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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 19, 2016, 09:21:36 AM »
Dear atmavichar,

Excellent photo.  Can you please send me a copy, if possible?

Arunachala Siva.

Subramaniam Sir

It is very easy and you can do it yourself . Just right click the mouse and it will give u some options and choose "save image as " option and you can store it in your computer . This applies even to the Pic shared by Nagaraj .

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 18, 2016, 05:17:17 PM »
Excellent pic of Bhagavan , Arunachala Hill and Aruncahala Temple - all in one


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CONSCIOUS IMMORTALITY

Q: What is the path?

M: The method can be anything.
From whatever directions the pilgrims gather,
they must enter the kaaba by only one passage.

Q: People speak of different methods. Which method is the easiest?

M: The methods appear easy according to the nature of the individual.
It depends upon what one has practiced before.

Q: What is the jnana path?


M: Yoga is similar because both help to concentrate the mind.
Yoga aims at union of the individual with the Universal Reality.
Yoga is itself an aid to Self-realization, the goal of all.
This Reality cannot be new. It must exist even now.
Therefore jnana tries to find out how separation came about.

p. 59

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CONSCIOUS IMMORTALITY
Q: What is the difference between meditation and Self-enquiry?

M: Meditation is possible only if the ego is retained: there is the ego and the object meditated upon. This method is indirect.
However, if we seek the ego-source, the ego disappears and what remains is the Self. This method is the direct one.
- Conscious Immortality p.59

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Q: What is the correct waQ: What is the correct way to pursue self-enquiry?

AS: Bhagavan has said: 'When thoughts arise stop them from
developing by enquiring: "To whom is this thought coming?" as soon as soon as the thought appears. What does it matter if many thoughts keep coming up? Enquire into their origin or find out who has the thoughts and sooner or later the flow of thoughts will stop.'
This is how self-enquiry should be practiced.
When Bhagavan spoke like this he sometimes used the analogy of a besieged fort. If one systematically closes off all the entrances to such a fort and then picks off the occupants one by one as they try to come out, sooner or later the fort will be empty. Bhagavan said that we should apply these same tactics to the mind.
How to go about doing this? Seal off the entrances and exits to the mind by not reacting to rising thoughts or sense impressions. Don't let new ideas, judgments, likes, dislikes, etc. enter the mind, and don't let rising thoughts flourish and escape your attention.
When you have sealed off the mind in this way, challenge each emerging thought as it appears by asking, 'Where have you come from?' or 'Who is the person who is having this thought? If you can do this continuously, with full attention, new thoughts will appear momentarily and then disappear. If you can maintain the siege for long enough, a time will come when no more thoughts arise; or if they do, they will only be fleeting, undistracting images on the periphery of consciousness. In that thought-free state you will begin to experience yourself as consciousness, not as mind or body.
However, if you relax your vigilance even for a few seconds and allow new thoughts to escape and develop unchallenged, the siege will be lifted and the mind will regain some or all of it former strength.
Living by the Words of Bhagavan.

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: January 16, 2016, 09:10:05 PM »
Today i.e 16 Jan 2016 is Thiruvvaluvar's Day - the birthday of Saint Thiruvalluvar who composed the greatest Book called "Thirukural" 2000 years back and that book is still relevant even now . Thirukural is also called as Tami? Ma?ai (Tamil Veda); Poyyamozhii (words that never fail); and Daiva nool (divine text).Bhagavad Gita is the divine book given by God to Man , Thevaram , Thiruvachagam , Divya Prabandam ( Tamil Divine Texts ) are the books given by Man to God while Thirukural is the Divine Text given by Man to Man .Thiruvalluvar showed people that a person could lead the life of a Grihastha or householder, and at the same time, lead a divine life or a life of purity and sanctity.
For more about Saint Thiruvalluvar kindly go through this article by Swami Sivananda :


http://www.dlshq.org/saints/thiruvalluvar.htm

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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: January 15, 2016, 07:56:03 AM »
Happy Pongal 2016 Greetings to all .


