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« Reply #2130 on: September 24, 2016, 10:33:55 PM »
* * * The Greatness of "Rama" Japa * * *
A devotee asked,
?Swami, what is the easiest way to attain moksha??
Bhagavan Sri Ramana said with a smile,
?As and when the mind goes astray,
it should be turned inward and made to steady
itself in the thought of the Self.
That is the only way.?
Another devotee said,
?To do so, the repeating of the name of Rama is good, is it not??
?Certainly, it is good,? said Bhagavan Sri Ramana .
?What could be better?
The greatness of the japa
of the name of Rama is extraordinary.
In the story of Namadeva he is reported to
have told one devotee,
?If you want to know the greatness of the name of Rama
you must first know what your own name is,
what your real nature (swarupa) is,
who you are and how you were born.
Unless you know your own origin,
you will not know your name!?
This idea is found in the Abhangas
of Namadeva written in Marathi language and
in the Malayalam Adhyatma Ramayana.?
Thereupon Bhagavan Sri Ramana related a story from the latter.
IT IS STATED in that book that
when Anjaneya ( Lord Hanuman) went in search of Sita,
he seated himself opposite to Ravana in the Darbar Hall
on a high pedestal and fearlessly spoke to him thus:
?Oh Ravana,
I give you a teaching (upadesa) for attaining liberation (moksha).
Please listen to me carefully.
It is certain that the Self (Atma) gets purified
by intense devotion to Hari,
who is in the lotus of the Heart at all times.
The ego gets destroyed and
then the sin gets destroyed.
Afterwards, in its place,
the knowledge of the transcendent Self emerges.
With a pure mind and with the Bliss (Ananda)
generated by a firm knowledge of the Self,
the two letters ?Ra? ?Ma?
which are like mantras,
will repeat themselves within you automatically.
What more is required for a person
who has this knowledge,
however little it might be ?
Hence worship the lotus feet of Vishnu,
which will remove all worldly fears,
which are dear to all devotees and
which shine as brightly as the light of a crore of Suns.
Give up the ignorance of your mind?.
This has been mentioned in two or three slokas in the Sanskrit Adhyatma Ramayanam but not as elaborately as
in the Malayalam text.
Is the greatness of the name of Rama ordinary?
~ from Spiritual Stories as told by Ramana Maharshi book
* * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Q : I was in Anandashram doing Ram nam, but to no avail.
What was I doing wrong?
Sri Papaji :
You can chant this name Ram,
but nobody knows how to chant it.
It will work to some extent if you don't know how just because it will keep your mind off distractions.
But if you know how it will be much more powerful than this.
The first thing to remember is this:
Chant the name on the breath, not with the tongue.
Let the breath chant the name, not the tongue.
Don't put a pressure on anything.
Just let the breathing in and out happen
without your notice, naturally and habitually.
Then this will continue while working, walking, shopping and sleeping.
I have seen people who have chanted this name for crores of time with no effort.
Do it this way and within days
you will see the one whose name is chanted.
In the Kali yuga there is no time for penance,
but the power of the word is tremendous.
Ram purifies.
The word "Ram" will enter your heart.
It is a raft to cross the ocean.
Let it be the last word of the last breath.
Ram will confer Freedom without practice.
Beyond everything there is nothing to do and
no appearance of anything there is only the Self
which is neither subject nor object.
This is the highest experience because there is no experiencer, just Peace. Then you know that:
I am That seated in the center of the Heart,
and this is Om Mani Padme Hum.
~ From The Truth Is book
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 #2131 on: September 25, 2016, 07:37:49 AM »
Today is Punarvasu star day, Punarvasu is Bhagavan's birth star.  It was also Sri Rama's birth star.
Today there will be special abhishekam, alankaram and arti for Sri Ramaneswara Maha Lingam,
followed  by a lunch with sweets.

Sri Bhagavan was born on a Punarvasu day in the Tamizh month of Margazhi.

Muruganar has written a poem called Punarvasu Vannam, in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #2132 on: October 02, 2016, 10:08:29 PM »
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 #2133 on: October 02, 2016, 11:01:50 PM »
Today 2 Oct is Gandhi Jayanthi Day and When Gandhiji is mentioned "RAM NAM" also follows and he always used to keep repeating RAM NAM . There are now some people who dispute the fact that Gandhiji uttered the name of RAM during his death and say that it was all a story spread by the Congress . Those fools do not understand the fact that Japa need not be verbal and has various layers from Gross to subtle and finally for a highly evolved soul the Japa goes on spontaneously . Gandhiji was a highly evolved soul and the Japa of RAM NAM was going inside him spontaneously and how does one know of that .Only another highly evolved soul can know and that other soul was Papaji ( a great disciple of Ramana Maharshi ) who described this experience of Gandhi in his own words "He [Gandhi] was a great saint. I could see that just by looking at his body. I didn?t need to look into his eyes. He had the most sattvic body I have ever seen. It was copper-coloured and on a subtle level it was glowing with the light of Brahman.
He had a beautiful body. The only body that I have seen that was as beautiful as his was the Maharshi?s. Both of their bodies used to shine.
I was once sitting with Gandhi when I heard the sound of ?Ram Ram? coming from him. His lips were not moving so I looked to see where the sound was coming from. As I focused on the source of the sound, I realised that it was emanating from his body. The sound was coming out of the pores of his skin. He didn?t need to repeat the name anymore. It was going on continuously inside him and flowing outwards through his skin. "
( Taken from the book "Nothing Ever Happened " by Davdi Godman ) . So at least from now on let us not spread nonsense about Great Souls without understanding the depth from which they were operating and do not pass judgements based on how they behaved at the bodily level .
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 #2134 on: October 04, 2016, 11:28:54 AM »
Namam:

