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« Reply #108 on: May 04, 2016, 01:02:43 PM »
I saw the Maha Nirvana day celebrations in the computer. It was quite nice. Various abhishekams, and
alankaram and arti were seen by me. 

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« Reply #109 on: July 28, 2016, 11:56:51 PM »
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« Reply #110 on: August 01, 2016, 11:17:17 AM »
Today is the Punarvasu day of the Tamizh month of Ashada.  Punarvasu is the birth star of Sri
Bhagavan.  Every Punarvasu star day, there will be good abhikshekam, alankaram, and arti
for Sri Ramaneswara Mahalingm.

There will be such celebrations today, followed by good lunch with sweets.  The crowds will be
quite large.



Muruganar has composed a poem called Punarvasu VaNNam (the glory of punarvasu) and this can be seen in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.

I shall give in this context, some translations from Guru Vachaka Kovai of Muruganar.

Destruction of Mind:

913. Unsteady and wavering minds find only
        Failure and frustration always.

914. The restless mind moves with a speed
        That shames the God of Wind . To starve it,
        So that it, like a cripple, stays
        Totally immobile is to attain
        Actual Immortality.

915. It is true wisdom to pluck out
        Before they grow too strong the weeds
        Of lust and anger and greed, and keep
        The mind serene and self contained
        Like a vast ocean deep and calm
        Untroubled by a single ripple
        Raised by any wind.

918.  He who has vanquished thought, he only
         Sits like an emperor on the neck
         Of the  majestic elephant, Jnana,
         Know for certain that the mind's
         Movements alone give rise to birth
         And every cruel pain and sorrow.

920.   Even as the ego does not die
          Unless the Self's  glance falls on it,
          The painful dream of this phenomenal
          World will never disappear
           Unless the mind meets glorious death.

Arunachala Siva.   
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« Reply #111 on: August 01, 2016, 05:17:28 PM »
"Today is the Punarvasu day of the Tamizh month of Ashada.  Punarvasu is the birth star of Sri
Bhagavan.  Every Punarvasu star day, there will be good abhikshekam, alankaram, and arti
for Sri Ramaneswara Mahalingm."

Indeed. Not only the maha lingam but the mothers shrine and Nataraja had good alankarams. Punarvasu vanam song was recited.


"There will be such celebrations today, followed by good lunch with sweets. "

Yes. The prasadam and the lunch that followed were excellent.


 "The crowds will be quite large."

Surprisingly did not seem very large by Punarvasu standards.



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« Reply #112 on: August 26, 2016, 02:46:48 AM »
Ashram offered solemn worship to Lord Krishna on the sacred occasion of Janmashtami or the birth of Lord Krishna. As is well known Bhagavan reached Arunachala on the day after Janamashtami. Srimati Nagamma describes a scene in Sri Ramansram as follows;I was reminded of Lord Krishna in Repalle when I saw the grand spectacle of Bhagavan standing in the midst of the cows in the Gosala. Not only this, in Brahma Vaivartha Purana it is stated that Krishna is the Paramatma, the Lord of the cow world, and that Radha is Prakriti. The theory in that Purana is that Radha and Madhava are Prakriti and Purusha-the inseparable pair. Standing with his body bent slightly to the left, and with his left hand on Lakshmi, and with the walking stick in his right hand, looking as if it was a flute, with a sparkling smile on the face like the foam on the waves of the ocean of ananda, with a compassionate look towards the group of devotees that had gathered along with the herd of cows, Sri Ramana, the embodiment of grace, it is no surprise if one were reminded of Lord Krishna Himself standing with crossed legs, resting on his toes and playing exquisitely on the flute. If that Krishna is Ramana, what are we to say of our Lakshmi who appears to have been completely oblivious of this world with her ears hanging down, with her eyes closed and enjoying transcendental bliss caused by the touch of Bhagavan's hands on her body Shall I say that she is the embodiment of Prakriti in the shape of Radha? Otherwise, how could she understand human language.

