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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: June 25, 2014, 02:12:46 AM »
Sadabhishekham of our president Sri V. S. Ramanan, on Friday June 13th 2014.

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: June 25, 2014, 02:11:06 AM »
Sadabhishekham of our president Sri V. S. Ramanan, on Friday June 13th 2014.

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: June 25, 2014, 02:08:19 AM »
Bhagavan reading newspaper

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: June 25, 2014, 02:05:52 AM »
almirah(huge book shelves)  1940s

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: June 25, 2014, 02:02:27 AM »
almirah(huge book shelves)  1940s

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: June 25, 2014, 01:55:49 AM »
Ramanashramam Library Books

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: June 25, 2014, 01:47:47 AM »
President Ramanashramam and his wife 80thbirthday

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: June 25, 2014, 01:46:43 AM »
Giri pradakshina Arunachala

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4.    இருந்தொளி  ருனைவிடுத் தடுத்திட றெய்வ
          மிருட்டினை விளக்ககெடுத் தடுத்திட லேகா
       ணிருந்தொளி ருனையறி வுருத்திடற் கென்றே
          யிருந்தனை மதந்தொரும் விதவித வுருவா
       யிருந்தொளி ருனையறி கிலரெனி லன்னொ
          ரிரவியி னறிவறு குருடரே யாவா
       ரிருந்தொளி ரிரண்டற வெனத்துளத் தொன்றா
           யிணையறு மருணமா மலையெனு மணியே.

See, leaving  You (the real Self), who (always and everywhere) exist (as existence or Sat) and shine (as consciousness or chit), and seeking God, is only (like) taking a light, seeking darkness.

Only to reveal (the truth about) Yourself, who exist and shine (as the existence-consciousness "I am"), You exist as various form in each and every religion.  If people do not know You, who (thus) exist and shine (as 'I am'), they are only (like) the blind who do not have knowledge of ( the existence of ) the Sun.  O Gem (of self-shining consciousness) called the peerless great Aruna Hill, (graciously) exist and shine in my heart as one without a second!

Note: In truth, God or Arunachala ever exists and shines as 'I am' the reality of every individual.  Therefore, if an individual  ignores the ever-shining existence consciousness 'I am' which is the true form of God, seeks for God as a second or third person-as something other than himself, he is like someone who takes a light to seek for darkness.   Wherever   the  light is taken, darkness cannot be seen; similarly , so long as God is taken to be something other than oneself, He cannot be seen as He really is.  Since God can be known as He really is only when He is experienced in one?s own heart as "I am".  Sri Bhagavan   prays in the last line of this verse,.... (graciously) exist and shine (that is, graciously make yourself known) in my heart as one without a second  (that is, as the reality which is not other  than 'I').

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3.     நின்னையா னுருவென வெண்ணியே நண்ண
           நிலமிசை மலையெனு நிலையினை நீதா
        னுன்னுரு வருவென வுன்னிடின் விண்ணோக்
          குறவுல கலைதரு மொருவனை யொக்கு
       முன்னுறு வுனலற வுன்னிட முந்நீ
          ருறுசறுக் கரையுறு வெனவுறு வோயு
       மென்னையா னறிவுற வென்னுறு வேறே
          திருந்தனை யருணவான் கிரியென விருந்தோய்.

When I approach thinking of  You (the Supreme Reality) as a form, You stand as Hill on earth.  If one thinks of (or meditates upon) your form (Your real nature) as formless, one is like someone who wanders about the world in order to see the sky.  Therefore , instead of trying to meditate upon You thus),when without thinking one, thinks of Your (Real) form ( the existence-consciousness 'I am') (one's) form (or separate individuality) will cease to exist like a sugar-form placed in the ocean.  When I know myself, what else is my form (but you)? you, who  were existing as the great Aruna Hill, (alone) are (and I, the separate individual, am not).

