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Ramana Maharshi is not known for performing stunning miracles. Instead He is known for bestowing spiritual peace on humanity. More importantly he taught us how to attract Divine Grace. What is greater? Is it to give food or to impart the knowledge of how to cultivate food? Maharshi belonged to the category of Mahatmas who empowered individuals to attract the grace of the Divine. One such gift is Five hymns to Arunachala which can radically change the spiritual condition of one who recites it. His teachings given in the small booklet Who am I? are actionable. What is the result of practising His teaching? It is that you can throw all your responsibility, all you worry and cares to the feet of the Divine and remain free and happy. Even as a traveller in a train puts his luggage down without carrying it on his head, the follower of Ramana Maharshi traverses life, without being troubled by any burden of any kind. There is no higher praise of Him than to say with all your heart Arunachala and experience pure joy.

Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: August 13, 2017, 11:36:05 PM »
from fb Sri Ramana Maharshi

Arunachala Causes Grace to well up and pour forth as a Stream.

As known to everyone Tiruvannamalai was reeling under the spell of worst drought in recent memory. Indeed, it was sad to see the last drop of water disappear from Sona Tirtham, Pali Tirtham, Simha Tirtham and many of other Tirthams. Many groups of devotees including our ashram organized prayers as enjoined in Scriptures to Lord Varuna, the rain God, for sending us rains. Individual devotees prayed in their own way by doing Giri-Pradakshina, chanting Hanuman Chalisa and other Prayers. However, it appeared that Rain Gods were in no hurry to answer our prayers. There was a general feeling of Why this delay Lord along the lines of Sri Ramana Maharshi asking Lord Arunachala in the prayer for cure of His mother's fever. Ashram was forced to cut down on visitors, spend hard cash to buy water and adopt austere measures to deal with the hardship brought by unexpected climate change.
For the past fortnight or so there have been sporadic showers but still nothing like a heavy downpour. All that changed yesterday. There was such a heavy downpour that water running down the Hill turned into a violent stream breaking the wall between Seshadri Swamigal's ashram and Sri Ramana Ashram and blowing away the gates of Sri Ramanashram close to the Sri Dakshinamurty temple. (Is Nature asking us how dare you build walls between Saints). Not only that the forceful current of water entered the lane adjoining the Mourvi guest house and wreaked havoc blowing away everything on its way including a car, the walls of residential buildings and anything that stood in its way. Some devotees had to stand in knee-deep water in their own homes. Naturally ashram has lifted all the restriction on visitors coming to the ashram. Further all the sacred tanks are brimming with water now. We conclude the mercy of Lord by quoting from ten verses from Arunachala of Ramana Maharshi O Love in the shape of Arunachala! Thou causest Grace to well up in abundance and pour forth as a stream! Jai Arunachala

General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: June 29, 2017, 04:27:53 PM »
சென்னை: கந்தசஷ்டி கவசம் புகழ் பிரபல சூலமங்கலம் சகோதரிகளில் ஒருவரான ஜெயலட்சுமி உடல்நலக் குறைவால் சென்னையில் இன்று ( 29 ம் தேதி) காலமானார். சகோதரிகளில் இளையவரான ஜெயலட்சுமிக்கு வயது 85 . ஜெயலட்சுமி உடல் பெசன்ட்நகர் இல்லத்தில் அஞ்சலிக்காக வைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. அவரது சகோதரியான ராஜலட்சுமி கடந்த 1992 ல் காலமானார்.

today is shasti.

General Discussion / Re: Stay at Tiruvannamali for doing Tapas
« on: June 27, 2017, 04:26:07 PM »
Information about accommodation in the Ramana Nagar area here in Tiruvannamalai.

I am posting a short list of Ashrams, Guest Houses and Lodges in the Ramana Nagar area. Please get in touch direct with the various contact numbers to make your own enquiries and/or reservations.


