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Subramanian.R

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Living in exile with only three books
« on: May 30, 2009, 11:48:54 AM »
Sometime back, a friend wrote in the Forum, about the book
that turned his life into spirituality.  Every other member
gave his response.

Yesterday, with continuous power shut down, I was thinking,
what would I do when I am lifted and placed in a far off
island for one year by god?  God will house you in a cottage,
where food and bathing facilties are provided.  But no TV,
no comp., no cellphone, no company of man or woman.  You
can go out of the cottage but you should not even take a sea
bath.  God permits you to take only three books with you
for reading during that one year.  The books can be in any
language.  It need not even be spiritual books.  You can
take right from Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Nietszhe or anything.

What are the three books that you would prefer to take?
My selection was the following:

1. Tiruvachakam, in Tamil.

2. Viveka Choodamani, Sanskrit slokas & Tamil commentary.

3. The Complete Works of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
    in Tamil.  It is called Nool Tirattu in Tamil.

If God gives a small concession of a fourth book, I shall
take Essays in Zen Buddhism, by Dr. D.T. Suzuki. 

I seek responses from others.

Arunachala Siva.       

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Re: Living in exile with only three books
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2009, 05:52:43 PM »
Dear Subramanian,

:)

I would prefer to go without any books. In my case I found, knowledge is also an addiction? maybe, for some time, I may turn into a monkey.... but then eventually, I would like be settle down as I am.... no talking, reading, no nothing...

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

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Re: Living in exile with only three books
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2009, 06:01:05 PM »
For me the choice might be (it can change from time to time, there are thousands of good ones, including modern, to choose from!!):

1) Srimad Bhagavatham (which is the essence of all scriptures) with inner meaning explained (not just stories)
2) The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
3) Viveka Choodamani (quite voluminous and an ocean by itself) or any book by/on Sri Ramana.

I think of these, Viveka Choodami would take the most time to finish as it is filled with so much knowledge and is quite tough as it is abstruse and not much commentaries exist.

- Mohan

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Re: Living in exile with only three books
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2009, 08:04:18 PM »
1)collected talks of ramana maharshi or collected writings of ramana maharshi (hard decision)
2)...let me think about this
3) the collected tantras of the ancients (but I have ot learn tibetan for this :) )

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Re: Living in exile with only three books
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2009, 09:06:18 PM »

1.- Nan Yar, Ramana Maharshi

2.- Being and becoming, Vimala Thakar

3.- Seeds of Consciousness, Sri Nisargadatta

 

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Re: Living in exile with only three books
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2009, 09:31:36 PM »
Divine Exile

It is only through God's Grace we can get such "exile".

I would like to carry the following Satsangs:

1. The nectar of Bhakti and Jnana poured out from "Sri Ramakrishna Kathamritha"
2. Silence of the Self in the form of "Who Am I?" of Sri Ramana
3. Japa, Tapa, Yoga, Dhyana and more contained in "Srimad Bhagavatam" of Sri Krishna



Om Shanti....
Homage to the Universal Being...Om Shanti ... Om Shanti ... Om Shanti ...

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Re: Living in exile with only three books
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2009, 09:37:01 PM »
I would have,
1. Talks with ramana maharishi
2. Who am I
3. Bhaja govindam.


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Re: Living in exile with only three books
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2009, 11:22:31 PM »
1 Talks with Ramana
2 J S Bach 48 preludes and fugues (if i cant have a piano at least i can sing them)
3  a Sanskrit Dictionary (could learn a few new words)

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Re: Living in exile with only three books
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2009, 07:54:24 AM »
I will ask God,(instead of taking books) to come with me and stay with me always.


ramanaduli








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Re: Living in exile with only three books
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2010, 06:42:37 AM »

'Living by the words of Bhagavan'

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Re: Living in exile with only three books
« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2010, 02:50:20 PM »
one year old mail. just chanced to read today and wished to react with my personal experience.
. Just one book Talks by Ramana Maharshi compiled by Munagalu Venkataramiah. Regularly, I browse this book. Bhagavan answers my doubts,gives instruction,keeps company and makes me feel the power of his prescence.

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Re: Living in exile with only three books
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2010, 02:56:43 PM »
Hi, my first post here, three books i would take are

Collected Works - Ramana Maharshi
Guru Vachaka Kovai - Muruganar
Talks with Ramana Maharshi...    in no particular order

I just want to add im so happy to have found this forum!

« Last Edit: April 07, 2010, 03:08:41 PM by RobertAdam »
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Subramanian.R

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Re: Living in exile with only three books
« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2010, 06:59:40 PM »
Dear RobertAdam,

Welcome to the Forum.  Please feel to write anything that you
understand about Bhagavan Ramana.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Living in exile with only three books
« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2010, 07:10:39 PM »
How pleasant!  A year old mail from last Spring that sprouts new leaves!

I loved in particular the humor bubbling in the choices and reasons for choices, but it was Subramaniam's choice of a 4th book that sparked a reply from me.

D. T. Suzuki's  "Essays in Zen Buddhism" was a mainstay for me for many years.  It's odd, in a way the texts are tedious to read with words and concepts I could barely grasp, like a slow sonorous chanting of sutras I saw on TV once, then -- suddenly -- a flash of light of insight of understanding that disappear almost before I could recognize them.

Then, one morning, alone on a night shift, about 3 in the morning, I closed the copy of the essays I was reading - suddenly, I was up out of my chair dancing across the room, on the floor, on the table tops, singing a song.  Surprised, I then scratched the words down on a manila envelope I pulled out of a waste basket:

You are reality, beyond all belief
You are the living tree, nourishing my green leaf
You are the hight, the footstep and the path
You are the answer, with no questions asked
You are the beauty shining in each lover's face
You are that certain place of no time or space
    Smaller than an atom
    Bigger than a star
    Able to go slowly fast,
    You stay quickly far
You are, you are, you are...
You are the holy rock
You are the distant shore
You are life itself and even death
     pales before
Your emptiness


Ah, but my books?  I dunno, I really don't know, many clamor for attention, the thick ones claim they have more to say and the thin ones say that their conciseness and brevity is what increases their value -- so, a couple of books, one thick, one thin, and a picture of Ramana -- sigh -- but which picture?
There's a glory in the morning because the earth turns 'round, and a promise in the evening, when the sun goes down.

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Re: Living in exile with only three books
« Reply #14 on: April 13, 2010, 11:40:24 AM »
I have to search for the three volumes of Essays in Zen Buddhism.
I feel like reading them once again.  I bought it in Adyar Library
of JK in Chennai about ten years back.  The new copies would cost me at least Rs 2000/=.

Arunachala Siva.