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« Reply #30 on: October 16, 2014, 10:47:25 AM »
Mme Latha

Very nice letter and useful informations for people in the  stress and tension  world.
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« Reply #31 on: October 18, 2014, 12:25:57 PM »
Swami Shantananda Puri Maharaj is entombed in Panditha Pattu, a small quiet village about six kilometers from the ashram with a lovely view of Arunachala Hill. During interment devotees spontaneously sang Siva Puranam, Vedas and other sacred Bhajans. Swamiji?s final few weeks were amazing display Ramana Maharshi?s boundless grace. Bhagavan has said ?Some Sakti draws people from all parts of the globe to this centre.? Indeed that Sakti is not different from Ramana Maharshi Himself.

That great Sakti made Swamiji give up his abode in Himalayas many years ago and kept him here despite life-threatening medical issues. In the first week of April he was diagnosed with Cellulitus and very soon it turned into Septicemia, a serious, life-threatening infection that gets worse very quickly. The entire body including intestines, kidneys, liver, hands, etc. was all infected badly. He could not talk due to severe mouth ulcers but would surprise devotees by speaking spontaneously on occasions. In such a state he completed the final proof reading of ?Sadhanas from Guru Vachaka Kovai?!
He was admitted in the ICU of East Cost Hospital, Pondicherry. On 20th September, he insisted on visiting Ramana ashram, in spite of being in a critical condition after recovering from hepatic coma. The doctors declined permission but was he a person to give up so easily? He resorted to satyagraha until the doctors reluctantly released him.
The two days, 20th and 21st September were exceptionally memorable. He was full of joy and his love was overflowing. He was extremely cheerful throughout and made everyone around him happy. He did not sleep the entire night and was constantly checking the time to leave for Tiruvannamalai. The moment he entered the Ashram, he became ecstatic! He was in the stretcher and was very affectionately received by President and the entire ashram administration. The moment he came out, he said, ?Bhagavan Ramana is my father, my mother, my Guru and my everything. Where else can I go?? All words will fail to describe the atmosphere that was created when Swamiji was in the shrine. One had to be there to experience this feeling! His devotes were very happy to see his wish of seeing Bhagavan was fulfilled to the fullest. Later same day he developed serious complications with bleeding and had to be rushed back to the hospital where he eventually shrugged off his mortal coil.

Swami Shantananda Puri has written over 30 books. Significantly ?sadhanas from Upadesa Saram? was released on the last day of his earthy sojourn. In the humorous spirit of Swamiji we may write an epitaph ?Here lies a joyous Swamiji who converted ICU into I See You Eternally Arunachala!?.
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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« Reply #32 on: October 18, 2014, 02:31:57 PM »
thank you very much for very detailed coverage.in fact i was looking for the information  as to his last rites , place etc. thank you again. om namo bhagavthe sri ramanaya

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« Reply #33 on: October 24, 2014, 08:09:58 AM »
thank you shri Balaji for updating all happenings at Asram .

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« Reply #34 on: October 31, 2014, 11:02:32 AM »
One hot summer afternoon, as Pranavananda walked to ashram from town his aged body was overcome by heat exhaustion and he sat down in the shade of a tree at the entrance to the ashram unable to walk further. At that moment, Bhagavan happened to look out of the window and seeing Pranavananda?s exhausted condition, rushed out with a jug full of cold water. He poured it over Pranavananda?s sore feet and spoke to him in gentle, compassionate tones, saying, ?Why do you put yourself to such strain? Did I ever ask you to go out in this heat?? We may never again see the comely form of Bhagavan coming down to do physical service to a devotee but His spirit of compassion lives on.

In an unrelated event, ashram has acquired an automatic dish washer capable of washing stainless steel cups quickly. The newly acquired mechanical device will reduce the drudgery of the aged women workers in the kitchen who toil day in and day out to wash the dishes. Perhaps it is an act of compassion inspired by the grace of Bhagavan.
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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« Reply #35 on: November 01, 2014, 06:56:17 AM »
oh........ good. yet another  posting  reg ashram. namaskram shri balaji
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« Reply #36 on: November 06, 2014, 11:20:15 AM »
Today is the Guru Puja day of Tirumoola Naayanar who is one of the sixty-three saintly devotees of Siva described in Periyapuranam. Moved by compassion he used his yogic power to enter the dead body of a cowherd thus bringing solace to grieving cows. He is widely respected and adored for the gems of spiritual treasure left by him in an epic of 3,000 verses known as Tirumantram. Sri Ramana Maharshi referred to Tirumantram as described below:
When Seshadriswami was ill, Veerappa Chettiar came and asked Sri Bhagavan about the proper construction of a samadhi for a saint. Sri Bhagavan took out Tirumular's Tirumandiram and asked someone to copy out the portion relating to the construction of a samadhi and give it to Chettiar. According to the instructions, Chettiar constructed the samadhi in 20 days. On the 21st day, 14-1-1929, Seshadriswami merged into Sri Arunachala.

