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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: January 09, 2016, 01:54:08 PM »
Dear Ravi Sir

I heard Sri Hanuman Chalisa by Sooriya Gayathri,  Excellent with english wordings.

Dear Krishnan

My cell no france 00 33 0651574055  pl send photos  through whatsapp

General Discussion / Re: sri nochur 's pravachanam at asram
« on: December 23, 2015, 10:47:54 PM »
Sri Nochur Ji's Discourse at Pondicherry

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 17, 2015, 07:20:24 PM »
A Vaishnava devotee, who was a high official  at Simla, brought all the idols that he worshipped daily, and handed them to Sri Bhagavan, probably desiring the sanctity of Sri Bhagavan's touch. Sri Bhagavan seemed much interested in examining them. The devotee said, `Bhagavan, people scoff at me, calling me a "superstitious idolater".

Sri Bhagavan told him, 'Why don't you retort by calling them worse idolaters? For do they not wash, dress, embellish, feed and thus "worship" their body so many times every day? Is not the body the biggest idol? Then who is not an idol worshipper?'
Though Bhagavan occasionally made disparaging remarks about traditional practices such as idol worship, he did not like his devotees to criticise such activities. If they did, he would not support them.

Once, for example, someone asked Bhagavan, 'Is it not foolish to make idols and worship them when we know that God is formless?'

Bhagavan answered in a characteristic way by saying, `Who is not doing idol worship? From the moment of waking in the morning, everyone is engaged continuously in idol worship. How? By taking the body, which is only a mental image, to be real and by treating it like a temple statue. You bathe it, comb its hair and offer food to it three times a day. Who has escaped from this idol worship?

GVK 36

Namaskaram generally denotes a physical prostration, but Bhagavan gave it a higher meaning:

Bhagavan: The true meaning of namaskaram is the ego bowing its head and getting destroyed at the feet of the Guru.'

A certain lady, who had a lot of devotion, performed a traditional ritual for worshipping sages whenever she came into Bhagavan's presence ,to have darshan. She would prostrate to Bhagavan, touch his feet and then put the hands that had touched Bhagavan's feet on her eyes. After noticing that she did this daily, Bhagavan made the following remarks:

Only the Supreme Self, which is ever shining in your Heart as the reality, is the Sadguru. The pure awareness, which is shining as the inward illumination 'I', is his gracious feet. The contact with these [inner holy feet] alone can give you true redemption. Joining the eye of reflected consciousness [chidabhasa], which is your sense of individuality (jiva bodha], to those holy feet, which are the real consciousness, is the union of the feet and the head that is the real significance of the word `asi'. As these inner holy feet can be held naturally and unceasingly, hereafter, with an inward-turned mind, cling to that inner awareness that is your own real nature. This alone is the proper way for the removal of bondage and the attainment of the supreme truth.

' Asi', which means 'are' refers to the mahavakya 'tat tvam asi' (you are that). Bhagavan's metaphor indicates that the inner state of being consciousness. is revealed when individuality is merged in the 'holy feet' of pure consciousness.

GVK 35

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 13, 2015, 01:02:56 PM »
Sri Ramana Maharshi's life and teaching emphasize the permanent gain of liberation. He taught us how to remain peaceful after placing all our burdens at the feet of the Lord of the Universe. In Day by Day with Bhagavan we read how His inherent divinity granted relief to the loved one's of devotees.

About 10-30 a.m. Mrs. Taleyarkhan came near Bhagavan, stood at his feet and asked, May I say a few words, Bhagavan and continued, I have a great friend, Mrs. W., wife of a prominent official in Los Angeles. In 1942, when I was here, I received a letter from her while I was sitting in this hall. It was a heart-rending letter in which she detailed how her husband fell in love with another woman, got a divorce decree and married the new woman. She was a most beautiful woman, Bhagavan, and they had already a girl about seventeen years old. She was a great society woman and it was impossible that any event of any social importance would take place without her being there. So she felt the grief immensely and wrote it all. I was moved terribly and keenly felt for her and prayed mentally to Bhagavan for her relief. I wrote back to her, sending her a small photo of Bhagavan, and told her, Don't be downcast. Your husband will come back to you. I am now with such and such a great personage. I am sending you a small picture of him. Have it on your table. I shall daily pray to him on your behalf. You too pray to him. You will see that you get relief. But the friend - what do they know about Bhagavan and such things - was disconsolate. She wrote back, What you say is impossible. He wont come back.

