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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 04, 2016, 07:51:46 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 03, 2016, 07:15:07 AM »
Everybody is a Saint, Everybody a Preacher,
Till, Life's tests comes and stands in front,
Inner secrets of nature (vasanas) then rise from the bottom
God is the only refuge then - Mankuthimma by Sri DV Gundappa

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 29, 2016, 11:24:40 PM »
WITHOUT SELF-KNOWLEDGE, NO VIRTUE IS GENUINE
That which you are, your true Self, you love it, and whatever you do, you do for your own happiness. To find it, to know it, to cherish it is your basic urge.
Since time immemorial you loved yourself, but never wisely. Use your body and mind wisely in the service of the self, that is all. Be true to your own self, love your self absolutely. Do not pretend that you love others as yourself. Unless you have realized them as one with yourself, you cannot love them Don't pretend to be what you are not, don't refuse to be what you are. Your love of others is the result of self-knowledge, not its cause.
Without self-realization, no virtue is genuine. When you know beyond all doubting that the same life flows through all that is and you are that life, you will love all naturally and spontaneously. When you realize the depth and fullness of your love of yourself, you know that every living being and the entire universe are included in your affection. But when you look at anything as separate from you, you cannot love it for you are afraid of it. Alienation causes fear and fear deepens alienation. It is a vicious circle. Only Self-realization can break it. Go for it resolutely.
- Nisargadatta Mahraj, I AM THAT ch 46

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 29, 2016, 01:02:55 PM »
D.: Will the West ever understand this teaching?
M.: There is no question of time and space. Understanding depends on ripeness of mind. What does it matter if one lives in the East or in the West?
(From 'Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi': 338)

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 26, 2016, 06:01:26 PM »
M: Within the prison of your world appears a man who tells you that the world of painful contradictions, which you have created, is neither continuous nor permanent and is based on a misapprehension. He pleads with you to get out of it, by the same way by which you got into it. You got into it by forgetting what you are and you will get out of it by knowing yourself as you are.
- Nisargadatta Maharaj, I AM THAT ch 15

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 22, 2016, 10:36:29 PM »
Whether you meditate on God or
on the Self is immaterial....
the goal is the same....
All kinds of thoughts arise in meditation....
They rise up spontaneously in order to be extinguished in due course....
Thoughts are vasanas accumulated in innumerable [previous] births.....
Their annihilation is the aim.....
Atman, the Self,
is realized with 'mruta manas', i.e. mind devoid of thoughts and turned inward.....
Then the mind sees its own source and becomes
That.....
Talks...254, 310, 80, 99....
Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi...

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 06, 2016, 08:05:19 PM »

Dear Subramaniam Sir

I was aware of Sri Ramalinga Swamigal's Birthday on 5 Oct 2016 but as I am busy with the Navarathri Prayers and visits could not write on Saint Ramalinga Swamigal and will do my best to write in the coming days .

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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: October 05, 2016, 11:41:40 AM »
A classic Tirukkural translation is reborn

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/a-classic-tirukkural-translation-is-reborn/article9185881.ece#comments

Balasubramaniam?s book is being released 54 years after it was first published


At a public lecture on May 13, 1961 at the Kapaleeswarar temple in Chennai, one member of the audience, Sarvepalli S. Radhakrishnan listened attentively to K.M. Balasubramaniam, who was speaking on the Periyapuranam . Impressed with the talk, he urged the speaker to devote his skills and translate the Tirukkural into English, just as he had rendered the Thiruvachagam .

Balasubramaniam, whose work on Manickavachagar?s composition had earned him the title of Thiruvachakamani, told Dr. Radhakrishnan, who was then the Vice-President, that he was on the job. The author then expressed his wish that he become the President. That moment came exactly a year later, on May 13. The year also witnessed the release of Balasubramaniam?s Tirukkural work, dedicated to Dr. Radhakrishnan, who had written the preface.

Now, 54 years later, the same book will be released on Wednesday for a new generation of readers.

?In Tamil literature, commentators with felicity of expression matching the original authors were placed on a par with them. K.M. Balasubramaniam was one such commentator,? said Sivalayam J. Mohan, publisher of the book. He has already published Balasubramaniam?s Thiruvachagam .

