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Forum Updates / Re: To all members and visitors
« on: March 07, 2014, 09:00:36 PM »
Hi Graham,

How do we transfer entire series of posts to the new website? Can you give us instructions, please.

or else your computer tech may be able to put in a search of all posts after  xxx date and hit transfer. That is possible on another website I use. Not sure how your's works.

Thanks for running this forum and the webcam and the restored pictures  :)

Child of Arunachala

hi graham,

I vote for importing the posts only because I dont know what I will want to read in the future :-)   I do a search on your site and it often brings up something by Subramanian Sir or a couple of others and I am glad I read it. It is the unknown of what may be deleted that I am worried about.

I am sure you can find someone who can help you with it. You have readers all over the globe.

Operating System and Software Issues / Re: Why topics are deleted?
« on: March 04, 2014, 07:11:18 PM »
Hi all,

I hope you can keep the shivarati 2014 thread

Thank God you found a back-up because I love reading and re-reading some of the really old posts.

Sorry to hear you lost the restored photographs years ago and had to recreate them.

Child of Arunachala

Arunachala / Re: Shivraatri 2014
« on: February 25, 2014, 04:01:18 AM »
Dear Ravi,

Thank you for clarifying. You are right. It is not for us to judge the actions of saints.

Happy Shivaratri

Child of Arunachala

Arunachala / Re: Shivraatri 2014
« on: February 24, 2014, 03:15:39 PM »
i have never known of shri kanchi periyavaa imploring pradosham mama to chant the
same during pradosham poojai so also chantings at  sri ramakrishna mutts  .

Dear Ravi,

I, too, wonder if it is true that the Kanchi Periyavaa would ask someone to chant the Arunachala Aksharamanamalai.  I say this because when Bhagavan gave his mother mukti on her final breath, Kanchi Periyavaa said that she should not be considered a saint and a temple should not be built around her body. As far as Kanchi Periyavaa was concerned the Mathrubhuteswar Temple is a burial ground and he would have his Brahmin priests take a purification bath, as laid out in the shastras, upon their return to Kanchi Mutt. 

There was a time when Kanchi Periyavaa visited Tiruvannamalai, did Girivalam, but refused to step into Ramana Ashram even though Bhagavan was inside giving darshan.

I found both these incidents mentioned in Ramana Ashram publications. So they couldn't be wrong.

As for Ramakrishna Mutt, I doubt it very much that they chant the Arunachala Aksharamanamalai because they have their own chants and own ways of doing the spiritual practices.

Child of Arunachala

Arunachala / Re: Shivraatri 2014
« on: February 24, 2014, 01:57:40 AM »
Dear Ravi,

Thank you for this great story on faith.

It is funny. A friend of mine told me today that she thinks Prabhupad called Lord Shiva a "Demi-God" because he had an eye on donations i.e. lucrative western donations.  Ha! Ha! It is very possible.

That said, Arunachala Aksharamalai is a beautiful chant. I wish they would play it on the speakers at the Arunachaleswarar temple and on the Girivalam path.  They play only Om Arunachaleswaraya Namaha and Om Namah Sivaya.  For whatever reason they will not play the Arunachala Aksharmanamalai.

As you said, the chant is beautiful but it is is accounting and audit of it that was so hilarious.

Child of Arunachala

Arunachala / Re: Shivraatri 2014
« on: February 23, 2014, 04:58:37 PM »
Namaste Ravi,

Thank you. That is where I got confused. So I stopped reading too much and started practicing more and realized for myself that all mantras are the same. There is no diety more superior than the other. All have the ability to make us realized.  When I realized that for myself, I saw that the revered Swami Sivananda of Divine Life Society in Rishikesh had said the same thing. All mantras will take you to the goal provided you repeat them with great faith and devotion

Child of Arunachala.

Arunachala / Re: Shivraatri 2014
« on: February 23, 2014, 04:52:39 PM »
Dear Subrmanian, Sir

Thank you. I know you will be going to Tiruvannamalai for Shivaratri. Have a safe trip.

