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« Reply #1455 on: January 13, 2016, 06:45:09 AM »

A vistor came to the Asramam on 10.2.1946 with a book called Sri Ramanopakhyanam.
His name was Thangavelu Nadar.  Bhagavan Ramana told Devaraja Mudaliar that it
was not about anything about His teachings but the one which contained some stanzas
found in some Nadi horscope of Bhagavan Ramana, with notes and commentaries of another
gentleman who was then editing a Tamizh paper.  Bhagavan added that besides this version,
some other Nadi version of Bhagavan's horoscope have been traced and sent to the Asramam by
different devotees.  Bhagavan Ramana added that there were various people in the country
who claimed to have various Nadis.  We don't know whether they are correct or not.  This
Thangavelu Nadar was originally from Kumbakonam.  There also used to be one Swami at
Tindivanam.  When anyone went to him, he used to tell them:  "You must go and have darshan
of Ramana Maharshi, at such and such time, on such and such date."  This gentleman's name is
also indicated in the Nadi horoscope and they used to come here and tell me about it!

(Source:  Day by Day, Devaraja Mudaliar.)

Arunachala Siva. 


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« Reply #1456 on: January 15, 2016, 11:07:09 AM »
Predawn worship during the month of Margazhi concluded today. Ashram
observed the anniversary of Sri Ramaswami Pillai affectionately known as cycle Swami. He used to lead the Tamil Parayanam before Bhagavan being blessed with a good voice. Swami was a true Karma Yogi. Once during his daily walk on the hill Bhagavan slipped and fell injuring his foot. Without saying a word to any one, Ramaswami Pillai set out next day to make a path up the hill, shoring up the steep slope into steps, chiselling steps in the slabs of rock, putting a firm stone edge to the path. From dawn to dusk he worked, single handed, for weeks together, until the path was made. Even after all the years of monsoon rain beating down on it the path is still serviceable thus providing a testimony to the service of Ramaswamy Pillai.

Today Sri Krishna Das enthralled the audience with his soul-stirring Bhajans in the ashram auditorium. Ashram arranged special large screen TV under large Shamiyana to accommodate the overflow crowd. Thank you Sri Krishna Das for the grand devotional Bhajans.
Once again a very happy Pongal to you and your loved ones.

from the fb Ramana Maharishi
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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« Reply #1457 on: January 18, 2016, 06:47:46 AM »


In 1945, there was in the Asramam, a small, sickly, lame, puppy that we feared would die at any
moment.  But under Bhagavan's constant care, he not only recovered health but began to eat
iddlies [rice-cakes] daily with so much relish that Bhagavan nicknamed him Iddli Swami.  Relating this incident, I wrote on June 15, 1945, a Telugu verse meaning:

"O Ramana, you once [as Lord Krishna] straightened
and beautified  the hunchback woman of your abounding
Grace. So now you have reared this little lame puppy to
a fine Iddli Swami. How wonderful!"

Two days later, Subbaramayya also composed couple of
verses reading as under:

1. "Seeing you caress peacocks, squirrels, cows, dogs
and monkeys and children with such tender Grace, anyone
must melt to his bonds. O Ramana!"

2. "So many birds and animals coming to you, have attained
deliverance.  Likewise do bless us with Grace this human
animal that has sought refuge at your feet, O Ramana!"

(Source: Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace,
Volume 5. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva. 

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« Reply #1458 on: January 23, 2016, 06:37:11 PM »
Sri Niranjananda Swamigal Day

There was grand worship at the ashram all through the day concluding with special Sri Chakra Puja in the evening. The birth star of the Master (Punarvasu) happened to coincide with the aradhana of Sri Niranjananda Swamigal's (Bhagavan's brother Sri Chinnaswamigal) and full moon day.
The life of Sri Niranjananda Swamigal was not easy. His brother was a great Jnani who was regarded by many people as father, mother, Guru and God. Even animals like squirrels, cows and monkeys looked upon the Master as a very dear relative. Under these circumstances devotees did not think much of his blood relationship. Thus Sri Niranjananda Swamigal had to assert his authority over people who all felt like a King before the great Master. The grace of Sri Ramana Maharshi sustained him but not without his having to face many seeming challenges. A wonderful temple Mathrubutheswara temple - stands testimony to his dedicated service for decades to Sri Ramana ashram.

