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Once in February 1947, a poor villager came into
the hall and said to Bhagavan, ?Swami, I do not want
anything but my stomach is burning with hunger. Please
arrange to give me a handful of rice to satisfy this hunger.?
Bhagavan?s glance toward his attendants indicated his
desire. So one of the attendants took the man to the
kitchen. After they left, Bhagavan looked at those in the
hall and said, ?Do you see that? He is a very poor man
but has no desire except one and that is to fill his aching
stomach. With that, he will be satisfied and will go and
lie down under a tree and sleep happily. Where do we
have the satisfaction that he has? We have any number
of desires. If one is satisfied, another arises.Hence where
is the chance for our desires to be fulfilled??

from the Saranagathi newsletter

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With his sweet smile, which graciously bestows the grace of his teachings, shining Padam ,bhagavan dispels the deep sorrow wherein [we] languish in fear and torment in the pain of our ignorance.
There is no way of describing the radiance of his smile. One who might appear a hardened businessman would leave Tiruvannamalai with a lilt in his heart from that smile. A simple woman said, 'I don't understand the philosophy but when he smiles at me I feel safe, just like a child in its mother's arms.' I had never yet seen him when I received a letter from my five-year-old daughter: `You will love Bhagavan. When he smiles everyone must be so happy .

padamalai

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Dwelling for long aeons upon this earth, Padam,Bhagavan bestows! individual souls the longing for true jnana, which establishes them in the state of liberation.

Padamalai

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Though Bhagavan generally ignored disputes and quarrels among devotees , he did occasionally show his displeasure in subtle ways:
One night, after the evening meal, there was a big quarrel in the dining room that resulted in Subramaniam Swami hitting Krishnaswami in the face. Krishnaswami immediately went and complained to Bhagavan but Bhagavan appeared to take no interest in the matter.
Some one had paid for a big bhiksha [feast] for the following day, which meant a lot of work for everyone in the kitchen. Ordinarily, Bhagavan would have come to the kitchen at 3 a.m. to help Subramaniam to cut the vegetables but that morning he remained in the hall and made Subramaniam do all the work by himself. Subramaniam spent the first two hours wondering why Bhagavan was late but eventually he realised that he was being punished for attacking Krishnaswami.

padamalai

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: September 29, 2016, 11:38:45 PM »
Annamalai Swami once asked Bhagavan about this verse:
`We know where the moon is, and we know where the Ganga is, but where is this wish-fulfilling tree?' `If I tell you where it is,' replied Bhagavan, 'will you be able to leave it?'

I was puzzled by this particular answer, but I didn't pursue the matter. A few minutes later I opened a copy of Yoga Vasishta which was lying next to Bhagavan. On the first page I looked at I found a verse which said, 'The jnani is the wish-fulfilling tree'. I immediately understood Bhagavan's strange answer to my question. Before I had a chance to tell Bhagavan about this, he looked at me and smiled. He seemed to know that I had found the right answer. I told Bhagavan about the verse but he made no comment. He just carried on smiling at me.

Padamalai

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Everyone knows what great stress Sri Bhagavan lays on atma vichara, self-enquiry. He wrote in Atma Vidya Kirtanam, 'Self-knowledge is an easy thing, the easiest thing there is'. Yet, surprisingly, not once of his own accord did he ever ask any devotee to follow this method. He could have ordered the practice of self-enquiry and all the devotees would have blindly and willingly followed...

 Sri Bhagavan's presence and teachings gave hope and strength to different classes of seekers at different levels...Sri Bhagavan gave help and guidance to all kinds ofpeople on all kinds of paths and never demanded that devotees change from one sadhana to another

 A lot of people are under the impression that Bhagavan talked advaitic philosophy enquiry to everyone who asked for his advice. This is simply not so: Bhagavan gave out different advice to different people. He would see their level of development and their temperament and act accordingly. One devotee might ask a question and be given an answer. If another devotee asked the same question a few minutes later, he might be given a different answer, so different in fact that it would contradict the first one. If each of these devotees acted on Bhagavan's advice, with full faith in its efficacy, each would find that Bhagavan's grace was flowing into him

Padamalai

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Once, when Ganapati Muni was in the hail, a group of villagers asked, 'How are we control the mind?