As an ardent disciple of Dravidar Kazhagam founder Periyar and subsequently, as collaborator of DMK founder C.N. Annadurai, he accompanied the two leaders to Bombay to meet Mohamed Ali Jinnah to discuss the idea of ?Dravida Nadu? (Dravidian land). ?Later, he became a spiritualist and delved deep into philosophy and Saivite literature. But he had a rational approach towards his translation. He even started translating Periyapuranam , but died in 1974 without completing it,? said Mr Mohan, an engineer-turned-entrepreneur.

Comprehensive, poetic

Many scholars including Rev. Fr. C.J. Beschi, popularly known as ?Viramaamunivar?, G.U. Pope, freedom fighter V.V.S. Iyer, Rajaji and V.R. Ramachandra Dikshitar have produced translations of the Tirukkural , but Balasubramaniam?s version was, to many, more comprehensive and poetic.

The point is reiterated by Kamil Zvelebil, who in his preface to the book, had said, ?at last the English speaking world will be in possession of a poetic translation of Tirukkural , in possession of an able rendering of this unique Tamil classic into English verse, which is without exaggeration and almost adequate to the original.?

Balasubramaniam also rendered into English the commentaries of Parimelazhagar, Manakudavar, and Kalingarayar, drawing substantially from parallels in the Bible and the Koran, from Shakespeare, Milton, Alexander Pope, Dryden, George Herbert, Francis Bacon and Dr. Johnson. In fact, 50 per cent of the 530 pages in the book are dedicated to detailed notes.

Suddhananda Bharathi, who has also translated Tirukkural into English, describes the essence of the book thus: ?the author takes the ideas of Valluvar, and embellishes them, so the reader needs no other commentary.?


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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 02, 2016, 11:01:50 PM »
Today 2 Oct is Gandhi Jayanthi Day and When Gandhiji is mentioned "RAM NAM" also follows and he always used to keep repeating RAM NAM . There are now some people who dispute the fact that Gandhiji uttered the name of RAM during his death and say that it was all a story spread by the Congress . Those fools do not understand the fact that Japa need not be verbal and has various layers from Gross to subtle and finally for a highly evolved soul the Japa goes on spontaneously . Gandhiji was a highly evolved soul and the Japa of RAM NAM was going inside him spontaneously and how does one know of that .Only another highly evolved soul can know and that other soul was Papaji ( a great disciple of Ramana Maharshi ) who described this experience of Gandhi in his own words "He [Gandhi] was a great saint. I could see that just by looking at his body. I didn?t need to look into his eyes. He had the most sattvic body I have ever seen. It was copper-coloured and on a subtle level it was glowing with the light of Brahman.
He had a beautiful body. The only body that I have seen that was as beautiful as his was the Maharshi?s. Both of their bodies used to shine.
I was once sitting with Gandhi when I heard the sound of ?Ram Ram? coming from him. His lips were not moving so I looked to see where the sound was coming from. As I focused on the source of the sound, I realised that it was emanating from his body. The sound was coming out of the pores of his skin. He didn?t need to repeat the name anymore. It was going on continuously inside him and flowing outwards through his skin. "
( Taken from the book "Nothing Ever Happened " by Davdi Godman ) . So at least from now on let us not spread nonsense about Great Souls without understanding the depth from which they were operating and do not pass judgements based on how they behaved at the bodily level .

