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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 11, 2012, 11:00:34 AM »
In 1939 a man called Sathya Narayana Rao was dying in one of the ashram rooms. He was apparently in great pain. A devotee brought news of this to the hall. Bhagavan initially seemed to be uninterested in the matter.

‘What can I do?’ he asked. ‘Am I a doctor?’ However, after a few minutes he got up and went with Krishnaswami to the room where the man was dying. Sathya Narayana Rao was lying on a bed in a small room which was next to the storeroom. Bhagavan sat next to him and put one hand on his head and the other on his Heart-centre. Sathya Naryana Rao had previously been twisting and turning in bed in an attempt to alleviate his pain, but a few seconds after Bhagavan touched him, he quietened down, closed his eyes, and lay still on the bed.

After about half an hour Bhagavan said, ‘We have finished here. We can go and eat.’
Bhagavan had delayed going for lunch because he had wanted to finish his work with Sathya Narayana Rao. While Bhagavan was eating, a devotee came to inform him that Sathya Narayana Rao had died. However, before he died he had opened his eyes, smiled, and reached out to touch his two sisters.
When Bhagavan heard this he exclaimed, ‘Ah! The thief came back again. I thought that his mind had completely subsided. His vasanas[mental habits and tendencies] came up again. His attachment to his sisters made him reach out and touch them’.
In the case of Palaniswami, Bhagavan said that the ‘I’ – thought escaped through the eyes at the moment of death and took another birth. One can assume that something similar happened in this case.
This story was told to me by Krishnaswami who was an eyewitness to all these events. I also found that many of the circumstantial details were corroborated in an unpublished manuscript by Narasimha Rao, Sathya Narayana’s brother.

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 08, 2012, 12:21:59 PM »
Sri Muthukrishna Bhagavatar House,Thirukoviloor

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 08, 2012, 12:11:51 PM »
Dining Hall Sri Ramanashramam

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 08, 2012, 12:09:10 PM »
Bhagavan statue

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 08, 2012, 12:05:48 PM »
Bhagavan with Devotees

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 08, 2012, 12:01:08 PM »
Bhagavn Madurai House photo

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 08, 2012, 01:19:44 AM »
Arunachala Deepam

15-04-1946 Morning

Proper Pradakshina

Ribhu Gita (3rd Chapter, 39th verse)

Reflecting “I am the all blissful Self”
Is worship as with words and flowers
True circumambulation is the the thought
“In me the million universes roll”,
He who knows all beings bow to him
And he to none,
He bows before the Mahalinga Self.

From the Boundless Ocean of Grace Vol.V

10-04-1946  Afternoon

Narayanaswamy Aiyar's daughter, married to our Sundaresa Aiyar's s on , sang a few songs and then related the following miracle:

"In Cawnpore, we are living on the third floor of a house and we are the only residents on that floor.   We have a tap there, but water rarely rises up to  that level and we have daily to go down several flights of stairs and climb up with all the water necessary for us.   My Husband used to do this work daily for me.  It was too much for him.   And I was too weak to be able to help him in this daily task.   One day, when I was alone in the house and my husband was in his office.   I was pondering over this hard situation of ours and how were to find a solution for this.   I had kept the empty vessel before the tap and was singing in a pensive mood.   Then I began singing the song Sarangati.(This is a song well-known among Bhagavan's devotees.  It was composed by M.V.Ramaswami Iyer and is sung by him and the members of his family whenever they want Bhagavan to interpose and avert evil from them or bring them good).   It says in brief, 'We take shelter under you and you are our sole refuge.   Who else is there to whom we can turn? If you delay to come to our rescue, we can bear it no longer.   So, come at once, end my misery and give me happiness!')  Then the water began to trickle down the tap and kept on flowing more as I went on with the song.   So I sang the song till all our vessels were filled with water.   When my husband  returned home, he was surprised to find so much water and could not conceive how I could have got all that water.  Then I told him, 'I have discovered now a secret device for getting water.   If I sing Sarangati  I can get water,'  My husband naturally could not believe it and so I tried the same device again in his presence and the water flowed from the tap.   Ever since then my water problem has ceased.   I had only to sing Saranagati, and water will flow from the tap.   I have tried other songs, but they don't given the same result.   Afterwards, when I fell ill and father came to see me, I told him about this and he too could not believe it till I again repeated the experiment before him and he saw it succeeded.   He asked me to try other songs.   I did , but none of them produced the same result."  The girl told all this with great glee and there was such a ring of truth about the whole narration that I consider it would be absurd to doubt the truth  of the experience.

from the Boundless Ocean of Grace.  Vol.V



I referered to Swami Sambudhanda's last question, what to do with those who have lost faith in God and who, if asked to find out their source, may say,"Our parents are the source from which we spring."

