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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: December 22, 2016, 01:51:48 PM »
There is something in this man which holds my attention as steel filings are held by a magnet. I cannot turn my gaze away from him. My initial bewilderment, my perplexity at being totally ignored, slowly fade away as this strange fascination begins to grip me more firmly. But it is not till the second hour of the uncommon scene that I become aware of a silent, resistless change which is taking place within my mind.One by one, the questions which I have prepared in the train with such meticulous accuracy drop away. For it does not now seem to matter whether they are asked or not, and it does not seem to matter whether I solve the problems which have hitherto troubled me. I know only that a steady river of quietness seems to be flowing near me, that a great peace is penetrating the inner reaches of my being, and that my thought-tortured brain is beginning to arrive at some rest.

A-Search-in-Secret-India page 141
DR. PAUL BRUNTON

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ABSOLUTE SURRENDER 10th April 1947
  Letters from Ramanashramam, by Suri Nagamma

"The feeling that the doer is ?I? is itself bondage. If the feeling is got rid of by vichara, these questions do not arise. Saranagathi is not the mere act of sitting with closed eyes. If all sit like that, how are they to get on in this world?? While Bhagavan was speaking the bell of the dining hall rang. ?There goes the bell; should we not go?? So saying with a smile, Bhagavan got up.

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Lord Krishna says that he is the month of Margazhi
[Chapter 10 Slokam 35] Bhagavad Gita.

Boundless Ocean of Grace Vo.II page 140

Thiruvammanai Sri Muruganar

The Thiruvammanai was composed by Saint Manickavachakar at Thiruvannamalai. Ammanai is a game played by young girls by singing songs in a question and answer form.

Sri Muruganar's Thiruvammanai

First Girl: Ramana who removes the eternal darkness in the hearts of his devotees bestows his grace which is as large as a hill.

The second one answers: You speak of your Ramana bestowing grace on his devotees. Being gracious why does he test them?'

The third girl answers: 'He makes them undergo ills in life in order to purify their hearts.'

The first girl sings: `Ramana who claimed me will bear all the burdens of the devotees.'

The second girl: 'You speak of his nobleness, but why does he put down his devotees?'

The third girl: 'Because if they become famous, they will not reach their goal.' (Fame, which blows up one's ego is one of the greatest obstacles on the spiritual path).

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Arunachala / Re: Annamalai
« on: December 13, 2016, 02:51:45 PM »
Dear Jyothi

Chanting Arunachala shiva, Arunachala shiva, Arunachala shiva, Arunachala is  good.

The Garland of Nine Gems in praise of Sri Arunachala)
Meanng Sadhu Om/translation Micheal James

2.   சத்திய சிற்சுக மன்றிப் பரவுயிர் சாராயிக்க
      மர்த்தவத் தத்வ மசியரு ணப்பொரு ளாமசலத்
      தரத்தங்  கனமது வாகுஞ்செவ் வாடக வாரொளியா
      முத்தி நினைக்க வருளரு ணாசல முன்னிடவே.
 
     On considering  ( the import of the name ) Arunachala, which bestows Liberation (Mukti) when (merely) thought of and which is lustrous ( like) red gold,(it is revealed that) the meaning of ( the three syllables) 'A- ru-n-a  is not only Existence-Consciousness-Bliss ( Satya-Chit-Sukha) but also that ( great vedic revealation) ' That Through Art' ( Tat-Tvam-Asi), which denotes the oneness of the Supreme and the soul ( Parajiva Aikya), and that the meaning of Achala is ghana( firmness, fullness, abundance or greatness).

Note:   When a Guru formally gives a mantra to His disciple.  He explains to him the meaning and significance of each syllable of the mantra and tell him the fruit to be gained b y meditating  upon that mantra.  In the same manner, in this  verse Sri Bhagavan has explained the meaning of each syallable in the  name ' Arunachala' and has revealed that mere thought of this name, will bestow libertion.   Therefore the name Arunachala is the mantra  which Sri Bhagavan has openly given to the whle world, so if any of His devotees wish to have a mantra they can confidently regard this name to be the mantra given to them by Him.


