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Once when meditating in the presence of Bhagavan, the mind persisted in wandering. I couldn't control it. So I gave up meditation and opened my eyes. Bhagavan at once sat up and said, "Oh! You abandoned it thinking it is the swabhava (habit) of the mind to wander. Whatever we practise becomes the swabhava. If control is practised persistently that will become the swabhava." —

 From the January, 1971 Mountain Path:
"How Bhagavan Came To Me,"
by Sadhu Trivenigiri Swami.
 

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09-10-1945

K. Mahatani asked in continuation of the above, “If we want to succeed in any enterprise in the world, we must give our whole mind and heart to it.  Otherwise we cannot succeed.  So it is rather impracticable to devote one’s mind both to God and worldly activity”.

Bhagavan: If one keeps fixed in the Self,  the activities will still go on and their success will not be affected.  One should not have the idea that one is the doer.   The activities will still go on.   That force  by whatever name you may call it, which brought the body into existence will see to it that the activities which this body is meant to go through are brought about .

Mahatani was still not quite satisfied and thereupon Bhagavan referred him to read an article on renunciation which is found at the end of the Gita Press edition of Bhagavad Gita.   This article mentions seven stages of renunciation and Bhagavan said,” Let Mahatani see if anything in this article appeals to him,”  I read out the whole article in the hall for the benefit of all, as Bhagavan desired. It is said there that one who has reached the seventh stage of renunciation will not feel even when his body is cut by a weapon or some other suffering is inflicted on him.  When this portion was being read Bhagavan remembered the following poem which means:

They won’t be afraid even if  guileful enemies stab their chest or they are surrounded by fire or bitten by a cobra, all will be bliss for them.   This is found in Ponnamnbala Swami’s commentary on Bhagavad Gita in Tamil stanzas, Chapter VI Verse 17 (page 150 of the Asramam book).  Continuing this topic, I said ,”It is true such things are said in the books.   But see that the jnani feels pain.  Even one like Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa felt pain when he had cancer of the throat and cried out, ’Why has mother sent this pain to me ?”’


Bhagavan: It may be like that in the beginning, due to long association or habit.   But afterwards it will pass off.
Boundless Ocean of Grace Vol V

Day by Day With Bhagavan


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08-10-1945

Janaki, daughter of Subbarayadu, the Deputy Superintendent of Police of this place, asked Bhagavan, “ I want to do nama smarana always.  But I am also keen on getting higher education.(She is the first year College class).  What should I do?”

Bhagavan:  There is nothing contradictory between the two desires.

Janaki:  If I am always doing nama smarana, how can I carry on studies for  which the mind I required?

Bhagavan did not answer.  But Frydman and I told the girl,”It was said both could be done at the same time.”  Frydman added,”Give the mind to studies and heart to God.

From day by day with Bhagavan

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 15, 2012, 04:48:25 PM »
From the main page of Sri Ramana Ashramam web site


On the night prior to Deepavali in 1929, the first year of my settling in the Ashram, Bhagavan suggested my going home for the ‘Ganges’ bath (Gangasnanam), To me (why, to all of us!) the very sight of Bhagavan is a bath in the Ganga, the sight of Bhagavan is the worship of Siva, the sight of Bhagavan is the fulfilment of every ritual and the practice of all austerities. Yet I did not want to go against the mandate of Bhagavan as I went home, late in the night. I was impatient to be back with Bhagavan, so I woke up my wife and children even at 2 am, finished the ceremonial Ganges bath, and hastened to His blessed Presence. Bhagavan lay reclining on the sofa. It was about 3-30 am; I made the usual prostration and sat down by the sofa. All of a sudden an aura was visible around the head of Bhagavan. It was like the glory with clusters of evenly arranged flames, just as we see round the deities in our temple processions. Bhagavan’s face shone with beaming smiles. It appeared to me that on this occasion Bhagavan was giving darshan (gracious view) of Sri Nataraja, the Lord of the Cosmic Dance. In my ecstasy, I think I must have sung hymns from Thevaram, which I love as dearly as the Vedas. The vision lasted for half an hour, and then the glory vanished.1 At 4 a.m. Bhagavan sat up for His Pansupari.2 I related to Him what I had seen, and Bhagavan again gave a beaming smile.

