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Ramana Maharshi => The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi => Topic started by: nonduel on September 19, 2011, 05:00:09 PM

Title: The Presence of Ramana
Post by: nonduel on September 19, 2011, 05:00:09 PM
At the Feet of Bhagavan
Leaves from the Diary of T. K. Sundaresa Iyer

MR. and Mrs S. were visitors from Peru to the Ashram. They had heard of
the Maharshi and His greatness, of how He was accepted by Arunachala,
and how He and Arunachala are one. To the couple, Sri Maharshi's
presence on earth seemed the second coming of the Christ Himself, so
they had longed for years to meet this God-Man once in their lives.

They were too poor to find the money for their passage to India. But in
their burning desire to see the God-Man in flesh and blood, they laid by
each week a few coins out of their small wages, and in a few years they
had enough money to become deck-passengers without the pleasant luxury
of the higher classes on the ship. So they sailed for several months,
and at last reached India and Tiruvannamalai.

The couple narrated all their story to Bhagavan, all the privations they
had undergone to have a look at Sri Maharshi. Bhagavan was all kindness
to them. He heard their story with great concern, and then remarked:
"You need not have taken all this trouble. You could well have
thought of me from where you were, and so could have had all the
consolation of a personal visit." This remark of Sri Bhagavan they
could not easily understand, nor did it give them any consolation as
they sat at His feet like Mary. Sri Maharshi did not want to disturb
their pleasure in being In His immediate vicinity, and so He left them
at that.

Later in the evening Sri Maharshi was enquiring about their day-to-day
life, and incidentally their talk turned to Peru. The couple began
picturing the landscape of Peru and were describing the sea-coast and
the beach of their own town. Just then Maharshi remarked: "Is not
the beach of your town paved with marble slabs, and are not coconut
palms planted in between? Are there not marble benches in rows facing
the sea there and did you not often sit on the fifth of those with your
wife?" This remark of Sri Maharshi created great astonishment in the
couple. How could Sri Bhagavan, who had never gone out of
Tiruvannamalai, know so intimately such minute details about their own

Sri Maharshi only smiled and remarked: "It does not matter how I can
tell. Enough if you know that in the Self there is no Space-Time."
This confirmed in the minds of the couple Sri Maharshi's original
statement that they could well have thought of Him even at their own
home and so obtained His blessings.
Title: Re: The Presence of Ramana
Post by: Subramanian.R on September 19, 2011, 05:05:16 PM

Dear non duel,

This is an interesting story. Once a person knows [realizes] the Self,
he knows everything.  When one knows [realizes] the Self, what is
there to know further? - says Sri Bhagavan in His Atma Vidya Kirtanam.
The Self realized person, attains cosmic consciousness and if and
when necessary, he exhibits this knowledge of knowing everything.

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: The Presence of Ramana
Post by: nonduel on September 19, 2011, 05:11:33 PM
Dear Subramanian Ji,

It is a comforting story for us devotees who are afar. Although it would be a blessing to sit in the meditation room...
Title: Re: The Presence of Ramana
Post by: Subramanian.R on September 19, 2011, 05:41:58 PM

Dear non duel,

Do not feel bad about not coming to the Asramam. Sri Bhagavan
is everywhere. He is in the photograph in your drawing room. Looking
at the photograph, if you meditate, you shall feel His Presence. His
Grace and His hand.

There are thousands in Tiruvannamalai, who spend their times in
cinema halls and reading novels but never stepping into the Asramam.
We are far far better than those people.  It is enough if one takes one
step towards Him, He takes nine steps and comes to you. But even
this one step, many do not take towards Him.

Among the various disease-afflicted persons, when Jesus called them
"Stand up, you shall walk", only one man stood up and he could walk.
The rest were sitting, sitting and sitting for ever and died. Faith is
the key. Sri Bhagavan's Presence  is beyond time and space. 

Arunachala Siva.     
Title: Re: The Presence of Ramana
Post by: Anand on September 19, 2011, 08:57:28 PM
Dear friends,
Of late whether I practice self enquiry or not , I try to visualise the face of Bhagavan and try to visualise him in every interaction, as some members have suggested, and found that I am able to be more at peace in my interactions.
Further as Subramanian Sir said, whether we have the good fortune or not of being in Thiruvannamalai , we can always remember the compassionate smile of Bhagavan which will be with us everywhere.
I am also trying to develop the Bhavana of surrender to Bhagavan, since I am beginning to feel that by very virtue of the association of his name  , we all  have his grace and surrender to him is but a logical conclusion,  for some in the immediate future  and for some after some time till all our minds are ripened.
Our future and in fact our fate for ever has become intertwined with him.
Whether we get Mukti or not, let us pray that we shall get the opportunity ,to be at Bhagavan's feet  for ever.

Title: Re: The Presence of Ramana
Post by: Sreeswaroop on September 24, 2011, 02:04:14 PM

Bhagavan says that you need not seek Mukthi, it is always there. It is only the question of our ignorance. Know the self and you know what it is.

May he bless you! (He says blessing is also always there)
Title: Re: The Presence of Ramana
Post by: Subramanian.R on September 24, 2011, 04:10:29 PM

Dear Anand, Sreeswaroop,

Mukti is our birth right. But we have to remove the dirt [the mind / ego] which is enveloping the
pure crystal - Mukti. For removal of this dirt, not only our efforts to remove the shackles of ego
is necessary but Grace is also all the more necessary. As you said, Grace is always there
from God or Guru, what is preventing that Grace falling on us is our fattened ego.

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: The Presence of Ramana
Post by: Sreeswaroop on September 26, 2011, 01:50:36 PM

yes. As Bhagavan never accepts the word "bondage" in this regard. According to him it does not exist.
Title: Re: The Presence of Ramana
Post by: Subramanian.R on September 26, 2011, 05:27:21 PM

Dear Sreeswaroop

Sri Bhagavan says in ULLadu Narpadu, that only when one is bound,
there are thoughts of bondage and liberation.  Once you become free,
there is neither thought of  bondage nor liberation.  You are As you Are.

Arunachala Siva.