Upahar:

No, you are never distant, never, near,
nor subject to remembrance or forgetting.
You are what everything is already is,'
and all approaches mere imagination,
  no gateway opening
into the infinite palace of being.

And yet our song of love forever rises,
futile as laughter, tuned to the wandering moon,
flowering here where you abide and shine.

For where shall the radiant bird of praise take flight,
 in every heart set free,
but in the endless sky-way of your name?

( a poem in Mountain Path, October -December 2016.)

Arunachala Siva.         

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« Reply #2135 on: October 04, 2016, 11:38:53 AM »
Sri Arunachaleswara Temple:

Maha Kumbhabishekam:

Renovation is underway at Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple where the thousand pillar hall, temple
gopurams, stonework, deities, paintings and ceremonial utensils are being renovated and will
culminate in Mahakumbhabhiskeam (reconstruction ceremony).  The re-dedication is scheduled
for February 2017, though exact dates have not been determined.  The last Mahakumbhabhiksham
at the Big Temple took place in June 2012, when hundreds of Sivacharyas and purohits performed
Homas at dozens of Agni Kundams in the Yagosala.  Prior to 2002, Kumbhabhisheams of Arunachaleswara
Temple took place in 1976, 1944 and 1918.

(Mountain Path, October - December 2016.)

Arunachala Siva.         

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« Reply #2136 on: October 05, 2016, 03:35:47 PM »
Vallalaar Ramalinga Swamigal Birth Day:

Today is Vallalaar Ramalinga Swamigal Birth Day.  I want someone like atmavichar 100, who must have
read Ramalinga Swamigal's works to write about him.

Arunachala Siva.   

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« Reply #2137 on: October 06, 2016, 08:05:19 PM »

Dear Subramaniam Sir

I was aware of Sri Ramalinga Swamigal's Birthday on 5 Oct 2016 but as I am busy with the Navarathri Prayers and visits could not write on Saint Ramalinga Swamigal and will do my best to write in the coming days .
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 #2138 on: October 10, 2016, 03:13:47 PM »
Today is Liberation Day of Enaathi Nayanar.

Purattasi - Uththradi Star day.

The history of Enathi Nayanar has already been written by me in the serial post of 63 Saiva Saints.
Please look into this to know the history of Nayanar.

Arunachala Siva.
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« Reply #2139 on: October 13, 2016, 12:48:30 PM »
Today is Liberation Day of Narasingha Munai araiyar Nayanar.

Purattasi - Chadhaya Star Day.

I have given the detailed life story of the Nayanar in my serial post.  Members are requested to go through
the same.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #2140 on: October 16, 2016, 12:23:06 PM »
Today is the Liberation Day of Rudra Pasupathi Naynanar.  He chanted Rudram standing on water in a tank
of obtained liberation in the feet of Siva.

Piurattasi - Aswini Star day.

I have written in detail about the life story of Rudra Pasupathi Nayanar already in the serial post on 63
Saiva Saints.  The members are requested to go through the same.     

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #2141 on: October 22, 2016, 10:36:29 PM »
Whether you meditate on God or
on the Self is immaterial....
the goal is the same....
All kinds of thoughts arise in meditation....
They rise up spontaneously in order to be extinguished in due course....
Thoughts are vasanas accumulated in innumerable [previous] births.....
Their annihilation is the aim.....
Atman, the Self,
is realized with 'mruta manas', i.e. mind devoid of thoughts and turned inward.....
Then the mind sees its own source and becomes
That.....
Talks...254, 310, 80, 99....
Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi...
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 #2142 on: October 23, 2016, 03:22:42 PM »
Today is Chatthi Nayanar's Liberatiion Day.

Aippasi - Pushya star day.

I have given the detailed life history of Chatthi Nayanar in my serial post on 63 Saiva Saints.
Please go through my serial post for detailed story.

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« Reply #2143 on: November 04, 2016, 12:38:14 PM »
Today is Aiyadikal Kadvar Kon's Liberation Day.

Aippasi Moolam star day.
 

I have given the life story of the saint in my serial post on the 63 Saiva Saints.
Please look into it to know the full life story.

Arunachala Siva.
 

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« Reply #2144 on: November 13, 2016, 12:30:35 PM »
Today is Tirumoola Nayanar Liberation Day. 

Aippasi Ashwini Star Day.

I have given the detailed life story of Tirumoola Nayanar in my serial post
on 63 Saiva Saints.

Arunachala Siva. 


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