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Methods explained by Ganapati Muni
« on: February 14, 2010, 12:42:15 PM »
Sri Ramana Maharshi taught Ganapati to look into his self, the self which is the soul would be abiding in the cavity of the heart - look into the root of the sound from where emanates the voice of the mantra japa and the sound dissolves at the root that is tapas.

Other methods as explained by Ganapati Muni:

Continue the Japa within your self while the sound of the japa is being heard only by your ears -

Let the object of the worship be the blue sky. Consider the tip of the tongue, the seat of the God of learning, as the object of worship - there would be a continues flow of saliva which should not be split out - such a saliva is  sign of good health also - it goes through the throat like a mouse going into a hole.

Concentrate on the meaning of mantra.

Concentrate on clear articulation of the mantra within your self -

If you are doing Pranava Japa, articulate the OM in full - arc like, let the sound be articulated within your self.

Let the rays of effulgence of the sun, see into you from the crown of your head and other points - and let them enter your spinal column and proceed to the tail - let the rays course through the spinal from the crown of head.

And there are such other ways to enable the aspirant to settle in his self.

The aspirant should gradually give up love for lies, love for exaggeration, love for the partial etc.., One must realise the philosophy of whatever is undertaken.

And similar attitudes must be adopted in all problems the aspirant would have to encounter.

Whatever diverts and disturbs the mind and whatever objects distracts one from the japa and meditation, should be given up.

Source - (Ganapati Muni - a biography)

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


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Re: Methods explained by Ganapati Muni
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2010, 12:37:41 PM »
More on the first meeting of guru ramana and kavyakanta


Ganapati Sastri, also called Ganapati Muni – Muni means the wise,the scholar, the saint – was the most famous and erudite of Sri Ramana’s disciples. He hailed from Andhra Pradesh and was a Brahmin. In his youth he had already written literary works and could speak and write Sanskrit fluently at the age of fourteen.When he was 22 he took part in a meeting of learned Sanskrit scholars and writers, he was awarded the title Kavya-Kantha (one from whose throat poetry arises spontaneously) because of his virtuosity in poetical improvisation.

In 1903 he came to Tiruvannamalai for the first time to practise intense tapas (spiritual ascetic exercises). He stayed for one year and during that time he twice visited the Swami, who was approximately the same age as himself. On both occasions his erudition was noticed. Finally he took up the post of school teacher at Vellore.
But it was the renewal of India which was closest to his heart and to which he devoted most of his energy. Through intense tapas, in particular through mantra japa, he believed he would obtain the energy required to achieve this goal. He dreamed of an ideal society based on the Vedas, in which there would be material prosperity
and social justice as well as spirituality. He used to hold long public discourses on this theme and soon gained a circle of followers.

It was on the ninth day of the Kartikai festival, 18th November 1907 at about half past one, when, in the midday heat, he climbed up the hill to the Virupaksha Cave. He was trembling with emotion.The young Swami was seated alone in front of his cave. Although,because of the festival, there were crowds of people everywhere,there was nobody at all near the Swami. Even Palaniswami was not there. Ganapati Muni fell prostrate on the ground, grasped Sri Ramana’s feet with both hands and uttered trembling, “All that has to be read I have read. Even Vedanta Sastra [the holy scriptures of Vedanta] I have fully understood. I have performed japa to my heart’s content. Yet I have not up to this time understood what tapas is. Hence have I sought refuge at thy feet. Pray enlighten me about the nature of tapas.”

For 15 minutes the Swami kept silent and looked at Ganapati, who sat at his feet full of expectation. Then he answered, “If one watches whence this notion of ‘I’ springs, the mind will be absorbed into that. That is tapas. If a mantra is repeated, and attention directed to the source whence the mantra-sound is produced, the mind will be absorbed in that. That is tapas.”

This was the first time that Sri Ramana gave a verbal answer to a question. Until then he had kept silent and had always written the answers down. It is remarkable how he led the mantra practice of his new disciple back to the method of Self-enquiry. For Ganapati Muni this was a real revelation. His heart was filled with ecstatic joy and he meditated at the feet of his new master until the evening.

The following day Ganapati Muni wrote full of enthusiasm to his family and his disciples, “I have found my Master, my Guru. He is the Sage of Arunachala known as Brahmanaswami. He is no ordinary Swami. He is a great Seer, a mighty spiritual personality. To me and to you all he is Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi [elevated great Seer Ramana]. Let the whole world know him as such.”

From that moment on the Swami became known as the Maharshi,Bhagavan or simply Ramana. Ganapati Muni and his followers made Sri Ramana known to a wide circle in India.

Ganapati Muni spent his whole life moving around and was often accompanied by his wife Visalakshi, who also led a spiritual life.

The relationship between them remained close all their lives. Sri Ramana called Ganapati Muni by the pet name Nayana, which his disciples also used. The Telugu word Nayana is used to address one’s father as well as one’s disciple and one’s child.

Ganapati Muni died in 1936, aged 58, in Kharagpur, West-Bengal,where his devotees had built an ashram for him. When Ramana was informed about his death by telegram, he said, deeply moved and with tears in his eyes, “Where can we find another like him?”

Some of the other sadhus who lived on the mountain, watched Sri Ramana’s increasing fame with suspicion and envy. An elderly sadhu felt particularly envious and wanted to drive Ramana out of the Virupaksha Cave. He threw some rocks over a ledge at the young Swami sitting under it, but they missed. When the sadhu tried it again, Ramana got up and caught him. But the sadhu only laughed and said that it was meant only as an innocent joke. Without rebuking him Ramana let him go.

Source: Ramana Maharshi: His Life A biography by Gabriele Ebert