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and after coming back home, within a few days, I read this story in one of Ramana's books at home, at this moment I don't remember which book it was.

On a moonlit night some devotees were going round the holy Arunachala Hill, chanting the Vedas. Suddenly they saw a leopard standing right in the middle of the road and looking at them. The singers were paralysed with fear. They could neither sing nor walk ahead or run away. The leopard looked at them quietly for quite a long time and then slowly crossed the road and disappeared into the jungle. The devotees thanked their stars, completed their round of the hill and, after returning to the Ashram, related their adventure to Bhagavan, who listened carefully and said, “There was no reason for fear. The leopard is a jnani who came down from the hill to listen to your chanting the Vedas. He went away deeply disappointed because out of fright you broke off singing. Why were you afraid”?

I had horripilation, I was transfixed by the entire leela or grace of my beloved Bhagawan, I kept gazing at the Picture of Bhagawan in my room and tears flowed automatically and I cried for a long time, I could see the eyes so real, the picture became real. Even now, it is so fresh as I write it now. I wish I can remain with Ramana always, though I know he is here and everywhere. Avan Arulaale Avan Thaal vananga.

Dear I,

During my first visit to Skandashramam, I decided to go to the blessed place myself alone. It was so inviting, so graceful. I was in midst of the route to Skandashramam, and I had to stop on the way on seeing some about 10 or so monkeys, I just stood still there for about 15 minutes waiting for the monkeys to leave. I had little apprehension about the monkeys. On one hand I was totally not scared, I was affirming that this is the place of Sri Ramana and Arunachala Himself, I have nothing to fear and I wanted to march on further and on the other hand I was a little scared a pinch, I did not want to move on as the monkeys were looking quite huge and all of them and I was all alone!

I stood stuck there for more 15 minutes. I was praying very intently, thoughts were also flowing within me should I go back? as the monkeys were not budging at all. They stayed stuck in middle of the road. I verily cried within "Oh Ramana, why you want to test me during my very first visit itself? Please, I admit that I still do not have complete Bhakti, I was scared to venture in between those huge monkeys. There was no sound of any humans at all. I kept praying in this confusion and cried within so badly on my own Bhakti which was not enough. I did want to step back without going to Skandashramam and Virupaksha Cave, from no where, 2 young guys came over. My heart started smiling, I saw the grace, It was like Ramana Himself had arranged those good guys to be by my side. I felt like crying my heart out and did so within in seeing the grace of Sri Ramana.

I learnt a lesson, there is nothing to fear at all, Bhagawan is always there. He IS.!!! am So absolutely sure about this. He takes care of all the needs of his devotees.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

So wonderful :)

General topics / Satsang
« on: January 24, 2010, 11:16:26 PM »
I just picked this from a popular website:

Satsang is the invitation to step into the fire of self-discovery. This fire will not burn you, it will burn only what you are not.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Dear I,

I am reminded from Mukunda Mala on reading your post, which goes like this:

Vyamoha-prasam aushadham muni-mano-vritti-pravritty-aushadham
Daityendrarti-karaushadham tri-bhuvane sanjivanaikaushadham
Bhaktatyanta-hitaushadham bhava-bhaya-pradhvamsanaikaushadham
Sreyah-prapti-karaushadham piba manah sri-krishna-divyaushadham

O mind, please drink the transcendental medicine of Sri Ramana's (Śrī Kṛṣṇa's) glories. It is the perfect medicine for curing the disease of bewilderment, for inspiring sages to engage their minds in meditation, and for tormenting the mighty Daitya demons. It alone is the medicine for restoring the three worlds to life and for bestowing unlimited blessings on the Supreme Lord's devotees. Indeed, it is the only medicine that can destroy one's fear of material existence and lead one to the attainment of the supreme good.

Medicine that cures improper desires,
Medicine in the minds of sages,
Which makes them to meditate,
Medicine for controlling king among Rakshasas,
Medicine which gives life to the three worlds,
Medicine which cures the travails of devotees,
Medicine that cures fear of existence,
Medicine that can bring all glory,
Is the holy medicine of Sri Ramana (Sri Krishna).
And so ,devotees drink it to your fill..

Om Namo Bhagawate Sri Ramanaaya

Salutations to Sri Ramana

How really fortunate are all those devotees who were fortunate enough to be under the most Holy feet of my dear Bhagawan. I wish I were near him physically and be taught and correct myself under the feet of Bhagawan's tender words, feel, air, touch, eyes, grace. I feel like bathing under the rays of the grace of his eyes. I am able to perceive the meaning of the word "holy" with my beloved Ramana. Oh, How I like everything about him. His white and small beard like a snow. His voice so sweet to hear like those of Dakshinamurty. So tender like a baby. Compassion that even a mother's love cannot match. Unchanged throughout, from his 21 yr old pic, later ones. Ah! can his compassion to Lakshmi be matched, can the compassion of Lakshmi towards Ramana be matched? I am getting goosebumps as I write this. Lakshmi, whenever she came to Bhagawan in the old Hall, used to go backwards outside facing Bhagawan. Jackie, who used to eat only after Ramana took some morsal of food.  Bhagawan's lila towards Muruganars wife Meenakshi Ammaal, who always complained to Bhagawan about Muruganar on how he is totally ignoring her. How affectionately he removed the thorns from the feet of Palaniswamy. How patiently and compassionately he dealt with Azhagammaal.

I want to wash your feel with my tears. Salutations to the Lotus feet of my beloved Bhagawan.

