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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 12, 2012, 04:25:50 PM »


Bhagavan's friend Mr Rangan

One day, Bhagavan and I went round the Hill by the forest footpath close to the foot of the hill. After I had gone a little distance on that path full of thorns and sharp stones, I ran a thorn into my foot. When I lagged behind Bhagavan observed me, came to me, removed the thorn, and said, "Now there, come on." Then I proceeded with him. After a few yards, he ran a thorn into his foot. Noticing this, I ran up to him, lifted up his foot and saw marks of several thorns there. Then I examined his other foot and found several marks there too. Thereupon he said, "Are you going to remove the new thorn or the old thorns?" So saying, with the greatest indifference, he pressed his foot on the ground and drew it forward, and the thorn broke. He then proceeded on the hill round, asking me to accompany him. I was convinced that he was living completely detached from the body. I further imagined that both these incidents were designed by Bhagavan to impress upon me that Bhagavan was not his body.

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 12, 2012, 04:22:51 PM »


Sri Rangan, Bhagavan's friend

Another time, I came to Bhagavan on my way to Madras where I wanted to try for a job. When I got up after prostrating, Bhagavan asked me, "Males can go anywhere and eke out a livelihood, but what arrangements have you made for your wife and children?" I replied, "I have provided for them." I stayed for a few days with Bhagavan and then went away to Madras. A few days later my elder brother visited Bhagavan and Bhagavan made kind enquiries of him whether my wife and children were getting on well, without any hardship. My brother told him, "He left some money when he started for Madras. All that has been exhausted now and they are suffering great hardship," and went away to Madurai.
When, after making some efforts for a job at Madras, I returned to Bhagavan he said, "You told me you had provided for your wife and children. Your elder brother told me they are undergoing hardship." I did not reply, for Bhagavan knows all and is also all powerful. I again went to Madras, and finding my efforts for a job there were in vain, returned to Bhagavan and stayed with him for some time. During that time, one night, when I was sleeping outside on a double cot that was lying there, Bhagavan suddenly came and sat near my feet. Seeing this I got up. Bhagavan asked me, "What is the matter with you? Are you restless and not getting sleep because of your family troubles? Would it be enough for you if you get rupees 10,000?" I kept silent. Once when Bhagavan and I were going round the hill he said, "There are herbs on this hill which could transmute base metals into gold." Then also I kept silent. Bhagavan used often to joke with me and laugh asking "Oh! Are you suffering very much?" He then told me, "When a man sleeps he dreams he is being beaten and that he is suffering terribly. All that would be quite real at that time. But when he wakes up he knows it was only a dream. Similarly when Jnana dawns, all the miseries of this world would appear to be merely a dream." In a few days, I returned to Madurai and through a friend got a manager's job in a motor company. Later, I was also appointed as an agent for the sale of buses in Ramnad and Madurai by another company, with a commission of 5 percent on all sales effected by me. From this and in other ways I got rupees 10,000; and I spent them on the marriages of two of my daughters and for clearing off debts. I never used to mention my family troubles to Bhagavan, nor ask Him for anything. He was himself looking after me and my family, so why should I make any requests for this or that in particular? I left everything to him. I used to tell Bhagavan frequently, "I have entrusted my body, possessions, soul, all to Bhagavan. The entire burden of my family is hereafter yours. I am hereafter only your servant, doing only your behests. I am a puppet moved by your strings." Bhagavan used to laugh and say "Oh, Oh." It never occurred to me to ask him for any wealth.

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya


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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 12, 2012, 04:16:33 PM »


After the Mahasamadhi

ON APRIL 16, the day after Bhagavan's body was buried, I gathered all my belongings and left on the noon train for Madras. At that time, I didn't know when, or if, I would be returning to the ashram. Many prominent devotees also began leaving Tiruvannamalai. Everybody was selling off their properties, the ashram's income dramatically fell and the Mauni, Srinivasa Rao, was scheming to seize control of the ashram; even before Bhagavan's demise he was scheming.
After one year, I again returned to the ashram to attend Bhagavan's aradhana celebration. The ashram was struggling to stay afloat financially. I remember Chinnaswami informing me that the ashram would be unable to serve me breakfast and I should go to town and eat.

