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Subramanian.R

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Sadhana amidst activities
« on: October 26, 2008, 01:22:23 PM »
Someone asked Annamalai Swami:

How can we keep up our sadhana in the middle of all our daily
activities?

Annamalai Swami clarified:

Ramakrishna was once asked this question, and in reply he gave
the example of a child who was playing by spinning round and round.
If you do this you will soon get dizzy and fall over, but if the same
child spins round and round while holding firmly onto a post or a
pillar at arm's length, the child's grip on the post, will keep him
upright and prevent him from falling over.  In this dizzy, spinning
would be upright and prevent frim from falling over. In this dizzy,
spinning world of samsara, if you hold onto the post of the Self,
you will be able to stay upright and not fall over.

(Credits:  Annamalai Swami - Final Talks - Ed. David Godman.)

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Sadhana amidst activities
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2008, 10:47:13 PM »
Dear sirs,

Two days back I was so confused and asked the same question how to do sadhana. Dr. Raju ji gave me the example saying how the rajasthan girl brings carrying water on her head. And now Annamalai swami also giving the same answer.
. I am reading this forum posts and feeling light everyday. I want to ask whether am I pacifying my mind, by reading these posts.
instead of not catching the "SELF" tightly.

Ramanaduli

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Re: Sadhana amidst activities
« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2008, 08:35:48 AM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

Read the Forum posts everyday, once or many times.  These
are all part of Sadhana.  But like the girls spinning round and
round the pillar, without leaving the hold on the pillar, please
keep the Self always with you, because you are the Self and
after all the spinning in this maya world, you become the Self.

Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Sadhana amidst activities
« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2008, 09:21:01 AM »
I loved to read this because it is the plane truth...

sadhana is fruitful only if there is no boundery in time, meditation//self-enquiery has to be carried on longer and longer, into the dreaming state as well--

today I had a strange dream, then I realized the "watcher" I realized that "Iam" seeing the dream, suddenly the dream began to change in enviroment and feeling......I heard my self proclaim very honsetly and strongly: IAM SAT CHIT ANANDA...and a light and love energy replaced the dream and I was this energy, it was there for just a view seconds....then I awoke to antoher dream...and then the self-awereness was gone..

and it is true what is said by Subramanian, reading this forum posts daily, reading in the upanishads or looking at the picture of Bhagavan is an aid to remember the sadhana....and it purifies the mind of negative concepts and replaces them with positive ones...

peace peace peace


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Re: Sadhana amidst activities
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2008, 10:13:54 AM »
Dear Matthias,

Looking at Bhagavan Ramana's photo intently with love and devotion,
is itself a sadhana, that cleanses the non-self and the subjective
experiences.  There is one photograph of Him, taken during the time
of Virupaksha Cave, when He was just 21.  He had written down
answers to Siva Prakasam Pillai at that time and that is Who am I?
Look at His eyes in that photograph, the eyes that gives you "Peace,
that passeth understanding!"   

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Sadhana amidst activities
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2008, 01:08:19 PM »
Dear srkudai,

Sri Ramakrishana's stories are superb.  The jackfruit story and
the girls spinning round the pillar are both from Him.  I still
remember His comment about scriptures.  When someone asked
Sri RK whether He had read Panchadasi, He said:  I do not
know all those.  I only know my Mother and what she tells me!
There is a book in Tamil, (must be in other languages) describing
Sri RK's various short stories.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Sadhana amidst activities
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2008, 03:25:12 PM »
Dear srkudai,  Your post.  Sometimes, yes, the overzealous devotees
interpose a lot of stories about their Gurus.  But the fact remains,
that Sri RK abhorred money as Bhagavan Ramana did.  About the
man walking on the water, I posted it soemetime back.  Someone
used all his raja yoga fruits just to learn how to walk on water.
Sri RK quipped:  " O, he wasted ten years of his sadhana for
one pica.  (the old pica, 1/192 of a Rupee).  Because the boat
man can ferry anyone across Ganga for that money.  Why learn
walking on the water?

Arunachala Siva.
 

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Re: Sadhana amidst activities
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2008, 04:10:20 PM »
Dear srkudai,

Yes. I now remember the story.  But this is perhaps only to highlight
his Cosmic Consciousness, that he "feels" all the living beings within
him.  Perhaps the fish eating is causing some trouble, yes.

Arunachala Siva.