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Re: Bhagavan Ramana Teachings
« Reply #465 on: August 30, 2013, 10:39:51 AM »


The Self has no sight or hearing.
It lies beyond these - all alone,
as pure consciousness.


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

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Re: Bhagavan Ramana Teachings
« Reply #466 on: August 30, 2013, 10:44:29 AM »
Vichara Sangraham:

Devotee: Of the means for mind control, which is the most important?

Maharshi:  Breath control is the means for mind control.

Devotee: How is breath to be controlled?

Maharshi: Breath can be controlled either by absolute retention of breath, (kevala kumbhaka) or by regulations of breath
(pranayama). 

Devotee: What is the absolute retention of breath?

Maharshi: It is making the vital air stay firmly in the heart even without exhalation and inhalation.  This is achieved through
meditation on the vital principle etc.,

Devotee: What is regulation of breath?

Maharshi: It is making the vital air stay firmly in the heart, through exhalation, inhalation, and retention, according to the
instructions given in the yoga texts.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Bhagavan Ramana Teachings
« Reply #467 on: August 30, 2013, 10:45:37 AM »


 












D.: That is exactly what I am anxious to know. I am young and a
grihini (housewife). There are duties of grihastha dharma (the
household). Is devotion consistent with such a position?

M.: Certainly. What are you? You are not the body. You are Pure
Consciousness. Grihastha dharma and the world are only
phenomena appearing on that Pure Consciousness. It remains
unaffected. What prevents you from being your own Self?


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

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Re: Bhagavan Ramana Teachings
« Reply #468 on: August 30, 2013, 01:35:23 PM »

Can the appearance of the triads [triputis] be possible in the view of Self, which
exists and shines as the [one] unlimited eye [of pure consciousness]? All other
objects in front of It will be [found to be] Self alone, having been burnt by the
powerful look of the eye of the fire of Jnana.

The one undivided real consciousness which does not know anything as different
[from itself] and which is devoid of the knowledge of all these – the dual sight of
good and bad, time, space, cause, effect, karma and so on – is the unlimited eye.

Guru Vachaka Kovai

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« Reply #469 on: August 30, 2013, 06:21:48 PM »
At the Feet of Bhagavan: T.K. Sundaresa Iyer:

It was a Sivaratri Night.  The evening worships at the Mother's Temple were over.  The devotees had their dinner with
Sri Bhagavan, who was now on His seat, the devotees at His feet sitting around Him.

At 8 p.m. one of the Sadhus stood up, did pranam and with folded hands prayed:'Today is Sivaratri.  We should be
highly blessed by Sri Bhagavan expounding to us the meaning of the Hymn to Dakshinamurti (Stotra)'

'Says Bhagavan: "You sit down.' 

The Sadhu sat, and all eagerly looked at Sri Bhagavan and Sri Bhagavan looked at them.  Sri Bhagavan sat and and sat
in His usual pose no, poise.  No words or movements and all was stillness !  He sat still, and all sat still, waiting.

The clock went on striking, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, one, two and three.  Sri Bhagavan sat and they sat.  Stillness,
calmness, motionlessness -- not conscious of the body, of space and time. 

Thus eight hours were passed in Peace, in Silence, in Being, as It is.  Thus was the Divine Reality taught through
the speech of Silence by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Dakshinamurti. 

At the stroke of 4 a.m. Sri Bhagavan quietly said: 'And how have you known the essence of Dakshinamurti
Stotram?' All the devotees stood and made pranam to the holy form of the Guru in the ecstasy of Being.


Om DaksinAsya nipaya Namah |

Salutations to the One who equals Sri Dakshinamurti |


Arunachala Siva.
 
 
           
 

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« Reply #470 on: August 31, 2013, 10:52:04 AM »
Vichara Sangraham:

Devotee:  How is breath control the means for mind control ?

Maharshi: There is no doubt that breath control is the means for mind control, because the mind, like breath, is a part
of air, because of the nature of  mobility is common to both, because the place of origin is the same for both, and because
when one of them is controlled, the other gets controlled.

Devotee: Since breath control leads only to quiescence of the mind (mano laya) and not to its destruction (mano nasa),
how can it be said that the breath control is the means for inquiry which aims at the destruction of the mind?

Maharshi:  The scriptures teach the means for gaining Self Realization in two modes.  -- as the yoga with eight limbs
(ashtanga yoga) and as knowledge with eight limbs (ashtanga jnana).  By regulation of breath (pranayama) or by absolute
retention there of (kevala kumbhaka) which is one of the limbs of yoga, the mind gets controlled.  Without leaving the mind
at that, if one practices the further discipline such as withdrawal of the mind from external objects, (pratyajhara), then at the
end, Self Realizaton which is the fruit of inquiry will surely be gained.


contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                 

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« Reply #471 on: August 31, 2013, 05:01:15 PM »


Just as the prey which has fallen into the jaws of a tiger has no escape,
so those who have come within the ambit of the Guru's gracious look
will be saved by the Guru and will not get lost; yet, each one should by
his own effort pursue the path shown by God or Guru and gain release.
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Bhagavan Ramana Teachings
« Reply #472 on: August 31, 2013, 05:33:46 PM »


Be like the tiniest chip of wood that is thrown into
an inundating and profuse flood.


