Author Topic: The Quest - Miracles and Sadhana - Lucia Osborne: Deepam 2012, M.P  (Read 2286 times)

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Arunachala, the heart of the universe, is also a magic mountain.  'Just as we identify ourselves with the body so does Siva identify
Himself with Arunachala,' Sri Bhagavan explained.  In 1981, a visitor to the Asramam, Pamlea Lightbody, had an unforgettable
experience on the Hill.  It revealed itself to her as flaming white Light without beginning or end just as in the legend, according to
Arunachala Mahatmyam Siva reveled Himself to Brahma and Vishnu to end their dispute.  The one who could find the beginning or
end of the Light would be the victor.  This proved impossible.  Mortal eyes could not stand the radiance of the Light so Siva was
implored to take a form which mortal eyes behold and thus He took the form of Arunachala.

Devaraja Mudaliar, a staunch devotee, a lawyer by profession and author of Day by Day with Bhagavan and My Recollections of
Bhagavan Sri Ramana, sometimes talked in the Hall about miracles.  He was, on his own admission 'rather partial to miracles'.
Bhagavan told him the details of two miracles of which He had knowledge and added that miracle occur even now.  During the
early years of His stay on the Hill, a lady alighted from the train at Tiruvannamalai railway station at night, got into a jatka
(horse cart) and told the driver to take her to a certain street in the town.  The driver took her to an out-of-the-way place
and was about to rob her of her jewels.  In her anxiety, she called on Arunachala. Suddenly two police constables appeared
on the scene, heard her complaint, escorted her safely in the cart to her house and went away.  The lady noted down the numbers
of the two police constables and subsequently made inquiries about them intending to thank or reward them, but no such police
constables  could be traced at the police station and none of the police at Tiruvannamalai knew anything of the night's occurrence.

Bhagavan told another similar story on that occasion.  There was an elderly cripple, a relative of T.K. Sundaresa Iyer who was
very devout and used to make the circuit of Arunachala Hill in spite of his disability.  After many years' stay at Tiruvannamalai,
he once got so vexed at the treatment he received from his relatives with whom he was saying and on whom he depended, that
he decided in disgust leave Tiruvannamalai.  Before he left the outskirts of town, a young Brahmin appeared before him and, with
apparent rudeness, snatched away his crutches, saying, 'You do not deserve these.'  Miraculously he found he could walk normally.
To walk around Arunachala on crutches would have hastened his release but not if in a resentful mood.  Devaraja Mudaliar
maintained that it was Bhagavan who performed the miracles. 

When told so, Bhagavan took no notice of it.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                 

           

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Re: The Quest - Miracles and Sadhana - Lucia Osborne: Deepam 2012, M.P
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013, 10:28:34 AM »


continues.....

All troubles and perils come from 'otherness', animate or inanimate, be it wild animals or robbers or from missing trains or
losing things and so on.  What relief to wake up from such a night's dream into the 'waking state'.  The dream person and
the waking person were not different people.  They w;re one.  The waking state is also a dream, a longer, more consecutive
dream.  We dream ourselves in a belt of illusory time with birth, old age, and death and innumerable shifts and changes of life
like that  king in the Yoga Vasishta story who dreamt a lifetime of misery in the duration of several minutes of illusory time,
the duration of a thought, away from his kingly state.

Sadhana is 'waking up' from the dream of life into Oneness of Being.  We are God's dream. God is I AM in absolute perfection
and purity.  'Jehova' means 'I All'.  I AM THAT I AM is the reply to Moses.  'Be still and know that I AM God' or rather that God is
I AM.  We identify ourselves with the body.  It is also I AM but tied to some state or other, vulnerable and conditioned, insecure.
And this vulnerable, insecure conditioned I AM reaches out to the perfect, all embracing, happiness than happiness itself, a state
of such well being that finite words are too poor to describe it. A state where there is no birth, old age or death.  So the finite I AM
the embodied human being reaches out to identify, the I AM in absolute perfection which is its own Self. What could be more gracious
than your own perfect Self to your own limited self?  That is why Sri Bhagavan wrote in the Five Hymns to Sri Arunachala, 'Kinder
Thou art than one's own mother.'  That is why saints welcome whatever comes as Grace good or bad coming from our own Self
that is trying you, that is preparing you, to receive Grace.  In Hinduism it would be to clean your sheet of karma so that ever present
Grace can well up.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                 

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Re: The Quest - Miracles and Sadhana - Lucia Osborne: Deepam 2012, M.P
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2013, 10:58:40 AM »

continues......

