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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bestower of Salvation
« on: February 17, 2010, 09:09:12 AM »
AN ancient astrological prophecy speaks of Ramana as, “The one who came to prove that Arunachala gives you liberation, if you but think of Him”. Bhagavan heard the name of Arunachala when He was fifteen. When He was sixteen, He came to live in Arunachala. He gave unto His devotees all that He possessed. Bhagavan’s mother and Lakshmi the cow were liberated by Him. He tried to give mukthi to Pazhani Swamy, a great devotee who served Him with dedication, but before it could happen, Pazhaniswamy passed away. Bhagavan said that Pazhani Swamy would not be born again and will attain mukthi in gradual stages. These are the instances that we come to know by hearing and reading. Who knows how many beings were liberated by Bhagavan! He never spoke of such beings and therefore we know nothing of them. The puranas say that the trees and plants on Arunachala also will receive mukthi. From some strange incidents in Bhagavan’s life we know this is true. The trees under which He sat while at Skandasramam did not bear any fruit. When He touched the seeds to be planted, nothing grew out of them.

Once Bhagavan was given some seeds for sowing at Sri Ramanasramam, when a young devotee came running and with tears in his eyes said, “Don’t give the seeds to Him. The seeds will not sprout like it happened at Skandasramam. Bhagavan’s touch will destroy rebirth”. Bhagavan’s grace liberated countless beings. Many people seeking spiritual succour toured the length and breadth of the country but in vain and at last
through Bhagavan’s grace were able to go into samadhi and feel contented. An old person visited Bhagavan after many years of vain spiritual effort and was able to reach great spiritual heights. He praised Bhagavan in his ecstasy. Thus Bhagavan gave many devotees the experience of
samadhi so that it would prod them to make further efforts to make it permanent.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

B for Bliss of the Beyond,
H for Holiness of the Heart,
A for Abode of the Absolute,
G for Glory of the Great,
A for All-ness of the ALL,
V for Vision of the Verity,
A for Action of the Accomplished,
N for Nectar of the Naked.
S for Self of the self,
R for Radiance of the Real,
I for Immortality of the Immutable.
R for Rhythm of Revelation,
A for Abundance of the Almighty,
M for Mystery of the Marvellous,
A for Annihilation of ahankar,
N for Negation of nescience,
A for Assertion of the Atman.
M for Manifestation of the Most High,
A for Alertness of the Awakened,
H for Humility of the Heroic,
A for Attestation of Antiquity,
R for Resplendence of Realisation,
S for Silence of the Supreme,
H for Harmony of Heaven,
I for Illumination of the Incomprehensible.

- Sri Rajeswarananda (Golden Jubilee Souvenir)

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Maha Siva Ratri - 2010
« on: February 17, 2010, 12:34:27 AM »
Muruganar used to stay in Palakothu and go into Tiruvannamalai Town every morning to beg for alms. sometimes, he would feel disinclined to undertake this trip into town and, on those days, he simply went without food. One several occasions, Muruganar fasted for an entire day. One of these days happened to be the Shivarathi day, though Muruganar himself was not aware of the fact. The next morning, Bhagavan asked Muruganar to go around the Hill with him. Muruganar set off enthusiastically enough but soon, he starved feeling the effects of of the previous day's starvation. When Bhagavan saw Muruganar's exhaustion, he exclaimed, "Oh! Did you fast yesterday for Shivarathri? See how tired you are now. All right! Now come to he Ashram with me and have a proper meal." Bhagavan took Muruganar to the Ashram and saw to it that he got enough to eat, instructing the attendants to serve Muruganar with particular care. Muruganar was so moved by Bhagavan's solicitude that even after many years he could not talk about this incident without tears in his eyes.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Miracles Do Happen
« on: February 17, 2010, 12:12:46 AM »
Dear I,

This post reminded me to recollect few wonderful events in the life of Muruganar, his wife Meenakshi Ammal and Bhagavan. Here is one. This is too good and I felt so much joy typing it. Stayed awake late to finish this. This will surely end up making all smile widely and definitely feel the presence, grace and compassion of Bhagavan so very strongly.

