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Operating System and Software Issues / Re: MAC imovie Users
« on: July 01, 2016, 10:10:31 AM »
Thank you Dear Atmavichar, for your interest. I had posted at a few places. Hoping yo get some favourable response, Bhagawan willing.

Thank you

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Dear all,

Please do the needful and spread the word.

I just signed the petition "Please do not cut the trees on the Girivalam Path" and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

Our goal is to reach 5,000 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:

https://www.change.org/p/please-do-not-cut-the-trees-on-the-girivalam-path?recruiter=563753219&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive


Thanks!

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D.:  From where did ignorance come?

M.:  There  is  no  such  thing  as  ignorance.  It  never  arises.  Everyone is  Knowledge  itself.  Only  Knowledge  does  not  shine  easily.  The dispelling  of  ignorance  is  Wisdom  which  always  exists  -  e.g.,  the necklace  remaining  round  the  neck  though  supposed  to  have  been lost;  or  each  of  the  ten  fools  failing  to  count  himself  and  counting only the others.  To whom is knowledge or ignorance?

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Operating System and Software Issues / MAC imovie Users
« on: June 22, 2016, 07:02:10 PM »
Hello!

If there are any Mac imovie users, Experts, Tech-Savvy guys, I have a problem in using Devanagari or Hindi Fonts in imovie. Devanagari or Hindi fonts are not visible correctly in my imovie projects. They are perfectly visible while typing but when I play the project it becomes all wrong. I am need to compile a video for professional use. I could not find a proper support contact to get this sorted out. Can anybody please help me?
Thank you

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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: June 22, 2016, 11:27:06 AM »
Stray thoughts...

Just by investing few seeds on the soil and with subsequent investment of care, doesn't Mother Earth give back multiple times more grains than we invested in the form of seeds?

How much would the Supreme Lord would give us if we are able to reach out to Him? Here Supreme Lord gives Himself as a return!

Only we need to do the little needful! Little bit effort care and grace follows automatically!

Only eligibility is to have a desire for profit! Who would not want profit for oneself?

In Bible we have:

"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you"

All we need is only this much!

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 22, 2016, 07:46:14 AM »
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As regards sharpness,it is more to say that the path is subtle and can be grasped only by a subtle mind shorn of all gross clingings.What is 'difficult' for the gross mind is 'easy' and natural for the subtle mind which is nothing but the mind purged of dross.

So true, yes it is not the difficulty and true sharpness is a simple soul, a simple uncomplicated mind, a layman, a child at heart. Such a soul is only able to grasp (or abide in) the every shining grace of the Supreme Lord or Truth.

We see so many simple souls derived ultimate bliss by the very first darshan with the Guru, for the others, the Guru just slowly clears away the dross in his own unique manner!

Satsangatve Nissangatvam
Nissangatve Nirmohatvam
Nirmohatve Nischalatattvam
Nischalatattve Jeevanmuktih

Sat sangatve - through the company of the good, Nissangatvam - (there arises) non-attachment,
Nissangatve - through non-attachment, Nirmohatvam - (there arises) freedom from delusion,
Nirmohatve - through the freedom from delusion, Nischala - Immutable, Tattvam - Reality,
Nischalatattve - through the Immutable Reality, Jeevanmuktih - (comes) the state of 'liberated-in-life'.

The message of the Guru is clear, to be in Sat-Sang at all times, it may seem to foster some ego at the beginning, but slowly the very Satsang itself would cause the complete destruction of the dross.

How does one weep for God? only when one is rendered helpless and has no other recourse but God alone, one becomes closer and closer to God and all the malaas get washed away by the very being in presence of the Gu-Ru.

Thanks Sri Ravi

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General Discussion / Re: Reflections on Death
« on: June 22, 2016, 06:54:18 AM »
Death is the source of Wisdom. Yama, the Lord of Death is the Lord of Wisdom or Knowledge. In Kathopanishad, Nachiketsas asks the untouchable question of what is Death to Yama. Death is the source of inspiration for Bhagavan's Self Enquiry. One should deliberate on Birth and Death. The more one deliberates one gets used to it and becomes balanced with the Yathaartha (as a matter of fact)

I heard in one Hindi Satsang -

यथार्थ मे जीने का अभ्यास् करो ।
yathArtha me jIne kA abhyAs karo |

Practice living with the matter of fact.

