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General topics / Re: Rama Maharshi practice centre in Bangalore?
« on: September 16, 2012, 10:28:02 AM »
Seems Delhi, Hyedarabad has got Ramana Kendras where in weekends devotees gather a lot.

Unfortunately,  in Bangalore,  I searched to the best of my efforts and the only centres are RMCL and the other one in Mekhri circle but both dont have any weekend Bhagvan related re-treats like Ribhu Gita chanting,  Tamil Parayana or fixed silent meditation.

I feel in Bangalore devotees must come forward and open a centre in the heart of the city.

In Madras,  enormouse places should be there I believe -- the one I know is in Abhirama Puram where someone has donated his house for Ramana's activities.

So bottom line is nowadays in Saturdays I visist Ramakarishna math at Basavangudi,  because I find peace in such satsangs and one is not available yet for our beloved Bhagavan Ramana Maharishee's devotees exclusively in Bangalore -- main city.


Why do u wait for others to start ? Why dont u start ur own Ramana Satsang where ever you are .
Keep a picture of Ramana ,offer some flowers to it and either chant Arunachala Stuti Panchkam or Ramana Stuti Panchakam or play it on the MP3 Cd and listen to it .
Do not bother about numbers .If you are the only person present so be it .

Here Ramanashram has given the basic details about how to start a Ramana Satsang :
What are Ramana satsang?

A Ramana satsang is a group of devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi who gather together to strengthen their experience of the presence of Sri Ramana, deepen their understanding of his teachings and receive inspiration from fellow seekers on the path of practice as taught and lived by the Master. 

These meetings usually take place at devotees’ homes, on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. A typical satsang program is as follows:
1.Reading of the Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi, from Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, or some similar book.
2.satsang Recitations: Given below
3.Silent Meditation: this will vary from 15 minutes to an hour.
4.A reading of Reminiscences of the Maharshi, from books like Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, etc.
5.If parents bring their children to the satsang, the children are encouraged to sing a bhajan or song from the Ramana Bhaje Namam CD or from some other composition on or about Sri Ramana.

This concludes the satsang. Often arrangements for refreshments are made and then served to the devotees at this time.

Satsang recitations :
1. Aksharamanamalai
2. Ramana Sadguru   
3. Upadesa Saram
4. Arunachala Pancharatnam
5. Nakarmana

Note : They have given free audio downloads and PDF files of the above recitations so that u can download and make a copy .

So better start one on your own and let it grow slowly .Even if it does not grow in number so what , u are in communion with Bhagwan and that is more than enough .Try it and see the benefits for urself .

General topics / Re: Spiritual practice after retirement
« on: September 14, 2012, 05:51:46 PM »
Sometimes I get only more confusion in the place of bliss
This is a phase everyone goes through and confusion will be there when u have conflicting interest / conflicting desires and unless and until these conflicts resolve ,you will go through the confusion .

However Do not let these disturb you from your sadhana .Continue to do your sadhana , engage in Ramana Satsang whenever you find time and that will strengthen you .

General topics / Re: Spiritual practice after retirement
« on: September 14, 2012, 02:13:32 PM »
Most of us, in the past and also in the present times, think that
spiritual practice can be reserved for post-retirement life.  This
is, as if the life is on our hands.  Anything can happen by the time
you become 60.
One can have a heart attack and kick the bucket.
Or one can be afflicted with some diseases, which come in the
way of one's concentration or attention.  Or, mere senility will
give tiredness, sleepiness, and one complaint everyday.

A relative of mine who had planned to be more relaxed after retirement and had put all plans in place for  going through various pilgrimages etc and had also booked tickets in advance 2 months before his retirement but after he retired within a few weeks he suddenly died due to heart attack and his plans did not materialize .I met his wife who wept showing all the booked tickets etc .
There are many people who postpone these things waiting for right conditions to materialize but by the time such conditions arrive they become too old or physically weak and unable to do so .
As regards Scriptural study/ Sanskrit Study etc  I find most people post retirement very tired and sleepy in the class and either they doze off or mechanically come for the class .
And that is one reason why I tell everyone that while we must plan for future but we must always believe that future is not completely in our control and if we have any good spiritual wish like pilgrimage ,sanskrit study ,scriptural study etc it is better to fulfill that while we are alive , hale and healthy .
All said and done , one needs to have the blessing of Almighty to have these insights much earlier in life to make retirement a blissful period but I see more bitterness and frustration among many retired people .

I grew up in an atmosphere of Muruga bhakti, because my father
used to chant Tiruppugazh songs everyday in the pooja.  Muruga
is also our family deity. 
My father turned to Sri Satya Sai Baba and stopped all reading and rituals in his later years, but that is another matter.  I started reading Tiruvachakam, from late 1980s and this book attracted me very much.  I was reading one decad everyday and the whole of 566 songs of Tiruvachakam on Sundays.  When later, I was given the Tamil book, Bhagavad Vachnamrutam, Tamil
translation of Talks of Munagala Venkatramiah by Sri A.R. Natarajan in Bangalore. And this made me to arrive at Sri Ramana.  The equation, Muruga (six faced Siva) = Siva (five faced) = Sri Ramana, fitted very well.