Athithi Ashram
Landline: (0)4175-237817
Mobile: +919940231628

Seshadri Swamigal Ashram
Landline: (0)4175-236999
Mobile: +919443342521

Siva Sannidhi Ashram

Sri Ramana Maharshi Ashram
Landline: (0)4175-236624

Sri Yogi Ramsuratkumar
Landline: (0)4175-237567
Mobile: +919443383557

Guest Houses

Arunachalam Guest House
Landline: (0)4175-236120
Mobile: +919486722892

Daya Dharma Guest House
Mobile: +919842690554
Near Siva Sakthi Ashram

Mountain Breeze Guest House
Landline: (0)4175-238711
Near Siva Sakthi Ashram

Pink Guest House
Mobile Nos: +919043194989 and +919443542930
Off Manuka Vinayagar Street (Post Office Street)

Sesha Bhavan Guest House
Landline: 04175-236983
Mobile: +9442945619
Near Quo Vadis Centre

Vaaranam Guest House
Near Siva Sakthi Ashram


Aakash Inn Near Ramana Ashram
Landline: (0)4175-235300

Lakshmi Residency Inn
Landline: (0)4175-236099

Ramana Towers
Mobile: +919442100656

copied from Arunachala Grace web site

General Discussion / Re: Stay at Tiruvannamali for doing Tapas
« on: June 14, 2017, 02:31:30 PM »
from the Ramanashramam Website

There is acute water scarcity in Tiruvannamalai at present. Visitors/Devotees planning for stay in the ashram during the summer months (April , July 2017) are advised to kindly postpone their visit to the end of July 2017, by which time we are hopeful of improvement in the situation.

Visitors wishing to stay at Sri Ramanasramam should send an email to one month in advance to check on the availability of accommodation. Emails are instantly acknowledged. Please check your spam folder also for the auto reply from the ashram to make sure that your email request was properly received by the ashram. Some email providers routinely put them in spam folder. You can also request accommodation by writing a letter about six weeks in advance to  The President, Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai  606 603, Tamil Nadu . There are rooms to suit individuals, couples and families. Each room is furnished and most rooms have attached bathrooms. Hot water for bathing is available during winter. South Indian-style vegetarian food is served in the Ashram dining hall: breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea/milk, and dinner. Filtered drinking water  is available. Medical attention can be arranged when required.

Please email your request to including  proposed date of arrival, number of visitors, length of stay and date of past visit, if applicable.

I prostrated before him and said, "Bhagavan! I am doing Rama japa. Is not Arunachala mantra superior to the other?" "No! No!" said Bhagavan, "Both are identical.
`Ra' means 'That is' and
'Ma' means `Thou';
'A' means 'That',
`Ru' means 'Thou
`Na' means 'Art ' ;
and added, "Using your mind as your mouth let the name 'Rama' revolve continuously as the Vishnu Chakra (Wheel weapon of Vishnu) within your mind. None other need know that you are doing a japa." I interjected, "If I spend all my time like that what will happen to my teaching work? Will not my bread-winning be in jeopardy?" Bhagavan replied "The one whose name you repeat will take full charge of all that, don't fear!"
N.R.K.  Reminiscences Part II
Boundless ocean of grace Vol.II

Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi: Isvara Aradhana

D.: When dukha (misery) overpowers me, enquiry is impossible.

M.: Because the mind is too weak. Make it strong.
D.: By what means?
M.: Sat-sanga, Isvara Aradhana, pranayama ?association with the wise, worship of God, breath control. [By these,] misery is removed; our aim is removal of misery. You do not acquire happiness. Your very nature is happiness. Bliss is not newly earned. All that is done is to remove unhappiness. These methods do it.

Talks 290

Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai
by Sri Muruganar , translated from the tamil by Prof K.Swaminathan
photo : Madhavi Kanumuri
Song 969

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: April 22, 2017, 10:33:51 PM »
Dear Atmavichar

very nice postings of Sri Annamalai swami final talks.

General Discussion / Re: Suggestions for Baby Girl Name
« on: April 14, 2017, 11:42:27 PM »
Dear Nobody

Pl see Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam

Ashrams / Re: Preparations For A Trip To Arunachala
« on: April 07, 2017, 11:42:14 AM »
Dear Orihh

Nice to hear that you are going to Thiruvannamalai.

