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Thank you very much for your information about humility.

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There was one devotee in the ashram at that time who, for me at least, exemplified Bhagavan’s teachings on humility and selfless devotion. His name was Viran and he was employed by the ashram to carry water. In the early days of the ashram there was always a water shortage. As the ashram well did not produce enough water to meet all our needs, we had to bring in supplies from outside. At about 4 p.m. every day everyone in the ashram, except for Bhagavan, had to go to the Palakottu tank with a bucket to collect water. We each had to bring about ten buckets of water a day to the ashram. This was quite a strenuous activity because the main ashram buildings were about 150 yards from the tank. In summer, when the water level in the Palakottu tank was very low, our drinking water was brought in a cart from the Boomanda tank, which is located near the mosque in town. All this water had to be stored in big vessels in the ashram.

Since all these activities still failed to produce enough water to meet all our needs, we engaged a man called Viran to carry water full-time from the Palakottu tank to the ashram. In addition to carrying water, he also used to work on various other little jobs that needed to be done in and around the ashram. Although he had been engaged primarily to do ashram work, he was also willing to help any of the resident devotees with their daily chores. If anyone called him to do some work, he would immediately come. No work was too menial for him. He was even willing to work in the middle of the night if anyone asked him to. He was a very humble man whose main aim in life seemed to be to please other people.

If anyone addressed him disrespectfully, because he came from a low caste, Bhagavan would immediately show his disapproval. ‘Why do you call him like this?’ he would ask. ‘If you want him to do any work you should call him with love and affection.’

Bhagavan often showed a lot of love towards this man because he knew he was very humble and because he knew he performed all his chores with love and devotion.

Bhagavan was not the only one who was impressed with his work. A rich devotee, after watching Viran work, decided to help him by paying for his son’s education. The devotee put the boy in a good school in Madras and paid for all his expenses. The ashramites also used to help him by giving him left-over food from the kitchen to take home to his family. Viran’s humility was a shining example of Bhagavan’s teach­ings in action.

On many occasions Bhagavan told me, ‘Become envious of anyone lower than you. You must become very small. In fact you must become nothing. Only a person who is nobody can abide in the Self.’

Bhagavan often spoke to us about the necessity of humility. On another occasion he told me, ‘No one should be our inferior. One who has learned to be the inferior will become superior to all.’ (Living by the Words of Bhagavan, 2nd ed., pp.124-6)

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Ashrams / Re: Ramanasramam visit
« on: July 16, 2013, 12:54:50 PM »
Thank you very much sir

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Ashrams / Re: Ramanasramam visit
« on: July 15, 2013, 11:09:46 PM »
last friday sat sunday today I was in Thirvannamalai,Ramanashramam
I had food at Ramanashramam. The service of Dr.Murthy and Mr Kannan are very very nice I did girivalam Friday, the 12th  at 7.00 pm to 10.50 pm  and yesterday morning and today morning at about 7.30 am I visited Skandasramam, Virupaksha Kugai and Guhai Namasivayar temple. I brought some books at Book depot , Ramanashramam

Yoga Vashita only important sayings in english
Who Am I in French for my children
Michael James Word by Word Translation of Arunachala Stuthi Panchakam, Tamil  wordings with  English explanation.-This book I brought at Manakula Vinayagar St


Another Book I also brought at one gentleman s house at Manakula Vinayagar St,

the name of the book is Arunachala Stuthi Panchakam, sadhu OMs explanation, but the book is incomplete , when asked that gentleman told they compile all the songs and detail explanation , they will publish first week of Dec 2013.

Again I am trying to vist Sri Ramanashramam on 23rd,24th,25th Aug 2013 during Kumbabishekam.

I spoke just few words to Mr David Godman, Dev Gogoi, and one very nice old man who always walks inside  Ramashramam, i do not know his name .  He talks very nicely.

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Sri Ramanaashramam kumbhabhishekam; invitation

http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/maha-kumbhabhishekam-invitation/

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHE6BjXp7PM
Satsangh.org talks to President of Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai

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Mantra japa, after a time, leads to a stage when you become Mantra maya i.e., you become that whose name you have been repeating or chanting. First you repeat the mantra by mouth; later you do it mentally. First, you do this dhyana with breaks. Later, you do it without any break. At that stage you realise you do dhyana without any effort on your part, that dhyana is your real nature.

Till then, effort is necessary.

Sri Ramana Maharshi

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General Discussion / Film on Sri Ramana
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:20:36 PM »
A wonderful film is being made about Ramana Maharshi and the inner experience of visiting Ramanasramam and Arunachala. You can learn about this at the site below. Help is being asked to complete this film.

http://richardarunachala.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/who-is-sri-bhagavan/

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General topics / Re: Nochur Acharya in Bangalore now
« on: June 19, 2013, 12:55:01 PM »
There will be discourse in English on Vedanta by Vedabrahma Sri. Nochur Venkataraman on 22-Jun-21013 (Saturday) from 5:00 to 6:30 PM at Benne Govindappa Kalyana Mantap, Gandhi Bazaar, Bangalore - 560 004.

Vedanta Bharati welcomes you all.

For More details contact Sri.Gopalakrishna - 98451 21153

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Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: June 13, 2013, 02:33:01 PM »
Thoughts , silence in mind

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Somebody brought a bell to be rung at the arathi ceremony and it was put into Bhagavan's hands.   He tried its sound in various ways and laughed: "God wants us to make a fire of our past evil deeds and burn our karma in it.  But these people burn a copper worth of camphor and hope to please the Almighty.   Do they really believe that they can get something for nothing? They do not want to bend to God, they want God to  bend to them.   In their greed they would swallow God, but they would not let him swallow them.  Some boast of their offerings. What have they got to offer.  The idol of Vinayaka (Ganesa) is made of jaggery.   They break off a piece of it and offer it to Him. The only offering worthy of the Lord is to clear the mind of thoughts and remain steady in the peace of the Self."

from the Boundless Ocean of Grace

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: June 09, 2013, 01:46:07 PM »
Bhagavan handwriting

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Ashrams / Re: Pilgrimage to arunachala
« on: June 04, 2013, 11:43:42 AM »
Thank you sir

I have your cell no. I contact you from Pondicherry. If we have time let us meet at Thiruvannamalai, Ramanashramam

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Ashrams / Re: Pilgrimage to arunachala
« on: June 04, 2013, 11:02:29 AM »
Subramainan Sir

Where is the Manakula Vinayagar Street.     I like to buy a book Arunachala Stuti Panchakam, word by word in english– Published by Sri Ramana Kshetra, Kanvashrama Trust, Tiruvannamalai - 606 603.

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My uncles house at Thiruvannmalai

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