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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: August 09, 2016, 08:33:31 AM »
Dear Sri Ravi

Very much aware of JK's study of Yoga with Desikachar and that was one of my main motivators to look at Yoga seriously .

Dear Sri DrSundaram

Will write a separate post on what I learnt from Sri Desikchar as well as Sri Krishnamacharya within a day or two .

General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: August 08, 2016, 02:20:36 PM »

 Classic speech by s gurumurthy on hindu spiritualism - This is a short one but clears lot of nonsense and misconceptions about the way Hindu family , Hindu Religious Organizations and Hindu Society works silently for the welfare of the society .

General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: August 08, 2016, 07:35:24 AM »
Sri TKV Desikachar( 1938-2016)  , founder of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram ( KYM)  passed away today ( 8 Aug 2016 ) in Chennai .One of my main inspirations to be on the path of Yoga was Sri TKV Desikachar's book "Heart of Yoga " .Though I was not part of the KYM Organization and all my Yoga learning was through the Sivananda Organization yet I learnt a lot from Sri TKV Desikachar's books and talks and I still read them to refine my knowledge and practice in the Science of Yoga . The world has missed a great Yoga Teacher in Sri TKV Desikchar and the loss is not just to his family or the KYM Institution but to the whole Yoga Community world over . Will later write a separate post on what I learnt from Sri TKV Desikchar .

General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« on: August 07, 2016, 11:35:24 PM »

Q: Of course I know that I am. But I do not know what it means.

M: What you take to be the 'I' in the 'I am' is not you.

To know that you are is natural, to know what you are is the result of much investigation.

You will have to explore the entire field of consciousness and go beyond it. For this you must find the right teacher and create the conditions needed for discovery.

Generally speaking, there are two ways: external and internal. Either you live with somebody who knows the Truth and submit yourself entirely to his guiding and molding influence, or you seek the inner guide and follow the inner light wherever it takes you.

In both cases your personal desires and fears must be disregarded. You learn either by proximity or by investigation, the passive or the active way. You either let yourself be carried by the river of life and love represented by your Guru, or you make your own efforts, guided by your inner star.

In both cases you must move on, you must be earnest. Rare are the people who are lucky to find somebody worthy of trust and love.

Most of them must take the hard way, the way of intelligence and understanding, of discrimination and detachment (viveka-vairagya). This is the way open to all.

- I AM THAT ch. 66


Question: We know that the pleasures of this world are useless and even painful, yet we long for them. What is the way of ending that longing?

Bhagavan: Think of god and attachments will gradually drop from you. If you wait till all desires disappear to start your devotion and prayer, you will have to wait a very very long time indeed.

- ?Guru Ramana?, S.S Cohen


Q: Bhagavan often told devotees to 'Be still'. Did he mean ?Be mentally still'?

AS: Bhagavan's famous instruction ?summa iru' [be still] is often misunderstood. It does not mean that you should be physically still; it means that you should always abide in the Self.

If there is too much physical stillness, tamoguna [a state of mental torpor] arises and predominates. In that state you will feel very sleepy and mentally dull. Rajoguna [a state of excessive mental activity], on the other hand, produces emotions and a mind which is restless.

In sattva guna [a state of mental quietness and clarity] there is stillness and harmony. If mental activity is necessary while one is in sattva guna it takes place. But for the rest of the time there is stillness. When tamoguna and rajoguna predominate, the Self cannot be felt. If sattvaguna predominates one experiences bliss, clarity and an absence of wandering thoughts. That is the stillness that Bhagavan was prescribing.

Living by the Words of Bhagavan, p. 273

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: August 05, 2016, 10:12:34 PM »
OK Ravi .No Probs .I will check with them when I visit there next time .

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: August 05, 2016, 09:37:21 PM »
Dear Sri Ravi

Would like to know whether Sri Ramakrishna Mutt has published "Sandhya Vandanam Bhashya " by Sri Anna in English .I have the Tamil version and that was bought many years ago and would like to know whether the English version is also available .

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