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As such, do we lack Experience of Self or Recognition of Self ?

We lack experience of recognition of self  :)

General Discussion / Re: Common Discussion
« on: December 20, 2012, 07:54:10 PM »
personally, i would like to keep off from all siddhantas - neither advaita nor dvaita, visishtadvaita, advaitaadvaita, dvaitaadvaita, shunya, shaiva, vaishnava, also want to walk away from the terms brahman, atman, aikyam, mukti, jivanmukti, kingdom of heaven, nirvana, what ever else is left out.

Now, please tell me, who is he who is so much concerned about why he is not being understood by others in the forum?


General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: December 20, 2012, 02:42:52 PM »
அவனன்றி யோரணுவும் அசையாதெ னும்பெரிய
Not an atom moveth without Him"

This is an excellent verse  that I always think over when I am upset over something  remembering that 'His will only be done " . No doubt I can put my best efforts , plan, improve upon etc  etc but at  the end  of the day I must surrender to the fact that "His will only be done "

Om Peace

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Re: Light Post
« on: December 20, 2012, 02:22:08 PM »
d: Is bhakti and jnana same?

cguru: No, opposite.

d: Everyone says same and you are saying opposite?

cguru: Because:
bhakt(a) -- pursues --> bhakt(i) whereas
jnan(i) -- pursues --> jnan(a)

In one case (a) pursues (i),  and in the other case (i) pursues (a). Looking at this clear opposite, how can I say it is same?

d: Then where do the opposites meet?

cguru: When:
bhakt(a) -- expresses --> jnan(a) and
jnan(i) -- contains --> bhakt(i)

then (a) meets (a) and (i) meets (i).

Wonderful .

Seeking Solitude to 'get away from others' is different than seeking solitude for contemplation and ripening of Sadhana.
No wonder that Sri Bhagavan guides people as per their genuine need.


That sums it up very well .

General Discussion / Poems, Sayings on Solitude
« on: December 20, 2012, 02:06:01 PM »
Since solitude is being discussed "soundly" on another thread   :), I wish to share here Ode on Solitude by Alexander Pope

Ode on Solitude

Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,
In his own ground.

Whose heards with milk, whose fields with bread,
Whose flocks supply him with attire,
Whose trees in summer yield him shade,
In winter fire.

Blest! who can unconcern'dly find
Hours, days, and years slide soft away,
In health of body, peace of mind,
Quiet by day,

Sound sleep by night; study and ease
Together mix'd; sweet recreation,
And innocence, which most does please,
With meditation.

Thus let me live, unseen, unknown;
Thus unlamented let me dye;
Steal from the world, and not a stone
Tell where I lye.
Alexander Pope

Others can share poems ,sayings on Solitude by other poets , saints etc ( in English , Tamil ) etc

Humour / Re: Today's Date is Unqiue : 20-12-2012
« on: December 20, 2012, 02:00:50 PM »
Dear atmavichar 100,

Apocalypse should take place today, which is better looking 20.12.2012 than 21.12.2012!
We should re-check the Mayan Calendar!

Arunachala Siva.

Yes Subramaniam sir , that I what I was telling my family members i.e today is the D-Day  :)
So let us wait and see whether we will all be alive tomorrow to post in the forum or give them one more extra day i.e for those who say the D-Day is 21-12-2012 .
So if we are able to log in to the fourm on 22-12-2012 we have been saved  :)
Already I know people preparing excuses for the next D-Day 21-12-2112 when none of us will be alive to really know what is in store on 21-12-2112  :)

Humour / Today's Date is Unqiue : 20-12-2012
« on: December 20, 2012, 01:35:28 PM »
Today's Date is Unqiue : 20-12-2012 , next possible similar date is 21-01-2101 i.e after 88 years .

Dear Atmavichar,
   :) There is nothing surprising. What surprised me is that I said exactly this in another thread and there was a debate about it . Call it Ramana Leela or otherwise, had I got this then , that debate would not have prolonged so much.