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya


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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:41:17 PM »
Rudraksha bead

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya


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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:39:46 PM »
From Sri Ramanashramam Facebook

Today a visitor to the president brought a very large Single-Faced (Eka Mukhi) Rudraksha bead. Like the spectacular mongoose which visited Bhagavan on the Hill, the appearance of Rudraksha was auspicious, majestic, awe-inspiring, and no one could pass it without being impressed. In “Letters” Nagamma says that she decorated the dead body of Echammal with rudraksha beads. Also she mentions an interesting conversation between a devout Brahmin wearing rudraksha beads around his neck and Bhagavan. “Swami, can a continuous japa of Panchakshari or Tarakam absolve one from sin such as drinking alcoholic liquor and the like?” “What exactly is your idea?” asked Bhagavan. The brahmin again asked pointedly, “Even though people commit adultery and theft and take alcoholic drinks and so on, can their sins be wiped out by doing japam with the mantras mentioned above. Or will the sins stick to them?” “If the feeling ‘I am doing japa’ is not there, the sins committed by a man will not stick to him. If the feeling ‘I am doing the japa’ is there, why should not the sin arising from bad habits stick on?” said Bhagavan. “Will not this punya (result of virtuous acts) extinguish that papam (result of those sinful acts)?” asked the brahmin. “So long as the feeling, ‘I am doing’ is there, one must experience the result of one’s acts, whether they are good or bad. How is it possible to wipe out one act with another? When the feeling that ‘I am doing’ is lost, nothing affects a man. Unless one realizes the Self, the feeling ‘I am doing’ will never vanish.

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:29:13 PM »
Sri. Devaraj Mudaliar and Suri Nagamma Photos

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Humour / Re: Amusing story
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:52:17 PM »
On hearing of Echammal 's death,  Bhagavan is said to have feelingly observed:

"I often told her not to undergo this trouble; but she would not listen.  Unless she served food to her Bhagavan, she would never eat herself.  Now Mudaliar Patti is continuing in her line.  So Echamma has shuffled off her load; but my load still remains ."

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:33:04 PM »
"Seeing you caress peacocks, squirrels, cows, dogs, monkeys and children with such tender Grace, anyone must melt to his bones, O Ramana!

So many birds and animals coming to you have attained deliverance.  Likewise do bless with Grace this human animal that has sought refuge at your feet, O Ramana."

bY G.V.Subramayyas Reminiscences
Boundless Ocean of Grance Vol V

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 14, 2012, 02:50:03 PM »

Servers in the kitchen usually devote special attention to Bhagavan by serving him something more than they serve to others.  He notes such undue discrimination and tries to dissuade them.  Once postmaster Raja Iyer did so and Bhagavan looked at him disapprovingly  but did not say anything at that time; and so Raja Iyer was continuing the practice off and on.
One night palpayasam (milk pudding) had been prepared and Chinnaswami, finding it particularly delicious, appeared to have hinted to Raja Iyer to serve a little more than usual to Bhagavan.  So Raja Iyer served a little more.  Bhagavan could not tolerate it and burst out.”There ! Again the same nonsense.  The same monkey tricks.  Why do you serve me more than you serve others?   When it comes to serving Bhagavan the ladle is immersed fully while it is immersed only half when it is served to others.  How often have I told you not to do so,  No one listens to my words.  When the ladle is in his hands the serve thinks he is as powerful as the District Collector and can do anything without fear.  He is the one who serves and we are the people to eat whatever he serves.    His hands is above and ours is below.  We must act as he pleases and eat as he decides and then lie low.”  And Bhagavan went on talking in that strain severely rebuking all the people concerned.

From the Boundless Ocean of Grace Vol V

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:54:25 PM »
Mr.Swayam

I do not know exactly the name of building.  I think old dinning hall or kitchen left and Right side no idea pl.

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:37:50 PM »
Sri Ramana Ashramam and Arunachala Hill

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:22:44 PM »
Sri Ramanaashramam Old Dining Hall with Arthur Osborne

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:18:25 PM »
Arunachala Hill

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:09:58 PM »
Bhagavan hands

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