Note:  "If oneself is a form (the body), the world and God will also be likewise.....", says Sri Bhagavan in verse 4 of Ulladu Narpadu.  That is, so long as we feel the name and form of a body to be 'I', we cannot know God as anything but a name and form.   Since meditation can be done only by the mind, and since the mind is that which feels I am the form of this body', meditation can be done only upon a form.  Since all thoughts are nothing but forms, even the thought that God is formless is itself a form.  Therefore it is impossible for the mind to do formless meditation or Nirguna-dhyana.  That is why Sri Bhagavan says in the second line of this verse, if one thinks of (or meditates upon) your form as formless, one is like someone who wanders about the world in order to see the sky".

How then is one to know God as formless, as He really is? Only if we remain without thought-without even the first thought 'I am this body, I am so-and so' can we realize God as formless.  How to remain thus without even the first  thought 'I',  The only way is to attend to Self, because when the attention is withdrawn from all second and third person objects and fixed on the mere feeling 'I', no thought can rise.  Such self-attention is what is denoted here by the words, "when without  thinking one thinks of  Your (Real) Form ( the existence-consciousness 'I am')".  When, by thus attending to 'I' one remains  without  thought , the form of the mind  ( the feeling 'I am this body') will cease to exist, and the formless reality of God or Arunachala will then be experienced as it is.

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Ashrams / Re: went to Sri Ramasramam.
« on: June 23, 2014, 01:04:27 PM »
Dear  Krishna

Very nice trip. May Arunachala  Ramana grace showers on you.

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General Discussion / Re: Nochur Venkatraman
« on: June 21, 2014, 12:58:17 AM »
Sri Nochur Venkatraman will give talks on Ullady Narpadu(Reality in Forty Verses) in Tamil starting June 21, 2014 through June 27, 2014. The talks will be webcast live from Sri Ramanasramam everyday from 9:30 AM to 11 AM from www.gururamana.net.

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 2.    கண்டவ னெவனெனக் கருத்தினு ணாடக்
          கண்டவ னின்றிட நின்றது கண்டேன்
        கண்டன னென்றிடக் கருத்தெழ வில்லை
          கண்டில னென்றிடக் கருத்தெழு மாறென்
        விண்டிது விளக்கிடு விறலுறு வோனார்
          விண்டிலை பண்டுநீ விளக்கினை யென்றால்
       விண்டிடா துன்னிலை விளக்கிட வென்றே
         விண்டல மசலமா விளங்கிட நின்றாய்.


When I, scrutinized within the mind who is the seer (who saw thus) ?, the seer became non-existent and I saw  that which remained (namely the real Self).  The mind (the ego or I thought) does not (now) rise to say, ?I saw (the Self)?; (therefore) how can the mind rise to say, ?I did not see (the Self)? , Who has the power to reveal this ( the state of Self-experience) by speaking, when in ancient times (even) You (as Dakshinamurthi) revealed it only without speaking ( that is, only through silence)? Only to reveal  Your state (the true state of Self experience) without speaking (that is, through silence), You stood shining as a Hill (rising from) earth (to sky).

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My Father Hari Chand Khanna
by Ranvir Khanna

(In the obituary section of the 1999 Aradhana issue of the Mountain Path, two members of the same family were featured. One was Ranvir Khanna; the other was his mother, Premvati Khanna. Both mother and son had the unique privilege of living in the proximity of Bhagavan for many months from 1939 to 1950, and remained lifelong devotees thereafter. Ranvir Khanna's father first visited Sri Maharshi in 1939, was transformed by His grace, and then brought his family into the Maharshi's fold.
Ranvir wrote the following memoirs about his father and his own early visits to Sri Ramanasramam before he was absorbed into the Feet of his Master on April 8, 1999. )

MY grandfather was a very religious man known to sing bhajans the whole night long. He was also very well read and used to read the daily newspapers. In one of the newspapers of the early 1930's he read an article about Ramana Maharshi, who was said to be a Self-realized man living in Tiruvannamalai. He cut out the article with an intention to visit Sri Ramanasramam. He tried his best but could not make it. He kept that cutting for few years and then showed it to his son, Hari Chand Khanna, who was then living in Kanpur, working for the Oriental Insurance Company.
My father Hari Chand Khanna was born in the year 1905 in a small village called Satghara, which is now part of Pakistan. He was a hard working man. He first worked for the Indian railways and then joined an Insurance company.
One summer vacation, my uncle from Bibana, Madhya Pradesh, invited my father to come with his family for a visit. My uncle was then serving in the Railways in Bibana. My father agreed to the proposal and our family visited my uncle. After two days in Bibana my father made inquiries as to how to reach Tiruvannamalai and then set out on his own, leaving our family with my uncle. If my memory serves me right, this took place in 1939.

