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Joey_

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(stupid) questions about Arunachala and chanting
« on: February 22, 2010, 05:14:03 PM »
Hi, in the past I've done a buddhist mantra and my reason for doing it was simply to make my voice deeper. I know that there can't be much more dumber or materialistic motivation, but otherwise I consider my self a serious seeker. I meditate atleast an hour every day and I think about Ramana Maharshi's and other Advaita teachers teachings almost all day long. I just suffer from low self-esteem and my squeaky voice makes it more difficult to be in social situations. So now I've been chanting Arunachala Siva recently but I'm wondering is it a little blasphemous to repeat God's name for such unholy purposes. So should I just go back to my old mantra?


And I've been thinking about putting a picture of Arunachala mountain as my wall paper. But this computer screen has over 60 icons (it has other users) and it would be like a picture of Krishna covered in soil so perhpaps it would be a little sacroligous too.(?)
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Subramanian.R

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Re: (stupid) questions about Arunachala and chanting
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2010, 11:14:29 AM »
Dear friend,

You can chant Arunachala Akshramana Maalai or any other works
of Bhagavan, if it is for a purpose of your good health including good
voice.  There is no blashpemy.   My wife chants within her mind, when
she suffers a bronchial attack.  This does not mean that you should
not take medication.  Medicines are given by doctors, the cure is by
faith in Guru or God.

If you have been initiated in a mantra, you can also continue that.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: (stupid) questions about Arunachala and chanting
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2010, 01:35:40 AM »
I think you can have two purposes at the same time.
To deepen your voice and to deepen your faith.

You say it might be blasphemous to repeat God's name for such unholy purposes. 
I think Buddhist mantra is as sacred as Arunachala Siva mantra.

As for Arunachala wall-paper, I understand your point.
I used Arunachala photo as a wallpaper for my computer,
in order to keep remembering it,
but after reading your comment,
I decided not to use it as a wallpaper.
It is true that the holy photo seems to be contaminated with worldly documents.

How you feel about this question would be different from person to person.
You can do whatever seems to purify your mind.


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Re: (stupid) questions about Arunachala and chanting
« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2010, 12:53:06 AM »
I think you can have two purposes at the same time.
To deepen your voice and to deepen your faith.

You say it might be blasphemous to repeat God's name for such unholy purposes.  
I think Buddhist mantra is as sacred as Arunachala Siva mantra.

As for Arunachala wall-paper, I understand your point.
I used Arunachala photo as a wallpaper for my computer,
in order to keep remembering it,
but after reading your comment,
I decided not to use it as a wallpaper.
It is true that the holy photo seems to be contaminated with worldly documents.

I've been thinking about this too and I wonder how could something totally Pure be contaminated by such puny things :) But I've still not put it as wallpaper (because my sister would change it anyway).

And btw, I also found out that chanting improves breathing which is healthy for the brain and the mind.


Edit: And thank you Subramanian for your answer. I couldn't reply to it before for some reason, and my private message to you neither got sent.
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Re: (stupid) questions about Arunachala and chanting
« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2010, 07:17:30 AM »
How can Atma be contaminated?  It is Absolute, nitya-suddhan,
ever-pure, nirvikaran, ever without change and nirmalan, ever
in uncontaminated in Itself.  I have got Bhagavan Ramana's photo
as the wallpaper in the comp. and Graham Boyd has placed the
Hill on the website.  Only we think we contaminate it, it will be
contaminated because our mind enters the picture.  The one way
is to keep it in the photo in the Home Altar which is said to be
kept pure.  And again, it is mental play.  I say my mantra Arunachala Siva, if I get up at 2 am., for urination and I say this
mantra while in the toilet.  Nothing happens to the Atma.  It is
ever pure.

Arunachala Siva.