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General Discussion / Re: SILENCE - THE POWER OF SILENCE
« on: November 07, 2012, 04:57:50 PM »
Bhagavan's Voice

The Maharshi's Voice Recorded
Excerpts from Kanakamma's talk
at Arunachala Ashrama in New York City on May 12, 1991.

ONE of the devotees brought with him a tape recorder to Sri Ramanasramam with a view to record Bhagavan's voice. Until the visitor actually took the recorder into the hall he was all along apprehensive that Bhagavan, or someone, might not permit him to do it. He entered the hall, set the recorder in front of Bhagavan, did his usual pranams (prostrations), and sought his permission to record.
To the devotee's surprise, Bhagavan started putting questions, eliciting some technical information on the mechanism of operation. While giving the required information, the devotee felt relieved at the comfortable thought that Bhagavan was interested and was agreeable to having his voice recorded.
After the explanations were over, the devotee went around and instructed all those present to keep quiet. Bhagavan was keenly watching all that was going on. The devotee then placed the microphone near Bhagavan and switched on the recorder. He quietly moved to a little distance. From then on silence fell . . . . Only the whizzing sound of the revolving reel on the recorder could be heard. Ten or fifteen minutes passed thus, in near absolute silence.
Disappointed, and not knowing what to do next, the devotee went near Bhagavan, switched off the recorder, and in a subdued tone asked Bhagavan why he did not speak. He added, that unless he talked his voice could not be recorded.
Bhagavan replied: "Why do you think so? My voice, indeed, has been recorded. My language is that of silence, and that has been recorded. Is it not so ?" On hearing this the devotee stood baffled.
Sri Muruganar, one of the resident devotees, was in the gathering. He addressed the devotee and said: "Why did you switch off the recorder before asking these questions ? If you had not, there would have been, at least, the recording of Bhagavan's latest explanation of his own voice." Now the devotee was all the more perplexed. — Translated by Professor S. Raman
 

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Smt. Madhavi Ammal
« on: November 06, 2012, 06:57:17 PM »
Srimati Madhavi Ammal was the sister of  K. K. Nambiar. She, like her brother, was an earnest
devotee who looked upon Bhagavan as her Master and Lord. K. K. Namabiar writes in his book, The
Guiding presence of Sri Ramana: “My sister, K. K. Madhavi Ammal, was deeply religious. She went to
the Ashram quite often, much against the will of her husband, who sometimes even scattered the fruits,
flowers, etc., got ready by her for being taken to Bhagavan. One day Bhagavan had some tooth trouble
and one tooth had to be removed. My brother-in-law, the doctor in charge of the hospital nearby, was
sent for. He went inside Bhagavan’s hall fully clad in a suit, approached Bhagavan’s sofa and asked him
to open his mouth. ‘Bhagavan, Vayi thora!’ was what he said, to the amusement of devotees gathered in
the hall. The tooth was extracted and the doctor left, a changed man. He no longer stood in the way of
my sister visiting the Ashram as often as she wished. He even felt that the hand which had touched
Bhagavan was able to perform surgery more successfully thereafter. He, too, now visited the Ashram,
prostrated before Bhagavan, and sat in the hall like other devotees in meditation.”

from the Newsletters of Arunachala Ashram

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Removal of Misery

D.: When duhka (misery) overpowers me, enquiry is impossible.
M.: Because the mind is too weak. Make it strong.
D.: By what means?
M.: Sat-sanga, Isvara Aradhana, Pranayama (association with the wise, worship of God, breath control).
D.: What happens?
M.: Misery is removed; our aim is removal of misery. You do not acquire happiness. Your very nature is happiness. Bliss is not newly earned. All that is done is to remove unhappiness. These methods do it.
D.: Association with the wise may strengthen the mind. There must also be practice. What practice should be made?
M.: Yes. Practice is necessary too. Practice means removal of predispositions. Practice is not for any fresh gain; it is to kill the predispositions.
D.: Abhyasa (practice) should give me that power.
M.: Practice is power. If thoughts are reduced to a single thought, the mind is said to have grown strong. When practice remains unshaken it becomes sahaja (natural).
D.: What is such practice?
M.: Enquiring into the Self. That is all. Atmanyeva vasam nayet ... Fix the mind on the SELF.
D.: What is the aim to be kept in view? Practice requires an aim.
M.: Atman is the aim. What else can there be? All other aims are for those who are incapable of atmalakshya (having the Self for the aim). They lead you ultimately to atma-vichara (enquiry into the Self). One-pointedness is the fruit of all kinds of practice. One may get it quickly; another after a long time. Everything depends on the practice.

— Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, No. 290

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Ilaiyaraja's song on Guru Ramana " Ramana Geetham "

http://mio.to/album/5-Tamil_Devotional/33781-Guru_Ramana_Geetham/#/album/5-Tamil_Devotional/33781-Guru_Ramana_Geetham/

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Chanting of Arunachala Shiva is very nice in this site


http://www.hummaa.com/music/song/arunachala-shiva-chanting/1039437

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General Discussion / Re: SILENCE - THE POWER OF SILENCE
« on: October 31, 2012, 11:11:06 PM »
Question: Why does not Bhagavan go about and preach the truth to the people at large?

Sri Ramana Maharshi: How do you know I am not doing it? Does preaching consist in mounting a platform and haranguing the people around? Preaching is simple communication of knowledge; it can really be done in silence only. What do you think of a man who listens to a sermon for an hour and goes away without having been impressed by it so as to change his life? Compare him with another, who sits in a holy presence and goes away after some time with his outlook on life totally changed. Which is the better, to preach loudly without effect or to sit silently sending out inner force?

