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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:14:55 AM »
Sadhus at Arunachala

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: October 27, 2014, 11:10:06 AM »
Bhagavan with devotees

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General Discussion / Re: Happy Deepavali - 2014.
« on: October 22, 2014, 12:20:46 PM »
Ramana Asramam wishes you a Happy Diwali.


Ashram wishes you and your loved ones a very happy Diwali. Today the worship at Bhagavan's shrine started at 4:30 AM. Here is a devotee?s experience on Diwali or Deepavali day in 1929 in Bhagavan?s Presence. "Bhagavan in His embodied state occupied our whole heart, being dear to us as father, mother, God and Guru, all in one. We were loath to leave His presence, be it night or day. We slept outside the Old Hall, and Bhagavan was always visible to us on the sofa from where we were.

On the night prior to Deepavali in 1929, the first year of my settling in the Ashram, Bhagavan suggested my going home for the ?Ganges? bath (Gangasnanam), To me (why, to all of us!) the very sight of Bhagavan is a bath in the Ganga, the sight of Bhagavan is the worship of Siva, the sight of Bhagavan is the fulfilment of every ritual and the practice of all austerities. Yet I did not want to go against the mandate of Bhagavan as I went home, late in the night. I was impatient to be back with Bhagavan, so I woke up my wife and children even at 2 am, finished the ceremonial Ganges bath, and hastened to His blessed Presence.

Bhagavan lay reclining on the sofa. It was about 3-30 am; I made the usual prostration and sat down by the sofa. All of a sudden an aura was visible around the head of Bhagavan. It was like the glory with clusters of evenly arranged flames, just as we see round the deities in our temple processions. Bhagavan?s face shone with beaming smiles. It appeared to me that on this occasion Bhagavan was giving darshan (gracious view) of Sri Nataraja, the Lord of the Cosmic Dance. In my ecstasy, I think I must have sung hymns from Thevaram, which I love as dearly as the Vedas. The vision lasted for half an hour, and then the glory vanished. At 4 a.m. Bhagavan sat up for His Pansupari. I related to Him what I had seen, and Bhagavan again gave a beaming smile."

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                                                         .....--செறிவாய
 13.   ஞானமாந் தானேமெய் நானாவா ஞானமஞ்
         ஞானமாம் பொய்யாமஞ் ஞானமுமே -ஞானமாந்
         தன்னையனறி யின்றனணிக டாம்பலவும் பொயிமெய்யாம்
         பொன்னையன்றி யுன்டோ புகல்....

Self ('I am ') which is (clear and) abundant knowledge  (jnana), alone is real.  Knowledge which is many (this is the knowledge which knows the many objects of this world) is ignorance ( ajnana).  Even (that) ignorance (the knowledge of the many objects of this world), which is unreal, does not exist apart from Self, which is only (real) knowledge .  All the many ornaments are unreal; do they exist apart from the gold, which (alone) is real?

Since the one non-dual Self alone is real, since the many objects of this world (which are mere names and forms) are therefore unreal, the knowledge which knows those many  objects is only ignorance and not real knowledge. Sri Bhagavan declares this ignorance ( ajnana) to be unreal because, though it seems to exist in the deluded outlook of the individual who is under  its sway  it is completely non-existent in the true outlook of Self.  However, just as the many unreal names and forms of the ornaments could not even seem to exist if there did not exist the one real substance, the gold, and just as the unreal snake could not even seem to exist if there did not exist the real rope, so this unreal ignorance-the knowledge which knows manyness-could not even seem to exist if there did not exist the one real knowledge , the Self.

Note:  The words nanavam jnanam, which literally mean 'knowledge which is many' or manifold knowledge' , may be taken to mean either (1) the knowledge which knows many objects, that is, the knowing mind, or (2) the knowledge of many objects, that is the knowledge gathered by the mind.   However, in practice these two meanings amount to the same thing, because the knowing mind is nothing other than the knowledge of objects.  That is, without the knowledge of objects there is no such thing as mind, and without the mind there is no such thing as mind, and without the mind there is no such thing as knowledge of objects.

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Shantammal - Eternal Bhagavan Part III. (Maharshi Newsletter Jan/Feb 1999)

M.: "Everything must be done in a hurry.
Everybody has some train to catch.
They visit Swami in a rush and want to carry away a parcel of liberation.
They read something here and there and think they are quite learned."