My father returned to Bibana after about ten days, and from his talk and behavior everyone could make out that he was a completely changed man. We all returned to Kanpur after almost a month's stay in Bibana.

On reaching Kanpur my father smashed all the liquor bottles and liquor glasses in his possession. He had always been an outgoing man, but now he started spending much more time at home reading Ramana's books and in meditation.
It was my father's practice to visit hill stations during the summer vacations to avoid the tremendous heat of Kanpur in the months of May and June. But ever since he visited Ramana, he would take the family to Tiruvannamalai during summer, a town as hot, if not hotter than Kanpur. He rented a house in the Bose compound, because in those days ladies were not allowed in the Ashram after sunset. Father used to write to Mr. Bose in advance, reserving one set of rooms for us. When we arrived, there would be one set each of chatai (floor mat), pillow and a patra. The chatai was for sleeping on, and the patra was for keeping the luggage. There was no electricity and no indoor plumbing. There were thatched rooms for bathrooms and huge cauldrons of water were kept boiling for baths. I remember the locals bathing with very hot water, saying that it was good for the body.

We used to spend almost a month at the Ashram. I was six or seven when we first started visiting the Ashram. At that time Bhagavan's brother, Niranjanananda Swami, was the sarvadhikari looking after the Ashram.
During those early visits, I remember that every night we would find father missing from his bed. Then he would return in the morning, saying he was with Bhagavan through the night, and if Bhagavan didn't sleep, he also kept awake. He considered it the greatest good fortune to be able to spend his nights with his Guru in the Old Hall.
Often large bus loads of pilgrims would come to Tiruvannamalai during the night for Bhagavan's darshan. The pilgrims would wait until dawn for the doors of the Old Hall to be opened. When Bhagavan noticed that, he asked the sarvadhikari to keep the doors open all the time. After that the doors to his room were kept open all the time. Devotees would enter through one door, have darshan and exit from the other door.

Our annual visits went on for some years, but then were suspended for a few years for reasons unknown to me, though my father was in constant touch with the Ashram. When again we resumed the annual visits to the Ashram, my father would sometimes carry bottles of the Ayurvedic medicine (Mahanarayan oil) for Bhagavan. Bhagavan had rheumatism in his legs and could not walk properly. No sooner was Bhagavan given the bottles of medicine than he would announce then and there that Khanna has brought Mahanarayan Oil, which relieves pain in the legs, and anyone with pain in their legs could make free use of the same.

There were many times when my father used to prepare questions to ask Bhagavan, but he said that most of the time his questions would get answered by Bhagavan without them being asked.
In those days the Ashram's financial condition was not good. My father would send money to the Ashram regularly when there was a need.
At the Ashram I remember feeling very happy when Bhagavan played with my younger sister Kusum, who was then maybe a year old. Bhagavan would hold one end of his staff, while Kusum played with the other. Bhagavan would laugh and pull the staff away as the child reached out for it. Bhagavan used to call her Jhansi Ki Rani, after the courageous queen of Jhansi, who died fighting the British in the first war of independence in 1857. Afterwards, I used to tease Kusum with that name.
We were six brothers. Pitaji, my father, divided us in two groups, and I was made the leader of one group. My younger brother, Kailash, was in charge of the other group. Bhagavan used to go up the hill with one attendant carrying his kamandalu. Pitaji asked us to go and touch his feet. My brother Kailash was very bold and dynamic; I was shy and withdrawn. Kailash touched Bhagavan's feet; I could not. Pitaji was annoyed. That evening Bhagavan laughed and told everyone: "Today Khanna's son caught me on the Hill."

