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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: UGK & Ramana
« on: February 15, 2010, 08:39:45 PM »
In all, it really does not matter or even is it important to find out whether UGK, JK were realised or not, or whether their conduct was justifiable or not, it is more important that the 'I' which is in such a quest be sought.

In the end, have I got my bread and tea is what counts! Who am 'I' ?

Saluations to Sri Ramana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Brahmin's Curse
« on: February 15, 2010, 10:31:40 AM »
ONE DAY A sage called Pakanar was weaving a basket in front of his house. Hearing a loud voice chanting, “Hare Ram”, he asked his sister who it was that was chanting. His sister replied that it was a brahmin who is keeping his own daughter. Pakanar replied, “You are the hundredth person to repeat the scandal”. Meanwhile, the brahmin having come to that place, the sage told the brahmin that his curse was lifted and that he could
return home. Later, he explained to his sister thus: “This brahmin was living with his widowed daughter. They were generous and kind-hearted. They would invite sadhus and feed them with love. On hearing of their generosity a sadhu came to visit them. He was well received and fed. The sadhu was immensely pleased with their devotion and decided to bless them. He just glanced once and knew what was in store for them when they die. He called the brahmin and told him that after his death he would be tortured by a mountain of leeches in hell. On hearing this, the brahmin fell at his feet in terror and implored him for some means of escape. The sadhu told him, ‘Once while you were cooking food a leech fell from the roof into the cooking pot and died unobserved. You offered that food to a realised sage. Since whatever is given to a sage will be
received back a thousand-fold a mountain of leeches are in store for you’. The sadhu then advised the brahmin that in order to escape this fate he should conduct himself towards his grownup widowed daughter in such a way, as to provoke a scandal that he was having illicit intimacy with her. He assured him that when a hundred persons had uttered the scandal the sin would leave him completely, having been distributed among the scandal-mongers. The brahmin did accordingly and you are the hundredth person to tell the scandal. So I say that the brahmin’s curse is now removed.”

Sri Bhagavan drew from the story the following moral:

“Have the best intention, but act in such a way not to win praise, but to incur blame. Resist the temptation to justify yourself even when you are just.”

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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General topics / Deiva Sigamani Desika Paramacharya Swamigal
« on: February 15, 2010, 10:21:00 AM »
Some 700 years ago, Deiva Sigamani Desika Paramacharya lived in a cottage on the eastern side of Arunachala. He worshipped Arunachala and spread Saivism through his followers. Hearing of his greatness, a certain king came to see him. Just then his horse was bitten by a snake and died. The king was upset, but his minister persuaded him to meet the sage. When the saint heard about the horse, he came out, and praying to Arunachala, tapped the horse’s body with his cane and brought it back to life. The saint asked the king to undertake the renovation of the
Arunachaleswara temple. The king inscribed the story of the miracle performed by the saint on the south wall of the third prakara of the temple. The saint’s samadhi is outside the limits of Tiruvannamalai town and is now the Gurumurtham of Kunrakudi Aadinam. It is known as jeeva samadhi. Kunrakudi Aadinam was established at Tiruvannamalai and then shifted to Piran hills. Now it is situated at Kunrakudi. The heads of the mutt bearing the title, ‘Kunrakudi Aadinam’ still pay their respects to their first Gurumurtham in Tiruvannamalai. Bhagavan Ramana stayed at Gurumurtham for six months in the year 1897 before shifting to the mango grove nearby.

(Source - Ramana's Arunachala)

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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The Self that is Awareness, that alone is true. The
knowledge which is various is ignorance. And even
ignorance, which is false, cannot exist apart from the Self.
False are the many jewels, for apart from gold, which alone
is true, they cannot exist.

(Ulladu Naarpadu, Verse 13)

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Dear I,

Yes, I went about reading Arunachala Pancharatna, it conveys the same essence and it goes like this:

He who, with Heart to you surrendered,
Beholds for ever you alone,
Sees all things as forms of you
And loves and serves them as none other
Than the Self, O Aruna Hill,
Triumphs because he is immersed
In you whose being is pure bliss.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Ramanatha Brahmachari
« on: February 15, 2010, 09:57:39 AM »
Dear I,

Even T.R.Kanakammal's english book is available and is called 'Cherished Memories'

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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In 1914, when Bhagavan's mother fell ill seriously, during her brief stay with Him, Bhagavan composed this small prayer to Arunachala:

1. Hill of my refuge that cures the ills of recurring births!
O Lord! it is for Thee to cure my mother's fever.

2. O God that smitest Death itself! My sole refuge!
Vouchsafe Thy grace unto my mother and shield her from
Death. What is Death if scrutinised?

