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Subramanian.R

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Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« on: December 05, 2012, 05:06:07 PM »


V. Ganesan continues....

While the apparent contradiction explicit in these two instances makes one face the face that one has no choices with regard
to body's circumstances, one should not fail to notice the inherent freedom that  one has to meditate, inwardly, all though, under
all conditions.

In His Holy Presence, there prevailed total freedom, which included identification or non identification with the course of events
ordained. However, earnest seekers, like B.V. Narasimha Swami, Paul Brunton, Muruganar, S.S. Cohen, Munagala Venkataramiah,
Viswanatha Swami, Kunju Swami, Nayana, Annamalai Swami, did choose only to live in isolated huts put up in an adjoining flower
garden, named Palakottu, dedicating themselves to the practice of meditation of Who am I?. This had the approval of Sri Bhagavan
was well. It should be noted that they refrained from engaging in activities that were not related to their sadhana. When a true seeker
was seen indulging in any unnecessary activity, Sri Bhagavan did reprimand him! These true seekers were thus guided, constantly
too, by Him, to delve within and meditate. And for the fresh seekers this forms a pointer as to where their true choice lies.

An effort is  made here to genuinely draw the seeker back to the one and only 'practice' our Master insisted on -
Self Inquiry. In the following pages, seekers are exposed to the true importance, true significance of treading the
Bhagavan Ramana Path.

contd,

Arunachala Siva.   
             

Subramanian.R

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 05:23:07 PM »
The first section presents the beauty of the advent of our Master at Arunachala. The second section gives a few absorbing articles to
enable the seeker aquaint himself with the depth of what he has to grasp. The third section, which is more important, deals with why
and how of the process. The last section of the book quotes the Words of Wisdom of the Master. Seekers are requested to inwardly
imbibe the essence of this great message given by the Master, by assiduously adhering to the constant practice of "Self Inquiry'.

Positively the Master is the Truth! That Master - Bhagavan Ramana -- asserts that everyone of us too is nothing but the Truth. How grateful we must all feel towards the Guru for revealing this Truth to us! What could we offer Him as recompense?

The Master Himself guides us as to  how we should express our surrendered gratitude to the Guru. He says that diving within and
remaining as the Movementless Being  is the true recompense, the true homage to the Guru. He also reveals that one's own
Heart is the abode of the Twin  Holy Feet of the Master. Surrendering the seeker's head at the Holy Feet of the Sadguru is the
supreme culmination of this Royal Path of Bhagvavn  Ramana - 'the mind merging in the Heart.'

Arunachala Siva.

Ravi, I have followed your advice of keeping all the related[posts under one head, from this post.           

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 05:35:44 PM »
Subramanian,
Thanks very much.This post from the writings of Sri Ganesan reveal how physical seclusion was also part and parcel of the Sadhana of devotees like Annamalai Swami.Unless one has moved with these great souls,just by reading books that carry their teachings in words will not lead to a true understanding of the Essence of Practice..
More on this later.
Namaskar.

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012, 06:44:57 PM »
Subramanian,
Thanks very much.This post from the writings of Sri Ganesan reveal how physical seclusion was also part and parcel of the Sadhana of devotees like Annamalai Swami.Unless one has moved with these great souls,just by reading books that carry their teachings in words will not lead to a true understanding of the Essence of Practice..
More on this later.
Namaskar.

Physical Seclusion is necessary for success in any activity and definitely for success in "Self Knowledge" , that is the reason why Saints in the past choose Himalayas and other forest areas for their seclusion , sadhana and study ,why even teaching their students . Swami Sivananda started Divine Life Society in Rishikesh only for that purpose ( now Rishikesh is quite overcrowded than it was in 1930s when he started ) and Swami Tapovan went further higher and set up his small Kutir in Uttar Kashi and people like Swami Chinmayananda went to him to study there .
At the same time all senior saints did point out that it is futile to keep searching for seclusion to start one's spiritual journey and they advised people to make use of their available place itself to do their sadhana and that is why Brahma Muhurta time was prescribed for early morning sadhana .
In this regard I read Annamalai Swamy's account where he was complaining to Bhagwan about lack of proper facilities to do his Sadhana ( i.e seclusion , food etc ) and Bhagwan told him that if he keeps waiting for such a situation , he will have to take one more birth .

So in conclusion : Seclusion is a blessing for one's sadhana , study ,contemplation but if one does not get it then best way is to retire to bed early and use the morning Brahma Muhurta time for doing one's sadhana /study etc .

Om Peace .
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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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2012, 06:56:16 PM »
Dear Ravi, atma vichar100,

Yes. That is why in the olden days, seerks went to forest and hills, to ensure seclusion. But in today's context, where we can
go? The best thing is to say in bed or in a chair, put off all the lights, put off the TV, put off the cellphone and do meditation,
say from 10 pm  and 11 pm and then in the early morning, before the world disturbs you, do meditation from say, 4 am to 5 am.
Do not angle for coffee or tea. Just wash your teeth, have one liter of water and then do it.

Arunachala Siva.