I feel, Just as a Father gives away his daughter in marriage as Kanyadaanam, one has to give away ones near and dear ones to the Lord Yamadharma in such spirit!

Today we have mobiles, internet computers, we have 24 hours communications, but in the days of yore, i wonder if the father got to communicate or see his daughter after marriage had the daughter got married in a distant place! Once Daughter got married, that is more or less a death in itself!

We have to accept Death as a matter of fact of life!

Empathize ourselves by ourselves!  उद्धरॆत् आत्मना आत्मानं A man must elevate himself by his own self by wisdom

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: June 22, 2016, 06:42:52 AM »
Dear Sri Ravi,

Not I, but Thou only Thou alone - is the greatest Vivekam or wisdom! What does one do when this Vivekam shines within like the Sun? Lord is our only Ashraya, He alone is our only shelter! The attitude of the aspirant becomes only that of worshiping That Supreme Lord.

uttiṣṭhata jāgrata prāpya varān nibodhata:
kṣurasya dhārā niśitā duratyayā; durgam pathas tat kavayo vadanti. (14)

My dear children, do not think it is easy! Do not sleep and try to get this Atman. ?Stand up, be awake, be conscious; obtain wisdom properly by being initiated from a competent Guru ? understand this. Sharp it is, and cutting, as the edge of a razor, and hard to cross.? ?Sharp? and ?cutting? are the two epithets of the sword. The edge of a sword is cutting, so sharp is it. Such is the sharpness of this yoga ? so subtle that you cannot even see it. The path of the Spirit is invisible. You cannot open your eyes and see it. It is like the track of the birds in the air, or the fish in water: they are there but cannot be seen. This path of supreme wisdom is subtle in the sense that it is a balance of everything. The Spirit is balance. And no one in this world can maintain a balance. We either fall this way or that. We go to either extreme but never are in the middle. ?Balance is yoga?samatvam yoga uchyate.?

(Swami Krishnananda, Katha Upanishad)

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I cannot explain what this great Teaching has done to me. Brahman or the Self alone exists and is real; and the world, the individual and God are, like the illusory appearance of silver in the mother-of-pearl, imaginary creations in the Self. Moreover, Sri Bhagwan has taught unequivocally that the world, the individual and God appear and disappear simultaneously.  YES,  ALL  THAT  EXISTS  IS  ONLY  A  MANIFESTATION  OF  THE  SUPREME  ONLY.

Absolutely! Dear friend, no words!


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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: June 22, 2016, 06:30:01 AM »
Stray thoughts...

What is Bhakti, Sraddha (faith)?

Exercise of Viveka is Bhakti, and
Its sustenance is Sraddha or faith.



Some time back our friend, Sri Anil ji, came up with this question as to what is faith or Sraddha. after a due deliberation and contemplation, i seem to have come up with this reflection in a sudden inspiration (as above) and I feel quite satisfied with this.

The exercise of Viveka is Bhakti and its sustenance is Sraddha or faith. Whenever we fall down, the only Ashraya or shelter that we have is the Lord, The Lord is Himself Viveka. Smarana or remembrance of the Lord or His Gunas (Nature) or Self-Enquiry is Bhakti. And No matter how many times we fall, this inspiration to get up once again and exercise Viveka yet again is Faith or Sraddha.

According to some legend an emperor when he was jailed after a bad defeat, observed a spider spinning a web, trying to make a connection from one area of the cave's roof to another. Each time the spider failed, it began again until it succeeded. Inspired by this, the emperor returned to inflict a series of defeats on the English, thus winning him more supporters and eventual victory.

"if at first you don't succeed, try try again." - This is Sraddha Faith

The Willingness to Try is Sraddha Faith
And the very effort of trying is Viveka - deliberation - effort

We should always remember this watching the spider make its attempt seven times, succeeding on the eighth try!