Sri Ramana Maharshi has several times explained the inner significance of Srimad Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna had to do the fighting. So Krishna said, Place all the burden on Me, do your duty; you are merely an instrument. I will see to everything. Nothing will bother you. But then, before one surrenders to God, one should know who it is that surrenders. Unless all thoughts are given up there cant be surrender. Further Bhagavan says:  What exactly did Lord Krishna tell Arjuna He told him, the deed will get done according to the doing. I am the doer watching the whole thing from above. Why do you worry? It is your body which does the killing of your relatives. Are you the body? No! Why then this bondage for you? Renounce the idea, he said. This means that he asks Arjuna to do the thing but to give up the feeling that it is he that is doing it. That is personal effort. The feeling that one is, or is not, the body, comes from one's own ignorance. One only has to give up that feeling; that which one has, one must oneself reject. Who else can do it? If by personal effort that bondage is removed, action, under the orders of the doer, Iswara, goes on of its own accord. Every one has his work allotted to him and he will do it automatically. Why should one worry? Arjuna, when he felt that it was not proper to kill his relatives, was only told to give up the feeling that he was the doer, yet it was Arjuna himself who ultimately fought. By listening to the Gita, he lost the feeling of being the doer and the doubt he had had was no longer there. The work had to be done with that particular body, and it was done.

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« Reply #113 on: August 26, 2016, 08:20:24 AM »
 The ashram was crowded for Janmashtami. The Narayana Seva seemed to go on for an hour and the line was the longest I have seen for some time outside of Deepam day. But it was well managed.

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« Reply #115 on: January 14, 2017, 12:34:23 AM »
from the newsletters Newyork Ashramam Jan 2017

The Old Hall Rises in the New World

When Srimati Kalyanamathy Rathinasamy said that she wanted to bring Sri Bhagavan to Tampa, we understood that the Bhagavan she was intending to bring was already residing within her own heart. Yet, her aspiration was to have him manifest physically in the best way she saw possible by replicating the very building in which Sri Bhagavan resided for over 20 years  the blessed space now known as The Old Hall of Sri Ramanasramam.

THE devotees of the Tampa Sri Ramana Satsang and those of Arunachala Ashrama, New York offered to assist her so as to make her dream come true. Her husband, Dr. Palani Rathinasamy, shared her aspiration and spared no effort to realize her vision, supporting and encouraging her at every step. Sri Ramanasramam provided unreserved assistance with their advice, photos and measurements of all the elements that make up the Old Hall. Sri V. S. Mani even hand-carried to the USA a piece of floor stone from the original Old Hall that was recovered from the 1986 reconstruction of the original Old Hall. This stone was embedded into the new hall's floor near Bhagavan's couch so all devotees who prostrate before Him in Tampa might place their head on stone that Bhagavan once consecrated with his holy feet.
 Smt. Mathy & Dr. Rathinasamy
Smt. Mathy & Dr. Rathinasamy

The President of Sri Ramanasramam graciously wrote:
Smt. Mathy and Dr. Rathinasamy, Thank you for inviting us to the Inauguration function of The Old Hall Replica today in Tampa, Thursday, the 29th December 2016. It gives us immense joy to know that the replica hall has come out very well and almost resembles the Old Hall here, one of the most sacred places to Sri Bhagavan's devotees. Our congratulations to you and your team on behalf of the Ashram. It shows the dedication, effort and hard work of the entire team.
We wish the function all success. We are certain that the replica hall will continue to be a source of the guiding presence and inspiration of our Master Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.
We seek His Blessings and Grace on the entire team of devotees.
Yours in Bhagavan,

President, V. S. Ramanan
James Hartel of New York produced designs for the contractor and oversaw all the woodwork construction; he traveled to Tampa several times to consult with the contractor and even worked on the construction himself.
When Suri Nagamma encountered many obstacles in the writing of her Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, she was told by a wise friend, śrēyāṁsi bahu vighnāni (Good works encounter several obstacles). And so it was with Mathy's dream of replicating the Old Hall in Tampa.
 new 'Old Hall' inside view
click to see a larger image

Every step on her path met with countless road blocks and delays. But Mathy and Dr. Rathinasami calmly weathered them all with the faith that Bhagavan would somehow get the work done, not on their timetable, but on His. And done it was, in a remarkable fashion.
Right up to the night prior to the griha pravesham and inauguration, January 29th, work was in full swing. The following morning, when the 80 devotees from the Sri Ramana Jayanti Retreat in Tampa arrived, all were spellbound by the likeness to the blessed Old Hall sanctified by the presence of Sri Ramana and most particularly by the palpable presence of Bhagavan which they now experienced. It felt as if the Master had chosen to reside in His new abode in Tampa for the purpose of making our minds subside. More than one person commented that the moment they walked into the Old Hall they became totally disoriented, that their minds blanked out, their body numbed, and that they remained in total peace. Coming back to themselves they realized that, in reality, they had not been 'disoriented' but, rather, they had become reoriented to their true Nature. The state that they had previously experienced was now understood by them to be the disoriented one. Sri Bhagavan's presence was felt intensely by so many on that first day as the Ganesha Puja and homa were performed. This was followed by the chanting of Aksharamanamalai and other works.

