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« on: November 30, 2012, 07:19:35 PM »
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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:53:49 PM »
Letters from Sri Ramanasramam
26th January 1946
Yesterday a newly arrived Andhra youth told Bhagavan about the vagries of his senses to which Bhagavan said," All that is due to the mind.   Set it right."  " That is all right, Swami, but however much I try  to reduce this anger, it comes on again and again.   What shall I do?"  said the poor boy.

"Oh!  Is that so, then get angry with that anger; it will be all right,"  said Bhagavan.   Everyone in the hall burst out laughing.   A person who gets angry with everything in the world, if only he introspects and enquires why he does not get angry  with his anger itself, will he not really overcome all anger?

Two or three years back a devotee who could freely approach Bhagavan came and told him five or six times that somebody had been abusing him.   Bhagavan listened but said nothing.   As there was no response from Bhagavan in spite of repeated and varied complaints and in a number of ways, this devotee could not contain himself any longer and so said  "when I am abused so much unnecessarily,   I also get angry.  However much I try to restrain my anger I am not able to do so.  What shall I do ?"

Bhagavan laughingly said," What should you do?  You too join him and abuse yourself; then it will be all right."  All laughed.

That devotee unable to understand anything, said "That is very good! Shoudl I abuse myself?"

"Yes indeed! What they are abusing is your body, isn't it? What greater enemy is there than this body which is the abode of anger and similar feelings?  It is necessary that we ourselves should hate it.  Instead of that , when we are unguarded, if anybody abuses us, we should know that they are waking us up.  We should realise at least then, and join them in abusing the body, and crying it down.   What is the use of counter-abuse? Those who abuse us that way should be looked upon as our friends.  It is good for us to be among such people.  If you are among people who praise you, you get deceived,"  said Bhagavan.

General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:24:21 PM »
Dear Jwell

Lord Shiva's photo is  beautiful.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 26, 2012, 12:35:34 AM »
Letters from Sri Ramanasramam
31st December 1945
An Ignorant traveller said in humble tones,"Swami, the people sitting here always ask you something and you give them some reply; when I see that , I also feel tempted to enquire but I do not know what to ask you.  How then can I get mukti?".
Bhagavan looking at him endearing, and smiling said, "How do you know tht you do not know anything,".  He said, ""After I came here, and heard the question asked by all these people and the replies Bhagavan is pleased to give them, the feeling that I do not know anything, has come upon me,""  Then it is all right .  You have found out that you do not know anything; that itself is enough.  What more is required," said Bhagavan."How to attain mukti by that much alone Swami," said the qujestioner.  "Why not? There is someone to know that he does not know anything.   It is sufficient if you could enquire and find out who that someone is.  Ego will develop if one thinks that one knows everything.  Instead of that, isn't it much better to be conscious of the fact that you do not know anything and then enquire how you could gain moksha?".

He felt happy at that and went his way.  That questioner might or might not have understood the essence of that voice of the Lord but, for us people here, those words were echoing in our heart of hearts like gospel.

from the Boundless Ocean of Grace, Vol.V

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 26, 2012, 12:31:21 AM »

Mrs.Desai's asked Bhagavan:

Are only important events in a man's life, such as his main occupation or profession, predetermined, or are trifling acts in his life, such as taking a cup of water or moving from one place in the room to another, also predetermined?

Bhagavan: Yes , everything is predetermined.

Mrs.Desai:  Then what reponsibility, what free wil has man?

Bhagavan: What for then does the body come into existence?
It is designed for doing the various things marked out or execution in this life.   The whole programme is chalked out. "  Avanindri Oru annuvum Asaiyadhu" (Not an atom moves except by His Will) expresses the same truth, whether you say "  Avanindri Asaiyadhu"(Does not move except by His Will) or "Karmamindri Asaiyadhu" (Does not move except by Karrma).   As for freedom for man, he is always free not to identify himself with the body and not be affected by the pleasures or pains consequent on the body's activities.

from the Boundless Ocean of Grace, Vol.V

Thank you very much Mr Subramanian Sir for your comments

Ashrams / Re: Impressions from travels to Tiruvannamalai
« on: November 22, 2012, 11:47:00 PM »
Dear Atmavichar100

Very nice to read your writings about Satsangha.

Regarding my family , My daughter, my son and me , maximum we sit for 15 minutes silently, every Thursday between 6.30 to 8.30, if it is not possible, we do some other days.  Just we hear Arunachala Siva, Arunachala Siva, Arunachala  chanted by  Selvi Saindhavi or by Smt.Saroja Natarajan.

May Lord Arunachala Showers his grance on you

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 22, 2012, 04:36:06 PM »
Suri Nagamma used to fast on Ekadasi, Sivarathri, Kartikai star day,
Monday and other such occasions.  Those days, it would so happen
that many proof readings of Telugu prints would come to the Asram.
Those days, Bhagavan used to do the proof reading Himself.  When
someone asked why Bhagavan had not given them to Suri Nagamma,
He would say: "O poor thing. She is fasting today!"  After sometime,
she realized that the service for Guru was more noble than fasting.
Even Kunju Swami had told her that Bhagavan Ramana would not
give any work to him on the fasting days.  He was shown the verse
3 of Ulladu Narpadu - Anubandham by Bhagavan Ramana.

One day, a devotee asked the purport behind such fasting.  Bhagavan
replied:  "All these things are only to control the senses.  In a
fasting person, the senses will be more subdued and will not go out,
and the mind will be non vacillating.  But best thing is to control the
mind.  Where is the mind? Where is the body?  Where is the Jiva?
It is all in the Self. Food alone does not make up one's determinations, thoughts.  The very "fasting"  of determinations, doubts and thoughts 
alone would control the mind.  Even otherwise we are the Self.  All
these ideas, are only to be in the Self.  If the Self is understood,
all food controls are unnecessary."

From 1940, when Suri Nagamma started living in her small apartment
in Tiruvannamalai, she was living on fried corns and milk.  Once or
twice, she presented fried corns to Bhagavan Ramana.  He called
for salt and chilly powder, mixed them with the fried corns, took a
little and gave the rest for distribution.  After some time, Bhagavan
told her:  "Why are you making this frequently?  This Asram is like
an ocean.  Howsoever you may bring, it may not be sufficent.  Please
stop it."  Suri Nagamma made these presents  more infrequent.

Once in the new season, she took some fried corns.  Bhagavan asked
her: "Why are you spending money?  On the Hills, I have eaten such
grains and corns.  These are tasty and nutritious.  People nowadays
bring, laddus and jilebis and they may think that fried corns are quite
cheap items."  As usual He mixed ghee, chilly powder and salt and
took it and distributed to others.  Suri Nagamma felt happy like
Sudhama seeing Krishna eating battered rice!

On another occasion, Bhagavan asked her:  "You are doing all these
things.  You are spending quite a long hours in the Asram.  You are
doing writing work.  How do you find time for all these?"  Venkata
Ratnam and Suramma said:  "She does not sleep at all.  We have seen
the lights burning all the time in her house.  She is getting up around
3 am everyday!"

(Source:  Sri Ramanasramam - Vazhvum Ninaivum, Tamil.)

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 22, 2012, 04:32:42 PM »
 Bhagavan has informed Sampurnamma, to recite
Ribhu Gita even though she could not understand the meaning. 

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 22, 2012, 04:27:55 PM »
Once a devotee asked  Bhagavan Ramana:

"What is the purport of Namaskaram, prostration?"

Bhagavan said:

" A true prostration is the prostration of the 'ego' to the Atma.
The true meaning is that Guru or God will not be deceived by
your namaskarams.  They will only see whether you ego is
subdued or not."

Once another devotee asked for some food from the leaf plate
of Bhagavan Ramana, as a prasad.  (Some others have also
asked for remnants of the food, left on the leaf plate.)

Bhagavan Ramana replied, with all compassion:

"Please eat your food without ego.  Then all that you eat will be
Guru Prasadam."

(Source:  Maharshi Voi Mozhi - Tamil.)

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 22, 2012, 04:22:17 PM »
Markadamma was a cook for many visitors
to Tiruvannamalai.  She prepared food and gave it to them for some
payments for her living.  Lakshmanaswami and other devotees had
this arrangment.  But when a devotee was an advanced soul, she
wanted to embrace them for getting their grace and blessings!
She tried with Lakshmanaswami on a few occasions.  More than
anything, she tried to embrace Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi and
on a few occasions she even succeeded!  She goes to Bhagavan's
hall, prostrates and suddenly feels restless and in order to suppress
her emotions, she goes out to the foothills and walks for a while
Again she comes back, prostrates and becomes restless and so on.
On a few occasions, she embraced Bhagavan.  After seeing this
on a couple of occasions, Bhagavan's attendants became furious and
guarded Bhagavan against her and even drove her out of the hall.
She was not caring a bit.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 21, 2012, 09:30:39 PM »
Annamalai Swami

“I have decided to leave the ashram,” I said. “I want to go to Palakottu to live alone and meditate.”

