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Once while meditating in the presence of Bhagavan, my mind persisted in wandering. I couldn't control it. So I gave up meditation and opened my eyes. Bhagavan at once sat up on his couch and said, "Oh! You abandon it thinking it is the swabhava (nature) of the mind to wander. Whatever we practice becomes our swabhava. If control is practiced persistently that will become the swabhava.

Yet another upadesha.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

One day the attendant Madhavan was binding a book. A devotee wanted a book from the library. Bhagavan asked Madhavan to get it saying, "You do my work; I will do your work," And Bhagavan took the book and went on with the binding while Madhavan got the library book.

What great teaching and how much simpler can it get? We should all do what Bhagavan asks us to do, he will take care of our work. I pray i get such wisdom. Even casual movements of Bhagavans' body also signifies some teaching i feel!

Salutations to Sri Ramana

One morning when I was cutting vegetables along with Bhagavan, he said, "Sundaram! Take this hurricane light and pick up the mangoes that have falled from the tree." I said, "Yes", but continued cutting the vegetables. Bhagavan said, "Sundaram, attend to what 'I' said first. It is from me that everything arises. Attend to it first." I took this as an adesha and upadesha (order and instruction) to make the enquiry 'Who am I?' My friend also felt so.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Sundaram (sadhu Trivenigiri) was a spiritually minded person. He came to the Ashramama in 1933 and was taken on the staff. He worked for long years in the kitchen.

Once, when I served food to Bhagavan, he asked, "Why did you serve me more than usual? How you dare make distinctions like this?" The people nearby pleaded for me, "No Bhagavan," they said, "Sundaram did not serve you more. Look, we got as much as you did." But Bhagavan would not be so easily appeased. "You do not know, the ego is strong in him. His giving preference to me is the working of his ego", he said

Salutations to Sri Ramana

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Ramakrishna Swami
« on: August 06, 2010, 04:06:47 PM »
Ramakrishna Swami, who had been serving Bhagavn for many years, started visiting a woman in the town. Her relatives caught him in her house, bound him hand and foot and locked him in a room. He managed to escape and came running to the Ashramam, pursued by his enemies. When he enetered the Ashramam gate, they gave up the chase. He entered the hall trembling and fell on the ground shouting 'save me, save me'. After Bhagavan had heard the man's confession, he looked at the culprit with understanding and pity and said, "You don't need to have this fear any longer. Go and sleep."

The Ashramam people requested Bhagavan to send him away, for his presence would tarnish the good name of the Ashramam. Bhagavan called the man and told him in front of everybody, "You have done some wrong, but you were too foolish not to keep it secret. Others do worse things, but they take care not to be caught. Now, the people who were not caught want you to leave the Ashramam because you were caught." The person was allowed to stay.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

V. Mani Iyer, a senior schoolmate of Bhagavan, noted for his physical strength and rough dealing with anybody whom he disliked, was known as 'Rogue Mani'. He accompanied his mother to Tirupati. She wanted to break her journey at Tiruvannamalai for Bhagavan's darshan, while going back home to Madurai. Mani agreed on the condition that he should be allowed to drag the bogus sadhu by the ear and bring him back home.

However, on reaching the Virupaksha Cave, Mani looked and looked at Bhagavan, and got more and more puzzled as he did so. There was no trace of the ordinary boy Venkataraman whom he had known. He saw an effulgent Divine Being seated in front of him, absolutely still and silent. His heart melted for the first time in his life, tears rolled down his cheeks and the hair stood on end. He fell prostrate before Bhagavan and surrendered to him. He became a frequent visitor and a staunch devotee of Bhagavan.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Dear I,

Wonderful post. Vibhuti in Sanskrit means manifestation or power, and the Vibhuti Pada Patanjali yoga sutra deals with ultimate concentration and meditation which allows integration of the soul with the Divine. It deals with sacrificing all earthly cravings and emotions, letting go of the ego or Self (I), and attaining self realization.

Even in Bible, we have dust to dust and ashes to ashes, meaning everything one day becomes Bhashma, therefore when we put vibhuti everyday on our forehead, we have to remind ourselves about the limitedness of our bodies, which is one day going to merge with earth.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Everybody are small children in front of Bhagavan and Bhagavan is the Grand old Father of all. very nice.

