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Nagaraj

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How to pray for others
« on: October 19, 2011, 08:19:53 PM »
A devotee once asked Bhagavan how to pray for other people. He answered,

"If you are abiding within the Self, there are no other people. You and I are the same. When I pray for you I pray for myself and when I pray for myself I pray for you. Real prayer is to abide within the Self. This is the meaning of Tat Twam Asi - That Thou Art. There can be no separation in the Self. There is no need for prayer for yourself or any person other than to abide within the Self."

Salutations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

Subramanian.R

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Re: How to pray for others
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2011, 08:27:57 PM »


Dear Nagaraj,

Yes. Sri Bhagavan has said that.  However, in a few cases, where other persons were in really need of prayer, He prayed. He
prayed for Mother Azhagammal when she was laid up with typhoid during one of her earlier visits.  He prayed through His eyes
for the broken egg, to complete its period and then hatch.

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Arunachala Siva.


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Re: How to pray for others
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2011, 08:33:44 PM »
Dear Subramanian sir,

Bhagavan composed the Thai Thaapamaatral prayer as under, very beautiful indeed:

In 1914, when Bhagavan's mother fell ill seriously, during her brief stay with Him, Bhagavan composed this small prayer to Arunachala:

1. Hill of my refuge that cures the ills of recurring births!
O Lord! it is for Thee to cure my mother's fever.

2. O God that smitest Death itself! My sole refuge!
Vouchsafe Thy grace unto my mother and shield her from
Death. What is Death if scrutinised?

3. Arunachala ! Thou blazing fire of Jnana ! Deign to wrap
my mother in Thy light and make her one with Thee.
What need then for cremation?

4. Arunachala, that chasest away illusion (Maya)!
Why delayest Thou to dispel my mother's delirium! Besides
Thee, is there anyone who with maternal solicitude can
protect the suppliant soul and ward off the strokes of
destiny?

Salutations to Sri Ramana
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: How to pray for others
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2011, 08:51:02 PM »
matrudevo bhava
pitrudevo bhava
acharya devo bhava
athidi devo bhava

bhagavan indeed fulfilled the above in his life gracefully.

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Re: How to pray for others
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2011, 02:26:21 PM »



Someone asked: Why did Sri Bhagavan cure His mother's illness? He could have given liberation to her even at that stage. The answer
given by one of the Bhagavan's relatives inside the Asramam to me was: Mother Azhagammal was not ready. She was still under probation. She was yet to develop Vairagyam and Vivekam. She should remove the feelings of caste differences. She had to be equipped with all these great qualities to qualify for liberation.  So Sri Bhagavan made her recover and then made her complete this period of
probation. She was ready only in 1922. Even at that time, she had some vasanas. Sri Bhagavan placed His hands on her chest and head
and removed the vasanas and then ultimately made her breath to get in drawn into the Heart, without leaping outside.   



Arunachala Siva.