Bhagavan made loud clucking sounds, calling out to squirrels with peanuts in his hands. Squirrels ran all over His body. He used to call out to the monkeys with bananas in his hand and warn the attendants not to show their stick to the monkeys.
I was ten years old and at the Ashram, when one day Lakshmi the cow came running with her rope trailing behind her. She made her way through the crowd of people towards Bhagavan. The crowd parted to make way for her. Bhagavan got up from his seat and came towards her. She became calm at his touch.
In 1950, my father was working in LRCH Mills Ltd. He came home one evening and called me, his eldest son, and told me that on his way back from work he had an intuition that his Guru Ramana was not in good health and he felt that Ramana wanted my father to reach the Ashram immediately. He told me that though he had not even applied for leave, he must leave immediately with my mother and my young sister Kusum. He also added that he is fully aware that all his children have to attend school and sit for final exams, but still he could not wait. All three of them left immediately for Madras en route to Tiruvannamalai.

When he returned home he told me that upon reaching the Ashram, Niranjanananda Swami saw him coming and rushed towards him, informing him that Ramana Maharshi had asked twice if Khanna had arrived. On hearing this my father rushed to Bhagavan immediately. When Bhagavan saw him he smiled and then closed his glorious eyes forever.
Immediately after Ramana Maharshi's Mahanirvana, my father rushed to the town and bought a very large, beautiful garland for Bhagavan's body. When he reached the Ashram, a dispute between different groups was going on as to who would be the first to garland the Maharshi's body. On seeing my father, both the Groups amicably settled that Khanna, one of the oldest and staunchest devotees, must be allowed to garland Bhagavan's body first. Thus my father was the first to garland the deceased body of Ramana.

Two more incidents which I still recall but do not remember the dates of are still fresh in my memory. One time I was visiting my parents in Kanpur and saw that my younger brother, who lived in Jabalpur had been visiting my parent's house for the past few days. I didn't know why he had come there. One day, in my presence, a friend of my father's came to see him and said that if he could borrow a few thousand rupees immediately (I don't recall the exact amount) he would be saved from losing his honor. My father immediately got up, brought out the money and gave it to him. The gentleman left.
No sooner had this visitor left, my brother started quarreling with my father, questioning him as to why he had given such a large sum to his friend, while his own son was sitting there for the last few days, asking him for a loan of a much smaller amount. My father then asked the whole family to gather in the drawing room so he could disclose the secret of how he ran his life.

After we had all gathered, he said that all the money and other things that he has belongs to God Ramana who has appointed him as His cashier. Everyone knows that a cashier is not the owner, and that he has to obey his Master's commands as to how to handle His money. In the same manner, whenever he has to spend money or give money to someone he has to take orders from the Almighty, which he does by closing his eyes and asking for orders, and the orders always come in the form of a 'Yes' or 'No'. Only after receiving such orders, he acts accordingly. He further added that he closed his eyes every day since my younger brother had arrived and waited for orders, and the reply was always 'No'.
My brother was, of course, not satisfied with the explanation given by my father. He left the house most disappointed and unhappy. After he left my father remarked that nothing is hidden from God, and maybe He knows that my son is a 'eat, drink, and be merry' man that may misuse His money and that's why the order was 'No'.
My father never took a receipt for the money he gave away, and if anyone returned the loan, he would call it a bonus and keep it. If some didn't pay back the loan, he would never comment. His attitude was it was Bhagavan's money, and was given at His command.

Thus my father was spending his life happily, prospering both materially and spiritually, until 1980. That year my younger brother, Group Captain K.C.Khanna, who was serving as an Air Attache at Cairo, met with a car accident in which all his family died, except his eldest son who was with me at the time.
This incident hurt my father very much and he started questioning Ramana Bhagavan as to how such a tragedy could happen to my brother who was a staunch devotee, and the loving son of another devotee (my father). For approximately two years he stopped visiting the Ashram. On the other hand, my mother accepted the deaths of Kailash, Suneeta and their two children. She recited Bhagavan's name continuously. Pitaji commented that Mataji's bhakti was superior to his. She was completely surrendered to Bhagavan. After some time he reconciled and his visits to Tiruvannamalai resumed.
In 1984, about two weeks prior to my father's death, I had called upon my father at Premavati Khanna Guest House (opposite the Ashram) and stayed with him for a week. During the course of my stay I told my father that this was his longest stay at the Ashram. He had already been there for two months and I inquired how much longer he intended to stay? He replied that he had come to stay in God's House (he always called Sri Ramanasramam 'God's House') and that he will stay as long as Ramana wants him to stay with him. I then told my father, "I can see that you are very happy here. But there is one cause of anxiety for me and that is, God forbid, if anything was to happen to you, there are no medical facilities available for specialized treatment in this area."

