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Living in tent in/near the ashram?
« on: October 31, 2008, 04:46:57 AM »
Hello! :)

I'm thinking about staying a year or so at the ashram, to find my inner guru (this might sound odd, but I believe I have to find a external first, and then awaken/become-conscious-of this 'external' guru inside myself afterwards). I'd like to see if I feel Bhagavan's presence at the ashram, as others have said, too. And last, I would also like to meet other devotees of Bhagavan, and see how they practise/understand his teachings.

I believe that might be very educational.

My question:
Is it possiple to sleep in tent at or near the ashram, as I don't need much comfort, and I guess it would be cheaper?

Thank you in advance :)

And may you all have 'luck' on your paths towards liberation! :)

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Re: Living in tent in/near the ashram?
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2008, 10:05:23 AM »
Dear friend,

You can stay in the Asram guest houses for a maximum period of
three days.  Perhaps for visitors, who are coming from far off places,
the Asram authorities may permit more time.  Sleeping in a tent
is impossible in front of the Asram or nearby because the town is
quite crowded and the Asram is right in a national highway.  The
best thing is to find a cheap accommodation, one room with bathing
and toiler facilities, as a paying guest in someone's house.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Living in tent in/near the ashram?
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2008, 04:00:21 AM »
Oh yea, great idea, thanks! What about the local sadhu's, were do they sleep?

Thank you!

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« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2008, 09:43:23 AM »
Dear friend,

The local sadhus and beggars sleep on the road and sidewalks,
constantly being disturbed by policmen and street dogs.  This
is the scene in many towns in India.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2008, 08:55:25 PM »
A visit to Tiruvannamalai and Ramanasramam has tremendous impact on the mind.  Even thinking of Tiruvannamalai and Arunachalam quietens the mind.  No one can come to the path of self-enquiry (Who am I?) without the grace of Guru or God.  To a question on the influence of a jnani after the physical dissolution of the body,  Bhagavan replied: "Guru, not being physical form, his contact will continue after his form vanishes.  If one jnani exists in the world,  his influence will be felt by or benefit all people in the world and not simply his immediate disciples" (Day by Day with Bhagavan, Ramanasramam publication - Day 9-3-46).  The work is, therefore, within and no search for an external Guru is necessary.  Sometimes, the mind imagines a future situation in which it can fully engage in spiritual practice. This is a trick of the mind denying the present and imagining a 'favourable' future.  Maharshi has repeatedly stressed that one need not change his circumstances but should pursue the enquiry even while engaged in activities.

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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2008, 01:57:30 PM »
Dear S. Subramanian,

You are correct.  The Self is within and Bhagavan Ramana is
ever present.  But for many people, a visit to the Asram and looking
intently at the Hills helps, because the Power of the Presence is more.
However, this is not obligatory.  It depends upon one's convenience,
health, money etc.,

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Living in tent in/near the ashram?
« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2009, 09:46:45 PM »
Can you sleep on the hill in a tent ?
* Arise, arise, Riders of Theoden!  Spears shall be shaken, Shields shall be splintered,
* A sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!
* Ride now, ride for ruin and the world's ending                                       
* Death !!  Death !!  Death !!

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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2009, 09:23:48 AM »
Dear rideover,

Yes. The Hill is God's own broad acre.  One can sleep there in
a tent.  You should only see that you do not trespass the
Asramam area and also the areas of some of the other Maths,
in the Hill.

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Re: Living in tent in/near the ashram?
« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2009, 12:14:57 PM »
Permission from the District Forest Office is necessary.

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« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2009, 01:04:50 AM »
If I am a squirrel do I still need permission ?
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* A sword-day, a red day, ere the sun rises!
* Ride now, ride for ruin and the world's ending                                       
* Death !!  Death !!  Death !!

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« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2009, 09:42:55 AM »
Dear rideover,

Squirrel does not have a fat ego like you.  It does not have
many thoughts excepting hunger and procreation.  But you
are a mighty monster.  You will trespass into the jungles
on the Hill and take away some sandal wood.  You will peep
into the Maths and start scandals about the non existent activities
there.  You will steal the mangoes, owned by the lesses of the
mango trees.  You can do many such things, and the squirrel
does not do any of these "human acts".

Arunachala Siva.