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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / The real deepavali
« on: November 07, 2013, 03:56:37 PM »
Dear sirs,

One of my friends forwarded to me. Just I want share with this forum.  Many may know this poem still it is worth to go through it.

Ramana Maharshi about Deepavali.

The Conquest of Hell (Naraka)

The Puranas say that Lord Narayana has killed the demon [of misery], Naraka Asura. This demon is none other than the one who lives as “I am this body, the source of misery”. One who seeks Naraka Asura’s [i.e., the ego’s] source, and thus annihilates him, is truly Lord Narayana Himself.

The Deepavali-bath, which is taken by all people on the fourteenth moon in remembrance of the conquest of Naraka, signifies the bath of Jnana, which is taken after destroying the ego Naraka Asura, by searching for his source.

The above two verses were summarised in the following verse by Sri Bhagavan:

He who kills Narakasura (the ego) with the Wheel [i.e.weapon] of Jnana, by enquiring, “Where is the source of Narakasura who rules over Narakaloka, this wretched body, as ‘I’?”, is Lord Narayana; and that day [of the ego’s destruction] is the auspicious day of the fourteenth moon.

Deepavali signifies the great Self-Effulgence which shines after destroying the reflected light [i.e. the ego], Narakasura, who was ruling this filthy body, which is the form of hell, as ‘I’.

Deepavali signified the shining of Self after the destruction, through enquiry, of the greatest sinner,Naraka [the ego], who took the abode of this filthy body, which is the form of hell, as ‘I’.

He is Narakasura (a demon) who feels attached in the thought that he is the body. That attachment to the body itself is a Naraka (hell). The life of a person who has that attachment, even if he be a Maharajah,is hellish. Destroying the attachment to the body, and the self shining by itself as Self is Deepavali.

He is the king of hell who says that he is the body which is hell itself. He is Narayana who ascertains who Naraka is,and destroys him with His vision of wisdom, Jnana Drishti.

That is the auspicious day of Narakachathurdasi.

The false belief that this hell-like house called body is me, is Naraka himself. To destroy that false belief and let the self shine as Self, is Deepavali.

Source: GURU VACHAKA KOVAI The Light of Supreme Truth or THE COLLECTION OF GURU’S SAYINGS translated from original Tamil By Sadhu Om and Michael James

Guru Vachaka Kovai is the biggest collection of Bhagavan’s spoken teachings that was thoroughly checked and revised by Him during His lifetime. As such it has a unique place in the Ramana literature.

courtsey  Alan Jacobs Advaita Vedanta


General Discussion / how to watch our words,and action
« on: September 27, 2013, 06:59:20 PM »
Dear sir,

Before doing any work we think and start doing. In beginning it is little easy to watch how we are reaction for our results and others result.
Slowly "watching" action is over taken by the work.

So full surrender is good rather than watching our thoughts and action....


General topics / why this happening
« on: December 17, 2012, 08:50:23 PM »
Dear sirs,

There are lots of temples, churches, mosques and prayers all over the world. Still why this is happening. The recent firing in school where small kids lost their lives in Us. Why is KOLAVERI.
Who is killing, who is dying and who are watching? Is this Maya?


The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / after understanding
« on: December 12, 2012, 07:33:20 AM »
Dear sirs,

It is now clear all the problems due to our mind. Next step, as soon as a thought jumps, without analysising we should go to our source. Is this the understanding (PURIDHAL)?

Dear sir,

When we read Subramaniya bharathi's poems it seems he has written in "Gnana nilai". He never bothers for the society which was narrow minded, he fought for injustice like untouchability, female education. There is a song NIRPADUVE NADAPPADUVE NEENGAL ELLAM SWAPANAM DHANO"  Must be enlightened soul.
But there is no record of going to Thruvannamalai. He saw many holy saints in Pondichery.


General topics / Arunachaleswar in shiva temple.
« on: September 14, 2012, 10:22:26 PM »
Dear sir,

In some  old shiva temples, they did Pradhishta of 108 small  shiva lingams in side the prakaram. In some places along with small shiva lingam one huge shiva lingam is there which is called Arunachaleswar. Opposite of this Arunachaleswar Vishnu and Bhrama idol is kep on the koshtam wall.
I think it tells the story of Shiva when he took the fire pillar in front of Vishnu and Brahma.


The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / seer
« on: March 08, 2012, 11:02:26 AM »
Dear sirs,

Who first exists the man or the seer or the world For dead man there is no world but still the self is there.


General topics / sanathana dharma
« on: January 19, 2012, 01:22:02 PM »
Dear sir,

Sanathana dharma is only for ajnani not for jnani.  Is it correct?

General topics / good thoughts/bad thoughts
« on: July 02, 2011, 07:40:08 PM »
Dear sirs,

It is true we do not have control in our thoughts. Most of the people have good and bad thoughts. But some people always have good thoughts only. Is it pre destiny or their previous birth's vasanas. Or is it God's will.?


