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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Lessons from Kitchen
« on: February 21, 2010, 08:45:39 AM »
In the kitchen he was the master cook aiming at perfection in taste and appearance. One would think that he liked good food and enjoyed a hearty meal. Not at all. At dinner time he would mix up the little food he would allow to be put on his leaf — the sweet, the sour, and the savoury — everything together, and gulp it down carelessly as if he had no taste in his mouth. When we told him that it was not right to mix such nicely made up dishes, he would say, “Enough of multiplicity, Let us have some unity”.

- Sampurnamma

Salutations to Sri Ramana

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / How Maharshi removed woes
« on: February 21, 2010, 08:41:51 AM »
Once Chinnaswami got very cross with me and I felt quite nervous about it. I could not eat my dinner and the next morning, feeling unreconciled and yet hungry, I told Bhagavan, who was preparing rice cakes, that I was in a hurry to go to town as some pupils were waiting for me. “The cat is out of the bag”, said Bhagavan. “Today is Sunday and there is no teaching work for you. Come, I have prepared a special sambar for breakfast and
I shall make you taste it. Take your seat”. So saying, he brought a leaf, spread it before me, heaped it with iddlies and sambar and, sitting by my side, joked and related funny stories to make me forget my woes. How great was Bhagavan’s compassion!

T K Sundaresa Iyer

We all do come across so many small problems, we all do have some woes or the other, the best way is to take any one of Ramana Books and begin reading it, you are near Bhagavan as you read, and he truly removes all woes.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Lesson from a snake
« on: February 21, 2010, 08:36:33 AM »
At Skandashram a peacock would follow Bhagavan everywhere. One day a huge black cobra appeared in the Ashram and the peacock attacked it fiercely. The cobra spread its hood and the two natural enemies were poised for a fight to the death, when Bhagavan came quite near the cobra and said, “Why did you come here? That peacock will kill you. Better go away at once”. The cobra immediately lowered its hood and slithered away.

Perhaps, we have a lot to learn from this snake, like how it so humbly obeyed Bhagavan's orders implicitly, without thinking or questioning like us - (I)

Salutations to Sri Ramana

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Lessons from the Kitchen
« on: February 21, 2010, 08:32:12 AM »
This is a recollection from Smt. Shantamma:

One day, when I was still new in the kitchen, I served Bhagavan with a few more pieces of potato than the rest. Bhagavan noticed it and got very angry with me. He turned his face away and did not look at those who were serving food. In the evening the women working in the kitchen would take leave of him. Usually he would exchange a few words with us. That evening he called me near and asked:

“What did you do today”?

“I don’t know Bhagavan. Have I done something wrong”?

“You served me more curry than you served others”.

“What does it matter. I did it with love and devotion”.

“I felt ashamed to eat more than others. Have you come all this way to stuff me with food? You should always serve me less than the others. Do you hope to earn grace through a potato curry”?

“Out of my love for you I committed a blunder. Forgive me Bhagavan”.

“The more you love my people, the more you love me”, said Bhagavan.

A good lesson was learned and never forgotten. Many mundane occurrences in the kitchen and in the dining hall during meal times showed us the silent ways in which Bhagavan pointed out to us the path of realization. Bhagavan was a stern task master and one had to implicitly obey him. Each day was a day of trial and lesson in spirituality. Those who have not lived through it cannot appreciate the deep spiritual effect of these anxieties and conflicts. Our ‘I’ would hurl itself against the rock of truth and the rock would not yield. The ‘I’ had to yield and in that yielding was the highest blessing. His anger would sometimes seem to shatter us to pieces, and blessed are they indeed who have seen in His wrath His utmost grace.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

General topics / a light reflection....
« on: February 20, 2010, 07:33:21 PM »
I came across this from some website, and thought its worth posting it here,

It is impossible to know the taste of tea without first drinking it.

Studying tea will not help.
Meditating on tea will not help.
Listening to others talk about tea will not help.
Reading sutras about tea will not help.
Smelling the aroma of tea will not help.
Sitting blissfully in samahdi around tea will not help.
Seeking tea in exotic countries will not help.
Having profound insights about tea will not help.
Opening the heart in deep life-changing ways will not help.
Going inside a tea shop will not help.

All of these things are mere confusion and delaying tactics.

To know the taste of tea you must drink it. There is no other way.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Once I asked Bhagavan what I should do to be on the spiritual path. He said, “Do what you want to do but keep doing it; don’t remain doing nothing. Repeat the name, or think deeply or seek the source of your ‘I’ consciousness, do Atma Vichara but keep working on yourself. This is very important”.

