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Ritual and worships and Self Realization
« on: March 10, 2009, 09:58:40 AM »
Rituals have their place in spiiritual life and Bhagavan Ramana was
always very reverent when they were performed.  But He taught us that becoming one with the Flame, was by incessant and arduous
effort to uncover the fundamental I AM deep in our soul from beneath
all the superfluous and extraneous thoughts that hide it from our sight. On one Festival of Lights in Tiruvannamalai,  He remarked:
"It is the Self shining through which is the real  continuous light."

During worship, He would sit mostly in Silence, beautiful to see in His self knowledge.  That look with which we are all familiar is spoken of
in a verse of Chandogya Upanishad, III.13.7. It says:  And the light
that shines beyond the sky, on top of all, on every height, in the highest worlds beyond which there is none higher.  That light is the same as the light in the Heart of man...... Beautiful to see and of
great renknown is he who knows this, who knows this!"

Whenever during festivals, when Arunachaleswara and Apeethakuchambal came for procession on the streets, camphor used
to be lighted in front of them, when the deities stop at the entrance of the Asramam.  Coconuts would be broken and submitted as offerings.
When vibhuti and kumkum were brought to Bhagavan, He used to take them reverentially and apply on His foreheads, saying:  "The son is subservient to Father!"

(Source: Arunachala's Ramana. Boundless Ocean of Grace. Volume
Number 4. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.