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Subramanian.R

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Miracles Do Happen
« on: January 02, 2009, 09:52:29 AM »
Paul Brunton, (Raphael Hurst), was in Madras.  On the highway,
he met one Subramania Iyer, wearing a ochre rob.  Iyer came to
Paul Brunton, introduced himself and started the conversation.  Iyer
told Brunton, that he had met one great yogi in Arunachala and Brunton
should meet him, in case he wanted to know the meaning of life. Brunton
brushed aside and said that he was getting back to North India and there
was no time.  Iyer then told him, that if he did so, Brunton would be
losing a golden opportunity.

Brunton left him and went to his house in Madras.  In the evening,
one Venkatramani came to him, with plans to take him to Chingleput,
where Sri Kanchi Chandrasekara was camping.  They both went to
Kanchipuram and met Sri Chandrasekara.  Brunton had a good meeting
with him and told him that he would like to know the truth of life, by
being with him. Sri Chandrasekara then told him that he having been
a Head of Math, would have a lot of duties everyday and that he would
not be able to take him as a disciple for the search of truth.  He then
suggested Sri Ramana Maharshi, who he said, would impart him the
Truth, if he could spend some time with Him. 

Brunton apologetically said that he had got other plans.  Sri Chandrasekara then told him:  Please give a promise that you would not leave South India
without seeing the Maharshi.  Brunton reluctantly agreed.

He came back to the house.  Subramania Iyer was waiting at the gates
saying that he had come to take him to the Maharshi!

(Source:  A Search in Secret India. Paul Brunton. Random House. London.)

Arunachala Siva.     

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« Reply #1 on: December 28, 2009, 05:37:25 PM »
subramaniam sir,

 That sh.venkatramani is my maternal grandmother's periappa. Actually, he was a great author and a poet and had written books such as 'paper boats' which had great circulation in those days it seems. my mother tells me that my grandmother would tell her that she would hang around in the same room doing her homework where her periappa would be writing for hours and hours. She also tells me that he suffered a great deal in his personal life, as his only son (if i remember correct..she told me all this long ago) had left home at a very young age. It was sh.venkatramani who took dr. paul brunton to maha periva who as everyone knows directed him to bhagavan.

When amma told me this..i was very happy to find some connection (even if its very very distant) to bhagavan from my family. i know its a very stupid feeling...but i still feel very proud of that connection  :)

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« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2009, 05:49:30 PM »
Dear I,

Thats really wonderful feeling. I know its stupid of me but I feel you are so lucky. How nice it should feel to you.

Salutations to Sri Ramana.
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2009, 12:10:01 PM »
dear slakshmi

I think this is not hte egoic pride its divine pride..wich is a good thing...

so I would be proud too, as Iam proud of my teachers...its natural and important...think about feeling guilty of knowing hte maharshi  :D....that would be a very bad sign :)

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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2009, 04:24:07 PM »
I think that we should all be very grateful to God, for the miracle that has happened to each and every one of us, of discovering this path to the highest truth and being in a position to put it into practice.

We are indeed the most privileged of all creation and owe it to God to follow it up with determination.


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« Reply #5 on: December 30, 2009, 08:36:21 AM »
Maththias sir,

     Once when i was in ramanasramam i met mani mama (bhagavan's grandnephew) and told him that he was so very lucky to be born in bhagavan's family and always get to spend his time in ramanasramam. He told me that we all could claim brotherhood and sisterhood..being bhagavan's own children. he said there was absolutely no need to feel bad or sad that one wasnt born in his family since we all were one big family of bhagavan's devotees! And at once...i felt so much better that i cannot describe. The tone and humility with which he said it was indeed very uplifting. So..even though i do feel good about sh.k.s venkatramani being a family connection, the biggest family is all of us..who help each other with spiritual progress, with having faith in bhagavan and leading a balanced spiritual life. One reading of any of the post in the site ..helps so much to alleviate any doubt lingering in the mind of a sadhaka..what better family than this!?

nagaraj sir,

 I really like you refering to all of us as 'I'. so very appropriate. Names r just a superficial identity..

