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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: April 25, 2016, 12:56:32 PM »

I am sharing my thoughts with regard to the Mountain Path comments that were shared in Anil's thread and since I do not want that thread to be diverted to discussing the issue of Mountain Path I am sharing my comments here .

Sri Ravi has given his views and there is merit in the same and so the same with regard to Anil's views . I am not a great subscriber of spiritual journals ( except for Mountain Path ) and rest I read mostly online ( most ashrams publish their journals online for free or for a very small token amount ) and I really cant comment on the quality of the articles as in spiritual matters each individual will be seeking something unique  and one article might be dry for someone but the same will be inspiring and useful for another . With regard to Mountain Path for me I always eagerly look  out for the articles related "How I came to Bhagavan / Devotees Experiences " and that article alone is enough for me as far as Mountain Path is concerned and rest I just go through it and if I find anything interesting I go through it in depth otherwise I skip it but there are at times when I go through some old issues of Mountain Path to find some articles that I missed previously very interesting . The same with other spiritual magazines .

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Dear Anil

I very must resonate with your views with regard to Mountain Path . I also eagerly look forward to it when it comes from Sri Ramana Ashram and treat it as a prasad and have maintained almost all the bask issues . True ,not all the articles in each issue have the same quality but I am happy even if I find one article interesting in an issue  . 

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Today i.e Mon 25 April 2016 is Sankatahara Chaturthi - an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha

Source :
https://www.epanchang.com/sankatahara-chaturthi

Sankatahara Chaturthi is an auspicious day dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It is celebrated every month [lunar], on the fourth day of the waning phase of the moon [Krishna Paksham]. It is the fourth day after the full moon day.

If the chaturthi falls on a tuesday, it is considered even more auspicious.

Fasting on Sankatahara Chaturthi

Fasting on Sankatahara Chaturthi is considered auspicious and beneficial. It is believed that if we take up this vratam and continue it for one year, fasting on all the Sankatahara Chaturthi days, culminating the vratam by performing the "Maha Ganapathi Homam", all difficult tasks in life will be completed and all obstacles removed from our life.

Even though any day could be a good day to pray to Lord Ganesha, sankatahara chaturthi is supposed to be the best day for the sankatahara chaturthi vratham. Sankatahara literally means breaking or removing of sorrow. So, it is believed that fasting on sankatahara chaturthi will bring a speedy end to your sorrows. Also, it is believed that if one looks at the moon on a waxing phase moon on a chathurti, he will fall from grace and that performing the chaturthi vratham will help him regain his status. It is also believed that performing the vratham every month on the chaturthi day will bring all happiness and wealth ani the family and remove all obstacles. There are various other good things attributed to the chaturthi vratham or fasting, such as getting relief from long standing sickness, improvement in education, sharp intelligence, long life, relief from sani dosha and so on. Every month puja on the Sankatahara Chaturthi is performed and Lord Ganesha is worshipped under different forms every month. On Sankatahara Chaturthi, Lord Ganesha blesses his devotees with his presence on Earth at the time of the celebrations.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: April 24, 2016, 11:34:07 AM »

Saw this on a Shridi Sai FB Page


The statue and tomb of Sri Sai Baba how it came  :-

The statue, which has become such a famous and well-loved image of Baba, was not installed until 1954, thirty-six years after his mahasamadhi, and there is an intriguing story behind it. Some white marble arrived from Italy at the Bombay docks, but nobody seemed to know anything about it who it was for, or why it had come. In the absence of a claimant, the dockyard auctioned it and the purchaser offered it to the Shirdi Sansthan (temple authorities). Impressed by the quality of the marble, they wanted to use it for an idol of Baba and gave the commission to a sculpture from Bombay, Balaji Vasant Talim. However, the latter had only one black and white photo of Baba as his model, and was struggling to get the likeness. One night Baba came to him in a dream, remarked on his difficulties and then showed him his face from various angles, encouraging Talim to study it thoroughly and remember it well. This gave Talim the filip he needed and after that the work flowed easily and the result exceeded all expectations.

