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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: July 03, 2016, 11:41:18 AM »

ANNAMALAI SWAMI RECOUNTED:
It is one of Bhagavan's characteristics that he often responded to identical situations in different ways. In 1938, when I [Annamalai Swami] was once again troubled by sexual desires, he reacted in a completely different way. For three days my mind had been filled with sexual thoughts, so much so that I began to think, 'How will I ever attain salvation if thoughts like these constantly come?'
I so disturbed by these thoughts that throughout these three days I was unable to eat or sleep property.
I decided that Bhagavan was the only person who could help me. That evening I followed Bhagavan when he went out for his walk and explained my problem to him.
'Since this desire for women came to me the other day, I have not slept or taken food for the last three days. As these thoughts occur quite often, what will eventually happen to me?'
Bhagavan, after remaining silent for a couple of minutes, replied ?Why should you always be thinking that an evil thought occurred at such and such a time in the past? If you instead meditate "To whom does this thought come?' it will fly away of its own accord. You are not the body or the mind, you are the Self. Meditate on this and all your desires will leave you.'
Similarly Bhagavan taught Annamalai Swami about anger and remorsefulness. He had beaten a worker who had been acting carelessly.
?This happened at about 9 a.m. For the rest of the day I felt very guilty about losing my temper in this way. That evening, when I gave my daily report, I confessed to Bhagavan and apologized for my action. Bhagavan asked me, ?When did this anger come and when did you hit him?'
I told him that the incident had happened about 9 a.m. that morning.
?The anger that came at 9 a.m. has already gone,' said Bhagavan. 'Why are you still thinking that you got angry and hit someone? Why are you still carrying these thoughts in your mind? Instead of feeling guilty about what you have done, enquire, 'To whom did all this anger come?? Find out the real nature of the person who got angry this morning.
For activity that anger was needed. Now it is all over, you do not need to think about it any more. So drop that memory of anger and proceed with the next job.?
- LWB

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: July 02, 2016, 09:46:46 PM »
THE GREATNESS OF JAPA
A devotee asked, ?Swami, what is the easiest way to attain moksha??
Bhagavan 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. ?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 related a story from the latter.
IT IS STATED in that book that when Anjaneya 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?
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Spiritual Stories'

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: July 02, 2016, 11:37:20 AM »


CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI

Q: How effective is pradakshina of Arunachala? Is it as good as meditating on the Self?
AS: Arunachala radiates the grace of the Self. If you walk around it with reverence, keeping your mind quiet or thinking of the Self, you are having satsang of the Self.
There is a great spiritual power emanating from Arunachala. You can feel it if you approach the mountain with humbleness, with reverence, and with a quiet mind.
If one does pradakshina of Arunachala with the right attitude,
both the mind and the body are purified. If you feel like doing
pradakshina, then go. Meditate while you walk.
And if, at other times, you feel like sitting in meditation, do that. Both are the same if they are done correctly and attentively. At all times, whatever the body may be doing, one should keep a steady awareness of the Self.
The main point of both pradakshina and meditation is to give up the identification with the body, to lose the ?I-am-the-body-idea.?
- LWB, p. 336

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Operating System and Software Issues / Re: MAC imovie Users
« on: June 26, 2016, 12:27:08 PM »
Dear Nagaraj

Personally I do not have any solutions for the problem you are facing but I suggest you can post your problem here to get some valuable feedback .

https://discussions.apple.com/community/ilife/imovie

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Dear Candice

Sri Graham's loss is everyone's loss here and we will definitely miss him and we are very grateful to him for starting this forum that is a form of onlne satsang for all of us . I am sure that the Divine Grace that guided Graham to start and maintain this site will continue to guide you also . Will do our best to offer whatever co-opreation and help possible from our side . When normal people die we use the phrase "May his soul rest in peace " but for Graham I need not say that as I am very sure he is fully merged with divinty that is Arunacahala .

Om Namo Bhavate Sri Ramanaya .

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General Discussion / Re: Reflections on Death
« on: June 21, 2016, 09:30:01 PM »
?If a man considers he is born he cannot avoid the fear of death. Let him find out if he has been born or if the Self has any birth. He will discover that the Self always exists, that the body which is born resolves itself into thought and that the emergence of thought is the root of all mischief. Find wherefrom thoughts emerge. Then you will abide in the ever-present inmost Self and be free from the idea of birth or the fear of death.?

(Bhagavan in 'Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi', Talk 80.)

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