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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 22, 2015, 10:35:01 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 21, 2015, 08:30:55 PM »

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: September 21, 2015, 08:20:48 PM »
> A Russian Scientist?s experience with Kanchi Maha Periyava & <<

A Russian Scientist?s experience with Kanchi Maha Periava Many years ago, some Russian scholars had come to Chennai for a research on Hindu culture. Maha Swami was then camping at Mylapore and so they had darshan of Him and took many photographs of Him. They gave the photographs to the Russian Ancient Culture Academy in Russia also.

In 1987, Russia held a festival of Indian Culture in the Soviet Cultural Academy in Chennai. Dr.Padma Subramanyam (PS) gave a lecture on Bharatham, Kutchipidi, etc. Then, she was invited to Russia, where she met Prof.Ribakov, who was the chief of Russian Scientific Academy and Russian Ancient Culture Institute.

She was surprised to see a portrait of Maha Periava in his room. When asked, he said it was given by a friend who had visited Him in Chennai and he also wanted to meet Him and clarify a few doubts. Subsequently, he came to Chennai and Dr.PS accompanied him to Kanchipuram. But, Maha Swami was down with fever and the sishyas said they cannot meet Him. They were disappointed and didn't know what to do.

Just then another sishya came to them and said that Periava asked them to come in. They went in, and Prof.Ribakov and Periava kept looking at each other for a while. Then, Dr.PS asked the Prof to clarify his doubts. But the Prof said that all his doubts have already been clarified.

Now comes the best part. Periava asked 'Russians speak their language mixed with Sanskrit, but in Northern Russia do they speak the language without any mix of Sanskrit?' Ribakov was surprised and said 'yes'.
Then Periava said, ' you say Russia now. In the ancient times it was known as Rishivarsham. You know why? That is where Rishis like Yagnavalkiyar were running a Vedic Research Center. Then he spoke about the history of Russia at length. Then the Prof said that he wanted to become a Hindu.

Periava said 'you already are'. But the Prof insisted on a Hindu name for him. Periava laughed and said ' he has grey beard like Rishis. So, from now on his name is Rishi'.

Well, that Rishi, runs a branch of Ramakrishna mutt in Moscow now...
Let us all remember this great Mahan who lived only for our sake to teach us how we should lead our lives!

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 21, 2015, 06:32:57 PM »



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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 21, 2015, 06:29:14 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 21, 2015, 06:26:43 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 20, 2015, 08:34:12 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 18, 2015, 10:23:43 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 18, 2015, 05:27:20 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 18, 2015, 01:38:33 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 18, 2015, 10:59:45 AM »

From Ramana Ashram FB Page

On the auspicious occasion of Ganesha Chathurthi we recount references to Lord Ganesha by Sri Ramana Maharshi. He prayed to Lord Ganesha before composing the ?Marital Garland of Letters?. Read the reference to ?Karunakara Ganapati? or Compassionate Lord Ganesha; ?Lord Ganesha, Ocean of Compassion, extend your helping hand and protect me, that I may offer to, and adorn as befits Him, my Lord Arunachala, my beloved, the best among all bridegrooms, with this Marital Garland of Letters. One day in l912, a potter came to the Virupaksha Cave and presented a small image of Sri Ganesa to Sri Ramana Maharshi who wrote:

He who begot you as a child you made
Into a beggar; as a child yourself
You then lived everywhere just to support
Your own huge belly; I too am a child.
Oh Child God in that niche! Encountering one
Born after you, is your heart made of stone?
I pray you look at me!


Sri Ramana Maharshi frequently told the story of a man who made an image of Lord Ganesha with jaggery for worship. At the end of the worship realizing that he had nothing to offer to the Lord broke off a piece of the image to offer to Him as Naivedya. ?The offering of oneself to God is similar to the offering, to a Ganesh-figure made of jaggery, a portion of jaggery taken from the figure itself; for there is no individual self apart from Him.? Whatever we say is ?mine? is an act of theft or misappropriation of the Lord?s property. What is really meant by the term self-surrender is just the cessation of this theft, by the recognition by the devotee that the Lord is the real owner of everything.
Bhagavan?s explains the merit of worshiping Lord Ganesha: ?Seeing that Sundaramurthi was going away on a white elephant which had come from Kailas, the Rajah of Chera whispered in the ear of his horse the panchakshari mantra and got upon it to go to Kailas. Avvaiyar, who was at the time doing puja to Lord Ganesa, saw them both going to Kailas and so tried to hurry up her puja as she too wanted to go to Kailas. Seeing that, Ganesa said, ?Old woman, don?t hurry. Let your puja be performed as usual. I shall take you to Kailas before they reach it.? Accordingly, the puja was performed in due course. Waving his hand around, he said, ?Old lady, close your eyes.? That was all. When she opened her eyes, she found herself seated in Kailas in front of Parvati and Parameswara. By the time Sundaramurthi and Chera Rajah reached the place, they found her already seated there. Surprised at that, they asked her how she had got there. She told them how Lord Ganesa helped her.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 17, 2015, 05:56:43 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 17, 2015, 05:09:43 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 17, 2015, 05:03:47 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 17, 2015, 01:11:52 PM »
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4. Papaji came to Bhagavan Ramana and Bhagavan Ramana had guided him suitably.  Whether
Papaji later gave mantras to his disciples or prescribed any specific guru mantras, I do not know.
Bhagavan Ramana did not give any mantras.  His only mantra was to inquire Who am I?

Papaji never gave any form of Mantra Initiation to his disciples ( though he did intense Mantra Japa in his early days )  and in his satsangs some times Bhajans were sung and some scriptures like Bhagavatham , Vivekachudamani , Ribhu Gita were read and discussed in an informal way  .

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