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General Discussion / rare silent video of shri bhagavan
« on: August 12, 2016, 08:34:11 AM »
Found this in FB?.For some reason there is no audio ? I dont know if this is a problem with my laptop.  Only then, I realized the power of silence when watching Bagawan. Isn?t his teaching all about inner silence and jeeva-brahma aikyam? I see it as a coincidence! The silence in this video amplifies Bagawan?s blessings?.While watching rare videos like this and Periyava, I prefer no background sound ? gives us an opportunity to do our prayer peacefully.

Look at His eyes with ever-flowing peace and karunyam!! Reminds me of Paul Brunton?s book on his experience on sitting in front of Bagawan of hours together with absolutely no sound whatsoever!

How blessed are we to live in the same century as mahans like Him!!

Om Bagawn Sri Ramana Maharishi Padham Potri potri !!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msRo1tHAcVE

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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: August 09, 2016, 08:19:31 AM »
May his soul lie in eternal peace

would like to hear and look forward to hearing from you  as a personal message also  the books and the teachings you cherished of him

namaskaram

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Denying nature to the divine
Girivalam, a spiritual walk around the sacred Arunachala Hill in Tiruvannamalai is at risk. Local administration is bent on expanding the road which will lead to loss of hundreds of trees and the last old growth forest at the base of the hill, not to mention all the rest of the non-human beings that will be affected by this..
Tiruvannamalai protests against cutting trees to broaden Girivalam
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywT2ZyuuoTA

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today's update from tiruvannamalai

The below is an abridged version of a article that appears today in a National Newspaper about the decision which has now been taken regarding the widening of the Arunachala Girivalam Path. To read the unabridged version, go to http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Rtd-IFS-officer-to-probe-Girivalam-tree-felling/2016/07/29/article3552145.ece

"The widening of the Girivalam at Arunachala, which has been mired in controversy over the felling of trees, is is to be reviewed by an expert panel, headed by a retired IFS officer.

Though locals and activists pressed for cancelling the work that would entail cutting 125 full-grown trees, the southern bench of National Green Tribunal declined, while assuring them to protect the green cover in the hills.

After considering the concerns expressed by local villagers during the hearing of a petition filed by S Krishna Kumar, the bench comprising judicial member P Jyothimani and expert member PS Rao observed that the government was correct on widening the Girivalam path.

?Yes, so far no untoward incident was reported. But, we can?t wait for a stampede to happen, which we see often in shrines in North India. Considering the massive crowds witnessed especially during every full moon night and during ?Karthigai Deepam Mahotsavam?, there is a need to widen the pathway. The project can?t be stalled,? justice Jyothimani said categorically.

However, the expert committee, yet to be appointed, would conduct a case by case study of these 125 trees so as to ensure that not a single tree is cut unnecessarily. ?No tree will be allowed to be felled in the Sonagiri forest area, which is an ecologically sensitive belt in the entire 14-km stretch,? the bench assured.

According to the report submitted by Tiruvanamalai District Collector earlier, lakhs of pilgrims undertake circumambulation around the 14-km path of the famed Arunachaleswarar temple. The existing path was inadequate to accommodate the sea of devotees, making the widening of the path necessary. This would also facilitate movement of emergency vehicles.

The tribunal on Thursday (July 28, 2016) said Girivalam should have a dedicated lane for emergency vehicles like ambulances especially during peak season. The expert panel will be appointed during the next hearing on August 17.

Meanwhile, the Highways Department, executing the project, sought modification in the interim stay passed by the National Green Tribunal. The Highways Department have been assured that no tree would be felled in the Sonagiri forest area, which forms 5.2 km out of total 14 km. Further they have requested that:

?Let the tribunal decide related to works in Sonagiri forest area, but we request the activists and the Court not to stall the work in the remaining 9 km. The stay order has hampered work in the entire 14 km, which is leading to unnecessary cost escalations,? he said.

The proposed expansion is divided into five works. Pondy-Krishnagiri Road, Sonagiri forest area, Hill round road, Kanji road and Anna arch road. The majority of widening has been already carried out except in the Sonagiri forest area.

