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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: December 04, 2017, 02:35:23 PM »
SIVANANDA DAILY READING FOR 31 MAY
THE SUPREME REMEDY

 
 
When allopathy, homeopathy, chromopathy, naturopathy, ayurvedapathy
and all other 'pathies' fail to cure a disease, the divine namapathy
alone can save you. The name of the Lord is a sovereign specific, a
sheet-anchor, an infallible panacea and a cure-all for all diseases.
It is an ideal or supreme 'pick-me-up' in gloom and despair, in
depression and sorrow, in the daily battle of life or the struggle
for existence, There is a mysterious power in the name. There is an
inscrutable sakti (power) in God's name! All the divine potencies are
hidden in the Lord's name. It is the cream or the quintessence of
Chyavana-Prasha, Makaradhwaji almonds, Vasanta-Kusumakara or Svarna-
Bhasma or gold oxide. It is a mysterious, ineffable divine injection.
 
 
 
You can take this medicine or nama-japa (repetition of God's name)
yourself, for curing any disease. You can administer this marvellous
medicine to other patients also in your house or elsewhere. Sit by
the side of the patient and repeat, with sincere devotion and faith,
the name of the Lord, like Hari Om, Sri Ram, Om Namahsivaya, and sing
his names also: "Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare; Hare
Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare." Pray for his mercy
and grace. All maladies and agonies will come to an end. Do the
treatment of nama-japa for at least two hours in the morning and
evening. You will find the miraculous effect within a short time.
Both the doctor and the patient should have perfect faith in the
Lord's name, his mercy and grace. The real doctor is only Lord
Narayana.
 
 
Lord Dhanvantari, the physician of the three worlds (who expounded
the ayurvedic medical science), has himself declared: "By the
medicine of the repetition of the names, Achyuta, Ananta, Govinda,
all diseases are cured - this is my definite and honest declaration."
 
 
In all treatments Lord Narayana is the real doctor. You find that
even the world's best doctors fail to cure a dying king. You might
have also heard of many instances where patients ailing from the
worst type of diseases are cured miraculously, where even the ablest
doctors have declared the case hopeless. This itself is clear proof
that there is the divine hand behind all cures.
 
 
The divine name will eradicate the disease of birth and death and
bestow on you moksa, liberation or immortality.

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: November 21, 2017, 10:10:32 PM »

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General topics / Re: What is Self Inquiry ?
« on: November 20, 2017, 07:51:03 AM »
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When we observe that the world is totally out of control, and say "this is not my business" [as Annamalai Swami ji said], we automatically resolve. The world is totally out of control and it is therefore not our business. Having this attitude "its none of our business" is another name for self inquiry.

Thanks for the above quote Udai
Bhagavan always told people to mind their business and there is a funny incident to narrate this . Once a person came to the Ashram and he used to just eat well and then go to sleep snoring loudly . One devotee of Bhagavan ( I think Kanakammal ) was observing this for few days and was deeply disturbed by this and went and complained to Bhagvan saying "Look Bhgavan that man is just coming to the dining hall eating nicely and then going to sleep and he  has been doing this for the last few days " and Bhagavan slowly replied to her "He is attending to the work he came for ( i.,e eating and sleeping )  and you attend to the work you came for here ( i.e to do atma vichara )  i,e basically MIND YOUR BUSINESS . For me personally this is the most important teaching of Bhagavan especially when I end up frustrated judging people or situations in the world as why these things happen , why do these people behave this way and so whenever I get disturbed I used to remember this incident and then smile to myself .

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General topics / Re: Reality and Fact
« on: November 13, 2017, 02:59:02 PM »
Dear Udai

I have sent you a PM . Kindly look into it .

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 10, 2017, 11:30:15 AM »
CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI
THE RADIANCE OF BHAGAVAN

Q: I have read a lot about Bhagavan?s method of teaching through silence. You must have experienced it on many occasions. Can you explain how it operated?
AS: If you enter a dark place with a lamp, light falls on everyone who is near you. You don't have to tell people,
?I have a light' because they will all be aware of its presence.
In the presence of a jnani like Bhagavan the spiritual darkness of devotees is put to flight by the radiant light of jnana. In Bhagavan's case, this light cleaned and calmed the minds of all who were near him. When mature devotees basked in this light they sometimes had an experience of the Self.
The radiation of this spiritual power was Bhagavan's mauna diksha [initiation through silence]. He radiated this power quite effortlessly. It was not done by an act of volition,
it was a natural consequence of his realization. Bhagavan didn't need to speak about the Self. He was the Self and he radiated its power all the time. Those who were receptive to this power needed no verbal explanations from Bhagavan. The spoken teachings were only for those who were not able to tune into his silent radiation.
LWB, p. 341

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Thnaks Udai for the links . Will go through the same .

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 06, 2017, 09:43:00 PM »
TRUE HEROISM
Bhagavan: Thought rises up as the subject and object. ?I? alone being held, all else disappears. It is enough, but only to the competent few?
The Self being always the Self, why should only a dhira [heroic one] be illumined? Does it mean a man of courage? No. Dhih equals intellect; rah equals watch, protection. So [a] dhira is the one who always keep the mind inward bent, without letting it loose.
- Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, talk no. 352

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 05, 2017, 01:51:44 PM »
ANNAMALAI SWAMI REMEMBERED:
TEACHING THE SIMPLE MINDED

