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INSTRUCTION - EDITORIAL - Mountain Path, Deepam, 2007:
« on: February 15, 2013, 02:54:56 PM »


History reinvents itself with each passing generation. What as seen as new and exotic is now taken for granted. What was
blindly believed is now observed to be short sighted. If not downright mistaken. One who was seen as moving against the
trends is now shown as a prescient forerunner and one who demanded respect and power has been judged narrow and an
obstacle to the advance of equality and opportunity for all. Each generation begins anew and arranges their perceptions of
the world according to the inscrutable rhythms of history.  According to the view point, Truth is self evident.

We see today, sixty two years after His physical departure, that Sri Bhagavan's teachings have taken on a life of their own and the
interpretations of what He actually taught are now being colored by the perspective of SELF APPOINTED EXPONENTS. The temptation
is great FOR MANY OF US, to 'EXPLAIN' Sri Bhagavan and we can see the results in various view points saying Sri Bhagavan taught this
or that to the exclusion of all else.

This is natural in the course of events for Truth is not fixed by formalities or custom. The rules which govern our lives change shape
according to the needs of the time. What was unthinkable once is now commonplace and will one day be redundant.

Then what is unalterable in Sri Bhagavan's teachings? First, there are the original works which He composed and over time
carefully proofed for publication. The accounts of His life which He scrutinized and corrected line by line as well as the accounts of His
conversations with devotees who recorded them and showed them to Sri Bhagavan for approval. Also the individual accounts of daily
life which were corroborated by other accounts and a general consensus are also acceptable.

continued....

Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: INSTRUCTION - EDITORIAL - Mountain Path, Deepam, 2007:
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2013, 01:17:33 PM »

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We should realize that eventually even the written word will be open to dispute and legitimate interpretation according to the epoch,
for words shift and their significance and gravity can alter in degree. Who nowadays can deeply appreciate the beauty of Sri Bhagavan's
Tamizh and His grasp of the intricate Tamizh poetic diction? But does that matter to one who is ignorant of the conventions but whose
intention is genuine? No. For, 'when heart speaks to heart what need for words?'

We see on a more general level as the teachings were translated into English, Hindi, French, Czech, Gujarati and an ever increasing
variety of world languages.  Even now, as a current example, what does a Korean language with the  best intentions make of Tamizh
nuances of speech? WE can only use analogies that are relevant to us. We can point out the direction, but the direct seeing must be
experienced personally. Words are the beginning and actions along the right guidelines are an essential prerequisite if we are to know ourselves and see how we have limited ourselves by identification with the mechanical impulses of our body and mind.

The written word, though vital for ready access, and the perpetuation of the teaching, is in the end, a pointer, it is not the answer.
Once we have understood the intent and are able to apply the instructions, words are only of secondary importance, our primary
consideration must be the pursuit and absorption of our minds and hearts in that ineffable presence, Ramana-Arunachala. (We give
it a name and a form but in fact this presence which resides in our own heart -hridayam- is not conditioned by time or space. It is from
the view point of manifestation that we say that Self dwell in us.)

With each new generation we apply and reaffirm the spirit of the teachings. It requires discrimination and sincerity to hear what
Bhagavan is really offering for our benefit.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.   
           

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Re: INSTRUCTION - EDITORIAL - Mountain Path, Deepam, 2007:
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2013, 04:46:03 PM »
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First and foremost, He asks for silence of the heart, wherein one can listen free of preconception. He gives us the tool,
Atma Vichara which can if properly applied, quieten the mind and opens us up to the possibility of sharing in that transcendent
silence in which He really dwells.

He tells us of the importance of devotion to the truth in the form of Arunachala, His guru and benefactor. He offers us an example
of His total commitment to the power of Arunachala so much so that the difference between the two is indistinguishable. Does that
mean Sri Bhagavan is made of the rock? It would be a foolish person who wants to be transformed into rock to be one with Ramana-
Arunachala.

There is a story of Jewish Hassidic mystic and teacher, Rabbi Zysya. "Before his death, Rabbi Zusya said, "In the coming world, they
will not ask me: 'Why are you not Moses?'  They will ask me: 'Why are you not Zusya?' (Tales of Hassidism , The Early Masters by
Martin Buber, Thames and Hudson, London, 1956.)

