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« Reply #330 on: December 13, 2011, 07:37:18 PM »
well said subramanian garu.

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« Reply #331 on: December 14, 2011, 09:30:26 AM »
Q: Has the body any value to the Self?

M: Yes, it is through the body's help that the Self is realized

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« Reply #332 on: December 14, 2011, 10:00:26 AM »
Dear prasanth,

Very nice.  The only purpose of the body is to serve as a medium to realize the Self.  Once Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni and
Sri Bhagavan were strolling on the Hill.  Muni told Sri Bhagavan: Bhagavan!  if one can have an income of Rs 3.00 per month
(it was in 1920s. Now you need Rs 30,000/-) one can sit quiet and do atma vichara and realize the Self without any worries
and anxieties!  Sri Bhagavan replied: Nayana!  Why Rs 3/-. The body alone is sufficient. If one can have a body one can sit
without worries and anxieties and do atma vichara to realize the Self!  The Muni became speechless and found Sri Bhagavan
to be genuinely carefree without worrying from where His next meal would come!

Arunachala Siva.     

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« Reply #333 on: December 14, 2011, 01:37:07 PM »
yes sri bhagavan is unique in many aspects.

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« Reply #334 on: December 14, 2011, 01:56:17 PM »
Dear prasanth,

There is one book titled The Uniqueness of Bhagavan, by Prof. K. Subrahmanyam of Hyderabad.  The book lists about
10 to 15 aspects of Sri Bhagavan's uniqueness.  K. Subrahmanyan was Professor of English Language Institute, Hyderabad
and the founder of Hyderabad Ramana Kendramu. He has since merged with Sri Bhagavan.

Arunachala Siva.     

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« Reply #335 on: December 14, 2011, 02:42:22 PM »
Dear Subramanian garu,

Yes. i came to know about Prof. K. Subrahmanyam when i visited ramana kendram in hyd.

Infact his photo is placed in the entrance of the ramana kendram.

I have bought few books + 3 sets of 2012 calendars + few stickers + few key chains.

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« Reply #336 on: December 15, 2011, 08:14:48 AM »
Q: What about diet?

M: Food affects the mind. The right food makes it more sattvic (harmonious, clear). For the practice of any kind of (spiritual) yoga, vegetarianism is absolutely necessary

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« Reply #337 on: December 15, 2011, 08:29:25 AM »

Dear prasanth,

Yes. Right from Who am I?  (1901), Sri Bhagavan had been insisting on Sattvic food.  He did not of course, compel any one -
be it foreigner or Indian to switch over to vegetarian food if they had been non vegetarians.  Chadwick, though a Westerner,
was already a vegetarian.  Devaraja Mudaliar though Indian was a non vegetarian.  However Mudaliar switched over to vegetarian
food in course of time and found that his sadhana had been improving a lot. Arthur Osborne took many years to switch over. He
has described this, at length in his book My Life and Quest.

Arunachala Siva. 

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« Reply #338 on: December 16, 2011, 07:05:18 AM »
Q: What about those not accustomed to a vegetarian diet?

M: Habit is only adjustment to the environment. It is the mind that matters. The fact is that the mind has been trained to think certain foods tasty. Nourishment may be obtained from vegetarian food no less than from flesh. But the realized person's mind is not influenced by the food eaten. However, get accustomed to vegetarianism gradually.

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« Reply #339 on: December 21, 2011, 10:20:59 AM »
Q:   Do you recommend that meat and alcohol be given up?

M:   Yes. It is a useful aid in the beginning. The difficulty in surrendering them is not that they are really necessary, but that we have become habituated to them. Until the mind is firm in realization, it must have some picture or idea to dwell on, or else the meditation will quickly give way to sleep or (wandering) thoughts. There is a subtle essence in all food; it is this which affects the mind. So, for those who are practicing meditation to find the Self, dietetic rules have been laid down, which it is advisable to follow. Sattvic (pure, bland) foods promote meditation, whereas rajasic (spicy hot) food and tamasic (aged, stale, heavy) food like meat hinder it.

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« Reply #340 on: December 21, 2011, 10:31:02 AM »
Q:   Could one receive spiritual illumination while eating meat?

M:   Yes, but abandon it gradually and accustom yourself to sattvic (pure) food. Once you have attained illumination, what you eat will make less difference, just as on a great fire it is immaterial what fuel is added.

A devotee had been following a strict regime, eating only one very light meal a day. The Maharshi remarked at breakfast, "Why don't you also give up coffee" His implication was to rebuke the over-importance placed on diet regulation.

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« Reply #341 on: December 21, 2011, 10:39:51 AM »
Q:   But if it is a matter of non-killing, then even plants have life.

M:   And so do the tiles which you are sitting on!

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« Reply #342 on: December 22, 2011, 08:20:21 PM »
Q:   Why do you take milk but not eggs?

M:   Domesticated cows yield more milk than their calves require and they find it a pleasure to be relieved. Eggs contain potential lives.

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« Reply #343 on: December 24, 2011, 02:56:57 PM »
Q:   I take food three or four times a day and attend to bodily wants so much that I am oppressed by the body. Is there a state when I shall be disembodied so that I might be free from the scourge of bodily wants?

M:   It is the attachments that are harmful: the actions are not bad in themselves. There is no harm in eating three or four times a day, but just do not say, "I want this kind of food and not that kind," and so on. Not only that, but you take these meals in twelve hours of the waking state, whereas you are not eating in the twelve hours of sleep. Does sleep lead you to mukti (liberation)? It is wrong to suppose that simple inactivity (in itself) leads one to mukti.

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« Reply #344 on: December 27, 2011, 09:28:59 AM »
Q:   Is it harmless to continue smoking?

M:   No, tobacco is a poison. It is better to do without it. Tobacco gives only a temporary stimulation to which there must be a reaction with craving for more. Also, it is not good for meditation practice.