குறிப்பு:       சற்குரு ஒருவர் தன் சீடனுக்கு ஒரு மந்திரத்தை உபதேசிக்கும் போது , அம் மந்திரத்தின் ஒவ்வொரு அக்ஷரம் அல்லது த்வனிக்கும்  உட்பொருள் ஒன்றை அறிவித்து அம்மந்திரத்தை உச்சரிப்பதனால் அல்லது தியானிப்பதால் அடையும் பலனையும் கூறியருள்வது மரபு . இது ஓர் சற்குருவிடம் மநதிரோபதேசம் பெரும் முறை.   இங்கனம் உலக மாககுருவாகிய பகவான் ஸ்ரீ ரமணர் தனதடியார்கள் அனைவர்க்கும் மெய்யாகவே,சரியாகவே ஒரு மந்திரத்தை உபதேசித்துள்ளனரா என்று நோக்குங்கால், ஆம் அது  "அருணாசலம்" என்று பஞ்சாக்ஷர மந்திரோபதேசமே என நாம் கண்டுகொள்ள முடியும்.


     ஏனெனில், இப்பாடலின் மூலம் பகவான் அ,ரு,ண அசலம் எனற சப்தங்களுக்கு உட்பொருள் கூறியிருப்பதோடு இம்மந்திரத் தியானத்தால் நாம் அடையும் பலன் "முக்தி" என்றும் விளக்கியருள்கின்றார் .  எனவே ,உலகில் உள்ள எந்த ரமண பக்தரும் "அருணாசலம்" என்ற மந்திரத்தையே ஸ்ரீ ரமண பகவானிடம் பெரும் உபதேசமாகக் கொள்ளலாம் என்பதிற் றடையில்லை ஒரு தனிப்பட்ட சீடனுக்கென்றெல்லாமல் தன்னையடுத்த அனைவருக்கும் ஸ்ரீரமண பகவான் அளித்த உபதேசம் இதுவே.

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Arunachala / Re: Need help on live streaming
« on: December 12, 2016, 01:41:40 PM »
Live telecast Maha Deepam  www.gururamana.net

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Dear Ramesh

I think this is the song you are searching . I took a photo of this song from the Ramana Sannidhi Murai . I attached here

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 27, 2016, 10:12:24 PM »
863   Why are you, 0 Ramana,
        A naked beggar crying out
        For alms and roaming here and there ?
        Why not seek the company
        Of a nice, young lady and so start
        Straightaway a decent household life ?

[* This verse alludes to an incident during which Muruganar was helping in the kitchen when Bhagavan and others were cutting greens. Bhagavan's work was very meticulous while that of Muruganar was rather messy. Bhagavan commented on this and Muruganar wrote this verse humorously, asking Bhagavan why he was finding fault with him when he himself was a beggar more fit to be a householder.]
Tiruchitrarnbalam
Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai
Translated by Prof. K. Swaminathan page 80

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General Discussion / Re: sri nochur 's pravachanam at asram
« on: November 20, 2016, 11:40:16 PM »
03-Dec-2016
To
11-Dec-2016   
Sri Sankara Mutt,
Thiruvannamalai

Aksharamanamalai (continued),

Tamil

09.30AM to 11.00AM

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Padamalai

Question: Before and after meditation I get many thoughts about the unhappy people of the world.

Bhagavan: First find out whether there is an ?I? in You or not. It is this ego 'I' [ahamkara] that gets these thoughts and, as a result, you feel weakness. Therefore find out how identification with the body takes place. Body consciousness is the cause of all misery. When you conduct the enquiry into the ego 'I', you will find out its source and you will be able to remove it. After that there will be no more questions of the type you are asking.'

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7.904 On the countenance of my Guru-Lord, the embodiment of unalloyed bliss of silence, there dances brightly the gaze of grace that grants tranquil Siva-jnana. His face, like a magnet, attracts towards itself true devotees and bestows in their hearts the immense kingdom of swarupa.

Sri Muruganar
Verses on the Guru

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The following story is narrated by Kunju swami.

