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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

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.]
Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai
Translated by Prof. K. Swaminathan page 80

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

Aksharamanamalai (continued),


09.30AM to 11.00AM


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.'

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

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.'


`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.

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.


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

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 .


Dwelling for long aeons upon this earth, Padam,Bhagavan bestows! individual souls the longing for true jnana, which establishes them in the state of liberation.


Though Bhagavan generally ignored disputes and quarrels among devotees , he did occasionally show his displeasure in subtle ways:
One night, after the evening meal, there was a big quarrel in the dining room that resulted in Subramaniam Swami hitting Krishnaswami in the face. Krishnaswami immediately went and complained to Bhagavan but Bhagavan appeared to take no interest in the matter.
Some one had paid for a big bhiksha [feast] for the following day, which meant a lot of work for everyone in the kitchen. Ordinarily, Bhagavan would have come to the kitchen at 3 a.m. to help Subramaniam to cut the vegetables but that morning he remained in the hall and made Subramaniam do all the work by himself. Subramaniam spent the first two hours wondering why Bhagavan was late but eventually he realised that he was being punished for attacking Krishnaswami.


The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: September 29, 2016, 11:38:45 PM »
Annamalai Swami once asked Bhagavan about this verse:
`We know where the moon is, and we know where the Ganga is, but where is this wish-fulfilling tree?' `If I tell you where it is,' replied Bhagavan, 'will you be able to leave it?'

I was puzzled by this particular answer, but I didn't pursue the matter. A few minutes later I opened a copy of Yoga Vasishta which was lying next to Bhagavan. On the first page I looked at I found a verse which said, 'The jnani is the wish-fulfilling tree'. I immediately understood Bhagavan's strange answer to my question. Before I had a chance to tell Bhagavan about this, he looked at me and smiled. He seemed to know that I had found the right answer. I told Bhagavan about the verse but he made no comment. He just carried on smiling at me.


Everyone knows what great stress Sri Bhagavan lays on atma vichara, self-enquiry. He wrote in Atma Vidya Kirtanam, 'Self-knowledge is an easy thing, the easiest thing there is'. Yet, surprisingly, not once of his own accord did he ever ask any devotee to follow this method. He could have ordered the practice of self-enquiry and all the devotees would have blindly and willingly followed...

 Sri Bhagavan's presence and teachings gave hope and strength to different classes of seekers at different levels...Sri Bhagavan gave help and guidance to all kinds ofpeople on all kinds of paths and never demanded that devotees change from one sadhana to another

 A lot of people are under the impression that Bhagavan talked advaitic philosophy enquiry to everyone who asked for his advice. This is simply not so: Bhagavan gave out different advice to different people. He would see their level of development and their temperament and act accordingly. One devotee might ask a question and be given an answer. If another devotee asked the same question a few minutes later, he might be given a different answer, so different in fact that it would contradict the first one. If each of these devotees acted on Bhagavan's advice, with full faith in its efficacy, each would find that Bhagavan's grace was flowing into him


Once, when Ganapati Muni was in the hail, a group of villagers asked, 'How are we control the mind?

 In reply Bhagavan asked them to look into the origin of the mind and explained the path of self-enquiry. Soon they left and Bhagavan as usual went out for a walk. 
Remarking to the others [Ganapati] Muni said, 'The path of Self-knowledge which Bhagavan teaches is so difficult even for the learned, and Bhagavan advocated it to the poor villagers. I doubt whether they understood it and still less whether they can practise it. If Bhagavan had advised them to practise some puja or japa, that would have been more practical.

 When this was conveyed to Bhagavan, he commented, `What to do? This is what I know. If a teaching is to be imparted according to the traditional way, one must first see whether the recipient is qualified or not. Then puja, japa or dhyana are prescribed step by step. Later the Guru says that this is all only preliminary and one has to transcend all this. Finally, the ultimate truth that -Brahman alone is real" is revealed and to realise this, the direct path of self-enquiry is to be taught. Why this roundabout process? Should we not state the ultimate truth and direct path at the beginning itself rather than advocating many  methods and rejecting them at the end? ?


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