On hearing this, he lost his temper, something which he never did before, and started taking me to task, saying that I was a complete fool, etc., and that he was very disappointed in me. At the time I could not understand what I had done to anger my father, and I too became very sad. After almost half an hour of enduring this unbearable torture, he asked me where was I staying. I replied that I too was staying in Bhagavan's House. He immediately said that I had not the least common sense, and that I was a fool to think that God would not look after him, and that doctors and physicians would give him much better treatment than Bhagavan.
I then realized how foolish it was of me to think in that manner. I understood my mistake and apologized. I soon left for Bombay as planned.
After about ten days, I received an urgent call from the Ashram and was told that my father had expired. Although I tried my best to make immediate arrangements to leave for the Ashrama, I could not leave until the next day. I traveled by air to
Bangalore and then by taxi to the Ashram, reaching there at noon.

All the while en route, I was very worried thinking of my mother who was all alone and couldn't speak English or any south Indian languages. I went on praying for her safety.
On reaching the Ashram, I rushed to the Guest house where I found father's body laid out and my mother sitting beside it very composed. On seeing me she said that I must proceed immediately with the cremation according to the Ashram tradition. I did so.
My father always used to say that all his desires have been fulfilled by God and that his last one wish was to die at his Father's Feet, Arunachala. I used to question as to how that is possible because he is a karma yogi and always in Kanpur. My father would always reply: "We will see." In spite of this, I was stunned when my father passed away at the Ashram in good health.

My mother told me that on the day he died they had just returned to their room from lunch, and she told him that she had prepared some desert (sweet dish). She went into the kitchen area to bring it for him. When she returned from the kitchen, she found him sitting in a chair unconscious. She called out loudly, but there was no response. She sent for others, and they also were unable to evoke a response. A Doctor was sent for and he immediately declared him dead.
Funeral rites were performed by me and others from the Ashram. The Ashram has honored him with a samadhi within the Ashram compound, and a yearly puja is done by the Ashram at his tomb.

During his life, my father's earnest desire was to explain Bhagavan's teachings to all who visited him at his house in Kanpur. He considered Bhagavan's teachings to be the simplest and the best. He also stressed that if one wanted to lead a happy and contented life, then the only way was to follow the teachings of Sri Bhagavan. Also, whenever he visited someone, he would explain the same. He used to tell everyone, and especially his children, not to be outgoing but to turn inward and enjoy one's true nature. He used to impress upon his children not to strive for material wealth, which one has to leave behind after death, but instead to aspire for the real, everlasting spiritual wealth, as taught by Sri Bhagavan Ramana.

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4.  அருணாசல அஷ்டகம்


1.    அறிவறு கிறியென வமர்தரு மம்மா
         வதிசய மிதன்செய லறிவரி தார்க்கு
       மறிவறு சிருவய ததுமுத லருணா
         சலமிகப் பெரிதென வறிவினி லங்க
       வறிகில னதன்பொரு ளதுதிறு வண்ணா
         மலையென வொருவரா லறிவுறப் பெற்று
       மறிவினை மருளுறுத் தருகினி லீர்க்க
         வருகுறு மமயமி தசலமாக் கண்டேன்.
 
Ah(what a wonder)!  It stands quietly as if an insentient Hill,(yet) its action is mysterious-difficult for any one to understand!  (Listen to my experience) From (my) knowledgeless early childhood (that  is, from my early childhood when I knew no other thing), Arunachala was shining in my mind as that which is most great.(However) even when I came to know through someone that it was Tiruvannamalai, I did not realize the truth of It (that is, I  did not realize what Arunachala really is), ( But later) when having enchanted (my) mind, It drew me near, then I came near and saw It to be a Hill (achala).

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