Self inquiry is not for every one. Even for Bhagavan, it wasn't something he practiced for a while and then attained Self Realization. It was something that happened to him in that momentous moment in his uncle's house. 

I asked a  Tiruvanamalai elder why people express frustration with self inquiry or even meditation after a few years of practicing it and he said that it is because their senses have not been quietened. There are other methods to do quieten the senses.  I read in one of the ashram books that  Bhagavan himself was asked if self-inquiry was the only method to realize the the Self and he said no.

Frankly, I prefer the other method Bhagavan gave us: which is to focus on the spot where the mantras arise. That is more fun and possible for me. Ofcourse, hearing the priests chant the Rudram and watching the abhishekham and pujas have their own charm and power.  Nothing to beat going around the Hill. That is my most favourite spiritual practice.

Child of Arunachala

Arunachala / Re: Shivraatri 2014
« on: February 23, 2014, 03:26:03 PM »
Yes, Mahasivaratri is my most favourite festival as well. I wait all year for it. 

Those of you who are lucky to go to Tiru, have a great trip.

Thanks, Balaji. It is a good article. But I am confused. If you read the Vishnu Sahasranamam, it says Vishnu is the greatest God and the Vishnu Sahasranamam the greatest mantra.  The Hare Krishnas say their's is the greatest mantra and greatest God, the rest are all demi Gods.  Like wise the Shakti worshippers. Shirdi Sai Baba devotees say the Sai Baba is the greatest Guru and have built a temple for him in Tiruvannamalai.  Who do you believe?  Personally I shut everyone out and did what I was inwardly guided to do. In my case it was Lord Shiva but here is my confusion.

Even within Lord Shiva there are so many conflicting messages.  The people at the Arunachaleswarar temple don't want to have any thing to do with the Arunachala Aksharamanamalai or even repeat its refrain - although so many of us have had great experiences with that mantra while going around the Hill. There are Indians I know who will come to Tiruvannamalai, visit the main Arunachaleswarar temple, go around the Hill but will not go to Ramana Ashram. Go figure. Honestly, I can't seem to figure that out.

Health & Welfare Issues / Re: Water
« on: February 19, 2014, 02:53:57 PM »
I, too, worry about the water quality when I am in India. There have been reports in the Indian media that the ground water table is severely contaminated with pesticides.  The bottled water is no better. Sometimes I wonder how the plastic in the bottle kept in the hot Indian sun on tempos/lorries and in wayside shops must be affecting the water.

Jordon, if you do end up taking a water filteration unit, please keep us posted on which one and how it worked for you.

I wish some of the long time residents of Tiruvannamalai will let us know how they manage.

Child of Arunachala

Namaste PKar,

Sorry, I am only now seeing this post. What the Devi is showing you is very profound. Please don't dissipate the blessings by posting it on an open forum or revealing it to anyone who is not your guru.

If you don't understand the visions or even dreams, ask the Devi for clarification. She will give it to you. From what I can see is that she is providing your protection. Acknowledge it and thank her for it.

I know how busy you are as a student in the U.S. but you are doing your best by chanting the Lalita Sahasranamam on Fridays. If you can, squeeze in a Tuesday as well. 

You seem quite evolved to be getting these visions. Treasure them rather than open them up to egoistic, stubborn, angry, hateful people on the spiritual path... you said you have posted this on two forums.... God knows who all are reading something so divine that is happening to you.  It is not to be shared.

As Lata said, if there is a Chinmaya Mission in your town, go there as often as your schedule will permit or to a Hindu Temple. Sit quietly and talk to the Devi..... but don't reveal these visions to anyone. Your answers will come. Of that I am sure.

Wish you all the best,
Child of Arunachala

General Discussion / Re: Ramesh Auto-Rickshaw Driver - Part 1
« on: January 08, 2014, 05:53:21 PM »
Namaste, Paul

Thank you for posting Ramesh's phone number.  I was looking for it yesterday and realized it was saved on my Indian cell phone that I can't turn on in the west. :-( 

I hope your feet have healed and your daughter liked the dress you got her.