When one group of villagers who had just been given Arunachala Stuti Panchakam [Bhagavan's five poems about Arunachala] to recite left the hall, a devotee asked,
'How can such uneducated people understand the literary Tamil in these poems?
?They don't have to understand the meaning,? replied Bhagavan, ?they will get some benefit from merely repeating the verses.'?
I can think of another similar case. Whenever Echammal's granddaughter came to see Bhagavan, he would ask her to read out loud Upadesa Undiyar [a thirty-verse philosophical work by Bhagavan in Tamil; also called Upadesa Saram]. If she made any mistakes Bhagavan would correct her pronunciation.
Since she seemed to be a rather worldly girl I once asked Bhagavan, This girl does not look as if she has any desire for jnana. Why do you ask her to repeat Upadesa Undiyar each time she comes?'
Bhagavan explained: 'In future when troubles come to her, the remembrance of these verses will help her.'
This girl is now an old woman. When I saw her a few months ago?we had not seen each other for many years?I reminded her of these lessons that Bhagavan had given her.
She told me; "The verses have stayed in my memory all my life, but it is only recently, by the grace of Bhagavan, that I have begun to understand their meaning."
Living by the Words of Bhagavan p 115

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 03, 2017, 05:35:58 PM »
CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI
Q: I know that Bhagavan is within all forms but sometimes I feel that it is easier to feel his grace by concentrating on an image of him.
Self-enquiry is such hard work. One rarely feels blissful or peaceful doing it. Sometimes I feel like treating myself to a little bliss by looking at Bhagavan's picture for a while.
AS: There is nothing wrong with looking at Bhagavan's picture. It is a very good practice. But you should not get sidetracked from your main objective which is establishing yourself as consciousness. Don't get attached to states of bliss or give them priority over the quest for the Self. If you become attached to peaceful or blissful states you may lose interest in your main quest.
It is good to feel blissful and peaceful but don't indulge yourself in these states at the expense of self-enquiry. If you realize the inner Self, if you realize that there is not an atom which is apart from the Self, you will experience the real peace and bliss of the Self.
You will BE the peace and bliss rather than being the experiencer of it. If you enjoy temporary states of peace and bliss in the mind, the experiencer of that peace and bliss will not want to subside into the Self and disappear.
Don't get attached to mental peace. Go beyond it to the real peace which comes from being the Self.
LWB, p. 339

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: November 01, 2017, 03:04:08 PM »
HEALING BY PRAYER:
The best medicine for all diseases is Kirtan, Japa and regular Meditation. The Divine waves regenerate and energies the cells, tissues, nerves etc. Another very cheap but really potent medicine is cheerfulness, smile, laugh and be cheerful. All diseases will take to their heels. Even when the medical board pronounced a case to be absolutely hopeless, prayers comes to the rescue and the patient is surprisingly cured. Healing by prayer is miraculous and mysterious.
Lord Dhanwantari who expounded the Ayurvedic Medical Science has himself declared "By the medicine of the repetition of Achyuta, Govinda" all diseases are cured. This is my definite and honest declaration.
- Sri Swami Sivananda

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 31, 2017, 03:17:37 PM »

WORKING FOR IMMORTALITY

A Discussion with Ma ( Anand Mayi Ma )
An American woman, Markell Brooks had been only for twelve says in India when she asked Anandamayi Ma:
Question: Since the will of the individual is illusory and one
does not know God's will, how can one lead a purposeful life in this world.
Ma: By contemplating the Self, one will find out. It is man's principal duty to aspire to Self-realization.
Question: What about self-expression in art?
Ma: This also belongs to that which is fleeting. You paint a picture, but it can't last. The most beautiful song fades away in a moment.
Question: Presuming that the striving goes on no matter what, how can one know how to live ?in relation both to human beings and one's own creative energies?
Ma: A man who is after worldly things and is occupied with the business of this world gets satisfaction out of what he does, for otherwise why should he do it? He feels he is doing well, he gets praise and fame, money and position and his mind is always occupied with his affairs. If someone is opposed to him and puts obstacles in his way he gets angry and hostile.
A person who strives after Self-realization will turn to Mahatmas [great souls] for advice, guidance, and company. He will start reading books written by such men. He will admire them and wish to become like them and so, since he is searching for Truth, he will come to be truthful in behavior and speech. The Self is one, so remember the Oneness of all.
Although a dog may bite you, you will not bite back. The man who strives after worldly goods and satisfaction is working for death because everything in the world is constantly dying and something else is born. The child dies to the young girl and the girl to the woman etc. But the man who is after Self-realization is working for immortality. When living and working in the world one's creative power is exhausted in the pursuit of sense objects so one may come to feel weak, tired or ill.
But by striving after Self-realization one's creative power is preserved and strengthened.
While the person who lives in the world takes pleasure in parties, meeting people etc, the one who is out for Self-realization will take pleasure in meditation, singing the praises of God, reading books of wisdom, listening to discourses by great souls and mixing with those who are pilgrims on the path.
- Death Must Die, p. 529

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 29, 2017, 10:28:36 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: October 28, 2017, 06:57:51 PM »
The service of the Guru is not an old-fashioned system, and it is indeed the system that will prevail and work even today, and it has to work for all time; because the Guru is not to be regarded as a person, though for all outward vision the Guru may look like any person.- Swami Krishnananda

Today ( Sat 28 Oct 2017 ) is Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj's 16th Punyatithi Aradhana.
Here is what Swami Sivananda said about him
He is a master of practically every system of Indian thought and Western philosophy. ?Many Sankaras are rolled into one Krishnananda,? ? ?I Marvel at Krishnanandaji?.

- Swami Sivananda
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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: October 28, 2017, 12:25:49 PM »

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Here is a link to Eka Shloki of Sri Adi Shankara .I am not aware of the Bhagavan Ramana's Eka Shloki and it is possible he would have given a Tamil Version of the same like the way he translated many works of Adi Shankra from Sanskrit To Tamil

https://vinodvarmah.wordpress.com/2011/03/15/sankaracharyas-eka-sloki/

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