 I wrote again, Nothing is impossible with our Bhagavan. So just go on as I have advised you to do. And now, Bhagavan, I have her letter by air-mail today that her husband has come back to her and she is going to set up a new home again. She writes, The impossible has happened. Your gentleman (meaning Bhagavan) has really worked a miracle. Now, I and my husband must come and see him. We want to fly and visit your Master, though the passage costs a lot. Please let me know whether there is a hotel there where we can come and stay. I have always been praying to Bhagavan for this friend and I am glad Bhagavan has done this for her. I feel so grateful and was moved to tears when reading this letter here now.

I added, What is there impossible for Bhagavan?

from the  fb Ramana Maharishi

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 09, 2015, 11:29:58 PM »
Bhagavan: When I was staying in the Skandashram I sometimes used to go out and sit on a rock. On one such occasion there were two or three others with me, including Rangaswami Iyengar. Suddenly we noticed some small moth-like insect shooting up like a rocket into the air from a crevice in the rock. Within the twinkling of an eye it had multiplied itself into millions of moths which formed a cloud and hid the sky from view. We wondered at it and examined the place from which it shot up. We found that it was only a pinhole and knew that so many insects could not have issued from it in such a short time.

That is how ahamkara [ego] shoots up like a rocket and instantaneously spreads out as the universe.

People came to him for illumination and peace. From all
walks of life at all stages of inner growth they came. And he
was accessible to them all. They came for solace, world-weary
and exhausted, some hopefully and some casually. He set them
all at ease by his compassionate look and drew them gently
out of the quagmire of delusion into the inner sanctuary where
the heart rules with the subdued mind in attendance. From
the enlightened muni they learnt that one illimitable force
alone is responsible for all phenomena we see and for the act
of seeing them. They acclaimed him as the Dakshinamurthi,
the Jnana Guru, of our age.

from the Ramana Smrti

Truth is so simple that it is hard to grasp. Sri Bhagavan
said, Who does not know that he exists? Everyone is Self realised,
only he does not know?. Who will believe that
Self-realisation is so simple a process? No elaborate rite and
ritual, no asana and pranayama, no dispute and dissertation,
only turn the mind to its source. Ego is not boosted, not fed,
but simply dissolved in this process. Indeed Ramana 's teaching
is hard for the confusion-ridden, samskara-bound mind; only
those who have already exhausted them can comprehend it.
But in the spiritual world intensity is counted and not numbers,
and the few are sufficient for our ever-shining guru

from the Ramana Smrti

19  Since the cause itself ( reality) appears as the effect (the
world], and because consciousness - the cause of this vast world
described by the sastras  [the scriptures] as being merely names
and forms - is a truth as obvious as the nelli fruit on one's palm
it is proper to term this great world 'real'.

'Nelli is the Tamil name for a small green fruit that physically
resembles a gooseberry. It is known elsewhere in India as 'amla. In
many parts of India people say, 'It's as obvious as the amla on one s
palm' when they mean that something is clear, easily perceived and
irrefutable. In Atma Vidya, one of Bhagavan's poetical compositions,
he wrote: 'Even for the most infirm, so real is the Self that compared
with it the amla [on the palm of] one's hand appears a mere illusion.

Guru Vachaka Kovai

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 29, 2015, 11:52:17 PM »
Sri Ramana's Boyhood in Madurai

N. R. Krishnamurti Aiyer

After the passing away of their father Sundaram Iyer at Thiruchuzhi, the boys Nagasami and Venkataraman (later to be known as Ramana Maharshi) were brought up by their paternal uncle Subbier, residing at Chokkappa Naickan Street (now known  Rarnana Mandiram) in Madurai. The brothers, who were robust and ardent sportsmen in their early teens, gathered around themselves a circle of sturdy young friends, among whom M. S. Vcnkataraman, Suppiah Thevar and Narayanasami were most
imminent. All these three predeceased the Maharshi. The writer of  his article knew these persons in the early 1930s and could get from  them the following accounts of their personal relations with boy Ramana.

