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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 22, 2012, 11:59:32 PM »
Skandasramam Meditation Hall

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 22, 2012, 11:56:48 PM »
Sri Ramanashramam

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 22, 2012, 11:52:57 PM »
Skandasramama

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 21, 2012, 11:22:55 PM »
Skandaashramam

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 21, 2012, 11:21:23 PM »
Meditation at Arunachala Hill

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 21, 2012, 11:20:11 PM »
Sri Ramashramam , Book stall

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3-6-1946

G.V.Subbaramayya:  Did Subramanya Bharati ever come to Bhagavan?

Bhagavan:  I think he did once.  It was when we were on the hill.  One evening when only Sivayya the late Mouni Swami of Kutralam), who is dead now, was with me, someone came and sat for nearly an hour before me and then went away without saying a word.  Later , when I saw pictures of Bharati I thought it must have been he.


from the Boundless Ocean of Grace Vo.V.

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Day by Day with Bhagavan
29-4-1946
Mr.Nanavathi asked Bhagavan the following:
Nanavati: I suppose mere mauna in speech is no good; but we must have mauna of the mind.
Bhagavan: Of course .  If we have real mauna, that state in which the mind is merged into its source and has no more separate existence, then all other kinds of mauna will come of their own accord i.e. the mauna of words, of action and of the mind or chitta.
Bhagavan also quoted in this connection, a verse from Thayumanavar:
'If I get pure mauna (quiescence), I shall have mauna of chitta, mind, word and deed.'
Bhagavan aded ,"Such mauna is not inertness but great activity.  It is the most powerful speech."

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 16, 2012, 02:41:53 AM »
Lord Brama, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva in Jyothi

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 16, 2012, 02:37:02 AM »
Arunachala Hill Top

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 16, 2012, 02:31:54 AM »
Sri Ramana Bhagavan Samadhi Veda parayana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 13, 2012, 02:32:23 PM »

The Better Nature of Others

Often I sat at the feet of Bhagavan Sri Ramana and heard his talks. I learnt from Bhagavan that we should not indulge in disparaging talk but rather we should talk of the better nature of others.
Prof. S. stated to Bhagavan that one Swamiji told him that we may prolong life by proper diet and enquired of Bhagavan whether that view is true. The Swamiji died some time ago and Bhagavan replied by a counter question, "Is that Swami alive?" Another devotee in the hall narrated some incident, and said that the Swami boasted about his siddhis and powers, etc. Bhagavan cut short the trend of the talk and narrated another incident: "Once I and some others were ascending the hill to proceed to Skandashram. On the way we met that Swamiji carrying on his head a big pot of water. I enquired why he carried that pot and he replied, 'Perhaps Bhagavan may need drinking water on the hill.' " While narrating it Bhagavan was so moved that his voice choked and tears trickled down from his eyes. I learnt a lesson that we should only talk about the better nature of a person. — T. Krishnaji, The Call Divine, 1966
 

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 12, 2012, 05:24:40 PM »
An Interview with Annamalai Swami

Shadow Bhagavan

Once, there were films being shown at the Ashram, including one on Bhagavan. I wanted to see the film. When I arrived and prostrated before Bhagavan, He said in a stern voice. "So you have come to see the shadow of Bhagavan. This means that you no longer have the real Bhagavan in you and have hence come to see this shadow-Bhagavan." This touched me very deeply.
One day, after this incident, I went up the hill wanting to meet Bhagavan when he returned from his walk. He again looked at me sternly and said, "Why have you come to see me? You have happiness, you have happiness." I couldn't understand his words then, but after a lot of reflection I realized that when one is away from society, one has peace, and that Bhagavan wanted me to avoid the entire society. This is how I interpreted His words.
Bhagavan also said, "Ananda is not what you get from somewhere else. If you follow somebody else's path, it will only lead you to destruction. You have to follow your own self. Go within. That alone will lead you to Ananda." So I interpreted it to mean that I should be alone.
 

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 12, 2012, 05:21:18 PM »

An Interview with Annamalai Swami


Disturbing Ants

One day after lunch we noticed lots of ants in the Old Hall disturbing the devotees. Bhagavan asked me to inspect the area and do the needful. When I went and lifted a stone, millions of ants rushed out. I was jumping all over in order to avoid crushing them. When Bhagavan asked me what I was doing, I explained that it would be jivahimsa to kill hundreds and thousands of ants by stepping upon them or by closing the opening through which they came out. He said, "You are not doing it for yourself, it is for the sake of others." He then quoted from Chapter thirteen of Bhagavad Gita where Krishna says that even killing is permitted if it is for the benefit of the world. Upon hearing this, I cleared the area of ants, sealed the entrance and cemented it.
In the days when I still used to live in the Ashram, I once told Bhagavan that I didn't even desire moksha, but just wanted to be saved from the attractions of women. I was wondering what reply Bhagavan would give. He said that it was freedom from this desire that all great people had sought and suffered for.


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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 12, 2012, 05:17:24 PM »
An Interview with Annamalai Swami


Coming to Bhagavan

I came from Tondanguruchi where I had a stall to distribute water to the needy. One day somebody showed me the book Nan Yar (Who Am I?). I saw Bhagavan's picture and was instantly captivated.
I hastened to Tiruvannamalai the very same day, which happened to be a full moon day. When I arrived at Tiruvannamalai, I chanced to meet Seshadri Swami near the Rettai Pillaiyar Koil, close to the big temple, and received his blessings. I then went to Sri Bhagavan.
When I came to the Ashram there was just a shed over the Mother's shrine and Bhagavan was seated there. I also saw Gopal Rao, who was building the Old Hall.
[Before coming to Tiruvannamalai] I had had a dream in which Bhagavan was coming down the Hill. I went up to him and washed his feet with water. On drinking that water, I felt speechless and senseless. When I came here, Bhagavan was coming from the Hill, but nothing else happened like in the dream.
I had read a little before coming here. However, it is true that Bhagavan literally taught me how to read and write. When I asked Bhagavan what bondage and liberation meant, Muruganar was astonished that I did not even know the fundamentals of Advaitic teachings. Bhagavan only laughed in reply. In the course of my work, I once overheard Muruganar sing a line from a Tamil verse, which means, "Even fools have become extremely wise by coming to Bhagavan." I am sure that Muruganar was referring to me when he sang this song.


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