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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 .

General Discussion / Re: Lalitha Sahasranama
« on: October 28, 2012, 07:17:06 PM »
No Probs Nagaraj .
Om Peace .

General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: October 28, 2012, 07:13:38 PM »
Sri Ravi

Thanks for ur inputs . I have sent an email to you regarding the same .
Appreciate your efforts .

Om Peace .

General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: October 28, 2012, 02:43:31 PM »
Sri Ravi

Where can I get Sage TGN's Andal Thiruppavai CD/BOOKs ? Few weeks back  You sent me a link to his site and there is his house address is given in Anna Nagar .Should I get it there or can I can it at other places in Chennai ?

Has he given a talk on Thiruvenbavai?

I intend to listen to learn and listen to both these during the Margazhi time .

Om Peace .

General Discussion / Re: Lalitha Sahasranama
« on: October 28, 2012, 02:25:15 PM »
Chanting the names of God have a tremendous purifying effect even when chanted unknowingly. What needs to be said of a single divine name chanted with full concentration and devotion? It annihilates all sins. - Sri Sri Bharati Tirtha Mahaswamigal.

Sri Bharati Teertha Mashawamy has compiled a selected 108 Names from the 1008 namavali of Goddess Lalitha Devi for people to chant daily during Navarathri especially for  those who cant do daily chanting of the 1008 names .It is in PDF File and I cant attach it here but is available if you google search it .

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