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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.


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

                                           ...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.

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

Programme Listing

26-Nov-2014 To 04-Dec-2014   
Kanchi Sankara Madam, Tiruvannamallai
( Contd.);
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
Dr. A.G. Ramesh MS.DO -
044-24413453, 24426767,
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,
Sri Vaidyanathan -
Sivananda lahari;
Organised by Sri Rama Bhakta Jana Samaj;
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.

Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: November 16, 2014, 12:44:52 AM »
The Karthigai Deepam is the most important festival not only for the folks of the temple town of Tiruvannamalai but also for most of Tamil Nadu. Devotees from Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchy and other towns voluntarily came to the temple and started cleaning the temple as one would clean once own house before an important function. The enthusiasm of a large number of men and women who came with brooms, cleaning solutions and implements is contagious to say the least. We conclude with Bhagavan?s verse on Karthigai Deepam(beacon on the Hill)
?Getting rid of the ?I am the body? idea and turning the mind inwards and merging it in the Heart to realize the real, non-dual and effulgent Self, is the real significance of seeing the beacon of light on Annamalai, the centre of the earth?.

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 15, 2014, 04:23:24 PM »
Arunachala temple

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 15, 2014, 04:22:16 PM »
Arunachala Hill

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 15, 2014, 04:21:02 PM »

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 15, 2014, 04:19:56 PM »
srimastanswami samadhi

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