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Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« Reply #225 on: May 18, 2013, 12:05:00 AM »

Dear Ramana Devotees

One of my friends is asking the  below mentioned song by facebook. Pl get this song.

'Abayashtakam' is being mentioned in the Tamil book ' Sarithamum Upadhesamum' part 7 - Page No. 168., released by Sri Ramanashram. These slokas were written by one Sri Jagatheeswara Sastri, when he fell seriously ill, at his deathbed.. submitted to Sri Bhagawan. Then he recovered miraculously...

Since the Tamil meaning of these eight slokas , were printed in the book, I hope the original text, either in Sanskrit or its English transliteration would also be available in the Ashram archives.. Can anyone help me to get the original slokas?

The original text is required - English or Tamil transliteration, for my parayanam / prayer to Sri Bhagawan. This would be helpful to all Bhagawan devotees also..
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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« Reply #226 on: May 18, 2013, 02:25:14 PM »
Dear Sri Balaji

I have the original sanskrit version. I shall reproduce here the same when time permits.

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #227 on: May 31, 2013, 11:15:18 AM »
ரமணர் ஆயிரம் — அரவிந்த் சுவாமிநாதன்




அவர் ஒரு ரமண பக்தர். ஆசார அனுஷ்டானங்களில் நம்பிக்கை உடையவர். ஆனால் அவரிடம் ஒரு கெட்ட பழக்கம் இருந்தது. கஞ்சா போன்ற போதை வஸ்துவை தியானம் செய்யும் பொழுது உபயோகித்து வந்தார். அவ்வாறு உபயோகிப்பதன் மூலம் இறை உணர்வில் தீவிரமாக நிலைத்து இருக்க முடியும் என்று நம்பினார். ‘சித்தர்கள் சிலரும், முனிவர்கள் பலரும் உபயோகித்தது தானே’ என்று தமக்கு அறிவுரை கூறிய நண்பரிடம் எதிர்வாதம் செய்தார். அவர் இவ்வாறு போதைப் பொருளைப் பயன்படுத்துவது ஒரு நாள் பகவான் ரமணரின் கவனத்துக்கு வந்தது. ரமணர் பக்தரைக் கூப்பிட்டு கண்டித்தார். அத்துடன், “இதைச் சாப்பிடாதே. இது நிச்சயமாய் கெடுதல்தான் பண்ணும்” என்று அறிவுறுத்தினார்.

ஆனால் பக்தர் அதனைக் கேட்கவில்லை. தினந்தோறும் கஞ்சாவை உபயோகித்து வந்தார்.

ஒருநாள் தியானத்தில் அமர்வதற்கு முன் அதனை உபயோகித்தார். அவ்வளவு தான். சிறிது நேரத்தில் அவருக்கு தலை சுற்றியது. மயக்கமாய் வர ஆரம்பித்தது. இறை உணர்விற்குப் பதிலாக வரிசையாக கீழ்த்தரமான எண்ணங்கள் தோன்ற ஆரம்பித்தன. உடலெல்லாம் எரிய ஆரம்பித்தது. பித்துப் பிடித்தவர் போலானார். ரமணரிடம் போய்ச் சொல்லலாமென்றால் அவர் அறிவுறுத்தியதை மீறித் தான் போதை வஸ்துவைப் பயன்படுத்தியது தெரிந்தால் கோபிப்பார் என்று எண்ணினார். பகவான் முகத்தில் விழிக்க வெட்கப்பட்டு ஒன்றும் புரியாமல் கோவிலைச் சுற்றி சுற்றி வந்தார்.

வழியில் சிவகங்கைக் குளம் அருகே மகான் சேஷாத்ரி சுவாமிகள் உட்கார்ந்து கொண்டிருந்ததைப் பார்த்தார். மகான் காலில் நெடுஞ்சாண் கிடையாக விழுந்தார். கேவினார். தன் நோயைத் தீர்க்குமாறு இருகரம் கூப்பிவேண்டினார்.

சுவாமிகள், “அடேய், நான் தான் அப்போவே சொன்னேனே! சாப்பிடாத, சாப்பிடாதன்னு… கேட்டியா? இப்போ ஏன் இப்படி அவஸ்தைப்படறே!” என்று கோபித்தார்.

பக்தருக்கோ ஒன்றுமே புரியவில்லை. “இவர் எப்போது நம்மிடம் கஞ்சாவைச் சாப்பிடாதே என்று சொன்னார், ஏன் இப்படி உளறுகிறார்” என்று நினைத்தார்.