- Gouriammal

Salutations to Sri Ramana

“What will it be like when one achieves Self-realization?” a devotee asked. “The question is wrong, one does not realize anything new”, said  Bhagavan. “I do not get you, Swami”, persisted the devotee. “It is very simple. Now you feel you are in the world. There you feel that the world is in you”, explained Bhagavan

Salutations to Sri Ramana

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sufferings
« on: February 19, 2010, 09:09:14 AM »
A crippled disabled Brahmin came and complained: “O Bhagavan, right from my birth I have been suffering. Is it due to my past actions?” Sri Bhagavan said: We have to say that it is due to past actions. Then, if one asks what is the cause of those past actions, we have to bring in previous past actions and so on with out end. Instead of enquiring into karma or actions, why not enquire whose karma it is? If we are the body, then let the body ask the questions. When you say, you suffer, it is your thought. Happiness is our natural state. That which comes and goes is the ego. We think we are miserable, because we forget our essential nature, which is Bliss. Even an emperor, in spite of his wealth and power, often suffers because of his disturbed mind. The sage, who does not know where his next meal will come from, is ever happy. See who enjoys Bliss.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / The Ego
« on: February 19, 2010, 09:05:53 AM »
The ego, in its desperation for survival, goes so far as to make even the concept of itself (the idea of a limited, embodied person) an object of thought, thereby creating the illusion that it has been apprehended. The seeker thus deluded might spend a lifetime scrutinizing and studying his captive prize. But he must eventually ask, ‘Who is he that has so admirably apprehended the ego?’ Thus will he see how his captive ego is a decoy only, and the real culprit exists still, strengthened even, by a new invisibility.

- (Ira, from Ramana Smriti)

Salutations to Sri Ramana

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sayings from Bhagavan
« on: February 19, 2010, 08:59:31 AM »
These are few sayings as recorded by Sri. CV Subramaniya Aiyer in 1918

1. Turn the mind inward and rest in your own Self.

2. Mind is the cause of bondage.

3. Give up one thing after another and rest in peace.

4. What we get, we shall lose, so desire not.

5. There are two kinds of meditation. The first is to be practised by advanced aspirants — nirguna dhyana — where one seeks to know the Meditator himself. The second kind is to be practised by those less advanced — a some what round about course — saguna dhyana — where the meditator, meditation and the object of meditation get merged ultimately into one.

6. When I come to know that I was never born, I shall never die. Death is for one who is born. I was never born. I have no body and so I shall never die. I am everywhere; where am I to go and where am I to come?

7. When a man’s mind is dead, he will not die again.

8. Attain the sushupti (state of sleep) in the jagrat (waking) state, and you become a jnani.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Arunachala / Giri Pradakshina
« on: February 18, 2010, 11:46:04 PM »
Once a devotee of Sri Bhagavan, a leper, came to His presence and told Him that he was much disgusted with life and therefore wished to die. Sri Bhagavan kept quiet, but another devotee in His Presence pointed out the eleventh verse of ‘Sri Arunachala Patikam’ in which Sri Bhagavan says:

Lo! How many are those like me who have been ruined (i.e. have lost their ego) by thinking this Hill to be the Supreme! O men who, having lost the desire to live because of intense misery, are roaming about seeking a means to give up the body, there is on earth a rare Medicine which, without killing, will kill anyone who thinks of it even once within the heart. Know It is verily Arunachala! Hearing this verse, the leper devotee immediately fixed his mind on Arunachala and started to go round the Hill. Because his whole body was ravaged by disease and covered with wounds, he was only able to proceed slowly and with much difficulty. After many hours he reached this spot and, being very tired, he lay down on this rock and fell asleep. Soon he was awakened by a voice asking him why he was lying there. He locked up and saw a figure clad in white,
but before he could answer anything, that person started to beat him with a bunch of neem leaves, saying, “Getup at once, you have no business to be here!” Being much afraid, the leper jumped up and started to run away, and only after running some distance did he notice that the wounds on his feet, hands and face had disappeared and that his whole body was completely cured. Wondering at the great Grace of Sri Bhagavan, he returned to His Presence and told his story. Though as usual Sri Bhagavan denied any doership.

The place where he started running is called Siddhar Paarai, which comes on the way - Giri Pradakshina Route.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Forum advice, news & etiquette / Re: Stoped the belief in Ramana....
« on: February 18, 2010, 07:05:50 PM »
Dear I,

Don't worry about all these experiences, they are very normal for all kinds of aspirants of Truth all over across religions. It is sure mark of progress and it is very evident that Grinding is happening. Let it all happen, just remain observant to all these happenings. Whether it is a pleasant or divine experience or a painful or suffering experience, just be aware of it. Life is all about experiencing. Experience it all in absolute fullness. Like the passing cloud it will all fade away.