To the gathering in the new Old Hall that morning Mathy spoke a few quiet words of welcome to the devotees and expressed her heartfelt gratitude to Bhagavan for fulfilling her humble desire to bring His presence to Tampa. Dr. Venkat Ramanan, President V. S. Ramanan's son, welcomed the devotees and expressed his gratitude to the Tampa satsang, Mathy and Dr. Rathinasamy. Dennis Hartel of Arunachala Ashrama also offered a few words of recognition to those who worked so hard to produce this living monument that will serve to transmit Sri Bhagavan's grace to seekers here in North America.
 new 'Old Hall' outside view
click to see a larger image

Incidentally, a model of a small white cow was used symbolically to enter the hall first, and the image of that cow reminded devotees of Bhagavan's cow Lakshmi who would brazenly enter through the south door of the Old Hall unmindful of all the devotees sitting before her as she marched straight to her Master's sofa.

The following Saturday morning, December 31st, all the retreat attendees returned to the the Old Hall and resounded it with the singing of Aksharamanamalai, Ramana Sadguru and other hymns in praise of Bhagavan and Arunachala. These were interspersed with graphic readings of incidents that had occurred in the Old Hall during Bhagavan's lifetime. The teachings and scenes described gripped the devotees as if they were actually happening before their very eyes, so much was the Divine Presence felt during those few hours.
To those who have never visited Sri Ramanasramam, or to those who may not, for any reason, be able to do so in the future, and to all devotees of Sri Ramana old and new, we unreservedly recommend a visit to this Old Hall replica, a most remarkable building from which the grace of the Master is bound to penetrate the hearts of sincere seekers for years to come.

There are no facilities there for guests but access to North America's Old Hall is easily arranged by calling or emailing Mathy or Dr. Rathinasami 813.685.8843 / mathy at rathinasamy.com.
Also, photos of the new Old Hall and Tampa Retreat programs can be accessed online at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/150835993@N02/albums

 
Sri Ramana Maharshi's 137th Jayanti Retreat in Tampa
THIS year the Jayanti retreat began on the morning of Thursday, 29th December. About 80 devotees traveled to attend from the East Coast to the West, from Canada to South America. It was a joyous gathering of brothers and sisters united under the gracious glance and loving presence of Bhagavan Ramana.
Each morning of the retreat began at 6 AM with Morning Veda Parayana. A half hour of readings by various devotees followed. From 7:15 to 7:45 Sri Lalita Sahasranam Stotram was recited, silent meditation then continued until 8:30. Most evenings we listened to the Evening Veda Parayana at 5 PM followed by meditation till 6:30. After meals and free time, devotees gathered again for chanting and more silent meditation.

In the afternoons there were several presentations. Dr. Venkat Ramanan captivated all with his talk on the significance of the Old Hall. There were video interviews, taped by Rohit Vaidya in November 2016 at Sri Ramanasramam, of President Sri V. S. Ramanan, Sri V. S. Mani and Michael Highberger. The computer room staff at the Ashram did an excellent job of editing the President's interview; the other two interviews were edited by Rohit himself. On another day, Dennis Hartel gave a presentation with numerous photos to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Arunachala Ashrama, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi Center in the USA and Canada.
On Thursday morning, devotees traveled to the new Old Hall, about 10 miles from the Franciscan Center. As described in the previous article, during the morning hours all gathered for the inauguration pujas, talks and songs. Lunch was served in the Vishnu Mandir, a few minutes walk down the street. At 3 PM the Jayanti Puja at the Hindu Temple of Florida (next to the Vishnu Temple) began. A beautiful bust photo of Bhagavan, another of Arunachala, a large stone from the Holy Mountain and a Siva Lingam were the objects of worship. Eleven devotees chanted the Rudram and other mantras, an elaborate puja was performed by the head priest and prasadam was distributed. This event on the first day of the retreat invariably serves to open and purify the hearts of the devotees so that the Master's grace may enter their hearts unimpeded in the following days.
Devotees attending the Sri Ramana Jayanti Retreat, Tampa, FL

As our retreat neared its end, the New Year was just arriving. Most of the devotees joined together in the shrine singing Bhagavan's and Muruganar's works and other chants. The children of the retreat stood together in front of us and delightfully told us the life story of Bhagavan. At 11:30 PM Aksharamanamalai began, singing the Arunachala Siva refrain after each verse. While our voices rose in harmony, firecrackers exploded in the sky from across the Hillsborough River and New Year arrived. Bells rang, prasad was distributed and Arunachala Siva, Arunachala Siva, Arunachala Siva, Arunachala!continued till well after midnight. Devotees lingered on, embraced in the glow of the New Year ushered in with the vibrant presence of Bhagavan and the warmth of friendship.