I always maintained that Solitude is not physical solitude but really remaining as "I AM" :)
--- as Kevala , in kaivalya !
Harih OM!



But if physical solitude is a choice / blessing that you have , no harm in making use of it . Problem comes when you are over obsessed in wanting it sacrificing the present for an imaginary future . For me I love spending time in Rishikesh twice a year , apart from solitude , it gives me and some of my close family members a break from the regular chores( no need to cook food , wash clothes , clean utensils etc etc )  and hence act as sort of physical rest / rejuvenation , plus being close to Mother Ganga is a wonderful feeling - lot of prana and it acts as a wonderful detox especially when you come from a City that is filled with noise /atmospheric pollution .
Apart from these benefits - we carry our own body and mind and if I am unable to handle it here , I will be equally miserable there and I am well aware of it  . My brother from USA last time was so much trilled by Rishikesh that he wanted to buy a property there and I told him ,any place is good only when u spend a short time there but when you make it a permanent place it leads to boredom and best is to bring Rishikesh  inside your own house where ever you are . If you have a choice to visit and stay in those places for some time it is fine .If it does not materialize that is also fine .
But to understand this I did spend lot of time in solitude in many places . So in that way compulsory solitude was also beneficial in my case   :)
By the way Swami Sivananda started his Ashram in Rishikesh for the solitude it offered instead of his native town Pattamadi in Thiruvenveli  and so did  and many other saints and Ramana Choose the caves of Arunachala instead of staying in his own home and entire Himalayan Region is full of many such caves and Ashrams and so are many spiritual spots in India all over are situated in wonderful spots that are surrounded by nature and has solitude .Why even Swami Dayanada has kept his Ashram in Rishikesh at a beautiful spot and he too spent many times in solitude reading Scriptures from Swami Tarananad Giri of Kailas Ashram in Rishikesh . So it does have an effect at least in the Initial stages for a sadhak

:) LOL! I did not know Ramana said this.


The small dialogue of Bhawan on Solitude came many years back in a small publication by Chinmaya Mission on "Solitude"  that had a collection of articles , dialogues from various saints ( Swami Sivananda , Swami Chinmaya , Ramana , JK , Zen Masters ) on Solitude .

I find nothing surprising in what Bhagwan said .He has always maintained that there is no point in running away from anything and one needs to practice Vichara in whichever position one is . If one is blessed with an Ideal environment for practicing Vichara it is Ok but if one keeps on waiting for such a thing to happen then he feels it will make a person be born again . This is the advice he gave to Annamalai Swamy when he told that he needs a special place free of noise and human disturbance to practice Vichara .

Om Peace .

General Discussion / Re: jIva samAdhi
« on: December 20, 2012, 11:04:09 AM »
I like Ramanuja saint's guru Bhakthi and I will pray for more and more guru bhakthi.

But at the same time,  my mind will sometimes get upset because he did not have high opinion on Shiva. 

Dear Kskat
Buddha criticized Vedas but for that matter we cannot throw away all that he spoke  or do away with Vedas all together .
Jnanasambandhar has also criticized the Jains but for that matter we cannot disrespect Mahavira and his wonderful teachings .
Like that Many great people came and awakened  people in their own way and in this process they were critical of certain things but let us not bother about that as Sanathana Dharma is too large and wide for 1 person to claim complete authority and have the final word .
You can be comfortable singing the Hymns of  Thevaram , Thiruvachagam as well as enjoy Andal's Thiruppavai as well as Divya Prabandham .
Sanathana Dharma has the choice of plenty and let us relish the diversity without worrying about the differences .
Like I said in another thread you many not like God and go to temples for worship but you can visit the Temple to admire the beautiful  temple architecture , the colorful way people dress , the beautiful hymns being sung there .
You may not sing Thevaram / Divya Prabandham for Bhakti but you can still relish its richness of Tamil for its pure poetry .
Om Peace .