Arunachala Siva.   

Subramaniam Sir

Lord Subramanya is also our family deity and our family deity is Tinniyam Subramanya Swami ( few kms away from Lalgudi near Trichy ) . The speciality of this Subramanya is that here Subramanya is facing South i.e Like Lord Dakshinamurti .I visited it only last week . In my life Lord Subramanya comes in various forms ,first as Saint Ramalinga Swamigal , then Swami Sivananda ( I opened a book on Kandar Anubuti by Divine Life Society ,Rishikesh and found a picture of Swami Sivananda with a Vel ) , then Bhagwan Ramana who is Lord Subramanya himself .
My first visit outside India was to Canada as a guest by the Sivananda Ashram in ValMorin , near Quebec and guess what the visit was for - it was for the Kumbabhishekam of Lord Subramanya Temple there .The entire visit was fully sponsored by them ( plane ticket , stay ,food , sight seeing etc ) .
My father expired exactly on the day of Shahsti titi .
Few years back I was pulled deeply in to the devotional songs of Pamban Swamigal - Shanmuga Kavacham , Panchamrutha Vannam, Pagai Kathidal ,Kumarasthavam and I used to visit the Samadhi of Pamban Swamigal on Thursdays and just spend time in silence there . After Bhagwan's Samadhi in Ramanasharm , this is the only samadhi shrine I am comfortable with  that I can visit in a short notice .
When my mother visited America for the first time , she was travelling alone by flight and that was her maiden flight journey to USA and she was quite afraid as it was an International travel and she had to change flights etc ,I told her not to worry and trust in Lord Subramanya and LO she was luckily to have the Main Trustee of the Arupadai Veedu Temple in Besant Nagar Mrs.Alamelu Arunachalam as her co-passenger and she completed helped her out as she was a frequent traveller .
And like this I can continue many things regarding the blessings I received from Lord Subramanya . Why even in this forum , it is through ur help ( u have Subramaniam as the name itself ) to help me out with Bhagwan's Tamil works .Of course I treasure everyone's inputs here .Since I refer to you regularly I am bringing out this Subramanya co-incidence .But I value everyone's contribution here .
I am choked with emotion when I write all these things .
Will share more later . So just let me know which Subramanya is your family deity ?

This is an old thread that I came across only now .
I read a lot of books related to spirituality from various spiritual teachers and schools of thought but if I have to pick just a select few books that really made an impact on me then these are the following books :

1) Commentaries on Living Vol-II by J.Krishnamurti especially the chapter 31-What is the True Function of a Teacher
2) Living by the words of Bhagawan by David Godman
3) Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar
4) Upadesa Saram of Bhagawan Ramana with the Commentary of Swami Dayananda .
5) Path of Compassion - Jeeva Karunya Ozhukkam by Saint Ramalinga Swamigal /Vallalar

However more than books , it was the practical Yoga Sadhana of Swami Sivananda as systematized by his disciple Swami Vishnu devananda ( founder of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres world wide and author of the book "Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga " )  that gave me lot of stability and spiritual depth that I was desperately seeking . Surprisingly I never read any of Swami Sivananda's books before nor knew about Swami Vishnu devananda but it was like a divine will pushed me on to the path of Yoga on 14 July 1997  the Maha Samadhi Day of Swami Sivananda . Right now I am not active with the Sivananda Organization but I am always grateful to Swami Sivananda and Swami Vishnu devananda for building the practical foundation of spirituality in me and I am ever grateful to them .

General Discussion / Re: Ramalinga Swamigal
« on: September 13, 2012, 10:18:43 PM »
Ramalinga Swamigal was one of my earliest spiritual inspirations and I was very much moved after reading his prose work "Path of Compassion i.e Jeeva Karuna Ozhukkam " and have the complete set of Thiruarutpa with me .
The Only problem with Ramalinga Swamigal is that one does not know what exact philosophy he followed . Traditional Saivites shun him saying that he moved away from Saiva Marga . Advaitins say that his philosophy is not advaita as he talks about body dematerialization of the body etc .
But one thing is sure : There is lot of devotion in his poems and some say that his poems are inspired from Manickavachar's Thiruvachagam .

General topics / Re: Muruganar Samadhi Day 2012 at Ramana Ashram
« on: September 13, 2012, 07:51:04 PM »
Today is my last day in Tiruvannamalai.

Subramaniam Sir
Hope that ur short visit to Thiruvannamalai was spiritually refreshing especially on this auspicious occasion .
Om Peace .

