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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 19, 2012, 04:36:10 PM »
The author is MR.C.R.Rajamani

 I learned that the boy had come along with his parents, both of them Theosophists. The Theosophical Society's world convention is usually held at their international headquarters at Adyar, Madras in December-January. Some of the people from foreign countries choose to visit Sri Ramanasramam at that time. The boy's parents arranged a trip to Tiruvannamalai, but he stoutly refused to go with them, as he was not in tune with conditions in India which can never be adequate when compared with the posh amenities of his native Australia. However, he changed his mind at the last moment and did make the trip. Within an hour of his face-to-face meeting with Sri Bhagavan, his mental barriers were reduced to nothingness. He shed tears for quite some time and later said to his mother, "I am so happy. I don't want to leave his presence. I want to be always with him!" His mother was most upset. She pleaded with Sri Bhagavan, "Swami, please release my son! He is our only child. We will be miserable without him." Sri Bhagavan smiled at her and said, "Release him? I am not keeping him tied up. He is a mature soul. A mere spark has ignited his spiritual fire." So, that casual look was a spark of tremendous power. Turning to the boy, He said, "Go with your parents. I will always be with you." He spoke in Tamil throughout, but the boy understood him fully. He bowed to Sri Bhagavan and reluctantly left with his parents, immensely rich with the newly-found spiritual treasure.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 19, 2012, 04:29:11 PM »
By Kunju Swami

Once some awkward problems concerning Ashram management cropped up. Without being directly concerned, I was worried about them, as I felt that failure to solve them satisfactorily would impair the good name of the Ashram. One day. two or three devotees went to Bhagavan and put the problems before him. I happened to enter the hall while they were talking about them, and he immediately turned to me and asked me why I had come in at this time and why I was interesting myself in such matters. I did not grasp the meaning of his question, so Bhagavan explained that a person should occupy himself only with that purpose with which he had originally come to the Ashram and asked me what my original purpose had been. I replied: "To receive Bhagavan's Grace." So he said: "Then occupy yourself with that only."
He further continued by asking me whether I had any interest in matters concerning the Ashram management when I first came here. On my replying that I had not, he added: "Then concentrate on the original purpose of your coming here."

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 19, 2012, 04:25:12 PM »
Kanakammal's Memories of Bhagavan

Sri Bhagavan was observing the activity of a child, who was pointing out that Sri Bhagavan's head was clean shaven and so is hers, etc. He talked about how observant some children are.

This led Sri Bhagavan to recall an incident about a little girl who used to live in Ramana Nagar. She had observed people bringing food and offering it to Sri Bhagavan and then distributing it to the people in the hall. One day she approached Sri Bhagavan hesitatingly, and upon asking he found out that she had wrapped a few papads in her dress, having got them from her kitchen at home. Sri Bhagavan and the girl shared the papads. The next day she repeated the act by bringing fruits from her garden. After sharing the fruits with her, He asked her if there was a picture of him in their house. The girl said that they had one. Sri Bhagavan asked her to henceforth offer the food to the picture and eat it herself and think that he ate it.

An elderly man walked into the hall and upon seeing him, Sri Bhagavan's behavior changed: he appeared to behave like an obedient student. The person who entered said, “Bhagavan, please clear all my doubts.”
Smiling and looking at a devotee nearby, Sri Bhagavan replied, “Do you know who this person is? I came away from Madurai unable to answer his questions. Now he has come all the way here with more questions!” The visitor was Sri Bhagavan's Tamil teacher in school.

Humour / Re: Amusing story
« on: November 19, 2012, 04:22:22 PM »
Among Sri Bhagavan's attendants was one Vaikunda Vaasar (another name for Vishnu). Once when he was lying down in Sri Bhagavan's hall he noticed a snake near him. He became petrified and hastily approached Bhagavan pointing out the snake. Sri Bhagavan looked at the snake and said with a laugh, addressing the devotee, “Vaikunda Vaasar, your bed has come looking for you. Must be a smooth bed,” referring to Sri Vishnu's lying posture on the snake.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 19, 2012, 04:05:33 PM »
Bhagavan  was a sarvajna (all-knower). I got many proofs of it, though I never demanded them. Daily pocket-money of three annas was given to me by my father. I bought for that amount sambrani (incense) which was burnt in the presence of Bhagavan. One day I did not get the three annas, so I could not buy the sambrani. I Therefore refrained from going to Bhagavan that day. The next day when I went, Bhagavan graciously remarked: "Yesterday you did not come because you could not get sambrani. Veneration in the heart is enough."

from the Newsletters of Arunachala Ashramam
by M.G.Shanmugam

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 19, 2012, 04:02:38 PM »
One day Bhagavan asked Cohen what he had eaten. "Oh, nothing much, Bhagavan, a little rice and vegetable," he replied like a poor man. "Rice and vegetable! How fortunate!" was Bhagavan's rejoinder. "When we were on the hill we had only rice, sometimes even without salt, and now you are eating like a king!" In this way Bhagavan would encourage and console them.