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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 12, 2016, 10:10:32 PM »
CONSCIOUS IMMORTALITY
Q: The mind is fickle and wandering. How can I control it?
M: If you at once direct your attention to the question, ?Who is the individual to whom this fickleness occurs', the tossing of the mind to and fro will stop.
Q: What particular steps would be helpful for control of the mind?
M: That depends on the circumstances of each individual. Bhakti, karma, jnana and yoga are (essentially) all one.
You cannot love God without knowing Him, nor know Him without loving Him. Love manifests in everything you do, and that is karma. The adoption of the right mental attitude (yoga) is the necessary preliminary before you can know or love God in the proper way.
Q: I have no peace of mind.
M: Peace is our real nature. It need not be attained. Our thoughts must be obliterated. The method prescribed in the Gita is the one to do it. Whenever the mind strays, bring it back to bear on meditation.
P. 55

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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: January 12, 2016, 06:48:11 AM »
Today i.e 12 Jan 2016 is the Birthday of Swami Vivekananda and sharing a quote from him :"Our first duty is not to hate ourselves, because to advance we must have faith in ourselves first and then in God. Those who have no faith in themselves can never have faith in God."- Swami Vivekananda .

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Hanuman Jayanti

By
Sri Swami Sivananda


http://www.dlshq.org/religions/hanuman_jay.htm

Om Sri Hanumate Namah

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 was the Avatara of Lord Siva. He was born of the Wind-God and Anjani Devi. He is also called by the names Pavanasuta, Marutsuta, Mahavira, Bajrangabali and Pavankumar.

Hanuman was the living embodiment of the power of Ram-Nam.
He was an ideal selfless worker, a true Karma Yogi who worked desirelessly. 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 only 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 demon-king's city of Lanka, and bringing the sanjeevini herb to restore the life of Lakshmana. He brought Sri Rama and Lakshmana from the nether world after killing Ahiravana.

Hanuman possessed 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 Sri Rama, to do His work. By the command of Sri Rama, I have come here. I am fearless by the Grace of Sri Rama. I am not afraid of death. I welcome it if it comes while serving Sri Rama."

See how humble Hanuman was! How deep was his devotion to Sri Rama! He never said, "I am the brave Hanuman. I can do anything and everything."

Sri Rama Himself said to 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 idol 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 Sri 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 Sri Rama.

Sri 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 Sri Rama asked, "How did you burn Lanka? How did you save yourself?"

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

What profound humility Hanuman embodied in himself!

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 Sri Hanuman Chalisa. Spend the whole day in the Japa of Ram-Nam. 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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Today i.e Sat 9 Jan 2016 is Hanuman Jayanthi and so I have opened a separate thread that will have articles , hymns etc in praise of Lord Hanuman . First sharing a pic of Lord Hanuman with Vadla Malai at Namakkal that was taken today and it has 1 lakh and 8 vadas . May Lord Hanuman give us the strength and courage to face all the obstacles in our life with a calm mind and emerge successful .


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NON-PARTIALITY

A devotee while taking leave of Bhagavan said, ?Swami, I am going far away from you. The devotees who are staying in the Ashram are enjoying the bliss of your company every minute. Please accept me also in the same manner.?

Bhagavan replied, ?Everyone thinks that special grace is bestowed on the devotees who stay here. If there is such a preference how can he be a jnani? is he so foolish as to be flattered by the people's attendance on him and the service they do? The Lord is bound to protect a person who has surrendered to Him.

In fact one who has surrendered need not even pray; the Lord always remains close extending His protection. The frog stays near the lotus but it is only the bees that suck the honey of the flowers, from whatever distance they may come from.?

- Shantammal, lady cook, Face to Face





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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: January 09, 2016, 07:35:48 AM »
Dear Sri Ravi

Thanks for sharing the links related to Sri Hanuman Chalisa . Yesterday Only I downloaded the text of Sri Hanuman Pancharatnam by Adi Shankara for chanting today being Hanuman Jayanthi . The Hanuman Chalisa is also a great Hymn very popular in North India and during my visit to Rishikesh ,I participate every evening  in the Ganga Aarathi of Sri Paramath Niketan and this is the first Song that is sung there and I hope to include Hanuman Chalisa also in my Parayanam today . Thanks for sharing the links .

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