The devotees attending the last four retreats, or any one of them, continue to be amazed by the meticulous, thorough planning and execution of all the inspiring elements of these Ramana Jayanti Retreats in Tampa. Rohit Vaidya and his dedicated team of sevaks cannot be praised adequately for all they have done to create an Ashram-like home for the devotees and seekers traveling to Tampa from all parts of this hemisphere. May Sri Bhagavan himself ever abide in their hearts and in the hearts of all.
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from the newsletters Newyork Ashramam Jan 2017

The Old Hall Rises in the New World

When Srimati Kalyanamathy Rathinasamy said that she wanted to bring Sri Bhagavan to Tampa, we understood that the Bhagavan she was intending to bring was already residing within her own heart. Yet, her aspiration was to have him manifest physically in the best way she saw possible by replicating the very building in which Sri Bhagavan resided for over 20 years  the blessed space now known as The Old Hall of Sri Ramanasramam.

THE devotees of the Tampa Sri Ramana Satsang and those of Arunachala Ashrama, New York offered to assist her so as to make her dream come true. Her husband, Dr. Palani Rathinasamy, shared her aspiration and spared no effort to realize her vision, supporting and encouraging her at every step. Sri Ramanasramam provided unreserved assistance with their advice, photos and measurements of all the elements that make up the Old Hall. Sri V. S. Mani even hand-carried to the USA a piece of floor stone from the original Old Hall that was recovered from the 1986 reconstruction of the original Old Hall. This stone was embedded into the new hall's floor near Bhagavan's couch so all devotees who prostrate before Him in Tampa might place their head on stone that Bhagavan once consecrated with his holy feet.
 Smt. Mathy & Dr. Rathinasamy
Smt. Mathy & Dr. Rathinasamy

The President of Sri Ramanasramam graciously wrote:
Smt. Mathy and Dr. Rathinasamy, Thank you for inviting us to the Inauguration function of The Old Hall Replica today in Tampa, Thursday, the 29th December 2016. It gives us immense joy to know that the replica hall has come out very well and almost resembles the Old Hall here, one of the most sacred places to Sri Bhagavan's devotees. Our congratulations to you and your team on behalf of the Ashram. It shows the dedication, effort and hard work of the entire team.
We wish the function all success. We are certain that the replica hall will continue to be a source of the guiding presence and inspiration of our Master Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.
We seek His Blessings and Grace on the entire team of devotees.
Yours in Bhagavan,

President, V. S. Ramanan
James Hartel of New York produced designs for the contractor and oversaw all the woodwork construction; he traveled to Tampa several times to consult with the contractor and even worked on the construction himself.
When Suri Nagamma encountered many obstacles in the writing of her Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, she was told by a wise friend, śrēyāṁsi bahu vighnāni (Good works encounter several obstacles). And so it was with Mathy's dream of replicating the Old Hall in Tampa.
 new 'Old Hall' inside view
click to see a larger image

Every step on her path met with countless road blocks and delays. But Mathy and Dr. Rathinasami calmly weathered them all with the faith that Bhagavan would somehow get the work done, not on their timetable, but on His. And done it was, in a remarkable fashion.
Right up to the night prior to the griha pravesham and inauguration, January 29th, work was in full swing. The following morning, when the 80 devotees from the Sri Ramana Jayanti Retreat in Tampa arrived, all were spellbound by the likeness to the blessed Old Hall sanctified by the presence of Sri Ramana and most particularly by the palpable presence of Bhagavan which they now experienced. It felt as if the Master had chosen to reside in His new abode in Tampa for the purpose of making our minds subside. More than one person commented that the moment they walked into the Old Hall they became totally disoriented, that their minds blanked out, their body numbed, and that they remained in total peace. Coming back to themselves they realized that, in reality, they had not been 'disoriented' but, rather, they had become reoriented to their true Nature. The state that they had previously experienced was now understood by them to be the disoriented one. Sri Bhagavan's presence was felt intensely by so many on that first day as the Ganesha Puja and homa were performed. This was followed by the chanting of Aksharamanamalai and other works.

