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The easiest Sadhana
One of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi’s most ardent devotees, TK Sundaresa Iyer explains his first darshan of his beloved Guru when he was 12 years old.

It is the year 1908, Bhagavan is still in Virupaksha cave.  TKS Iyer climbs the hill and reaches the Virupaksha cave where he sees ten to twelve devotees sitting with Ramana Maharshi and singing songs.  As TKS sits beside others, Bhagavan asks TKS if he could sing a song.  Immeiately, TKS sings a song composed by Sundaramurthy Nayanar which goes like this –
‘No other support have I, except Thy Holy Feet.  By beholding them I shall win your grace.  Great men sing your praise Oh! Lord!  Grant that my tongue may repeat Thy Name even when my mind strays.’
On hearing this, Bhagavan immediately says, ‘Yes that is what must be done.’  TKS takes this as Bhagavan’s Upadesa and keeps repeating the Holy Name of Arunachala, only to later become a great realized soul!

Truly, a Jnani is the greatest Bhakta and the greatest Bhakta is a true Jnani.

Sri Kunju Swamigal was Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi’s ardent disciple.  He came to Bhagavan at a very young age, even before being put into formal schooling.
While he was at the Ramanashram, he would often witness a number of learned scholars coming to the Ashram from various corners and discuss and debate on philosophy and other topics quoting from various ancient Texts such as the Brahmasutra, the Upanishads and the Bhagavat Gita.

  Kunju Swamigal would get fascinated by the way the scholars quoted and discussed.  He once expressed to Bhagavan that  he also wished to go out and learn the scriptures so that it would enable him too to participate in such discussions.

Hearing this, Bhagavan smiled and said, ‘I am already removing your accumulated Vasanas (the latent impressions of previous births) and now you want to accumulate further more!  ….And then make me remove all of them together!’
Is it not crystal clear from the above incident that once we are at the feet of the Sadguru, it is enough to simply listen to what He says and leave the rest to Him, without trying to experiment anything that is enticing, which would only complicate our journey towards the Supreme?

Once Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi’s disciple Sri Kunju Swamigal visited a Mahan, a contemporary of Sri Ramana Maharshi in Tiruvannamalai.

That night, Bhagavan asked Sri Kunju Swamigal of his viist. When Kunju Swamigal said that the devotees of the Mahan bowed down to him, Bhagavan enquired if he had also prostrated before the Mahan. Kunju Swamigal replied in the negative and added that he would prostrate to none except Bhagavan Ramana.

Bhagavan Ramana, at once, retorted, ‘Oh! Do you think Bhagavan is limited to this six feet-tall body? He is omnipresent. If you are not interested in prostrating to other holy men, you should not go to their place. However, if you happen to visit them for some reason, you should show the due respect. You should have the ‘bhava’ that it is your own Guru that you are paying your obeisance to, when you prostrate to that holy man.’

Arunachala / The greatness of feeding People at Arunachala
« on: January 17, 2013, 02:54:18 PM »

SANAKA requested Brahma to enlighten them about the benefits derived from conducting annadana (feeding of the poor) at Arunachala.

Brahma replied: There is no good deed equal to annadana in the three worlds. Annam (rice) is the basis of prana (life-breath). Hence one who gives annam gives his prana. For this reason one who desires his own welfare should offer annam to the needy and the poor. If this is performed at Arunachala, he attains great merit and becomes the ruler of all the worlds. Neither Vishnu nor I can measure that merit. Even the giving of wealth and jewellery as charity cannot equal the merits obtained by annadana at Arunachala.

Once a king named Singadvajan, descendent of the famous Surya vamsa, ruler of the Dravida country, and known for his valour and generosity, was giving away jewels and diamonds to learned brahmins. In addition he gifted away everything that he possessed. He however did not perform annadana even once. When he died he was taken to the abode of devas. He was succeded by his son, Chitrakethu who excelled his father in might and valour. He too like his father gifted away land, jewels etc. But he too failed to perform annadana.

One day Singadvajan happened to meet the Sage Narada, the foremost of rishis, in the celestial region. Sage Narada said: O King! The feeding of the poor (annadana) supercedes all other gifts made on earth. It bestows knowledge of the Self, as the Supreme Lord dearly loves the one who performs annadana. You donated everything but you did not perform annadana. He who feeds the poor, is offered nectar in the heavens.

As requested by Singadvajan, Narada approached his son Chitrakethu on earth. Chitrakethu welcomed the Sage. After duly accepting his respects, Narada informed Chitrakethu that although his father Singadvajan gifted away everything he had not performed annadana. He alone who had fed the poor and the needy shall receive ambrosia in heaven. Hence Chitrakethu should perform annadana so that his father shall receive the ambrosia. The king decided to perform annadana.

However, the king wanted to know as to where on this earth annadana should be performed so that it shall bestow merits on him and his father. Narada informed him that the merit one obtained by feeding a lakh of people elsewhere cannot equal that of feeding one person in Kasi, and the merit gained by feeding just one poor brahmin at Arunachala will out-weigh that of feeding a crore at Kasi. Particularly if this was done on a dwadasi day (i.e. twelfth day counted from the day of new moon/full moon), it would be equal to the merit obtained by feeding the poor throughout the year.

After listening to the wise words of Sage Narada, Chitrakethu performed annadana everyday at Arunachala. By this act of the son, the father in the celestial region received nectar and in due course passed on to the various upper regions and finally merged in Siva. Hence everyone should endeavour to perform annadana, particularly at Arunachala, for it not only benefits the person who does it, but also bestows great spiritual merit upon his kith and kin.

General Discussion / Re: we are missing a point.
« on: January 17, 2013, 02:46:04 PM »
Dear Forum Members

Very Very nice posts regarding planning of future and Sri Kunju swamis history.

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

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: January 14, 2013, 01:41:39 AM »
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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: January 14, 2013, 01:40:14 AM »
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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

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