Dear I,

Perhaps, if one has to say in one word as to what was Bhagawan's life all about, we could say -


That is all. Everything comes In it.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

General topics / Re: Tinnitus - buzzing in the ears
« on: January 24, 2010, 09:13:23 PM »
Dear I,

I don't know if it was Sri Ramana Maharshi or some other saint. A middle aged man who was blind and at the same time even spiritually oriented came to this saint and had some conversations over some spiritual query he had. After a long session of talk, this man felt so sorry and sad for Himself that he was not able to see the Saint from his eyes to his heart's content. He cried to the saint over his this disability.

The saint patted his shoulders and said to him, "oye, why do you worry over this? just be thankful for God that one of your senses is conquered. The eyes sees only external things, after all is this not what various Sadhakas aspire for? controlling you senses. Naturally you are gifted in way that your eyes don't lead you outwards and it is that much more easier for you to control your senses now"

The eyes sees only external things the ear hears only external sounds. these are all distractions. Do you need any ear to listed to your consciousness? The lesser you are hearing, the better, for much lesser you will be pondering over what you heard, just a little more easier to abide as Self.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Dear I,

We have to admit that we have Vasanas and to ignore these Vasanas which are our Prarabhdha is the problem. That is, there is a need for material satiation in various different ways be it, physical, material, emotional or other.

One will end up being depressed, if one does not give enough room for ones prarabdha to take place, it will go away eventually, like how a ripe fruit falls of all by its own accord, that is the way to go about our Sadhana, not to pluck the fruit before it is ripe, i.e. to Control our Vasanas. Let the Nature take its own course on what has to happen.

Actually this depression occurs because, we give prominence to deliverance than the nature. Yes, it is advised by the scripture and Bhagawan also advised that only desire one should have is the desire for Self, But not at the cost of controlling your Vasanas. Swami Vivekananda never used the word Control anywhere in his talks, He uses the word 'Continence' there is much difference between Control and Continence.

Bhagawan never gave a green signal to who ever came to him asking if they could leave their homes, kith and kin for Self enquiry.

Can we control natures call and do Self Enquiy? The fruit has to fall by its own accord and not be plucked. Trying to pluck it is being depressed.

The right way I sense is to be aware of these words of Bhagawan "the ordainer controls the fate of souls according to their destinies and whatever is bound to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it and whatever is bound not to happen will not happen try as you may to do it. The best course therefore is to remain Silent"

By this, one will not end up in Bondage, but remain like the Lotus flower in water, where the petals remain always dry in spite of being upon water.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

General Discussion / Re: My Experiences during stays at TVmalai
« on: January 24, 2010, 08:42:26 PM »
Dear I,

I like this quote of yours:

"External world is shadow of what is inside you"

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Cautionary advice / Re: Rape and Robbery at Arunachala
« on: January 22, 2010, 09:38:58 AM »
It is deeply saddening to hear these updates especially in Arunachala, in the Hill itself.

Makes me wonder, Why? Why not atleast not here! Please leave this place at least on earth alone!

I understand, woman folks are best advised not to venture alone on the hill, inner path Girivalam. I too have heard from some trusted locals who advised even me, men, also not to venture alone as there are a lot of rogues who are ready to beat people red and blue and grab whatever money they have.

But, can we (male) still venture into the inner path alone? is it advisable? I have always found the inner path very peaceful, with the pleasant chirping of birds, sounds of the air brushing with the leaves of trees, and in the presence and upon the Holy hill is very enticing and divine and makes me feel at peace with the Self as if in presence of Ramana Maharshi Himself.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

General topics / Re: Does a jnani have "moods"?
« on: January 21, 2010, 08:59:43 PM »
Dear I,

Him the sword cannot pierce; him the fire cannot burn; him the water cannot melt; him the air cannot dry. The Hindu believes that every soul is a circle whose circumference is nowhere, but whose center is located in the body, and that death means the change of this center from body to body.

- Swami Vivekananda

and Bhagawan Ramana Maharshi said that the Spiritual experience or heart is situated 2 digits towards the right side.

And when we do certain parayana, when we do the Nyaasa, when we use the Bija Mantras:

... iti  Bijam (on the right side of the chest) exactly to the position what Bhagawan has said
... iti Shaktihi (on the left side of the chest) which is Maya Tatvam or Shakti Tatvam located on the Vama Bhaaga or the left side
... Iti keelakam (on the centre of the body just below the chest)

Salutations to Sri Ramana

General Discussion / Question to 'I'
« on: January 21, 2010, 07:22:47 PM »
Dear I,

Here is one question for you all - 'I':

Why do you want Knowledge?

Salutations to Sri Ramana

Dear I,

The one who has (attained/got) that conviction will not know his conviction. That one that wants such conviction is not there. He will not bother to affirm that He is Brahman, He Is.

these knowledge/affirmations etc... are all for just the mind/'I'

Salutations to Sri Ramana

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Narayana Guru/Swami
« on: January 21, 2010, 07:04:26 PM »
Dear I,

Have you heard about Narayana Guru/Swami, who was there in the Arunachala Hill untill very recently, when he left to Kanyakumari. He always stayed at the top of he hill in some of the caves, His picture and a small temple on his memory is there on way to Virupaksha cave from Skandashramam.

He is very bony to look at, with big beard and very strong and gracious eyes.

He just used to sit motionless all these for ore than 30 years or so in Arunachala. The hill dwellers, used to give him a cup of tea everyday morning at about 11 am or so. thats all, an he never used to eat as well. He was always immersed in Samadhi and seated in Padmasana motionles.

Salutations to Sri Ramana

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