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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: January 17, 2013, 12:00:26 AM »
Sri Ramana in Arunachala Hill

Bhagavan story in Tamil

By Sri Ramanachalam

My father was M.S. Venkataraman of Madurai, who was a few years younger to Bhagavan. He and Bhagavan lived in the same house which was situated close to the Vaigai River. He would join Venkataraman and his friends in their nocturnal escapades. After sneaking out in the dead of the night the boys would go to river bank and practice 'chilambam' (a martial art using long bamboo poles). Once when my father returned my grandfather caught him, tied him to a tree in front of the house and caned him. Venkataraman was watching. Later when my father heard about the young Brahmana Swami dwelling in Virupaksha Cave at Arunachala he paid a visit to him out of curiosity. But the moment he stepped into Bhagavan's presence he began to shed copious tears. To his amazement he found that there was nothing there of the former Venkataraman, his playmate. When he was about to leave, Brahmana Swami asked him in subdued tone, "Is that tree still there in front of your house?"

There are two Mahans in our country. One is Ramana Maharshi and the other Gandhiji. The Maharshi gives us Peace. Gandhiji does not allow anyone to remain in peace. Both do so for the same reason, for the spiritual freedom of India. — Smt.Sarojini Naidu (1938).

General topics / Re: Naming Baby
« on: January 14, 2013, 05:29:48 PM »

The names given by Atmavichar is nice.  I  have seen this  name  from this forum Krpasindhuh - The merciful One.

General Discussion / Re: Book on Lord Shiva
« on: January 14, 2013, 11:20:13 AM »
Dear Anand sir

General Discussion / Re: Book on Lord Shiva
« on: January 14, 2013, 11:18:45 AM »
Dear Anand

This site may be useful to you

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: January 14, 2013, 01:41:39 AM »
Sri Ramana ashramam Bookshop

Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: January 14, 2013, 01:40:14 AM »
Sri Nochur ji at Ramanashramam

General Discussion / Re: Sankranti / Pongal Greetings for 14.01.2013.
« on: January 13, 2013, 03:09:50 PM »
Wish you a Happy Pongal to all of you

Sri Bhagavan once said that even to think of God,we must have the Grace of God. There is no real quest without Grace. When we think of Him, when we meditate on Him, we are not doing anything of our own accord. He makes us think of Him and meditate on Him. We can't take any credit for this ourselves. We are not doing these activities, we are made to do these. The moment we are fully conscious of this, we shall be utterly humble. Whatever happens during meditation, happens because He makes it happen the way it happens. So there is no cause for joy or sorrow.

Sri Bhagavan never said, even once, that he thought of Arunachala. He said that Arunachala made him think of Arunachala and that he was grateful to Him for that. In Verse 3 of Arunachala Padigam Sri Bhagavan says: "I had no idea of thinking of you at all. And yet you drew me with your cord of Grace..." In Verse 49 of Aksharamanamalai, Sri Bhagavan says; "Wealth benignant, holy Grace that came to me unsought..." Everywhere Sri Bhagavan talks about the Grace that was showered unsought. He didn't seek Arunachala, but Arunachala chose him. Sri Bhagavan talks of his own utter insignificance and of the majesty, grandeur and glory of Arunachala. In Verse 5 of Arunachala Padigam Sri Bhagavan says, "From out of all the creatures in the world, what did you gain by choosing me? You saved me, did you not, from falling into the void and you have held me firmly fixed at your feet. Lord of the Ocean of Grace, my heart shrinks in modesty even at the thought of You. Long may you live, O Arunachala, and let me bend my head in praise and worship of You."

from the newsletters of Arunachala Ashramam

General Discussion / Re: Significance of Hanuman Jayanthi
« on: January 11, 2013, 01:28:02 PM »
Dear Atmavichar

Very nice story about  Lord Hanuman selfless service.   Sri Ram Jai Ram Jai Jai Ram.

