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Arunachala / Re: Visited Arunachala during Deepam festival
« on: December 01, 2014, 10:53:12 AM »
Dear Kksat sir

Very nice to hear that you visited Thiruvannamalai during Deepam festival

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: December 01, 2014, 02:12:46 AM »
The Lord of the Vedas, the Jewel of the Vedas, he is the Vedas incarnate. The delighter in life eternal gained by power of his love is Ramana Sat-Guru! Verse 13 in Ramana stuti panchakam

Grant me the essence of the Vedas, which shine in the Vedanta, one without a second, Oh Arunachala! Verse 99 in Aksharamanamalai
For over a century Bhagavan devotees like Raju Sastrigal and the family of Chandrasekhara Iyer have been organizing and participating in special Veda Parayana during the ten days of Karthigai festival. In the last eight years additional groups headed by our Veda Patsala teachers Sendil Ganabadigal and Hari Ganabadigal have added to this tradition and conduct their own group Parayana. Over hundred Ritwiks from various parts of India come to Arunachala and devoutly chant the Vedas to the delight of devotees. Included are Sukla Yajur Veda Ghana Parayanam, Krishna Yajur Veda Ghana parayanam and Sama Veda Chantings. It takes forty days or four year at the rate of ten days a year to recite the entire Vedas. Vedas are chanted at the ashram shrine, Sankara Madam, Sri Lalitambika temple and in the Tiruvannamalai town near Ayyankulam tank.

Fourth day procession included "Kalpaka Vriksham" , the wishful filling tree and "Kamadenu" the wish fulfilling cow. The presence of Lord Arunachala makes them harmless in the sense that wishes fulfilled will not lead to any unwanted side-effects.

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: November 29, 2014, 09:45:49 PM »
Ah! What a wonder! Arunachala stands as an insentient Hill. Its action is mysterious, past human understanding. From the age of innocence it had shone within my mind that Arunachala was something of surpassing grandeur, but even when I came to know through another that it was the same as Tiruvannamalai, I did not realise its meaning. When it drew me up to it, stilling my mind, and I came close, I saw it stand unmoving.
To look for God ignoring Thee who art Being and Consciousness is like going with a lamp to look for darkness. Only to make Thyself known as Being and Consciousness, Thou dwellest in different religions under different names and forms. If yet they do not come to know Thee, they are indeed the blind who do not know the Sun. O Arunachala the great! Thou peerless Gem, abide and shine Thou as my Self, One without a second!

As the string binds a necklet of gems, it is Thou in Thy Unity who penetrates all the diversity of beings and religions. If, like a gem when it is cut and polished, the impure mind is worked against the wheel of the pure mind to free it of its flaws, it will take on the light of Thy Grace and shine like a ruby, whose fire is unaffected by any outward object. When a photographic plate has been exposed to the sunlight, can it receive any impressions afterwards? O benign and dazzling Aruna Hill! Is there anything apart from Thee?

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: November 28, 2014, 12:57:53 PM »
Each day the choice of vehicles used by the Deity varies according to the scriptural theme chosen for depiction. On the second day, for example, the vehicle used is Sun God or Surya Vahana emphasizing the truth that even the apparently huge and self-luminous Sun is but an instrument serving the Almighty Lord Arunachala, Emperor of the Universe.There are two processions every day, one in the morning at 11 AM and the other at 10 PM. We turn to the writings of Ramana Maharshi to help us understand the deeper mysteries of Arunachala.

Lord Arunachala is ever-present as an extremely compassionate Being. Those who seek Him without coveting riches, lands, relatives, caste and the like, shine with resplendent Grace like the rays of the rising Sun and remain ever happy in the world.

When one enquires into the meaning of Arunachala, which is lustrous like red gold and bestows Liberation, one finds that the word Aruna means Sat, Chit and Ananda (Existence, Consciousness and Bliss), the identity of the individual self and the Supreme Self and that the word Achala means perfection.
Dazzling Sun that swallowest up all the universe in Thy rays, open the lotus of my Heart, I pray, Oh Arunachala!

