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Durga Pooja Celebrations:- (10)
« on: October 09, 2008, 10:44:25 AM »
Today is Vijaya Dasami.  I want to write about Mother Azhagamma.
She first came to look for her son, after Bhagavan's  running way
to Tiruvannamalai, only in December 1898, about 28 months' later.
Bhagavan gave her a note and she had to leave.  Again she came
after 15 years, in 1913.  She came with her daughter in law,
Smt. Mangalam, wife of Nagasundaram, who later became Chinnaswami.
Again for the third time, she came in 1914.  Finally she came in 1916,
and stayed with Bhagavan till her mahasamadhi, in 1922, six
years later.

What was Mother Azhagamma's contribution?  Giving food to others!
She was the Annapurani!  She started cooking in Virupaksha Cave
and later in Skandasramam, where only Bhagavan, Kunju Swami
and a few others were eating.  Later these aditis became ten,
twenty and so on.  Swami Suddandha Bharati, who wrote Tamil
bliography says:  She virtually started a Vaisvanara Yagnam, opening
fire to cook and give food to others.  This sacrifice continues unabated, the fire started by her is still burning in Sri Ramansramam!  Today,
for both the sessions, as many as 200 devotees and visitors and
about equal number of sadhus and beggars are taking food in
Sri Ramanasramam.

On this day of Durga Pooja Celebrations,  Vijaya Dasami,
let us pray to that Annapurani, the conferer of food, which is
the foremost need for any person, without which no philosphy,
arts and sciences would enter one's mind.

Arunachala Siva.         


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« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2008, 11:29:55 AM »
Dear all,
          Because of compassion of Mother and Bhagawan so many Truth seekers are fed with food and self in Asram without any discrimination.
Ramanasramam is one of the most well maintained and disciplined asram.


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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2008, 01:50:49 PM »
Dear Dr. Raju,  Yes.  We are ever thankful to Mother Azhagamma
for starting the cooking in the Asram.  While she was glad to feed
anyone, she had some orthodox views of a brahmin, which were 
not unexpected those days.  She wanted to feed coolies and wood
cutters of the Hill, only after her eating. Bhagavan condemned the
practice with subtle humour.  Once when some woodcutter came
hungry, Bhagavan asked Amma to feed him.  She said she had not
eaten still.  Bhagavan said, "What if?  You feed him and you can
eat later."  Amma agreed but was weeping thereafter and she
did not eat on that day.  Anyhow her false dharmas left her in
due course.  She was against onion and garlic, which brahmins
particularly widowed brahmins kept up those days.  Bhagavan showed
His disinclination for this practice and told her:  What! these small
bulbous things, are they going to stand at the entrance of Heavans
and prevent you from entering there?  Needless to say that she
left this prohibition in due course.  Once Bhagavan said about her
'acharam', "Look!  Kunju has touched your drying up clothes, by
mistake.  Go, wash it once again and you also take bath!"  This
acharam had also left her and she became ready for self knowledge.

Arunachala Siva.     


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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2008, 10:53:35 PM »
Dear Subrahmaniyan ji

The traditional habits particular in southindian brahmin comunity is very high. It is very difficult to give up and accept the
modern custom. This was my hurdle which put me lots of confusions due to my ignorence. After reading Bhagavan's teaching slowly I could come out of that clutch. Now also if I have that type of Agraharam life my mind's get very pleased.
I used to feel lots of serenity in those atmosphere. when  I see the flowerist making 'malas" sometime they scrach their head and taking tea touching with lips. my mind ask so many questions. I give explaination to myself. All became KANNAPA NAYANAR. As Krishna says, in the kali yuga it is rare to get pure water, pure ghee, pure flower etc. etc. We can do puja through bhakti only. And once you cross our India, all madi aacharam will be gone with the wind. Bhagavan's teaching helps day to day life in this modern world.Sankara taught Advaitam but he belonged to 9 or 10 centuray but Ramana lived in this centuary so every body can follow easily. He gave importance not for outer acharam instead inside  towards the self which is everywhere.



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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2008, 12:12:35 PM »
Dear Ramanaduli, all these 'acharams' are mental fabrications.
Certain essential codes of conduct are essential in a worldy life.
E.g. Taking bath or cleaning up the body, eating moderate sattvic
food, sleeping as many hours less as possible and the like.  Cerain
acharams are caste-dependent, like chanting gayatri, not taking
the old food of the previous day, fasting on Ekasdasi, visiting temples
on Dwadasi or Prodhasham days etc.,  But for a Jnani who has gone
beyond his mind, such rules do not apply.  For others they do apply.
One need not forcefully stop them.  They will go away, as Bhagavan
said, when the approrpriate time comes.  If you like the Agraharam
or a Brahmin's street, it is because they were clean and neat in those
days.  No smell of fish or meat, neatly dressed people, the temple
bells ringing three times near by three times a day, etc.,etc.,

Arunachala Siva.     


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« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2009, 07:26:56 AM »
Dear Subramaniam,

As far as I know chanting Gayathri is not caste specific.
As per our sastras all 4 castes are required to do sandhya vandanam and since the 4th caste were labourers they were discounted from this rule.  Later it became a rule that the labour caste should not do Gayathri.
Our puranas talk about kshatriyas performing gayathri.



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« Reply #6 on: January 26, 2009, 10:43:37 AM »
Dear mungala,

You are correct.  I checked up also my reply.  I had only said
certain acharams are caste-specific.  Wearing sacred thread
and chanting Gayatri were prescribed for the first three castes,
since, as you have correctly said, the labourers had to leave early
morning to the field and be there till sunset.

There is one more such taboo.  Veda mantras should not be chanted
by women.  Bhagavan Ramana did not agree to this.  He has
clearly said, in Sri Ramana Gita, that women also can embrace
sannyasa and attain liberation!  Gargi, Maitreyi were lady-ascetics
who had Brahma Jnana.  Sita is said to have performed Sandhya Vandana and chanting Gayatri in Asoka Vana. These restrictive practices should have much later.

Arunachala Siva.