Muruganar’s devotion for Bhagavan was beyond measure. All his love and devotion for Bhagavan found expression in the beautiful poems he composed in praise of Bhagavan. These poems had a sweetness and depth of feeling that could not fail to melt the heart of listeners. Bhagavan’s devotees used to sing some of Muruganar’s poems in the hall, so that everybody could enjoy the beauty of these captivating cerses.

Muruganar’s wife, Meenakshi Ammal, was also a frequent visitor to the Ashram. Bhagavan was always specially kind and considerate to this lady, and treated her as a favoured guest. Knowing that Meenakshi Ammal loved god coffee, Bhagavan would tell the Ashram cooks, “Give Meenakshi good, strong coffee, just the way she likes it.” Bhagavan would also listen patiently to Meenakshi Ammal’s complains about her husband, the chief among those being, of course, that Muruganar was neglecting her and all his domestic responsibilities. On one of her visits, Meenakshi Ammal seemed particularly upset. She told Bhagavan that Muruganar’s neglect was very difficult for her to bear, and that Muruganar seemed not to realise just how badly his behaviour was affecting her.

It was Meenakshi Ammal’s practice to sing a few verses from Muruganar’s Ramana Sannidhi Murai in Bhagavan’s presence, every time she came to the Ashram. On this occasion also, she had a copy of the book with her, and was about to select some suitable chapter. Bhagavan took the book from her hands and, marking the section where there was a decad of verses, each ending with ‘Ramana Mayavane’, he said to Meenakshi Ammal, “Look, Meenakshi! Muruganar will soon be returning fro Palaakothu. As soon as he enters the hall, you must start singing these verses. But remember one thing! Each of these verses ends with the phrase, ‘Ramana Mayavane’. You must substitute ‘Muruga Mayavane’ for ‘Ramana Mayavane’ when you sing. Is that clear? Now, take your place and get ready. For Muruganar will be here soon.”

Meenakshi Ammal was a simple soul, and her faith in Bhagavan was total. So she agreed to do exactly as Bhagavan said, even though she had no idea why he should want her to do it. Now, the verses selected by Bhagavan were very well suited to the occasion because they present a picture of a love-lorn lady chiding her lover for his cruel neglect. In these verses, Muruganar portrays himself as a love-lorn lady and entreats Bhagavan to favour him with his grace. To be precise, the Lady describes the happy times she had shared with her Lord, and the promises he had made to her. Having won her with sweet words of love and assurances of undying devotion, her lord had left her to dream about him, and to wait eagerly for the time when he would come to claim her; but he had not come back. The lady chides her loved for his shameful neglect, and asks him what she had done, to deserve such cruel treatment from him. She bemoans her fate, regretting the fact that she had lost her heart to one so inconsistent, beguiled by his charm and his false promises. Each of the verses ends with the phrase, ‘Ramana Mayavane’ (the term mayavan can be translated as ‘the great deluder’). The lady is accusing her lover of misleading her with false promises. Yet, her language is far from abusive. In fact her words are full of affection and reflect the remembered joy of happier times. Each of the poems in this section is exquisite in the beauty of expression and the delicacy of feeling.

As soon as Muruganar entered the hall, Meenakshi Ammal started singing the songs selected by Bhagavan. Following Bhagavan’s instructions faithfully, she ended each verse with ‘Muruga Mayavane’ instead of original ‘Ramana Mayavane’. The first time, Muruganar did not attach much importance to the substitution. Many devotees regard Bhagavan as an incarnation of Lord Muruga, and Muruganar simply assumed that Meenakshi Ammal was making a reference to this aspect of Bhagavan’s multi-faceted glory. When Meenakshi Ammal came to end of the second verse and there was still no response from Muruganar, Bhagavan glanced at him with eyes full of mischief. Then he directed a look of approval and encouragement at Meenakshi Ammal. Suddenly, Muruganr realised that some conspiracy was at work! By then, Meenakshi Ammal had ended the third verse also with ‘Muruga Mayavane’ now appeared highly significant to Muruganar. He was finally convinced that Bhagavan was deliberately teasing him, using Meenakshi Ammal as an innocent, yet effective agent!

Muruganar could think of only one course of action – escape! Accordingly, he got up and was preparing to quietly slip out of the hall when Bhagavan stopped him with, “Hey! Why are you leaving the hall now? Is it not because she sang about her ‘Muruga Mayavan?’ Well does that mean that, when ever somebody sings about ‘Ramana Mayavan’, I should immediately walk out of the hall? Is that not so?” Hearing Bhagavan’s words, the entire hall dissolved in laughter. Muruganar made use of this diversion to make good his escape!

