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General topics / Re: Is doing nothing meditation same as self-enquiry
« on: February 08, 2010, 06:53:12 PM »
As long there is one to whom this idea as to 'doing nothing' exists, so long there is a division here. Enquire who am I to whom this question/thoughts are arising.

Doing nothing should not become an effort, if what you say is truth, it is Samadhi, effortless, Sahaja Samadhi. if there is effort, then there is vritti.

Meditation is recommended to the one who has not realized his true self.

The paradox is that,

1. One who wants to realise does all kinds of Sadhana.
2. One who has reslised his true Self does no sadhana, He just Is.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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Sufferings, pains are the biggest grace in themselves. When one recognises this truth, that these sufferings are there so that one recognises ones own true Self. Such sufferings keep coming to one till he realises and abides as Self.

Like the mother bird which pushes her chick from the nest till it learns to fly, sufferings keep coming till one realises one true nature. There is no other persons sufferings or my or our sufferings as such, but there is just only 'Suffereing' i.e. there is only Grace.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

4593
General topics / Re: wishing for others
« on: February 07, 2010, 09:17:48 PM »
Dear I,

There is this one prayer, it is called as the Serenity Prayer, written by Reinhold Niebuhr, a theologian:

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.


Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

This covers the entirety all all religions put together.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

4594
The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Bhagavan's Appalam Song
« on: February 07, 2010, 08:34:09 PM »
Dear I,

some how, I don't know, I just realised that I wrote in Atma Vidya song or Self knowledge song instead of Appalam song. Perhaps this was meant to be, Bhagavans will!

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Bhagavan's Appalam Song
« on: February 07, 2010, 08:31:49 PM »
Lo, very easy is Self - Knowledge
Lo, very easy indeed.

Even for the most infirm
So real is the Self
That compared with it the amlak
In one's hand appears a mere illusion

True, strong, fresh for ever stands
The Self. From this in truth spring form
The phantom body and phantom world.
When this delusion is destroyed
And not a Self shines bright and real
In the vast heart-expanse.
Darkness dies; afflictions end;
And Bliss wells up.

The thought 'I' am the body' is the thread
On which are strung together various thoughts.
Questioning within enquiring 'Who am I?
And whence this thought?' all other thoughts
Vanish. And as I, I within the Heart-cave
The Self chines of its own accord.
Such Self-awareness is the only Heaven,
This stillness, this abode of Bliss.

OF what avail is knowing things
Other than the Self? And the Self being known,
What other thing is there to know?
That one light that shines as many selves,
Seeing this Self within
As Awareness' lighting flash;
The play of Grace; the ego's death;
The blossoming of Bliss.

For loosening Karma's bonds and ending births,
This path is easier than all other paths.
Abide in stillness, without any stir
Of tongue, mind, body. And behold
The effulgence of the Self within,
The experience of Eternity; absence
Of all fear; the ocean vast of bliss.

Annamalai the Self, the Eye
Behind the Eye of mind which sees
The eye and all the other senses
Which know the sky and other elements,
the Being which contains, reveals, perceives
The inner sky that shines within the Heart
When the mind free of thought turns inward,
Annamalai appears as my own Self,
True, Grace is needed; Love is added,
Bliss wells up.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

4596
The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Sri Devi Kaalottaram
« on: February 06, 2010, 09:52:26 AM »
Dear I,

Yes, Bhagavan actually assisted every kind of devotees, for devotees who could not understand Sanskrit, he helped them by translating any work they wanted to read in their language of comfort, and for ones who could not understand tamil works, he helped them by translating the work into sanskrit.

Devi Kaallottara is lesser known book among other Ramana Literature. Ramana Maharshi translated these verses into tamil in the very same order, without any references from the original, there are a total of 84 verses. Only a jnani could do it.

This teaching is some what different from most of the other ancient works because, I believe, this work not only teaches the Supreme Truth, but also the way to live, or go about in ones daily life, for example:

Verse 45:

A Wise man should not give up the body out of aversion to it. Know that when once Prarabdha Karma, which was responsible foor the creation of the body ceases, the bodily burden will automatically fall off.

Verse 70:

A true aspirant should not pull out tender roots (of fragrant plants, which is often done for worship); he should not even pluck the leaves; he should not harm any living thing out of anger; he should not heartlessly pluck even the flowers.

Each verse is so beautiful, so enlightening. soul teaching

Salutations to Sri Ramana

4597
General topics / Re: The Name of the Almighty
« on: February 05, 2010, 09:30:53 AM »
The subtle essence is just merging of Jeevatma into/to/as Paramaatma. The peformer of Japa (becoming) one with the Name of the almighty. A similar essence is also reflected in the very first Askara mana malai:

Arunachalam ena agame ninaipavar, Agathai ver aruppaai Arunachala.

Those who think Arunachala as the Self - real I - as the only Aham, will Himself cut the roots of Aham - ego I.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

4598
General topics / Re: Who am I - an enquiry by a Saint
« on: February 05, 2010, 09:24:15 AM »
Dear I,

Yes, you are right, it is Swami Virajeshwara. His Ashramam is near to Hosur, in a small village called Kelamanglam. I believe his ashramam has absolutely no contact phone. The only way of communication is by way of post alone. clarity reflects like a crystal in his writings.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

4599
General topics / Re: Who am I - an enquiry by a Saint
« on: February 05, 2010, 12:11:14 AM »
I began the meditation with mental prostrations to Swami Vidyananda, Swami Suryananda, Swami Sivananda, Swami Yogeshwarananda, Ramana Maharshi, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Vyasa Maharshi, Hanumanji and Bhagawan Rama. Then I plunged into the profound thought that Energy is God. The thought process went as follows: Everything is Energy. This body is energy. We get energy on this earth from sun. Only a fraction of Sun’s energy reaches the earth, the rest is reflected back or absorbed by the atmospheric belts, stratosphere, ionosphere etc. A fraction falls on green plants and get converted into matter as carbohydrates, according to the reaction:

6CO2+6H2O hv C6H12O6+6O2

According to this reaction, six molecules of Carbondioxide (CO2) from air combine with six molecules of water(H2O) in green plants in the presence of sun light (hv) to produce one molecule of Carbohydrate (C6H12O6) and six molecules of Oxygen (O2). The process is known as Photosynthesis.

Conversely, matter can be converted back to energy according to mass-energy equation:

E=mC2

Where E is energy in ergs, m is mass in grams and C is the velocity of light in centimetres per second.

Thus Brahma, symboled as Om manifesting as energy in the form of photon, identifies with object and takes birh in matter. This is how the samsara (material world) began. Then after many evolutionary transformations the same photon of energy has come to human stage.
This body of mine is only a condensed form of energy. All the solid matter is energy, so is all the liquid, including the vast expanse of water in the ocean and also the gaseous matter. Liquid and gases are less condensed than solids. They are all energy, only appearing in different forms, sizes, shapes and colours to sense organs. Actually the sense organs are creating this confusion, in reality there is absolutely no difference between different objects. They are all Brahma. This body of mine, vayu, agni, apa and Prithvi, is indeed energy, that is Brahma.

This body made up of inert, complex, chemical substances, which in reality is a form or mere energy, cannot be the consciousness ‘I’. Because in sleep and in swoon it loses awareness, an in death loses consciousness and becomes lifeless eternally and reverts back to nature in the form or ether, air, fire, water and earth (the pancha Bhootas). The consciousness ‘I’ must be different from the aggregate of organic matter. So ‘I’ cannot be the body. Then who am I? What entity is meant by the term ‘I’ and who is it that has the feelings and possessiveness f the body and asserts ‘I’, ‘I’ always? I must know the ‘I’, who dwells in the insentient body and is beset with feelings. The physical world being formless energy in reality, its physical appearances is nothing but an illusion created by sense organs.

As I got deeply engrossed in the thought, unaware of anything external, ‘I’ becoming the pure thought, just the thought and nothing else, I was confronted with the most formidable question, for the first time in my life.

The question was: Who is this ‘I’?