Local activists have promised that a separate census with the help of locals will occur on the number of trees felled and submit it before the Tribunal at the next hearing. They remarked:

?Every tree is part of a 600-year-old heritage attached to the sacred hill. Many are several hundred years old. To our estimate, 50 trees are already cut. The footpath that the contractors are laying is unscientific covering the root area, harming growth of the trees. If you cut a 300-year-old banyan tree that can shelter 50 pilgrims and compensate with 10 saplings, what purpose will it serve? he asked"

the attached photo shows   Girivalam roadway Outside Rajarajeshwari Temple 2009

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hear from tiruvannamalai as under:
 "Friends,
GOOD NEWS FOR NOW!!
ARUNACHALA has worked its GRACE on everyone.
Our stay order is standing. The Judge said NO TREES WILL BE CUT. The govt has to come up with another plan.
The Collector for TIRUVANNAMALAI was transferred last night. We now also need to wait for new Collector.
Next Court date is 17th August!
Keep praying for the beautiful life giving trees and a green, shaded walkable for all Girivalam Heritage Path.
Did you know that this path was laid over 600 years ago?! Yes, there's proof! Awesome!!"

Thanks to all who have worked for this result. The trees will remember you long after we, mere bodies are gone. But WE, of course, will always be there ever
Thanks to all  honorary foreigners who serve Ramana with love.

om namo bhagavathe Sri ramanaya

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The below article appears in today?s "The Hindu", regarding a strike in Tiruvannamalai scheduled to take place on July 20, 2016 in response to the serious deforestation of Arunachala Girivalam forests.
Token strike on July 20 over girivalam project
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/token-strike-on-july-20-over-girivalam-project/article8864390.ece

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General Discussion / Stellar devotee passes away
« on: July 18, 2016, 08:00:39 AM »
there is  a sad report that:

"Ashram is served by many devotees who don?t live in the ashram. One such devotee is T V Venkatraman. He rendered invaluable proof-reading service from his residence in Chennai. All ashram publications in English were carefully and meticulously proofed by him. We are sad to report that this great devotee attained the lotus feet of Bhagavan on Friday July 15th. He was 87 years old and is survived by his daughter and son.
During the early days of penury at the ashram Venkatraman?s help was enormous. They used to print the books first and allow the ashram to pay according to its financial convenience. Swami Ramanananda Saraswati (formerly T N Venkatraman and former president of Ramana ashram) used to affectionately call him ?Jupiter? because he was associated with Jupiter press. His greatness can be judged by the reactions of those who for whom he offered his professional service. The editor of the Mountain path Chris Quilkey writes ?I am in deep shock. This is news I did not want to hear. He was a rock to us all and now it is gone. But I am happy for T V Venkatraman as I am sure he is now in a better place after a lifetime of service. What a wonderful person. He helped me so much in the beginning with his humble and respectful ways. Michael Highburger the editor of Saranagathi newspaper writes ?Too sad. But , you know, that day we took the photo together back in May, you could feel that it was the last time we would see him. He even almost said it. Thankfully we got to see him one last time. What a wonderful soul. I shall truly miss him?.Anand Ramanan remembers the day about 30 years ago when he wept to witness the sale of Jupiter press in Mount Road. He says ?Venkatraman was a pillar of strength to the ashram. KVS mama says ?very unassuming, self-effacing devotee. He was a perfectionist when it came to proof-reading. He would not even miss a comma.?

May his soul rest in Eternal Peace.


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i get an update from thiruvannamalai as under:

 "The below article dated July, 11 is from a National newspaper about the ongoing controversy concerning the deforestation of trees along the Arunachala Girivalam Pathway.

The article reads:

?Despite by the stay order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against felling of trees along the Girivalam for the road widening project, the young trees, sacred grooves saplings and branches of-grown trees have been continuously facing the axe.

On Saturday night, two well-grown trees Forest Flame and Villam adjacent to Chandra Lingam were uprooted using an earthmover by the contractors on the Girivalam path. The uprooted trees were found dumped in Sriharam Lake.

Advocate and petitioner in the case P K Dhananjeyan said that he spotted the contractors uprooting the young trees and clearing the shrubs on the stretch at about 8 pm on Saturday.