Point to note is that the Spider's effort on all 7 occassions were made with utter sincerity and maximum effort!

Like how Krishna says in Gita Uddharet Atmanaatmanam - the Self is both your friend (Devas) and your enemy (Asuras). When your find yourself being pulled by your own bad self (Asuras), you have to pull yourself(Devas) back again to poise.

You are your own friend and foe.

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I provide a more clear translation below:

बीजस्याऽन्तरिवाङ्कुरो जगदिदं प्राङ्गनिर्विकल्पं पुनः
मायाकल्पितदेशकालकलना वैचित्र्यचित्रीकृतम् ।
मायावीव विजृम्भयत्यपि महायोगीव यः स्वेच्छया
तस्मै श्रीगुरुमूर्तये नम इदं श्रीदक्षिणामूर्तये ॥२॥


The one who is a magician or a great yogi,
creates this universe just out of his own free-will ?
the universe, which before creation remained unmanifest
like the tree in a seed, and has later
projected himself out to be the universe of
diversities, due to the play of time and space, the
products of mAyA, to Him, the divine teacher, SrI
dakshiNAmUrti, this salutations.

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what is death but giving up the body? Our real nature is to be without the body, and therefore, indeed, deathlessness alone is our real nature. However, since we identify the Self with the body, we falsely ascribe the sense of immortality that we all nurture innately deep within to this insentient block of a body, imagining that this log of a body  will live for ever and thus we lose sight of  what is really immortal (the Self)!

Dear Sri Anil ji,

in Dakshinamurti Stotram,

बीजस्याऽन्तरिवाङ्कुरो जगदिदं प्राङ्गनिर्विकल्पं पुनः
मायाकल्पितदेशकालकलना वैचित्र्यचित्रीकृतम् ।
मायावीव विजृम्भयत्यपि महायोगीव यः स्वेच्छया
तस्मै श्रीगुरुमूर्तये नम इदं श्रीदक्षिणामूर्तये ॥२॥

This world (that appears now) no doubt was present undifferentiated before just like a sapling as present within a seed.
With the power or apparatus of Maya, by giving rise to time and space concepts, it has projected this universe of various aspects (as though a paint with many colours)
As though a Mayavi - a magician, [Who] (projects these illusions like magic) or like a Maha Yogi, [He] out of स्वेच्छया Self Desire  - ones own wish and desire or just out of his own whim, (projects this manifestations)!
To him - He who has known this [secret] - (knowledge) (is) Sri Guru Murti (He who knows this secret is himself the Guru - Bhagavan says - Self is Guru - N) That Gurumurti is Dakshinamurti. (He knows this is That - N)

Shankara says, By giving rise to the concepts of Time and Space with the power or apparatus of Maya this world appears with varied forms, colours and aspects was before just like the sapling found in the seed! Just like a Magician brings out various illusions, a great Yogi thate He is, out of his own desire, will, whim, has given rise to these - (time space, world universe or varied aspects)
He who has known this is the Sri Guru Murti, is this Dakshinamurti

Therefore, Dear Sri Anil Ji, this body that we see has appeared like this, it is in its original form Unmanifest - within the Para-Brahman like a sapling within a seed or jewelry within gold, or pot within mud. Out of its own fancy or Self-Will it has come to manifest as this universe, as this body and so on! But how? With its power of Maya-Shakti, it gave rise to the concepts of Time and Space and so on, to enable the manifestation of this Universe this body and so on!

Therefore that which is manifest now, we should not see it in exclusion, but we should know the original form of this Manifestation (say this body, world etc) like a big Ashwatta tree was once just present within a small seed as a potential form!

We were like this before our birth within the Brahman as the Jewelry in Gold, as Tree within Sapling and so on. That which has come to manifest is subject to the rules of the Apparatus of Maya of time space and so on! Being subject to Maya (out of स्वेच्छया), it is bound by the conditions of Time space out of स्वेच्छया , the manifestation culminates into pralaya  going back to its original form of Seed or Para-Brahman, that is why Shankara has used the word  पुनः in the first line of this great Upanishad Shloka! This continues again and again... the Self seems to do this out of स्वेच्छया Self Desire only and repeatedly!