No, I had no answer, nor could I grasp. I reflected on what Swami Vidyananda had said earlier in the day. “I know, I am not doing this, I am not talking, the body is doing it. The body is going on like a tape recorder, I don’t think, it just goes on by itself.”
I continued my cogitation; who was the ‘I’ that the sage meant? So there must be an ‘I’ which is different from the body. Who is that ‘I’?
I had no answer, but had the question in my grapple firmly. I would not let it go until I had the answer. I went deeper still and another round of recollection, and reflection f the two above equations, in more detail.

The whole body is energy. There is nothing but energy in the Universe. Everything is Brahma, nothing but Brahma, then who is this individual ‘I’?
Still no answer in sight. There was only one thought, just the thought alone, unaware of the body and everything else.
Who is this ‘I’? I went several rounds, back and forth: Everything is Energy, everything is Brahma, then who is this ‘I’?

The ‘I’ which was so obviously perspicuous, which never needed even a moment’s thought to know till now, appeared illusively enigmatic, the most concealed and perplexing secret. A thing which was so far clearly the knower and the subject, now suddenly turned an unknown object to be known, and the most difficult one. I was fully engrossed with this single thought, with so deep a concentration that I never knew before, for quite some time.

Then in one spark, the answer flashed. ‘I’ is:

SHOONYA

‘I’ is nothing, it is naught, a cipher. A non-entity. It does not exist. ‘I’ is a mere non existent ego. It has no existence, no place on earth.
That was it.

I was still in the unfathomable depths of my thought without of course the old ‘I’. Everything was clear. Earlier Swami Vidyananda had said:
“there is nothing ........ there is nothing. It is a wonder to find that there is nothing. Buddha had found that everything was shoonya. One must give up ‘I’ and ‘mine’ to realise it.... Everything is Brahma .... there is only Energy .....”

These statements, unintelligible mere words till now, became perfectly clear. Waking state is indeed a dream.

Again the question came: who is this ‘I’?

The answer flashed instantly: there is no ‘I’. Out of ignorance you thought ‘I’, because you were dreaming. Now the dream is over. You have woken up from the dream, so now there is no ‘I’.

The body was in perfect padmasana eyes closed, totally unaware of the body, the breathing and the world around; not sleeping or dreaming, but fully aware, within deep Samadhi.

It was peaceful. Then out of the calm, in that abysmal Samadhi, a vision of thick jungle appeared, and in it a ferocious tiger, advancing closer to me.

“No, there is no tiger there, I only thought it was tiger, out of ignorance. That which appears as a tiger is but an image. It was I who erroneously thought it real.”

Sure enough, as the real tiger approached closer, it turned into an empty colourful skin, hollow inside, which instantly evaporated to nothingness.

Again the question popped up: What was this ‘I’ who thought the tiger real?
No, this ‘I’ also has no reality, it too has evaporated to nothingness as did the tiger. There is nothing at all anywhere, only Brahma everywhere.

“It is so simple.”
“Yes, indeed, it is so simple.”
“Why, then did Istruggle so hard?”
“Because I was dreaming, I took dream to be real.”
“Who is this ‘I’ again?”
“There is n ‘I’, there is nothing at all.”
“Yes it is an error. It is doubly clear now.”
“But it is s easy, so simple. Anybody can realise this much, it is not difficult at all.”
“Yes, very much so.”
“This is joy. This is bliss the real happiness. I should get up from meditation and jump in delight and dance in ecstasy and sing the glory of the Lord.”
“Who is this ‘I’ again that wants to jump and dance in ecstasy?”
“Yes, of course, ‘I’ is shoonya.So there is nothing to jump and dance.”

The Sage’s words flashed “One has to continuously dwell in Brahma, only then the ‘I’ will dissolve. Till then you have to continue your sadhana. Attainment is not complete until you reach that state of Sahaja Samadhi.

‘I’ is cipher. Then how can I say – aham Brahmasmi (I am Brahman)?

“No. You cannot. You said that while you were dreaming. At that time “I” existed. It did not know its non-entity-ness then. Now there is no aham, no I. So there remains only the Brahma. Just remember that. And also remember that the waking is a dream.”

“Yes, it is clear now.”

The bell rang at the end of ninety minute meditation, the Samadhi abated, the awareness of surroundings crept in, and I came out a changed, altogether different person, with the old ‘I’ annihilated, and may be baby born n a new horizon.

