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Humour / Re: Amusing story
« on: November 19, 2012, 04:22:22 PM »
Among Sri Bhagavan's attendants was one Vaikunda Vaasar (another name for Vishnu). Once when he was lying down in Sri Bhagavan's hall he noticed a snake near him. He became petrified and hastily approached Bhagavan pointing out the snake. Sri Bhagavan looked at the snake and said with a laugh, addressing the devotee, “Vaikunda Vaasar, your bed has come looking for you. Must be a smooth bed,” referring to Sri Vishnu's lying posture on the snake.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 19, 2012, 04:05:33 PM »
Bhagavan  was a sarvajna (all-knower). I got many proofs of it, though I never demanded them. Daily pocket-money of three annas was given to me by my father. I bought for that amount sambrani (incense) which was burnt in the presence of Bhagavan. One day I did not get the three annas, so I could not buy the sambrani. I Therefore refrained from going to Bhagavan that day. The next day when I went, Bhagavan graciously remarked: "Yesterday you did not come because you could not get sambrani. Veneration in the heart is enough."

from the Newsletters of Arunachala Ashramam
by M.G.Shanmugam

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 19, 2012, 04:02:38 PM »
One day Bhagavan asked Cohen what he had eaten. "Oh, nothing much, Bhagavan, a little rice and vegetable," he replied like a poor man. "Rice and vegetable! How fortunate!" was Bhagavan's rejoinder. "When we were on the hill we had only rice, sometimes even without salt, and now you are eating like a king!" In this way Bhagavan would encourage and console them.

During his walks to Palakothu, Bhagavan would sit on Cohen's stone verandah. Cohen began to feel bad that Bhagavan had to sit on the hard stone. One day he put out a chair and Bhagavan never returned. So considerate to all, he never wished to cause inconvenience or to receive special attention. Cohen lamented this as his life's greatest mistake.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 18, 2012, 11:43:08 PM »
Day by Day with Bhagavan

   In the course of Mr. Desai's reading of the manuscrips, he read about the holy hill having eight faces.  To a question of mine whether as a matter of fact this Hill has eight faces, Bhagavan replied."The Purana says that the Ashta Vasus having flattered themselves in Brahma's presence lost all their merit, and to regain it they came and did penance here all round  Arunachala.  They were given darshan by Siva at one and the same time by Siva assuming eight faces  in this Hill.  All those eight Vasus are still in the shape of eight spurs round this Hill.  What is meant by saying all those Vasus are still here as Hills and doing penance round this holy Hill, it is difficult to understand.  Does it only mean they are living on these Hills and doing penance, or are they themselves these Hills?" He added,"It is difficult now for us to locate where the Ashta Dikpalakas actually stood sentry, whether at the spots where the Ashta Lingams are now     found or whether the lingams are those which were installed and worshipped by them.  We cannot be sure where exactly Gauri did penance and where Gautama had his Asramam.   But it would be safe to assume that Gauri did her penance in the region covered by Pavalakunru, Durga temple and Pachaiamman Koil and that Gautama's Asramam must have also been near this region."
   Bhagavan also said that whatever temple might have originally existed on or about Pavalakunru would seem to have disappeared probably on account of Tippu's invasion, that the present temple there was built only about fifty years ago and that he once discovered the remains of an old cannon between Pavalakunru and the northeren wall of the Big Temple.  It would appear that Tippu Sultan placed a cannon near Pavalakunru and attacked the northern wall of the temple which was then used as a fort.   The northern wall still bears traces of cannon shots.   It seems the information given by Bhagavan was conveyed to the Government and the cannon was carried away and kept as a relic.

from the Boundless Ocean of Grace, Vol.V

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 18, 2012, 05:06:24 PM »
Sri Ramana  Arunachala

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 18, 2012, 05:01:14 PM »
Bhagavan Nirvana room

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 18, 2012, 04:59:58 PM »
Sri Bhagavan seeing a letter

General Discussion / Re: The Mountain Path online?
« on: November 18, 2012, 12:11:25 AM »
Dear Jyothi

Pl try this site

go to elibrary , then bookstall, then Mountain Path  section  select the year, select month and press  select issue .

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 17, 2012, 05:29:06 PM »
Sri Ramana Ashramam Old Hall

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 17, 2012, 05:21:55 PM »
Deepam at Sri Ramana Ashram


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.



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


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

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

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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