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Re: Bhagavan Ramana Teachings
« Reply #1710 on: September 21, 2018, 01:53:37 PM »
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« Reply #1711 on: September 21, 2018, 01:56:23 PM »
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« Reply #1712 on: October 04, 2018, 06:06:32 PM »
One morning for example, Sri Bhagavan, while explaining a verse from Upadesa Saram, remarked Breath control can only produce manolayam, that is temporary suspension of mind.One-pointed meditation and concentration alone can lead to manonasam, that is, destruction of mind.

I mentioned to Sri Bhagavan that when I tried to do this kind of meditation, I often ended up falling asleep.

Sri Bhagavan replied, Of course, one should be alert in sadhana and guard against sleep as far as one can.  But it doesnt matter if sleep overpowers you.  The moment you wake up, catch the current of your meditation and continue.  Sleep will not prove to be a hindrance.

from The Power of the Presence Vol III
G V Subbaramayya
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« Reply #1713 on: October 31, 2018, 06:01:08 PM »
I once prepared some semia (noodles) beautifully.  They were fluffy and separate.  He squeezed his share into a hard little ball and chewed it.
?Why are you doing that, Bhagavan?? I asked.? You have spoiled your noodles.  They are not meant to be squeezed like this. ?
?Why all this separateness?? he asked.? Should not all be one indistinguishable whole??
He had ruined his meal merely to teach me a lesson in Vedanta!

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« Reply #1714 on: November 16, 2018, 06:21:51 PM »
Bhagavan once made some similar comments when somebody presented him with a bell that was to be used during the ashram pujas.   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 small amount 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 will not let him swallow them.  Some boast of their offerings.   What have they got to offer? Some idols of Vinayaka are made of jaggery.  Devotees break off a piece of these statues and offer it to him.   Are these pieces not his already? Clearing the mind of thoughts and remaining steady in the peace of Self; that is the only offering worthy of the Lord?.

Subbalakshmi amma , Kitchen worker, The Power of the Presence , Part III, David Godman



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Re: Bhagavan Ramana Teachings
« Reply #1715 on: November 23, 2018, 08:01:21 AM »
i remember one time in band camp .......
simply stop telling the story of the self and see who you are without it

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« Reply #1716 on: November 29, 2018, 02:27:56 PM »
Self of my Self! My eye flits from form to form without respite but nowhere does it find true interest or satisfaction, but when it lights on You, it adheres and rests there, still forever.

My mind is distracted by a thousand thoughts.  It suffers unceasing torment, but when it thinks of You, it is irresistibly drawn, like a magnet, to a vision of You, and rests on You in never-ending peace.

My heart is perpetually agitated with stormy passions.  It is often torn with terrific conflicts of contrary emotions.  But when it feels its way to You, its storm yields place to calm, it recovers its equilibrium and its floats on the ocean of eternal bliss.

My life has been like a troubled torrent, running zigzag on uneven ground, sometimes overflowing its banks and inundating all around, and sometimes drying up and sinking into the sands. It seemed to have no set direction or aim.  Only when at last it  merged and flowed in You, did it attain its ultimate destination and complete fulfilment.

You are my sole refuge!

 G V Subbaramayya, The Power of the Presence Part III, David Godman
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« Reply #1717 on: December 11, 2018, 06:05:29 PM »
During the visit in which Sri Bhagavan gave Indira her mantra, he asked me about my son-in-law's health because he knew it had been causing me some anxiety for several months.  I took this as a cue to tell him all about my domestic cares and worries.
Sri Bhagavan looked me full in the face and with utmost sympathy he spoke to me in melting stones, Why cant you be like me? You know how I was when I arrived in Tiruvannamalai.   There was a time when I went around the town begging for food. In those days I was observing silence, I would pass down the street, halting for a moment in front of a house.   Standing there would gently clap my hands.   If there was no response, I would pass on.   Whatever food was obtained by me and other associates, we would mix it into one mass and take a morsel each.   We ate only once a day.   Now you see what changes have come outwardly, what buildings have been raised   This ashram has grown up around me, but I am ever the same.   Only the sun rises and sets.   To me there seems no other change.   So, through all the vicissitudes of good and evil, be like me, and whenever you are prone to depression or melancholy, remember me.?

These gracious words of Sri Bhagavan have been with me ever since.   They protect me as a talisman against all the ills of life.
G V Subbramayya, The Power of the Presence, Part III. David Godman
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