(Whenever there was a chance to snub our ego, Bhagavan would never miss it).

He continued:
"Before the people come here, everyone has
the most sincere desire to work for his own liberation,
but when they settle down,
the ego goes to their heads and they forget why they came.
They imagine they are doing me great service by
feeding me and think altogether too much of themselves.
The feeling of self-importance that they have when
they serve their guru destroys their hope of enlightenment.
Only humility can destroy the ego.
The ego keeps you far away from God.
The door to God is open, but the lintel is very low.
To enter one has to bend.
Are you doing me greater service than the man
who for years was like my shadow?
What was the good of it?
The same man went to court against me and got me cross-examined!
Even if a trace of ego is left in the mind it will
rapidly increase and ruin you spiritually."

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Ashrams / Re: my 2nd visit to ramana ashramam (18th,19th october)
« on: October 21, 2014, 02:40:37 PM »
Very nice Mr Ramana-Maharishi sir

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: October 21, 2014, 11:48:32 AM »
Ramana Nagar map by  a Japenese

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                                                        ..--அறவே
12.   அறிவறி யாமையு மற்றதறி வாமே
        யறியும துண்மையறி வாகா --தறிதற்
        கறிவித்தற் கன்னியமின் றாயவிர்வ தாற்றா
        னறிவாகும் பாழன் றறிவாய் ...

That (state) which is completely devoid of knowledge and ignorance (about objects) is (true) knowledge.  That which knows(anything  as other than itself)  is not true knowledge.  Since Self shines without another ( for it) to know or to make ( it) known, it is (true ) knowledge; it is not a void ( though devoid of both knowledge and ignorance about objects).  Know thus.

Note:  That which knows objects is not the real Self but only the mind or ego, which is not a true knowledge but only ignorance.   Since Self exists and shines as the sole, non-dual reality there does not exist anything other than it either for it to know or to make it known.  Thus the nature of Self, which is the true knowledge,  is not to know anything but only to be.   Hence Self is that which is completely devoid of knowledge and ignorance about objects . (Verse 27of Upadesa Undiyar).  However , Self is not a void, because it shines and knows itself by its own light of consciousness as the clear and abundant knowledge 'I am'.
The word "arivittarku"( to make known) can give four meanings, namely:
1.    To make something known to another
2.    To make something known to Oneself
3.    To make oneself  known to another
4.    To make oneself known to oneself
All four meanings are fitting in the context , but the last is the most important, because it reveals that Self is self-shining(swayamprakasa), that is, that self knows itself by its own light of consciousness.

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: October 18, 2014, 12:25:57 PM »
Swami Shantananda Puri Maharaj is entombed in Panditha Pattu, a small quiet village about six kilometers from the ashram with a lovely view of Arunachala Hill. During interment devotees spontaneously sang Siva Puranam, Vedas and other sacred Bhajans. Swamiji?s final few weeks were amazing display Ramana Maharshi?s boundless grace. Bhagavan has said ?Some Sakti draws people from all parts of the globe to this centre.? Indeed that Sakti is not different from Ramana Maharshi Himself.

That great Sakti made Swamiji give up his abode in Himalayas many years ago and kept him here despite life-threatening medical issues. In the first week of April he was diagnosed with Cellulitus and very soon it turned into Septicemia, a serious, life-threatening infection that gets worse very quickly. The entire body including intestines, kidneys, liver, hands, etc. was all infected badly. He could not talk due to severe mouth ulcers but would surprise devotees by speaking spontaneously on occasions. In such a state he completed the final proof reading of ?Sadhanas from Guru Vachaka Kovai?!
He was admitted in the ICU of East Cost Hospital, Pondicherry. On 20th September, he insisted on visiting Ramana ashram, in spite of being in a critical condition after recovering from hepatic coma. The doctors declined permission but was he a person to give up so easily? He resorted to satyagraha until the doctors reluctantly released him.
The two days, 20th and 21st September were exceptionally memorable. He was full of joy and his love was overflowing. He was extremely cheerful throughout and made everyone around him happy. He did not sleep the entire night and was constantly checking the time to leave for Tiruvannamalai. The moment he entered the Ashram, he became ecstatic! He was in the stretcher and was very affectionately received by President and the entire ashram administration. The moment he came out, he said, ?Bhagavan Ramana is my father, my mother, my Guru and my everything. Where else can I go?? All words will fail to describe the atmosphere that was created when Swamiji was in the shrine. One had to be there to experience this feeling! His devotes were very happy to see his wish of seeing Bhagavan was fulfilled to the fullest. Later same day he developed serious complications with bleeding and had to be rushed back to the hospital where he eventually shrugged off his mortal coil.