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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2009, 11:01:32 AM »
Dear I,

Yes, your words are perfectly true, names are just a superficial identity, they are verily just like names of characters in a movie. but the truth is that the very character in the movie are themselves the Self itself. Whenever 'I' am talking to anybody, I am actually talking to myself itself, and similarly vice-versa.

There was an urge here in I to express itself, as to what 'I' really means when it addresses everyone and everything as 'I', but then, it was hesitant thinking that whatever 'I' explains by way of expression, it will never end up being conveyed as 'I' is still but a Jiva. Hence, like this, 'I' happened to find some saying of great saints, that reflect this essence.

Swami Vivekananda says in his own words:

"No one knew why it would good to love other beings as ourselves. And the reason why is there - in the idea of impersonal God; you understand it when you learn that the whole world is one - the oneness of the universe - the solidarity of all life - that in hurting anyone I am hurting myself, in loving anyone, I am loving myself. Hence we understand why it iss that we ought not to hurt others." (3:I29-30)

In Dakshinamurthy Stotram, Shankara says:

Viswam darpana drusyamana nagari,
Thulyam nijantargatham,
Pasyannathmani mayaya bahirivoth,
Bhutham yatha nidraya,
Ya sakshath kuruthe prabodha samaye,
Swathmanameva dwayam,
Thasmai sri guru murthaye nama idham,
Sree Dakshinamurthaye., 2

Similar to the image of a town as seen in the mirror,
When one sees the image of the world within him,
The world appears as if it is outside.
It is similar to his seeing due to illusion,
During the state of sleep,
That the one real fact appears as many different truths,
And he realizes,when he wakes up and sees the reality,
That he is really the one and only one soul.
Salutation to the God facing the south,
Who is the greatest teacher.

also reflects the same idea - that I am you, you am I.

This same Stotram of Dakshinamurthy is re-told by Sri Ramana Maharshi, in Ramana Hridayam, by 'who' says:

Pashyamo Bhuvanam Yathi Bhavati Sat Tanmulamekam Param
yachchakteh Parinaamabhutamakhilam Naitadvivaadaaspadam |
Aakhyaarupamayam cha Chitramidamapyaadhaaravastram Dtuthih
Drasta cheti Chatushtayam Saa Paramp Yah Svaatmabhuto Hridi ||

Since we see the world, (it follows that) there exists a source of it, a sole Reality transcending (World and Mind), of whose power all this universe has come into being; this is beyond dispute. This cinema-show of names and forms, their sustaining screen, the light (of Consciousness), and the spectator - all the four are only that Supreme Being, who is th Real Self within the Heart.


I am you, you am I, everyone am I, I am everyone.

Salutations to Sri Ramana







॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2009, 11:22:57 AM »
dear slakshmi

indeed the truth :)

matthias


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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2010, 07:54:43 PM »
Dear Matthias, sl. Lakshmi and Sri Graham,

Miracles continue to happen in the Presence of Bhagavan even
today.  Smt. T. R. Kanakammal, Bhagavan's ardent devotee from
1940s, (now must be around 80) came to Bhagavan's Samadhi
Hall, by 9 am today, the 1st Jan 2010, Bhagavan's Jayanti Day.
No sooner she entered the Samadhi Hall, she fell down and passed
away in the Hall.  There are many things in sky and heavens, that
one may not know.  So also are Bhagavan's limitless Grace.
Liberation within a minute of suffering.  What more one would want?  What day could be more appropriate for that illustrious
lady-devotee. 

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2010, 05:31:42 PM »
Namaskaram Subramaniam Sir,

 I had the good fortune of meeting smt. kanakammal  in 2009 january in chennai and in 2006 december in tiruvannamalai. Both my meetings with her were such an inspiring experience that one cannot describe. My earlier meeting in 2006 was more leisurely since she was doing well healthwise but last year when i met her, she had just been discharged from the hospital and was recovering from a heart ailment. I have given a detailed account of my visit to smt. kanakammal on the orkut - bhagavan community and shall reproduce the same shortly. One thing that struck me the most while reading about sh. annamalai swamy and as well as meeting smt. kanakammal was their unwavering devotion - i mean such complete surrender to bhagavan that put me to shame. Their devotion is so pure and uncorrupted that everytime i read about them i feel so so very small and really feel that i am in the lower most category of surrender and devotion to bhagavan and will have to take many births to get even close! Smt. Kanakammal would answer every question very patiently and would also end with a " purinjutha ma? puriyalena kelu, na sollaren." No matter what the question, she would always explain with examples with episodes from bhagavan's life and occurances during his life-time to which she was a witness. when i asked her that i am not able to do meditation and i am not at all fit for bhagavan's grace, she said " yen inda thazhvu manapanmei? it is no big deal for us to have devotion to bhagavan, because his sannidi alone was so powerful that we were sucked into the flow of bhagavan's grace. But look at you, at your age people like to watch movies and go out. But you are here in tiruvannamalaia and have come to me to know more about bhagavan. This inspite of the fact that you have never seen bhagavan in jeeva-dasai. That is the power of bhagavan and it is that grace that has brought u here. so never feel any less. Keep doing parayana of his works and do sadhana."

Who would not feel encouraged with those words. I was in seventh-heaven and just admire her devotion and above-all her humbleness!

Ramanarpamastu

P.S - kindly bear my translation of tamil in english.

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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2010, 06:15:38 PM »
Dear Lakshmi,

You are indeed fortunate to have met Smt. Kanakammal and talked
to her.  She is the outstanding example for total devotion and surrender.  During Bhagavan Ramana's times, there were such people like Ramanatha Brahmachari and Cycle Ramaswami Pillai
and Annamalai Swami.  Total surrender to God/Guru is another name
for self enquiry.  As in self enquiry, there is no ego in total surrender
also. 

Saint Manikkavachagar says in Tiru Sadakam, Tiruvachakam:

O Siva!
You shall harvest without even sowing a seed.
You shall make and unmake the worlds and the space.
But how come?
You made this dog eater to become mad after you at your
  temple gates?
And made all your great devotees love me and own me?
Will a gardener cut down a tree just because it yields one poisonous
  mango?
I am also like that O my Master!

We are all like dog eaters and poisonous mango trees.  But our
Gardener, Bhagavan Ramana will not cut down us but take us
to His golden feet.  We are not Kanakammals and Ramanatha
Brahmacharis.  We are last in the queue or perhaps unfit to
stand in the queue.  But He shall surely take care of us.
What is required is only total surrender to Him.

Bhagavan Ramana Himself has expressed this in His Sri Arunachla
Nava Mana Malai, Verse 5.  It is written for our sake and not for
His sake.  That is the discreet assurance of Bhagavan for us.

Arunachala Siva. 

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« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2010, 07:05:13 PM »
Subramanian Sir,

 Sir, were you present in the hall when she fell down? What really happened? Was she well enough to walk in to the samadhi hall? Please kindly tell in detail. She is a very blessed devotee. What grace...bhagavan's jayanthi day and his samadhi hall for liberation!

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« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2010, 06:33:32 AM »
Dear SLakshmi,

She entered the Samadhi Hall, with support of two ladies.  No sooner
than she entered, she wanted to do namaskaram to Bhagavan Ramana.  She fell down.  She did not rise again.  Some devotees
bodily lifted her up and took her back to the car.  I am told later,
that first aid was attempted, but it was too late.  I did not see
her face clearly because there was huge crowd.  I could see only
some disturbance in the crowd.  The confirmed news came from
the book shop around 9.45 PM.

Arunachala Siva.