To the gathering in the new Old Hall that morning Mathy spoke a few quiet words of welcome to the devotees and expressed her heartfelt gratitude to Bhagavan for fulfilling her humble desire to bring His presence to Tampa. Dr. Venkat Ramanan, President V. S. Ramanan's son, welcomed the devotees and expressed his gratitude to the Tampa satsang, Mathy and Dr. Rathinasamy. Dennis Hartel of Arunachala Ashrama also offered a few words of recognition to those who worked so hard to produce this living monument that will serve to transmit Sri Bhagavan's grace to seekers here in North America.
 new 'Old Hall' outside view
click to see a larger image

Incidentally, a model of a small white cow was used symbolically to enter the hall first, and the image of that cow reminded devotees of Bhagavan's cow Lakshmi who would brazenly enter through the south door of the Old Hall unmindful of all the devotees sitting before her as she marched straight to her Master's sofa.

The following Saturday morning, December 31st, all the retreat attendees returned to the the Old Hall and resounded it with the singing of Aksharamanamalai, Ramana Sadguru and other hymns in praise of Bhagavan and Arunachala. These were interspersed with graphic readings of incidents that had occurred in the Old Hall during Bhagavan's lifetime. The teachings and scenes described gripped the devotees as if they were actually happening before their very eyes, so much was the Divine Presence felt during those few hours.
To those who have never visited Sri Ramanasramam, or to those who may not, for any reason, be able to do so in the future, and to all devotees of Sri Ramana old and new, we unreservedly recommend a visit to this Old Hall replica, a most remarkable building from which the grace of the Master is bound to penetrate the hearts of sincere seekers for years to come.

There are no facilities there for guests but access to North America's Old Hall is easily arranged by calling or emailing Mathy or Dr. Rathinasami 813.685.8843 / mathy at rathinasamy.com.
Also, photos of the new Old Hall and Tampa Retreat programs can be accessed online at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/150835993@N02/albums

 
Sri Ramana Maharshi's 137th Jayanti Retreat in Tampa
THIS year the Jayanti retreat began on the morning of Thursday, 29th December. About 80 devotees traveled to attend from the East Coast to the West, from Canada to South America. It was a joyous gathering of brothers and sisters united under the gracious glance and loving presence of Bhagavan Ramana.
Each morning of the retreat began at 6 AM with Morning Veda Parayana. A half hour of readings by various devotees followed. From 7:15 to 7:45 Sri Lalita Sahasranam Stotram was recited, silent meditation then continued until 8:30. Most evenings we listened to the Evening Veda Parayana at 5 PM followed by meditation till 6:30. After meals and free time, devotees gathered again for chanting and more silent meditation.

In the afternoons there were several presentations. Dr. Venkat Ramanan captivated all with his talk on the significance of the Old Hall. There were video interviews, taped by Rohit Vaidya in November 2016 at Sri Ramanasramam, of President Sri V. S. Ramanan, Sri V. S. Mani and Michael Highberger. The computer room staff at the Ashram did an excellent job of editing the President's interview; the other two interviews were edited by Rohit himself. On another day, Dennis Hartel gave a presentation with numerous photos to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of Arunachala Ashrama, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi Center in the USA and Canada.
On Thursday morning, devotees traveled to the new Old Hall, about 10 miles from the Franciscan Center. As described in the previous article, during the morning hours all gathered for the inauguration pujas, talks and songs. Lunch was served in the Vishnu Mandir, a few minutes walk down the street. At 3 PM the Jayanti Puja at the Hindu Temple of Florida (next to the Vishnu Temple) began. A beautiful bust photo of Bhagavan, another of Arunachala, a large stone from the Holy Mountain and a Siva Lingam were the objects of worship. Eleven devotees chanted the Rudram and other mantras, an elaborate puja was performed by the head priest and prasadam was distributed. This event on the first day of the retreat invariably serves to open and purify the hearts of the devotees so that the Master's grace may enter their hearts unimpeded in the following days.
Devotees attending the Sri Ramana Jayanti Retreat, Tampa, FL

As our retreat neared its end, the New Year was just arriving. Most of the devotees joined together in the shrine singing Bhagavan's and Muruganar's works and other chants. The children of the retreat stood together in front of us and delightfully told us the life story of Bhagavan. At 11:30 PM Aksharamanamalai began, singing the Arunachala Siva refrain after each verse. While our voices rose in harmony, firecrackers exploded in the sky from across the Hillsborough River and New Year arrived. Bells rang, prasad was distributed and Arunachala Siva, Arunachala Siva, Arunachala Siva, Arunachala!continued till well after midnight. Devotees lingered on, embraced in the glow of the New Year ushered in with the vibrant presence of Bhagavan and the warmth of friendship.