Normally foreigners take Malaria vaccinations. (I heard it is not a must )
During the month of June it is  hot temperature , drink more water.
Pl visit Ramanasramam, skandashramam, virupaksha guhai, Guhai Namasivayar temple, Big Arunachala temple, Adi Annamalai temple .
Pl do Girivalam in the Morning between 4 to 8 am. You can have lunch at Ramanashramam once or twice  for this you  inform before to  Dr Srinivasa Murthy or Mr Mani, Ramanashramam.

Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: April 02, 2017, 02:10:57 PM »
Sri Gowrishankar Mama, the father of Sri Sendhil Ganapadigal, the senior teacher of Veda Pathsala, passed away on March 28, 2017 at about 10 am Indian Standard Time. An ardent devotee of Kanchi Maha Periyaval, Sri Seshadri Swamigal and Sri Ramana Maharshi, he spent most of the last two decades of his life in Arunachala. He was on a visit to Srirangam on March 27 and was brought to Ramana Maharshi Hospital in Athyanthal for treatment on March 28. He is well-known as a perennial source of Sat-Sangh inside the premises of Sri Ramana Ashram. Out of respect for his devotion to Mahatmas, we dedicate our regular post on Aksharamanamalai to Sri Gowrishankar Mama. Coincidentally it speaks about life in Arunachala. It was as if Lord Arunachala, called him back from Srirangam to Arunachala before absorbing him in Himself.

95. வாவென்று அகம் புக்கு உ ன் வாழ்வு அருள் அன்றே
என் வாழ்வு இழந்தேன் அருள் அருணாசலா
Vā/ven/draham/bukkun Vāzh/varu/landrē/yen Vāzh/vizhan/dē/narul Arunā/chalā.
Arunachala! On the very day that you bade me come, and, taking me with you, entered the home of the Heart, granting to me a life of unsurpassed bliss in the realisation of the Self, I entirely lost the jiva consciousness of my fragmentary individuality, which is the source of sorrow and delusion. That is the power of your grace.

It is so ordained by the all-powerful Lord that through its very nature (mind) consciousness rushes towards the external objects of sense through the channels of the sense organs at very high speed, like a flood of water when the sluice gates are opened. Therefore unless the Lord takes someone into the Heart and establishes him there through his grace, there is not anyone who possesses the ability to swim against that flood and arrive there relying merely upon the power of his feeble self. This is what is illustrated in the words, ?Saying, ?Come!? The truth of the Lord entering the Heart is clearly stated in v. 97, which begins, ?vīṭuviṭ.? This should be taken into account here. Since Sivam existence is the underlying reality and jiva existence is an appearance superimposed upon it, these two can never exist simultaneously in the mind of anyone. This is the idea conveyed in the words, ? On the very day you gave in grace your life [to me], I lost my own life.? The Heart shines as the supreme empty expanse of consciousness, due to the absence of the principle of egoity (āṇava malam), which takes the form of the ego, in which the conscious and the insentient are combined. In that Heart the ocean of bliss of Brahman, eternal, uninterrupted and unsurpassed, abides free of any object, as the true Self, flourishing as ultimate peace. Since for Bhagavan, who has attained that [higher bliss], there is no loss in losing this [lesser bliss], he says, ?arul? ? ?[That is the majesty of your] grace.?

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: March 25, 2017, 02:30:41 PM »
Dear Atmavichar sir

Very nice your posting regarding Sri Annamalai swami, LBWB.

Water flowing through a channel carries off great heaps of sand ;
So mountain masses of the ego are washed away by  Grace.

T.K. Sundaresa Iyer, walk with Bhagavan to the Samudiram Lake

Those born out of wedlock, those who have renounced  their religion, those illegitimately born of widows, those of low  caste, murderers, those who have lost limbs, fierce savages and those who dwell at a great distance, if they but once with righteous intention fix their thoughts upon Mount Arunai, abode of compassion, the result will be liberation.  Not only these but also wild beasts, plants, trees, lotus flowers and related species, all will gain liberation either by looking upon it, or germinating and growing there.

Arunachala Puranam

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