வாதம், அவர்கள் கொடுக்கும் சாபம் அனைத்தும் அப்படியே பலித்துவிடுவதற்கு காரணம் அவர்களுடைய சத்தியத்தின் சக்தி தான்.

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