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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:39:21 PM »
Bhagavan

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:36:26 PM »
Devotional Magazines at Ramanashramam Library

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:35:07 PM »
Old Ramanashramam Book Depot

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:33:02 PM »
Old Dispensary

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:29:57 PM »
Old Skandashramam

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:28:26 PM »
 a young priest

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:26:12 PM »
Young Bhagavan

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:10:56 PM »
Ashram has designed an android App to teach how to chant Aksharamanamalai. You can download the App here
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ramana.learntochantaksharamanamalai

Akshramanamalai was born in the supreme divine Love that Ramana Maharshi experienced in an extremely intense and spontaneous way towards Arunachala, This hymn embodies the potent grace of Ramana Maharshi and is a very rare gift bestowed on humanity. Everyone who chants this hymn will be filled with joy and overcome mental delusions and sorrows. Since not knowing Tamil is a barrier for most people in chanting this hymn, this app will patiently teach English and Tamil speakers how to chant the verses one by one. The meaning of each verse is included so that the prayer behind each verse is clear. The time spent in learning this hymn is well worth it. Arunachala Siva's grace will operate on those who learn and chant even a single verse correctly. Regular chanting of the hymn is a spiritually rewarding experience leading to freedom.

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: August 30, 2014, 01:09:57 AM »
Navarathiri at Ramanashramam

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MURUGANAR (1890-1973) memorial day will be celebrated on August 25th 2014. He persuaded Ramana Maharshi to compose Ulladu Narpadu ,Upadesa Undiyar, and Atma Vidya which declares self-knowledge is very easy. He composed thousands of poems chief among them being Guru Vachaka Kovai, Ramana Sannidi Murai and Ramana Jnana Bodham.

Muruganar prayed at Arunachala temple on the way to meeting Bhagavan for the first time Will I, an unworthy ignorant one, ever be accepted as a devotee by Lord Siva who, as the Divine Guru with the wealth of grace, showed clearly to the world the greatness of Manikkavachagar? And even if I get such a chance, will I be able to sing of the glories of his grace-showering feet in the same way as Tiruvachakam ? Not only did he compose Sannidhi Murai modelled after Tiruvachakam, but Ramana Maharhsi himself has said ?When Sannidhi Mural and Guru Vachaka Kovai came out, his position among the very foremost devotees became firmly established. Whatever they now say about him, they cannot shake him down ". Thus it is clear that Lord Siva graciously answered His prayers in entirety and more. Once he told Sadhu Om: "I had not only heard of Sri Bhagavan before coming to Him, I had also read some of His works. Therefore I had already decided that he alone should be my Guru. I was simply sitting in His presence. I did not see any vision or such things at that time, nor did I like to have any such experience. I was confident that even the mere Presence of this great Sadguru would do everything for me. Sri Muruganar continued " Be not disheartened. No mediator is necessary for us in order to obtain the light of his Grace. It is certain that Sri Bhagavan, the Ocean of Grace, of his own accord and without the intercession or interference of anyone else, directly contacts the heart of each one who comes to him." It was always the nature of Sri Muruganar to rely upon no one and nothing except Sri Bhagavan.

Sadhu Om who closely associated with him on literary matters writes The cuckoo who sang (in your midst) for eighty-three years with a sweet voice of cultured, spiritual, ancient Tamil has gone, flying off into the great space of Sri Ramana, the exalted treasure of austerity with which the world has been blessed. What will you do now? Know that Muruganar is only the Eye of Self-Knowledge given by Annamalai-Ramana, the ancient Siva.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: August 23, 2014, 03:34:10 PM »
Dear Subramaniam Sir

Thank you very much for posting Chapter 26, Ribhu Gita. It is very easy to read.

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                                             ...-உள்ளே
மரணபய மிக்குளவம் மக்களர ணாக
மரணபவ மில்லா மகேசன் -- சரணமே
சார்வர்தஞ் சார்வொடுதாஞ் சாவுற்றார் சாவெண்ணஞ்
சார்வரோ சாவா தவர் நித்தர்...


Mature souls who have intense inner fear of death cling to the Feet of the deathless and birthless Great Lord as (their) refuge.  By their clinging ( thus to His Feet), they have died as individuals and have thereby become one with that deathless Lord.  (Therefore)            Can( such) deathless people (again) have the thought of death?  (They are) eternal.

Note:  Whereas the previous verse describes the path of Self-enquiry , this verse describes the path of self-surrender.   But since the Great Lord ( Mahesan)mentioned in this verse  is described as ' deathless and birthless' (marana-bhavam-illa), it is to be understood that He is not a mere name and form- for every name and form has a beginning (birth) and an end (death)-but is only the nameless and formless Reality 'I am ' mentioned in the previous verse.   Therefore clinging to His Feet is to be understood to mean clinging or attending to the existence-consciousness ' I am'.  As Sri Bhagavan Himself once said," The Feet of Guru ( or God) are not outside you.  They shine within you as 'I'.   Therefore only if  you cling to 'I' you are truly clinging to His Feet".   By this clinging to ' I', the ego will die and one will remain as the deathless and eternal Self.   Such Self-abidance alone is true self-surrender.

Thus we  should understand from these two benedictory verses that though the paths of Self-enquiry and self surrender are described as though they were two different paths, they are in practice one and the same.

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Mr Ravi Sir

I heard these songs , very nice melody music. Thank you for posting this site

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Very nice silent video about Sri Ramana Bhagavan

http://richardarunachala.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/sri-ramana-maharshi-video-watch-now/



http://sriramanafilm.com/

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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

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