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Very nice silent video about Sri Ramana Bhagavan

General topics / Re: Kunju Swami's Liberation Day -07.08.2014
« on: August 08, 2014, 03:54:08 PM »
Bhagavan has referred to Kunju Swamigal as ?Another son has come?. It is truly a very special blessing. Read from Swamigals? reminiscences

I thought a great deal about how I should prostrate, how I should conduct myself before Sri Bhagavan. I decided to accept whatever he said first as his upadesa. When I reached Skandasram and saw Sri Bhagavan, I was thrilled. At that time my friend, Ramakrishnaswami, Perumalswami and Akhandananda prostrated before Sri Bhagavan. I did likewise. Ramakrishnaswami was pleasantly surprised to see me. He said to Sri Bhagavan, "He is from my village. He has been a sadhu from a very early age. It was he who sent me here." Sri Bhagavan nodded his head. Then Ramakrishnaswami said to me, "Please stay here. We shall be back soon." I learned later that Annamalaiswami, an attendant of Sri Bhagavan, had died of the plague and they were going for making arrangements for his burial. I heard someone weeping in the adjoining small room. An old woman cried, ?A gem of a fellow has been snatched away. What a tragedy!" Someone was sitting beside her. Turning towards them Sri Bhagavan said pointing to me, "Why are you all so upset? Another son has come here to fill his place."
Guru's Command is Upadesa

After a little while, there was no one in the place except me and Sri Bhagavan. Sri Bhagavan had not spoken a single word to me. He took some flour from a small tin and put it in a vessel and poured water from his kamandalu and stirred it and put the vessel on the charcoal stove. I thought he was making some elixir and looked forward to it in silence. It was actually some gruel. He poured a little of it on a plate, got up and lifted a basket. Four pups came out with joy to the plate to drink the gruel. Sri Bhagavan tried to restrain them as he thought the gruel might be too hot for them. Sri Bhagavan, who had not spoken to me till then, said, "Catch the four." Immediately I caught hold of the four pups. After the gruel had cooled, he said, "Release them one by one." According to my earlier resolution, I decided to accept his first utterance as the first upadesa. "Catch hold of the four great utterances." I released the pups one by one, feeling that I should also give up my attachments. The pups with their stomachs full tottered along. One of them passed urine. Sri Bhagavan got up, washed the spot with water and wiped it with an old gunny bag. I had an urge to help him. I refrained from doing so, as I thought that I should not do anything without his permission. Sri Bhagavan came back after cleaning up the place. Then another pup fouled up the place, and seeing me restless, Sri Bhagavan said, "Clean it." I cleaned up the place. "Wipe the mind and keep it clean" I considered this his third upadesa. I experienced great happiness and peace.

from the fb Sri Ramana Maharishi


உள்ளதல துள்ளவுணர் வுள்ளதோ வுள்ளபொரு
ளுள்ளலற வுள்ளத்தே யுள்ளதா-- லுள்ளமெனு
முள்ளபொரு ளுள்ளலெவ னுள்ளத்தே யுள்ளபடி
யுள்ளதே யுள்ள லுணர் வாயே...

Benedictory  Verses

If the Reality 'I' did not exist, could there exist the consciousness 'am' (the consciousness of one's own existence)?" Since ( that ) Reality exists in the heart devoid of thought, how to ( or who can) meditate upon (that) Reality, which is called the Heart? Know that abiding in the Heart as it is ( that is, without thought, as ' I am'), alone is meditating (upon the Reality).

"Rephrase thus:  If the reality( one's own existence, 'I') did not exist, could there exist the consciousness of Being ( the consciousness  of one's existence ' am ')?.

Note:  The last two lines of this verse, " How to ( or who can) meditate upon the Reality?  Know that abiding in the Heart as it is , alone is meditating ( upon the Reality)", were composed by Sri Bhagavan on 7th August 1928, and the first two lines were composed and added by Him four days later.   Therefore the first two lines should be understood to be an explanation of the question and statement made in the mast two lines.   Since the Reality is that which exists within one devoid  of thought , it is beyond the range of mental conception.   Therefore , how can anyone meditate or form a correct mental conception of that thought-transcending  Reality,  But since everyone experiences the consciousness  ' am' it is clear that there does exist a Reality of oneself and that, the Reality is within the range of one's knowledge, though beyond the range of conceptual knowledge of thought.   Since it is we alone who know our own existence or Reality as ' I am', we are not only the Reality (sat) but also the consciousness (chit) which known our Reality ( verse 23 of Upadesa Undiyar) .   Therefore if , instead of rising in the form of a thought  'I  am this ' or ' I am that', we remain as we really are-that is as the thought-free existence-consciousness ' I am '-, that alone is truly the state of Knowing or meditating upon the Reality  (verse 26 of Upadesa Undiyar).