சுவாமிகளோ மீண்டும் சொன்னதையே திருப்பித் திருப்பிச் சொன்னார். பக்தருக்கு ஒரே ஆச்சர்யமாகி விட்டது. தான் இதற்கு முன் சேஷாத்ரி சுவாமிகளைச் சந்தித்ததும் இல்லை. தன் போதைப் பழக்கம் பற்றி மகானிடம் எதுவும் கூறியதுமில்லை. அப்படி இருக்க மகான் ஏன் இப்படிக் கூறுகிறார் என நினைத்து வியந்தார்.

பின்னர் சேஷாத்ரி சுவாமிகள், சிறிது மணலை அள்ளி அவர் மீது வீசினார். உடன் பக்தரின் மேனி எரிச்சல் நின்று விட்டது.

பின்னர் தான் பக்தருக்குப் புரிந்தது, “நான்” என சேஷாத்ரி சுவாமிகள் குறிப்பிட்டது பகவான் ரமணரைத்தான் என்று. பகவான் ரமணர் தனக்குக் கூறிய அறிவுரையையே சேஷாத்ரி சுவாமிகள் தான் கூறியதாக திரும்பக் கூறினார் என உணர்ந்து கொண்டார். இருவரும் உடல் வேறாக இருந்தாலும், உணர்வால் ஒன்றாகவே இயங்கி வந்தனர் என்பதைப் புரிந்து கொண்டார். அது முதல் அந்த தீய போதைப் பழக்கத்தை விட்டு விட்டார்.

மகான்கள் நேரடியாக ஒருவருக்கொருவர் தொடர்பு கொள்ளாவிட்டாலும், சூட்சுமத்தில் தொடர்பில் இருப்பர் என்பதையும், ஓரிடத்தில் நிகழ்வதை மற்றொருவர் அங்கில்லாவிட்டாலும் தெளிவாக உணர்ந்திருப்பர் என்பதையும் இந்தச் சம்பவம் உணர்த்துகிறதல்லவா?

ஓம் ஸத்குரு சேஷாத்ரி சுவாமிகள் திருவடிக்கே சரணம்!!

ஓம் நமோ பகவதே ஸ்ரீ ரமணாயா!!
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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« Reply #228 on: June 10, 2013, 12:25:28 AM »
Somebody brought a bell to be rung at the arathi ceremony and it was put into Bhagavan's hands.   He tried its sound in various ways and laughed: "God wants us to make a fire of our past evil deeds and burn our karma in it.  But these people burn a copper worth of camphor and hope to please the Almighty.   Do they really believe that they can get something for nothing? They do not want to bend to God, they want God to  bend to them.   In their greed they would swallow God, but they would not let him swallow them.  Some boast of their offerings. What have they got to offer.  The idol of Vinayaka (Ganesa) is made of jaggery.   They break off a piece of it and offer it to Him. The only offering worthy of the Lord is to clear the mind of thoughts and remain steady in the peace of the Self."

from the Boundless Ocean of Grace
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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« Reply #229 on: July 07, 2013, 11:05:23 PM »
3rd June, 1949 (248) THE HAPPINESS OF AN INDEPENDENT LIFE

