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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 20, 2017, 06:59:31 PM »
Humphreys: Master! Can I help the world? Maharshi: Help yourself and you will help the world.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 19, 2017, 04:56:06 PM »
CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI
After a few months in Palakottu I noticed that my mind was beginning to get quieter and quieter. During my working days my mind had been constantly occupied with thoughts about building matters. The mind would continue its incessant activities even after the end of each day's work. Plans, problems, and theoretical solutions to problems, would continue to fill my mind long after
the actual work was over. I found it very hard to meditate under such circumstances.
Bhagavan had told me, 'You are not the body, you are not the mind. You are the pure consciousness, the Self. You are all-pervasive. Be aware of this at all times, even while you are working.'
I tried very hard to put this upadesa into practice while I was working, but I cannot say that I had much success.
When I moved to Palakottu I found it far easier to practice
Bhagavan's teachings. My mind became much quieter and even my body began to change. While I had been working in Ramanasramam there had always been a lot of heat in my body. Working with lime made the body feel very hot and I compounded the problem by spending a large part of each day out in the sun.
After a few months of meditation in Palakottu my mind became relatively quiet and still and a wonderful coolness pervaded my body. In the course of time, after many years of practice, both of these conditions became permanent.
Living by the Words, p 201

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Hence, will you kindly point out a site from where I can download and save it easily in my computer?  Pranam, Anil

I had downloaded the "Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna" as an APP in Google Playstore 2 years back and it is a free one and is similar to reading a PDF File and I find it convenient enough to read in my small TAB and also in my smart Phone . You can try that . It is for free and does not occupy much space .

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: October 08, 2017, 06:21:26 PM »
Sadhana is not any kind of bodily action that is outwardly directed, but is rather a state of mind, a condition of thinking, a consciousness in which one lives.- Swami Krishnananada

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 06, 2017, 02:41:02 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 01, 2017, 09:42:09 PM »
Q. Why the sorrow and evil in the universe?
A. God?s will!
Q. Why?
A. Inscrutable. No motive can be attributed to that Power; no desire, no goal to achieve, can be asserted of that all-wise, all-powerful being.
God like the sun is untouched by the activities which take place in His presence. If the mind is unsatisfied or restless on account of events, it is a good solution to accept God?s will as the solution; thus it is wise to drop the sense of responsibility and free will, by regarding ourselves as the instruments of God, to do and suffer as He pleases. [Talk 28]
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi from the book Conscious Immortality

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 01, 2017, 03:57:22 PM »
?Meditation is to effortlessly turn the mind toward that energy which energizes mind.? ? Papaji

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 29, 2017, 10:58:29 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 29, 2017, 10:50:03 AM »
We talk of attaining the Self, of reaching God with time.
There is nothing to attain. We are already Self-Existent. Nor will there ever be a time when we shall be nearer to God than now. We are now ever blissful, Self-Existent, the Infinite. Our consciousness is unbroken, continuous and eternal.
It is all maya, self-hypnotism, to imagine that now we are otherwise. De-hypnotize yourself. It is ego, ahankara, which deludes itself that there are two selves, one of which we are conscious now (the person) and one the higher, the Divine, of which we shall one day become conscious. This is false. There is only one Self and it is fully conscious now and ever. There is neither past, present nor future for it since it is out of time.
- Conscious Immortality

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 23, 2017, 10:28:04 AM »
It is not that one should not go anywhere near Atma-vidya unless he has completely purified his mind and obtained one-pointedness. If that stage has really been reached, there would be no more necessity to have any elaborate Atma-SAdhanA or regimen. The mind will then be ready to firmly establish itself in the teaching of the Guru and Realisation will be almost automatic. The Acharya Sankara has not taken all the pains to elaborate the methodlogy of the SAdhanA ChatushhTayaM to such a highly evolved person. If we understand him right, it is only this: A pure mind and the capability to be one-pointed are surely basic to a certain extent; with that basic equipment, one should read the shAstras and enter the kingly path of the SAdhanA. Only then he can make real progress. Otherwise he will only be touching the fringes and have a false feeling that he knows everything.
Kanchi Paramacharya

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 20, 2017, 03:56:03 PM »
Navarathri Worship 2017 in Sri Ramana Ashram

As part of the Navaratri worship, Ashram established the Divine Mother in a throne. Devotees carried Her Divine Majesty Sri Tripura Sundari in a short procession and enthroned Her at the entrance to the Mathrubutheswara Temple. It is a delusion for the devotees to believe that they carried Her, whereas the truth is that she is the Mover of everything from an atom to the galaxy moves them.
Regular worship for Navaratri will commence from tomorrow. The Mother's Grace is boundless. Her mercy is illimitable; Her knowledge infinite; Her power immeasurable; Her glory ineffable; and Her splendour indescribable. She gives you material prosperity as well as spiritual freedom.
Devi-worship or Shakti-worship is therefore the worship of God?s glory, of God?s greatness and supremacy. It is adoration of the Almighty. Devi is the conscious power of the Deva. The Upanishad says, ?The Para Shakti, the Supreme Power of this God manifests in various ways, this power is the nature of God manifesting as knowledge, strength and activity.? Shakti is Cosmic Power wielded by an extremely compassionate Heart. Navaratri is the festive occasion of the ?nine-day-worship of Maha-Kali, Maha-Lakshmi and Maha-Sarasvati? the Divinity of the Universe adored in three ways.


