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


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

Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: February 19, 2013, 08:02:55 AM »

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 18, 2013, 09:20:23 PM »
One has to start with Karma and Bhakti and move to Janana .Our mind is like a mirror which is covered with dirt and is also oscillating .Therefore matters relating to Jnana do not get reflected in it .The dirt must be wiped off by doing Karma .By constant bhakti its movement should be stopped .Once it is cleansed of dirt and it remains steady matters relating to  Jnana will get clearly reflected .

Kanchi Paramacharya from "Voice of God "volume 6 pg.117-118

General topics / Re: Tamil Scriptures
« on: February 18, 2013, 06:38:19 PM »
Manikkavachagar does not mention about Jnana Sambandha or Tiru Navukkarasar, or Sundaramurti. He only mentions
Karaikal Ammaiyar, Hunter Kannappa and Chandikeswara in his poems - all these saints belong to 4th century.

Subramaniam Sir

Thanks for ur reply . I found surprising that Manickavachar has never mentioned about Sambandhar , Sundarar or Navukkarasar . So might be he was before them .
Has Bhagwan mentioned about this ?

General topics / Re: Tamil Scriptures
« on: February 18, 2013, 05:08:50 PM »
Subramaniam Sir

Why is Manicka Vacjgar not counted among the sixty-three nayanmars though he is counted one among the Naalvars ?

Does anyone know where we can get his brilliant autobiography ‘En Charitram.’ ?

There is also an instance when Tamiz Tatha met Bhagwan Ramana at Ramana Ashram .

Grand old man of THAMIZH
Has enough been done to perpetuate the memory of U.Ve.Sa, who gifted priceless literature to posterity?

It is important that February 19 is remembered for on this day in 1855 was born a man who did so much for Tamil as a language. But he never got his due. Not even a university named after the person, whose crusade was to restore lost literary treasure.

Most speakers of Tamil will know U.Ve. Swaminatha Iyer as ‘Thamizh Thatha.’ Some may have heard of his untiring efforts to bring the Sangam period literature back into circulation and accessible to the larger population and thereby contribute substantially to Tamil being accorded the status of a classical language. But very few would have read his brilliant autobiography, ‘En Charitram.’ The 762 pages of simple and easy to understand Tamil are divided into several chapters and sub-chapters. All of them reveal leadership lessons to which young children should have access. Ways to incorporate sections of his book into education, making it more accessible to those who may not feel comfortable reading Tamil will be the finest way to remember this great scholar.

Among many reasons, the book deserves to be clubbed with the finest autobiographies ever written, for three reasons:

The initial chapters and to some extent the later chapters, are vivid, with factual descriptions of daily life in the 1830s–1870s in Thanjavur district. While political history of this time is well recorded, the daily lives are not – simple details of wedding ceremonies (the groom paid for the expenses and a bride price), schooling (4 a.m.-5 p.m. with each student having to supply his own sand everyday) give a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary folks. His family was deeply entrenched in music and we have information of stalwarts such as Ghanam Krishna Iyer, Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan as well as patrons of those days (often with house address details) in Ariyalur and other areas. His pilgrimage to attend the 1878 consecration of Madurai Meenakshi temple speaks of the Vaigai with water and flanked by coconut groves, hardly imaginable today!

From an inspirational point, his life is yet another example of how persistence, perseverance and ethical living are the surest way to lasting success though money will come slowly.

The indigent circumstances of the family did not prevent them from holding on to values. In a moving passage he speaks of how a friend of his father taunted him for choosing Tamil over English. He then decided to learn from Meenakshisundaram Pillai (whose portly but radiating appearance is fondly described). He went about the task in a systematic manner of reading his texts and cultivating the friendships of those who knew him and could get him a meeting. His description of his guru’s death and his own move to Kumbakonam from Tiruvavaduturai are deeply moving even after 137 years when read by someone several generations later.

Finally is his ability to look at everything with hope and positivity. There are times when he faces difficulty, but things do get better and he does his own bit. Particularly illustrative is the patience he had in comparing different versions of ‘Sivaka Chintamani’ and bringing it to press despite many obstacles.

As his 160th anniversary approaches, perhaps we will see an audio book, and parts of the text in school texts and an account of the descendants of the many people he mentions, including Ariyalur Sadagopa Iyengar, Senganam Vridhachala Reddiar, Judge Muthusamy Iyer and his colleagues in the Kumbakonam college – Gopal Rao, ‘Ladu’ Sesha Iyer, R.V. Srinivasa Iyer, B. Hanumanth Rao and of course his guru, Meenakshisundaram Pillai, Thyagaraja Chettiar, who got him to Kumbakonam and Salem Ramasamy Mudaliar who inspired him to look at Sangam literature.

(The writer may be contacted at pradeepandanusha

Interview with Annamalai Swami - Tiruvannamalai 1993

Interview with Annamalai Swami
Tiruvannamalai 1993 India
Conducted by Madhukar Thompson

Operating System and Software Issues / Re: Regarding Kindle Reader
« on: February 18, 2013, 07:09:15 AM »
Sir, I have just got a Kindle Paperwhite. I will use it for a few days and let you know how I find it.

Dear Nobody

Thanks for ur reply .Hoping to get a proper feedback from you regarding Kindle Paperwhite .

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: February 17, 2013, 04:11:00 PM »
The fruit that occurs from sincere and devoted worship is indeed very great. If the worship is performed merely for showing off to others, one only gets limited results. - Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 16, 2013, 06:59:26 AM »

Arunachala / Re: Power of Arunachala-kshetra
« on: February 16, 2013, 06:57:44 AM »
An Excellent Pic of Arunachala that I found on the net :


Fate and Free Will :

"Forgetfulness or non-forgetfulness is not a part of your destiny. It is something you choose from moment to moment. That is what Bhagavan [Ramana Maharshi] said. He said that you have the freedom either to identify with the Self and have the understanding that the body is performing its predestined activities, animated and sustained by the power of the Self, or you can identify with the activities of the body and the mind, and in doing so forget the Self. If you choose the latter course, don't blame God or God's will, or predestination. God did not make you forget the Self. You yourself are making that choice every second of your life.""*

Annamalai Swami

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

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