3. Arunachala ! Thou blazing fire of Jnana ! Deign to wrap
my mother in Thy light and make her one with Thee.
What need then for cremation?

4. Arunachala, that chasest away illusion (Maya)!
Why delayest Thou to dispel my mother's delirium! Besides
Thee, is there anyone who with maternal solicitude can
protect the suppliant soul and ward off the strokes of
destiny?

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Swami is Everywhere
« on: February 14, 2010, 06:11:56 PM »
An American lady unaccustomed to squatting on the floor, somehow managed to sit in the hall by stretching her legs towards Bhagavan’s sofa. One of the attendants suggested to her that she sit cross-legged. When Bhagavan saw that, he said smiling, “When they find it difficult even to sit down on the floor, should you force them to sit cross-legged also?” “No, no! As they do not know that it is disrespectful to stretch their legs towards Bhagavan, I merely told them so, that is all,” said the devotee. “Oh is that so! It is disrespectful, is it? Then it is disrespectful for me to stretch my legs towards them. What you say applies to me as well.” Saying this in a lighter vein, Bhagavan sat up cross-legged. Even though the rheumatism in Bhagavan’s legs rendered them painful and stiff after ten minutes of being folded, he continued to sit cross-legged stretching them from time to time, saying that it might be deemed disrespectful. Even after the visitors took leave he kept his legs folded saying, “I do not know if I can stretch them. They say it is not good manners.” The attendant stood by Bhagavan’s side crestfallen and repentant. Bhagavan, full of compassion, stretched out his legs as usual and began telling this story.

SEEING THAT SUNDARAMURTHI was going away on a white elephant which had come from Kailas, the Rajah of Chera whispered in the ear of his horse the panchakshara mantra and got upon it to go to Kailas. Avvaiyar, who was at the time doing puja to Lord Ganesa, saw them both going to Kailas and so tried to hurry up her puja as she too wanted to go to Kailas. Seeing that, Ganesa said, “Old woman, don’t hurry. Let your puja be performed as usual. I shall take you to Kailas before they reach it.” Accordingly, the puja was performed in due course. Waving his hand around, he said, “Old lady, close your eyes.” That was all. When she opened her eyes, she found herself seated in Kailas in front of Parvati and Parameswara. By the time Sundaramurthi and Chera Raja reached the place, they found her already seated there. Surprised at that, they asked her how she had got there and were overjoyed at her bhakti. After all, she was very old. So she sat facing Parameswara with her legs stretched out like me. Parvati could not bear that sight. She was worried because to sit with legs stretched out towards Swami, she felt, was a great insult. She respectfully suggested to Parameswara that she should be permitted to tell the old lady about it. “Oh, don’t speak, don’t open your mouth. We should not say anything to her.” How could Parvati put up with that insult? She therefore whispered into the ear of her maid to tell the old lady, who said, “Grandma, Grandma, don’t keep your legs outstretched towards Iswara”. “Is that so?” She replied, “Tell me on which side Iswara is not present. Shall I turn this side?” asked Avvaiyar. So saying, she turned her outstretched legs to another side and Iswara got turned to that side; and when again she turned to a different direction, He also got turned to the same side. Thus Swami got turned to whichever side she turned her legs. Looking at Parvati, Iswara said, “Do you see now? You would not listen to me. See how she turns me this side and that. That is why I told you not to open your mouth.” Then Parvati requested the old lady to excuse her. It is similar to that when people are asked not to stretch their legs towards Swami. Where is He not present?

There is not an iota of doubt here!

Salutations to Sri Ramana


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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Verses of Ramana Maharshi
« on: February 14, 2010, 04:18:52 PM »
Enquiring within "Who is the Seer?" I saw the seer disappearing and
That alone which stands for ever.
No thought arose to say "I saw".
How then could the thought arise to say "I did not see?"
Who has the power to explain all this n words,
when even You (as Dakshinamurthy) conveyed this of yore in silence only?
And in order to reveal in silence, You state transcendent, now You stand here,
a Hill resplendent soaring to the sky.