 In reply Bhagavan asked them to look into the origin of the mind and explained the path of self-enquiry. Soon they left and Bhagavan as usual went out for a walk. 
 
Remarking to the others [Ganapati] Muni said, 'The path of Self-knowledge which Bhagavan teaches is so difficult even for the learned, and Bhagavan advocated it to the poor villagers. I doubt whether they understood it and still less whether they can practise it. If Bhagavan had advised them to practise some puja or japa, that would have been more practical.

 When this was conveyed to Bhagavan, he commented, `What to do? This is what I know. If a teaching is to be imparted according to the traditional way, one must first see whether the recipient is qualified or not. Then puja, japa or dhyana are prescribed step by step. Later the Guru says that this is all only preliminary and one has to transcend all this. Finally, the ultimate truth that -Brahman alone is real" is revealed and to realise this, the direct path of self-enquiry is to be taught. Why this roundabout process? Should we not state the ultimate truth and direct path at the beginning itself rather than advocating many  methods and rejecting them at the end? ?

Padamalai

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13 Like an incorporeal voice emanating from the heavenly sphere, padam utters in ringing tones
words of surpassing  Sivajnana.

 Once, we were all listening to the radio in the Jubilee Hall. At the end of the programme the names of all the artistes were announced. Bhagavan said, 'See! The radio sings and gives speeches. It even announces the names of the performers. But there is nobody inside the radio. In the same way my existence is also like the sky. Though the body may appear to speak, like a radio there is no individual person [asami] inside. There is only God [Sami]

Padamalai

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Sri Muruganar experienced Bhagavan's power and grace on his very first meeting .

In the same way that wax melts on encountering fire, on seeing his feet, my mind dissolved and lost its form. Like the calf finding its mother, my heart melted and rejoiced in his feet. The hairs on my body stood on end. Devotion surged in me like an ocean that has seen the full moon. Through the grace of chit-sakti the power inherent in consciousness], my soul was in ecstasy.'

Padamalai

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: September 04, 2016, 04:36:31 PM »
முருகனாருக்கு பட்டினி கிடப்பது என்றால் மிகவும் விருப்பம். காரணம் பிக்ஷைக்குச் செல்ல வேண்டிய தேவையில்லை. பல நாட்கள் முழுப்பட்டினி கிடந்திருக்கிறார். இப்படி ஒருநாள் சிவராத்திரி என்று தெரியாமல் முழுப்பட்டினி இருந்தார். மறுநாள் பகவான் கிரிப்பிரதக்ஷிணம் புறப்பட்டபொழுது முருகனாரும் அதில் கலந்து கொண்டார். முந்தைய நாள் பட்டினியின் காரணமாக முருகனார் மிகவும் சோர்ந்து காணப்பட்டார். அவரது சோர்வைக் கண்ட பகவான், ?என்ன சிவராத்திரி உபவாசமோ! சோர்ந்து விட்டீரே! சரி, சரி என்னுடன் வாருங்கள் ஆச்ரமத்தில் சாப்பிடலாம்? என்று கூறி அவரைத் தன்னுடன் அழைத்துச் சென்று சாப்பிடும்போது பரிந்து உணவளிக்கச் செய்தார். இதனையே

திருநாள் சிவராத்திரி யெனத் தெரியாது
ஒருநாள் பட்டினி இட்டுஎனை மறுநாள்
விசர்ப்புஉற வலம் புரிவித்து அருணந்தனைப்
பசிப்பதம் அறிந்து (எனக்கு) ஊண் பரிந்து அளிப்பித்(தான்)
என்று கீர்த்தித் திருவகவலில் கூறுகிறார்.