During his walks to Palakothu, Bhagavan would sit on Cohen's stone verandah. Cohen began to feel bad that Bhagavan had to sit on the hard stone. One day he put out a chair and Bhagavan never returned. So considerate to all, he never wished to cause inconvenience or to receive special attention. Cohen lamented this as his life's greatest mistake.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 18, 2012, 11:43:08 PM »
Day by Day with Bhagavan

   In the course of Mr. Desai's reading of the manuscrips, he read about the holy hill having eight faces.  To a question of mine whether as a matter of fact this Hill has eight faces, Bhagavan replied."The Purana says that the Ashta Vasus having flattered themselves in Brahma's presence lost all their merit, and to regain it they came and did penance here all round  Arunachala.  They were given darshan by Siva at one and the same time by Siva assuming eight faces  in this Hill.  All those eight Vasus are still in the shape of eight spurs round this Hill.  What is meant by saying all those Vasus are still here as Hills and doing penance round this holy Hill, it is difficult to understand.  Does it only mean they are living on these Hills and doing penance, or are they themselves these Hills?" He added,"It is difficult now for us to locate where the Ashta Dikpalakas actually stood sentry, whether at the spots where the Ashta Lingams are now     found or whether the lingams are those which were installed and worshipped by them.  We cannot be sure where exactly Gauri did penance and where Gautama had his Asramam.   But it would be safe to assume that Gauri did her penance in the region covered by Pavalakunru, Durga temple and Pachaiamman Koil and that Gautama's Asramam must have also been near this region."
   Bhagavan also said that whatever temple might have originally existed on or about Pavalakunru would seem to have disappeared probably on account of Tippu's invasion, that the present temple there was built only about fifty years ago and that he once discovered the remains of an old cannon between Pavalakunru and the northeren wall of the Big Temple.  It would appear that Tippu Sultan placed a cannon near Pavalakunru and attacked the northern wall of the temple which was then used as a fort.   The northern wall still bears traces of cannon shots.   It seems the information given by Bhagavan was conveyed to the Government and the cannon was carried away and kept as a relic.

from the Boundless Ocean of Grace, Vol.V

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 18, 2012, 05:06:24 PM »
Sri Ramana  Arunachala

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 18, 2012, 05:01:14 PM »
Bhagavan Nirvana room

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 18, 2012, 04:59:58 PM »
Sri Bhagavan seeing a letter

General Discussion / Re: The Mountain Path online?
« on: November 18, 2012, 12:11:25 AM »
Dear Jyothi

Pl try this site

go to elibrary , then bookstall, then Mountain Path  section  select the year, select month and press  select issue .

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 17, 2012, 05:29:06 PM »
Sri Ramana Ashramam Old Hall

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 17, 2012, 05:21:55 PM »
Deepam at Sri Ramana Ashram


Once when meditating in the presence of Bhagavan, the mind persisted in wandering. I couldn't control it. So I gave up meditation and opened my eyes. Bhagavan at once sat up and said, "Oh! You abandoned it thinking it is the swabhava (habit) of the mind to wander. Whatever we practise becomes the swabhava. If control is practised persistently that will become the swabhava." —

 From the January, 1971 Mountain Path:
"How Bhagavan Came To Me,"
by Sadhu Trivenigiri Swami.



K. Mahatani asked in continuation of the above, “If we want to succeed in any enterprise in the world, we must give our whole mind and heart to it.  Otherwise we cannot succeed.  So it is rather impracticable to devote one’s mind both to God and worldly activity”.

Bhagavan: If one keeps fixed in the Self,  the activities will still go on and their success will not be affected.  One should not have the idea that one is the doer.   The activities will still go on.   That force  by whatever name you may call it, which brought the body into existence will see to it that the activities which this body is meant to go through are brought about .

Mahatani was still not quite satisfied and thereupon Bhagavan referred him to read an article on renunciation which is found at the end of the Gita Press edition of Bhagavad Gita.   This article mentions seven stages of renunciation and Bhagavan said,” Let Mahatani see if anything in this article appeals to him,”  I read out the whole article in the hall for the benefit of all, as Bhagavan desired. It is said there that one who has reached the seventh stage of renunciation will not feel even when his body is cut by a weapon or some other suffering is inflicted on him.  When this portion was being read Bhagavan remembered the following poem which means:

They won’t be afraid even if  guileful enemies stab their chest or they are surrounded by fire or bitten by a cobra, all will be bliss for them.   This is found in Ponnamnbala Swami’s commentary on Bhagavad Gita in Tamil stanzas, Chapter VI Verse 17 (page 150 of the Asramam book).  Continuing this topic, I said ,”It is true such things are said in the books.   But see that the jnani feels pain.  Even one like Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa felt pain when he had cancer of the throat and cried out, ’Why has mother sent this pain to me ?”’

Bhagavan: It may be like that in the beginning, due to long association or habit.   But afterwards it will pass off.
Boundless Ocean of Grace Vol V

Day by Day With Bhagavan

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