I had heard Sri Bhagavan speak like this before. Once , I had heard him say 'It is no use saying to oneself, "I am doing personal service to Sri Bhagavan; I am dusting his bed; I have served him for so many years". In addition to serving the Guru physically, it is also important to follow the path shown by the Guru. The best service to the Guru is engaging in vichara, dhyana and other practices with a purity of body, speech and mind.'
When Sri Bhagavan spoke like this he would often point out verse eighty-seven of Kaivalyam, Part One, in which the disciple asks the Guru how he can repay him for the grace he has received. The Guru replies that the highest return the disciple can render to the Guru is to remain fixed in the Self without being caught by the three kinds of obstacles that obstruct it. Hearing Sri Bhagavan speak like this made me resolve to find a new attendant so that I could devote myself full-time to meditation.'

padamalai

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`Prescribed diet' is a translation of pattiyam, an ayurvedic term. Ayurvedic practitioners say that their medicine will not work unless the pattiyam, the prescribed diet, is also followed. The implication in this verse is that the medicine is one's sadhana, such as enquiry or surrender, while the accompanying prescribed diet is entrusting all of one's burdens to Bhagavan.
This explanation is supported by Lakshman Sarma's Tamil commentary on verse 17 of Ulladu Narpadu Anubandham. Lakshman Sarma received this explanation directly from Bhagavan while he was having private lessons on the meaning of this work:
One should, with faith, hand over to Iswara all of the burdens, such as the family and the body, which naturally appeal; and then remain without anxiety. Otherwise one cannot perform, with a one-pointed mind, either devotion or self-enquiry.
padamalai

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Whenever there was a shortage of rice we used to go to the forest and collect a variety of green leaves. While we were cleaning them prior to cooking, Sri Bhagavan would explain the characteristics and medical properties
of each one of them for example, how one produced cold in the body while another produced heat. We used the to fill a large vessel of cleaned greens and cook them in whatever way Sri Bhagavan suggested. At eating time Sri Bhagavan would ask us to have the dish of greens as the main dish and rice as the side dish. These meals, tasting like nectar, would fill us up completely. It is not known how Sri Bhagavan came to acquire his knowledge of the special qualities of various leaves. He came to Arunachala as a schoolboy and immediately engaged himself in intense tapas. It is therefore amazing how Sri Bhagavan, who did not take up any other activities after coming to Arunachala, came to know cooking, the stitching of leaf plates, the making of flower garlands, the preparation of pickles and many other activities. There was seemingly nothing that Sri Bhagavan, who was perfection itself, did not know how to do. Sometimes we used to bring leaves to make leaf plates. Echammal, her sister and a few others, who knew how to stitch them properly, used to stitch along with Sri Bhagavan. Sri Bhagavan would stitch the leaves more beautifully, more neatly and more quickly than those who were very experienced in the art. The leaves he stitched always appeared beautiful and perfect.

padamalai

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Once in February 1947, a poor villager came into
the hall and said to Bhagavan, ?Swami, I do not want
anything but my stomach is burning with hunger. Please
arrange to give me a handful of rice to satisfy this hunger.?
Bhagavan?s glance toward his attendants indicated his
desire. So one of the attendants took the man to the
kitchen. After they left, Bhagavan looked at those in the
hall and said, ?Do you see that? He is a very poor man
but has no desire except one and that is to fill his aching
stomach. With that, he will be satisfied and will go and
lie down under a tree and sleep happily. Where do we
have the satisfaction that he has? We have any number
of desires. If one is satisfied, another arises.Hence where
is the chance for our desires to be fulfilled??

from the Saranagathi newsletter

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With his sweet smile, which graciously bestows the grace of his teachings, shining Padam ,bhagavan dispels the deep sorrow wherein [we] languish in fear and torment in the pain of our ignorance.
There is no way of describing the radiance of his smile. One who might appear a hardened businessman would leave Tiruvannamalai with a lilt in his heart from that smile. A simple woman said, 'I don't understand the philosophy but when he smiles at me I feel safe, just like a child in its mother's arms.' I had never yet seen him when I received a letter from my five-year-old daughter: `You will love Bhagavan. When he smiles everyone must be so happy .

padamalai

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