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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Last post by atmavichar100 on September 19, 2019, 07:46:48 PM »
General topics / Re: Quotes of Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
« Last post by atmavichar100 on September 18, 2019, 08:49:25 PM »
General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Last post by atmavichar100 on September 18, 2019, 07:54:10 PM »
I presented to the Maharshi the Awadhoota Gita and the Ashtavakra Gita and drew His attention to the first verse of the Awadhoota Gita, which says : "It is only through the grace of God that in men with knowledge is born a desire to experience cosmic unity, a desire which protects them from the great dangers of Samsara (worldly life)."
With infinite compassion in His eyes the Maharshi looked at me and instructed one of the followers to bring a book. This was the Maha Bhakta Vijayam. Bhagavan opened the book and began to read. (I noted with awe that the book opened exactly at the page where He intended to read.)
The look, which the Maharshi gives you, is a question. At least I felt it so. The question is: "I see a unity, but you keep grasping at the variety. Why don't you know yourself properly and realise your true Self?". Nothing is so helpful as the august presence of the Maharshi for those who seriously intend to progress on the spiritual path.

There is spiritual communication and kindliness in His looks, eliciting what is best in a person. His presence acts as a catalyst, enabling us to secure our spiritual yearning. There is grace and benignity in the way He looks at the devotees as mother looks at her children.

- Manu Subedar, MP, Face to face, Page 28
General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Last post by atmavichar100 on September 18, 2019, 07:10:18 AM »
General topics / Re: Buddhist Teachings and Practices
« Last post by Jewell on September 17, 2019, 06:28:25 AM »
Mahamudra, the royal way, is free
from every word and sacred symbol.
For you alone, beloved Naropa,
this wonderful song springs forth from Tilopa
as spontaneous friendship that never ends.

The completely open nature
of all dimensions and events
is a rainbow always occurring
yet never grasped.
The way of Mahamudra
creates no closure.
No strenuous mental effort
can encounter this wide open way.
The effortless freedom of awareness
moves naturally along it. 

General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Last post by Jewell on September 17, 2019, 05:58:46 AM »
  A sign of spiritual life is the immersion of a person within himself
 and the hidden workings within his heart.

St Serafim of Sarov
General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Last post by Jewell on September 17, 2019, 05:38:36 AM »
Your love for one another
Will prove to the world
That you are my disciples.

John 13:35
General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Last post by Jewell on September 17, 2019, 05:23:57 AM »
God says:
"Whomsoever you love more than me,
I will take away from you."
And adds:
"Do not say; " I cannot live without him/her."
-I will make you live without him/her."
And the season passes.
The branches of tree providing shade become dry.
Patience runs out.
The person whom you think as a part of you
turns out to be a stranger.
Your mind startles.
Even your friend turns out to be your enemy,
Your enemy turns out to be your friend.
The person whom you love more than life
Betrays you.
Such a strange world!
Whenever you think:"It never occurs."-
It occurs.
You say:"I am not falling",
Yet you fall.
You say:"I don't get amazed."-
Yet, you get amazed.
The most weird thing is this;
You keep on saying:"I died."
Yet you live..

General Discussion / Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Last post by Jewell on September 17, 2019, 04:55:00 AM »
What are you to do when you are placed in the world? Give up everything to Him, resign yourself to Him, and there will be no more trouble for you. Then you will come to know that everything is done by His will.

Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa

This video is so beautiful ,
That it left me speechless. We are never alone..
only ego is ...
The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: The Human Gospel of Ramana Maharshi
« Last post by Krishnan on September 17, 2019, 03:29:30 AM »
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Sri Niranjananandaswami (Chinna Swami) II

Later, T. P. Ramachandra Iyer said to me that once there was an altercation in the management and Nagasundaram was involved in it. Bhagavan often muttered under his breath while going up the hill, What can I do? I have given her my word. Ramachandra Iyer could not understand and asked, Bhagavan, what are you saying? Bhagavan replied, When my brother came here, my mother took an assurance from me that I will not leave him and that I will protect him and keep him here with me. What can I do?

When Nagasundaram came to Skandashram, having been beaten by life's trials, he became an ascetic, too. He took to austere living and begged in the streets of Tiruvannamalai for food. By that time, Ramana Maharshi had written Who am I and Five Hymns to Arunachala. These were the prevalent books, on which many devotees meditated or sang from. Nagasundaram contemplated, studied, and lived a reclusive life. Kavyakantha Ganapati Muni had already named Brahmana Swami as Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi. When he met Nagasundaram, Bhagavan's brother, he could see that Bhagavan was paying attention to him. He, too, therefore wanted to assist in helping him. ―Why don't you take the traditional step of taking sanyasa and donning the ochre robe? He suggested. Nayana also assigned him the name Niranjanananda Swami. The name means ―an imperishable one. Given the complicated name, everybody started calling him Chinna Swami, Junior Swami, as Bhagavan, his elder brother, was the senior Swami.

When Mother Alagammal dropped the body, Chinna Swami was among those who carried the body down the hill and brought it to the thorny, bushy place, which is now Ramanashram. With help from the others, he buried her body in the samadhi. Kavyakantha insisted that he must perform pooja for it. As was customary, a lingam was placed over her body. But while this is usually taken off after some time, they let it remain there. Kavyakantha said, ―You must perform pooja with all rituals because this is not just a tomb. It is a temple of immortality since Bhagavan has liberated your mother and she is no more an ordinary bodily person. She is at one with God. Kavyakantha named the temple ―Matrabhuteshwara, which means ―God in the form of Mother. In this way, Chinna Swami was influenced to take to worship and stayed there doing pooja every day, while Bhagavan stayed on at Skandashram.

One day, Chinna Swami sent word to Bhagavan that he was going to make dosas the next day. It was considered a delicacy and he said he would bring it to Skandashram. Early the next morning, Chinna Swami heard a sweet voice saying ―Is there any food for an athithi? Athithi means a wayfarer or a guest. It was none other than Bhagavan's voice, identifying himself as a guest. The Mother's shrine was the nucleus for the present Ramanashram, and Bhagavan stayed there, never as the owner, but as a guest until his last day. It was always someone else who managed the Ashram. In 1929, after Seshadri Swami passed away, some lawyers told Bhagavan that there were a lot of litigations that had to be managed. Therefore, they advised that someone should be officially appointed as the sole manager of the Ashram. Everyone wanted Nayana to don this mantle but Bhagavan turned to Nayana and said, ―It seems Pichai wants to do this. Let him become the manager and take the burden on himself. Kavyakantha told all his devotees, ―It is Bhagavan's injunction and we should support it. From that day on Kavyakantha's disciples always supported Chinna Swami in his role as manager. In 1930, Bhagavan was asked to execute a will, which stated that the family of Niranjanananda Swami would manage the material aspects of the Ashram and that it would not have any spiritual successor to Bhagavan.

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