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: September 04, 2016, 03:59:31 PM »
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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: August 26, 2016, 02:46:48 AM »
Ashram offered solemn worship to Lord Krishna on the sacred occasion of Janmashtami or the birth of Lord Krishna. As is well known Bhagavan reached Arunachala on the day after Janamashtami. Srimati Nagamma describes a scene in Sri Ramansram as follows;I was reminded of Lord Krishna in Repalle when I saw the grand spectacle of Bhagavan standing in the midst of the cows in the Gosala. Not only this, in Brahma Vaivartha Purana it is stated that Krishna is the Paramatma, the Lord of the cow world, and that Radha is Prakriti. The theory in that Purana is that Radha and Madhava are Prakriti and Purusha-the inseparable pair. Standing with his body bent slightly to the left, and with his left hand on Lakshmi, and with the walking stick in his right hand, looking as if it was a flute, with a sparkling smile on the face like the foam on the waves of the ocean of ananda, with a compassionate look towards the group of devotees that had gathered along with the herd of cows, Sri Ramana, the embodiment of grace, it is no surprise if one were reminded of Lord Krishna Himself standing with crossed legs, resting on his toes and playing exquisitely on the flute. If that Krishna is Ramana, what are we to say of our Lakshmi who appears to have been completely oblivious of this world with her ears hanging down, with her eyes closed and enjoying transcendental bliss caused by the touch of Bhagavan's hands on her body Shall I say that she is the embodiment of Prakriti in the shape of Radha? Otherwise, how could she understand human language.

Sri Ramana Maharshi has several times explained the inner significance of Srimad Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna had to do the fighting. So Krishna said, Place all the burden on Me, do your duty; you are merely an instrument. I will see to everything. Nothing will bother you. But then, before one surrenders to God, one should know who it is that surrenders. Unless all thoughts are given up there cant be surrender. Further Bhagavan says:  What exactly did Lord Krishna tell Arjuna He told him, the deed will get done according to the doing. I am the doer watching the whole thing from above. Why do you worry? It is your body which does the killing of your relatives. Are you the body? No! Why then this bondage for you? Renounce the idea, he said. This means that he asks Arjuna to do the thing but to give up the feeling that it is he that is doing it. That is personal effort. The feeling that one is, or is not, the body, comes from one's own ignorance. One only has to give up that feeling; that which one has, one must oneself reject. Who else can do it? If by personal effort that bondage is removed, action, under the orders of the doer, Iswara, goes on of its own accord. Every one has his work allotted to him and he will do it automatically. Why should one worry? Arjuna, when he felt that it was not proper to kill his relatives, was only told to give up the feeling that he was the doer, yet it was Arjuna himself who ultimately fought. By listening to the Gita, he lost the feeling of being the doer and the doubt he had had was no longer there. The work had to be done with that particular body, and it was done.

