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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: January 16, 2015, 07:02:06 PM »
Sri Ramana Bhagavan

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This reminds me of another coffee incident. One of the devotees nursed a grudge against the ashram management. He asserted loudly that distinctions were made between guests. He claimed he was not being given the same hospitality that others were. He brought his complaint to Bhagavan along with his cup of afternoon coffee. Just then a mug was served to Bhagavan.

The devotee exclaimed, You see, even Bhagavan is given special coffee! Look at mine, how thin it is!

Bhagavan said nothing, but took the man 's cup and exchanged it for his own mug. The disgruntled devotee tasted it. It was a bitter decoction of jungle herbs! Only Bhagavan had the courage to drink it. Nobody else could stand it. The poor man was in a quandary, for he had asked for it himself and got it from Bhagavan's own hands. To him, as a Hindu, it was prasad, a sacred offering. Never in his life did prasad taste so bitter!

- Krishna Bhikhshu

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: January 14, 2015, 07:48:44 PM »
Sri Ramana Bhagavan

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: January 14, 2015, 07:44:49 PM »
Arunachala Hill

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: January 14, 2015, 07:36:58 PM »
 Ashram wishes you a very happy Pongal.

The sun, symbolizing wisdom, divine knowledge and spiritual light, which receded from you when you reveled in the darkness of ignorance, delusion and sensuality, now joyously turns on its northward course and moves towards you to shed its light and warmth in greater abundance, and to infuse into you more life and energy. Ashram wishes you a very happy Pongal, Makar Sankranti or Lohri. May you soar high in spiritual life and your life be full of vigor like the colorful kites that dot the sky.

Dazzling Sun that swallows up all the universe in your rays, open the lotus of my heart, I pray, O Arunachala!
In sunlight the lotus blossoms, how then could Thou, the Sun of suns hover before me like a flower bee saying Thou art not yet in blossom, O Arunachala

O Love in the shape of Arunachala! Now that by your Grace you have claimed me, what will become of me unless you reveal yourself to me, and I, seeking wistfully for you 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; you cause Grace to well up in abundance and pour forth as a stream!
Ocean of Nectar, Full of Grace, engulfing the universe in Thy Splendour! O Arunachala, the Supreme Itself! be Thou the Sun and open the lotus of my heart in Bliss!

Temples in Tamil Nadu including Sri Ramana Ashram perform special winter worship in the morning hours (pre-dawn 4/4:30 AM) in the month of Margazhi (December 16  January 14). Winter prayers concluded today (January 14) with the onset of Uttarayana or the northward movement of the sun after a period of darkness and cold. The day is celebrated variously as Pongal, Lohri or Makar Sankranti.

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: January 12, 2015, 06:56:44 PM »
Sivapraksam Pillai's(1875 - 1948) Memorial Day was observed at the ashram on January 12th . He not only elicited the highly original teaching of Bhagavan contained in 'Who am I' but also wrote songs which are inspiring and give hope to men subject to weaknesses of desire. It is noteworthy that Bhagavan commented on his demise Sivaprakasm has merged into the light of Siva.
It was not Bhagavan's way to say, "Surrender and I will look after you." However, the following incident is significant in that regard. About a year before Bhagavan left the body I said to him one afternoon " I am going to sing Bhagavan three stanzas from a poem by Sivaprakasam Pillai because they express what I want to say better than I could." I then sang them. Their meaning is : " I have not followed your teaching or instructions ; but is it proper for a Guru to get disgusted with his devotee as an incorrigible beast and to give him up . If you let me go my own way like this, what is to happen to me ? I shall not reform and you will not correct or change me. Have I any other help in this or the other world except you, my Lord ? What, then, is your idea ? Is this right behavior for you ? " Bhagavan did not immediately reply, which caused me some disappointment. After a minute or two he said: " Whether I do anything or not, your business is only to surrender and keep still." we pay homage to his memory by sharing the book Who am I in many languages.

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: January 11, 2015, 12:06:21 AM »
Sri Ramana Bhagavan with Swami Ramanananda Saraswati

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: January 11, 2015, 12:00:31 AM »
Aradhana of Swami Ramanananda Saraswati (May 26, 1914-December 26, 2007) was held on Thursday January 8th. He was born in answer to a prayer by Sri Azhagammal to Bhagavan for a child. His mother passed away when he was young while his father Sri Niranjananda Swamigal took Sannyas. Thus orphaned while very young the child was raised by his aunt Smt. Alamelu and her husband Pitchu Iyer. During childhood he was fortunate to occasionally receive baby-sitting care from Ramana Maharshi.