The following account was given by M. S. Venkataraman, who was a clerk in the Health Department of the District board In Madurai.

M. S. Venkataraman was then just about ten years old, too young  to participate fully in the outdoor adventures of the boys. Nevertheless he had his share in them. The members of his family were co-tenants of the house with Subbiers family. Every night, when the whole house was silent in sleep, Nagasami and Ramana, whose beds were in a remote corner of the house, would appropriately  adjust their pillows and cover them up with their bed sheets  so that it would create the impression of their presence in their beds. It was the duty of the little  M. S. Venkataraman to bolt  the door of the house when the brothers went out at about 11pm , and to admit them on their return at about 4 a.m.  Now let us turn our attention to Suppiah Thevar. At the time the author saw Suppiah Thevar he was employed in a firewood depot. He also conducted, during the cool hours of the morning and evening, a physical training school in which young men had training in silambam, in which Thevar was an adept. Silambam is a sort of quarterstaff, a very hard bamboo stick of about five feet, to be whirled about so that the wielder could knock out any opponent who dared to come near. The stick was  an instrument of defence as well of attack. Strength of body and  muscle were also developed by physical training in the school
Suppiah Thevar was a master in this field. 

The following account was obtained from Suppiah Thevar who was himself an active participant of these boyhood activities . The venue of the activities, fixed well in advance, would either the sandy river bed of the Vaigai or the Pillaiyarpaliam  Kanmoi (rain-fed tank) close to Aruppukottai Road, on outskirts of Madurai city. Every member of the group would , while passing the house of Ramana, leave a pebble at the step. Nagasami and Ramana, as leaders of the group, would be  the last to sally forth from the house after a check of the pebbles  showed that all their friends had gone to the place of the meeting . There was rarely a defaulter. Ramana and his playmates had jolly time playing games on the sandy bed of the Vaigai River engaging in swimming contests in the Pillaiyarpaliam Tank. They would then return sufficiently early to their beds without exciting
the least suspicion of their absence from home.

The next account was obtained from Narayanasami. When the author met him he was librarian in the town hall of Madurai known as Victoria Edward Hall.

Usually, the terrace of the house and the small room in the boy Venkataraman made his "Self-enquiry" were vacant and  rarely used by the families in the ground floor. Here the youngsters  played. One of the games they played was what they called 'throw  ball'. Young Ramana would roll his body into something like a ball  and the sturdy group of youngsters would throw him fromone player to another. Sometimes the human ball fell down when the player failed to catch it. The wonder of it was that for all this rough tossing and dropping, there was not the least scratch on his skin, let alone any muscular sprain or bone fracture!

Narayanasami said that he used to see his friend sitting still for  long stretches of time in the small room on the first floor. Narayanasami asked Ramana whether he could also do likewise. Forthwith Ramana told his friend to squat on the floor with his legs crossed (as in the semi-padmasana posture) and pressed a pencil point midway between his eyebrows. Narayanasami losthis  sense of body and world and sat still in a trance for more than half an hour. When he came to himself he saw Ramana sitting, with his face wreathed in smiles. Narayanasami said that he failed
when he tried to repeat the experience by himself.

from the Ramana Smrti

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 20, 2015, 07:45:50 PM »
Ramanashramam New Meditation Hall

Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: November 20, 2015, 07:41:46 PM »
Rishabha or Bull is the vehicle of the Lord. Sages tell us that it stands for Dharma or righteousness meaning only righteous devotee will be chosen by the Lord to carry Him or His message. Why was Bull chosen over other vehicles In part due to its tenacity which will crush under the weight of the load but will not take a single step backwards. The images for the evening procession will be seen tomorrow. Please see images of Special Veda Parayana at the ashram and Sri Vidya Havan at Rajarajeswari temple near Sankara Mutt.

