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Dear Friends,

Apropos to Sri Anil Ji, post as above, i feel would also like to express a couple of words, that the book "Be as you are" is a book on the Teachings of Sri Bhagavan edited by the author, and that it need not be ultimate representation of the teachings of Sri Bhagavan. I understand that this book is a systematic and structured compilation of Sri Bhagavan's teachings and responses to different  devotees at different occassions and to various different situation into a systematic order in order to present the vision of the author.

The following are the words of the author in the introduction of the book 'Be as you are'

This standpoint, summarised by his statement that consciousness alone exists, is ultimately the only yardstick by which one can realistically assess the relative truth of his widely differing and contradictory statements. To whatever extent his other statements deviate from this it may be assumed that to that extent they are dilutions of the truth.

Bearing this in mind I have tried to arrange the material in this book in such a way that his highest teachings come first and his least important or most diluted ones last. The only exception is a chapter in which he talks about his silent teachings. It ought to be somewhere near the beginning but I found it more expedient for a variety of reasons to fit it into a section about half-way through the book. I decided on this overall structure for two reasons. Firstly it gives the reader a chance to gauge the relative importance of the various ideas presented, and secondly, and more importantly, it was Sri Ramana?s own preferred method of teaching. When visitors came to see him he would always try to convince them of the truth of his higher teachings and only if they seemed unwilling to accept them would he tone down his answers and speak from a more relative level.

Therefore, what is predominantly communicated in the expressions of the author need not be the ultimate representation of Sri Bhagavan. But yes, many such auxiliary books are excellent guide to give us a peak into discerning the truths of various statements by Sri Bhagavan. The reader must bear in mind that true gospel of Sri Bhagavan are the direct works of Sri Bhagavan such as "Naan Yaar", "Ullathu Naarpatu", "Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai", and the various smaller Hymms, such as Appala Paattu, Aanma Vidya etc...

One who wants to get acquianted with first hand Sri Bhagavan's teachings must do good to first systematically study the above works of Sri Bhagavan, and then other auxiliary books such as "Be as you are" may be studied in order to get a better understanding.

This the reader must be aware of. thank you.


Tripura Rahasya and other ancient works / Re: Gems from vEdAs and upanishads
« on: September 23, 2014, 11:38:53 AM »
तद्विष्णोः परमं पदं सदा पश्यन्ति सूरयः । दिवीव चक्षुराततम ॥

The wise ever contemplate that supreme station of Vishnu,
as the eye ranges over the sky.

(RV 1.22.20)

General Discussion / Re: Wise Quotes
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:58:05 AM »
You have it in your power to make your days on Earth
a path of flowers, instead of a path of thorns.

 - Sri Sathya Sai Baba

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:17:37 AM »
Once the Maharshi set out on giripradakshina  with his disciples by a short-route across the hill. He asked Jacki to go down the hill to the town. Accordingly, Jack left and was sighted by the Maharshi on its way down. Midway on their walk the Maharshi changed course and walked down the hill. As they were descending, Jack was returning from the town. The Maharshi then directed Jack to go back to the ashram. Though reluctant to leave Bhagavan's company, as an obedient fellow, Jack went back to the ashram. Jack was soft and austere in his ways. His daily routine was like this: early in the morning he would visit a devadasi's (temple dancer's) house for breakfast and then go to a priest's house to accompany him to the shrine at Guha Namassivaya. After that he would go to Virupaksha cave for Bhagavan's darshan and later to a resting place nearby. Around 9.30 in the morning he would visit the shrine at Guha Namassivaya for prasadam and get back to his place of rest. Again by evening he would visit the devadasi's house for food. After supper he would go to a math to keep company with the priest. To the extent possible he would spend his time in
the vicinity of Arunachaleswara, much like a yogi.

~ from Ramana Leela   

D.: Can it be complete happiness to remain Self-realised if one does not contribute to the happiness of the world? How can one be so happy when there is a war in Spain, a war in China? Is it not selfishness to remain Self-realised without helping the world?

M.: The Self was pointed out to you to cover the universe and also transcend it. The world cannot remain apart from the Self. If the realisation of such Self be called selfishness that selfishness must cover the world also. It is nothing contemptible.

D.: Does not the realised man continue to live just like a non-realised being?

M.: Yes, with this difference that the realised being does not see the world as being apart from the Self, he possesses true knowledge and the internal happiness of being perfect, whereas the other person sees the world apart, feels imperfection and is miserable. Otherwise their physical actions are similar.

D.: If the world is only a dream, how should it be harmonised with the Eternal Reality?

M.: The harmony consists in the realisation of its inseparateness from the Self.

(From Talks 487)

The importance of the Ribhu Gita can be gauged from the fact Bhagavan right from the days at Virupaksha Cave, often recommended its recitation and sat with his devotees on many occasions when they chanted it. He encouraged devotees to regularly read and study the Ribhu Gita. He also affirmed that its repetition was a powerful aid to Self-enquiry, and said, "These readings from the Ribhu Gita are as good as samadhi" (Self-Realization by B.V. Narasimha Swami, Ch. 26. First edition).