Swami Shantananda Puri has written over 30 books. Significantly ?sadhanas from Upadesa Saram? was released on the last day of his earthy sojourn. In the humorous spirit of Swamiji we may write an epitaph ?Here lies a joyous Swamiji who converted ICU into I See You Eternally Arunachala!?.

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General Discussion / Re: ramana gayathri
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:14:40 PM »
Pl hear this song
http://www.hummaa.com/music/album/arule-ramana/31121


Album: Arule Ramana
Song: Namo Bhagavathe
Artists: Prabhakar
Composer: D V Ramani
Lyricist: P Senthil Kumar

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Find devotees in your area / Bhagavan devotees in Paris Region.
« on: October 17, 2014, 11:19:29 AM »
Bhagavan devotees in Paris Region. Pl  note the Meditation's date.

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: October 16, 2014, 10:47:25 AM »
Mme Latha

Very nice letter and useful informations for people in the  stress and tension  world.

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                                                 ...---அறிப
11.   அறிவுறுந் தன்னை யறியா தயலை
        யறிவ தறியாமை யன்றி --யறிவோ
        வறிவயற் காதாரத் தன்னை யறிய
        வறிவறி யாமை யறுமே...


Knowing other things without knowing onself ( the mind or ego), who knows the objects known, is ( only) ignorance; can it instead be ( true) knowledge? When ( through the enquiry 'Who am I', the individual who knows the objects  known) one knows ( the non-existence of ) oneself ( the knowing ego) the base for knowledge and the other ( that is , the base of knowledge and ignorance about objects ) will cease to exist.

Note:  The word arivadu may mean either ' ( the act of ) knowing ' or ' that which knows'.   If the latter meaning is taken, the first sentence of this verse would translate thus:  "That which knows other things without knowing itself, which knows  the objects known, is (only) ignorance; can it instead be ( true) knowledge?" In other words, the mind, which knows other things without knowing the truth of itself, is not knowledge but only ignorance.

However, when the mind gives up knowing other things and tries instead to know itself by scrutinizing  'Who am I?', it will be found to be truly non-existent, and hence all its knowledge and ignorance about other things  will automatically cease to exist.  The resulting state, in which all knowledge and ignorance about objects has ceased to exist due to the destruction of their base, the knowing mind, alone is the state of true knowledge.

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: October 15, 2014, 10:25:41 AM »
Dear Subramanian Sir and drSundaram Sir

I missed him for his blessings.

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: October 15, 2014, 12:01:06 AM »
Swami Shantananda Puri Maharaj Passes Away

Swami Shantananda Puri Maharaj , a staunch devotee of Sri Ramana Maharshi and a resident of Sri Ramanasramam passed away on October 14, 2014 at about 1:30PM. His enlightened and inspiring presence at the ashram will be missed by one and all.

Swamiji came to Sri Ramanasramam nearly four decades ago and was a permanent resident of the ashram. He has written Sadhanas from Guru Vachaka Kovai, Sadhanas from Devi Kalottaram and Sadhanas from Sri Ramana Gita and many other books. He has also composed 108 names (ashtotram) on Sri Ramana Maharshi's mother in Sanskrit which is available as an ashram publication. Swamiji has been compared to Nachiketas for having defied death several years ago and returning from the abode of death after medicos gave up hope.

His Holiness Sri Swami Shantananda Puri Maharaj of Vasishta Guha (Himalayas), was born on 6th May, 1928, in Tiruvaiyaru (the land of five rivers), Tamil Nadu, India. Swamiji is a disciple of Parma poojya Sri Swami Purushottamananda Puri Maharaj, who was the disciple of Swami Brahmananda (the great disciple of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa). Swamiji is a scholar par excellence in vedic scriptures as well as in the puranic texts. His simplicity, transparent deep faith in the divine force and absolute surrender to the Supreme has made him an ideal combination of Jnana and Bhakti.

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