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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:46:49 AM »
Chennai Chrompet Ramana Kendra

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:37:05 AM »
Arunachala Hill

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:02:42 AM »
Sri Muruganar Swami

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: July 31, 2014, 12:01:27 AM »
Old photos in a Hall near New Hall Ramanashramam

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Discourse by Swami Sarvalokananda of Ramakrishna Mutt

http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/resource_centre/audio/mumbai-ramakrishna-matt-swamiji-talks/

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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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Pl hear the songs of Ribhu gita chapter wise in this web site

http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/resource_centre/audio/sri-ribhu-gitai/

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Mysterious is the working of Bhagavan?s Grace. There is no way to know in advance who will be the beneficiary of His Grace. A wealthy family man living very far away from Tiruvannamalai following a creed that prohibits taking a living person as a Guru may not seem like a candidate for the descent of highest grace of Bhagavan. But such is the mystical greatness of Bhagavan?s grace that none can know its modus operandi. The life of Sri Hari Chand Khanna and the devotion of his entire family down to many generations is a joyous reminder of the fact that all powerful grace of Bhagavan will strike where it will!
Today being Khanna Memorial Day ashram paid reverential homage to this exceptional Bhakta. In Day by Day we read the following conversation between Khanna and Ramana Maharshi.

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 non existent. 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 bhakti marga.

Khanna: Are our prayers granted?
Bhagavan: Yes, they are granted. No thought will go in vain. Every thought will produce its effect some time or other. Thought force will never go in vain.

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: July 17, 2014, 03:37:05 PM »
Arunachala Hill

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General Discussion / Re: sri nochur's web stream
« on: July 16, 2014, 12:51:24 PM »
Sri Nochur Venkataraman's annual discourse on Ulladu Naarpadu in Tamil is now available online. With this year's installment all the verses of Ulladu Naarpadu have been commented. The complete set can be downloaded here http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/resource_centre/audio/ulladu-narpadu-talks/

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 Readings on Guru's Grace on Guru Purnima Day.

 
The feet of the Guru, Sri Arunachala Ramana is (our) succor and support.
One day I wondered why I was visiting Him at all. What was the use? There seemed to be no inner advancement. Going up the hill was meaningless toil. I decided to end my visits on the hill. For one hundred days exactly I did not see Bhagavan. On the hundred and first day I could suffer no longer and ran to Skandasramam, above Virupaksha Cave. Bhagavan saw me climbing, got up and came forward to meet me. When I fell at his feet, I could not restrain myself and burst out in tears. I clung to them and would not get up. Bhagavan pulled me up and asked: ?It is over three months since I saw you. Where were you?? I told him how I thought that seeing him was of no use. ?All right,? he said, ?maybe it is of no use, so what? You felt the loss, did you not?? Then I understood that we did not go to him for profit, but because away from him there was no life for us.

Once I wrote two verses in Tamil, one in praise of the Lord without attributes the other of the Lord with numberless forms. In the latter I wrote: ?From whom grace is flowing over the sentient and insentient.? Bhagavan asked me to change one letter and this altered the meaning to: ?who directs his grace to the sentient and the insentient.? The idea was that grace was not a mere influence but could be directed with a purpose where it was needed most.
Bhagavan gave us a tangible demonstration of God?s omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence. Our sense of ?I? would burn up in wonder and adoration on seeing his unconditional love for all beings. Though outwardly we seemed to remain very much the same person, inwardly he was working on us and destroying the deep roots of separateness and self-concern. A day always comes when the tree of ?I?, severed from its roots, crashes suddenly and is no more, this is Guru?s Grace!
What is the Guru?s Grace? Well, this is exactly the word that awakens us from this dream life of ours, to which we cling so hard until the tiger of death pounces on us and proves that it is ephemeral, unreal.
With one meaningful look the Master sees deep into the soul of the enquirer. And lo! What a trance of joy, what a blissful existence, and what a calm this is! The agitated soul is stilled, silent; he sits and sits and sits. Gazing at the Master before him the minutes and hours are hardly noticed gliding softly away. In this way days and months are condensed into a few moments of blissful life. The wanderer has found his harbour; he is all new life and light, so he swears, ?For eternity I shall not part from my Master, who is my All!?

A Tamil verse says: A bird drops seed upon a tree and causes its decay. So Guru?s grace radiates knowledge into the seeking mind. Replacing ego-shadows with resplendent Jnana?s light. Bhagavan has explained the meaning of this verse. The seed of the huge banyan tree, which grows to shelter hundreds, is one of the tiniest and represents unselfish benevolence. The seed of the palmyra which is so large, grows into a tree which can hardly shelter a single man from the sun, and so well represents the selfish ego. Yet this tiny seed can be dropped by a bird in its droppings, and while it grows it can demolish the palmyra tree itself. So the tiny seed of Grace can destroy the great tree of egoism.
The Guru says, ?Be still, and Know that I am God.? This knowing is the understanding of the absolute and relative values of Life.

Understanding what? It is the distinctive knowledge (the vijnana) of the eternal unchanging Truth of yourself. In the background of this eternal and unchanging Truth, the changeful and varying states of your doership move about and cloud your understanding of the Real Truth of your Being.
You are really free in yourself; the clouds do not really affect you. Yet you are also outwardly active, according to the latencies of the past karma in you, which work out according to the law of that karma. The potter has given up his hold on the wheel; yes, but the wheel still moves on owing to the momentum still left in it.
In the same way you move, and yet you are unaffected, no longer clinging to the action. You do; yet you feel you are no more the doer. You enjoy or suffer; yet you feel you are no more the one who suffers or enjoys. You are a mere witness of all things in your varying states: waking, dreaming and sleeping. You are you, or I am I, or the Self is the Self; and these states pass and re-pass. This is the state of real knowledge (jnana) or real devotion (bhakti). This is the message of the Gita. This is equally the message of our benign Guru, Sri Ramana Maharshi.

from the fb Sri Ramana Maharishi

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: July 10, 2014, 02:57:08 PM »
Sri Kunju swami, Sri Balrama Reddiyar, Sri Ganesan

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: July 09, 2014, 03:01:46 PM »
Cow lakshimi with Bhagavan

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In commemoration of the centenary of Akshamanamalai, devotees are organizing a function in Madurai near Meenakshi Amman temple. Location is near Tamukkam ground and the timing is 6pm on Saturday July 19. Interested devotees please note.

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: July 04, 2014, 10:15:14 PM »
 Sri Ramanashramam New Hall

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