By chanting the Gita the mind becomes more and more attuned with the Reality. And when the mind becomes purified by this practice, it is easier to take it back to its source and remain there.
There is one recorded instance where Bhagavan presented a devoteei, Sampurnamma with a copy of the Ribhu Gita and asked her to study it. When she declined to do it on the grounds she did not understand the Gita's import, Bhagavan persisted and asked her to read it all the same. "It doesn't matter that you do not understand it," he said, "still it will be of benefit to you". (The Mountain Path, June 1993, p.103) .

The book (Ribhu Gita) was translated into Tamil by Sri Lokanatha Swamigal in the 1880's and was praised by the Paramacharya who said it excelled the original Sanskrit. The final verse of each of the forty-four chapters differs dramatically from the Sanskrit version. The concluding verse also encapsulates the meaning of the entire chapter. It was this version which was often read before Bhagavan. He would in later life speak about the Ashtavakra Gita and Ribhu Gita as being the two principle texts which enunciated in great detail the nature of the Self (Brahma swarupa). (Letters and Recollections by Suri Nagamma, 24th April 1948)

General Discussion / Gandhi's Human Touch: Misc Articles
« on: September 22, 2014, 12:07:04 AM »
Gandhi's Human Touch

Gandhi went to London during the Round Table Conference in 1931. He was in his usual 'dhoti', and was described by Churchill as 'Half-naked Fakir' of India. He went to meet King George V at the Buckingham Palace. One journalist asked him: "Don't you feel embarrassed to see the King George V in this scanty dress?" Of course he was not participating in a beauty contest remember. Gandhi said: "Why should I feel ashamed?", and added: "The King has enough on for both of us." Referring to the boycott of the Prince of Wales during his visit to India, the King George V asked him the first question: "Why did you boycott my son?" And Gandhi replied: "Not your son, your Majesty, but official representative of the Crown and we are against the Crown." Gandhi?s reply was not arrogant, but it had the human touch of humour.


General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:56:09 PM »
Stray thoughts...

The more you go inwards, smaller and smaller, contraction to the point, the source-less source
the more you go outwards, larger and larger, expansion, to the pointless, the limitless end.

अणोरणीयान् महतो महीयान् आत्मा गुहायां निहितोऽस्य जन्तोः ।
The infinite Self more minute than the minutest and greater than the greatest and is the heart of the beings.


General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:47:14 PM »
Stray thoughts...

Do not deny yourself, your good time!
Do not get lost in your quest,
Open up your horizons,
For it is limitless, Blemishless,
Pristine & Pure.


General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:40:02 PM »
Stray thoughts...

Just be Free! what stops us from being free?
And this is not sheer indulgence!
The quest is much more beautiful and meaningful, here
than the narrow walls we have raised!

Be free, unconditionally, Trust in yourself, You will not get corrupt!

We are naturally Free, what stops us, but ourselves?


General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:34:37 PM »
Stray thoughts...

Everything is the expression of the Supreme Atman!
Look at how many different ways the Brahman is expressing itself,
In how many beautiful ways, what a wonder it is,
Simply look without being bound by any paradigms.
It is You! you are expressing yourself in all of them!
Do not resist yourself, for you would deny your nature!


General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:16:19 PM »
Stray thoughts...

Friends, just do not restrict where the life is taking you, experience everything life has to offer, we have heard aplenty to resist all external perceptions and remain within, but on the contrary, i have found that there is more spirituality in the so called Non-Spirituality and less spirituality in Spirituality itself (yes it is all how we see, but) Do not operate from cliches. Just to say some example, watch good films, watch good talents around you, look at the world how it operates, do not fear Rajas, do not resist the Rajas around you, Life is Beautiful. Spirituality is broadening and never narrowing.


General Discussion / Re: my musings
« on: September 21, 2014, 09:04:56 PM »
Stray thoughts...

do not resist emotions in the name of spiritual quest.
Recognise that emotions do not bind you.


General Discussion / Re: Gems from Samskrutam
« on: September 21, 2014, 12:05:10 PM »
यं ब्रह्म वेदान्तविदो वदन्ति
परे प्रधानं पुरुषं तथान्ये ।
विश्वोद्गतेः कारणमीश्वरंवा
तस्मै नमो विघ्नविनायकाय ॥

yaM brahma vedAntavido vadanti
pare pradhAnaM puruShaM tathAnye |
vishvodgateH kAraNamIshvaraMvA
tasmai namo vighnavinAyakAya ||

That whom the Knowers address as brahmA(n),
the others who address as (Supreme) purushA
and others address that as the Lord of the absolute cause from whom has risen this worlds.
Obeisances unto Him who is the remover of all obstacles

(gaNapati prArthanA) Meditation on gaNesha (Supreme Brahma Tatva), who is the remover of all obstacles.
(gaNo kA eesh gaNesha, Lord of all Gods is gaNesha)

General Discussion / Gems from Samskrutam
« on: September 21, 2014, 11:49:13 AM »

॥ श्री गणेशाय नमः ॥

॥ श्री गुरुभ्यो नमः ॥

॥ नमो भगवते श्री रमणाय ॥


|| shrI gaNeshAya namaH ||

|| shrI gurubhyo namaH ||

|| namo bhagavate shrI ramaNAya ||

Bhagavan willing, i intend to post shlokas, subhaashitaas from Samskruta literature here.

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