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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: August 24, 2016, 06:51:31 PM »
Srimati Sulochana Natarajan passed away on August 23, 2016 in Bengaluru. She had the good fortune of having darshan of Sri Ramana Mahashi in 1949 when she was twelve years old. Even at that tender age she was able to feel the Peace of the presence of Bhagavan. While on a visit with her parents she closed her eyes and mentally repeated prayers on Lord Muruga known to her. When she opened her eyes she saw Bhagavan fixing His gaze on her, which filled her with deep joy. She was married to Sri A R Natarajan in the month of February 1952. The first song she learned to sing on Bhagavan was Manavasi Ramaswami Iyer?s saranagati song. While in New Delhi Prof K Swaminathan gave her a copy of Ramana sannaadhi murai and asked her to read it. Upon opening the book the first song she found was ?Namo Ramanayave? which she set to music and sang in the next sat sangh. Soon she was to start the Ramananjali group which gave expression to the glory of Sri Ramana Maharshi by means of songs and dance. She set to music Bhagavan?s teachings and life in beautiful music under the title of Ramana Sangeetam.
We offer our homage to this great devotee who through the medium of music spread the teachings of Ramana Maharshi throughout the world. Her demise will be a great loss to the wonderful service she and her group of dedicated followers were rendering to the world. It is certain that this great devotee has reached the feet of Arunachala Ramana.
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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: August 24, 2016, 06:21:20 PM »
திருமதி சுலோசனா நடராஜன் அவர்கள் நேற்று (23/8/2016 செவ்வாய்க்கிழமை) பெங்களூரில் காலமானார்.
தமது 12 ஆவது வயதிலேயே (1949 ஆம் ஆண்டு) பகவான் ஸ்ரீ ரமண மகரிஷிகளை நேரில் தரிசிக்கும் பாக்கியம் பெற்றவர் திருமதி சுலோசனா நடராஜன். இவரது தகப்பனார் நீதிபதியான திரு. கே.எஸ். வேங்கடராமன் ஆவார்.
ஸ்ரீபகவான் சந்நிதியில் அமைதி நிலவியதை சுலோசனாவால் சிறுவயதிலேயே உணர முடிந்தது. ஸ்ரீபகவான் ஹாலில் பெற்றோருடன் அமர்ந்திருந்து கற்றுக்கொண்ட, ஸ்ரீமுருகன் பாடல்களை மனதிற்குள் பாராயணம் செய்வதும், கண்மூடி தியானத்திற்கு முயற்சிப்பதுமாக இருந்தவர் ஒருமுறை, கண்விழித்துப் பார்த்தபோது, ஸ்ரீபகவானது அநுக்கிரகப் பார்வை தம்மீதே பதிந்திருப்பதைக் கண்டு ஆனந்தமடைந்தார்.
சுலோசனாவிற்கு 1952ல் பிப்ரவரி மாதம், வருமான வரி அலுவலரான திரு. ஏ.ஆர்.நடராஜனுடன் திருமணம் நடந்தேறியது. இவரது பாட்டனார், நீதிபதி ஏ.எஸ் கிருஷ்ணசாமி அய்யரும் ஸ்ரீரமண பக்தரேயாவார்.
மணவாசி ராமசாமி ஐயர் அவர்களின் சரணாகதி பாடலே இவர் கற்றுக் கொண்ட முதல் பாடலாகும். டெல்லியில் இருந்தபோது பேராசிரியர் கே. சுவாமிநாதன் இவருக்கு ரமண சந்நிதிமுறை புத்தகத்தைக் கொடுத்து, அதிலிருந்து பாடல்களை கற்கும்படி அறிவுறுத்தியது இவரது சங்கீத ஆர்வத்திற்கு தூண்டுகோலாக அமைந்தது. அந்தப் புத்தகத்தை இவர் திறந்தபொழுது முதல் பாடலாக ரமண திருமந்திரம் என்ற தலைப்பில் நமோ ரமணாயவே என்று துவங்கும் பாடலைக் கண்டார். அதை தனது அடுத்த சத்சங்கத்திலேயே இசையமைத்துப் பாடவும் செய்தார். பின்னர் வைத்த பத்து துவங்கி தொடர்ந்து பல நூறு பாடல்களுக்கு இசை அமைத்துப் பாட ஆரம்பித்தார். ரமணாஞ்சலி என்ற இசைக்குழு தோன்றியது.
இசை அவருள் ஊறி அவரது வாழ்க்கையில் பெரும்பங்கு வகித்தது நாம் அனைவரும் நன்கு அறிந்ததே. ரமண பகவான் இயற்றிய மற்றும் அன்னாரைப் பற்றிய மற்ற பாடல்களில் திருமதி நடராஜன் அவர்களின் அயராத உழைப்பும் ஈடுபாடும் மிளிர்வதை அறியலாம். இவர் இசை உலகிற்கு பல கலைஞர்களை ரமணாஞ்சலி மூலமாக அறிமுகப்படுத்தியுள்ளார்.
ரமண உபதேசங்களை, இசைவடிவாக பெரும் முயற்சியுடன், பாமரர்களும் எளிதில் புரிந்து கொள்ளும்படி ஸ்வர-தாளக் குறிப்புகளுடன் ரமண சங்கீதம் என்ற பெயரில் நான்கு பாகங்களாக அளித்துள்ளார்.
தமது ஆன்மிக சாதனையின் மார்க்கமாக இசையைத் தேர்ந்தெடுத்து ரமண உபதேசத்தை இசைமூலம் பரப்பிவந்த திருமதி சுலோசனா நடராஜன் ஏனைய அன்பர்களையும் அதில் திளைக்கச் செய்து பாராட்டுதற்குரிய சீரிய தொண்டாற்றி வந்தார். அன்னாரது ஆன்மா சாந்தியடைய பகவான் ரமண மகரிஷிகளைப் பிரார்த்திக்கிறோம்.

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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: August 24, 2016, 01:20:21 AM »
திருவண்ணாமலை அருள்மிகு அருணாசலேசுவரர் திருக்கோயில் கும்பாபிஷேகம் 6.2.2017 (தை மாதம் 24) அன்று வெகு சிறப்பாக நடைபெற இருக்கிறது

Tiruvannamalai Arulmigu Arunachaleshwarar Temple Kumbabishegam will Held on 6.2.2017

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