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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 15, 2012, 01:39:46 PM »
From Sri Ramanashramam Facebook

Today a visitor to the president brought a very large Single-Faced (Eka Mukhi) Rudraksha bead. Like the spectacular mongoose which visited Bhagavan on the Hill, the appearance of Rudraksha was auspicious, majestic, awe-inspiring, and no one could pass it without being impressed. In “Letters” Nagamma says that she decorated the dead body of Echammal with rudraksha beads. Also she mentions an interesting conversation between a devout Brahmin wearing rudraksha beads around his neck and Bhagavan. “Swami, can a continuous japa of Panchakshari or Tarakam absolve one from sin such as drinking alcoholic liquor and the like?” “What exactly is your idea?” asked Bhagavan. The brahmin again asked pointedly, “Even though people commit adultery and theft and take alcoholic drinks and so on, can their sins be wiped out by doing japam with the mantras mentioned above. Or will the sins stick to them?” “If the feeling ‘I am doing japa’ is not there, the sins committed by a man will not stick to him. If the feeling ‘I am doing the japa’ is there, why should not the sin arising from bad habits stick on?” said Bhagavan. “Will not this punya (result of virtuous acts) extinguish that papam (result of those sinful acts)?” asked the brahmin. “So long as the feeling, ‘I am doing’ is there, one must experience the result of one’s acts, whether they are good or bad. How is it possible to wipe out one act with another? When the feeling that ‘I am doing’ is lost, nothing affects a man. Unless one realizes the Self, the feeling ‘I am doing’ will never vanish.

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 14, 2012, 08:29:13 PM »
Sri. Devaraj Mudaliar and Suri Nagamma Photos

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Humour / Re: Amusing story
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:52:17 PM »
On hearing of Echammal 's death,  Bhagavan is said to have feelingly observed:

"I often told her not to undergo this trouble; but she would not listen.  Unless she served food to her Bhagavan, she would never eat herself.  Now Mudaliar Patti is continuing in her line.  So Echamma has shuffled off her load; but my load still remains ."

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 14, 2012, 06:33:04 PM »
"Seeing you caress peacocks, squirrels, cows, dogs, monkeys and children with such tender Grace, anyone must melt to his bones, O Ramana!

So many birds and animals coming to you have attained deliverance.  Likewise do bless with Grace this human animal that has sought refuge at your feet, O Ramana."

bY G.V.Subramayyas Reminiscences
Boundless Ocean of Grance Vol V

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 14, 2012, 02:50:03 PM »

Servers in the kitchen usually devote special attention to Bhagavan by serving him something more than they serve to others.  He notes such undue discrimination and tries to dissuade them.  Once postmaster Raja Iyer did so and Bhagavan looked at him disapprovingly  but did not say anything at that time; and so Raja Iyer was continuing the practice off and on.
One night palpayasam (milk pudding) had been prepared and Chinnaswami, finding it particularly delicious, appeared to have hinted to Raja Iyer to serve a little more than usual to Bhagavan.  So Raja Iyer served a little more.  Bhagavan could not tolerate it and burst out.”There ! Again the same nonsense.  The same monkey tricks.  Why do you serve me more than you serve others?   When it comes to serving Bhagavan the ladle is immersed fully while it is immersed only half when it is served to others.  How often have I told you not to do so,  No one listens to my words.  When the ladle is in his hands the serve thinks he is as powerful as the District Collector and can do anything without fear.  He is the one who serves and we are the people to eat whatever he serves.    His hands is above and ours is below.  We must act as he pleases and eat as he decides and then lie low.”  And Bhagavan went on talking in that strain severely rebuking all the people concerned.

From the Boundless Ocean of Grace Vol V

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:54:25 PM »
Mr.Swayam

I do not know exactly the name of building.  I think old dinning hall or kitchen left and Right side no idea pl.

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:37:50 PM »
Sri Ramana Ashramam and Arunachala Hill

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:22:44 PM »
Sri Ramanaashramam Old Dining Hall with Arthur Osborne

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:18:25 PM »
Arunachala Hill

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:09:58 PM »
Bhagavan hands

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 14, 2012, 01:06:34 PM »
Sri Ramana Bhagavan walking in the Arunachala Hill

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

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 13, 2012, 02:49:56 PM »
Sri Annamalai Swami

MY days as an ashram worker were coming to a close, although I didn't realize it at the time. In retrospect I can remember only one small incident which indicated that Bhagavan knew that my time in the ashram was coming to an end.
I was doing some digging with a crowbar when Bhagavan came and asked me, "Did you decide to do this work yourself or did Chinnaswami ask you to do it ?"
I told him that Chinnaswami had asked me to do it. Bhagavan was not very pleased.
"So, he has given you work. So, he has given you work. Why is he giving you work like this?"
A little later Yogi Ramiah remarked to Bhagavan, "Annamalai Swami is working very hard. His body has become very weak. You should give him some rest."
Bhagavan agreed with him. "Yes, we have to give him some rest. We have to give freedom to him."
A few days later I went to Bhagavan's bathroom to help him with his morning bath. Madhava Swami and I gave him the usual oil bath and massage.
When the bath was over Madhava Swami asked a question: "Bhagavan, the people who take ganja lehiyam [an ayurvedic preparation whose principal ingredient is cannabis] experience some kind of ananda [bliss]. What is the nature of this ananda ? Is it the same ananda that the scriptures speak of?"
"Eating this ganja is a very bad habit," replied Bhagavan. Then, laughing loudly, he came over to me, hugged me and called out, "Ananda! Ananda! This is how these ganja-taking people behave!"
It was not a brief hug. Madhava Swami told me later that he held me tightly for about two minutes. After the first few seconds I completely lost awareness of my body and the world. Initially, there was a feeling of happiness and bliss, but this soon gave way to a state in which there were no feelings and no experiences. I did not lose consciousness, I just ceased to be aware of anything that was going on around me. I remained in this state for about fifteen minutes. When I recovered my usual world-consciousness I was standing alone in the bathroom. Madhava Swami and Bhagavan had long since departed for breakfast. I had not seen them open the door and leave, nor had I heard the breakfast bell.
This experience completely changed my life. As soon as I recovered normal consciousness I knew that my working life at Sri Ramanasramam had come to an end. I knew that henceforth I would be living outside the ashram and spending most of my time in meditation. There was a rule that only those who worked for the ashram could live there full-time. Those who wanted to spend their time in meditation had to live somewhere else. I thus knew that I would have to leave the ashram and fend for myself, but the thought of losing my regular meals and my room never troubled me.
I made a belated appearance in the dining room to eat my last breakfast. As soon as I had finished eating I went up onto the hill to look for Bhagavan.I found him sitting on a big rock.
"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.

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 13, 2012, 02:40:02 PM »
Bhagavan in Yogasana

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 13, 2012, 09:31:37 AM »
Way to Skanda Ashramam, Arunachala Hill

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