Revolving in my mind the details relating to the function held this morning for the construction of a statue, I went to the Ashram this afternoon before 3 p.m. As Bhagavan had gone out, I was standing in the hall awaiting his return. The silkcotton mattress that was spread on the couch was slippery because it was new, though it was thick and firmly stitched. As a big pillow was placed on one side for Bhagavan to keep his arms, another behind to lean against and a third one at the feet, the actual seating space got considerably reduced. As I was wondering how Bhagavan would be able to sit there, he came in. Sitting on the mattress and pressing it with his hand,
he said, looking at his attendants, “See how this mattress slips from one side to another! People think that it will be comfortable for Bhagavan if there is a costly mattress. It is, however, not possible to sit on this restfully. Why this? It will be much more comfortable if I sit on the stone seat itself. Truly, I do not find even the slightest happiness on these mattresses and pillows, compared with the happiness I had when I was sitting or sleeping on the raised platform which I myself constructed of
stone and mud in Virupaksha Cave. As was told in the story about the sadhu, people think that Swami is undergoing great hardship when he lives in a thatched shed and lies on a stone bench, and so they make a fuss. I do not find the slightest happiness on these mattresses and pillows. It will perhaps be better if, like that sadhu in the story, I gather some stones similar to those I had in the Virupaksha Cave, take them to whichever place I go, and spread them on a mattress like this. At that
place it was a stone platform. In the Jubilee Hall and even here, it is a stone couch. The only obstacle between me and this couch is this mattress. But one thing. The pillow under the feet, the pillow on the side, and the broad pillow at the back, all the three, are almost as hard as stones. So this is almost like the
story of the sadhu. Without bringing stones from elsewhere, my bed of stones is already here.”
A devotee said, “What is that story of the sadhu, which Bhagavan has now mentioned?” whereupon Bhagavan began relating the story as follows:
“A great Mahatma was living as a sadhu under a tree in a forest. He always used to keep with him three stones. While sleeping, he used to keep one of them under the head, another under the waist and the third under the legs and cover himself with a sheet. When it rained, the body used to be on the stones and so the water would flow underneath, and the water that fell on the sheet too, would flow down. So there was no disturbance to his sleep; he used to sleep soundly. When sitting, he used to keep the three stones together like a hearth and sit upon them comfortably. Hence snakes and other reptiles did not trouble him nor did he trouble them, for they used to crawl through the slits under the stones. Somebody used to bring him food and he would eat it. And so, there was nothing for him to worry about.
“A king, who came to that forest for hunting, saw this sadhu and felt, ‘What a pity! How much must he be suffering by having to adjust his body suitably to those stones and sleep thereon. I must take him home and keep him with me at least one or two days and make him feel comfortable.’ So thinking, he went home and sent two of his soldiers with a palanquin and its bearers, with instructions to invite the sadhu respectfully and bring him to his palace. He also said that if they did not succeed in bringing the sadhu, they would be punished. They came and saw the sadhu and told him that the king had ordered them to bring him to the palace and that he should come. When he showed disinclination to go with them, they said that they would be punished if they returned without him. So they begged of him to come, if only to save them from trouble. As he did not want them to get into trouble on his account, he agreed to go with them.
What was there for him to pack up? A kaupeenam,* a sheet and those three stones. He folded and kept the kaupeenam in that sheet, kept those three stones also in the sheet and tied them together. ‘What is this? This Swami is bringing with him some stones when he is going to a Raja’s palace! Is he mad or what?’ thought those soldiers. Anyway, he got into the palanquin with his bundle and came to the king. The Raja saw that bundle, thought it contained some personal effects, took him into the palace with due respect, feasted him properly, arranged a tape cot with a mattress of silk cotton to sleep upon. The sadhu opened his bundle, took out the three stones, spread them on the bed, covered himself with the sheet and slept as usual.
“The next morning the king came, bowed to him with respect and asked, ‘Swami, is it comfortable for you here?’
Swami: Yes. What is there wanting here? I am always happy.
King: That is not it, Swami. You were experiencing hardships in the forest by having to sleep on those stones. Here this bed and this house must be giving you happiness.
That is why I am asking.
Swami: The bed that was there is here also. The bed that is here is there also. So I have the same happiness everywhere. There is nothing wanting at any time, either in
regard to my sleep or to my happiness.
The king was puzzled and looked at the cot. He saw that the three stones were on it. Whereupon, the king immediately prostrated before the sadhu and said, ‘Oh Holy
Man! Without knowing your greatness I brought you here with the intention of making you happy. I did not know that you are always in a state of happiness, and so I behaved in this foolish manner. Please excuse me and bless me.’ After making up for his mistake in this way, he allowed the sadhu to go his way. This is the story of the sadhu.”
“So, in the eyes of Mahatmas, that free life is the real happy life?” said that devotee.
“What else? Life in big buildings like this is like prison life. Only I may be an ‘A’ class prisoner. When I sit on mattresses like these, I feel that I am sitting on prickly pears. Where is peace and comfort?” said Bhagavan.
Next day that mattress was taken away and the usual mattress was spread on the couch. Even so, several people thought that it might be better to leave Bhagavan to a free life like that of the sadhu. But Bhagavan had to stay there alone, like a parrot in the cage of the devotees because the devotees never leave him free.

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« Reply #230 on: July 17, 2013, 05:32:15 AM »

There was one devotee in the ashram at that time who, for me at least, exemplified Bhagavan’s teachings on humility and selfless devotion. His name was Viran and he was employed by the ashram to carry water. In the early days of the ashram there was always a water shortage. As the ashram well did not produce enough water to meet all our needs, we had to bring in supplies from outside. At about 4 p.m. every day everyone in the ashram, except for Bhagavan, had to go to the Palakottu tank with a bucket to collect water. We each had to bring about ten buckets of water a day to the ashram. This was quite a strenuous activity because the main ashram buildings were about 150 yards from the tank. In summer, when the water level in the Palakottu tank was very low, our drinking water was brought in a cart from the Boomanda tank, which is located near the mosque in town. All this water had to be stored in big vessels in the ashram.

Since all these activities still failed to produce enough water to meet all our needs, we engaged a man called Viran to carry water full-time from the Palakottu tank to the ashram. In addition to carrying water, he also used to work on various other little jobs that needed to be done in and around the ashram. Although he had been engaged primarily to do ashram work, he was also willing to help any of the resident devotees with their daily chores. If anyone called him to do some work, he would immediately come. No work was too menial for him. He was even willing to work in the middle of the night if anyone asked him to. He was a very humble man whose main aim in life seemed to be to please other people.

