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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2011, 10:04:55 AM »
Yes Sir,  you are very true.  I always make the journey tedious in the buses,  with legs and hip strained everytime I go and come.

I think in current phase of life, I am not lucky enough to get 3 days off to spend time in a Rishi Ashram free from worries.

With my bags and bags of karma,  I have to be contended with this short but frequent Arunachala darshans.

How long before one has to book for accomodation in Ramansramam?   

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« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2011, 12:13:17 PM »


Dear Krishna,

Since some of the guest house buildings are demolished and new constructions made, due to the consequent shortage of
guest rooms, you have to book 3 to 4 months in advance.



Arunachala Siva.
 

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« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2011, 03:40:41 AM »


Sri Bhagavan used to love children very much and seeing her curiosity, asked her to say, Deham, Koham, Naham, Soham, which
were the first words of the four line verse.             
Please, what do these words mean?

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« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2011, 03:46:53 PM »
Dear jyoti,

Deham - Body
Naham - Not I
Koham - Who am I
Soham - 'That' am I

In effect, it means - I am not this body, then who am I? I am Soham (Atma)

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

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« Reply #19 on: November 11, 2011, 05:26:13 PM »
Dear Jyoti,

These words also come
 in one of Sri Bhagavan,s verses which is in Tamizh.

It was first told to Indira, daughter of G.V. Subbaramayya. The child took it all earnestness
and repeated that even she was seriously ill and dying. Thus with that noble mantra, she
attained mukti. This was discreetly confirmed by Sri Bhagavan later.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2011, 08:50:02 PM »
Can I use this as mantra too?

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« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2011, 04:40:30 PM »
Dear Jyoti


Very much yes.


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« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2011, 06:32:48 PM »
Dear Mr. Subramanian,

I am confused: I thought the "Who am I?" inquiry should be made in one's own native language because it is not a mantra.

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« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2011, 11:01:45 PM »
Dear Jyoti,

don't have any distinctions such as this is mantra and that is enquiry. Whatever it is that you do, do it with the spirit of pure Bhakti and Faith. What matters, if it is a Mantra or Enquiry or whether it is ones native language or something else?

Yes, to make a nice tea, we need to know the ingredients and the quantity that we need to mix together. But then when you drink the tea, why bother about the ingredients and the formulae? Just enjoy the taste.

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

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« Reply #24 on: November 13, 2011, 10:02:39 AM »
Dear Jyoti,

Who am I is not mantra. It is only a vichra i.e question, prescribed by Bhagavan Ramana,
for goading the mind to turn inward. Though, Deham, Koham is also a question, it has
been prescribed as a manta for that child, and in the process, to all devotees.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #25 on: November 13, 2011, 10:08:58 AM »
Dear Subramanian Sir, Jyoti,

The definition of a mantra is:

"mananAt trayate iti mantra"

manana--thinking, reflection, meditation; trayata--protect.

Therefore, enquiry is in the end not different from a mantra.

a Mantra, usually, a formula, a name of Lord; the repeating of which involves, careful conscious attention coupled with assimilating the essence of the mantra, what it conveys and the reflection of the same constantly by repetition & contemplation!

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« Reply #26 on: November 14, 2011, 09:29:55 AM »
The true form [nature] of God [Self] cannot be understood except by the mind which stands firmly still in nishta [Self-abidance or samadhi]. Therefore, without allowing the mind either to wander as a vagabond [i.e. to undergo waking and dream sakala] or to fall into laya [i.e. to fall into sleep kevala] due to tiredness, train the mind to be conscious and still on one target [Self].

 - (Guru Vachaka Kovai, 516)

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

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« Reply #27 on: November 15, 2011, 04:43:39 AM »
Dear friends,

I consider mantras, as tools, to ensure orientation of mind. Insmtead of plethora
of thoughts, one can catch hold of one thought to obtain ekagrata. Above this,
a, mantra told to you by Guru, has more potency, to take you in the Path.

Anrunachala Siva.

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« Reply #28 on: November 18, 2011, 03:59:38 PM »
Practice to "simply be" practice to remain simply "still" without allowing yourself any action, just remain. Do not even commence Self Enquiry. Just Be, without thinking.

Just remain without holding on to anything. Without holding on to your thoughts, Sadhana or just anything.

Be without thinking for some time everyday, don't even get into the hold of your sadhana. Just remain free from anything.

Practice to be free, really free from everything! :)

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

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« Reply #29 on: April 27, 2012, 11:51:33 AM »
Make sure we do some thing good to somebody, WHEN WE ARE ESPECIALLY ANGRY, DISGUSTED, WHEN THE NEGATIVE FEELINGS ARE BUILDING FROM WITHIN.

Some ideas -

Go to a small restaurant, may be buy a food parcel and give it away to some beggar.

Buy some sweetmeats to small kids either outside or inside.

etc...

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