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Applying Vibhti and other rituals
« on: January 09, 2009, 11:30:10 AM »
Murugnar says in Padmalai:

Verse 837: Only thorugh the application of the vibhuti of jnana vichara,
will the (ego) ghost be exorcised.

It is traditional to apply vibhuti on the forehead after bath, in the
case of advaitic brahmins, saivas and other people who worship
Siva.  Bhagavan Ramana also used to apply vibhuti and He applied
the vibhuti and kumkum brought from the temples with great enthusiasm.  Murugnar says that this application of vibhuti, atma
vichara,  is only to exorcise the ego ghost.  In villages, vibhuti is
used for exorcism rituals, even today.  Bhagavan says that self
enquiry, enquiry into the nature of true consciousness, is the exorcism
ceremony that will effectively banish the ego ghost.

Verse 838: Not only will it be exorcised, it will get beheaded and destroyed
before your very eyes.

Padamalai 511: Lustrous Padam frequenty speaks of the benefits of
virtuous behaviour (achara) advising devotees not to forsake traditional rules of conduct, but to cherish and observe them.

Guru Vachaka Kovai Verse 791 also says: Since the moral and religous observances that have been laid down protect the sadhaka for a long
distance, along the path, they deserve to be appropriately observed,
but if they obstruct the practice of the excellent and true Jnana Vichara, then give them up as deficient.

Murugnar himself was observing performing annual ceremonies for
his departed mother.  Once Bhagavan Ramana, observing that Muruganar was drying freshly soaked clothes, for the purpose of doing annual ceremony, asked him: "O is your mother's ceremony today.  What are you going to do for Brahmins?  Okay I am a Brahmin and this Rangarao (who
was standing near Him in the kitchen) is another Brahmin." and laughed.
Murugnar thereafter stopped the performance of annual ceremonies for
his mother, since Bhagavan Himself sat as Brahmin for the ceremony and
his mother was sure to reach Heavens!

Sivaprakasam Pillai sings: Ramanadeva!  You gave me a small bag
containing vibhuti and asked me to keep it all the time. You also told
me, that giving up traditional disciplines is harmful." (Sivaprakasam
Pillai's biography written by Manikkam Pillai)

Sivaprakasam Pillai has also said that Bhagavan Ramana had told him,
not to remove the tuft of hair, he had been keeping.  He also says
in Sri Ramana Upadesam that Bhagavan told him not to forsake any
achara and along with achara one should do self enquiry.

Padamalai Verse 703: This disgraceful aberration known as 'the mind'
will not depart simply by observing achamana and agamarshana.

Achamana is the ritual sipping of water, while uttering mantras before
meals or during sandhya vandhana, and agamarshana is a mantra
that is uttered during ritual immersion.

Verse 1278: The splendrous condition, the state in which, the vile ego
is abolished, is indeed the sum of the many and various vedic sacrifices
that confer spotless purity. 

Verse 297: Since charya (devotion and detachment) alone sustains
sadhana, observe and cherish it in an appropriate way, without ever

Verse 899: Observe the disciplines of external conduct (achara),
knowing in your heart their real meaning, by properly reflecting
on their inner meaning.     

Verse 2714: Unless one is a Jnani whose consciousness has become
calm and clear, it is not possible to enquire and know the underlying
subtle principles of dharma (the true meanings of practices).

Verse 606: The Self abidance that flourishes when one realizes one's
true nature is the supreme dharma of sat-achara.

(Source: Padamalai. Muruganar. Tamil Verses. Book 9 of Sri
Ramana Jnana Bodham. Tr. and Commentary by David Godman.
Avadhuta Foundation, Colorado. USA.)

Arunachala Siva.