This secret if one has come to know, then one will know the unmanifest state of the manifest as well. With the Maya Shakti, Creation Sustainance and Destructions occurs, what we call death in relative sense! But we now know it goes back to the source - the unmanifest state ! Where does the dream world go upon waking up?

Shankara gives another example elsewhere, Bhagavan too has quoted this too - Just as a spider emits the thread of a web from within itself and withdraws it again into itself, in the same way the mind projects the world from within itself and later reabsorbs it into itself. When the mind emanates from the Self, the world appears. Consequently, when the world appears, the Self is not seen, and when the Self appears or shines, the world will not appear.

Another great reflection is this Dear Sri Anil ji, that for the Great Huge Ashwatta Tree to appear from the seed, the seed has to go! When the Sapling comes the seed goes, and again for the Seed to appear the tree has to go! For the Jewelry to appear the Gold goes and when Gold has to appear the Jewelry goes! :-) hope you get what i am saying ! This is so wonderful!

Like the world and characters of a dream appears from no other substance as ones own self, this world appears as is with no different substance as ones own self as from the Seed Tree comes! This Manifestation of world is the Self only !

Seed alone has become the Tree, The Tree goes back to the Seed on pralaya into its original seed!

When we see and interact now with the world we will now be aware of this Maya of Unmanifest - Manifest and its seeming extinction to be the same!

Shankara says He who knows this is Guru Murti, 'Guru' is destruction of Darkness, that is Dakshinamurti!

The fear of Death is alleviated with this Knowledge.

Again, I have not gone through to edit what i have written, please excuse my lack of clarity of language!

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General Discussion / Re: Reflections on Death
« on: June 20, 2016, 01:51:43 PM »
Coping with Loss - by Daisaku Ikeda

The impermanence of life is an inescapable fact. Yet while it is one thing to know, in theory, that each moment of your life may be the last, it?s much harder to actually live and act, on a practical level, based on that belief. Most of us tend to imagine that there will always be another chance to meet and talk with our friends or relatives again, so it doesn?t matter if a few things go unsaid.

But whenever I meet someone, I try to extend myself to them to the utmost, for that may be our last encounter. I never leave room for regret, aiming to concentrate my whole being in each moment.

Buddhism identifies the pain of parting from one?s loved ones as one of life?s inevitable sufferings. It is certainly true that we cannot avoid experiencing the sadness of separation in this life.

Shakyamuni, the Buddha who lived in India over 2,000 years ago, lost his mother when he was just one week old. As he grew up, he always wondered, ?Why did my mother die? Where did she go? Where can I go to meet her? What is this thing ?death? that has robbed me of my mother? What, after all, is life??

His sorrow at the loss of his mother became a powerful driving force which enabled him to have deep compassion for others and to seek the truth of life.

One day he met a woman whose child had died; she was wandering about in a grief-stricken daze with the tiny body clutched to hers. ?Please give me some medicine to save my baby,? she begged Shakyamuni, her eyes red with tears.

He knew the child was past saving, but wanted somehow to encourage her. He told her to fetch some poppy seeds so he could make medicine, but only to collect poppy seeds from families which had never known bereavement.

The woman hurried off into town and called on every household. But although many had poppy seeds, there was not a single house in which there had never been a death. The distraught mother gradually came to realize that every family lived with the sadness of lost loved ones quietly concealed somewhere in their hearts. Through this experience she realized she was not alone in her feelings of grief.

Probably no words can heal the heart of a mother who has lost her child. Someone truly wise, on meeting a woman whose child has died, might simply sit down at her side, and stay there not saying a word. Even if no words are exchanged, the warm reverberations of concern from deep in that person?s life will be felt.

In the Buddhist view, the bonds that link people are not a matter of this lifetime alone. And because those who have died in a sense live on within us, our happiness is naturally shared with those who have passed away. So, the most important thing is for those of us who are alive at this moment to live with hope and strive to become happy.

By becoming happy ourselves, we can send invisible ?waves? of happiness to those who have passed away. But if we allow ourselves to be overwhelmed by sorrow, the deceased will feel this sorrow too, as we are always together, inseparable.