Sri Sadasiva Swami recalls with a sense of thrill his association with Sri Niranjanananda Swami. It is well-known that the Sarvadhikari was a vigilant task-master, who would not tolerate neglect of one's duty on any account. When the Sarvadhikari on one occasion found fault with Sri Sadasiva Swami he had to leave the Ashram in silent indignation. He walked all the way to Tirukoilur, twenty miles off and he could walk no more. When he went to the railway station and got into the train, whom should he find but the Sarvadhikari who was on a trip to Tiruchuli, Bhagavan's birthplace ! Sri Niranjanananda Swami lovingly took him along to Tiruchuli. And, the latter was convinced that there was nothing but love in the heart of the former. This generated an attitude of love and reverence to Sri Niranjanananda Swami in this devotee and no wonder he had the opportunity to serve him in his last days.

from the fb Ramana Maharishi
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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« Reply #1459 on: January 26, 2016, 06:33:29 AM »

When Bhagavan Ramana was in His last days on this earth [ He had pain, which should have been
unbearable for anyone else], the attendants asked Him:  "Bhagavan!  Is it paining too much?"
Bhagavan Ramana said:  "Yes, the body is paining!"  He was not the body or the mind.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #1460 on: January 26, 2016, 06:34:56 AM »



When Bhagavan Ramana was on the Hill, serpents and peacocks used to remain quiet, friendly
to each other in His Presence.  Panthers which came to tanks and ponds to drink water, finished
their work and went away without harming anyone.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #1461 on: January 27, 2016, 06:55:15 AM »



There are three places which are halls in Asramam.

1. The front portion of Mother's Temple, where you find the statue of Bhagavan to your right as
you enter, is called Jubilee Hall or New Hall, which was made as a thatched shed in 1946.

2. The Old Hall is the one near the dining hall/kitchen, behind the well, is where Bhagavan sat for
more than 24 years and great works like Talks, Day by Day, Sri Ramana Gita bhashyam were written
/ read out.  This is the most vibrant place.  Here one should not lie down/sleep.  Utter silence is maintained.

3. The Samadhi Hall is the largest one before Bhagavan's Samadhi, which is also a resting place during rains/hot summer.  In the evenings, book reading and parayana take place here.

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« Reply #1462 on: January 31, 2016, 06:41:33 AM »

Bhagavan Ramana has said to some new visitors asking about His biography to read the
Sri Ramana Ashottaram of Sri Viswanatha Swami.  It covers His place of birth, His gothra,
His father's name, His living in Madurai, His Atma Jnana Udayam in Chokkappa Naicken Street,
His reaching Arunachala, His stay in Virupaksha Cave, Skandasramam, His works like
Upadesa Saram, Sad Darsanam, Arunachala Stuti Panchakam, Sri Ramana Gita etc.,
It also speaks about Matrumukti and finally ends as Om Sri Purushottamaya Namah. 
There are implicit references about His avatara of Skanda.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #1463 on: January 31, 2016, 06:43:15 AM »



There was one gentleman by name Thinnai Swami.  He came to see Bhagavan Ramana with his
family.  When he was taking leave of Bhagavan, Bhagavan merely said, "Iru".  "Be."  He continued
in Tiruvannamalai for another 25 years, and the family left him and visiting him occasionally.
He was living in a Thinnai, the front portal of a large house.  No bath.  No change of dress.  Food, only
when someone offers.  Such is the magnetic spell of Bhagavan Ramana.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #1464 on: February 02, 2016, 06:59:41 AM »



The dog's excreta 'story' also comes in M. Sivaprakasam Pillai's life.  Mr. Pillai understood that
Bhagavan Ramana meant his thoughts of sex and he wanted to correct himself, with great self
-mortification.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #1465 on: February 02, 2016, 07:04:29 AM »

Sri Balarama Reddiar says:

What is important is not to fit Bhagavan's teaching into any already existing philosophical framework,
but to start practicing it.  If a devotee thinks that Sad Darsanam teaches Saktadvaita philosophy,
let him put it into practice.  And if someone else thinks it teaches pure Advaita philosophy, let him
put that into practice.  Practice alone is important. Bhagavan's teaching can be interpreted in so
many ways, and in future no doubt even more interpretations will come.  That is all for good.
But we should remember that Bhagavan Himself said that He did not teach only one doctrine, but
encouraged the learner to proceed on his chosen path and at the same time pursue Atma Vichara.
However one should never forget the assertion of Bhagavan:  "Self Knowledge is an easy thing,
the easiest thing there is." 