By the mid 1950s T. N. Venkataraman began to gain considerable support, although he definitely had an uphill battle. And, as Bhagavan willed, the ashram has somehow been going along, prospering ever since. There are, no doubt, the occasional incidental problems in the operation of the ashram. Still, like before, I believe it is only Bhagavan who is getting everything done. His presence continues to be the controlling factor in the day to day operation of the ashram. And just look how the ashram has grown and how more and more seekers from all over the world are flocking here.

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

1099

If one abuses another or injures him the remedy does not lie in retort or resistance. Simply keep quiet. This quiet will bring peace to the injured but make the offender restless until he is driven to admit his error to the injured party.
— Sri Ramana Maharshi
 

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 12, 2012, 02:21:01 PM »
Balaram Reddy's Last Hour

In our July/August 1995 issue, we reported the sudden passing of Sri Balaram Reddy. An attendant who was with him in his final hour gave the following report:

"Balaram Reddy was in Bangalore recovering from what seemed to be a minor illness.The doctor had told him that his condition had improved and he would be all right. The day after he was told this, and one hour before his passing, he pointed to a corner in the room and said to me, "Do you see Bhagavan there? He is calling me."
I replied, "I don't see anything, and why would he be calling you now when the doctor has just said you are quite all right and healthy."
"No!" said Balaram, "He is right there (pointing) and he is calling me."


Om  Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

One hour later, unexpectedly, Balaram expired.

1101
Insincerity

When we were living with Bhagavan there was one thing we could never be: insincere.There was no way we could fool him on this account.
Once a group of influential devotees from Madras came up with a scheme to take Bhagavan away to Madras. In an attempt to execute this plan, a number of them arrived at the ashram and came into the hall. It wasn't long before they realized that Bhagavan would never consent to leave Ramanasramam, and eventually they left.
One old devotee was sitting in the corner of the hall quietly watching the whole drama unfold. He said nothing while the discussion was underway, though he was secretly in collusion with the group from Madras. After the group left, Bhagavan turned to one of his attendants and said, "Some people will sit quietly as if they have nothing to do with what is taking place before them. But on the contrary, they have everything to do with what is going on."
The old devotee questioned, "Bhagavan, are you testing me?"
Bhagavan simply remained silent. Any acts of insincerity were easily known to Bhagavan and he did not hesitate to point them out.

from the newsletters of Arunachala Ashram

Om Namo Bhagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Comments
« on: November 12, 2012, 02:04:56 PM »
Sri Venkateswara Sarma, fondly known as Sastrigal Mama in Sri Ramanasramam - during Sri Bhagavan's lifetime he was called Adi Annamalai Sastrigal - was an exceptional and astounding astrologer. From childhood he exhibited a rare genius in this field. While still very young, his extraordinary intelligence enabled him to master the most abstruse and difficult branch of astrology. All, including his guru, declared him as the wisest student.