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Floor Decoration
« on: October 30, 2012, 03:49:24 PM »
Floor Decoration with Lime Powder

On a festival day in 1944, some ladies were decorating the floor of the Asramam with rice paste prepared by soaking rice in water and grinding it subsequently. While returning from the cowhed, Bhagavan remarked to the people following him,” Look at those people, See what they are doing.  They concentrate their mind on that sort of work.  What to do?  Let them carry on.   Be careful not to step on the drawings.  Why should we step on them when they are doing it with such great devotion,”  So saying, he walked carefully without disturbing the designs and sat in the hall.

Immediately after that, Bhagavan noticed an old lady of the Asramam carefully drawing designs wiyth dry lime powder on the floor below the steps  opposite the hall.  Bhagavan called her by the familiar name, Granny, and when she came with great expectations, he said, “Look here, Granny, You are taking so much trouble for decorating the floor with that powder, but is it rice flour?”  When she replied that it was only powdered lime, Bhagavan said, “What a pity!  It will not be useful even for the ants.  The ladies there are also doing the same thing.   It is  a mere waste of time .  Their work is of no use whatsoever.  The paste they are using is made of rice dough which sticks to the ground and so the ants cannot eat it.  Decorating the floor really means feeding the ants.   If that dharma is given up and powdered lime is used not only the ants cannot eat it but if, by mistake, they come anywhere near, they die because of the strong pungent smell.  Why all that ? Please add at least ( some rice flour to it .”

An Andhra gentleman enquired, “Is it for feeding the ants that in the dhanurmasa, i.e. month of December-January , that floors are decorated with rice powder?.
“Yes of course!” said Bhagavan . “ Out of their feelings of happiness and joy at the receipt of the fresh crop of rice, they decorate the floor with rice powder thus feeding the ants.  Practices laid down by elders are always based on kindness to living creatures.  But who cares for those traditions now?   They do most things just for the sake of beauty only.”

From the Boundless Ocean of Grace Vol.V

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Humour / The monkey will only perform when its master waves his stick
« on: October 29, 2012, 05:10:02 PM »
When Bhagavan told a story he was a complete actor and made it incredibly vivid.  I remember a joke Bhagavan cracked at his own expense.   In the last years he was suffering badly from rheumatism and could walk only with the aid of a stick.  Whenever it was time for him to leave the hall, whether he  noticed the time or not, the attendant on duty would get up and take him his stick.  On one such occasion, while taking his stick and rising from the couch, he quoted the well known Tamil saying , "The monkey will only perform when its master waves his stick".

Boundless Ocean of Grace Volume V
Devaraj Mudaliar's Reminiscences

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Discussion thread
« on: October 21, 2012, 02:38:36 AM »
pl also hear this cd

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Discussion thread
« on: October 21, 2012, 02:28:49 AM »
pl hear all the songs

http://music.ovi.com/in/en/pc/Product/Various-Artists/Arule-Ramana/9318283

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Humour / Re: yoga of eating
« on: October 21, 2012, 02:20:54 AM »
Volume IV Boundless Ocean Of Grace,page 255, 18th line

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Discussion thread
« on: October 21, 2012, 01:45:56 AM »
Chanting of Arunachala Shiva by Smt.Sulochana Natarajan, cd name Ramana Mantra and Smt.Saindavi , cd name Arule Ramana is very good.

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An Old Telugu man with a long beard, an iron pot and chopper for cutting wood made his abode in the Draupadi temple.  He would beg some food in the town, boil something or other in his  iron pot on a small fire of wood cut with his chopper and eat it during the day.  For hours together he could be seen standing and looking at Bhagavan.  He would spend the night in the temple, which was dilapidated and abandoned and surrounded by jungle.   Once the writer of this piece found him standing all alone in front of the temple and gazing at  Arunachala."I sleep here", he said when the writer asked him what he was doing in the forsaken temple. "What, sleeping here all alone ,   Are you not afraid,"  Exclaimed Chalam.   The old man seemed indignant.  Afraid of what, Bhagavan throws  his light upon me.   All through the night I am surrounded by a blue raidance.  As long as his light is with me, how can I be afraid,"   The incident made Chalam deepply humble.  Bhagavan's love and light was given in full measure to a poor old beggar, while those  who pride themselves on being his chosen disciples are left  high and dry because they have thelsemves to attend to.

Boundless Ocean of Grace

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Once somebody brought Bhagavan a wounded dove.  Bhagavan held it in his hands for some time and then asked the devotees gathered in the hall. "Who will take good care of this bird until it is quite well,  No offer came.  Some time back the Maharani of Baroda had presented a white peacock to the Asramam and everybody was eager to take charge of it.  Bhagavan looked around and started talking to the dove, "What a pity you are not a peacock.  You are a mere dove, a useless little thing; not a costly brid presented by a Maharani.  Who wants you?  Who will care for you?"   The dove was kept in the Asramam  in a clumsy cage, became well and flew away.  But the lesson of universal compassion remained.

(from the Boundless Ocean of Grace).

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Humour / yoga of eating
« on: October 18, 2012, 06:27:28 PM »
A man was telling Bhagavan that he learnt one type of yoga under one master, some other type under a different master and so on.  The dinner bell started ringing."Now learn the yoga of eating under this master", said Bhagavan and took the man to have his dinner.(from Boundless Ocean of Grace).

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