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Meditation on Mt. Arunachala
« on: June 18, 2008, 03:23:15 AM »
How can meditation on a mountain have spiritual benefit?  What power does a mountain have to influence the soul of a person who merely thinks of it?

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Re: Meditation on Mt. Arunachala
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2008, 10:44:39 AM »
Dear "davgad", I do not know much about other mountains. 
Mountains like Himalayas or Nilgiris (Ooty) my give serenity
due to its climate, calmness, herbs etc.,  But Arunachala is
different.  As per scriptures and Ramana's own words, this is
Shiva Himself. Contemplating on Arunachala is equivalent to
contemplating on Shiva. Try it hard, you will find the results
yourself.  Bhagavan says:  "The mere thought or contemplation
of Arunchala roots out the ego!"   

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Re: Meditation on Mt. Arunachala
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2008, 01:26:19 PM »
Dear "davgad", Arunachala is also portrayed as Effulgent Light,
in various puranas, verses like Tiruvachakam and also by Bhagavan
in His "Talks" and writings.  Meditation on the Heart Centre also
makes It shine with Effulgent Light.  Arunachala Puranam and Arunachala Mahatmiyam also tells a story, where Shiva stood as one Formless,
Nameless Light, and Vishnu and Brahma could not reach its feet or
head.  In the Heart Centre, the Self also shines as Light.  Hence,
Arunachala=Shiva=Effulgence=Heart Centre=Brahman=Self.
Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Meditation on Mt. Arunachala
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2008, 02:55:02 PM »
Dear "davgad", I do not know much about other mountains. 
Mountains like Himalayas or Nilgiris (Ooty) my give serenity
due to its climate, calmness, herbs etc.,  But Arunachala is
different.  As per scriptures and Ramana's own words, this is
Shiva Himself. Contemplating on Arunachala is equivalent to
contemplating on Shiva. Try it hard, you will find the results
yourself.  Bhagavan says:  "The mere thought or contemplation
of Arunchala roots out the ego!"   

Mountains Like Himalayas are not merely known for its climate, calmness or herbs. Yes these are the part of Himalays. But the Himalaya itself is abode of Lord Vishnu, Shiva & Divine Mother. Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, Yamnotri, and 9 Main shrines of Divine Mother are located on Himalayas. This is a very little description of Himalayas. Thousands of sages go there and medidate as it is known as the path to Vaikuntha. Himalaya is also the father of Divine Mother. The holy river Ganga's udgam sthal is Himalaya, it is Lord Shiva's Head from where Ganga has come. :)


Dear Davgad,

Medidation is fixing your mind on Lord. the whole universe is lord's abode, you can think of a form and medidate, it all depends on your faith and tendencies. But there are few places where lord is manifested better and Arunachala is that one place. Arunachala is Shiva Himself and the vibrations there are so strong that it immediately takes your mind to a higher plane.
« Last Edit: June 27, 2008, 03:00:47 PM by Shivani »

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Re: Meditation on Mt. Arunachala
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2008, 05:24:22 PM »
Dear Shivani, I am sorry I had given a poorer description of Himalayas.
The Himalayas contain abodes of Shiva, Uma and Vishnu and it is the
birthplace of Ganga.  But these are all temples of gods but Arunachala
is God Himself.  There are, it is said, 51 sakti-peetas and 107 vishnu
sthalas (108th is Vaikunta, where one can go after the death only) and 5 Siva sthalas representing 5 elements.  But these are all again houses of gods ony.  Arunachala is itself Siva with concorporate Sakti.  Arunachala Puranam gives the difference in detail.  Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Meditation on Mt. Arunachala
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2008, 09:00:00 PM »
Dear Shivani, I am sorry I had given a poorer description of Himalayas.
The Himalayas contain abodes of Shiva, Uma and Vishnu and it is the
birthplace of Ganga.  But these are all temples of gods but Arunachala
is God Himself.  There are, it is said, 51 sakti-peetas and 107 vishnu
sthalas (108th is Vaikunta, where one can go after the death only) and 5 Siva sthalas representing 5 elements.  But these are all again houses of gods ony.  Arunachala is itself Siva with concorporate Sakti.  Arunachala Puranam gives the difference in detail.  Arunachala Siva. 

I completely agree to you point, but then Which place is not Shiva Himself Subramanianji? Tell me....

I feel The whole universe is His manifestation. Be Arunachala, Himalaya, the house where i stay, it is all He Himself.

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Re: Meditation on Mt. Arunachala
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2008, 01:01:07 PM »
Dear Shivani, I have no second opinion.  While the whole universe
is doubtlessly God, everyone one needs a form and name outside,
for prayer and meditation, before one pitches on the formless
'Aham' inside.  Even here, a person needs a place and hence
Bhagavan suggested the Heart. eg., we have a home and a home-
altar.  That way, Arunachala is Siva Himself.  Bhagavan and so
many realized souls who were there in Tiruvannamalai in the past.
have vouchsafed it.  Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Meditation on Mt. Arunachala
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2008, 08:03:22 PM »
Mountains are 'achala' whereas mind is 'chala' (unsteady).  Meditation on the still mountains helps in stilling the mind.  The majestic peaks of the mountains make the ego humble before Creation.  It is a known fact that Arunachala is attracting lakhs of people towards it. 

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Re: Meditation on Mt. Arunachala
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2008, 08:09:37 PM »
Welcome, S. Subramanian.

Yes.  Arunachala is the mountain which is Siva Himself.  It is
primordial.  Several poets and Bhagavan Ramana have sung
Its glory.  Geologists have concluded that the Hills is as old
as the earth.   It is prayed as a Great Medicine, a Great Waterfall
of Bliss.  If you meditate on the Hills, it will root out your ego,
says the first verse of Aksharamanamalai.

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Meditation on Mt. Arunachala
« Reply #9 on: October 20, 2008, 09:39:13 PM »
Good question!  And some of the answers given would be ones I would quote or give.  But many people here ask this also, and some already know the quotes. 

On a different level than those answers given; physically the mountain is highly magnetic, being full of iron ore, and ancient as far as mountains go.  It was obviously once much taller, and the whole plain around it has the same granite a few feet under the earth, spreading at least 30 miles outwards.

Many sages have lived here, prior to Ramana, who must have also felt its pull.  We can certainly be assisted and helped by their presence here.

I have not answered but will continue to ask and ponder upon the question.

Thank You