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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 12, 2012, 05:03:57 PM »
Om

This is the bija mantra of Lord Shiva, deriving its origin from Soham, which indicates the unity of jiva and Shiva. It also refers to the immanent form of Lord Shiva. It is sometimes called Pranava, which is believed to be the fundamental sound behind all creation.

Namo
Mana in Sanskrit means mind. The mind of jiva goes out towards the world. If the word is reversed, mana becomes nama, which means turning to God or Self within.
Namah is a common ending of most divine names meaning "I turn to you." Thus Namo is grammatically necessitated.

Bhagavate
One who possesses bhaga. There are six bhagas indicative of Divinity. Only God or His true incarnations can possess them. The attributes are all-around power, dharma, fame, prosperity, knowledge and dispassion.

Sri
Has several meanings, but in this context it means "Gracious.

Ramanaya
One who revels in the Self.
So the meaning of the mantra is "I take refuge in the Gracious Divine Lord Ramana."


by T.S.Vaidyanathan , newsletters Arunachala Ashramam

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 12, 2012, 04:57:38 PM »
How The Mantra Came To Me
by T. K. Sundaresa Iyer

The mantra Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya fascinated me greatly in my early days. It so delighted me that I was constantly thinking of Lord Vasudeva. I had a premonition that this body would pass away in its fortieth year, and I wanted to have darsan of the Lord before that time. I fasted and practised devotion to Lord Vasudeva incessantly; I read the Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam with great delight. Then when I read in the Gita that "Jnani tu atmaiva me matam" (In My view, the Jnani is My own Self) it went straight to my heart and the thought came to me, 'While I have at hand Bhagavan Sri Ramana, who is Himself Vasudeva, why should I worship Vasudeva separately?' Be it noted that all this was in my early days before settling down with Sri Bhagavan at His Ashram. So I wanted one single mantra, a single deity (devata), and a single scripture, so that there might be no conflict of loyalties.

Sri Ramana Paramatman became easily the God to worship, His Collected Works the gospel; as for the mantra, it struck me intuitively that Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya (Obeisance to Bhagavan Sri Ramana) might be an exact parallel to Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya. I counted the letters in this new mantra, and was very happy to find it also contained twelve letters (in Sanskrit); I told all this to Sri Bhagavan, and He gave the mantra His approval. Advanced practicers (sadhakas) may laugh at this and say: "Why do you need a mantra while the Ocean of Bliss is there for one to be immersed in directly?" I confess that in this I was trying to conform to the traditional method of practice (upasana), which forms one of the main elements in bhakti (devotion). Sri Bhagavan has revealed His true nature as the All-Witness; yet there is the explicit injunction that Advaita must be only in the attitude and never be interpreted in outer action.

This is how the mantra Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya came to me! –

Mountain Path, July 1973
 

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 12, 2012, 04:51:44 PM »
Sri Swami Thapovanji Maharaj, Uttarkasi, Himalayas
Silence is Truth. Silence is Bliss. Silence is Peace and hence, Silence is Atman. To live this Silence is the Goal. It is Moksha. It is the end of this endless cycle of births and deaths. Sri Ramana Maharshi was an embodiment of Silence. He was Silence Itself. Therefore he did not preach the Silence. Only when one comes back to the 'noise' from the Silence, can one preach the Silence. How can the Silence preach itself through Silence ?

Nearly forty years ago, I had the good fortune of having the darhsan of the Maharshi at Tiruvannamalai when he was living there in a cave along with his mother and brother. One midday I, a young Brahmachari at that time, climbed to the cave, saw the Maharshi there, and placing a bunch of bananas at his feet, bowed and sat before him. At the same moment some monkeys jumped onto the scene, scrambled for the fruits and ran away with them.
The Maharshi looked lovingly into my face. That was all. He spoke but Silence; not a word passed between us. A supreme, a dynamic and Divine Silence prevailed. An hour passed by, all in Silence. He rose for his bhiksha. I too rose from my seat, bowed again and walked down the Hill. The Divine Silence sank deeper and deeper into me with each step! Someone came running behind me and pressed me to take some prasad. Thankfully, I declined. I was full, so full with the Silence. The Maharshi called him back and advised him not to press me. Then I continued walking away.
Maharshi was an image of Peace and Silence. It is the first duty of all those who admire and follow him to seek that Divine Silence. The enquiry into that Divine Silence is but the enquiry 'Who am I?'
O Man! Enquire and be immersed in that inner Silence. Do all works of this world to reach that goal, to attain that Divine Silence. The ocean's surface dances in waves, laughs in sparkling foam, roars as its thunderous waves clap and clash! And yet deep in its inner vaults it rests in eternal Silence and Peace. Without such a divine and spiritual depth, the works and activities of this universe prove worthless and aimless.

"Works should be undertaken and pursued to take us ultimately to the workless Abode of Divine Silence and endless Peace." This is the secret doctrine of all our Vedas and ancient Scriptures. —

The Call Divine, 1953
 

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Operating System and Software Issues / Re: Where is the Clock?
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:46:49 PM »
Sir

This image is useful to you

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Operating System and Software Issues / Re: Where is the Clock?
« on: December 11, 2012, 06:21:39 PM »
Mr Subramaniam Sir

I do  not know exactly what the problem was.

go to this site http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iwwYhGErMA you can get an idea.

pl do the below steps
1. Start button
2.Control panel
3.Appearance and personalzation
4.task bar and start button
5.Notification zone
6.pl verify there is a small tick in the clock column/from here you can add or remove  the clock

At last give Appliquer
The above notifications I did in my  French computer .