Master Dogen, the Japanese Soto Zen Master, counsels:  'In the midst of desire and grasping which we cannot do away with
however much we try, in the midst of our deluded thoughts and ideas we are to try to discover the world of release.

'The life of desire and grasping is that all the time though I think I will not get angry, anger arises.  I think I will not say stupid
things, yet they come out,

'By the power of spiritual discipline, the true emptiness can be experienced and true emptiness is liberation from all finitude.....

'What is this anger which arises, what is this complication, what is this greed?  In this way, we directly confront the wrong
thoughts and ideas.  Spiritual discipline enables us to have actual experience of the world of emptiness which is liberation.'

When meditation becomes uneven, restless, that is the time to persevere to break through.  It may steady itself or not, but as
Sri Bhagavan assures us and is proved by actual experience, sincere effort unfailingly brings results sooner or later.  Calmness
develops naturally out of a state of inner composure brought about by perseverance without trying to force results. Nor must
one try to induce calmness by means of artificial rigidity.  When we feel we can do no more, we pray or surrender.  In prayer
we turn to the inexhaustible motive power, the Source of all power which is our own innermost Self in absolute purity.

What could be more gracious , we repeat, than our own infinite all powerful supremely blissful SELF, 'I-I' to our finite distressed,
vulnerable self, I (ego).  'Our prayers are granted. No thought will ever go in vain.  Every thought will produce its effect sometime
or other. Thought force will never go in vain',  Bhagavan assures us.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.               


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Re: The Quest - Miracles and Sadhana - Lucia Osborne: Deepam 2012, M.P
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2013, 10:55:41 AM »

continues....

However the effect will be produced at the right time.  Adversity may be necessary for some to open their inner vision to
to the Reality of God, their own Self.  'Sweets are the uses of adversity', says Shakespeare.

Ibn Ata-Illah: 'May the pain of trial be lightened for you by your knowledge that it is He, be He exalted, that is trying you.
There is no doubt that for men of God their best moment is the moment of distress, for this it is that fosters their growth.
By this suffering their hearts are purified and transformed into pure substance.'

Koran:  'The best of your moments is that in which you are thrown back on your own helplessness; it may be that in distress
you will find benefits that you have been unable to find anywhere else.  The uncertainty of life has a substratum of Certainty
which we feel vaguely or to a greater extent and reach out to it.'

'Just as in the plant, the urge towards the sun and air compels the germ to break through the darkness of the earth so the
germ of enlightenment concealed in the innermost heart of all men high or low ultimately breaks through the obscuration
caused by the illusion of an objective world with all its entanglements.

'There is one light of the sun though it is interrupted by walls, mountains, and innumerable impediments.  There is one universal
substance though it is broken up into myriad bodies and with its peculiar qualities.  There is one soul though the nature and the
limits of the individuals among which it seems divided.'  - Marcus Aurelius.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                 

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Re: The Quest - Miracles and Sadhana - Lucia Osborne: Deepam 2012, M.P
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2013, 10:37:53 AM »

continues.....

'Birth here is the seat of all pain arising from the body....' is how Bhagavad Gita put it in a nutshell, 'and also from the mind
is of an ever changing nature.' 

In a world subject to so much distress from most painful diseases which are legion, from violence, from innumerable ills afflicting
the human body and heart amidst a little unsteady happiness; a world subject to continuous change, we begin to seek for something
of eternal value, a state transcending conditioning, which is permanent, free, above sorrow.

The 'original  sin' is a mistaken identification of the Self with the body, senses, and mind.  The whole process of sadhana is the undoing
of this original error.  Kabir calls this world a thorny garden and 'the city of thieves'. One who enters it gets entangled. 

The Brhadaranyaka Upanishad joyfully sings, 'As a falcon or an eagle flying to and fro in the open sky, and growing weary folds its
wings and sinks to rest so the Spirit of man hastens to that world where finding rest he desires no desire and dreams no dream.
And whatever he has dreamt, be it that he was slain or oppressed or fallen into an abyss or whatever fear he beheld in the waking
world, he knows now that it was from ignorance. Like a god, like a king, he knows he is the All. This is his highest joy.  He has
passed beyond all evil.'

concluded.

Arunachala Siva.