In Skandasaramam fruits, sweets, etc., gifted by visitors would be distributed to all equally. Nondi, the monkey, was also a beneficiary of this and his portion used to be set aside in a plate if he was not around. Once as baby Venkataraman ate from Nondi's plate the monkey suddenly arrived through the window and gave a blow on his face. While the child's reaction was predictable, Sri Bhagavan defended the monkey's action saying you deserve it. Why did you want his share? Be satisfied with your share.Unlike ordinary parents who would appease the beloved child by shooing away the monkey, Bhagavan gave him valuable instructions. The boy became silent and listened to Bhagavan. Swamiji once summarized the teachings he got from Bhagavan as Do not touch the property of others. Be content with what you have. Share equally what you have. Divide it with one and all around you. Help the needy. Be not blind when a wrong is committed before you. Correct it if possible, or at least speak out for the right.

The child grew up to be the second Sarvadhikari of the ashram. By his effort the ashram is flourishing today having grown into an internationally famed spiritual institution.

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: January 09, 2015, 02:24:57 PM »
Bhagavan's 135 Jayanthi celebration video 2015

http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/portfolio-item/bhagavans-135th-jayanti-celebration-video-2015/

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General Discussion / Re: sri nochur 's pravachanam at asram
« on: January 09, 2015, 01:33:38 AM »
Ashram will webcast the discourse of Nochur Venkataraman in continuation of the previous year, on Sri Bhagavan's AKSHARAMANAMALAI from 9th January 2015 to 13th January 2015 between 9.30 a.m. and 11.00 a.m local time from the Granthalaya (Library Complex).

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                                  ...எவையுங் -காணும்
22.     மதிக்கொளி தந்தம் மதிக்கு ளொளிரு
         மதியினை யுள்ளே மடக்கிப் பதியிற்
         பதித்திடுத லன்றிப் பதியை மதியான்
         மதித்திடுத  லெங்ஙன் மதியாய்..

Except by turning the mind inwards ( towards the feeling 'I am ')  and ( thereby) sinking ( it) in the Lord, who shines within that mind ( as its substratum) giving light ( the light of consciousness) to the mind, which sees everything (other than itself), how is it possible to know ( or to meditate upon) the Lord by the mind ? consider thus.

Note:  In this verse Sri Bhagavan clearly reveals the truth that the only means by which one can know God, who is the real Self and who shines within the mind as the pure consciousness ' I am ', is to merge the mind in Him by turning it inwards through the enquiry 'Who am I'.

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General Discussion / Re: shri ramana jayanthi today
« on: January 06, 2015, 04:37:15 PM »
Dear drsundaram

I could not see the  Ramana jayanthi celebration by Gururamana net . It is not working .

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: January 05, 2015, 02:57:02 PM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Dear Fellow Devotee:

Bhagavan's 135th Jayanti - Live Video webcast from Sri Ramanasramam

Date:    06.01.2015

Timings: 09.30 AM (IST) to 11.00 AM (IST)

Kindly visit the link : http://www.gururamana.net/

Web Team
Sriramanasramam
Tiruvannamalai,

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General Discussion / Re: sri nochur 's pravachanam at asram
« on: January 04, 2015, 04:19:33 PM »
Dear drsundaram

I copied this message from saranagathi Jan 2015

Nochur Sri Venkataraman will give seven discourses
in English in a continuation of the series begun
last January on Bhagavan's Aksharamanamalai. The
programme will be hosted in the New Library Auditorium
starting 7th January at 9.30am. For out-of-town
devotees, audio recordings will be made available for
free downloading from the Ashram website.

pl also go throught the web site http://nochursravana.com/programme-listing/

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Prapatti Ashtakam
Eight Verses on Surrender
by Sri Jagadisa Sastri

ABOUT 1945, Sri Jagadisa Sastri, a great Sanskrit scholar and compiler of Ramana Sahasranamam, was seriously ill and bed-ridden. All had lost hope of his survival. Bhagavan's special intervention to save him was sought.

