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Dear I,

Still we are very blessed to watch it again. Thanks for posting it again. Specially, from count 5:00 onwards, Sri Bhagavan's face seem to move alternately, that is actually his heart beats, he is so very still that because of his heart beats, the face seem to move left and right.

Stillness, Stillness, Stillness.

So wonderful to see again

Salutations to Sri Bhagavan

Dear I,

You may like watching this video, not sure if you have watched it earlier, its a video of tamil greats since time immemorial.

I feel, when we say, Tamzh, it includes all the the languages as well, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam

Salutations to Sri Ramana

and perhaps when i do get to see Him and get an opportunity to talk to Him, i may even not have so much time to think, plan and decide how i have to address Him   :)

i just wait one day to get such a dream and see it for myself  :)

Dear I,

In this verse the word Ramanan occurs.  Some devotees would sing this line in Tamizh with the substitution Ramanar.  In Tamizh the
"an" suffix means singular. The "ar" suffix means plural, with respect.  E.g. Murugan and Muruganar.  Thinking that Bhagavan
Ramana should be addressed in plural, they would change and sing.  Bhagavan Ramana observed this one day and asked:  Why
all this?  What is wrong in saying Ramanan.  So you will call Sivan
also as Sivar!  Sivan is called only as Sivan there is no Sivar in usage.  Bhagavan Ramana gave this apt example and told them to sing as it is in the song.

Interesting post. I like the name "Ramana" very much, the very word itself creates some kind of divinity, perhaps a small remineder of Self. I always address to my relatives or friends, Bhagavan as "Ramanar". The tradition of calling Gods as though they are small child has been existing since time immemorial (Shaama Sastri has sung on Bangaru Kamakshi ambal as a small child) but, usually, a Guru, all throughout all yugas has been addressed with utmost due care and respect. But Bhagavan Ramana is different i feel, He Himself is God, Guru and Self. Somehow, i am unable to address Him as just 'Ramana' or 'Ramanan', though i don't see any wrong in it. I would still prefer addressing Him as Ramanar to others. However, if i were to see him physically today, get an opportunity to talk to him... i don't know what i would address him as.. i address my veda vadyar as Gurugalu (in kannada, as 'Gurukkal' in Tamzh) whenever i visit Sringeri, i address His Holiness as 'Periyava' which definitely strikes Bhakti Bhaavam, perhaps it began during the times of His Holiness Sri Chandrashekhara Saraswathi Swamigal. I think i would stick to addressing Ramanar as 'Bhagavan' like everybody, if i were to talk to him directly (atleast i hope i get a dream  :) )

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Dear I,

You are correct, in Letters from Ramanashramam, a prelude to this is recorded by Suri Nagamma -

On the 7th (January 1947) of this month Dr. T. N. Krishnaswamy, a devotee of Bhagavan, celebrated the Jayanthi of Sri Ramana in Madras. It seems a Pandit mentioned in the course of his lecture on the occasion that there was a reference somewhere that Bhattapada would be born in Thiruchuli as Ramana. While the devotees in the Ashram were searching for these references, Bhagavan himself said, “Nayana (Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni) said that Skanda (Lord Subramanya) was born first as Bhattapada, then as Sambandha (Thirujnanasambandhar), and in the third birth as Ramana. The appellation, ‘dravida sisuhu’ used by Sri Sankara in Soundarya Lahari refers to Sambandha, doesn’t it? Therefore Sambandha must have existed prior to Bhattapada who was a contemporary of Sankara. Nayana said that Sambandha was of a later date than Bhattapada. One is not consistent with the other. Which of the above versions is the authority for the aforesaid lecturer’s statement is not yet known.”