Even if you don't get sleep, its ok, its pretty normal, don't force yourself to sleep, that will complicate the matter, you are not getting sleep, its a genuine expression, just accept the situation and spend the time in a way that will lift you, say read good books or something that will give you peace.

Patience is the key, Like Ramana, Shirdi Sai Baba's main teaching is Shraddha and Saburi or patience. nothing happens in a day, month and year. Let the nature take its own time. In the mean time, just willingly joyfully bear or put up with all problems and sufferings and spiritual ups and downs in a positive way.

One thing is assured, as the grinding has started, there is only one way, the way upwards - towards knowledge. You will soon see the light of knowledge and Ramana and it will all be clear then.

Just hold on...
Take it easy...

Whatever happens, happens for your good, we just don't know. Bhagavan Ramana has said, we always thank God for all the Good that happens to us, but He asks do we thank God for all Bad things that happen to us? We think what is good only based on a small limited mind of ours, we decide as to what is good and and what is bad, But many things that we think good and when then don't happen to us, then know that that Good thing that we thought was actually bad for us. And somethings that we consider Bad will eventually turn out to be Good, when it is all clear as to why it happened!

Remember these words of Bhagavan:

The Ordainer controls the fate of souls in accordance to their destiny. What ever is bound NOT TO HAPPEN, will not happen, TRY AS YOU MAY, and whatever is BOUND TO HAPPEN, WILL HAPPEN, do what you may to prevent it. The best course, therefore is to remain silent.

Experience Life, till Life offers experience to you, on the hand, keep up what you are doing, just don't worry about your disappointments, they will all fade away like the passing cloud.

If you notice carefully, there is one thing absolutely unchanged, just focus and and you will see that it is the 'SEER' who is narrating all these detail, the one that is aware of all things and happenings. See if that is changing! That which is aware of changes is the real YOU. Find out that YOU. Who am I to whom all these appearances and changes, dreams, illusions, various experiences are arising to.

Thats all I can say... from my own small experiences...

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Ashrams / Re: Pilgrimage to arunachala
« on: February 18, 2010, 08:12:02 AM »
Dear I,

Usually, Sheshadri Ashramam, which is just next to Ramanashramam is the next best option. Their contact No is +91 4175 236999 and usually, accommodation is easily available!

Salutations to Sri Ramana

“The mere enquiry ‘To whom are these defect: karmas (actions), vibhakti (lack of devotion), viyoga (disunion) and ajnana (ignorance) ?’ is itself
karma, bhakti, yoga and jnana ! (How ?) When thus enquired, ‘I’ is (found to be) non-existent, (and hence) these defects are (also found to be)
ever non-existent. The truth is, (then revealed) that we ever remain as (the defectless) Self!”

Ulladhu Narpadhu – Anubandham’, verse 14

Salutations to Sri Ramana

THOUGH Bhagavan gave many indications of His supreme stature, not everyone really understood. The mind is handicapped in dealing with spiritual truths. So Bhagavan would sometimes briefly indicate. Once He joined His devotees in singing Ramana Sadguru. When the devotees expressed suprise that He should sing His own praise, He replied thus, “Ramana is the only Sadguru to the whole world”. On another occasion He said, “Dont think Ramana is this six-footed body. He is everywhere.”

Once when a person did not obey some instructions of Bhagavan, He said, “Do as I say! Everything emerged from me! Everything will merge into me”. We can imagine the state of the devotee when he heard this. In His works He has referred to ‘Arunachala Ramana’ and ‘Arunagiri Ramana’. Only one third of Ramana Purana in Ramana Sannidhi Murai was written by Muruganar. The other two parts comprising over three hundred lines were composed by Bhagavan Himself. Writing His praise, He has shown them His true nature. There is also the fact that the day on which Siva stood before Brahma and Vishnu while they failed to find His feet and head was the same day that Bhagavan Ramana was born. It was the day of the Arudra festival in the month of Margazhi.

On a full moon night when Bhagavan was coming down the hill, He suddenly turned to Kavyakanta Ganapathy Muni who was with Him and asked in an ecstatic voice, “Nayana, who am I in truth? I see the sun and moon and the stars and planets going round my hip? Who Am I?” Ganapathy Muni revealed this to other devotees and they were immersed in wonder.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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