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: April 23, 2016, 09:22:32 PM »
Thanks Nagaraj for sharing the Likita Japa advice of Swami Sivananda . Just now returned from Rishikesh after a spiritually refreshing trip for 10 days . Went to Sivananda Ashram on Tamil New Year and Sri Ram Navami and participated in the Sri Ram Navami function there and got for my mother a book called "Japa Yoga ( in Tamil ) by Swami Sivananda " which was autographed by the Current head of Sivananda Ashram Swami Vimalananda and this Likita Japa message is there in that book in Tamil after reading your post I was reminded of this wonderful coincidence .

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: April 22, 2016, 05:41:14 PM »
The teacher can be of immense help to those students who have purified themselves and become ready for their spiritual‬ ‪unfoldment‬. Thus, the entire responsibility for our inner growth rests with us, the seekers‬, and not upon our teachers. They are always great; they are ever ?on?. But our own inadequacies cheat us of our deeper experiences‬.- Swami Chinmayananda

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Subramaniam Sir

There is a difference between North Indian Date and South Indian date with regard to celebrating Sri Hanuman Jayanthi .In south we celebrate during Margazhi time but today it is celebrated as Hanuman Jayannthi all over North India and chanting of Hanuman Chalisa , Reading Sundara Kandam and Chanting of RAM NAM is very auspicious today .

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: April 22, 2016, 12:01:43 PM »
CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI
The many different paths that are taught are really only
preparations for Bhagavan's path. Ultimately, one must learn to abide in the Self by meditation on the Self or by self-enquiry or by complete surrender.
Unfortunately, there are very few people who are spiritually mature enough to follow Bhagavan's highest teachings. Most people have to follow other paths until they are ready
for the final path.

From the  Book "Living by the words of Bhagavan"

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Hanuman Jayanti

by Swami Sivananda from the book "Hindu , Fasts and Festivals "

Yatra yatra raghunatha kirtanam;
Tatra tatra kritha masthakanjalim;
Bhaspavaari paripurna lochanam;
Maarutim namata raakshasanthakam


MEANING: ?We bow to Maruti, Sri Hanuman, who stands with his palms folded above his forehead, with a torrent of tears flowing down his eyes wherever the Names of Lord Rama are sung?.

SRI HANUMAN is worshipped all over India?either alone or together with Sri Rama. Every temple of Sri Rama has the murti or idol of Sri Hanuman. Hanuman is the Avatara of Lord Shiva. He was born of the Wind-God and Anjani Devi. His other names are Pavanasuta, Marutsuta, Pavankumar, Bajrangabali and Mahavira.

He is the living embodiment of Ram-Nam. He was an ideal selfless worker, a true Karma Yogi who worked desirelessly and dynamically. He was a great devotee and an exceptional Brahmachari or celibate. He served Sri Rama with pure love and devotion, without expecting any fruit in return. He lived to serve Sri Rama. He was humble, brave and wise. He possessed all the divine virtues. He did what others could not do?crossing the ocean simply by uttering Ram-Nam, burning the city of Lanka, and bringing the sanjeevini herb and restoring Lakshmana to life again. He brought Sri Rama and Lakshmana from the nether world after killing Ahiravana.

He had devotion, knowledge, spirit of selfless service, power of celibacy, and desirelessness. He never boasted of his bravery and intelligence.

He said to Ravana, ?I am a humble messenger of Sri Rama. I have come here to serve Rama, to do His work. By the command of Lord Rama, I have come here. I am fearless by the Grace of Lord Rama. I am not afraid of death. I welcome it if it comes while serving Lord Rama.?

Mark here how humble Hanuman was! How very devoted he was to Lord Rama! He never said, ?I am the brave Hanuman. I can do anything and everything.?