(Human Gospel)
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #473 on: August 31, 2013, 05:41:38 PM »
NRK said, I prostrated before him and asked, Bhagavan, I am doing Rama mantra japa; I chant Rama, Rama, Rama. Is chanting Arunachala Siva, Arunachala Siva, Arunachala Siva superior to that? ‘No! No! No! said Bhagavan intensely. ―Both are the same. Ra means that which is‘ and ma means you.‘ In Arunachala, A means that,‘ Ru means you and na means are.‘ Thus, both mean That thou art‘ you are that.‘ Bhagavan then added, Using your mind as the mouth, let the name Rama revolve continuously like Lord Vishnu‘s chakra (like a weapon). No other person needs to know that you are doing japa.

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
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« Reply #474 on: August 31, 2013, 07:07:12 PM »


"Your duty is to surrender and then just be.
Whether you fulfill it or not is not your concern."


(Bhagavan to Devaraja Mudaliar; Human Gospel)
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
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~ Vasishta

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« Reply #475 on: August 31, 2013, 07:10:54 PM »
It is very important to continue to have contact with Truth,
whether it is a person, a teaching, an institution, a temple,
or a church for spiritual strengthening. This continuum,
without a gap, is imperative.

(Devaraja Mudaliar; HG)
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #476 on: August 31, 2013, 07:15:39 PM »
But can it be that his entire life down to the minutest detail is
already predetermined? Now for instance, Bhagavan,
I have put this fan in my hand down on the floor.
Is this also already predestined?

Bhagavan (very firmly): Certainly. Whatever this body is to do
and whatever experiences it has to pass through is already
determined when it comes into existence.

Mudaliar did not stop. He put forth further questions.

Devaraja Mudaliar: What becomes then of man‘s freedom and
responsibility for his actions?

Bhagavan (looking graciously at Mudaliar): The only freedom man has,
is to strive for and acquire jnana, i.e. wisdom, which will enable him
not to identify himself with the body. Man is free to free himself from
body identification and that is the only freedom he has. Identified with
the body, man has no freedom from destiny at all. The body will go
through all actions already enjoined to it to be done.

(HG)

       
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« Reply #477 on: August 31, 2013, 07:25:34 PM »


  He felt that he was simple and was incapable of progressing spiritually. Therefore, on many occasions he appealed to Bhagavan, You should save me. I cannot save myself. One day Mudaliar sang a Tamil song, in which the poet laments that he was not like the tenacious young monkey that could hold on to its mother‘s stomach tightly, but rather like a puny kitten that must be carried by the neck in its mother‘s jaws. The poet prayed, therefore, that God should take care of him. Mudaliar told Bhagavan, My case is exactly the same. You must take pity on me, hold me by the neck and see that I do not fall and get lost.

Bhagavan was emphatic when he replied, That is impossible. It is advantageous to both for you to be your best, as well as for the guru to help. Bhagavan insisted that the endeavor of the disciple is the grace of the guru. There is no lag and no difference. He stressed that the devotee‘s endeavor and guru‘s grace are synonymous. The devotee‘s effort is one of acceptance and surrender.

(Bhagavan to Mudaliar, HG)
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« Reply #478 on: August 31, 2013, 07:34:13 PM »
Vishwanathan, do not mingle with people who come here.
Do not waste time socializing, talking with people and also
getting attached personally. Keep your talking to the minimum.

(Bhagavan to Vishwanatha Swami, HG)
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Bhagavan Ramana Teachings
« Reply #479 on: August 31, 2013, 07:38:50 PM »


 








Bhagavan, how can I rise above my present animal instincts? My own efforts have proven futile and I am convinced that only a superior power can transform me. Bhagavan replied with great compassion, Yes, you are right. It is by awakening a power higher and mightier than the senses and the mind, that these can be subdued. If you awaken and nurture the growth of that Higher Power within you, everything else will unfold mystically. One should sustain the peace of meditation as Self abidance uninterruptedly. Moderation in food and similar restraints taken up studiously and judiciously will be helpful in maintaining inner poise.

(Bhagavan to Vishwanatha Swami, HG)

Bhagavan added the previous post. -

do not mingle with people who come here.
Do not waste time socializing, talking with people and also
getting attached personally. Keep your talking to the minimum.
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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta