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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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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?.

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

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

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

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

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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: November 15, 2014, 01:32:07 PM »
அரசு போக்குவரத்துக் கழக அதிகாரி ஒருவர் இது தொடர்பாக ?தி இந்து?விடம் கூறியதாவது:

தீபத் திருவிழாவுக்காக ஆண்டுதோறும் திருவண்ணாமலைக்கு சிறப்பு பஸ்கள் இயக்கப்பட்டு வருகின்றன. அந்த வகையில் இந்த ஆண்டும், விழுப்புரம், கடலூர், பாண்டி, திருச்சி உள்ளிட்ட பல்வேறு இடங்களில் இருந்து மொத்தம் 1,100 சிறப்பு பஸ்கள் இயக்கப்படவுள்ளன. இதில் சென்னையில் இருந்து மட்டும் 500 சிறப்பு பஸ்கள் இயக்கப்படுகின்றன. டிசம்பர் 4-ம் தேதி முதல் 6-ம் தேதி வரை இந்த சிறப்பு பஸ்கள் இயக்கப்படும்.

இவ்வாறு அவர் கூறினார்.

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: November 11, 2014, 04:50:51 PM »
Continued from a previous post :Mastan Swami served the devotees of Bhagavan very devoutly. He would happily feed devotees even if he had to beg for the food. He always brought so much food that devotees gave away plenty of leftover food. He would ask with great respect Please tell me some stories about the glory of our Master. To me, every word Bhagavan speaks is holy. The words that come out of his holy mouth are so powerful, merely listening to them can give liberation to ripe souls.
Akhilandamma cared for Mastan Swamy during his last days in 1931. She reports: He was sick and bedridden for about a week. During those days he spoke of many things not of this world, as if he were actually seeing them. He said, There, Nandi the bull, Mount of Siva, is descending. He is very affectionately licking all over my body! Look! The attendants of Siva are dancing here! See! They are beckoning me to come to their world. Look at those lotus ponds where celestial swans are swimming!

It appeared like delirium but on the last day He suddenly got up on his bed and stood up, looking as if someone, face to face, had been calling him. Then, in great excitement, he exclaimed, ?Mother Apeetakuchamba have you come yourself to escort me The next moment he fell down dead. On hearing the news, Bhagavan instructed Kunju Swamigal to go and build a Samadhi as described by Tirumular in Tirumandiram. He also told Akhilandammal May be the universal mother, Apeetakuchamba, personally came to receive him. All his descriptions correspond to the world of Siva. Mastan was an unassuming devotee. He had a wealth of hidden spiritual experiences. It is a matter for gratification that he passed away under your care and supervision?

The dead body of Mastan Swamy, a Muslim, was carried for burial in a brand new four-wheeled cart,(chapparam) provided by the local Siva temple. Such carts are usually reserved for the exclusive use of the Deity of the temple. The exceptional decision of the temple authorities in permitting the use of the cart for Mastan Swamy's final journey confirms beyond all doubt that his final spiritual experience was not delirium but authored by Lord Siva Himself both in earth and Heaven.
The Jain inhabitants of the village felt that having a Hindu samadhi in their midst would be very inauspicious. When they first heard of it, there was even talk of their abandoning the village completely. However, in the time that has passed since Mastan's samadhi was constructed, the village has thrived and grown rich. Nowadays the Samadhi is a visible deity to all the people from the village, whatever their caste or religion. What a wonder!

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 10, 2014, 03:04:40 PM »
Subramanian Sir

Very interesting facts  regarding Sri Bhagavan and Muruganar in  the kitchen .Noted Thank you.

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: November 10, 2014, 02:57:43 PM »
Annamalai Swami's Guru Puja was done in his Samadhi shrine with the worship of Siva Linga amidst Aksharamanamalai chanting on November 9. Annamalai Swami came to Bhagavan in 1928 as a young aspirant keen on making rapid spiritual progress. Initially he worked as an attendant, but soon Bhagavan gave him the supervision of all the building projects in the ashram. Though well qualified to do the masonry work he felt involvement in construction work will halt his spiritual progress. Dissatisfied with his role in the ashram, He ran away to Polur. But can the net of Arunachala's Grace ever fail? He ran into all kinds of trouble until he changed his mind and decided to come back to the ashram. The moment he decided to return to the ashram everything adjusted itself smoothly in his favor. He learned the profound spiritual truth that highest spiritual progress is as simple as doing Master's bidding.

Between 1928 and 1938, working directly under Bhagavan, he supervised the construction of the cowshed, the Veda Patasala, the dining room, the storeroom, the old office block, the dispensary and the large revetment on the north side of the ashram. In 1938 the following experience reported in Talks with Ramana Maharshi changed the course of his life:
When Sri Bhagavan was taking His bath a few devotees were around Him, speaking to each other. Finally they asked Him about the use of the drug hashish (ganja). Sri Bhagavan had finished His bath by that time. He said: Oh ganja! The users feel immensely happy when they are under its influence. How shall I describe their happiness! They simply shout ananda! Ananda! Saying so, He walked as if tipsy. Everyone laughed. He appeared as if He stumbled, placed His hands round Annamalai Swami and cried ananda! ananda!
Annamalai Swami records that his very being was transformed from that time. He further says that his mind now remains at peace. Annamalai Swami also asked: Namadev, Tukaram, Tulsidas and others are said to have seen Maha Vishnu. How did they see Him?

M.: In what manner? Just in the same manner as you see me now and I see you here. They would also have seen Vishnu in this way only. He records that, on hearing it, his hairs stood on end and an intense joy overpowered him.
In later years Annamalai Swami became a reputed and much sought after saint guiding seekers on the path of Bhagavan for nearly forty-five years after Bhagavan?s Maha Samadhi. Many books have been written on him and interestingly one book has the title Living by the Words of the Master.

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