Shoonya or nothingness should not be construed as absolute nothing. Only the ‘I’, the ego is shoonya or cypher, not the consciousness. If the ego in me is false, all other individual egos in other beings are also false. This means that all names and forms (nama, roopa) are false, which in turn means that the manifest world is also false. They are mere appearances, as the appearances in dream. Just as the dream world appears real during the dream, but disappears and becomes false, the moment you wake up, so does the waking world become false and non-existent, the moment you arise from the waking. This waking up is called the Turiya or the fourth state, where you recognise that all the other states and the phenomenal world are imagery of the ego, and are false.

When the world becomes false what remains is only the REAL ‘I’, the illuminator of the false the false ego. It is the consciousness, the Brahma. It is not shoonya, not false. It is REAL. It illumines the ego which has no consciousness of its own and with this borrowed consciousness the ego creates imagery and thinks itself real. When the ego itself is unreal, how can its creation be real?

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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General topics / Who am I - an enquiry by a Saint
« on: February 05, 2010, 12:08:41 AM »
Dear I,

I am here to post this excellent article as written by the saint himself. It is a big article, those of you who are really interested may enlighten themselves by this excellent article.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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Dear I,

Maha Yoga is Vedanta Saram written by Sri Lakshmana Sharma. For some time it remained unpublished and by the grace of Ramana Maharshi himself, the Ramanashramam published.

Basically this book systematically analyses the Vedanta Tatvam of the Self, with bulk part of reference taken from his own ' Who' Ramana Hridayam.

The quintessential and integral part of entire Ramana literature revolves mostly around:

In Tamil - Ulladu Naarpadu
In Telugu - Unnadi Nallupadhi
In Sanskrit - 1. Ramana Hridayam by Who
                  2. Sat-Darshanam by Ganapathy Muni

Any Ramana book or literature mainly revolves around this work alone. I believe Maha Yoga - Vedanta Saram is a detailed study made by Lakshmana Sharma for his own Self.

Saluations to Sri Ramana

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General topics / 360' Panoramic view
« on: January 28, 2010, 05:08:33 PM »
Dear I,

Many of you may not be aware of this. The official website of Ramanashramam has a 360' Panoramic view of:

1. Skandashramam - http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/panorama/pano3/goodpano.html
2. Mother's Shrine -http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/panorama/pano2/goodpano.html
3. Bhagawan's Shrine - http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/panorama/pano1/goodpano.html

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sri Dakshinamurthy
« on: January 28, 2010, 08:58:45 AM »
A devotee asked, “Does incarnation mean birth of Sri Dakshinamurthy?” “Where is the question of a birth for him? It is one of the five Murthys (forms) of Siva. It means that he is seated facing south in mouna mudra (silent posture). It is the want of Form, Formlessness, that is indicated in its inner meaning. Is it the Murthy, the Form, that is described in the “Dakshinamurthy Ashtaka”? Is it not the want of Form, Formlessness? ‘Sri Dakshinamurthy’ — ‘Sri’ means Maya Sakti (illusory force); one meaning of ‘Dakshina’ is efficient; another meaning is ‘in the heart on the right side of the body’; ‘Amurthy’ means ‘Formlessness’. A lot of commentary on this is possible, isn’t it?” said Bhagavan.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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Bhagawans grace is truly unfathomable. Infact every moment of ours is grace itself, but we end up recognising only a few. Everything, moments of sufferings, pains, happiness, clarity, delusion, filth, cleanliness, dirt, good, bad, friends, enemies all are grace. All these leads one from darkness to light.

Compassion, Anbe Sivam

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Swami Satyananda
« on: January 27, 2010, 11:44:09 AM »
Dear I,

really, these small small events, incidents are so much, thousands of times more graceful than the empty intellectual discussions I have been having. I just feel, this is enough for me. Just reading the stories and incidents of Ramana. At this moment, I feel, I don't even want Jnana or even Bhakti, I like to remain in this "Bhodam". Like the drunken man, I want to remain drunk in Ramana Leela.

This Bodhanai is Amrutam

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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