Surprised at these words which were meant to throw everyone off guard, I said, “Why so much discussion about it? We may ask Bhagavan himself. Doesn’t Bhagavan know who He is? Even if He does not tell us now there is His own reply to the song asking, ‘Who is Ramana?’ written by Amritanatha Yatindra while Bhagavan was dwelling on the Hill.” Bhagavan replied, “Yes, yes!” with the smile of approval on His face, waited for a while, and then said, “Amritanatha is a peculiar person. He is very interested in all matters. When I was on the Hill he used to come now and then and stay with me. One day I went somewhere. By the time I returned he had composed a verse in Malayalam, asking “Who is Ramana?” left it there and went out. I wondered what was written on the paper, so I looked at it and found out. By the time he returned I composed another verse in reply, in Malayalam, wrote it down below his verse and put the paper back. He likes to attribute supernatural powers to me. He did so when he wrote my biography in Malayalam. Nayana had it read out to him, and after hearing it, tore it off, saying, “Enough! enough!’ That was the reason for his posing this question also. He wanted to attribute some supernatural powers to me, as ‘Hari’ or ‘Yathi’ or ‘Vararuchi’ or ‘Isa Guru’. I replied in the manner stated in the verse. What could they do? They could not answer. A Telugu translation of those verses is available, isn’t it?”

“Yes, it is. Isn’t Bhagavan’s own version enough for us to establish that Bhagavan is Paramatma Himself?” I said. Bhagavan smiled, and lapsed into mouna (silence). I give below the prose translation of those Malayalam verses given in Ramana Leela:

Amritanatha’s question: “Who is this Ramana in the Arunachala Cave, who is renowned as the treasure of compassion? Is he Vararuchi or Isa Guru? or Hari? or Yatindra? I am desirous of knowing the Guru’s Mahima (supernatural powers).”

Bhagavan’s reply: “Arunachala Ramana is the Paramatma Himself who plays about as Consciousness in the hearts of all living beings, from Hari downwards. He is the Supreme Being. It will be clear to you if you open the eye of jnana and see the truth.”

Salutations to Sri Ramana

This is a small bit sung by Sri. Vijay Shiva in Maargazhi Maha Uthsavam in 09'. Just thought all of you can enjoy it just as i did. I was wondering if any carnatic singer has sung the complete AAMM in different Raagas. It would be so nice. One of the verse being sung is one of my favourite verse from AAMM

காந்தம் இரும்புபொல் கவர்ந்தெனை விடாமல் கலந்தெனொ டிருப்பாய் அருனாசலா

As a magnet draws iron, draw me to yourself,
O Arunachala: hold me fast, be one with me.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhagavan & Onion
« on: August 07, 2010, 12:40:03 PM »
Bhagavan's mother was a very orthodox lady, full of caste prejudices and superstitions. Bhagavan did not tolerate any of her ideas. He criticised her many times and was quite ruthless in destroying all that stood in the way of her emancipation from ignorance and fear. When she refused to cook onions, which are taboo to a Brahmin widow, Bhagavan would show her one and say, "How mighty is this little bulb! it can stop my mother from going to heaven."

Similarly, in the life of Shirdi Sai Baba, we have a parallel incident -

Once it so happened, that a sadhak of Yoga came to Shirdi with Nanasaheb Chandorkar. He had studied all the works on Yoga, including the Yoga-sutras of Patanjali, but had no practical experience. He could not concentrate his mind and attain samadhi even for a short time. He thought that if Sai Baba be pleased with him, He will show him the way to attain samadhi for a long time. With this object in view he came to Shirdi, and when he went to the Masjid he saw Sai Baba eating bread with onion. On seeing this, a thought arose in his mind - `How can this man, eating stale bread with raw onion, solve my difficulties and help me?' Sai Baba read his mind and said to Nanasaheb - "Oh Nana, he who has the power to digest onion, should eat it and none else". Hearing this remark, the yogi was wonder-struck and then he fell at Baba's Feet with complete surrender. With pure and open mind, he asked his difficulties and got their solution from Baba. Thus being satisfied and happy, he left Shirdi with Baba's Udi and blessings.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

A significant number of Bhagavan's devotees were orthodox Brahmins. They ate in a separate enclosure in the dining room. Bhagavan never objected to this arrangement. But he did show his disapproval if any of the Brahmins looked down on members of the lower castes. A Brahmin woman in the Ashramam avoided all non-Brahmins because she felt that any contact with them would pollute her. If she were ever touched by a non-Brahmin, she would go up to Bhagavan and touch him to purify her. Once, on a jayanti day, someone touched her accidently. She went to Bhagavan and said, "Bhagavan, a Sudra has touched me; please touch me to remove the impurity". "Go away, I will not oblige you!" said Bhagavan angrily.