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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 20, 2017, 11:34:05 AM »
Question: How to uproot the weariness, fear, and anxiety that arise during meditation?
Ramana: Find out to whom these questions occur. By conducting this inquiry these things will disappear. These things are impermanent. Do not pay attention to them. When there is knowledge of duality, fear arises. Fear only comes when you think that there are others apart from you.
If you direct your mind towards the Self, fear and anxiety will go away. In your present state, when your mind is agitated, if you remove one kind of fear, another will rise up and there will be no end of them. It is a laborious task to pluck the leaves off a tree one by one.
The "I" feeling is the root of all thoughts. If you destroy the root, the leaves and branches will wither away. Instead of forming bad habits and taking medicine for them, it is better to see that such bad habits are not formed.
- The Power of the Presence

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General Discussion / Re: Request: Atmavichar sir on deep sleep question
« on: September 19, 2017, 03:04:22 PM »
Dear KSKAT

Sorry I am seeing your post only now . Regarding interpreting Vedantic statements sorry I am not competent to do it .Contact a proper Vedantic teacher for the same .
As regarding quality of sleep I feel this is an issue facing many White Collar People in Urban India .

Follow these steps to get good sleep :

1) Turn off the Internet , Cell Phones ,TV and keep them off and perhaps stop reading the news as well at least 2 hours before sleep

2) Limit or cease your intake of alcohol, don't do any drugs, stop smoking and watch your diet by starting to eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables.

3) Practice some form of physical exercise like walking , yoga etc daily for 30-45 mts

4) Try to have an early dinner .
5)  Get plenty of sleep, at least 7-8 hours per night of gentle, uninterrupted sleep. 
Note : White Collared people do more or mental activity and hence good rest to the mind is needed and that can be obtained only one has sound sleep  for at least 7 hrs . Do not feel guilty of having good sleep .

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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: September 19, 2017, 02:40:08 PM »
from fb Sri Ramana MaharshiNavarathri Celebrations 2017.
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SALUTATIONS to the Divine Mother, Durga, who exists in all beings in the form of intelligence, mercy, beauty, who is the consort of Lord Shiva, who creates, sustains and destroys the universe.
Devotees observe Navaratri festival up to four times a year the most important one being in the month of Ashwin or September-October. It lasts for nine days in honour of the nine manifestations of Durga. During Navaratri (the word literally means "nine nights") devotees of Durga observe a fast. The beginning of winter is a very important junctions of climatic and solar influence. This period is taken as sacred opportunities for the worship of the Divine Mother. The bodies and minds of people undergo a considerable change on account of the changes in Nature. Under the watchful eyes of the Great Master Sri Ramana Maharshi, Mother Durga will be worshiped during Navaratri. The nine day worship begins on September 21 and concludes on September 30. In the Ramana Ashram, the following are the regular features during the Durga Puja celebrations:
1. A special ritualistic worship of the Mother is conducted daily, which includes the recitation of the Durga Saptashati.
2. Laksharchana for the Mother in the temple, with recitation of the Sri Lalita Sahasranama, is also conducted.
3. An elaborately decorated altar is set up for the evening worship, with the picture of Mother Durga for the first three days, Mother Lakshmi for the next three days, and Mother Saraswathi for the last three days. Many sacred verses from the scriptures are recited and many Kirtans are sung. The Durga Saptashati or the Devi Mahatmya is recited and explained in discourses. The function concludes with the formal floral worship and Arati.
4. Please refer to the attachment for daily program. Everyday devotees can view the evening Aarti live here www.gururama.net



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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 18, 2017, 03:36:10 PM »
We talk of attaining the Self, of reaching God with time.
There is nothing to attain. We are already Self-Existent. Nor will there ever be a time when we shall be nearer to God than now. We are now ever blissful, Self-Existent, the Infinite. Our consciousness is unbroken, continuous and eternal.
It is all maya, self-hypnotism, to imagine that now we are otherwise. De-hypnotize yourself. It is ego, ahankara, which deludes itself that there are two selves, one of which we are conscious now (the person) and one the higher, the Divine, of which we shall one day become conscious. This is false. There is only one Self and it is fully conscious now and ever. There is neither past, present nor future for it since it is out of time.
- Conscious Immortality

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