“Ah! Very good! Very good! Very good!” exclaimed Bhagavan. The decision clearly had his approval. How could it be otherwise since it was Bhagavan himself who gave me the experience which precipitated the decision?

After getting Bhagavan’s permission I packed my possessions and locked my room. I also locked all the other places that were in my charge. I took the bunch of keys to Chinnaswami and told him, “I have decided to go and live in Palakottu. Please take these keys and keep them.”

Chinnaswami was, quite naturally, very surprised. “Why are you leaving?” he asked. “You have constructed all these buildings. You have done so much here. How can you go after doing all this work? Where will you sleep? How will you eat? You will have many troubles because you have no way of supporting yourself. Don’t go, stay here.”

I told him that I would not change my mind. I also tried to give him the keys but he refused to accept them. I didn’t want another argument with him so I just handed over the keys to Subramaniam, who was also in the office, and left.

It was an abrupt change in my life. Within a few hours of having the experience I was walking to Palakottu, knowing full well that I had left all of my old working life behind me.”

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 21, 2012, 04:10:22 PM »
Sri N. Ramachandra Rao of Bangalore, who visited Sri Ramana in 1923, says in his Kannada book that he saw Sri Ramana living in a shed and that he garlanded the sage’s photo hung in the shed and that many devotees were living in the premises and getting up at 4:00 a.m. to attend the various items of work in the kitchen. It was in that shed that Sri Ramana was sleeping on 26-6-1924. Personal attendants were resting in adjacent sheds. During the night, six robbers easily broke open the bamboo door and entered the hut and attacked him without any difference and commanded his to deliver the keys to them. They slapped him on cheeks and said, “Give us your keys. Where have you kept money? If you do not give keys, we will break your legs.” Sri Ramana continued to be as serene as before. In his soft voice, he replied, “We are poor sadhus. We have no money. You can take away anything you want.” By then the attendants ran out from their sheds and entered his shed. They were also attacked by the robbers. Some asram dogs barked at the robbers, who punished the dogs too. His attendants wanted to teach a lesson to the robbers by counter-attack. Sri Ramana gave them a counsel of perfection. He persuaded them to be non-violent. He told them to treat the robbers as themselves. Subsequently, his attendants, on being questioned by others, recollected the very words uttered by Sri Ramana and thus helped future biographers of the sage to record them in their books. On that night, when his attendants were about the punish the robbers, he checked them by saying, “Look here, we are sadhus. We should not abandon our dharma. These robbers are also human beings like ourselves. But, they are under the sway of ignorance. Our own teeth sometimes bite our tongue. Do we therefore break our teeth? Do not attack the robbers.” This incident shows Sri Ramana’s imperturbable calmness. It also shows that he treated the robbers as his own self.

Life and Teachings of Sree Ramana Maharshi
T. S. Anantha Murthy
Electron Printers, Bangalore, 1972

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 21, 2012, 04:06:14 PM »
At the time when the asram hall was being constructed, the attendants also used to carry stones to the site. One day an attendant Rangaswami’s finger was crushed when a stone fell on it. Till the finger was fully healed, Ramana himself took over the work of carrying stones.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 20, 2012, 07:23:04 PM »

At about 4 p.m. Sri Bhagavan, who was writing something intently, turned his eyes slowly towards the window to the north; he closed the fountain pen with the cap and put it in its case; he closed the notebook and put it aside; he removed his spectacles, folded them in the case and left them aside. He leaned back a little, looked up overhead, turned his face this way and that and looked here and there. He passed his hand over his face and looked contemplative. Then he turned to someone in the hall and said softly: "The pair of sparrows just came here and complained to me that their nest had been removed. I looked up and found their nest missing." Then he called for the attendant, Madhava Swami, and asked: "Madhava, did anyone remove the sparrows' nest?"
The attendant, who walked in leisurely, answered with an air of unconcern: "I removed the nests as often as they were built. I removed the last one this very afternoon."
M: That's it. That is why the sparrows complained. The poor little ones! How they take the pieces of straw and shreds in their tiny beaks and struggle to build their nests!
Attendant: But why should they build here, over our heads?
M: Well-well. Let us see who succeeds in the end. (After a short time Sri Bhagavan went out.) — Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi,

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