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 02, 2016, 10:08:29 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 24, 2016, 10:33:55 PM »
* * * The Greatness of "Rama" Japa * * *
A devotee asked,
?Swami, what is the easiest way to attain moksha??
Bhagavan Sri Ramana said with a smile,
?As and when the mind goes astray,
it should be turned inward and made to steady
itself in the thought of the Self.
That is the only way.?
Another devotee said,
?To do so, the repeating of the name of Rama is good, is it not??
?Certainly, it is good,? said Bhagavan Sri Ramana .
?What could be better?
The greatness of the japa
of the name of Rama is extraordinary.
In the story of Namadeva he is reported to
have told one devotee,
?If you want to know the greatness of the name of Rama
you must first know what your own name is,
what your real nature (swarupa) is,
who you are and how you were born.
Unless you know your own origin,
you will not know your name!?
This idea is found in the Abhangas
of Namadeva written in Marathi language and
in the Malayalam Adhyatma Ramayana.?
Thereupon Bhagavan Sri Ramana related a story from the latter.
IT IS STATED in that book that
when Anjaneya ( Lord Hanuman) went in search of Sita,
he seated himself opposite to Ravana in the Darbar Hall
on a high pedestal and fearlessly spoke to him thus:
?Oh Ravana,
I give you a teaching (upadesa) for attaining liberation (moksha).
Please listen to me carefully.
It is certain that the Self (Atma) gets purified
by intense devotion to Hari,
who is in the lotus of the Heart at all times.
The ego gets destroyed and
then the sin gets destroyed.
Afterwards, in its place,
the knowledge of the transcendent Self emerges.
With a pure mind and with the Bliss (Ananda)
generated by a firm knowledge of the Self,
the two letters ?Ra? ?Ma?
which are like mantras,
will repeat themselves within you automatically.
What more is required for a person
who has this knowledge,
however little it might be ?
Hence worship the lotus feet of Vishnu,
which will remove all worldly fears,
which are dear to all devotees and
which shine as brightly as the light of a crore of Suns.
Give up the ignorance of your mind?.
This has been mentioned in two or three slokas in the Sanskrit Adhyatma Ramayanam but not as elaborately as
in the Malayalam text.
Is the greatness of the name of Rama ordinary?
~ from Spiritual Stories as told by Ramana Maharshi book
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Q : I was in Anandashram doing Ram nam, but to no avail.
What was I doing wrong?
Sri Papaji :
You can chant this name Ram,
but nobody knows how to chant it.
It will work to some extent if you don't know how just because it will keep your mind off distractions.
But if you know how it will be much more powerful than this.
The first thing to remember is this:
Chant the name on the breath, not with the tongue.
Let the breath chant the name, not the tongue.
Don't put a pressure on anything.
Just let the breathing in and out happen
without your notice, naturally and habitually.
Then this will continue while working, walking, shopping and sleeping.
I have seen people who have chanted this name for crores of time with no effort.
Do it this way and within days
you will see the one whose name is chanted.
In the Kali yuga there is no time for penance,
but the power of the word is tremendous.
Ram purifies.
The word "Ram" will enter your heart.
It is a raft to cross the ocean.
Let it be the last word of the last breath.
Ram will confer Freedom without practice.
Beyond everything there is nothing to do and
no appearance of anything there is only the Self
which is neither subject nor object.
This is the highest experience because there is no experiencer, just Peace. Then you know that:
I am That seated in the center of the Heart,
and this is Om Mani Padme Hum.
~ From The Truth Is book

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ANNAMALAI SWAMI ? FINAL TALKS
'DON'T SIT AND MEDITATE'

Annamalai Swami: Bhagavan watched me very closely in the years that I served him in the ashram. One time I went to the Mother's temple where many people were talking about worldly matters.
Bhagavan called me back, saying, 'Why should you go to that crowd? Don't go to crowded places. If you move with the crowd, their vasanas will infect you.'
Bhagavan always encouraged me to live a solitary life and not mix with other people. That was the path he picked for me. Other people got different advice that was equally good for them.
But while he actively discouraged me from socializing, he also discouraged me from sitting quietly and meditating during the years that I was working in the ashram. In this period of my life, if Bhagavan saw me sitting with my eyes closed he would call out to me and give me some work to do.
On one of these occasions he told me,
'Don't sit and meditate. It will be enough if you don't forget that you are the Self. Keep this in your mind all the time while you are working. This sadhana will be enough for you.
The real sadhana is not to forget the Self. It is not sitting quietly with one's eyes closed. You are always the Self. Just
don't forget it.'
Bhagavan's way does not create a war between the mind and the body. He does not make people sit down and fight the mind with closed eyes. Usually, when you sit in meditation, you are struggling to achieve something, fighting to gain control over the mind. Bhagavan did not advise us to engage in this kind of fight. He told us that there is no need to engage in a war against the mind, because mind does not have any real, fundamental existence. This mind, he said, is nothing but a shadow. He advised me to be continuously aware of the Self while I did the ordinary things of everyday life, and in my case, this was enough.

p. 67

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 22, 2016, 01:33:12 PM »
Don't give up peace to chase after thoughts which are not even real! Let the thoughts come and let them go, what is the trouble?

~ Papaji

...from the book 'The Truth Is
'

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There is a stage in the beginning, when you identify yourself with the body, when you are still having the body-consciousness. At that stage, you have the feeling you are different from the reality or God, and then it is, you think of yourself as a devotee of God or as a servant or lover of God. This is the first stage. The second stage is when you think of yourself as a spark of the divine fire or a ray from the divine Sun. Even then there is still that sense of difference and the body-consciousness. The third stage will come when all such difference ceases to exist, and you realise that the Self alone exists.
~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
...from 'Day by Day with Bhagavan', 24-11-46

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