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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: April 27, 2016, 11:08:27 AM »
Amusing incident regarding Kirthan:

I saw in him something quite arresting which clearly distinguished him from all others I had seen. He seemed to live apart from the physical frame, quite detached from it. His look and smile had remarkable spiritual charm. When he spoke, the words seemed to come out of an abyss. One could see immaculate purity and non-attachment in him and his movements. I sensed something very refined, lofty and sacred about him. In his vicinity the mind?s distractions were overpowered by an austere and potent calmness and the unique bliss of peace was directly experienced. This I would call Ramana lahari, ?the blissful atmosphere of Ramana.? In this ecstasy of grace one loses one?s sense of separate individuality and there remains something grand and all-pervading, all-devouring. This indeed is the spirit of Arunachala which swallows up the whole universe by its gracious effulgence. There were about ten devotees living with him there, including his mother and younger brother.

One of them was Vallimalai Murugar, who for a while every morning sang the Tamil songs of the Tirupugazh with great fervour. These well-known songs, the remarkable outpourings of the famous devotee, Sri Arunagirinatha, are songs in praise of Subrahmanya. When he sang, Bhagavan used to keep time (tala) by tapping with two small sticks on the two rings of an iron brazier of live coal kept in front of him. Fumes of incense spread out in rolls from the brazier, suffused with the subtle holy atmosphere of Bhagavan. While Bhagavan?s hands were tapping at the brazier thus, his unfathomable look of grace gave one a glimpse of the Beyond in silence. It was an unforgettable experience.

There was also a devotee from Chidambaram, Subrahmanya Iyer, who often sang with great fervour Tiruvachagam, hymns in praise of Arunachala by Bhagavan, and songs in praise of Bhagavan also. One morning when he began a song with the refrain, ?Ramana Satguru, Ramana Satguru, Ramana Satguru Rayane,? Bhagavan also joined in the singing. The devotee got amused and began to laugh at Bhagavan himself singing his own praise. He expressed his amusement and Bhagavan replied, ?What is extraordinary about it? Why should one limit Ramana to a form of six feet? Is it not the all-pervading Divinity that you adore when you sing ?Ramana Satguru, Ramana Satguru?? Why should I not also join in the singing?? We all felt lifted to Bhagavan?s standpoint.

Viswanatha Swami reminiscences

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General topics / Re: Panic attack from extremely slowed down mind
« on: April 27, 2016, 07:17:01 AM »
Dear 2WhomHasThisThoughtArisen,

All of us need Bhakti Jnana and Vairagya together in equal proportions. If there is only One without the other or Two without the other, then there will be disturbance. If a sapling has to sprout and grow, it needs the grace of Sun Light, Water, and soil, only then will it shine! Similarly, Jnaana, mental exercise needs to be supplemented by little singing and dancing, i.e. Sing Bhajans, express yourself, write, go out and look around the bright beautiful world, hear the sounds of the nature, the birds chirping, the trees moving in the breeze, the child laughing and crying, see how the nature copes with various things in its bosom, the beauty of nature in one hand and also at the same time the pollution of nature at the other hand.

We need Bhaava in our Sadhana, all the obstacles we face are blessings in disguise so that we may better ourselves. Gita says, Shanaih Shanaih Uparamet, sloowly.... gradually.... progress!!! there is no hurry, there is no goal as such... therefore, intelligently, uddaret Atmanaatmaanam, uplift yourself by yourself.

Complement yourself by easing out yourself, chill out, go out with your friends, break open the coconut. Have good food, if you are compromising your food eating in the name of eating satvic food for spiritual reasons, do not over do it! It is one grave madness prevailing in spiritual world! This Satvic food is over used in spiritual world today, one needs good nutritional food, one should not avoid eating healthy in the name of having satvic food, so eat well. eat your favorite food, go to your favorite restaurant and enjoy! Come out of this shell! Only you have to! It is easy to be fooled in this world, be it worldly or spiritually... therefore BECOME WISE.... RECOGNISE THIS QUICKLY! ELSE IT WILL BE TOO LATE, years are counting!!!