He intervened and questioned the contractor for carrying the works despite the NGT order and District Collector's order. In the meantime, the environmental activists also reached the spot. Sensing the situation, the contractor and workers winded up the work.

'Though the workers tried to cover up the illegal felling of the trees, we searched and found the uprooted trees dumped in Sriharam Lake near the Girivalam path today (Sunday) morning," said Dhananjeyan.

The Collector, after conducting an inspection along the path on last Monday, said that the work along the Girivalam path should be stopped. Contradictory to the Collector's statement, the work has been still going on.

Calling the act of the contractors as a total disregard for the NGT order, activist Kumar Ambayeram of Tiruvannamalai said that the State Highways have been destroying the ancient and native forest in the name of the development project. "Several hundreds of the trees, sacred grove and shrubs were destroyed under the disguise of clearing the bushes by the officials. They are continuing the work and causing irreparable damage to the ancient forest,' he said.

The drainage laying work is still in progress. The contractors have been digging up the pit to a depth of five to six feet and pouring the concrete mixture. In the process, they have knocked down several young trees and caused severe damage to the roots of the trees.?


our chief minister Ms JJ is  pious and will reverse the order in favour of not felling the trees once she is given the right information and  losses thereon. Is there any who can ensure direct appointment with CM?. there are  activists whom i met there who are ready to go and  meet CM with a  memorandum requesting her intervention at this juncture .Any influential  in this forum who can secure a direct appointment with CM???

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very much worth relating now...................

எங்கே செல்லும் இந்த கிரிவலப் பாதை??

http://tamil.thehindu.com/general/environment/%E0%AE%8E%E0%AE%99%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%95%E0%AF%87-%E0%AE%9A%E0%AF%86%E0%AE%B2%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%B2%E0%AF%81%E0%AE%AE%E0%AF%8D-%E0%AE%87%E0%AE%A8%E0%AF%8D%E0%AE%A4-%E0%AE%95%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%B0%E0%AE%BF%E0%AE%B5%E0%AE%B2%E0%AE%AA%E0%AF%8D-%E0%AE%AA%E0%AE%BE%E0%AE%A4%E0%AF%88/article8828340.ece

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correct,shri nagaraj .we have to be with the momentum.
practising cleanliness, hygiene and being fellow citizen's centric >>>> dont know when we will learn!!! 

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a friend  from thiruvannamalai writes:
"Rs. 65 crore Girivalam Path expansion: the so-called "drainage ditch" with the bottom lined with mixture of cement concrete and granite gravel. According to reports in the media, a new 7 to 10 metre wide roadway will be situated to the right of the "drainage ditch". This will intrude upon all manner of lands, private and public, temple and forest, with utter disregard of the long-established sanctity of the Holy Hill as historically defined by the 14-km pradakshina road. Please look forward to the new and expanded Girivalam Path, coming soon to your neighbourhood."

National Green Tribunal, Chennai Bench, suo moto stay order till 20th July.


The insanity of bureaucrats and businessmen is mind boggling...I wonder if these people are human...how can someone not love a tree and that too those in the most sacred place of the world which keeps on giving and giving and not demanding anything from any one living....I will never understand the cause to fell

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Girivalam road tree cutting issue taken by green tribunal Chennai. Honourable justice Jodhi mani took this case as a sumoto case and gave stay order for tree cutting and gave the notice to the collector, polution control board, pwd, forest department this adjourn to 20 th July because of the English Hindu News this was possible.
Thanks to all friends who supported and joined hands.................. :)

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girivalam trees saving chain

https://www.facebook.com/karunasindhu88/videos/1152031881485651/

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A petition was presented to the Collector at Tiruvannamalai asking that no more trees be cut around the Arunachala Girivalam Roadway in connection with further road development of this area. The Petition reads:


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"Sir, The proposed widening of the Arunachala Girivalam / Pradakshina road by the Tiruvannamalai administration will lead to an irreplaceable loss of ancient trees, forest lands, sacred groves, and cause considerable damage to sacred tanks and temples. The farmers whose lands will be acquired for the project will also be severely affected. Any relocation or shift of this ancient walkway, will also be an incalculable loss of our historical and cultural heritage to presThe project, which in some places involves re-routing of the road, will cause irreparable damage to the Sona-Giri sacred grove, the only intact sacred grove on mount Arunachala. It is home to Spotted Deer, Langur, Indian Porcupine, Jungle Cat, Small Indian Civet, Palm Civet and more. Over 70 species of birds, monitor lizards, numerous snake species and the endangered Indian Star Tortoise can be found there. This rich number and diversity of wildlife, which is already protected under longstanding Indian laws, has been put in harm?s way by the proposed Girivalam Road expansion which will also adversely affect the two sacred thirtams within the grove.

