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General Discussion / Re: The Importance of Being Alone
« on: July 07, 2016, 02:39:01 PM »
Dear Nagaraj

Thanks for sharing the same and I could very much resonate with this article and Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa's example of pouring Ghee in the fire was an excellent example of when one should involve in the world without allowing the world to consume us .

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: July 07, 2016, 07:46:33 AM »

The INSPIRED ALPHABETS ( A-Z )In the words of Swami Vivekananda

Arise! Awake! and stop not till the goal is reached
Bless men when they revile you
Conquer yourself and the whole universe is yours
Do not merely endure, be unattached
Eat to Him, drink to Him, sleep to Him, see Him in all
First get rid of this delusion,? Iam the body?
Give everything and look for no returns
Homogeneity, sameness is GOD
Incarnations like Buddha, Sri Ramakrishna can give religions
Jnana ?Yoga tells man that he is essentially divine
Knowledge exists, man only discovers
Look at the ocean and not at the wave
Man as Atman is really free, as man he is bound
Never turn back to see the result of what you have done
Out of purity and silence comes the word of power
Perception is our only real knowledge or religion
Quarrels over religion are always over the husks
Religion without philosophy runs into superstition
See no difference between ant and angel
The more our bliss is within, the more spiritual we are
Unchaste imagination is as bad as unchaste action
Vedas cannot show you Brahman, You are already that.
We are human coverings over the Divine
Xs anything is poison
You are good but be better
Zeal with faith(Shraddha); have this everything will follow

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: July 06, 2016, 10:48:47 AM »
Thanks for the clarification Subramaniam sir and if possible make that correction in your original post .

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: July 06, 2016, 07:28:35 AM »
Subramaniam Sir

Thanks for the info and I read it to my mother and she told she will try it accordingly .Only doubt - you have mentioned coconut water in that recipe . Is it coconut water or coconut milk ? Can you clarify the same ?

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: July 05, 2016, 06:49:17 PM »
Subramainam Sir

What is the source for the above recipe for Sweet Pongal ? Has it been given in the mountain Path ?

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I have also signed the petition .I feel unless and until the entire town of Arunchala ( or at least all areas coming under Girivalam ) are declared as a Sacred Place like the way Haridwar and Rishikesh are treated ( i.e free of meat , alcohol and cutting of trees etc )  these sort of problems will continue to haunt Arunacahala .

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: July 04, 2016, 02:24:03 PM »
When we come in conflict with things, we are likely to think that the things are against us. But this would be like imagining that a stone is against us because it is thrown at us by someone. The things and circumstances are only instruments in meting out our dues.- Swami Krishnananda

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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?
'
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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