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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.
16 h ?
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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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: September 15, 2017, 07:36:50 PM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 06, 2017, 07:57:06 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: September 01, 2017, 07:47:11 AM »
Thanks Balaji .I have sent a request for joining .

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: August 29, 2017, 10:40:08 PM »
CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI
Bhagavan once told a story about a man who wanted to bury his own shadow in a deep pit. He dug the pit and stood in such a position that his shadow was on the bottom of it. The man then tried to bury it by covering it with earth. Each time he threw some soil in the hole the shadow appeared on top of it. Of course, he never succeeded in burying the shadow.
Many people behave like this when they meditate. They take the mind to be real, try to fight it and kill it, and always fail. These fights against the mind are all mental activities which strengthen the mind instead of weakening it.
If you want to get rid of the mind, all you have to do is understand that it is 'not me?. Cultivate the awareness 'I am the immanent consciousness?.
When that understanding becomes firm, the non-existent mind will not trouble you.
- LWB, p. 266

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: August 27, 2017, 11:27:48 PM »
CONVERSATIONS WITH ANNAMALAI SWAMI
Question: What is the easiest way to be free of the 'little self?
Annamalai Swami: Stop identifying with it. If you can convince yourself This "little self? is not really me? it will just disappear.
Q: But how to do this?
AS: The 'little self? is something which only appears to be real. If
you understand that it has no real existence it will disappear,
leaving behind it the experience of the real and only Self.
Understand that it has no real existence and it will stop troubling you.
Consciousness is universal. There is no limitation or 'little self?
in it. It is only when we identify with and limit ourselves to the body and the mind that this false self is ?born?. If through enquiry, you go to the source of this 'little self?, you find that it dissolves into nothingness.
Q: But I am very accustomed to feel ?I am this "little self??.
I cannot break this habit merely by thinking ?I am not this "little self ??.
AS: This 'little self will only give way to the real Self if you meditate constantly. You cannot wish it away with a few stray thoughts. Try to remember the analogy of the rope which looks like a snake in the twilight. If you see the rope as a snake, the real nature of the rope is hidden from you. If you only see the rope, the snake is not there. Not only that, you know that there never was a snake there. When you have that clear and correct perception that the snake never at any time existed, the question of how to kill the snake disappears.
- LWB p 264

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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: August 20, 2017, 08:43:21 PM »

Just came across this link to the Quiz on Gospel of Ramakrishna ( English Version ) . There is a separate quiz for the Tamil Version of the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna

https://imedia.chennaimath.org/tag/iquiz-english

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