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Hanuman Chalisa
« on: March 26, 2010, 04:36:09 PM »
Hanuman chalisa , is 40 verses in the praise of Lord Hanuman sung by the poet saint Tulasidas. Meditating on Hanuman, Meditating on our personal God or Meditating on the Self within all mean the same. A song in praise of God is no different from a song in praise of the Self. Bhajans, doing japa , meditation are various ways to remain as Self. They are various means.

In Upadesha Saram Ramana says "uttama stava, ucha mandatah, chittajam japat dhyanam uttamam"

singing bhajans in low voice is better than singing it in loud voice. japa is better than even singing bhajans and meditation is even better.

This statement should not implore someone to think that prayer is no more needed. All these are means to remind ourselves of the Self. So, they are all very useful. But if someone is dependent upon "loud" singing to detach himself or herself from the non-Self, that is a trouble. Someone who can detach from non-self with slow singing in lower voice is better off, coz he can do it while walking on the road ... he does not need a Bhajan community to link with his God. Someone who can detach with japa is even better. And someone who can remain in a "Bhavana" --- a thought current will be able to remain in it without the help of repeatition. And someone who can remain as Self, always detached from non-self, without any Bhavana [or need for thoughts] ... he is Free! Coz no thought is able to affect him.

This does not mean a person who can remain detached without the aid of prayer should not pray! Prayer is always good. sometimes after listening to a good song or after a bhajan ... mind is so stilled that one can remain without the aid of anything else. Sometimes mind is automatically so still that to sing bhajan may seem a burden!

So these are means to an end ... the end is detaching from non-Self. End is not peace of mind. End is detaching from non-Self.



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Re: Hanuman Chalisa
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2010, 04:52:26 PM »
End detaching from non-Self.

well said udai garu.

Bhagavan Sri Ramana has made it quite clear that people who have had no literary education could also attain the highest knowledge through both the ways enumerated above,but people of an emotional nature will benefit themselves more by bhakti and people of a reflective mood will have better appeal to jnana.

In the case of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, in spite of his not having seen even the portals of a school, he was able to attain the highest knowledge through bhakti. And in the case of Sri Ramana we have an example of a Self-realised soul through jnana, though Ramana had only very little school education. Sankara and Ramana come under the latter category of sages and hence it was possible for them to attain the highest knowledge while yet very young.


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Re: Hanuman Chalisa
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2010, 07:59:39 PM »
Excellent initiative udai Garu.

So here purification of mind is the preliminary step.There are various ways to purify our mind like association with sages,participating in satsangh like this forum,renounciation of ego,detachment with general mass of people,devotion to god.....

As RamaKrishna Paramahamsa says,

The mind is like a needle covered with mud, and God is like a magnet.The needle cannot be united with the magnet unless it is free from mud. Tears wash away the mud, which is nothing but lust, anger, greed, and other evil tendencies, and the inclination to worldly enjoyments as well. 

Let the milk of your mind be turned into the butter of Divine Love by means of religious practices in solitude. The mind then will never get mixed with the water of worldliness, but will rise above and remain unattached to the world. Having attained true knowledge and devotion the mind will stand apart from the world.

Now this is possible with the grace of guru and surrender to guru is very much required.

Now coming to the four fruits of life (Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha) which we consider four ends or aims of human life.

They are (ordered from least to greatest):

Kama - "wish, desire, love and sensual pleasure"

Artha - "wealth, prosperity, glory"

Dharma - "righteousness, duty, morality, virtue, ethics", encompassing notions such as ahimsa (non-violence) and satya (truth)

Mokṣa - "liberation", i.e. liberation from Saṃsara, the cycle of reincarnation.

So least preference of Kama,Artha should be given and we should always adhere to Dharma and strive for moksa which is detaching from non-Self and absence of ego though complete destruction is not possible as stated by bhagavan ramana.