A.Devaraja Mudaliar writes about it in My Recollections of Bhagavan Sri Ramana: Jagadisa Sastri, whom I used to call the Sanskrit Poet of Bhagavan's Court, wrote the stanzas called 'Prapatti Ashtakam.' He was on his deathbed, and wrote his final appeal in this poem (Prapatti Ashtakam) declaring that he would not accept any plea by Bhagavan that prarabdha must follow its course, and that if only Bhagavan willed it, His Grace could cancel prarabdha and save him. Bhagavan took such compassion on him that he was pulled out of the jaws of death.
To show how much importance Bhagavan gave to this special prayer, we shall quote from Devaraja Mudaliar's book again: These verses were translated into Tamil with the approval and encouragement of Bhagavan by T.K.Sundaresa Iyer. I got a tiny notebook stitched and wanted to have the Sanskrit and Tamil versions on alternate pages in it.

The Sanskrit I wanted to have written in Tamil script. I wrote the Tamil verses first and left the alternate pages blank for the Sanskrit. I was on the lookout for somebody who would be able and willing to transliterate them for me. I certainly did not intend to trouble Sri Bhagavan to do such a job for me but, as usual with me, in the course of a talk I told Bhagavan of my desire and he, brushing aside all objections, took the notebook from me and copied the Sanskrit verses into it in Tamil script, neatly and beautifully as was his wont, and gave it back to me. The notebook is with me and will go to my sons as an heirloom. The above text was reproduced in the October, 1985 Mountain Path, wherein the Ashtakam was reproduced in Bhagavan?s own handwriting.
This issue can be downloaded from the Sri Ramanasramam's /resource_centre/publications/mountain-path/) pages.
Needless to say, Bhagavan responded to the devotion of Jagadisa Sastri, expressed in this composition, and he soon recovered to live a long life in the service of the Master.

Below is the Sanskrit, transliteration and translation of Prapatti Ashtakam.

1.To Him born in Tiruchuli, I surrender; to Him who sported in Pandya country, I surrender; to the dweller on Arunachala slopes, I surrender; to the bikshu unaffected by the rigours of tapas, I surrender.
 
आवर्तपुर्यां जनितं प्रपद्ये पाण्ड्येशदेशे विहृतं प्रपद्ये ।
शोणाचलप्रस्थचरं प्रपद्ये भिक्षुं तपःक्लेशसहं प्रपद्ये ॥ 1 ॥
āvartapuryāṁ janitaṁ prapadye pāṇḍyeśadeśe vihṛtaṁ prapadye |
śoṇācalaprasthacaraṁ prapadye bhikṣuṁ tapaḥkleśasahaṁ prapadye || 1 ||

2.To Him who is alike to all, from the Creator to the worm, I surrender; to the subduer of the six passions, I surrender; to the bearer of the essence of Knowledge, I surrender; to the store of unbounded mercy, I surrender.
 
आब्रह्मकीटान्तसमं प्रपद्ये जितारिषड्वर्गमहं प्रपद्ये ।
सर्वज्ञतासारभृतं प्रपद्ये निस्सीमकारुण्यनिधिं प्रपद्ये ॥ 2 ॥
ābrahmakīṭāntasamaṁ prapadye jitāriṣaḍvargamahaṁ prapadye |
sarvaj?atāsārabhṛtaṁ prapadye nissīmakāruṇyanidhiṁ prapadye || 2 ||

3.To Him who surpasses the universe, I surrender; to Him whom the Vedas say to be the universe and more, I surrender; to the chastiser of death in order to be rid of fear of the all-devouring alligator Time, I surrender.
 
अस्मात्प्रपञ्चादधिकं प्रपद्ये विश्वाधिकोक्तेर्विषयं प्रपद्ये ।
कालग्रहग्राहभयापनुत्यै कृतान्तशिक्षाकृतिनं प्रपद्ये ॥ 3 ॥
asmātprapa?cādadhikaṁ prapadye viśvādhikokterviṣayaṁ prapadye |
kālagrahagrāhabhayāpanutyai kṛtāntaśikṣākṛtinaṁ prapadye || 3 ||

4.To the embodiment of Knowledge, who conquers the pain of sensual life, I surrender; to the enemy of Kama, come down in sport, to prevent the fevers caused by proud Cupid, I surrender.
 