Spiritual exercise should make you happier, if not then there must be something wrong, we need to re look it from above once again. Swami Vivekananda Said:

"No more weeping, but stand on your feet and be men. It is a man-making religion that we want. It is man-making theories that we want. It is man-making education all round that we want. And here is the test of truth ? anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually, and spiritually, reject as poison; there is no life in it, it cannot be true. Truth is strengthening. Truth is purity, truth is all-knowledge; truth must be strengthening, must be enlightening, must be invigorating. These mysticisms, in spite of some grains of truth in them, are generally weakening. Believe me, I have a lifelong experience of it, and the one conclusion that I draw is that it is weakening."

I am always inspired by this beautiful story from Bhagavata Mahatmyam, it appears in Padma Purana. The Essence of it is that, one needs Bhakti - Jnana and Vairagya all together, if one or two is lacking without the other(s) then there will be depression or distress mentally or physically.

See the link below and follow up the pages to complete the story :

http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/forum_2/index.php?topic=7224.30;wap2

Do not waste this beautiful life in name of spirituality and self realisation (the irony of it) we need spirituality and self realisation, but in a beautiful manner. Sanathana Dharma foundation is Dharma Artha Kama Moksha.

LIVE LIFE WELL

Do not get lost. Re look within and only you need to fix yourself with dexterity! Yogah Karmasukaushalam.

Do not get lost in spiritual forests! Dear friend, there is quite a bit of MADNESS in spirituality, BE VIGILANT, INTELLIGENT, LOOK AROUND AND BE INTELLIGENT ENOUGH TO HEAR THE VOICE OF THE LORD!

fix yourself, the grace of GURU is always audible!

Swami Vivekananda : "You will be nearer to heaven playing football than studying the Bhagavad-Gita.?

God bless!!!

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: April 26, 2016, 09:28:06 AM »
We keep flowers atop the pictures of Gods and Goddesses and Guru in our Puja Altar. Sometimes when the Lord is very pleased with our devotion He raises his hand above and pushes the flower as a token of acknowledgement of him being pleased and showers blessings in the form of flower Prasad.

first was Sri Atmavichar's post on Likhita Japa blesed by Swami Vimalananda. Now Sri Ravi has shared a beautiful trasure, a snapshot of Annamalai Swami's letter advising the Likhita Japa. Again the Lord raisinv his hand above and pushed another flower :-) blessing us yet again.

Please find the picture as ATTACHMENT (i shall try and paste the picture directly at leisure) and find below a rough translation of the same in English.



"I am not the body. I am not the thoughts" write this a lakh times. The thought that 'I am the body' is what impedes our peace and happiness. We are not our clusters of thoughts either. Our true form is boundless bliss. If you know the truth of your being you can come to no harm. Om shanti shanti shanti

~ Annamalai Swami

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: April 24, 2016, 04:43:45 AM »
Dear Atmavichar,

Nice to know you had been to Hrishikesh and was blessed to stay in the sacred lap of Mother Ganga and moreso, in such an auspicious time of new year and Rama Navami.

Last year i also got to spend about 8 9 days at Hrishikesh and visited Swami Sivananda Ashram few times. Absolutely what a divine place it is.

Before my visit, j had only read in books and heard hearsay about the sanctity of Mothet Ganga. But experienced it for real only when I was there.

We also visited Vasishta Guha, a must visit place, it is a cave where Vasishta is said to yo have spent some time in deep meditation and we could visit few other places.

Nice to know you got japa yoga book blessed by Swami Vimalananda and the conincidence here.

Likhita japa is perhaps the least mentioned or least popular among various other methods in terms of its efficacy to engage the mind in Sat-Karyam or Sat-Sangam (to be in the company of Sat). But it is, in my experience, a great superior sadhana to engage the mind body and soul in tune with the 'Sat' itself. Many should be encouraged to take this up as it is is relatively easier and has no special rules and easily purifies oneself.