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: November 27, 2014, 11:10:48 AM »

 Sri Ramanashramam Yajur Ghana Paaraayanam Nov 26, 0734 hrs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_-lmV3oaMI&feature=share

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Arunachala / Re: Deepam now and deep Arunachala chanting by fellow devotees
« on: November 26, 2014, 12:13:02 AM »
Deepam festival is celebrated to commemorate the non-dual merger of the Divine Mother with Lord Arunachala. The high point of the festival is the lighting of the Holy Beacon in the highest peak of Arunachala Mountain on Friday December 5, 2014(Full moon day).
Many groups organize special worship, visitor feeding and dance-drama shows during the ten days of the festival. Several groups of highly qualified pundits recite the entire Vedas in Sri Ramanasramam and surrounding holy places in various meters.
Flag hoisting will take place tomorrow (November 26th). Durga ambol festival was observed on Sunday, Pidari utsavam on Monday and Lord Ganesh was worshipped today(Tuesday). Every morning and evening fully decorated Deities are taken out in procession around the temple. With the grace of Lord Arunachala, we hope to bring some images of the festivities to our readers.

THE GLORY OF SRI ARUNACHALA

Nandi said:
1. Arunachala is the holy place! Of all places it is the greatest! Know that it is the heart centre of the earth. It is Siva Himself. It is a secret place representing the Heart. Lord Shiva always abides there as a glorious hill called Arunachala!
2. Know that the day on which (Shiva); assumed for the first time the form of a great and wonderful linga under the name of Arunachala is athirai in the (Tamil month of) margazhi. And the day on which thecelestial beings led by Vishnu praised and worshipped Shiva, who appeared in the midst of that splendour (or appeared as that splendour) is Sivaratri (the night dedicated to Shiva) in the month of masi.
Siva said:
3. Though in fact fiery, my lack-lustre appearance as a hill on this spot is an act of grace for the maintenance of the world. I also abide here as the Siddha. Within me there are many glorious caves filled with all kinds of enjoyments. Know this.

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 22, 2014, 03:13:15 PM »
Devotees reading Sacred Malayalam texts

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 22, 2014, 03:09:25 PM »
Meditation Hall Devotees

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 22, 2014, 03:07:00 PM »
Annual Abishekam to Murthis

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 22, 2014, 03:04:20 PM »
Mookupodiswami left side

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 22, 2014, 03:03:07 PM »
cycleswami

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 22, 2014, 02:59:26 PM »
Devotees of Sri Ramanashramam

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Fate or Free-will, which determines one?s life? Bhagavan enjoins very intense self-effort to win freedom, complete predetermination of smallest events of one?s life, irrelevance of the question itself, and absolute unconditional freedom of the Self, unaffected by both destiny and free-will. The answer depends on whether a person believes himself to be the body, the Self or some something else. We list some quotations of Bhagavan so the reader can find the answer for himself.

"If (as Arjuna was told in the Gita) there is a certain work destined to be done by each and we shall eventually do it however much we do not wish to do it or refuse to do it, is there any free will?"

Bhagavan said, 'It is true that the work meant to be done by us will be done by us. But it is open to us to be free from the joys or pains, pleasant or unpleasant consequences of the work, by not identifying ourselves with the body or that which does the work. If you realize your true nature and know that it is not you that do any work, you will be unaffected by the consequences of whatever work the body may be engaged in according to destiny or past karma or divine plan, however you may call it. You are always free and there is no limitation of that freedom.'

Bhagavan: It does not really rest with a man whether he goes to this place or that or whether he gives up his duties or not. All that happens according to destiny. All the activities that the body is to go through are determined when it first comes into existence. It does not rest with you to accept or reject them. The only freedom you have is to turn your mind inward and renounce activities there

K. M. Jivrajani: Why is it that turning inward alone is left to us and not any outer things?
Bhagavan: If you want to go to fundamentals, you must enquire who you are and find out who it is who has freedom or destiny. Who are you and why did you get this body that has these limitations?
Khanna: Is there destiny? And if what is destined to happen will happen is there any use in prayer or effort or should we just remain idle?