One forenoon two Brahmins, whose dress and demeanour spoke of abject poverty, entered the hall. It was known that they earned their livelihood by the wretched and socially demeaning occupation of bearing the dead to the cremation grounds. Both were hungry after having discharged their duties.
Custom demands that anyone entering a house recently visited by death should take a bath immediately on leaving. This stricture applies evermore so if one steps into the cremation ground, not to mention for those involved in removing and physically transporting the departed to the cremation grounds.
A heated argument had ensued between them about the propriety of coming to the Asramam to have a meal without having bathed. While one of them keenly felt the impropriety of transgressing this revered custom, the other dismissed it as impracticable in viz of their extreme hunger. Assured of a meal in the Asramam; which was quite on their way home; they thought they might appease their hunger. They came to the hall and sat down.
One of them excitedly and abruptly said "Swami, I have been insisting on the customary bath before we sit for our meal. Is is not bust just and proper ?" Bhagavan responded in a very soft tone, "No one can say you are unjust". The other at once in a voice greatly agitated burst forth. " The pangs of hunger are so intense that our entrails are being devoured. Is it wrong to eat when hunger is so gnawing?"
Bhagavan quietly replied, "Who says it is wrong? Not at all".
Shocked , looking at one another, they asked in one voice," but then who is wrong?"
Bhagavan answered," Don't think you alone are pallbearers. All of us are carrying these lifeless corpses. This body is a veritable corpse Everybody carries it saying 'I,I'. Whoever has the ' I-am the-body feeling' is but a pall bearer. As long as one has not gone beyond this, one remains as impure and polluted as a pall-bearer. The pollution of bearing a dead body cannot be washed away by a dip in any tank. Bathing in the holy waters of the Atman alone can remove this pollution".
The Bramins, though initially felling vindicated, were now startled and stared at each other. In an instant, the entire complexion of the issue stood transformed. Everyone without exception was equally polluted. All people shared their fate.
The next minute, the two Brahmins were nowhere to be seen. None knew where they had one; to the dining hall for food or elsewhere. But one thing was certain, for their spritual hunger.
Bhagavan's words had been an unexpected feast.

from the Boundless Ocean of grace.Vol.VI

Dear Subramanian Sir

Bhagavan grace showers on you to relieve the pain

As one Desires
13th August 1946

During the early days of my arrival at the Ashram, there
was a Vaisya boy living here. His hair was matted without
being attended to. He used to get food from charitable house
holders, and sleep in the Arunachala Temple at night. His
mother came to the Ashram and pressed him to return home,
and so he ran away to Pandharpur. He was her only son.
They had plenty of property. The boy was a sort of wandering
beggar, a bairagi, who would say that he did not want
anything. When that mother related her woeful story to
Bhagavan and sought his help, Bhagavan tried to prevail
upon the boy, once or twice, to listen to the mother’s words.
He did not listen, but instead, he ran away.
He came again during last month. He was keeping away
from others, sitting in a corner of the hall. You may call it
sadhana or whatever you like. Except that his hair was no
longer matted there was no other change in his routine or
appearance. Bhagavan was observing him continuously. The
boy did not speak. After fifteen days, Rajagopala Iyer, who
had retired from his job and come back to his library work
in the Ashram, happened to come to the hall and noticing
the Vaisya boy, said to Bhagavan, “This boy appears to have
 returned from Pandharpur. His mother left her address,
didn’t she, requesting us to write to her in case he came

Bhagavan said, “Yes, he has come back. That was about
fifteen days ago. I have been observing him. He does not
speak. So, how then could I ask him ‘What is Pandharpur
like? Where is the prasadam, etc.?’ We have to conduct
ourselves according to the workings of the minds of others.
We are in duty bound to adjust ourselves thus.” People of
intelligence examine their own minds. There is no knowing
about the minds of others. Bhagavan says that he has to
adjust himself according to the desires and intentions of
others! See what a great precept that is!

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