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Annamalai Swami rememberance day
Annamalai Swami, a lifelong devotee of Sri Ramana Maharshi, was absorbed in his Master on November 9, 1995. He was 89-years-old.

Two ways of life is seen in Bhagavan devotees. One based on service to the ashram and the other a deeply contemplative life according to the teachings of Bhagavan. Annamalai Swami’s life is unique in that he combined serving the ashram with living spiritually according to the teachings of Bhagavan. Annamalai Swami had the rare experience of becoming blissful by the touch of Bhagavan though the conversation was about drugs. We read in Talks: When Sri Bhagavan was taking His bath a few bhaktas were around Him, speaking to themselves. Then they asked Him about the use of ganja (hashish). Sri Bhagavan had finished His bath by that time. He said: “Oh ganja! The users feel immensely happy when they are under its influence. How shall I describe their happiness! They simply shout ananda! ananda. . .” Saying so, He walked as if tipsy. The bhaktas laughed. He appeared as if He stumbled, placed His hands round ‘Annamalai Swami’ and cried “ananda! ananda!”‘A’ records that his very being was transformed from that time. He had remained an inmate for the past eight years. He further says that his mind now remains at peace.
Talks 530. The following is taken from the diary of Annamalai Swami, a good devotee of Sri Bhagavan and resident of Sri Ramanasramam:The Teachings of Sri Ramana Bhagavan. (1) That man who is active in the world and yet remains desireless, without losing sight of his own essential nature, is alone a true man. This was in answer to the Swami who wanted to retire into a cave for practising meditation. (2) He asked about sannyas. Should not a man renounce everything in order that he might get Liberation? M.: Even better than the man who thinks “I have renounced everything” is the one who does his duty but does not think “I do this” or “I am the doer”. Even a sannyasi who thinks “I am a sannyasi” cannot be a true sannyasi, whereas a householder who does not think “I am a householder” is truly a sannyasi.


I am not part of the Arunachala Live team and in fact I also found out the same problem as you .I think it is in this place i.e Photo Gallery .
Om Peace .

Arunachala-Live Camera Page
The web site is dedicated to the service of devotees and followers of Arunachala.On the main camera page we hope to provide the opportunity, wherever one lives, to experience the presence of the hill. There are many moods of Arunachala, we hope to show you some of them.

Recently several new features have been added. The daily chanting of the Tamil Parayana from Sri Ramanashram and a new photo gallery to display our collection of photographs and contributions from other devotees.

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Was Christ an Avatar?
« on: November 09, 2012, 04:05:23 PM »
If we concentrate only on teachings then even nityananda teachings are great and you should accept him as your guru.

Swami Nithyananda's teachings are aligned with the Advaitic school of thought of Sri Adi Shankara. He defines Living Enlightenment in simple terms as living a conflict-free life.He is well known for his spiritual discourses and has given teachings on scriptures such as the Brahma Sutras, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, Shiva Sutras, Jain Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita.

How much time it takes to read few books and act like saint?
This is what is to be done with regard to any teaching :

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.- Buddha


Beauty of our Sanathana Dharma is that it gives you various tools to calm and focus the mind and having the picture of God /Guru and repeating one's Mantra are some of the best practical tools . My Yoga Guru Swami Vishnu devananda ( he is no more ) always used to keep by his side a picture of his Guru ( i.e my Great Guru ) Swami Sivananda and an Idol of Lord Nataraja . In spite of the fact he became world famous and had lot of followers ,yet he used to keep his Guru's picture always by his side .When people asked him why , he used to say that Power of Maya is so powerful that it can bring down a person even after 50 years of Sadhana and hence one always needs to be Vigilant and seek the Guru's Guidance for protection . Recently you can see the instances of many Gurus caught up in Sex Scandals and most of them are well read and have mastered the Scriptures but in spite of that why did they fall down ? No doubt the real Guru is always present inside us as our own "Self" but since our mind is extroverted most of the time ,we need the external reminder also .

Happy that you have sufficiently  recovered from your accident and wish you a wonderful spiritual journey .Take Care .Om Peace .

Arunachala Akshra Mana Malai ( AAMM) is the first work of Bhagwan that I have started to study seriously . . In the past I have studied the teachings of Bhagwan based on the English Works ( i.e talks , dialogues , stories etc ) published by Ramana Ashtram and David Godman Books but  only now started to study the Tamil Works of Bhagwan seriously and started with AAMM .  I have decided to Memorize first the Tamil Poems one by one and internalize them before I study their meaning and have started off with AAMM . I am having for reference the explanation  by Kanakammal and Sadhu Om .Will post my doubts here ,if I come across .

Om Peace .

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 08, 2012, 03:42:21 PM »
All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone - Blaise Pascal

Mountain Path Editorial - Power of the Bhagwan's Photograph
There have been some questions recently on why we have been sharing photos of Bhagavan on this page( i.e FaceBook) , when He always said He was not the body.

The attached editorial that appeared in the July-Sept 2011 edition of the Mountain Path journal, is an excellent response. We encourage everyone to read this well-written article on the potency of Bhagavan's photographs to the spiritual aspirant.

General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: November 07, 2012, 08:48:04 PM »

Happy that you had a spiritually refreshing trip to Ramana Ashram .
Thanks for posting the pics of Bhagwan plus also the interview with Swami Krishnananda that had an excellent account of the struggles Buddha had in his search of Nirvana .
Om Peace .

General Discussion / Re: Lalitha Sahasranama
« on: October 29, 2012, 05:01:21 PM »
True Subramaniam Sir
That is what I am saying .Divine mother has answered by giving 2 hints :
1) as it is being taught to kids , all can chant
2) for those who need initiation of proper pronunciation this program does the same and I take it for myself that this is an initiation for me .

I missed the first 5-10 mts , can u just summarize what he told in the introduction .

General Discussion / Re: Lalitha Sahasranama
« on: October 29, 2012, 04:46:47 PM »
So Divine Mother has finally answered .
From Today i.e Mon 29 Oct 2012 , on Shankara TV , Sri Lalitha Sahasranama is being taught  Vidwan KL Srinivasan from 5 p.m - 5.20/5.30 p.m  in their Gurukulam Series .Today first 3 verses were covered .

Dear Anil,
     :) Infact we should consider ourselves lucky... our God is Ever Available as Awareness. We have continuous darshan of our God !
Ramana/Dakshinamurthi is ever present as Awareness ... Ever available... :)
What can be more joyous ?

This is  what Bhagwan himself said to Annamalai Swami as not to get attached to his form and Sri Sadhu Om has also reiterated this many times in his teachings on Bhagwan .

Dear devotees, Sri Bhagwan’s Grace was never confined to Tiruvannamalai. HIS GRACE FLOWED THEN AND FLOWS OUT NOW UPON ALL WHO TURNED TO HIM. To imply that the Guidance was and is confined to Tiruvannamalai alone, formerly and now respectively, IS INDEED ATTACHING TOO MUCH IMPORTANCE TO THE BODY. IT IS ALSO TRUE THAT NOW, AS FORMELY, THERE IS A GREAT BEAUTY AND POTENCY  IN A VISIT TO TIRUVANNAMALAI AND SRI RAMANASRAMAM.

Very true .

General topics / Re: Watching thoughts and its benefits
« on: October 28, 2012, 09:21:39 PM »
Dear Atmavichar,
     :) Vipasana is a superb technique. But a "Technique" or a "sadhana" is for purification of mind. We should know this clearly.
I believe you understand this difference. :)
Sure I just wanted to know whether you were referring to Vipassana when "Observing the thoughts" was mentioned because that is what Vipassana is popularly for .

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