The opening  words of this verse" Ulladu aladu ulla unarvu ulladu" ( If the reality did not exist, could there exist the consciousness 'am' ? may  also be taken to mean either (1) " Can the consciousness (chit) of (one's own) existence (sat) be other than (that) existence?" or (2) " Other than  the Reality (sat) can there exist a consciousness ( chit) to meditate ( upon the reality)?".

In 1929 a devotee named K. Lakshmana Sharma ('who') attempted to  translate some of the verses of Ulladu Narpadu into Sanskrit in the same venba metre in which the Tamil original was composed, but he was unable to translate even a single verse in that metre.  Seeing this, Sri  Bhagavan  himself translated this first benedictory verse into Sanskrit in venba metre as follows:-

Withought reality ( sat) could there  by knowledge of reality ( sat-jnana)? The Reality shines in the heart( devoid of thought.   Therefore, how is one to meditate upon it ( that Reality), the heart? Abuidance in the Heart as it is ?  Is Meditation (Dhyana)  upon the Reality (sat-vastu).

2.  உள்ளதொன் றன்றுபல வென்பார்க ளுட்கொளுமா
    றுள்ளதொன் றென்றேதா னோதியவவ்-வுள்ளது
    நாற்பதுவெண் பாக்களையோர் நற்கலிவெண் பாவாக்கி
    யேற்பவளித் தான்ரமணன் எண்.

Know that Sri Ramana, aptly converted those Forty Verses on Reality, which He had sung to proclaim that the Reality is one, into one excellent Kalivenba and gave ( it to the world) so that those who say that the Reality is not one, but many, may understand ( the oneness of  Reality).

Sri Ramanopadesa Noonmalai 

ஸ்ரீ ரமனோபதேச நூன்மாலை
Meaning :  Sri Sadhu Om

Translation: Michael James

Ulladu Narpadu

உள்ளது நாற்பது
பாயிரம்-Prefaratory verses

1.  மெய்யி னியல்புமதை மேவுந் திறனுமெமக்
    குய்யும் படிமுருக னோதுகெனப் - பொய்யுலகின்
    கள்ளமறு மாற்றாற் கனரமணன் கட்டுரைத்தா
    னுள்ளது நாற்ப துவந்து.

                                                      -ஸ்ரீ முருகனார்

When  Muruganar entreated,"(Graciously) reveal to us the nature of Reality and the means of attaining  it so that we may
  be saved ", the noble  Sri Ramana,  being free from the delusion of the unreal world, joyously and authoritatively revealed Ulladu Narpadu ( The Forty verses on Reality).

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
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New way from library to Meditation Hall

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Access to Lord Dakshinamurty shrine is now easier.

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Devotees doing girivalam

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Ramana Bhagavan devotees

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Chennai Chrompet Ramana Kendra

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Arunachala Hill

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Sri Muruganar Swami

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Old photos in a Hall near New Hall Ramanashramam


Discourse by Swami Sarvalokananda of Ramakrishna Mutt

Sri Bhagavan spoke very appreciatively of Kavyakantha Ganapathi Muni, for about an hour, how he wrote Uma Sahasram and Hara Sahasram, how he taught his students, how he engaged in dispute with Bhattasri Narayana Sastri, how meek and humble he was though so learned and capable, etc.

Sri Kavyakanta?s ?Uma Sahasram? is different from other compositions in that it is pasyanti vak, i.e. revealed by the Divine Mother in Her own words to one who is adept in the Kundalini Yoga.

The scene that followed while the final stanzas of Uma Sahasram were being composed can hardly be believed by one who did not actually witness it. Sri Maharshi sat silent and in deep meditation like the silent Lord Dakshinamurthy. The eager disciples watched in tense admiration the sweet flow of divine music in Sanskrit verse as it came from the lips of the great and magnetic personality of Sri Kavyakanta. He stood there delivering the verses in an unbroken stream while disciples eagerly gathered the words and wrote them down. Oh, for the ecstasy of it all! Life is indeed blessed if only to experience those divine moments.

On the ninth day of the Kartikai festival at about 1-30 p.m. he approached Brahmana Swami on the hill. Sastri quivered with emotion as he walked up to the Virupaksha cave. Luckily for him the Swami was seated alone on the outer pial. Sastri fell flat on his face and held the Swami?s feet with both hands and his voice trembled with emotion as he said: ?All that has to be read I have read. Even Vedanta Sastra I have studied. I have performed japa to my heart?s content. Yet I have not up to this time understood what tapas is. Hence have I sought refuge at thy feet. Pray enlighten me about the nature of tapas.? For fifteen minutes the Swami silently gazed at Sastri as he sat at his feet in anxious expectation. None came to interrupt them at the time. Then the Swami spoke in short and broken sentences in Tamil:
(If one watches whence the notion of ?I? springs, the mind will get absorbed into that. That is tapas).
(When a mantra is repeated, if attention be directed to the source whence the mantra-sound emanates, the mind will get absorbed in that. That is tapas.)

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