Child of Arunachala

General Discussion / Re: Ramesh Auto-Rickshaw Driver - Part 1
« on: January 06, 2014, 03:10:10 PM »
Namaste, Paul:

I know Ramesh, the auto rickshaw driver, and it is heartbreaking to hear that he is going through challenges.  This Ramesh is so sincere and so devout, it is amazing the pearls of wisdom that drop from his mouth on my auto rides around Tiruvannamalai and he doesn't even realize it.  I, for one, never told him because I didn't want to spoil the spontaneity of it all.

Last year, my friend and I (both India born - foreigners) hired Ramesh for a trip around arunachala and what a trip it was. He took us to places we didn't know existed and while he stood outside we had the most amazing darshan of the dieties in peace and quiet that we never knew existed in Tiruvannamalai's Ramana Nagar.

Answers to questions we had came floating into our minds and when I looked at Ramesh he was grinning like he knew what was going on. That is when he shared with us his own story. 

Many years ago, he fell in love with a woman he really liked but his family opposed him not because there was something wrong with the girl but that they did not select her. Their ego was bruised. Regardless, Ramesh married that girl but was shocked when the family cut him off. He had no independent source of income and in a small town like Tiruvannamalai he had no options. He wanted to commit suicide in desperation but Arunachala had other designs for him.  As he was going to take the drastic step, Ramesh swooned like he had never experienced before. He lay down and fell into a deep sleep. 

When he woke up (after he doesn't know how long) someone was standing beside him shaking him. It was a donor who had a brand new rickshaw for him as a gift to make his living. To this day, Ramesh thinks it was Arunachala who came to give him that rickshaw. No wonder we all have so many good experiences when we ride it.  The moral, Ramesh told us, is that if we are sincere Arunachala himself will help us even if society turns against us.

Another thing that perturbed my friend and I was that the locals were very reluctant to rent their apartments to westerners. Ramesh told us that it is because a few westerners have commited suicide in Tiruvannamalai and the building owners were put in jail (for a long time) under suspicion that they killed them for money. It is a lot of trouble for the Indians to rent to foreigners. So they don't ... ofcourse then there is the drinking and partying.

We asked Ramesh why a few westerners that we knew ended up in mental hospital. They seemed to be doing sadhana sincerely.  Ramesh said: "When Indian Hindus go to the temple, we lay our problems at the feet of God and ask for help". When a westerner goes, he tries to pull a solution out of the diety. The solution is always what the person wants... that fits his goals in life...not what the diety wants to give and thinks we are ready to receive"   Ramesh felt that is where westerners get into trouble in Tiruvannamalai.   As if to demonstrate this point, when Ramesh left my friend and i at the Arunachaleswarar temple, Arunachala showed us. There was a western lady clinging on to one of the shiva lingams that line the side of the sanctum sanctorum. No amount of pleading with her not to touch the shiva lingas worked. Needless to say, when we saw her again outside, she seemed so crazy.

I totally agree with Paul that we must help Ramesh. Yes, money would be good but I am praying that someone helps him become financially independent. So, knowledge of what to do and money and a good heart to help one of Arunachala's (and Bhagavan's) devotee is what is required in this situation.

Ramesh is a sincere, loving and caring individual who always takes good care of us when we visit Tiruvannamalai.

Child of Arunachala

Health & Welfare Issues / Re: Sattvic curry recipe for lentils or beens
« on: December 20, 2013, 07:09:48 AM »
Dear Atma Vichar,

Very nice, thank you.

Child of Arunachala

General Discussion / Re: Kanchi Pontiffs' Case:
« on: November 28, 2013, 01:50:47 PM »
Dear Atma Vichar and Subramaniam sir:

The message for all of us in this is:  Follow Dharma and Dharma will protect.

Thank you Atma Vichar for posting the interview. It was very reassuring.

Child of Arunachala

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