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Sadhana
« on: September 18, 2011, 06:54:57 PM »
Do you perform your sadhana every day? Do you have specific time and place to do it, any schedule? Is there time when you are strongly attached to your worldly problems or pleasures that you don't want to practice? How does your day go off? How much time do you spend for your spiritual practice? What is it - Atma-vichara or Bhakti or both? How does your mind feel? Have you had any experience (however short it was) when your thoughts were gone?
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Re: Sadhana
« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2011, 07:21:21 PM »


Dear Ramana1359.

Each aspirant has got a different type of sadhana.  It need not suit
another. For example, I chant throughout the day, when  I am engaged
in outside work like going to market or travelling in auto or car, Arunachala
Siva,. Arunachala Siva. Then, whenever I open Forum, I see the Webcam
photo. I see like this a number of times. Then, I listen to Sri Ramana
Stuti Panchakam and Sri Arunachala Stuti Panchakam everyday, at least
in parts. In the late evening, I chant Aksharamana Maalai, within lips,
without seeing the book once. In bed at night, for sometime, till I get
sleep, I chant Arunachala Siva, Arunachala Siva. I do not do formal
self inquiry.  In the afternoon, at about 5 pm I read Who am I? Tamizh
version once in a leisurely pace and contemplate. All these things give
me peace of mind and keep away unwanted thoughts.  I have taken
voluntary retirement since 5 years ago, and I have more time at my
disposal. I do not visit and go for pilgrimages. I go to some place only
occasionally, where there is an unavoidable wedding, or
some bereavement.  I have stopped touring. I am not interested to
go to Kasi or Rameswaram. My visits to T'malai once in 3 or 4 months
is sufficient for me.



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Re: Sadhana
« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2011, 07:33:28 PM »
Thank you very much, Subramanian.R.  :)

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Re: Sadhana
« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2011, 09:00:26 PM »
Dear ramana1359,

Do you perform your sadhana every day?
Yes.

Do you have specific time and place to do it, any schedule?
No.

Is there time when you are strongly attached to your worldly problems or pleasures that you don't want to practice?
It is the most precious time to actually practice.

How does your day go off? How much time do you spend for your spiritual practice?
Allways. From moment I open my eyes till I close them and even further.

What is it - Atma-vichara or Bhakti or both?
Both. During day I mix those two. I just follow my heart. But whatever I do, self-inquiry is top for me.


How does your mind feel?
Still. Peacefull. Joy. Happiness, most of the time. But sometimes some new things come up from the deep down, then one must work to let go of it.

Have you had any experience (however short it was) when your thoughts were gone?
Yes. Often. In deep sleep there are no thoughts. During waking stage it varies. Thus practice.

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Re: Sadhana
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2011, 12:14:57 PM »
Dear Subramanian Sir,

"I read Who am I? Tamizh version once in a leisurely pace and contemplate....."
Sir, I did follow this - soon after, thoughts did subside and stillness prevailed, without any further effort my my side, for next 4 hours.
 I never realized Reading Naan Yaar itself is a Sadhana....
« Last Edit: September 20, 2011, 12:17:04 PM by Ramakrishnan »

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Re: Sadhana
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2011, 12:47:01 PM »


Dear Ramakrishnan,

Nan Yar is like an Upanishad. It is the smallest Upanishad like
Maandukya Upanishad.  Imagine, it has been WRITTEN by
Sri Bhagavan, the Self Realized Jnani at the age of 21 for the
benefit of Sivaparaksam Pillai.  There are several versions of it.
But  the one with question and answer type, is the best one, in
my view.  Reading it slowly and then contemplate on every paragraph
or even a sentence is a real good Sadhana.  I have been doing it
since 2008 every day.  Do not memorize it.  Even if you know by
heart, still go reading it everyday.  Everyday,  you will understand more
and more things in it. Sri Bhagavan explains, what is Swarupam,
what is Jnana Drishti, what is Vairagyam, what is Sukam, what is
the difference between niraasai [non attachment] and jnanam, what
is vichara and what is dhyana, etc., etc., It is a golden pot of priceless gems.

Read it every day.  There is no better sadhana than it.



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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2011, 02:20:24 PM »
Subramaniam Sir,

Sorry to ask this dumb question.  [1] Will the English version of 'Who am I' give the same results?

[2] I heard the Lalita Sahasranamam being chanted in one of the temples on the Girivalam path and was captivated by it   What are the benefits of chanting it?
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Re: Sadhana
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2011, 02:59:01 PM »


Dear Child of Arunachala,

1. Nan Yaar? can be read in any language. But Sri Bhagavan
    had written it in Tamizh. Language is no bar for Jnana.

2. Sri Lalita Sahasranam can be chanted. But one should read
    after bath and purity of mind. Lalita cannot be chanted after food
    etc.. In the evenings, it can be chanted after a bath and before
    night food.

3.  One who has said that Siva cannot be worshipped because
     He would make you penniless like a beggar is sheer nonsense.
     Siva is the destroyer of ignorance. Tirumoolar says, Siva Siva
     enRida theevinai maaLum....When you say Siva, Siva - all the
     misfortunes would run away.



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Re: Sadhana
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2011, 06:24:31 PM »
Our life itself becomes a Sadhana (every moment of our life) if we add an important ingredient called "Recognition" "Discernment" & constant Bhakti with Ahimsa.

Salutations to Bhagavan
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Re: Sadhana
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2011, 09:05:53 PM »

Dear Ramana 1359,

All your questions are related to other Sadhanas, say Mantra, Tantra etc.

In Jnana Sadhana and in the grace of Bhagavan, you will get all the answers from within.

May Bhagavan bless you!