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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 24, 2013, 12:30:53 AM »
Sri Ramanashramam

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 24, 2013, 12:23:56 AM »
Sri Ramana Bhagavan

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 24, 2013, 12:22:23 AM »
Sri Ramanalingam

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 23, 2013, 12:03:37 AM »
Sri Viswanatha Swamy, Sri Muruganar and Sri Kunju Swamy

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 19, 2013, 11:37:19 PM »
Bhagavan's materials

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 19, 2013, 11:34:02 PM »
Arunachala Hill

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 19, 2013, 11:31:39 PM »
Tamil parayanam at Ramanashramam

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Sri Chakra
« on: November 19, 2013, 10:56:46 AM »
Sri Chakra at Bhagavan's Mother Samadhi

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Devotee : Are there any aids to : (1) 'concentration' and (2) casting off distractions ?

Sri Bhagavan : Physically, the digestive and other organs are kept free from irritation. Therefore, food is reguloted, both in quantity and quality. Non-irritatants are eaten, avoiding chillies, excess of salt, onions, wine, opium, etc. Avoid constipation, drowsiness and excitement, and all foods which induce them. Mentally, take interest in one thing and fix the mind on it. Let such interest be all-absorbing to the exclusion of everything else. This is dispassion ('vairagya' ) and concentration. God or mantra may be chosen. The mind gains strength to grasp the subtle and merge into it.

D.: Distrations result from inherited tendencies. Can they be cast off too ?

Sri Bhagavan : Yes. Many have done so. Believe it ! They did so because they believed they could. Vasanas (predispositions) can be obliterated. It is done by concentration on that which is free from vasanas and yet is their core.

D.: How long is the practice to continue ?

Sri Bhagavan : Till success is achieved and until Yoga-liberation becomes permanent. Success begets success. If one distraction is conquered, the next is conquered and so on, until all are finally conquered. The process is like reducing an enemy's fort by slaying its man-power -- one by one, as each issues out.

D.: What is the goal of this process ?

Sri Bhagavan : Realising the Real.

D.: What is the nature of the Reality ?
Sri Bhagavan : (a) Existence without beginning or end -- eternal.
(b) Existence everywhere, endless, infinite.
(c) Existence underlying all forms, all changes, all forces, all matter and all spirit. The 'many' change and pass away (penomenona),whereas the 'ONE' always endures (noumenon).
(d) The One displacing the triads, i.e.,the knower, the knowledge and the known. The triads are only appearances in time and space, whereas the Reality lies beyond and behind them. They are like a mirage over the Reality. They are the result of delusion.

D.: If 'I' also be an illusion, who then casts off the illusion ?

Sri Bhagavan : The "I" casts off the illusion of 'I' and yet remains as "I". Such is the paradox of Self-Realisation. The realised do not see any contradiction in it. Take the case of bhakti. I approach Ishvara and pray to be absorbed in Him. I then surrender myself in faith and by concentration. What remains afterwards ? In place of the original 'I', perfect self-surrender leaves a residuum of God, in which the 'I' is lost. This is the highest form of devotion ( Parabhakti ), prapatti, surrender or the height of vairagya.

You give up this and that of 'my' possessions. If you give up 'I' and 'Mine' instead, all are given up at a stroke. The very seed of possession is lost. Thus, the evil is ripped in the bud or crashed in the germ itself. Dispassion ( vairagya ) must be very strong to do this. Eagerness to do it, must be equal to that of a man kept under water trying to rise up to the surface for his life.

D.: Cannot this trouble and difficulty be lessened with the aid of a Master or an Ishta Devata (God chosen for worship) ? Cannot they give the power to see our SELF as it is -- to change us into themselves -- to take us into Self-Realisation ?

Sri Bhagavan : Ishta Devata and Guru are aids -- very powerful aids, on this path. But, an aid to be effective, requires your effort also. Your effort is a sine qua non. It is 'you' who should see the Sun. Can your spectacles and the Sun see for you ? You yourself have to see your true nature. Not much aid is required for doing it !

- from TALKS WITH SRI RAMANA MAHARSHI, pp.28--30

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Arunachala / Re: Deepam now and deep Arunachala chanting by fellow devotees
« on: November 17, 2013, 03:26:04 PM »
http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/videostreaming/

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 15, 2013, 11:48:03 PM »
Bhagavan Pencil box

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 15, 2013, 11:46:13 PM »
Bhagavan photos

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: November 15, 2013, 11:41:39 PM »
Sri Ramanashramam Plan

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Arunachala / Re: How can we explain or describe?
« on: November 14, 2013, 03:14:29 PM »
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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: November 14, 2013, 02:22:40 PM »
Bhagavan's 134th Jayanthi

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