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Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: November 03, 2012, 07:38:45 PM »

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 03, 2012, 06:12:22 PM »
One day about noon, an old tribal woman accosted Bhagavan on one of his rambles on the rough jungle path down the Hill and remarked, "A curse on you! What can't you stay quiet in one place."

Ramana said, "Yes, this is very good advice." and slapped his own cheeks, as if in punishment for not having known what the woman was teaching then.

When first the old woman began abusing him, he could not understand how he deserved it and was sumbfounded as to what offence he could have caused the woman.

About this incident also, Bhagavan said, "It is clear she could not have been an ordinary low caste woman such as are commonly spoken to Swami like that?" Here again many devotees think it was Bhagavan's father, Arunacala, or some Siddha that came in the guise of that Harijan woman and advised him.



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General topics / Re: Bhajana Dhyana
« on: November 03, 2012, 12:41:03 PM »
सीता राम् चरित अति पावन् मधुर सरस अरु अति मन भावन् ।
पुनि पुनि कितनेहु सुने सुनाये हिय की प्यास् भुजत न भुजाये ॥


the story of Sita and Ram is so pure, so sweet, so beautiful, and so appealing
over and over, however often you hear it or recite it, your heart's craving for it just doesn't get quenched


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJJTPXLlWDU

मंगल भवन अमंगल हारी
द्रवहु सुदसरथ अचर बिहारी
राम सिया राम सिया राम जय जय राम – २

हो, होइहै वही जो राम रचि राखा
को करे तरफ़ बढ़ाए साखा

हो, धीरज धरम मित्र अरु नारी
आपद काल परखिये चारी

हो, जेहिके जेहि पर सत्य सनेहू
सो तेहि मिलय न कछु सन्देहू

हो, जाकी रही भावना जैसी
रघु मूरति देखी तिन तैसी

रघुकुल रीत सदा चली आई
प्राण जाए पर वचन न जाई
राम सिया राम सिया राम जय जय राम

हो, हरि अनन्त हरि कथा अनन्ता
कहहि सुनहि बहुविधि सब संता
राम सिया राम सिया राम जय जय राम


      The very name “Ram”
the great son of Dasarath,
makes everything auspicious.

Only that will happen,
which is pre-determined
by lord Ram. No one can
defy this principle.

The true characters of
patience, religion,
frendship, and women
come out during the
testing times.

Truth is self-revealing.
Nothing can conceal Truth.

Your Gods are the reflections
of your thought process.

The legacy of ‘Raghukul’ is
that words must be kept
event at the cost of life.

The lord is infinite and so
do his tales, let us propagate
the lords life-story.

2584
General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 03, 2012, 09:45:27 AM »
wonderful posts, Sri Ravi, treasure!


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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: November 03, 2012, 08:47:13 AM »
..........contd.

The Master sang:

Remember this, O mind! Nobody is your own:
Vain is your wandering in this world.
Trapped in the subtle snare of māyā as you are,
Do not forget the Mother's name.

Only a day or two men honour you on earth
As lord and master; all too soon
That form, so honoured now, must needs be cast away,
When Death, the Master, seizes you.

Even your beloved wife, for whom, while yet you live,
You fret yourself almost to death,
Will not go with you then; she too will say farewell,
And shun your corpse as an evil thing.

Continuing, the Master said: "What are these things you busy yourself with-this arbitration and leadership? I hear that you settle people's quarrels and that they make you the arbiter. You have been doing this kind of work a long time. Let those who care for such things do them. Now devote your mind more and more to the Lotus Feet of God. The saying goes: 'Ravana died in Lanka and Behula wept bitterly for him!' "Sambhu, too, said, 'I shall build hospitals and dispensaries.' He was a devotee of God; so I said to him, 'Will you ask God for hospitals and dispensaries when you see Him?'

"Keshab Sen asked me, 'Why do I not see God?' I said, 'You do not see God because you busy yourself with such things as name and fame and scholarship.' The mother does not come to the child as long as it sucks its toy-a red toy. But when, after a few minutes, it throws the toy away and cries, then the mother takes down the rice-pot from the hearth and comes running to the child.