Lord Rama Himself said to Sri Hanuman, ?I am greatly indebted to you, O mighty hero! You did marvellous, superhuman deeds. You do not want anything in return. Sugriva has his kingdom restored to him. Angada has been made the crown prince. Vibhishana has become king of Lanka. But you have not asked for anything at any time. You threw away the precious garland of pearls given to you by Sita. How can I repay My debt of gratitude to you? I will always remain deeply indebted to you. I give you the boon of everlasting life. All will honour and worship you like Myself. Your murti will be placed at the door of My temple and you will be worshipped and honoured first. Whenever My stories are recited or glories sung, your glory will be sung before Mine. You will be able to do anything, even that which I will not be able to!?

Thus did Lord Rama praise Hanuman when the latter returned to Him after finding Sita in Lanka. Hanuman was not a bit elated. He fell in prostration at the holy feet of Lord Rama.

Lord Rama asked him, ?O mighty hero, how did you cross the ocean??

Hanuman humbly replied, ?By the power and glory of Thy Name, my Lord.?

Again the Lord asked, ?How did you burn Lanka? How did you save yourself??

And Hanuman replied, ?By Thy Grace, my Lord.?

What humility Sri Hanuman embodied!

There are many who want wealth in return for their services. Some do not want wealth, but they cannot resist name and fame. Others do not want any of these, but they want approbation. Still others want nothing, but they boast of their deeds. Hanuman was above all these. That is why he is recognised as an ideal Karma Yogi and an unsurpassed adept in Bhakti. His life is full of object lessons. Everyone should try his best to follow the noble example of Hanuman.

His birthday falls on Chaitra Shukla Purnima (the March-April full moon day).


On this holy day worship Sri Hanuman. Fast on this day. Read the Hanuman Chalisa. Spend the whole day in the Japa of Ram-Nam. Sri Hanuman will be highly pleased and will bless you with success in all your undertakings.


Glory to Hanuman! Glory to his Lord, Sri Rama!

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Started this new thread to inform , understand all the major Hindu Fasts , Festivals that come in the period April 2016 - March 2017 as Tamil New Year started from 14 April 2016 . There many be differences in the dates of some festivals in North India , South India ( for example Hanuman Jyanathi ) but it does not matter . We can always celebrate the festivals ( in a spiritual sense ) on both the dates .  Swami Sivananda has written a separate book called "Hindu  Fasts , Festivals " and the link to the book is given here :
http://www.dlshq.org/download/hindufest.htm

I will try to post mainly from Swami Sivananda , Kanchi Paramacharya and Bhagavan Ramana about the significance of the various fasts and festivals that are celebrated in India and as a starting point have taken Hanuman Jayanathi that is falling today : Fri 22 April 2016 ( according to North Indian Calender ) .

So far the festivals that were over are :

1) Tamil New Year on THu 14 April 2016
2) Sri Rama Navami on FRI 15 April 2016

Today is  Chitra Pournami , Hanuman Jayanthi on Fri 22 April 2016 ( according to North Indian Calender )

Today i Fri 22 April 2016 is Celebrated as Hanuman Jayanthi in North India .Hanumanh Jayanti or Hanumath Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Hanuman, the Vanara god, widely venerated throughout India. The event is celebrated on the 15th day of the Shukla Paksha, during the month of Chaitra (the Chaitra Pournimaa). In South India, especially Tamil Nadu Hanumaan jayanthi is celebrated on the Margazhi month of Moola nakshathram. It is said that Hanumaan was born on the moola nakshathra in Marghazi month. It does not matter which date is correct and we can celebrate Hanuman Jayanthi on both dates ( North India , South India ) . Lord Hanuman is a symbol for Physical Strength , Perseverance and devotion ( to LORD RAMA ) and let us invoke Lord Hanuman for blessing us with lot of physical strength , abundant perseverance and sincere devotion to God to face our challenges in our life cheerfully and come out successful . Very auspicious to start Chanting Hanuman Chalisa and start reading Sundara Kandam from today to receive Lord Hanuman's blessings .

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