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Yoga Vasishta
« on: August 06, 2010, 11:40:38 AM »
Like Bhagavan says somewhere, to one who asked Him "I do not know how to worship, kindly enlighten me as to what is worship" Bhagavan replied, "is there a worshiped and worshiper? first find out the worshiper, that itself is worship and then everything will be clear"

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Dear I,

We are all picking up the bundles, the bundle of samsara.  The load
is heavy but we suffer its weight.  We should know to pick up
bundles or luggage as if it is someone else's, like the railway porter.
The load is still weighty but it is not ours.   

Very beautiful parallel, even in some shloka (I don't remember immediately) where Bhagavan says that our carrying of the bundles of karmas is like that of the statues found in big temples which seem to carry the entire structure of the temple roof on their shoulders.

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How suddenly, the lives of Sri Bhagavan's relatives changed after his realisation. Would Mother Azhagammal, younger brother Nagasundaram, younger sister Alamelu have ever dreamt about what was in store for them?  and at the same time How much they would have wanted to be much closer to Sri Bhagavan, talk with Him, play with Him, being Bhagavan's own siblings.

Thanks so much Prashant, I found sufficient information regarding Swami Niranjanananda. You blog sites put together is a mini encyclopedia on Sri Bhagavan I should say. Very nice visiting your blog.

Many Thanks Lakshmi. Your aricle was heart  brimming to read. Smt. Alamelu was 'the darling' younger sister to Sri Bhagavan.

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I request any devotees to shed some light into the life of Smt. Alamelu. I never came across any bit about Bhagavan's sister. We come across of so many devotees who came and talked to Sri Bhagavan so much. But no where I have read anything about Smt. Alamelu. I wish to know more about Bhaghavan's little sister. I have always known her as a "Silent and mature soft lady"

Also, if any devotee is aware of some conversations of Swami Niranjanananda with Sri Bhagavan apart from Ashramam duties, etc... some personal exchanges, please shed some light into the life of Swami Niranjanananda as well.

Thanks in advance.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

I was born in 1916 in Kerala. My mother being of pious disposition used to serve sadhus and help them in various ways. Her piety made me turn to spiritual path when I was only eighteen. Once I went on a pilgrimage to Rameshwaram in the company of some sadhus. On the way, we stayed at a math managed by one Narayanaswami. He spoke to me of the greatness of Bhagavan and gave me the address of the Ashram on a piece of paper.

From Rameshwaram I went to Tiruvannamalai. When we arrived Bhagavan was sitting in the hall alone. He looked at us and smiled. I can never forget that smile. I spent seven years at the Ashramam, begging my food in town. I then obtained, by Bhagavan's grace, the good fortune of serving him as his personal attendant.

On the evening of April 14, 1950, we were massaging Bhagavan's body. At about 5 p.m. he asked us to help him sit up. Precisely at that moment devotees started singing 'Arunachala Siva.' When Bhagavan heard the singing, his face lit up with radiant joy. Tears began to flow from his eyes and continued to flow for a long time. I was wiping them from time to time. I was also giving him spoonfuls of water boiled with ginger. Bhagavan's breathing became gradually slower and slower and at 8.47 p.m. subsided quietly. There was no struggle, no spasm, none of the signs of death. At that very moment, devotees who were outside saw a bright meteor in the sky, which reached the summit of the holy hill Arunachala and disappeared high in the sky.

Swami Satyananda was a personal attendant of Sri Bhagavan from 1946 till Bhagavan's Mahanirvana in April 1950.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

My mother used to swallow vibhuti (sacred ash) endlessly. All our efforts to wean her away from that habit were in vain. She too wanted to get out of it but could not. She could take liberties with Bhagavan. She woudl regard him as her father and he in turn would regard her like a child. The real secret is that Bhagavan's attitude towards us would correspond to ours towards him.

One day my mother told Bhagavan about this habit of hers and sought his help to get over it. Bhagavan said, "Why did you not tell me about this earlier? All right, taste this vibhuti." What a strange remedy! Yet it worked. From then on my mother completely got rid of her habit.

 - Vajreshwari, daughter of Sri Kavyakantha

Sometimes we would approach his couch, see him reclining with his eyes shut and softly say, "Bhagavan." I suppose we thought that if we spoke softly and he didn't hear us, it meant that he was sleeping and, if he did hear us, he would respond without us disturbing him, as he was obviously awake and just resting his eyes. But however we reasoned, whenever we approached him in this manner, he would immediately open his eyes and say, "Yes, what is it?"

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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