 - Chalam

Especially, having prostrated to Chandala as Shankara Bhagavatpadal and composed the famous Manisha Panchakam, would Sri Bhagavan encourage such beliefs?

Salutations to Sri Ramana

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhagavan & Chalam
« on: August 07, 2010, 12:05:11 PM »
I remember in particular one devotee who had both faith and the intellectual simplicity that I lacked. he was an old Telugu man living in the Draupadi Temple about 300 meters from Sri Ramanashramam. His only possessions were an iron pot and an axe that he used to cut firewood for cooking. He would beg food in the town and cook it in his pot. Each day, for hours together, he could be seen standing and looking at Bhagavan, He would spend the night in the Temple, which was then dilapidated, abandoned and surrounded by jungle.

I once found him standing alone in front of the Temple. When I asked him what he was doing in such a remote spot, he told me that he slept there. I exclaimed, "You sleep here all alone. Are you not afraid?" "Afraid of what?" retorted the old man: "Bhagavan throws his light on me. All night I am surrounded by a blue radiance. So long as his light is with me, how can I be afraid?"

This encounted made me deeply humble. Bhagavan's love and light are given in full measure to a poor old beggar, but there are many in the Ashramam like myself, who called themselves his devotees but who had failed to receive such grace because we were too busy attending to the contents of our mind.

Salutations to Sri Bhagavan

TKS Iyer was agitated because someone in the town had spoke disparagingly of the Master and he had failed to retort. So he asked the Master what penalty should be paid for his failure to defend him. The Maharshi replied,

"Patience, more patience; Tolerance, more tolerance"

Salutations to Sri Ramana

One morning, a devotee was singing with great fervour 'Ramana sadguru, Ramana sadguru, Ramana sadguru rayane.' When Bhagavan also joined in the singing, the devotees were amused and began to laugh. Bhagavan then commented, "What is extraordinary about it? Why should on elimite Ramana to a form of six feet? Is it not the all-pervading divinity that you adore when you sing 'Ramana sadguru, Ramana sadguru?' Why should I not join in the singing?" We instantly felt ourselves in agreement with Bhagavan.

 _ Vishwanatha Swami (a distant relative of Sri Bhagavan)

Bhagavan keeps check our ego, every moment, even in moments of ecstasy as well, how nicely and humourously he makes us aware that He is not just the body Ramana, but Ramana is the all pervading divinity that we all adore.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

some faint acquaintance with Sri Bhagavan, and how far it takes one ahead. Really blessed soul. actually, i feel we all need not worry at all even a bit about our progress at all for we are all in Sri Bhagavan's fold, and he very subtly removes all our ego by making it realise all by ourselves. If at all anybody can be be called as 'Karunanidhi' - Treasure of Compassion, it is only our Sri Bhagavan.

We may not even know how much blessed we all are, just to even be aware of Sri Bhagavan somewhere deep in our consciousness, that there is one who is called as Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

How blessed is this soul and how wonderful of Bhagavan to addressing him as 'thaathaa'

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Once I came to the Ashramam from Gudivada. Bhagavan asked me in a tone brimming with affection whether Kallaturi Seetharamaiah was all right. "Who is he?" I asked. "Dr. Kallaturi Seetharamaiah", said Bhagavan with emphasis and gave a detailed description about him. I was overwhelmed at the thought of his love and consideration for the devotees. This person had visited Bhagavan only once or twice earlier. He was not the one to talk freely with Bhagavan; he would only offer his respects and sit quietly in a corner.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

I first met Bhagavan in 1911. Thereafter I used to go and see him every now and then. From 1935 onwards, I began to stay permanently at the Ashramam. The circumstances under which I became a permanent inmate are interesting. One day, I had a dream in which I saw Bhagavan ordering me to pull the punkah overhead. I obeyed him with great joy. During my next visit Bhagavan looked up as soon as I had prostrated and asked me to pull the punkah. This was surprising and I connected it immediately to my dream. I pulled the punkah joyously for a while, when Bhagawan asked me to stop. By this Bhagavan had gently drawn me to his service.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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