"You are engaged in arbitration. The Divine Mother says to Herself:'My child over there is now busy arbitrating and is very happy. Let him be.'

In the mean time Ishan had been holding Sri Ramakrishna's feet. He said humbly, "It is not my will that I should do those things."

MASTER: "I know it. This is the Divine Mother's play-Her lila. It is the will of the Great Enchantress that many should remain  entangled in the world. Do you know what it is like?

How many are the boats, O mind,
That float on the ocean of this world!
How many are those that sink!

Again,

Out of a hundred thousand kites, at best but one or two break free; And Thou dost laugh and clap Thy hands, O Mother, watching them! Only one or two in a hundred thousand get liberation. The rest are entangled through the will of the Divine
Mother.

"Haven't you seen the game of hide-and-seek? It is the 'granny's' will that the game should continue. If all touch her and are released, then the playing comes to a stop. Therefore it is not her will that all should touch her "You see, in big grain stores the merchants keep rice in great heaps that touch the ceiling. Beside them there are heaps of lentils. To protect the grain from the mice, the merchants leave trays of puffed rice and sweetened rice near it. The mice like the smell and the sweet taste of these and so stayaround the trays. They don't find the big heaps of grain. Similarly, men aredeluded by 'woman and gold'; they do not know where God is.

"Rāma said to Nārada, 'Ask a boon of Me.' Nārada said: 'O Rāma, is there anything I lack? What shall I ask of Thee? But if Thou must give me a boon, grant that I may have selfless love for Thy Lotus Feet and that I may not be deluded by Thy world-bewitching māyā.' Rāma said, 'Nārada, ask something else.' Nārada again replied: O Rāma, I don't want anything else Be gracious to me and see that I have pure love for Thy Lotus Feet.'

"I prayed to the Divine Mother: 'O Mother, I don't want name and fame I don't want the eight occult powers. I don't want a hundred occult powers O Mother, I have no desire for creature comforts. Please, Mother, grant me the boon that I may have pure love for Thy Lotus Feet.'

"It is written in the Adhyātma Rāmāyana that Lakshmana asked Rāma 'Rāma, in how many forms and moods do You exist? How shall I be able to recognize You?' Rāma said: 'Brother, remember this. You may be certain that I exist wherever you find the manifestation of ecstatic love.' That love makes one laugh and weep and dance and sing; if anyone has developed such love, you may know for certain that God Himself is manifest there. Chaitanyadeva reached that state."

The devotees listened spellbound to Sri Ramakrishna. His burning words entered their souls, spurring them along the path of renunciation.

.......


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Surrender

There are two ways of achieving surrender. One is looking into the source of the 'I' and merging into that source. The other is feeling 'I am helpless myself, God alone is all powerful, and except by throwing myself completely on Him, there is no other means of safety for me', and thus gradually developing the conviction that God alone exists and the ego does not count. Both methods lead to the same goal. Complete surrender is another name for jnana or liberation.


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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: November 03, 2012, 08:21:53 AM »
Thank you Sri Ravi

:)


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Sri Anil Ji,

Glad to know you are safe and fine and recovering quickly. I was wondering you were absent for couple of days. Bhagavan's grace... he's is around, always around :)



with prayers and wishes,


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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: November 02, 2012, 10:48:13 PM »
I see You, You see me, I see You, You see me, So what is there, you say, I am You, so who sees who, and what is seeing? what is to happen upon seeing that which cannot be seen, seen? What is it to it, if it is seen or not seen! Who knows what is seen, seen  not? What can be seen, when seeing is unending, there is no ending for the seeing to finish, and then to know! Seer behind seer behind seer behind seer, there is no end to the original seer, there is no beginning of the seer! If i take a mirror as aid, reflection inside reflection inside reflection inside reflection, there is no ending of the reflection!