Bhgavan:  Fancy a man saying our source is our parents.

 I asked , But What about a pure materialist, who does not believe in God.  How are we to deal with him?"

Bhagavan:  He will come gradually, step by step, to find out the source of "I".  First, adversity will make him feel that there is  a power beyond his control, upsetting his plans.  Then, he will begin  with rituals, ceremonial worship and through japa, kirtan, dhyana and go on to vichara.

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: December 04, 2012, 11:18:34 PM »
Bhagavan's  photo

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 04, 2012, 05:33:47 PM »
Ramaswamy Iyengar’s devotion was so intense that he would not utter the name of his Master : ‘Ramana’.  Even while reciting hymns, like Ramana Sthuthi Panchakam, wherever the word ‘ Ramana’ came he would keep silent on that word but fluently proceed with the rest of the stanza . For instance, while reciting Aksharamanamalai, v.90 ” Ramanan enru” he would begin it only as “enru” (Instead of  ‘You being ‘ Ramana’ I said all this ‘, he would say: ’ You being …. I said all this!’).  Knowing his intense bhakti for Sat Guru Ramana people would not utter the word ‘ Ramana’ in his proximity!   Once in the Old Hall, a very popular man inadvertently addressed Bhagavan as ‘Ramana’.  Iyengar Swami spontaneously slapped him on the cheek!  Realising the eka bhakti of Iyengar Swami, instead of getting angry this gentleman appreciated Iyengar Swami heartily!
Once on a full moon day, he arrived in the Asramam and stayed in Palakothu with Kunju Swami. He would see Bhagavan every day when he passed through Palakothu.  He got big earthenware pots and arranged for the preparation of three kinds of pickles and filled the pots with them and sent them to the Asramam.  Bhagavan appreciated them very much and said, ”His disciples are rich landlords.  He does not have any financial problems.  As he is  an Iyengar, he is capable of doing everything very well.   He is very good.”

From the Boundless of Ocean Vol.V

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 04, 2012, 02:48:28 PM »
Colombo Ramachandra’s two small girls had finished singing and almost the last song (composed by their father, an ardent and long-standing devotee )contained the lines,”
கண்ணாலே  பார்த்தவர்கள்  கவலகற்றிக் கதிகாட்டும்  அண்ணாமலை ரமண அருட்  குருவா  இருபவருக்கு , மங்களம்  மங்கலமே “He who remains at Annamalai as the gracious Guru, who casts his glance on them, dissipates their sorrows and directs them to salvation).

from the Boundless Ocean of Grace Vol.V

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 02, 2012, 10:44:11 PM »


You have seen the decorations made in the shrine of Matrubhuteswara on the first day of the Navarathri festival last year.   There was a different  type of decoration every day during those nine days, and on one of the days, in accordance with the puranic story that Amba went out to do tapas as she could not bear the separation from Siva, the idol of Amba was decorated suitably and was put in the shade of a tree.   After the night meal was over that day, Bhagavan was taken to that place and was shown that idol.

Next morning in the hall, while talking about the ornamentation in the temple of Arunachaleswara and in this shrine.  Bhagavan said, "Yesterday's ornamentation was intended to show that Amba  was doing tapas.  Unable to bear the separation, she goes out do tapas(penance) here.  Parvathis is depicted as sitting in a stylish pose under a tree to do tapas, wearing a silk saree, gold jewels and flower garlands.   What our people do is always like this.   Tapas means meditation connected with the practice of self-denial or bodily mortification, does it not?  Amba is reported to have closed the eyes of Siva with both her hands for fun, and to expiate that sin Parameswara asked her to perform penance.   So she left her husband , went to a lonely place, and in self-mortification, forgot about her body, became weak and with great austerity, performed tapas.   See the way Amba is decorated to depict that story.   She is dressed like a Maharani with diamonds and emeralds and gold ornaments and wearing a silk saree and flower garlands!"

from the Boundless Ocean of Grace Vol.V

Ashrams / Re: Ramanasramam visit
« on: December 01, 2012, 11:45:01 PM »
Announcements: Bhagavan’s 133rd Jayanti
Sri Ramanasramam President V. S. Ramanan invites all devotees to the Ashram on 29th December, 2012 for the 133rd
Jayanti Celebrations of Sri Bhagavan. On this most blessed day of the year, devotees near and far come and gather in
Bhagavan’s presence.

from the Saranagathi Newsletter December 2012

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