Bhagavan: There are only two ways to conquer destiny or be independent of it. One is to enquire for whom is this destiny and discover that only the ego is bound by destiny and not the Self, and that the ego is nonexistent. The other way is to kill the ego by completely surrendering to the Lord, by realizing one's helplessness and saying all the time : 'Not I but Thou, oh Lord!', and giving up all sense of 'I' and 'mine' and leaving it to the Lord to do what he likes with you. Surrender can never be regarded as complete so long as the devotee wants this or that from the Lord. True surrender is love of God for the sake of love and nothing else, not even for the sake of salvation. In other words, complete effacement of the ego is necessary to conquer destiny, whether you achieve this effacement through Self enquiry or through path of devotion.

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                                           ...உணர-நின்ற பொருள்

16.   நாமன்றி நாளேது நாடேது நாடுங்கா
       னாமுடம்பே னாணாட்டு ணாம்படுவ-நாமுடம்போ
       நாமின்றன் றென்றுமொன்று நாடிங்கங் கெங்குமொன்றா
       னாமுண்டு நாணாடி னாம்...


When we scrutinize except 'we', the known existing reality ('I am') where is time and where is place?  that is, when we keenly scrutinize  ourself through the enquiry 'Who am I?' it will be found that there exists no such thing as time or place, but only  'we' the reality or Self,) If we are the body, ( that is if we mistake oneself to be the body), we  shall be caught in time and place;(But) are we the body?( If we enquiry 'If I am not the body, then who am I?' we will  realize that since we are the one ( reality) now , then and always, the one ( reality) here,, there and everywhere, we-the 'we' (self) who is devoid of time and place-(alone) exist ( and time and place do not exist).

Note:   The conception of place exists only with reference to the first person,  'I' whom we always feel to be 'here', while the conception of time exists only with reference to the present moment, which we always feel to be 'now'.  But by our scrutinizing either the truth of the first person or the truth of the present moment, both the first person and the present moment   (which are twin conceptions that always exist side by side) will be found to be non-existent as such, and hence the conceptions of time and place will cease to exist. Thus we will realize  that we are not be body, which is bound by time and place but are only the real Self, which is devoid of time and place and which is the sole reality underlying the different times ' now' 'then' and always', and the different places such as here', 'there ' and 'everywhere'.

The words   'nal-nadu-il in the last  line of this verse may be taken to be either an adjective clause to ' we' meaning   "who is devoid of time and place", or an independent clause meaning " time and place" or an independent clause meaning " time and place to not exist".   Therefore both meaning are given in this translation, the first without brackets and the second within brackets.

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General Discussion / Re: nochur shri venkataraman's discourse
« on: November 16, 2014, 03:07:14 PM »
Dr dr sundram   

I just copied from other web site


http://nochursravana.com/programme-listing/

Programme Listing

26-Nov-2014 To 04-Dec-2014   
Kanchi Sankara Madam, Tiruvannamallai
Aksharamanamalai
( Contd.);
Tamil
09.00AM to 10.30AM

08-Dec-2014 To 10-Dec-2014   
Abhinava Barathi Satsang,
Abhinava Eye Clinic,
42, 2nd Main Rd.,Kasturibai Nagar,
Adyar, Chennai
Contact:
Dr. A.G. Ramesh MS.DO -
044-24413453, 24426767,
09444043453.
To be announced
06.30PM to 08.30PM

08-Dec-2014 To 10-Dec-2014   
Conference Hall, Meenakshi Hall of Engineering,
Vembuliamman Koil St,  Gandhi Nagar, West K.K.Nagar, Chennai,
Contact:
Sri Vaidyanathan -
09444188277.
Sivananda lahari;
Organised by Sri Rama Bhakta Jana Samaj;
Tamil
07.00AM to 09.00AM

This website and its contents are intended to provide general information and programme details of Acharya Sri Nochur Venkatraman. The content is for informational purposes only and is updated by a group of Devotees directly under Acharya. Please don?t encourage the comments and references about Acharya in other websites and media.

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