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

1103
by  Mercedes de Acosta's


Question: Is reincarnation a fact?
Bhagavan: You are incarnated now, aren't you? Then you will be so again. But as the body is illusion then the illusion will repeat itself and keep on repeating itself until you find the real Self.
Question: What is death and what is birth?
Bhagavan: Only the body has death and birth, and it (the body) is illusion. There is, in Reality, neither birth nor death.
Question: How much time may elapse between death and rebirth?
Bhagavan: Perhaps one is reborn within a year, three years or thousands of years. Who can say? Anyway what is time? Time does not exist.
Question: Why have we no memory of past lives?
Bhagavan: Memory is a faculty of the mind and part of the illusion. Why do you want to remember other lives that are also illusions? If you abide within the Self, there is no past or future and not even a present since the Self is out of time - timeless.
Question: Are the world, the mind, ego and the body all the same thing?
Bhagavan: Yes. They are one and the same thing. The mind and the ego are one thing, but there is no word to explain this. You see, the world cannot exist without the mind, the mind cannot exist without what we call the ego (itself, really) and the ego cannot exist without a body.
Question: Then when we leave this body, that is when the ego leaves it, will it (the ego) immediately grasp another body?
Bhagavan: Oh, yes, it must. It cannot exist without a body.
Question: What sort of a body will it grasp then?
Bhagavan: Either a physical body or a subtle-mental body.
Question: Do you call this present physical body the gross body?
Bhagavan: Only to distinguish it - to set it apart in conversation. It is really a subtle-mental body also.
Question: What causes us to be reborn?
Bhagavan: Desires. Your unfulfilled desires bring you back. And in each case - in each body - as your desires are fulfilled, you create new ones. You must conquer desire to be absorbed into the One and thus end rebirth.
Question: Can sex change in rebirth?
Bhagavan: Oh, surely. We have all been both sexes many times.
Question: Is it possible to sin?
Bhagavan: Having a body, which creates illusion, is the only sin, and the body is our only hell. But it is right that we observe moral laws. The discussion of sin is too difficult for a few lines.
Question: Does one who has realized the Self lose the sense of 'I'?
Bhagavan: Absolutely.
Question: Then to you there is no difference between yourself and myself, that man over there, my servant - are all the same?
Bhagavan: All are the same, including those monkeys.
Question: But the monkeys are not people. Are they not different?
Bhagavan: They are exactly the same as people. All creatures are the same in One Consciousness.
Question: Do we lose our individuality when we merge into the Self?
Bhagavan: There is no individuality in the Self. The Self is One - Supreme.
Question: Then individuality and identity are lost?
Bhagavan: You don't retain them in deep sleep, do you?
Question: But we retain them from one birth to another, don't we?
Bhagavan: Oh, yes. The 'I' thought (the ego) will recur again, only each time you identify with it a different body and different surroundings around the body. The effects of past acts (karma) will continue to control the new body just as they did the old one. It is karma that has given you this particular body and placed it in a particular family, race, sex, surroundings and so forth.
Bhagavan added, "These questions are good, but tell de Acosta (he always called me de Acosta) she must not become too intellectual about these things. It is better just to meditate and have no thought. Let the mind rest quietly on the Self in the cave of the Spiritual Heart. Soon this will become natural and then there will be no need for questions. Do not imagine that this means being inactive. Silence is the only real activity." Then Guy added, "Bhagavan says to tell you that he sends you his blessings."
This message greatly comforted me.

Om Namo Bhagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 12, 2012, 01:54:47 PM »
By Sri T.K.Natesan

On the occasion of my wedding on July 5, 1942, T.N.Venkataraman, now the President of Sri Ramanasramam, came straight to Vellore from Karaikudi to attend the ceremony. The train passed through and stopped at the Tiruvannamalai station, but T.N.V., along with his eight-year-old son, stayed on the train and came straight to my marriage. When T.N.V.'s father, Chinnaswami, heard about it he began to scold his son and criticised him for going to Vellore to attend the wedding. Bhagavan overheard this from the Old Hall and said, "Why is he shouting? Ambi (T.N.V.) has gone to attend his friend's marriage. There is nothing wrong in this."

Om  Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

1105
Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 12, 2012, 11:32:46 AM »
Sri Bhagavan Primary School

1106
The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 12, 2012, 11:17:50 AM »


One day, gathering courage, Sastrigal Mama approached Sri Maharshi in all humility and said, "Bhagavan, is not astrology the best and most accurate of all sciences?"

In silence Bhagavan looked at him deeply for some time. Then, slowly but firmly, he replied: "The science of the Self is superior to all other sciences."

It was the peak period in Sri Sastrigal Mama's life. For every prediction he was richly rewarded and was consequently acquiring immense wealth. Nevertheless, the words from the Master convinced him immediately to renounce his lucrative profession and pursue the science of the Self. His wife too fully supported him in this decision. The remainder of their life they lived in utter poverty at the holy feet of the Sat-Guru, under the protective shade of the Sacred Mountain, Arunachala. What is this all important science of the Self?


Om  Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

1107
The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 12, 2012, 11:15:56 AM »
A Search in Secret India, did much to make known to the world that the Maharshi, a unique sage of this century, was living inTiruvannamalai. Brunton was a professional writer and in those days wherever he would go he would often be seen taking notes on bits of paper. While in the Old Hall listening to questions put to Bhagavan and his replies, he would be eagerly taking notes. After the success of A Search in Secret India, he began writing many other books in which he would sometimes adopt the Maharshi's teachings without giving due acknowledgment. When the ashram authorities realized this they decided to stop him from taking notes in the hall.
One day in 1939, Brunton was sitting next to me taking notes as usual when Niranjanananda Swami boldly walked into the hall, stood next to Bhagavan and told Munagala Venkataramiah to tell Brunton in English that he is no longer permitted to take notes while sitting before Bhagavan. Brunton was told accordingly. Brunton looked at Venkataramiah and said, 'Is this also Bhagavan's view ?' Venkataramiah did not reply to this question and Bhagavan who was quietly sitting there didn't say a word either. A few tense moments passed. Then Brunton stood up and left the hall. That was the last time he took notes in the hall, and that was also when Brunton began distancing himself from the ashram.
It was very unusual to see the Sarvadhikari appear so bold and authoritative before the Maharshi. He must have felt that this exploitation should stop and was confident that Bhagavan was behind him.