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 11, 2012, 11:00:34 AM »
In 1939 a man called Sathya Narayana Rao was dying in one of the ashram rooms. He was apparently in great pain. A devotee brought news of this to the hall. Bhagavan initially seemed to be uninterested in the matter.

‘What can I do?’ he asked. ‘Am I a doctor?’ However, after a few minutes he got up and went with Krishnaswami to the room where the man was dying. Sathya Narayana Rao was lying on a bed in a small room which was next to the storeroom. Bhagavan sat next to him and put one hand on his head and the other on his Heart-centre. Sathya Naryana Rao had previously been twisting and turning in bed in an attempt to alleviate his pain, but a few seconds after Bhagavan touched him, he quietened down, closed his eyes, and lay still on the bed.

After about half an hour Bhagavan said, ‘We have finished here. We can go and eat.’
Bhagavan had delayed going for lunch because he had wanted to finish his work with Sathya Narayana Rao. While Bhagavan was eating, a devotee came to inform him that Sathya Narayana Rao had died. However, before he died he had opened his eyes, smiled, and reached out to touch his two sisters.
When Bhagavan heard this he exclaimed, ‘Ah! The thief came back again. I thought that his mind had completely subsided. His vasanas[mental habits and tendencies] came up again. His attachment to his sisters made him reach out and touch them’.
In the case of Palaniswami, Bhagavan said that the ‘I’ – thought escaped through the eyes at the moment of death and took another birth. One can assume that something similar happened in this case.
This story was told to me by Krishnaswami who was an eyewitness to all these events. I also found that many of the circumstantial details were corroborated in an unpublished manuscript by Narasimha Rao, Sathya Narayana’s brother.

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 08, 2012, 12:21:59 PM »
Sri Muthukrishna Bhagavatar House,Thirukoviloor

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 08, 2012, 12:11:51 PM »
Dining Hall Sri Ramanashramam

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 08, 2012, 12:09:10 PM »
Bhagavan statue

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 08, 2012, 12:05:48 PM »
Bhagavan with Devotees

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 08, 2012, 12:01:08 PM »
Bhagavn Madurai House photo

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 08, 2012, 01:19:44 AM »
Arunachala Deepam

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15-04-1946 Morning

Proper Pradakshina

Ribhu Gita (3rd Chapter, 39th verse)

Reflecting “I am the all blissful Self”
Is worship as with words and flowers
True circumambulation is the the thought
“In me the million universes roll”,
He who knows all beings bow to him
And he to none,
He bows before the Mahalinga Self.

From the Boundless Ocean of Grace Vol.V

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10-04-1946  Afternoon

Narayanaswamy Aiyar's daughter, married to our Sundaresa Aiyar's s on , sang a few songs and then related the following miracle:

"In Cawnpore, we are living on the third floor of a house and we are the only residents on that floor.   We have a tap there, but water rarely rises up to  that level and we have daily to go down several flights of stairs and climb up with all the water necessary for us.   My Husband used to do this work daily for me.  It was too much for him.   And I was too weak to be able to help him in this daily task.   One day, when I was alone in the house and my husband was in his office.   I was pondering over this hard situation of ours and how were to find a solution for this.   I had kept the empty vessel before the tap and was singing in a pensive mood.   Then I began singing the song Sarangati.(This is a song well-known among Bhagavan's devotees.  It was composed by M.V.Ramaswami Iyer and is sung by him and the members of his family whenever they want Bhagavan to interpose and avert evil from them or bring them good).   It says in brief, 'We take shelter under you and you are our sole refuge.   Who else is there to whom we can turn? If you delay to come to our rescue, we can bear it no longer.   So, come at once, end my misery and give me happiness!')  Then the water began to trickle down the tap and kept on flowing more as I went on with the song.   So I sang the song till all our vessels were filled with water.   When my husband  returned home, he was surprised to find so much water and could not conceive how I could have got all that water.  Then I told him, 'I have discovered now a secret device for getting water.   If I sing Sarangati  I can get water,'  My husband naturally could not believe it and so I tried the same device again in his presence and the water flowed from the tap.   Ever since then my water problem has ceased.   I had only to sing Saranagati, and water will flow from the tap.   I have tried other songs, but they don't given the same result.   Afterwards, when I fell ill and father came to see me, I told him about this and he too could not believe it till I again repeated the experiment before him and he saw it succeeded.   He asked me to try other songs.   I did , but none of them produced the same result."  The girl told all this with great glee and there was such a ring of truth about the whole narration that I consider it would be absurd to doubt the truth  of the experience.


from the Boundless Ocean of Grace.  Vol.V

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24-03-1946

I referered to Swami Sambudhanda's last question, what to do with those who have lost faith in God and who, if asked to find out their source, may say,"Our parents are the source from which we spring."

Bhgavan:  Fancy a man saying our source is our parents.

 I asked , But What about a pure materialist, who does not believe in God.  How are we to deal with him?"

Bhagavan:  He will come gradually, step by step, to find out the source of "I".  First, adversity will make him feel that there is  a power beyond his control, upsetting his plans.  Then, he will begin  with rituals, ceremonial worship and through japa, kirtan, dhyana and go on to vichara.

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