The project will also lead to the loss of a number of ancient tamarind trees that provide shade to the barefooted pilgrims who undertake the Girivalam and many Sadhus who live under them. Even if new trees are planted in their place, they will take decades to reach a similar size and stature. Already some 30 tamarind trees have been lost as a direct result of the pavement construction on the left side of the Girivalam Road in recent years.

The present route of the Arunachala Girivalam path follows one that dates back centuries. It was formally marked during Pandya times centuries ago following a route already long in existence at this time. The marker stones laid down by the king were still visible until recently. Any change in this route will be a loss of cultural and historical heritage, cherished by pilgrims around the world.

The planned expansion of the path also cuts into a number of ?Rest-a-While? parks created by the administration for the benefit of pilgrims and local wildlife. These parks provide a tranquil resting spot for those doing the 13 km Pradakshina, and enhance the protective buffer for adjacent Reserved Forest lands.

Unchecked development around the Arunachala hill has already placed extreme pressure on the forest areas and the wildlife therein.

We appeal to the relevant authorities to immediately stop all tree felling, and devise an alternative plan that will preserve the irreplaceable existing forests, avenue trees, and sacred groves; to make improvements to the pilgrimage experience by regulating the vehicular traffic thus creating a peaceful atmosphere, without the loss of forest or revenue land around the sacred hill Arunachala. Thank you. On behalf of concerned devotees"

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The above photo has relevance to the below text posted  by a friend of mine in FB
"I have been trying to post this morning's story all day, but for some reason it is not posting. It is just sitting and spinning on my iPhone.. So rewriting from memory on this iPad while my phone keeps spinning.
ALL BULLDOZING HAS STOPPED FOR NOW!!!
There were over 100, someone said 200, people at the Girivalam road this morning, including media. Mostly Tamilians. We stood in a long line holding hands while the media clicked and videoed away. People spoke. The bulldozer man came also and was spoken to and said he wouldn't doze until after our meeting with the Collector at 10am, so he went up the road. As we were standing there speaking, we noticed that he was working as his lights were on, and we went up the road to see that he had knocked down an old tree. Very angry, the people told him to stop and then staged a road-roko and sat down and blocked the road. The police came and words were spoken. Finally they promised to not doze till after the Collectors meeting. Gauri and I "occupied" the bulldozer, as the driver went down the street, until the police came and told us to get out!!!! 😝
We then went to the Collectors and had our meeting with him. At 10am, about 30 of us went and met the Collector. He told us the plans. Then many people spoke of why this should not happen this way, to doze down the old trees, destroy the environment, the sacredness, legality, practicality. He listened and agreed to stop the destruction now and wait until our next meeting. He also doesn't want the trees cut.
When our next meeting is we don't know yet, but I bet not too long from now.
I feel, we, as a community, need to come up with alternate, creative and workable plans to fulfill the proposed plan in effect: ambulance road or way to hospital, toilets, rest areas for the pilgrims during Girivalam. Plans that don't include cutting down the trees to make this happen.
Don't forget, this is basically to fulfill a once a month occurrence, so no need to cut trees, but we need to be part of the solution, not only complain of the destruction. We need to put our heads together on this. I already have some ideas. We all need to help. We need to do this now.
I was told there will be a Facebook page on this and a WhatsApp group, so we can talk and share ideas. Please join.
Also, if anyone sees the dozer working on Girivalam road, please get in touch with one of us, as we need to stop it. Dev Gogoi, Sanda, Vijay Karthik, Me, Armand..... There are many.
All I can say is such sadness for the trees already brought down... 😔
....... Let there be Peace ..... Let there be Peace ..... OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti ....."

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