Talking about Ramayana. I felt, the 24000+ shlokas composed by Sage Valmiki has only one meaning, it is 'Raama' what a beautiful two letters are they. They also are thw first 2 letters of Ramana and Ramakrishna. Ra extracted from ashtakshati on namo naratanaya and Ma extracted from panchakshari Om nanah Shivaya.

Both ashtakshari and panchakshari are rendered meaningless without these two letters Ra Ma. Infact their meaning are rendered as amangalam. Na-ayanam and Na-Shiva. These two letters Ra Ma is so great. they are said to be the heart of panchakshari and ashtaksgari. Raama itself is Brahma Vidya. Raama itself is the Supreme Self and what cannot be gained by doing Likhita Japa of such great mantra.

Om.

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General Discussion / Re: Swami Sivananda's Teachings and Quotes
« on: April 23, 2016, 11:06:39 AM »
LIKHITA JAPA

Write down daily in a notebook your Ishta Mantra or Guru Mantra for half an hour. When you write the Mantra, observe Mouna. Write the Mantra clearly in ink. On Sundays and holidays, write this for one hour. This is Likhita Japa You can develop a wonderful power of concentration.

The benefits of Mantra-writing or Likhita Japa cannot be adequately described. Besides bringing about purity of heart and concentration of mind, mantra-writing gives you control of Asana, control of Indriyas, particularly the sight and the tongue, and fills you with the power of endurance. You attain peace of mind quickly. By prolonged and constant practice the inherent power of the Mantra (Mantra-Sakti) will be awakened, which will fill your very existence with the Divinity of the Mantra.

In Mantra writing, there is no restriction about any particular script. It may be written in any language.

Swami Sivananda


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General topics / Re: Sangeetha Dhyana
« on: April 20, 2016, 04:52:34 PM »
पल्लवि
मानस गुरु गुह रूपं भजरे रे
माया-मय हृत्तापं त्यजरे रे

अनुपल्लवि
मानव जन्मनि संप्राप्ते सति
परमात्मनि निरतिशय सुखं व्रजरे रे

चरणम्
सत्व गुणोपाधि सहित सदाशिवं
स्वाविद्या समेत जीवोद्भवम्
तत्वं तामस युत विश्व वैभवं
तारकेश्वरं आनन्द भैरवम्
(मध्यम काल साहित्यम्)
नत्वा श्री गुरु चरणं कृत्वा नाम स्मरणं
जित्वा मोहावरणं मत्वा त्वदेक शरणम्

Pallavi:

Manasa Guruguha Roopam Bhajare re!
Maya maya Hrutthapam Thyajare re!
 
Anupallavi:
Manava janmani Samprapthe sathi-
Paramathmani Nirathi Shaya sukham vrajare re!
 
Charanam
 
Sathwa gunopadhi Sahitha Sada sivam
Swa Vidya Sametha Jeevoth bhavam
Thathvam thamasa Yutha viswa Vaibhavam
Thara Keswaram Ananda Bhairavam
 
Nathwa Sree Guru Charanam
Kruthwa Namasmaranam Jithwa Moha varanam
Mathwa Thwadeka Sharanam
 
Meaning (from TK Govinda Rao?s book)
Oh (?re!?) Mind (?maanasa?)! mediate (?bhajare?) on the form (?roopam?) of GURUGUHA and cast off (?thyajare?) the sorrows (?hruttaapam?) created by deluded (?maaya maya?) mind.
Having got (?samprapthe?) the human (?maanava?) birth (?janma?), seek to obtain eternal bliss in PARAMATMA and avoid (?vrajare?) the mundane pleasures (?nirathi shaya sukham?).
He is SADASIVA, full of (?sahitha?)  SATVAGUNA;
All living beings (?jeeva?) are born (?uthbhavam?) out of Him as the result of the impact of AVIDYA.
The universe (?viswa?) with its TAMASIC qualities is again a manifestation of His greatness(?Vaibhavam?);
He is TARAKESVARA and ANANDA BHAIRAVA.
Prostrate (?nathwa?) on His feet (?guru charanam?) ;
Mediate (?kruthwa?) on His name(?namasmaranam?);
Conquer (?Jithwa?) the veil of illusion(?Moha?),
and Think (?Mathwa?) of Him as your (?thwa?) sole (?eka?)  refuge (?sharanam?).