Unique One, giver of goodness, Lord Sonagiri! He whose beautiful form is seated upon the bull! When will you grant me the boon of eternal life, At what time shall I, in joy, obtain it This much tell to me, your solitary devotee, this very day! Guhai Namasivayar

The power of the name Arunachala was once directly confirmed by Sri Bhagavan. In 1948 a certain devotee came to him from Bombay, and with him he brought a notebook in which he had written the name 'Arunachala Siva' many thousands of times. On the last page of this notebook the devotee wrote a prayer to the following effect, 'O Bhagavan, in the life of Sarada Devi [the wife of Sri Ramakrishna] it is written that she has said that if even an animal dies in Kasi it will attain liberation. Therefore, graciously bestow upon be the boon of death in Kasi.' and gave the notebook to Sri Bhagavan.
Bhagavan looked through the notebook and when he came to the last page he read out loud the devotee's prayer: at once he expressed the greatest surprise and exclaimed, 'Smaranat Arunachalam!'

The words 'Smaranat Arunachalam' mean 'by remembering Arunachala', and they occur in the very same Sanskrit verse that says that by dying in Kasi one will attain liberation. Bhagavan then turned to the revolving bookcase by his side and took out a book,probably the Arunachala Mahatmyam. Opening it as if at random, he read out a sentence in Tamil that said, 'One ''Arunachala'' is equal power to three crore ''Om Nama Sivaya'''.

I have seen a wonder, a magnetic hill that forcibly attracts the soul. Arresting the activities of the soul who thinks of it even once, drawing it to face itself, the One, making it thus motionless like itself, it feeds upon that sweet [pure and ripened] soul. What a wonder is this! O souls, be saved by thinking of this great Arunagiri, which shines in the mind as the destroyer of the soul [the ego]. Sri Ramna Maharshi

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 18, 2015, 05:02:31 PM »
Today morning Abhisekham to the Lord Arunachala was performed with 1008 Conch shells. Yesterday night Panchamurti in silver Indra Vahanam (Vehicle) were taken out in procession. Today morning procession included Vinayakar and Chandrasekharar with Bhuta Vahanam. Muthuswami Udaiyar, the man who had served Isanya Desikar for many years while he had been mediating near Vettavalam, had become very unhappy when his holy man had suddenly and mysteriously disappeared without giving him any explanation. However, he was not left in this state of dejection for very long. One night, Lord Arunachaleswara himself appeared in one of his dreams in the guise of Isanya Desikar and said, 'Dear son, don't feel sad. I am staying at the north-eastern corner of Arunachala. You can come and see me there.'
Then Arunachaleswara appeared in his own divine form to Isanya Desikar and told him, 'Dear son, I have asked a devotee to come to the north-eastern side of Arunachala to see you. Go there and meet him.'

As Isanya Desikar was walking towards the appointed rendezvous he began to compose some of the verses that were later known as Svanubhava Stotra Pamalai (Garland of Hymns of Self-Experience). These eventually numbered 117, all of which were addressed to Lord Arunachala. From the second verse onwards it becomes clear that in discovering Arunachala he had found both his true Guru and his God.
O Arunachala! Your devotees, recognizing you as the infinite reality who is grace embodied in the form of fire, beyond the reach of Brahma and Vishnu, sang in praise of your greatness. I, who have in a miraculous way found you and adopted you as my Guru, may say many things about you, but all I really know is that you are the great and adored Lord Arunagiri. I am unable to say anything more. Muthuswami Udaiyar

O Love in the shape of Arunachala! Now that by Thy Grace Thou hast claimed me, what will become of me unless Thou manifest Thyself to me, and I, yearning wistfully for Thee and harassed by the darkness of the world, am lost (How) can the lotus blossom without the sight of the sun Thou art the Sun of suns; Thou causest Grace to well up in abundance and pour forth as a stream! Ramana Maharshi

General topics / Re: Audio books related to Bhagavan
« on: November 14, 2015, 11:27:24 PM »
Dear Swayam

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