The devotees attending the last four retreats, or any one of them, continue to be amazed by the meticulous, thorough planning and execution of all the inspiring elements of these Ramana Jayanti Retreats in Tampa. Rohit Vaidya and his dedicated team of sevaks cannot be praised adequately for all they have done to create an Ashram-like home for the devotees and seekers traveling to Tampa from all parts of this hemisphere. May Sri Bhagavan himself ever abide in their hearts and in the hearts of all.
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« Reply #118 on: April 02, 2017, 02:10:57 PM »
Sri Gowrishankar Mama, the father of Sri Sendhil Ganapadigal, the senior teacher of Veda Pathsala, passed away on March 28, 2017 at about 10 am Indian Standard Time. An ardent devotee of Kanchi Maha Periyaval, Sri Seshadri Swamigal and Sri Ramana Maharshi, he spent most of the last two decades of his life in Arunachala. He was on a visit to Srirangam on March 27 and was brought to Ramana Maharshi Hospital in Athyanthal for treatment on March 28. He is well-known as a perennial source of Sat-Sangh inside the premises of Sri Ramana Ashram. Out of respect for his devotion to Mahatmas, we dedicate our regular post on Aksharamanamalai to Sri Gowrishankar Mama. Coincidentally it speaks about life in Arunachala. It was as if Lord Arunachala, called him back from Srirangam to Arunachala before absorbing him in Himself.

95. வாவென்று அகம் புக்கு உ ன் வாழ்வு அருள் அன்றே
என் வாழ்வு இழந்தேன் அருள் அருணாசலா
Vā/ven/draham/bukkun Vāzh/varu/landrē/yen Vāzh/vizhan/dē/narul Arunā/chalā.
Arunachala! On the very day that you bade me come, and, taking me with you, entered the home of the Heart, granting to me a life of unsurpassed bliss in the realisation of the Self, I entirely lost the jiva consciousness of my fragmentary individuality, which is the source of sorrow and delusion. That is the power of your grace.

It is so ordained by the all-powerful Lord that through its very nature (mind) consciousness rushes towards the external objects of sense through the channels of the sense organs at very high speed, like a flood of water when the sluice gates are opened. Therefore unless the Lord takes someone into the Heart and establishes him there through his grace, there is not anyone who possesses the ability to swim against that flood and arrive there relying merely upon the power of his feeble self. This is what is illustrated in the words, ?Saying, ?Come!? The truth of the Lord entering the Heart is clearly stated in v. 97, which begins, ?vīṭuviṭ.? This should be taken into account here. Since Sivam existence is the underlying reality and jiva existence is an appearance superimposed upon it, these two can never exist simultaneously in the mind of anyone. This is the idea conveyed in the words, ? On the very day you gave in grace your life [to me], I lost my own life.? The Heart shines as the supreme empty expanse of consciousness, due to the absence of the principle of egoity (āṇava malam), which takes the form of the ego, in which the conscious and the insentient are combined. In that Heart the ocean of bliss of Brahman, eternal, uninterrupted and unsurpassed, abides free of any object, as the true Self, flourishing as ultimate peace. Since for Bhagavan, who has attained that [higher bliss], there is no loss in losing this [lesser bliss], he says, ?arul? ? ?[That is the majesty of your] grace.?
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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Re: Ramana Ashram
« Reply #119 on: April 02, 2017, 05:54:59 PM »
myself and my  famly members had the regular opportunity to listen to him all  the evenings whenever we go to asramam.,utter simplicity  and always speaking and sharing about maha periyavaa  ,bhagavan and  seshadri swamigals was his hall marks. when i read the  news of his demise in elsewhere  i was into a shock.
may all gurus  bestow Their  blessings to the soul of gowrishankar mama
our heartfelt condolences to his son, the veda head of asramam and to the bereaved family