Pallavi:
O mind! Think of guha the form of guru.Forego the illusory afflictions of the heart.

Anupallavi:
Having obtained the form of a humanbeing, acquire the ultimate bliss from the supreme Lord.

Charanam:
The form of sadAshiva endowed with te quality of satva.The one who creates the individual souls which have the ignorance due to illusion.The truth that lies beyond the universe which is of the quality of tamas.The Lord who helps one cross the ocean of samsara/The form of Anandabhairava.
Worship the feet of the perceptor.Chant his name.
Conquer the sheath of desire.The sole refuge.

https://youtu.be/WXfG6a5FsEI

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General topics / Re: What makes Ramana so great
« on: April 20, 2016, 10:39:54 AM »
'There' all speech along with the mind turn back being unable to reach 'it'

~ Taittiriya Upanishad

If thou thinkest that thou knowest It well, little indeed dost thou know the form of the Brahman. That of It which is thou, that of It which is in the gods, this thou hast to think out. I think It known.

I think not that I know It well and yet I know that It is not unknown to me. He of us who knows It, knows That; he knows that It is not unknown to him.

He by whom It is not thought out, has the thought of It; he by whom It is thought out, knows It not. It is unknown to the discernment of those who discern of It, by those who seek not to discern of It, It is discerned.

~ Kena Upanishad

Therefore,

'muneh bhaavah iti maunam' - the true disposition of a real muni is silence.



WHEN SITA WAS asked who was her husband among the rishis (Rama himself being present there as a rishi) in the forest, by the wives of the rishis, she denied each one as he was pointed out to her, but simply hung down her head when Rama was pointed out. Her silence was eloquent.

Similarly, the Vedas also are eloquent in neti-neti (not this, not this) and then remain silent. Their silence is the Real State. This is the meaning of exposition by silence. When the source of the ?I?-thought is reached it vanishes and what remains is the Self.

~ Stories as told by Bhagawan

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Health issues / Re: Health issues
« on: April 13, 2016, 10:24:50 PM »
Dear Graham,

Only today i happened to check your update.





adhyavocadadhivaktā prathamo daivyo bhiṣak,
ahīgṁśca sarvā?jaṁbhayantsarvāśca yātudhānyaḥ.

May that Divine Physician, First among gods, exalt (me) in His all-redeeming Transcendent Being, having cut off all evil, whether in the form of poisonous creatures and wild beasts, or the demoniacal natures in creation.

(Rudram 1.6)

We pray and wish all goes well for you!

Best wishes,

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: March 16, 2016, 09:25:15 PM »
Truly wonderful post Sri Ravi!

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: March 07, 2016, 07:50:21 AM »
Dear Sir,

Here it is. Follow the link below to thr last but one post to 17368th post.

http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=307;area=showposts;start=17355

The post is copied as under:

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General topics / Re: Thayumanavar - Blessings
? on: October 31, 2013, 08:55:16 AM ?
Verse 16 of paink kiLi kaNNi of Tayumanavar as translated by mountainman:


Will I pine and waste my days
Seeing not in heart's rapture
The Sight unseen
Oh, Green Parrot!

17369
General topics / Re: Thayumanavar - Blessings
? on: October 31, 2013, 08:54:00 AM ?
Verse 16 of paink kiLi kaNNi of Saint Tayumanavar:



காணாத காட்சி கருத்துவந்து காணாமல்
வீணாள் கழித்து மெலிவேனோ பைங்கிளியே. 16

Arunachala Siva.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: March 06, 2016, 02:12:59 PM »
Here you are Subramanian Sir, your 6155th post given below (copied as it is)

Try looking at this link searching for your 6155th post.

http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=307;area=showposts;start=6150

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
? on: June 06, 2015, 07:51:59 AM ?