This may be the ashram formalities.
Ramana may not have prescribed this .
from what i know there used to be regular ribhu gita chantings in which ramana used to participate.
but this list does not even contain ribhu gita !!

but this is a nice list.
Dakshinamurhti stotram is a pure bliss for sure :)


I have updated the list to make some changes after seeing the final version from the book "The Veda Parayana At Sri RamanaAshram - An English  Translation ) .

According to this book :

1) In Sri Bhgawan's lifetime , Vedic Chanting/Veda Parayana  was held twice a day morning and evening , lasting about 40 mts on each occasion , and this is still continued .
2) This with the Puja which follows it is  the only ritual which was or is generally attended at the Ashram .
3) It was an hour of tremendous silence when he sat immobile as though carved in rock . He never allowed anything to interrupt it .
4) When asked whether people should learn the meaning ,so as to follow it , he said no : It was sufficient that the chanting served as a support for meditation .
5) Despite this , it is also true , however , that the portions used for chanting were carefully chosen and approved by Sri Bhgawan Himself .
6) Nothing has been deleted from them since Sri Bhagwan's  lifetime and only one item added .That is Sri Dakshinamurti Stotra which , mainly on the request of the late Major Chadwick ( Sadhu Arunachala ) is now used as the opening hymn before the evening chant .
7) Technically in the past even listening to the Chanting of Vedas is supposed to made available only to Brahmins , but this prohibition was abrogated by Sri Bhagwan .
I hope the above points answers your question .

Apart from Twice Veda Parayana there is a Monday - Friday Tamil Parayana from 6.45- 7.30 p.m based on Bhagwan's Tamil Works .  This Tamil Parayana that is now being followed is different from that was followed during Bhagwan's times .

It seems according to Subramanian Sir ,  Ribhu Gita is being Chanted from 3-3.30 p.m daily in evening .I am not ware of it . I am not aware how Ribhu Gita was chanted during Bhagwan's times . But anyway we can chant Ribhu Gita  daily and that is why Ramana Ashram has made available the Tamil Version Audio of the Chant for Free download and has made the Entire Sanskrit Edition Audio CD free as part of the Sanskrit English Edition .

Om Peace .

can you please give me the list of chants bhagavan has suggested for morning and evening ? I was unaware that he prepared such a list.

The following are the Morning / Evening Vedic and Sanskrit Chants as followed in Ramana Ashram and I believe Bhagwan did give an outline for the same and others added some later .  I once asked David Godman about this but he could not give me the proper answer to its background .
If there is any changes in the list , I will make it .

Ramana Ashram Morning Vedic and Sanskrit Chants

1) Sri Ramna Chatvarimshat
2) Sri Arunachla Pancharatnam
3) Sri Taittriya Upanishad ( Sikisha /Anand /Bhrigu Valli )
4) Sri Suktam
5)Maha Narayana Upanishad ( some portions )

Ramana Ashram Evening Vedic & Sanskrit Chants
1)Dakshinamurti Stotram
2) Sri Rudram
3) Chamakam
4) Purusha Suktam , Narayana Suktam,Durga Suktam
5) Mantra Pushpam .
 6)Upadesa Saram
7) Nakarmana

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Why Ribhu Gita ?
« on: December 19, 2012, 02:16:30 PM »
           :) I have a question for all the forum members:
Why did Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi give so much importance to Ribhu Gita ?
Why , of all the various texts, he suggested Ribhu Gita for parayana ?

He had a few chosen texts  like Ellam ondre, Ribhu Gita etc. What is special about these texts ?

I would love your views on this, with Ribhu Gita in context.

Harih OM!

My answer is based upon my reading of only the English conversations of Bhagwan Ramana and David Godman's books and according me Bhagwan Ramana was the teacher for the direct path  and for the most mature / serious seekers i.e Uttama Adikaris  and Ribhu Gita addresses such a devotee and also follows the Direct Path and hence I feel Bhagwan Ramana would have found it useful for such people .

Om Peace .

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