Though the spirit of Bhagavan's teachings will not be found in books, we do trawl them for ideas that can stimulate our inner quest.
There is a tremendous power in what Sri Bhagavan has offered us when we open a book and read His wisdom. Like mantras they                   
can preoccupy us as they grow like seeds in our hidden consciousness until one day we cannot ignore the implications and step out and
follow beam of light. Even in a language distant from the original Tamizh, let us say Russian, the native speaker will grasp the kernel of what is written, as truth, in whatever language, shines with a light of its own. It seems explicable but nonetheless true as any who come to Bhagavan will testify. That is why the ancient Upanishads, the teachings of the Buddha originally in Pali, the words of Christ
and Mohammad ring true today as they did the day they were uttered. It is because they speak of universal Truth which is already inscribed in our hearts and that we have forgotten. We are not asked to wear deer skins and live in a jungle, immersed in baptismal water or ride a camel. We read between the lines and see how the spirit of the teaching can be applied. Sri Bhagavan's teachings
are immensely practical and sensible.

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Arunachala Siva.     

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Re: INSTRUCTION - EDITORIAL - Mountain Path, Deepam, 2007:
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2013, 10:23:54 AM »

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The crucial word is application. Sri Bhagavan was not a philosopher. He did not indulge in polemics for the sake of arguments or
scoring points. More often than not He curtly dismissed those who wished to challenge Him in debate. The point of Sri Bhagavan's
writings are to elucidate and encourage us to apply our talents to the question of our own existence. The question is not so much
why the world is the way it is as how we can be liberated from the burden of our ignorance.

In three prose texts, Self Enquiry, Who am I? and Spiritual Instruction, the poems Upadesa Undiyar and Ulladu Narpadu including
supplement and the hymns on Arunachala are the core from which all the necessary insights can be extrapolated. The texts are so
dense with wisdom that a single sentence can at times be sufficient food for consideration.

The practice of the instructions requires persistence and conviction. We are not involved in making an imaginary grade nor do we
seek a silky set of answers to confound others with out knowledge and accomplishment. What others do or do not is of no concern
to us.  Each of us is unique and comparisons are odious and detrimental.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.       

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Re: INSTRUCTION - EDITORIAL - Mountain Path, Deepam, 2007:
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2013, 09:24:59 AM »

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We each start from where we are and not from where we think we should be. The gap is enormous between our vaporous
dreams and the crunch of reality when we are brought down to hard unyielding earth. But it need not be so hard because
to be absolutely ordinary is therapeutic as there are no more expectations. Have we ever considered how our dreams of
superiority, self esteem and achievements only exist in relation to others? The dependence on the opinion of others or of
society hampers us with a never ending confusion of half thoughts and demands to conform to standards which no one in
their right  mind can fulfill. We are all sinners as much as saints in the small moments which make up our day. In the larger
picture we are caught up in the spirit of times, the zeitgeist, and our individual responses are along carefully calibrated lines.
We rarely step out of the ordinary rhythm of our life. This is normal. We are not required to be perfect --- an impossibility.
The one stipulation is that we seek self knowledge. The rest will take care of itself, for when we see clearly, life is magical;
each time we are true to ourselves, life will conspire to help us.

On the world stage, we see that history is capricious and events are interpreted according to a prevailing fashion or slant.
We deduce our own image too according to the necessity of the moment. Our personality is inherently unstable. Like the history
of the world our own history is subject to incessant change. There is no fixed view point in the sequence of thoughts. One
thought succeeds another; one mood another. The angles and attitudes vary and quite often, contradict each other. Who is it
who interprets these thoughts and emotions? Asking Who am I? brings to a halt, if but for a second, this frantic train of thought.
It opens up a moment of silence and potent emptiness. This is the beginning.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.             

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Re: INSTRUCTION - EDITORIAL - Mountain Path, Deepam, 2007:
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2013, 12:52:12 PM »

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If does not matter where we start or at what age. It is irrelevant, for in truth our sense of aliveness is timeless. It is ever present,
ever fresh and ever available.  If we think we should be perfect in order to begin or that we should have the right set of clothes or
all the books in the world to understand, we will never start. Even if our understanding is askew which it will be, it does not matter.
The decisive point is to begin and like a child who haltingly stands up and walk, we will struggle and fall but each time we begin again
it is with the new confidence that we have learnt something to aid our intention to walk straight.

The grace is always  available to help us if we but sincerely ask. In  truth we are all beginners, each day we begin anew with whatever
we have at hand. We have implements and maps. Our intelligence, emotional commitment, the capacity to act with integrity and
applying Sri Bhagavan's words. They are said to be sufficient. It is up to us to use them correctly.

concluded.

Arunachala Siva.