Once while in Skandasramam,  Mother Azahgamma told her son:
"As your father was bringing in those days, it would be nice if we
have small brinjals (blue round one, famous in Tamizh Nadu and
Karnataka), I can prepare you a nice brinjal curry with a lot of
til oil and chilly powder!"  Bhagavan Ramana smiled and told her:
"Amma!  How can you expect this beggar-son to bring you brinjals
to make brinjal curry?" 

In the evening, a villager brought a basket full of small brinjals
to Amma and Bhagavan!  Bhagavan Ramana smiled and said:
"Amma!  Have you chanted any special mantras to get brinjals?
Now, you prepare nice brinjal curry and we can eat!"

Mother knows who has willed for small brinjals to be brought to
Skandasramam. 

Once one knows the Self,
What else is there to know?

          -  Sri Bhagavan.

Arunachala Siva

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General Discussion / Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« on: February 18, 2016, 06:33:50 PM »


(18 February 1836 - 16 August 1886)

A man cannot realize God unless he gets rid of all such egotistic ideas as 'I am such an important man' or 'I am so and so'. Level the mound of 'I' to the ground by dissolving it with tears of devotion


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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: February 15, 2016, 07:29:19 AM »
Stray thoughts...

No one is ever ignorant at any time. If one feels he is incomplete or ignorant, Bhagawan said find out who is ignorant and upon enquiry it will be found that there is no ignorance and one's true nature has to be known or realised, else enquiry has to be practiced repeatedly untill the Self is realised.

Real proper Self enquiry can happen only once by which the Self is realised and there ends all quest and practices when the Self is known or realised.

Self has to be known! Otherwise any spiritual practice will be in vain!

The purpose of Self enquiry is not to be used just for quitening the disturbed mind and for relaxing ones mind when troubled by mundane issues asking for whom are these experiences and so on. The real enquiry is only for the purpose of self realisation alone.

If you feel agitated and enquire who is agitated then only the non agitation of mind results from such enquiry but when the intention is the realisation of Self alone, such enquiry will never go without revealing the true nature of one real Self and then one has to be able to recognise when the real Self is shining like the Sun.

What would be the point when the Sun shines and if you fail to notice the very Sun itself?

One should have knowledge about the nature of Self to be able to recognise realise the Self. Without thr knowledge of Self, Self will remain unrealised even though it may shine like thousand suns awaiting to engulf you!

ten men crossed a stream and wanted to make sure they were all safe. In counting, each one left himself out and found only nine. A passerby gave each a blow and made them count the ten blows. the tenth man in the story was the tenth man and none else.

Similarly too, self enquiry must result in the realisation, knowing or recognising the the self as the very tenth man and none else, if the tenth man remains unrecognised, the counting will continue for ever, so too, the enquiry will continue for ever if the Self remains unrecognised!

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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: February 15, 2016, 06:58:45 AM »
Ignorance of the true nature of Self
Is alone the seed of the mind.
Ignorance of the true nature of Self
Alone gives rise to the idea of 'I'

~ Yoga Vasishta

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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: February 14, 2016, 09:26:53 PM »
Stray thoughts...

The sole object of any spiritual practice is the realisation of one's true self.

Stillness of mind is not the self but that stillness helps, where one is free from the distractions of the mind, quietitude of mind results in clarity and thereby it facilitates like a mirror that helps one realise/recognise one's true Self, as the sun knows itself as the sun, as the man knows himself as man, the self is known/realised as the self!

Bhagawan suggested self enquiry as a direct practice that leads to self realisation. But then self has to be realised.

"If one enquires ?Who am I?? within the mind, the individual ?I? falls down abashed as soon as one reaches the Heart and immediately Reality manifests itself spontaneously as ?I-I.? Although it reveals itself as ?I,? it is not the ego but the Perfect Being, the Absolute Self."

It is only because of the Self's light that the self enquiry even takes place. Like it is by Sun's light that the moon shines and provides light, so does one practices self enquiry or any spiritual practice by the light of Self only!

Therefore, enquiry has to lead to self realisation by self recognition else self enquiry can become an endless loop if the true self is not recognised that is at all times shining as bright as the sun!

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