When I met Sonia Gandhi, widow of Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, not long after her husband?s tragic death, I said to her, ?The lives of those who have suffered the greatest tragedy shine with the greatest brilliance. Please change your destiny into a source of great value. If you are sad, your husband will grieve with you. And if you stand up with a smile, your husband will be happy too.?

A person who meets with a great tragedy will quite naturally be at a loss as to what to do with their life. I believe one has to decide whether to keep up one?s spirits and go on living with all one?s might or let oneself be broken by disappointment.

There are many examples where people who lost their mother or father early in life have gone on to achieve great things. My friend Oswald Mbuyiseni Mtshali, a famous South African poet, once told me that the first poem he wrote was to his mother. He said, ?My mother?s death was a great shock to me, so great that I almost couldn?t recover from it. It took me a long time to get over it. But eventually I noticed something. Whatever strength I had was something my mother had given to me, left to me. My mother?s words were alive in me; my mother lived on inside me. When I recognized that, a poem to my mother welled up spontaneously from the depths of my heart.?

Through struggling to overcome the pain and sadness that accompanies death, we become more aware of the dignity of life and can come to share the sufferings of others as our own.

The Harvard University Library was donated by a woman who lost her son in the tragic sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Her son, Harry Elkins Widener, who died at the age of twenty-seven, was a graduate of Harvard who had a passion for reading and had collected many books. In fact, he had just completed a book-buying trip in London when he boarded the Titanic together with his mother and father.

Harry was a loving son to his mother, a gallant and heroic young man. Seeing his mother safely into the lifeboat, he stayed behind with his father on the sinking ship. The collection of over three thousand valuable books that he had already built up was left to Harvard University, but there was nowhere to put them. This prompted his mother to donate huge sums of money so that a library could be constructed. Out of this tragedy came a priceless gift to countless students.

Those who can overcome grief and continue to live with strength and courage deserve respect. I greatly admire someone who can overcome their personal suffering and go on to leave behind something of value for future generations.

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General Discussion / Reflections on Death
« on: June 20, 2016, 01:49:53 PM »
I intend to post some articles that reflect on Death. I welcome others also to contribute if you find something worthy.

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Dear Candice,
 
Ever Since I heard about Sri Graham reaching the Lotus Feet of our beloved Bhagavan, i have been in his remembrance! I have had a few exchanges with him on and off the forum as well. He was down to earth and so grounded at all times. It is taking some time for us to accept this fact that he will no longer continue in his physical presence, but his legacy and his spirit continues and will continue for ever. His contribution towards the restoration of Bhagavan's pictures is truly immeasurable and it is impossible to comprehend how many people are so blessed to see Bhagavan's pictures. In every picture of Bhagavan we know Sri Graham's devotion and touch is present! His contribution to so many devotees worldwide by way of this website is yet again impossible to measure its value. We cannot comprehend how many people worldwide are being pulled towards Bhagavan and Sri Graham's websites are a gateway to Ramanasramam. Sri Graham has collected and presented most of the works of Vedanta and Upanishads, Puranas, and not to mention Bhagavan's teachings.

Sri Graham had shared some times his creations in pictures of Arunachala, of high resolutions with quotes from the teachings of Bhagavan.

For the few of us here who have been having Satsang through the Forum medium, Sri Graham had been a silent observer, rare contributor and acted whenever necessary. I was glad to see yet again another message from the same name Graham through you. We are certainly very happy that you are continuing in his place. It gives us great happiness in sense that you will be able to continue in the same spirit as Sri Graham.

It is indeed a blessing for Sri Graham that he could spend his last days with Bhagavan! Bhagavan has been a witness to everything and we all know that it is all a leela - divine play. while death is only for the body, there is no death for the spirit, soul! While all the talks of Vedanta and Scriptures have their place, and we are aware of the deathlessness of the Soul, still we miss Sri Graham very much! If it is ok, may i request you to post a small picture of Sri Graham?

Maharshi: Siva says, 'By My command.'  Those who live here need no initiation, diksha, etc., but get Mukti...
Such is the command of Siva.


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