Earlier Bhagavan had consulted the same work for the construction of His mother?s Samadhi. In Tirumandiram, Tirumular strongly emphasizes on Anbe Sivam or Love is God, reminding one of Aksharamanamalai verse 101. As snow in water, let me melt as love in Thee, Who art Love itself, O Arunachala!?
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« Reply #37 on: November 09, 2014, 03:55:00 PM »
Mastan was born in 1878 in Desur, a small village about forty miles from Tiruvannamalai in a Muslim weaver's family. He became a devotee of Bhagavan at an early age. Bhagavan on Mastan Swami: Mastan was a kind generous man who was always looking for an opportunity to help other people. He never showed any self-importance staying in the background, unnoticed and unappreciated by ordinary people. Bhagavan once remarked, with great joy, Mastan's craft, though it did not give food either to him or his parents, gives me clothes. Among those who become devotees, there is a wide range of spiritual attainment: complete beginners mix with highly advanced souls. The most advanced are ripe fruits, just waiting to fall. One such devotee was Mastan. He was such a ripe soul, when he came to Virupaksha Cave to see me he would sometimes go into a deep samadhi even before he had entered the cave. As soon as he touched the railings of the gate, he would have a paralyzing experience of the Self. He would stand, rooted to the spot, unable to move, for six or seven hours.


In 1914, Mastan Swami and Akhilandamma opened a home (mutt) in the village of Desur where visiting sadhus and pilgrims would get room and board. Sadhus from Ramanasramam used it as a resting center when they were sick and needed someone to care for them. Mastan once asked Bhagavan about the sound of a big bell ringing during his meditations and limitless effulgence that would appear. Bhagavan advised him, There is no need to concern ourselves about sounds such as these. If you see from where it rises, it will be known that it arises on account of a desire of the mind. Everything appears in oneself and subsides within oneself. The light, too, only appears from the same place. If you see to whom it appears, mind will subside at the source and only reality will remain.
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« Reply #38 on: November 10, 2014, 02:57:43 PM »
Annamalai Swami's Guru Puja was done in his Samadhi shrine with the worship of Siva Linga amidst Aksharamanamalai chanting on November 9. Annamalai Swami came to Bhagavan in 1928 as a young aspirant keen on making rapid spiritual progress. Initially he worked as an attendant, but soon Bhagavan gave him the supervision of all the building projects in the ashram. Though well qualified to do the masonry work he felt involvement in construction work will halt his spiritual progress. Dissatisfied with his role in the ashram, He ran away to Polur. But can the net of Arunachala's Grace ever fail? He ran into all kinds of trouble until he changed his mind and decided to come back to the ashram. The moment he decided to return to the ashram everything adjusted itself smoothly in his favor. He learned the profound spiritual truth that highest spiritual progress is as simple as doing Master's bidding.

Between 1928 and 1938, working directly under Bhagavan, he supervised the construction of the cowshed, the Veda Patasala, the dining room, the storeroom, the old office block, the dispensary and the large revetment on the north side of the ashram. In 1938 the following experience reported in Talks with Ramana Maharshi changed the course of his life:
When Sri Bhagavan was taking His bath a few devotees were around Him, speaking to each other. Finally they asked Him about the use of the drug hashish (ganja). Sri Bhagavan had finished His bath by that time. He said: Oh ganja! The users feel immensely happy when they are under its influence. How shall I describe their happiness! They simply shout ananda! Ananda! Saying so, He walked as if tipsy. Everyone laughed. He appeared as if He stumbled, placed His hands round Annamalai Swami and cried ananda! ananda!
Annamalai Swami records that his very being was transformed from that time. He further says that his mind now remains at peace. Annamalai Swami also asked: Namadev, Tukaram, Tulsidas and others are said to have seen Maha Vishnu. How did they see Him?

M.: In what manner? Just in the same manner as you see me now and I see you here. They would also have seen Vishnu in this way only. He records that, on hearing it, his hairs stood on end and an intense joy overpowered him.
In later years Annamalai Swami became a reputed and much sought after saint guiding seekers on the path of Bhagavan for nearly forty-five years after Bhagavan?s Maha Samadhi. Many books have been written on him and interestingly one book has the title Living by the Words of the Master.
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« Reply #39 on: November 11, 2014, 04:50:51 PM »
Continued from a previous post :Mastan Swami served the devotees of Bhagavan very devoutly. He would happily feed devotees even if he had to beg for the food. He always brought so much food that devotees gave away plenty of leftover food. He would ask with great respect Please tell me some stories about the glory of our Master. To me, every word Bhagavan speaks is holy. The words that come out of his holy mouth are so powerful, merely listening to them can give liberation to ripe souls.
Akhilandamma cared for Mastan Swamy during his last days in 1931. She reports: He was sick and bedridden for about a week. During those days he spoke of many things not of this world, as if he were actually seeing them. He said, There, Nandi the bull, Mount of Siva, is descending. He is very affectionately licking all over my body! Look! The attendants of Siva are dancing here! See! They are beckoning me to come to their world. Look at those lotus ponds where celestial swans are swimming!