Bhagavan often played such practical jokes upon his devotees. But even while he was engaged in such apparently playful activities, Bhagavan continued to impart valuable knowledge to his devotees. Every joke and every little trick had its own lesson to teach.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Brahmin's Curse
« on: February 16, 2010, 09:40:41 PM »
Dear I,

I was also vaguely remembering the incident and I was trying to recollect the incident, but thanks to Sri Subramanian for the post. But, I have not come across so far, in what I have read, about the incident mentioned by you. May be some one will show some light on this incident here some time.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Dear I,

Nice compilation. Infact, they say, Death is only for the Body and not 'I' which is True, but does body die really, fr to die it has to be alive first. Nothing actually dies or takes birth. Everything just IS.

Body is also a thought force.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Bhagavan Ramana was like a father and mother to his devotees, fulfilling their needs and wishes. People who wanted jobs, promotions or money received them by His grace. The sick were healed or received the strength to bear their sickness. Bhagavan took over or changed the destiny of people who took refuge in Him. A young son of a devotee was bitten by a poisonous snake. His parents brought his body which had turned blue, due to the effect of the poison. Ramana rubbed vibhuti (sacred ash) on him, saying, ‘It is nothing’, It is nothing’ and the boy arose, as if waking up from sleep. When He received the news that a devotee called Subbulakshmi had passed away, He sat still for an hour. The Ashram then received the news that the dead devotee had come back to life. She lived for a long time. Devotees living far away would write or send telegrams to Bhagavan for relief from difficulties and always received help from Him. Many were saved and given succour without their knowing it. Bhagavan surely had taken it as His mission to destroy the karma of His devotees.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

a couple who had lost all their children came to Ramana. They felt peace only in His presence, but when they went away they were again assailed
by grief. After staying at Sri Ramanasramam for two weeks when they prepared to leave, they met a person in the book shop who said, seeing their travail, “Why should you grieve for your dead children? Even if they came back to life they or you must still die sometime or other and experience the feeling of loss again. Which is a greater miracle, a change of heart or a change in the date on the tomb stone?” The couple were stunned to hear this which sounded so much like Bhagavan’s own words. They took leave of Him with solace in their hearts.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Bhagavan’s words and glance are divine. They have a power of their own to effect changes in personality and situations. Once a young girl who lost her husband soon after her wedding, visited many holy places and met holy men seeking redressal of her sorrow. She did not find peace anywhere and finally came to Bhagavan, still unable to overcome her distress. When Bhagavan’s divine eyes fell on her and she beheld His compassionate look, her sorrow melted away, like snow that melts at the sight of the sun. She was filled with a deep peace. Hardly a word had passed between Bhagavan and herself.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Ramana’s compassion knows no limits. Once a devotee compared His mercy to the ocean. Ramana replied that unlike the ocean, His mercy had no shores, or limits. Scholars and laymen alike received great help and support from Him. Once on the Hill, a goat fell into a narrow cleavage between two rocks. Ramana jumped in and rescued the goat. He waited for the poor people who collected wood on the Hills and gave them gruel or cold water. He has never asked any of His devotees to undertake rigorous spiritual effort. Scriptures speak of sages subjecting their followers to strict spiritual discipline in the form of fasts and rituals. But Bhagavan never insisted on anything and let his children go their way. They would always begin to follow the spiritual path of their own choice because that was the way of Ramana. He never called anyone a sinner, or even mentioned the word ‘sin’. Especially, He avoided controlling children. Once when He was sitting on a rock above Mulaipal Thirtham, a few young boys jumped into the rocky tank and swam about. Though the rocks were dangerous, Ramana did not stop them. Why, is an intriguing question. Was it because He did not want to frighten them, or was it because they were safe in His presence? A young girl felt afraid to go to the hospital to visit relatives. Bhagavan told her that the hospital where diseases are cured and difficulties removed was like a temple and there need be no fear about visiting it. He thus helped her get rid of her fear.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: UGK & Ramana
« on: February 16, 2010, 10:21:46 AM »
Dear I,

The ways of Jnanis are unknown. They are above all thought/ego foundation.

Like how the mind cannot know the Self, the same way, we cant know the Jnanis, for a Jnani and Self are one and the same. And when one finds his Guru, he would not know, what in his Guru, got him to His Guru. These are unknown to the realms of mind. To me, I see God/Guru even in the filthiest things in world, I go to the extent of saying that even the dirt and even human waste are all Grace in themselves, they are all God.

There is absolutely nothing where God is Not,

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Once there was a delay in Bhagavan returning form
the Hill. Devotees went in search of Him. Bhagavan
smilingly told them that the morning time was so
charming, that He felt like taking an extended walk on
the hill. He said He forgot Himself while on the hill, that
it was so much a home to Him. The scholar devotee
Ganapathi Muni composed forty Sanskrit slokas in praise
of Ramana. In one sloka he declares that Arunachala must
have acquired great spiritual merit for Bhagavan to come
to Him. He won this merit by giving refuge to the many
saints who came to Him. When a devotee pointed this to
Bhagavan He smilingly asked what merit did Arunachala
possess that those great saints came to Him.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

When scriptures speak of ‘seeing the Self’ and ‘seeing God’,
what is the truth they mean? How to see the Self? As the
Self is one without a second, it is impossible to see it. How
to see God? To see Him is to be consumed by Him.

(Ulladu Naarpadu 21)

General topics / Yoga Vasishtam
« on: February 16, 2010, 10:08:21 AM »
D.: Where has it been said that this knowledge is the all? On the other hand it is said that maya became the all.
M.: Yes. Maya is the knowledge which is spoken of. Only this objective knowledge goes under the different names, maya, avidya, bondage, impurity, darkness, ignorance, the mind, the cycles of repeated births and deaths etc.

D.: Be it so, what has this got to do with the extinction of the mind? M.: Listen. You must understand that the knowledge signified by all these terms is only the mind.

32-33. D.: Who else says so? M.: Vasishta has said to Rama: ‘Whatever objective knowledge manifests as this and that, or not this and not that, or in any other manner, it is only the mind. The mind is nothing but this manifest knowledge’.

34. D.: Let it be so. How can the mind be extinguished? M.: To forget everything is the ultimate means. But for thought, the world does not arise. Do not think and it will not arise. When nothing arises in the mind, the mind itself is lost. Therefore do not think of anything, forget all. This is the best way to kill the mind.

35-37.D.: Has anyone else said so before? M.: Vasishta said so to Rama thus: ‘Efface thoughts of all kinds, of things enjoyed, not enjoyed, or otherwise. Like wood or stone, remain free from thoughts.

Rama: Should I altogether forget everything? Vasishta: Exactly; altogether forget everything and remain like wood or stone.

Rama: The result will be dullness like that of stones or wood.

Vasishta: Not so. All this is only illusion. Forgetting the illusion, you are freed from it. Though seeming dull, you will be the Bliss Itself. Your intellect will be altogether clear and sharp. Without getting entangled in worldly life, but appearing active to others remain as the very Bliss of Brahman and be happy. Unlike the blue colour of the sky, let not the illusion of the world revive in the pure Ether of Consciousness-Self. To forget this illusion is the sole means to kill the mind and remain as Bliss. Though Shiva, Vishnu, or Brahman Himself should instruct you, realisation is not possible without this one means. Without forgetting everything, fixity as the Self is impossible. Therefore altogether forget everything.’

38-39. D.: Is it not very difficult to do so? M.: Though for the ignorant it is difficult, for the discerning few it is very easy. Never think of anything but the unbroken unique Brahman. By a long practice of this, you will easily forget the non-self. It cannot be difficult to remain still
without thinking anything. Let not thoughts arise in the mind; always think of Brahman. In this way all worldly thoughts will vanish and thought of Brahman alone will remain. When this becomes steady, forget even this, and without thinking ‘I am Brahman’, be the very Brahman. This cannot be difficult to practise.

40. Now my wise son, follow this advice; cease thinking of anything but Brahman. By this practice your mind will be extinct; you will forget all and remain as pure Brahman.

(Advaita Bodha Deepika)

Salutations to Sri Ramana

He is Here, and Now, Here....


Saluations to Sri Ramana

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