Self Inquiry is what He taught and what we should earnestly follow as the direct path, instead of
wasting time in endless disputations. Practice is all-important.

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(However,  I am not able to practice Atma Vichara.)

(Source:  Moments Remembered, Sri V. Ganesan)

Arunachala Siva. 

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« Reply #1466 on: February 04, 2016, 07:04:20 AM »


I visited Gurumurtham once.  It is inside the town.  The shrine is not well taken care of.
There is a Sivalingam inside.  We have to take the keys from the nearby house, who are
the custodians and open the doors and go inside.  People who visit there, sometimes give
some money and the custodians buy oil and light lamps, some flowers.  Whereas the Isanya
Desikar Math, at the fag end of Girivalam route, is well maintained by Kovilur Math.

Arunachala Siva. 

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« Reply #1467 on: February 05, 2016, 06:43:48 AM »




Major Chadwick (Sadhu Arunachala) writes:-

On May 11th, the Asramam celebrates Bhagavan's third Aradhana, when one will be carried back
to that momentous night three years ago, when He passed.  One can still see the tense crowds
seated in rows under the veranda of the new hall, waiting, waiting, waiting, till the last breath
should be breathed and the one they all loved so much should once for all relinquish His body.

Doubtless, He was a Jnani and was beyond all suffering, He was dwelling in the bliss of the Self,
but suffering was undoubtedly was, though He Himself would have asked, "To whom is the suffering?"  Vaguely, I sense that if one is liberated, one is free from all pain as the Self is all bliss.  Behind every
suffering there must be a special bliss for such.  It is only a surface appearance, though very real and
painful for the onlooker.  At first people felt lost, they had relied too much on personal form,
though Bhagavan Himself had repeatedly warned them:  "You attach too much importance to this
body." 

Still it was only natural that this body should be missed although as time went on, the loss became
gradually less keen.  His Presence was felt so strongly in the Asramam and daily the feeling of this
actual presence grew.  A visitor remarked to me lately: "One does not miss the presence of Bhagavan
in the Asramam, He is there just as He was before."  And this is true.  He is there and He is surely
working and the Asramam will grow in strength and renown as time goes on.  There have been dark
days since that night three years ago, but those days are now past.  The Asramam takes on a new life.
The school (Vedic School) has been revived and Pujas are performed so carefully and enthusiasticaly
that the whole place rings with vibrations thus set up.

I went away never to return.  But He brought me back.  And now I thank Him every day that I have
been allowed to take part in this renaissance. It is thrilling to the core to feel it happening. How could
anything happen to that place that He had sanctified with His Presence for so long?

I have one piece of advice to offer to one and all.  Do not believe the stories that you have been told
about Sri Ramanasramam.  You can always test the truth of such tales for yourself without relying on
here say.  It is very easy.  Come and see yourself.  You will not be disappointed.

(Source:  Article written for either Call Divine or Mountain Path,
reproduced in the Silent Power.)

Arunachala Siva.   

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« Reply #1468 on: February 06, 2016, 06:54:35 AM »

I have not seen Bhagavan in body, since I was born after He attained Maha Nirvana. 
Should one get mantra only when He comes with body?  How did Walter Kiers work out
his realization?  How did Swami Ramanagiri work out his deliverance?  They were guided
in their own countries and for Swami Ramanagiri, He directed him from Almora to Tiruvanmiyur,
(near Chennai) and from there to Tiruvannamalai and He further asked him to go to a village near
Madurai, I think, it is Vadipatti.  His Samadhi is there in Vadipatti.

There are Westerners who came to Tiruvannamalai after Maha Samadhi and are still staying there.
E.g. Lucy Ma's daughter.

Arunachala Siva. 

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« Reply #1469 on: February 06, 2016, 06:55:53 AM »



The Hill is quite mystical.  Suzanne heard Sama Veda being chanted
when she was staying alone in Virupaksha Cave one night. The attendants
have heard the sounds of the wooden footwear of the walking Siddhas
at night, when they had accompanied Bhagavan at nights.

Arunachala Siva.