विनेतुमार्तिं विषयाध्वजन्यां विज्ञानमूर्तिं दधतं प्रपद्ये ।
कन्दर्पदर्पज्वरवारणाय कामारिलीलावतरं प्रपद्ये ॥ 4 ॥
vinetumārtiṁ viṣayādhvajanyāṁ vij?ānamūrtiṁ dadhataṁ prapadye |
kandarpadarpajvaravāraṇāya kāmārilīlāvataraṁ prapadye || 4 ||

5.To the strictly life-long celibate, I surrender; to the holder of kamandalu and staff, I surrender; to Him that rests in dhyana on Brahmasana, I surrender; to the Hermit at one with Brahman, I surrender.
 
ājanmavarṇivratinaṁ prapadye kuṇḍībhṛtaṁ daṇḍadharaṁ prapadye |
brahmāsanadhyānarataṁ prapadye brahmātmabhūyaṁ yatinaṁ prapadye || 5 ||
आजन्मवर्णिव्रतिनं प्रपद्ये कुण्डीभृतं दण्डधरं प्रपद्ये ।
ब्रह्मासनध्यानरतं प्रपद्ये ब्रह्मात्मभूयं यतिनं प्रपद्ये ॥ 5 ॥

6.To Hara, I surrender; to the never-decaying, I surrender; to the abode of independence, I surrender; to Him of immeasurable skill, I surrender; to the foremost of spotless knowers, I surrender.
 
हरं प्रपद्ये विजरं प्रपद्ये स्वतन्त्रतायास् सदनं प्रपद्ये ।
अमेयसामर्थ्यवहं प्रपद्ये विशुद्धविज्ञानिवरं प्रपद्ये ॥ 6 ॥
haraṁ prapadye vijaraṁ prapadye svatantratāyās sadanaṁ prapadye |
ameyasāmarthyavahaṁ prapadye viśuddhavij?ānivaraṁ prapadye || 6 ||

7.To the dispeller of fever caused by ill luck, threefold ills, delusion, and karma, I surrender; to Him of true resolve, no taint, perfect contentment and bliss, I surrender.
 
दौर्भाग्य तापत्रय कर्म मोह सन्तापहन्तारमहं प्रपद्ये ।
यथार्थसङ्कल्पमपेतपापमवाप्त कामं विशुचं प्रपद्ये ॥ 7 ॥
daurbhāgya tāpatraya karma moha santāpahantāramahaṁ prapadye |
yathārthasaṅkalpamapetapāpamavāpta kāmaṁ viśucaṁ prapadye || 7 ||

8.To the face of gentle smile that brings peace to the devotees, I surrender; to RAMANA (Blessing), so named because, removing all pain, He brings in joy, I surrender.
 
मनः प्रसादं भजतां ददानं मुग्धस्मितोल्लासिमुखं प्रपद्ये ।
व्यथामशेषां व्यपनीय मोदप्रदेन नाम्ना रमणं प्रपद्ये ॥ 8 ॥
manaḥ prasādaṁ bhajatāṁ dadānaṁ mugdhasmitollāsimukhaṁ prapadye |
vyathāmaśeṣāṁ vyapanīya modapradena nāmnā ramaṇaṁ prapadye || 8 ||

9.To Siva the bestower of bliss, the Master, the store of all virtues, I surrender; to the indweller of my heart-lotus, I surrender; to the refuge and Lord, I surrender.
 
शिवं प्रपद्ये शिवदं प्रपद्ये गुरुं प्रपद्ये गुणिनं प्रपद्ये ।
मदीयहृत्पद्मजुषं प्रपद्ये शरण्यमीशं शरणं प्रपद्ये ॥ 9 ॥
śivaṁ prapadye śivadaṁ prapadye guruṁ prapadye guṇinaṁ prapadye |
madīyahṛtpadmajuṣaṁ prapadye śaraṇyamīśaṁ śaraṇaṁ prapadye || 9 ||

10.May all others also wisely surrender to Ramana, in order to gain His qualities by His blessings.
 
प्रपत्तिं रमणस्यैतां तन्वतां तत्त्वदर्शिनः
तत्क्रतुन्यायरसिकाः तत्तादृशफलाप्तये ॥ 10 ॥
prapattiṁ ramaṇasyaitāṁ tanvatāṁ tattvadarśinaḥ |
tatkratunyāyarasikāḥ tattādṛśaphalāptaye || 10 ||

Note: This ashtakam does not conform exactly to the regular structure of an ashtakam (8 verses). This interesting discrepancy is seen in other noted ashtakams and compositions. For surrender. example, Sri Bhagavan?s divine composition Arunachala Padikam (padikam, meaning 10 verses) actually contains 11 verses.

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