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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

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24-03-1946

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.

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

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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

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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

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 02, 2012, 10:44:11 PM »
LETTERS FROM SRI RAMANASRAMAM
27TH JANUARY 1946

DECORATIONS TO AMBA (GODDESS)

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

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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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Ashrams / Wordpress consultant
« on: November 30, 2012, 07:19:35 PM »
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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:53:49 PM »
Letters from Sri Ramanasramam
26th January 1946
ANGER
Yesterday a newly arrived Andhra youth told Bhagavan about the vagries of his senses to which Bhagavan said," All that is due to the mind.   Set it right."  " That is all right, Swami, but however much I try  to reduce this anger, it comes on again and again.   What shall I do?"  said the poor boy.

"Oh!  Is that so, then get angry with that anger; it will be all right,"  said Bhagavan.   Everyone in the hall burst out laughing.   A person who gets angry with everything in the world, if only he introspects and enquires why he does not get angry  with his anger itself, will he not really overcome all anger?

Two or three years back a devotee who could freely approach Bhagavan came and told him five or six times that somebody had been abusing him.   Bhagavan listened but said nothing.   As there was no response from Bhagavan in spite of repeated and varied complaints and in a number of ways, this devotee could not contain himself any longer and so said  "when I am abused so much unnecessarily,   I also get angry.  However much I try to restrain my anger I am not able to do so.  What shall I do ?"

Bhagavan laughingly said," What should you do?  You too join him and abuse yourself; then it will be all right."  All laughed.

That devotee unable to understand anything, said "That is very good! Shoudl I abuse myself?"

"Yes indeed! What they are abusing is your body, isn't it? What greater enemy is there than this body which is the abode of anger and similar feelings?  It is necessary that we ourselves should hate it.  Instead of that , when we are unguarded, if anybody abuses us, we should know that they are waking us up.  We should realise at least then, and join them in abusing the body, and crying it down.   What is the use of counter-abuse? Those who abuse us that way should be looked upon as our friends.  It is good for us to be among such people.  If you are among people who praise you, you get deceived,"  said Bhagavan.

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General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« on: November 28, 2012, 11:24:21 PM »
Dear Jwell


Lord Shiva's photo is  beautiful.

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 26, 2012, 12:35:34 AM »
Letters from Sri Ramanasramam
31st December 1945
An Ignorant traveller said in humble tones,"Swami, the people sitting here always ask you something and you give them some reply; when I see that , I also feel tempted to enquire but I do not know what to ask you.  How then can I get mukti?".
Bhagavan looking at him endearing, and smiling said, "How do you know tht you do not know anything,".  He said, ""After I came here, and heard the question asked by all these people and the replies Bhagavan is pleased to give them, the feeling that I do not know anything, has come upon me,""  Then it is all right .  You have found out that you do not know anything; that itself is enough.  What more is required," said Bhagavan."How to attain mukti by that much alone Swami," said the qujestioner.  "Why not? There is someone to know that he does not know anything.   It is sufficient if you could enquire and find out who that someone is.  Ego will develop if one thinks that one knows everything.  Instead of that, isn't it much better to be conscious of the fact that you do not know anything and then enquire how you could gain moksha?".

He felt happy at that and went his way.  That questioner might or might not have understood the essence of that voice of the Lord but, for us people here, those words were echoing in our heart of hearts like gospel.

from the Boundless Ocean of Grace, Vol.V

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 26, 2012, 12:31:21 AM »
03-01-1946

Mrs.Desai's asked Bhagavan:

Are only important events in a man's life, such as his main occupation or profession, predetermined, or are trifling acts in his life, such as taking a cup of water or moving from one place in the room to another, also predetermined?

Bhagavan: Yes , everything is predetermined.

Mrs.Desai:  Then what reponsibility, what free wil has man?

Bhagavan: What for then does the body come into existence?
It is designed for doing the various things marked out or execution in this life.   The whole programme is chalked out. "  Avanindri Oru annuvum Asaiyadhu" (Not an atom moves except by His Will) expresses the same truth, whether you say "  Avanindri Asaiyadhu"(Does not move except by His Will) or "Karmamindri Asaiyadhu" (Does not move except by Karrma).   As for freedom for man, he is always free not to identify himself with the body and not be affected by the pleasures or pains consequent on the body's activities.

from the Boundless Ocean of Grace, Vol.V

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Thank you very much Mr Subramanian Sir for your comments

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Ashrams / Re: Impressions from travels to Tiruvannamalai
« on: November 22, 2012, 11:47:00 PM »
Dear Atmavichar100

Very nice to read your writings about Satsangha.

Regarding my family , My daughter, my son and me , maximum we sit for 15 minutes silently, every Thursday between 6.30 to 8.30, if it is not possible, we do some other days.  Just we hear Arunachala Siva, Arunachala Siva, Arunachala  chanted by  Selvi Saindhavi or by Smt.Saroja Natarajan.

May Lord Arunachala Showers his grance on you

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 22, 2012, 04:36:06 PM »
Suri Nagamma used to fast on Ekadasi, Sivarathri, Kartikai star day,
Monday and other such occasions.  Those days, it would so happen
that many proof readings of Telugu prints would come to the Asram.
Those days, Bhagavan used to do the proof reading Himself.  When
someone asked why Bhagavan had not given them to Suri Nagamma,
He would say: "O poor thing. She is fasting today!"  After sometime,
she realized that the service for Guru was more noble than fasting.
Even Kunju Swami had told her that Bhagavan Ramana would not
give any work to him on the fasting days.  He was shown the verse
3 of Ulladu Narpadu - Anubandham by Bhagavan Ramana.

One day, a devotee asked the purport behind such fasting.  Bhagavan
replied:  "All these things are only to control the senses.  In a
fasting person, the senses will be more subdued and will not go out,
and the mind will be non vacillating.  But best thing is to control the
mind.  Where is the mind? Where is the body?  Where is the Jiva?
It is all in the Self. Food alone does not make up one's determinations, thoughts.  The very "fasting"  of determinations, doubts and thoughts 
alone would control the mind.  Even otherwise we are the Self.  All
these ideas, are only to be in the Self.  If the Self is understood,
all food controls are unnecessary."


From 1940, when Suri Nagamma started living in her small apartment
in Tiruvannamalai, she was living on fried corns and milk.  Once or
twice, she presented fried corns to Bhagavan Ramana.  He called
for salt and chilly powder, mixed them with the fried corns, took a
little and gave the rest for distribution.  After some time, Bhagavan
told her:  "Why are you making this frequently?  This Asram is like
an ocean.  Howsoever you may bring, it may not be sufficent.  Please
stop it."  Suri Nagamma made these presents  more infrequent.

Once in the new season, she took some fried corns.  Bhagavan asked
her: "Why are you spending money?  On the Hills, I have eaten such
grains and corns.  These are tasty and nutritious.  People nowadays
bring, laddus and jilebis and they may think that fried corns are quite
cheap items."  As usual He mixed ghee, chilly powder and salt and
took it and distributed to others.  Suri Nagamma felt happy like
Sudhama seeing Krishna eating battered rice!

On another occasion, Bhagavan asked her:  "You are doing all these
things.  You are spending quite a long hours in the Asram.  You are
doing writing work.  How do you find time for all these?"  Venkata
Ratnam and Suramma said:  "She does not sleep at all.  We have seen
the lights burning all the time in her house.  She is getting up around
3 am everyday!"

(Source:  Sri Ramanasramam - Vazhvum Ninaivum, Tamil.)

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