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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 18, 2015, 06:54:40 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: June 16, 2015, 10:08:37 PM »
?When you sit for meditation, vivid thoughts of past experiences may appear. You may remember events that have been buried in your subconscious for many years. Memories of conversations or lost loved ones will agitate the mind and make the practice of meditation difficult. The imagination can play havoc with the past, creating imbalance and disharmony in the mind. As you get older there is a tendency for the mind to dwell more frequently in the events of long ago, preventing you from living life fully in the present. Dreams of childhood, schooldays, and youth are just dreams and should be laid gently and permanently to rest. Try to let go of all thoughts of past, both distant and recent, and live fully in the present.? - Swami Vishnudevananda

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 14, 2015, 02:24:51 PM »
Thanks for the info Subramaniam Sir . I always enjoyed listening to the Veda Parayanam at the Ramana Ashram .

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 14, 2015, 07:53:54 AM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 13, 2015, 10:36:19 PM »
Ashram Veda Patsala established nearly eighty years ago has come of age. It has now become the first recognized test centre in Tiruvannamalai district. Prior to this it was necessary for students to go to Chennai or other far-off places to take the examination to prove competency in Vedic chanting. Recently seventy-five students belonging to Yajur Veda, Rig Veda and Sama Veda appeared for competency test at the ashram Veda Patasala. Six external examiners came for administering the tests. Graduates were honored in a convocation ceremony at the ashram auditorium. Sri Ramana Maharshi not only became deeply in-drawn when listening to Vedas but he also insisted on punctuality. Once when the priests were waiting for a late comer he remarked that ?Vedas don?t wait for anybody?.

General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: June 10, 2015, 08:37:06 PM »
?Introspect. Look within. Try to remove your defects. This is the real Sadhana. This is the most difficult Sadhana. You will have to do it at any cost. Intellectual development is nothing. It is more easy." - Swami Sivananda

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 09, 2015, 02:07:33 PM »
Which is the best question?
The question "What is the way to get Krishna?s grace?"

Which is the best answer to this question?
Chanting the Maha mantra always?

Which day is the auspicious day in one?s life?
The day a person eschews judging other?s faults and advising others and starts to observe himself to get better.

What is the cause of confusion?
Rather than doing what is to be done here and now, thinking about tomorrow is cause of confusion

What is the greatest mistake of a Sadhak?
Looking at the clock while he chants!

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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: June 09, 2015, 11:52:54 AM »

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: June 08, 2015, 01:52:46 PM »
Kanchi Paramacharya on Simple Disciplined Living

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While the purpose of education is to make us cultured and disciplined, it is rather paradoxical that there is, among the educated, much more indiscipline and disregard for the way of life that has earned for us, in the past, the reputation of being a highly cultured people, than among the unsophisticated illiterates. During the last few years, indiscipline has developed among students to a degree never before known in the history of this country. While this is to be regretted, we must attend to some basic matters which can change our mental outlook. We must introduce simplicity in dress and each one of us should make it a habit to wash his own clothes. If some pioneers ventured to attend offices in dhoti and upper cloth, the fashion will soon catch on. Pure food contributed to purity of heart. The majority of our people are vegetarians, and that is responsible for making us a peace-loving, contented and tolerant nation. It is these qualities that have won us respect in the eyes of the world. We must simplify our food habits further. The practice of each person cooking his own simple food that prevails among some people in the North is a wholesome one. This will prove highly useful in life and obviate the necessity for indiscriminate eating. A beginning in this direction can be made by each one cooking his food at least once a week. Butter-milk or kanji can be substituted for coffee and tea. Thereby we will avoid incurring debts and also save something, which can be utilized for charitable purposes.

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: June 08, 2015, 12:02:46 PM »

General Discussion / Re: where am I?
« on: June 08, 2015, 09:25:49 AM »
Dear Subramaniam Sir

Welcome back to India . Hope you feel more refreshed after 50 days stay with ur son .

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 06, 2015, 07:52:05 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 06, 2015, 07:50:14 PM »

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 06, 2015, 07:47:25 PM »

General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: June 02, 2015, 11:31:35 AM »

Lets us listen to Maha Periava on Sastras:

" The goal of dharma is universal welfare. The great men who produced the works on Dharmasastra didn't have a trace of self-interest in them and had nothing but the thought of the happiness of all creatures. These treatises are the authority on which dharma is founded. You find the form of things, the image, with your eyes; you perceive sound with your ears; you know dharma with the help of Dharmasastra......

In matters of the Self, of dharma and religion, the Vedas are in the forefront as our guide. Next come the dharmasastras. Third is the conduct of the great sages of the past. Fourth is the example of the virtuous people of our own times. Conscience comes last in determining dharma.

Now everything has become topsy-turvy. People give importance first to their conscience and last to the Vedas. We must consult our conscience only as a last resort when we have no other means of knowing what is dharma with reference to our actions. Why is conscience called one's "manahsaksi"? Conscience is fit to be only a witness(saksi), not to be a judge. A witness often gives false evidence. The mind, however, doesn't tell an untruth - indeed it knows the truth of all things. " There is no deceit that is hidden from the heart(mind), " says Auvvai. Conscience may be regarded as a witness. But nowadays it is brought in as a judge also in dharmic matters. As a witness it will give us a true report of what it sees or has seen. But on the basis of it we cannot give on what is just with any degree of finality. "What I think is right, " everybody would try to satisfy himself thus about his actions if he were to be guided only by his conscience. How can this be justified as the verdict of dharma?

We often hear people say, "I will act according to what my conscience tells me. " This is not a right attitude. All at once your conscience cannot be given the place of a judge. It is only when there is no other way open to you that you may tell your mind: "You have seen everything as a witness. Now tell me your opinion. " The mind belongs to each one of us as individuals. So it cannot be detached from our selfish interests. The place it has in one's personal affairs cannot be given to it in matters of religion. On questions of dharma the opinion of sages alone is valid, sages who were concerned with universal welfare and who transcended the state of the individual concerned with his own mind [or with himself].

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