General topics / Muruganar Samadhi Day 2012 at Ramana Ashram
« on: September 13, 2012, 05:25:20 PM »
Following is the piece I found in Ramana Ashram Face Book Site :
Murugunar, one of the foremost devotees of Bhagavan, attained Samadhi on new moon day in the Tamil month of Avani. As there are two new moons in the month of Avani, Sri Ramanasramam will observe the function on September 15 following Hindu Panchangam. In honor of the divine poet Murugunar, devotees have organized a three day function at Sri Ramanasramam. Muttruodhal(complete narration) of Tiruvachakam and Ramana Sannidhi Murai. Today ( i.e Thu 13 Sept 2012 ) Tiruvachakam was narrated by a group of devotees. Tomorrow Oduvar from Kapaleeswarar temple Mylapore will sing selected songs from these works.

Many questions remain.  No answers
Dear Kskat

Sorry to hear about this Tragic incident .I know how much pain you must have felt .I myself get very much disturbed by seeing these sort of things and even when these sort of incidents  come on TV , I switch the channels or switch off the TV .
Having said that , not all questions have convincing answers . There is a higher power that control many activities in the Universe and we have no way to know why certain things happen .
Any sort of answer will not help the Parents of the boy derive any form of consolation .As humans we can only pray to the almighty to give strength to the family to withstand this loss and also to  take precautions to see that human lives are not lost due to these sort of  carelessness i.e open sumps , open drains , open wells , live electric wife , faulty constructions etc etc .

General Discussion / Re: pronuniciaton of gayathri mantra
« on: September 08, 2012, 08:06:33 PM »


I got the following input from a friend of mine about why many people are unable to get proper benefits of Chanting Gayathri Mantra . He said that Devi Bhagavatham has dealt on this issue .
As Kali Yuga is characterized by materialistic tendencies and straying far
away from Dharma, it is believed that the sages have cast curses on various sacred
mantras to become ineffective in Kali Yuga in order to prevent these mantras from
being misused. There are mantras that  seek to remove the curses of Lord Brahma,
Sage Vasishta and Sage Vishvamitra on Gayatri Mantram. In Devi Bhagavatam, it is
given that  Shapa Vimochana Mantras should be chanted prior to
Gayatri Japam, though this practice is not strictly in vogue.

Those who have more inputs on the same can share it .

General Discussion / Re: pronuniciaton of gayathri mantra
« on: September 07, 2012, 05:45:35 PM »
It is better to follow the Sandhya Vandanam CD of Prakash Kaushik or other that has a chant or instructions of Vedic Scholars . Do not get the CDs that have just Gayathri playing in the form of music or like a Bhajan .They are pleasing to hear but are not correct with regard to pronunciation of the Mantra . Sringeri Sri Sharada Peetam has released a Sandhya Vandanam CD + book and that should help .

General Discussion / Re: how many of you here do japa
« on: September 07, 2012, 05:40:20 PM »
Dear Kskat

Before trying to force urself in doing Japa of any nama/mantra , try learning or listening to few devotional songs / bhajans of your favorite deity / Guru for 20-30mts daily  and that is the first step towards developing any other sadhana further . If u like Shiva then listen to SPB's Shiva Stutis , If u like lord Vishnu then start with MS Subhalakshmi's Vishnu Sahasranamam , Venkatesa Suprabatham , if u like Lord Subramanya then listen to Soolamangalam Sisters Skanda Shasti Kavacham , Skanda Guru Kavacham etc . Try listening to any thing that is lighter , simple to listen and that keeps u interested in listening to it for 20-30 daily .First u need to develop a daily association with ur favorite Guru / Deity and it does not have to be  in the form of Mantra , Nama and it can be in the form of simple ,devotional Bhajans.Once u start with this , the next step will follow accordingly .

Subramaniam Sir

Thanks for the inputs about invoking rain God in various Classical songs and ragas in our culture . Even the daily sandhya vandanam has one mantra chanted in evening "Imam me varuna srudhi havam. adya cha mridaya.." i.e invoking God Varuna - the rain God . This was highlighted by Sringeri Guru Maha Sannidhanam Sri Chandrasekharendra Sarswathi when some one asked him which Mantra to chant to invoke the rain God and he said if he did Sandhya Vandanam properly that is itself enough and pointed out this mantra .
However I feel many great Mahatmas in our Land have given beautiful hyms , songs , ragas to invoke rain God and we must make best use of it .
I feel it would be better if we can start a separate thread where Mantras , Hymns ,Ragas invoking Rain God can be shared . Few weeks back my family Vadhiyar showed me a list of shlokas from Narayaneeyam to invoke rain Gods .I will see if I can get it from him  and share the same here
Om Peace  .
Om Peace .

Subramaniam Sir

I had already mentioned about the efforts of Sri Damodaran in my first post in a quote .Anyway nice to remind people of it again . It is good that Thiruvachagam Parayana is being organized at various places .

Subramaniam Sir

What a Miracle today Sun 2 Sept 2012  in Chennai . At 5 p.m when the Thiruvachagam Parayanam was completed in Kanchi Mahaswamy Mantapan in Gandhi Nagar ,Adyar there was heavy downpour in Adyar , Mylapore areas .I do not know about other Areas where there was rain .It seems Gods where themselves pleased by this effort and showered their blessings .

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