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

1108
General topics / Re: Happy Deepavali 2012 Greetings to Everyone
« on: November 12, 2012, 12:11:52 AM »
wish you the same to all the forum members

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

1109
The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Comments
« on: November 11, 2012, 12:42:53 PM »
Superb verse in AAMM
Thank you very much Mr Subramanian Sir

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 11, 2012, 03:01:54 AM »
By Mr Baskaran Sivaraman RMCL FB


ரமணர் ஆயிரம் — அரவிந்த் சுவாமிநாதன்
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பகவான் விருபாக்ஷி குகையில் இருந்த காலம்.

அவர் அங்கு வருவதற்கு முன்னாலேயே ”சாதுக்கள்” என்ற போர்வையில் சில சாமியார்கள் உண்டும் உறங்கியும் காலம் கழித்து வந்தனர். பகவான் இளம் வயதினராக அங்கு வந்து சேர்ந்ததும் அவரைப் பார்க்க கொஞ்சம் கொஞ்சமாக பக்தர்கள் வரத் துவங்கினர். அதுகண்டு அங்குள்ள சாமியார்களில் சிலருக்கு பொறாமை ஏற்பட்டது. அவர்களில் ஒரு சாது இருந்தார். அவர் “இந்தச் சிறுவனுக்கு ஒன்றும் தெரியாது. ஏதோ அதிர்ஷ்டத்தினாலும் அப்பாவி மக்களின் அறியாமையினாலும் இவனைச் சுற்றிக் கூட்டம் சேர்கிறது” என்று நினைத்தார். அதையே அங்கு வரும் பக்தர்களிடமும் சொல்லிக் கொண்டிருப்பார்.

பகவான் அக்காலகட்டத்தில் அதிகம் பேசமாட்டார். தன்னுள் தான் ஆழ்ந்திருப்பார்.ஒருநாள்…. திடீரென அந்தச் சாது குகைக்கு உள்ளே வந்தார். பகவானைப் பார்த்து அவர், “அடேய், நீ எப்படி இருக்கிறாய்? நான் இப்போதுதான் காளஹஸ்தியிலிருந்து நேராக இங்கே வருகிறேன். உனக்கு தத்தாத்ரேய மந்திரத்தை உபதேசிக்கும் படி எனக்கு உத்தரவாயிருக்கிறது. இங்கே வந்து என்னைப் பணிந்து தீக்ஷை பெற்றுக் கொள் ” என்றார்.
பகவான் எதுவும் பதில் பேசாது மௌனமாக இருந்தார். சுற்றிலும் இருந்த பக்தர்கள் என்ன நடக்குமோ என பகவானையும், அந்தச் சாதுவையுமே மாறி மாறிப் பார்த்துக் கொண்டிருந்தனர்.

உடனே அந்தச் சாது இன்னும் உரத்த குரலில், “இதோ பார், வீணாக இப்படிப் பிடிவாதம் செய்யாதே! நேற்று இரவு என் கனவில் சிவபெருமான் வந்தார். உனக்கு மந்திர தீக்ஷை அளிக்கும்படி ஆணையிட்டார். இதுதான் அதற்கு நல்ல நேரம். வா, வந்து தீக்ஷை பெற்றுக் கொள்” என்றார்.

அதுவரை மௌனமாக இருந்த பகவான் உடனே, ” ஓ.. அப்படியா! சிவபெருமான் உங்கள் கனவில் வந்து எனக்கு தீக்ஷை அளிக்கும்படிச் சொன்னாரா! ரொம்ப நல்லதாகப் போயிற்று. உங்களிடம் கனவில் வந்து சொன்ன அதே சிவபெருமான் என் கனவிலும் வந்து அதைப் பெற்றுக் கொள்ளும்படிச் சொல்லட்டும். பிறகு பார்க்கலாம்” என்றார்.

பதில் பேச முடியாத அந்தச் சாது அந்த இடம் விட்டு அகன்றார். பின்னால் அவர் ரமணரது அருமையை உணர்ந்து மனம் திருந்தினார்.

ஓம் நமோ பகவதே ஸ்ரீ ரமணாயா!

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