(Arunachala Ashtakam Verse 2)

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Ramanatha Brahmachari
« on: February 14, 2010, 03:28:32 PM »
True, I felt the same, the English dubbing seem to spoil the beauty of the emotion that comes out from the devotees. I also loved the detail regarding Kanakammaal's experiences, it is very moving. Perhaps, the original Tamil will be available at Ramanashramam.


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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Ramanatha Brahmachari
« on: February 14, 2010, 03:09:25 PM »
Dear I,

Yes, I remember your post on your maternal grandmother's periappa. There is so much warmth in all those who were a direct devotee of Bhagavan, though, I have not got a chance to meet any of the direct devotees, I have seen them in so many videos being posted in the internet. I have heard the interview of Sri Kunju Swami in the set of Who am I videos.

In Ramana's fold, the world looks so small, One big Small Ramana Family. The force that binds all of us is the compassion of Sri Ramana Maharshi, which is unparalled, I would say even surpasses the mother-child compassion.

My connections (very small though), I have heard that my paternal grandfather has visited Ramana Maharshi. His personality being silence, he used to talk very less. He was a Head Master, himself did not have any conversations with Sri Ramana, as he deemed it unecessary even to talk in His presence. I just wish my grandfather was alive for some more time, he had so much to share, but I was quite young then to even converse with him on Ramana. But now, I consider my beloved Bhagavan as my 'thaatha', he just melts my heart even as I write 'thaatha' here, so much  compassion, affection, love, he emanates so absolutely unconditionally.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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Sri Ramana Maharshi taught Ganapati to look into his self, the self which is the soul would be abiding in the cavity of the heart - look into the root of the sound from where emanates the voice of the mantra japa and the sound dissolves at the root that is tapas.

Other methods as explained by Ganapati Muni:

Continue the Japa within your self while the sound of the japa is being heard only by your ears -

Let the object of the worship be the blue sky. Consider the tip of the tongue, the seat of the God of learning, as the object of worship - there would be a continues flow of saliva which should not be split out - such a saliva is  sign of good health also - it goes through the throat like a mouse going into a hole.

Concentrate on the meaning of mantra.

Concentrate on clear articulation of the mantra within your self -

If you are doing Pranava Japa, articulate the OM in full - arc like, let the sound be articulated within your self.

Let the rays of effulgence of the sun, see into you from the crown of your head and other points - and let them enter your spinal column and proceed to the tail - let the rays course through the spinal from the crown of head.

And there are such other ways to enable the aspirant to settle in his self.

The aspirant should gradually give up love for lies, love for exaggeration, love for the partial etc.., One must realise the philosophy of whatever is undertaken.

And similar attitudes must be adopted in all problems the aspirant would have to encounter.

Whatever diverts and disturbs the mind and whatever objects distracts one from the japa and meditation, should be given up.

Source - (Ganapati Muni - a biography)

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Ramanatha Brahmachari
« on: February 14, 2010, 10:44:34 AM »
Dear I, (SLakshmi)

Did you mother also see Bhagavan directly? talked to him? Please do share some information, please excuse on account of asking you if you have already posted some detail regarding this. Please convey my Namaskarams and Love to your mother too.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Ramanatha Brahmachari
« on: February 14, 2010, 09:21:14 AM »
Dear I,

Please convey my Namaskarams & love to your mother. I am really fortunate and feel nice to hear all these accounts. At this very moment, I just feel Sri Ramana Maharshi's presence. I really consider it a big blessing in itself by just hearing from you, that a devotee who has lived with Bhagavan, seen, talked with Him, is amongst us is your Mother. How wonderful is the Leela of Bhagavan.

I too would consider it a big blessing, if you can send me the photos too. My e-mail id is nagaraj.balas@gmail.com

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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General topics / Re: Is doing nothing meditation same as self-enquiry
« on: February 12, 2010, 09:58:08 AM »
Dear I,

By saying Mithya does not exist - are we not giving existence to mithya?
BY saying there is no question of "Suffering" being "part" of Self - are we not giving existence to a suffering?

That which is not there, why do we need to affirm that it is no there? which is why everything is Self alone.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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