General topics / who am i in Shankara's words
« on: May 01, 2011, 06:00:04 PM »

Pratha smarami hrudhi samsphuradathma thathwam,
Sathchithsugam paramahamsagathim thureeyam,
Yath swapna jagara sushupthamavaithi nithyam,
Thad brahma nishkalamaham na cha bhootha Sangha. 1

In this morning, I think of the principle of soul,
Which is deeply inlaid in my mind.
That real great truth which is the way of the Soul,
Of the realized ones and is the way of thureeya,
And is greater than state of being awake, sleep or dream,
And tells the fact that I am that stainless Brahman and not,
The mixture of air, water, fire sky and the earth.

Prathar bhajami cha mano vachasa magamyam,
Vacho vibhaanthi nikhila yadanugrahena,
Yam nethi nethi vachanai nigama avochan,
Tham deva devamachyuthamaahooragryam. 2

I salute that truth which is not reachable by words and mind,
Whose blessing makes all the words shine,.
Which is searched using the words, "This is not it, this is not',
And leads to the God of gods, Achyutha, and the primeval cause.

Prathar namami thamasa paramarka varnam,
Poornam santhanapadam purushothamakhyam,
Yasminnidham jagadamasesha bhootham,
Rajwam bujangama iva prathibhasitham vai. 3

I salute that knowledge which is as bright as the Sun,
Which is beyond darkness, Which is complete,
Which has an eternal position, Which is as per the order of God,
Which is the source of this world and all its beings,
And on reflection differentiates between a snake and a rope.

Sloka thrayya midham punyam loka thraya vibhooshanam,
Pratha kale padteth yasthu sa gachched paramam padam

These three holy stanzas,
Which are the ornaments for the three worlds,
If recited in the morning,
Would lead he who recites to salvation.

Translated by
P.R. Ramachandar

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / vasanas and samskaras
« on: April 18, 2011, 08:37:59 AM »
The conversation turned on vasanas. Sri Bhagavan said that good tendencies and bad ones (suvasana and kuvasana) are concomitant - the one cannot exist without the other. May be that one class predominates. Good tendencies (suvasana) are cultivated and they must also be finally destroyed by Jnana.
A young prodigy was mentioned. Sri Bhagavan remarked that latent impressions of previous births (purvajanmasamskara) were strong in him.
Devotee.: How does it manifest as the ability to cite well-known saints? Is it vasana in the form of seed only?
Maharshi.: Yes. Predisposition (samskara) is acquired knowledge and kept in stock. It manifests under favourable circumstances. One with strong samskara understands the thing when presented to him much quicker than another with no samskara or weak samskara.
D.: Does it hold good with inventors also?
M.: “There is nothing new under the sun.” What we call inventions or discoveries are merely rediscoveries by competent men with strong samskara in the directions under consideration.
D.: Is it so with Newton, Einstein, etc.?
M.: Yes. Certainly. But the samskaras, however strong, will not manifest unless in a calm and still mind. It is within the experience of everyone that his attempts to rake up his memory fail, where as something flashes in the mind when he is calm and quiet. Mental quiet is necessary even for remembrance of forgotten things. The so-called genius is one who worked hard in his past births and acquired knowledge and kept it in store as samskaras. He now concentrates his mind until it merges in the subject. In that stillness the submerged ideas flash out. That requires favourable conditions also.

General topics / Every act of the Lord has a significance
« on: April 16, 2011, 03:50:16 PM »

Krishna humbled Arjuna’s pride during the war in an interesting manner. About the end of the war, one evening, Arjuna felt proud that Krishna was his charioteer and his ‘servant’. He felt that as master; he should get down from the chariot after Krishna and not before Him. So, that day he insisted that Krishna should get down first. But, Krishna was adamant: Arjuna must come down first, he said. After wasting a long time, pleading and protesting and praying, Arjuna got down, very unwillingly, swallowing his pride. Krishna then came down, and, immediately the chariot went up in flames! Krishna explained the reason. The incendiary arrows and missiles that had struck on the chariot were powerless so long as He was on it; but, when his presence was no longer there, they set the chariot on fire. Thus, Krishna showed that every act and word of the Lord had significance and a purpose, which mortals cannot gauge. Egoism is a tough enemy and it requires constant vigilance to conquer it.

At lunch a visitor from Nellore asked the Master for a tiny bit of food (prasad) from His dish.

Maharshi.: Eat without thinking of the ego. Then what you eat becomes Bhagavan’s prasad .

After lunch the Master continued humorously: “If I had given you one morsel from my plate, each one would ask for a morsel too. What will be left for me if I distribute the whole plate to others? So you see that it is not devotion. There is no significance in eating morsel from my plate. Be a true devotee.”

General topics / God and man
« on: April 12, 2011, 09:20:02 AM »
When man empties himself, God fills his entire being. When God enters man and fills man's entire being, man is no more man but becomes the Light itself.

Swami Chidananda.

Many visitors came on one occasion and they all saluted Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi with a single prayer, "Make me a bhakta. Give me moksha.” After they left Sri Bhagavan said, thinking aloud: All of them want bhakti and moksha. If I say to them, ‘GIVE YOURSELF TO ME’ they will NOT. HOW then can they get what they want?


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