If anyone addressed him disrespectfully, because he came from a low caste, Bhagavan would immediately show his disapproval. ‘Why do you call him like this?’ he would ask. ‘If you want him to do any work you should call him with love and affection.’

Bhagavan often showed a lot of love towards this man because he knew he was very humble and because he knew he performed all his chores with love and devotion.

Bhagavan was not the only one who was impressed with his work. A rich devotee, after watching Viran work, decided to help him by paying for his son’s education. The devotee put the boy in a good school in Madras and paid for all his expenses. The ashramites also used to help him by giving him left-over food from the kitchen to take home to his family. Viran’s humility was a shining example of Bhagavan’s teach­ings in action.

On many occasions Bhagavan told me, ‘Become envious of anyone lower than you. You must become very small. In fact you must become nothing. Only a person who is nobody can abide in the Self.’

Bhagavan often spoke to us about the necessity of humility. On another occasion he told me, ‘No one should be our inferior. One who has learned to be the inferior will become superior to all.’ (Living by the Words of Bhagavan, 2nd ed., pp.124-6)
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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« Reply #231 on: July 17, 2013, 09:08:14 AM »
Dear Balaji,

I have not heard about Viran's story.  Thank you very much.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #232 on: July 17, 2013, 02:29:33 PM »
Balaji/Subramanian/Friends,
In today's talk on Sri Bhagavan's 'naan yaar',Nochur Sri Venkatraman quoted this verse from sivaprakasam pillai's 'Sri Ramana paadamaalai':
தாழத் தாழ நலம் மிகும் என்று
தாழ்வோன்  பாதம் வாழ்கவே ;

He spoke about how sivaprakasam pillai, who was instrumental in the writing of naan yaar by Sri Bhagavan,was  utterly humble.Although other devotees had heard about him,very few actually had seen him or recognized him.Once when they asked sri Bhagavan about the presence of Sivaprakasam Pillai ,he pointed to a figure sitting in a corner amidst the crowd of devotees,bare chested and  with hands crossed across his chest!
Sri Bhagavan prized Humility as the best of virtues.
Interestingly ,Sri Bhagavan asked Devaraja Mudaliar to pen the preface to  Sri Ramana Paadamaalai ; when Mudaliar was hesitant and said that he was not comfortable with Tamizh and would be comfortable with English,Sri Bhagavan encouraged him to write it in English saying that he himself would translate it into Tamizh!Devaraja Mudaliar wrote the preface in English and Sri Bhagavan ,true to his word translated it into Tamizh and we find this gracing this small gem of a Book published by Sri Ramanasramam.

Namaskar.

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« Reply #233 on: July 17, 2013, 02:35:03 PM »

Dear Ravi,

Nice information.  I have got the book Sri Ramana Padamalai, but do not know about the origin of its brief preface.

I also got once in the Asramam, Sri Ramana Charita Ahaval of S. Pillai.  This was not completed in full and Sri Sadhu Om
had completed it.  There is no reprint of this book.  I got it for Rs 2.00 in the Asramam, an old edition of pre-1960s.


Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #234 on: July 18, 2013, 04:46:46 AM »
Thank you very much for your information about humility.
Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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« Reply #235 on: August 02, 2013, 07:19:12 AM »
Abayashtakam
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« Reply #236 on: August 02, 2013, 07:20:48 AM »
Prabthiayashtakam posted by Mr Gopalsamy Ramagopal,Madurai
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« Reply #237 on: August 02, 2013, 10:02:07 AM »
About ten or fifteen days back, a sadhu came here and stayed for a few days. Approaching Bhagavan humbly one day, he said, “Swami, I pray that, when you take food, you may be pleased to give me a morsel of food as prasadam.”
“Take all the food you eat as prasadam of the Lord. Then it becomes God’s prasadam. Isn’t all that we eat Bhagavatprasadam?
Who is it that eats? Where does he come from? If you go to the very root of things and know the truth, you will find that everything is Bhagavat-prasadam,” said Bhagavan.

Letters from Sri Ramanasramam-Suri Nagamma

Balaji

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Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« Reply #238 on: August 02, 2013, 10:36:39 PM »

Abayashtakam and Prabthiayashtakam posted by Mr Gopalsamy Ramagopal,Madurai


if anyone wants this book they can get by sending a self addressed, stamped cover - big size - to my address..'Arunachala House, 3/374 Surveyor Colony, K.Pudur, Madurai 625 007.The book has Sanskrit, Tamil Transliteration, English Transliteration and also Tamil meaning of these two Ashtakams...
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« Reply #239 on: August 03, 2013, 09:40:39 AM »
Dear Balaji,

Abhyashtakam is the poem written by Jagadeeswara Sastri when he was seriously ill.  Sri Bhagavan interfered with his
destiny and cured him and he lived for some more years.

The other composition - I do not know who composed it.

Arunachala Siva.