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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: November 02, 2012, 10:33:49 PM »
Infinity! They say, is Thy name, no beginning and no ending they say, formless is Thy form! When i turn aside to see for your beginning, your form makes me turn around, and I still find myself turning aside in seeing your beginning, so, I give up, and take to see your head, up, i look up, up and I am completely twisted still unable to see your head! You say look within, there is nothing there within, the looking is endless! You say Just be! But the time is endless! you say yearn for me, it passes away! You say engage in your activities, it never ceases! Your expanse seems like a unendingly stretching rubber band. Up Down East West North South, diagonals, inside, outside, all art Thou. Tick Tock Tick Tock...

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General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: November 02, 2012, 10:18:25 PM »
Clock ticks on, days pass by, months, years pass by and there is no trace of an ending, still! The mystery of mAyA goes on endlessly, along with the tonnes of knowledge, still nothing ends, clock ticks on... we take so many aids for help, but none lasts in time, memories too, is not of help here, excepting to offer moments of solace. Rama Krishna Govinda, how long can these names be chanted, numbers are countless. Of what avail are the knowledge i am that i am, and so on, here? everything is destroyed here, nothing remains as the clock ticks on, and i remain to see it move, they say, i am the clock and the tick, what use is this knowledge here yet again, it is dismissed! Where is the end? there is no ending!

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General Discussion / Re: Teachings of Sri Ramakrishna
« on: November 02, 2012, 09:54:49 PM »
"Your mind is still attracted by 'woman and gold'. What is the use of saying you don't care for it? Go forward. Beyond the forests of sandalwood there are many more things: mines of silver, gold, diamonds, and other precious stones. Having a glimpse of spirituality, don't think you have attained everything."


The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna


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General topics / Re: Quotes from Shankaracharya's
« on: November 02, 2012, 07:17:34 PM »
Beautiful verse Subramanian Sir, humility is the beginning and the end of all knowledge! just some days back i had posted this verse of Adi Shankara:

अविनयमपनय विष्णॊ दमय मनः शमय विषयमृगतृष्णाम् ।
भूतदयां विस्तारय तारय संसार सागरतः


avinayamapanaya viShNO damaya manah shamaya viShayamRugatRuShNAm
bhUtadayAm vistAraya tAraya samsAra sAgaratah

O Lord viShNO! Drive away (my) immodesty (avinaya) ,
quell (my) mind and dispel the mirage of objects of worldly pleasure.
Spread out compassion (in me) for all beings.
Make (me) cross the ocean of worldly existence.

(shatpadI stOtram, Adi shankarA)


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General Discussion / Re: mahAkavi Poems
« on: November 02, 2012, 07:06:26 PM »
So intense... Thanks Sri Ravi,


      காற்று வெளியிடைக் கண்ணம்மா, - நின்றன்
காதலை யெண்ணிக் களிக்கின்றேன் - அமு
தூற்றினை யொத்த இதழ்களும் - நில
வூறித் ததும்பும் விழிகளும் - பத்து
மாற்றுப்பொன் னொத்தநின் மேனியும் - இந்த
வையத்தில் யானுள்ள மட்டிலும் - எனை
வேற்று நினைவின்றித் தேற்றியே - இங்கோர்
விண்ணவ னாகப் புரியுமே! இந்தக் (காற்று)

நீயென தின்னுயிர் கண்ணம்மா! - எந்த
நேரமும் நின்றனைப் போற்றுவேன் - துயர்
போயின, போயின துன்பங்கள் நினைப்
பொன்னெனக் கொண்ட பொழுதிலே - என்றன்
வாயினி லேயமு தூறுதே - கண்ணம்
மாவென்ற பேர்சொல்லும் போழ்திலே - உயிர்த்
தீயினி லேவளர் சோதியே - என்றன்
சிந்தனையே, என்றன் சித்தமே! - இந்தக் (காற்று)


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General Discussion / Re: Common Discussion
« on: November 02, 2012, 06:55:53 PM »
satsangatve nissngatvam
nissangatve nirmohatvam
nirmohatve nishchalatattvam
nishcalatattve jiivanmuktih
 
From Satsanga comes non-attachment, from non-attachment comes freedom from delusion, which leads to self-settledness. From self-settledness comes Jivan Mukti (liberation).

More importantly, AcAryAs have said that one should have santsang with SAT PURUSHA not with miscellaneous people, which will only derail oneself further


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