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General topics / Re: Happy Deepavali 2012 Greetings to Everyone
« on: November 11, 2012, 08:22:05 PM »
10 Reasons to Celebrate Diwali.

" Diwali ", It’s not just the festive mood in the air that makes you happy, or just that it's a good time to enjoy before the advent of winter. There are 10 mythical and historical reasons why Diwali is a
great time to celebrate. And there are good reasons not just for Hindus but also for all others to celebrate this great Festival of Lights.

1.Goddess Lakshmi’s Birthday: The Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi incarnated on the new moon day (amaavasyaa) of the Kartik month during the churning of the ocean (samudra-manthan), hence the association of Diwali with Lakshmi.

2. Vishnu Rescued Lakshmi: On this very day (Diwali day), Lord Vishnu in his fifth incarnation as Vaman-avtaara rescued Lakshmi from the prison of King Bali and this is another reason of worshipping Ma Larkshmi on Diwali.

3. Krishna Killed Narakaasur: On the day preceding Diwali, Lord Krishna killed the demon king Narakaasur and rescued 16,000 women from his captivity. The celebration of this freedom went on for two days including the Diwali day as a victory festival.

4. The Return of the Pandavas: According to the great epic ‘Mahabharata’, it was ‘Kartik Amavashya’ when the Pandavas appeared from their 12 years of banishment as a result of their defeat in the hands of the Kauravas at the game of dice (gambling). The subjects who loved the Pandavas celebrated the day by lighting the earthen lamps.

5. The Victory of Rama: According to the epic ‘Ramayana’, it was the new moon day of Kartik when Lord Ram, Ma Sita and Lakshman returned to Ayodhya after vanquishing Ravana and conquering Lanka. The citizens of Ayodhya decorated the entire city with the earthen lamps and illuminated it like never before.

6. Coronation of Vikramaditya: One of the greatest Hindu King Vikramaditya was coroneted on the Diwali day, hence Diwali became a historical event as well.

7. Special Day for the Arya Samaj: It was the new moon day of Kartik (Diwali day) when Maharshi Dayananda, one of the greatest reformers of Hinduism and the founder of Arya Samaj attained his nirvana.

8. Special Day for the Jains: Mahavir Tirthankar, considered to be the founder of modern Jainism also attained his nirvana on Diwali day.

9. Special Day for the Sikhs: The third Sikh Guru Amar Das institutionalized Diwali as a Red-Letter Day when all Sikhs would gather to receive the Gurus blessings. In 1577, the foundation stone of the Golden Temple at Amritsar was laid on Diwali. In 1619, the sixth Sikh Guru Hargobind, who was held by the Mughal Emperor Jahengir, was released from the Gwalior fort along with 52 kings.

10. The Pope’s Diwali Speech:
In 1999, Pope John Paul II performed a special Eucharist in an Indian church where the altar was decorated with Diwali lamps, the Pope had a ‘tilak’ marked on his forehead and his speech was bristled with references to the festival of light.

General topics / Happy Deepavali 2012 Greetings to Everyone
« on: November 11, 2012, 04:27:02 PM »

Dear Friends
Wish you and your family a Happy Deepavali 2012 .

On the occasion of Deepavali, I am giving below the message of Swami Sivanada

Many Deepavali festivals have come and gone. Yet the hearts of the vast majority are as dark as the night of the new moon. The house is lit with lamps, but the heart is full of the darkness of ignorance.

O man! Wake up from the slumber of ignorance. Realise the constant and eternal light of the Soul, which neither rises nor sets, through meditation and deep enquiry.

May you all attain full inner illumination! May the supreme light of lights enlighten your understanding! May you all attain the inexhaustible spiritual wealth of the Self! May you all prosper gloriously on the material as well as spiritual planes!

- Swami Sivananda's Deepavali Message


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 .

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