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Subramanian.R

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Re: Ganges
« Reply #15 on: August 14, 2010, 12:27:37 PM »

Dear Nagaraj,

Acting as if, I have true devotion - is something like this.

There was a lot of crowd for a bus.  The bus did not come for quite some time, [typical Bangalore].  There were two old men.  With
poor health, they knew that they cannot get into the bus, even if
it comes, since there are a lot of young boys and girls with muscle power.  So they decided to simply stand amidst the crowd.  The
bus came at last.  The boys and girls pushed towards the entrance of the bus.  These two old men also got pushed and jostled.  Suddenly they found themselves inside the bus!   The crowd
around them had pushed them into the bus, to safety.

We are also like these two old men.  We stand amidst true and
ardent devotees, crying Annamalaikku Arohara, Annamalaikku
Arohara!  The devotees around us, literally push us into the Temple sanctorum!  No efforts really from us.  It is all Satsangh.  Physical presence in the midst of Sattvic people and the Jnani!

Natakakathal un adiyar pol nadithu naan naduve.....

Arunachala Siva.     

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Re: Ganges
« Reply #16 on: August 14, 2010, 01:11:11 PM »
Once i was literally carried away from the main gate of the temple to the sanctum sanctorium of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala.
Luckily my ribs are not broken.After darshan they lady volunteers literally thrown me out of the innermost temple.What they can do,there is so much crowd on that day.As Sri Subrahmanian says devotees helped me in darshan of of God.:-)
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« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2012, 08:36:02 PM »
Again this is an Old thread that I came across only now .

Only yesterday I read a dialogue of Papaji with some of his devotees and when they requested him to suggest places for Pilgrimage or places to practice atma vichar , he said only need not go anywhere and best is to practice self enquiry wherever one is but yet he said for people deeply interested he gave 2 places and 1) Arunachala and 2) Ganges River .
In My early part of sadhana I had visited Arunachala a lot , done Girivalam , went up the hills and mediated in Virupaksha Cave , Skandashram etc and also stayed at Ramana Ashram had darshan of Sri Lakshmana Swamy at his residence and my last visit to Arunachala was in Dec 2009 and after that I have been only visiting Rishikesh to spend time in solitude by the banks of Mother Ganga near Ram Jhula area opp the Sivanada Ashram .
These days Mother Ganga pulls me a lot and I always like to visit her in Rishikesh . I daily chant Adi Shankara's Ganga Stotram mentally imagining myself to be on the banks of Ganga and it feels very refreshing .
I found lot of similarities between Ganges and Arunachala . What Arunacahla was to Bhagwan , Ganga was to Swami Sivananda and both stayed close to their place of Interest and did not move much . Only once Swami Sivananda moved out of Rishiesk for an All India tour but major part of his life was close to Ganges .
Bhagwan Ramana says that Arunachala is a silent teacher and Swami Sivananda says that Ganges is also a silent teacher .
The following is the message of Swami Sivananda on Mother Ganga as  a  Supremeb being and also as a Silent teacher
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GANGA—A FORM OF THE SUPREME BEING

Ganga is the form of Vishnu. She came out of the Supreme Being. Her sight is soul-stirring and elevating. She flows in the valleys and lives by the side of Parvati, daughter of Himavan. How magnificent she is when she flows in the valley of Rishikesh! She has a blue colour like that of the ocean. The water is extremely clear and sweet. Rich people from the plains get water from Rishikesh. It is taken in big copper vessels to far-off places in India.

To have a look at the Ganga in Rishikesh is soul-elevating. To sit for a few minutes on a block of stone by the side of the Ganga is a blessing. To stay for some months in Rishikesh on the banks of the Ganga and do Anushthana or Purascharana is great Tapas which will take the aspirant to the abode of Lord Hari. To live for ever on the banks of the Ganga and spend the life in meditation is Sivanandam. Mother Ganga bestows seen and unseen powers on those crave for Her grace. Sit alone on the banks of the Ganga. Concentrate. Meditate. Realise how spiritual vibrations accelerate your inner heart, even overriding your guilty conscience. Where has the supreme joy that fills you now all over, come from all on a sudden! How she does instantaneously withdraw your mind and conscience from the physical world to the regions of immortality, only to suckle you with bliss and blessedness!

A SILENT TEACHER


The Ganga starts from Gangotri in Himalayas. She encounters many obstacles on her way, but she finally reaches the goal—the ocean. Similarly, the Sadhaka should never give up his struggle, however insurmountable the obstacles in the path may appear to be.
All difficulties and obstacles will be removed through the grace of the Lord if he is sincere in his Yogic practices, and he will reach the goal.

The Ganga gives you always cool, pure water. It does not expect anything from you in return. The sun sheds its light on all without anticipating any reward. Derive lessons from them. Always give, give. Ask nothing in return. Expect nothing in return. Do not expect even appreciation, approbation, or recognition.

A rogue and a saint can drink the water of the Ganga. The sun sheds its light on the wicked and the virtuous. The mango tree gives its fruits both for the caretaker and the man who cuts its branches. Develop equal vision like the Ganga, the sun and the mango tree. I love Ganga and the Himalayas. Ganga is my Mother Divine. Himalayas is my Father Divine. They inspire and guide me. I take bath in Ganga . I swim in Ganga. I adore Ganga. I feed the fishes of Ganga. I wave light to Mother Ganga. I pray to Ganga. I do salutations to Ganga . I sing the glory of Ganga. I write about the grandeur and glory of Ganga.

Ganga has nourished me. Ganga has comforted me. Ganga has taught me the truths of the Upanishads.

O friend! Follow the lines of Mother Ganga. Be pure. Be adaptable. Be tolerant. Be forgiving. Be sweet. Pour out your love on all. Share what you have—physical, moral, mental and spiritual—with the whole of humanity. The more you give the more you get. Give without any selfish motive, without expecting any reward. Embrace all. Cultivate equal vision.

All glory be unto Mother Ganga, the giver of life, light and love. Worship Her with faith, devotion and piety. Adore Her with flowers of purity, love, self-restraint and equal vision. Sing Her Names. Attain Brahman through Her grace. May Mother Ganga bless you all! May She help you to live on Her banks and practise Yoga and Tapas.


--Swami Sivananda

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2012, 10:16:47 PM »
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« Reply #19 on: September 23, 2012, 10:35:30 PM »

Thanks Hari for this pic of Rishikesh in RamJhula area .I sit opposite these buildings on the other side of Ganges near the Gita Bhavan Ghat  and spend time in solitude .
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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« Reply #20 on: September 23, 2012, 11:42:23 PM »
It looks really beautiful. Thanks for remembering me the beauty and the power of Rishikesh.
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« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2012, 12:03:55 PM »
Dear Atmavichar100,

ARUNACHALA IS THE FROZEN GANGA.

GANGA IS THE FLOWING ARUNACHALA.

Arunachala Siva.