It appeared like delirium but on the last day He suddenly got up on his bed and stood up, looking as if someone, face to face, had been calling him. Then, in great excitement, he exclaimed, ?Mother Apeetakuchamba have you come yourself to escort me The next moment he fell down dead. On hearing the news, Bhagavan instructed Kunju Swamigal to go and build a Samadhi as described by Tirumular in Tirumandiram. He also told Akhilandammal May be the universal mother, Apeetakuchamba, personally came to receive him. All his descriptions correspond to the world of Siva. Mastan was an unassuming devotee. He had a wealth of hidden spiritual experiences. It is a matter for gratification that he passed away under your care and supervision?

The dead body of Mastan Swamy, a Muslim, was carried for burial in a brand new four-wheeled cart,(chapparam) provided by the local Siva temple. Such carts are usually reserved for the exclusive use of the Deity of the temple. The exceptional decision of the temple authorities in permitting the use of the cart for Mastan Swamy's final journey confirms beyond all doubt that his final spiritual experience was not delirium but authored by Lord Siva Himself both in earth and Heaven.
The Jain inhabitants of the village felt that having a Hindu samadhi in their midst would be very inauspicious. When they first heard of it, there was even talk of their abandoning the village completely. However, in the time that has passed since Mastan's samadhi was constructed, the village has thrived and grown rich. Nowadays the Samadhi is a visible deity to all the people from the village, whatever their caste or religion. What a wonder!
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« Reply #40 on: November 16, 2014, 12:44:52 AM »
The Karthigai Deepam is the most important festival not only for the folks of the temple town of Tiruvannamalai but also for most of Tamil Nadu. Devotees from Chennai, Madurai, Tiruchy and other towns voluntarily came to the temple and started cleaning the temple as one would clean once own house before an important function. The enthusiasm of a large number of men and women who came with brooms, cleaning solutions and implements is contagious to say the least. We conclude with Bhagavan?s verse on Karthigai Deepam(beacon on the Hill)
?Getting rid of the ?I am the body? idea and turning the mind inwards and merging it in the Heart to realize the real, non-dual and effulgent Self, is the real significance of seeing the beacon of light on Annamalai, the centre of the earth?.
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« Reply #41 on: November 16, 2014, 06:41:18 AM »
so nice mr balaj recapitulating shri Bhagavan'ss words on the eve of karthigai dheepam. om namo ramana

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« Reply #42 on: November 27, 2014, 11:10:48 AM »

 Sri Ramanashramam Yajur Ghana Paaraayanam Nov 26, 0734 hrs

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« Reply #43 on: November 28, 2014, 12:57:53 PM »
Each day the choice of vehicles used by the Deity varies according to the scriptural theme chosen for depiction. On the second day, for example, the vehicle used is Sun God or Surya Vahana emphasizing the truth that even the apparently huge and self-luminous Sun is but an instrument serving the Almighty Lord Arunachala, Emperor of the Universe.There are two processions every day, one in the morning at 11 AM and the other at 10 PM. We turn to the writings of Ramana Maharshi to help us understand the deeper mysteries of Arunachala.

Lord Arunachala is ever-present as an extremely compassionate Being. Those who seek Him without coveting riches, lands, relatives, caste and the like, shine with resplendent Grace like the rays of the rising Sun and remain ever happy in the world.

When one enquires into the meaning of Arunachala, which is lustrous like red gold and bestows Liberation, one finds that the word Aruna means Sat, Chit and Ananda (Existence, Consciousness and Bliss), the identity of the individual self and the Supreme Self and that the word Achala means perfection.
Dazzling Sun that swallowest up all the universe in Thy rays, open the lotus of my Heart, I pray, Oh Arunachala!
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« Reply #44 on: November 29, 2014, 09:45:49 PM »
Ah! What a wonder! Arunachala stands as an insentient Hill. Its action is mysterious, past human understanding. From the age of innocence it had shone within my mind that Arunachala was something of surpassing grandeur, but even when I came to know through another that it was the same as Tiruvannamalai, I did not realise its meaning. When it drew me up to it, stilling my mind, and I came close, I saw it stand unmoving.
To look for God ignoring Thee who art Being and Consciousness is like going with a lamp to look for darkness. Only to make Thyself known as Being and Consciousness, Thou dwellest in different religions under different names and forms. If yet they do not come to know Thee, they are indeed the blind who do not know the Sun. O Arunachala the great! Thou peerless Gem, abide and shine Thou as my Self, One without a second!

As the string binds a necklet of gems, it is Thou in Thy Unity who penetrates all the diversity of beings and religions. If, like a gem when it is cut and polished, the impure mind is worked against the wheel of the pure mind to free it of its flaws, it will take on the light of Thy Grace and shine like a ruby, whose fire is unaffected by any outward object. When a photographic plate has been exposed to the sunlight, can it receive any impressions afterwards? O benign and dazzling Aruna Hill! Is there anything apart from Thee?
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya