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General Discussion / The ego
« on: February 01, 2014, 07:37:47 PM »
Dear friends,
I would like to invite discussions on our ego and whether our ego really deserves the harsh treatment that it is generally given when assoicated with spirituality.
Isnt it the same ego which enables us to take to sadhana and to remember Bhagavan and thus his teachings which are synonymous with his name.
It seems the  ego tends to take on a dual role like a character who plays a hero and villain in the same movie.(hence fictitious).
When outward turned, it seems to be inclined  towards evil propensities and when inward turned leads  us to the divinity within ourselves.
Hence instead of brow beating the ego,as sadhaks, we should be thankful that it has turned over a new leaf and pray that it gets the strength to  make the ultimate sacrifice i.e itself .
Regards,
Anand Sundaram

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Dear friends,
Using inputs of Ravi sir and Graham sir , I am posting this as an after thought.
his is about the light seen at the time of bith of Bhagavan by an elderly relative of Bhagavan who did not have proper eye sight and the light seen as merging in Arunachala a the time of Bhagavan's dropping off the body.
What do these signify ?I think it signifies that the supreme Brahman represented as a visible symbol on this earth(Arunachala) himself took birth  to show the path (or one should say live the path)of self enquiry and dropped the bodily form that appeared as Bhagavan when the mission was accomplished.
Hence when someone says that Bhagavan will guide us in his path it is but the supreme .Now I would like to say one more thing.
Arunachala when we say epitomises Lord Siva , actually  is the visual manifestation of the supreme Brahman which someone worships as Siva,Vishnu,Christ etc.In some mysterious way the supreme Brahman has chosen to be present as a hill giving solace to one and all.
So that is why when someone was sad that Bhagavan was droppping his body reassured that where can he go .He was and is the supreme Brahman .Similarly when we see so many foreigners  coming to Arunachala they do not just worship Lord Siva by cirumventing the hill,etc.They are literally worshipping the supreme Brahman that dwels everywhere including their own selves.Arunachala is the living visual presence of God and which Hindus are worshipping as Lord Shiva but anyone can see in Arunachala their own God since God can be  in any form.
Thanks
Anand Sundaram.

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General Discussion / Self enquiry some tips needed.
« on: January 19, 2014, 04:45:19 PM »
Dear friends,
My pattern of so called sadhana on  weekdays ,is I do about 5 minutes of japa before  I wake up and daily try to read a few pages of Ribhu Gita..
On weekends ,I get more free time say about an hour or so in which i practice what I hope is self enquiry .
"IN this 1 hour of free time ,I try to focus on the I thought , after a few seconds of such attempting of such focus, there is breathless and since I cannot continue to focus on searching for the source of the I thought , I then try to focus on the breath."
Later thoughts intervene but I try to repeat the above cycle  as indicated in the quotes, thus managing about 4-5 times - the attempt to focus on the I ,stilling  the mind albeit for a few seconds ,ending with heavy breathing and focusing on the breath as it slowly slows down - this whole cycle taking about 2-3 minutes .How can I alter the practice to avoid the disruption of the enquiry by the breathlessness , so as to lengthen the period of focus on the search for the self, is what I want to know from members.
Thanks,
Anand Sundaram.

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Dear friends,
The Yoga Vasistha slightly  deviates from Bhagavan's teachings in the following two points as I see it  or till someone corrects me.
1.Unlike Bhagavan who said that with self enquiry, gradually the atttraction to sense pleasures(except as permissible  by Dharma) will diminish , the yoga vasistha talks of clenching the teeth and avoiding sense pleasure (except as permissible  by Dharma) .
2.It also talks about self effort prevailing over destiny .It is not clear whether such self effort is referred to spiritual pursuit or is also applicable to materialistic  life. If it is also applicable to materialistic life then it contradicts Bhagavan's teachings that everything in life on the material front is pre destined.
I would like fellow members to share their views on the above.
Thanks,
Anand Sundaram.

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General Discussion / Digital photoframe
« on: January 12, 2014, 08:41:03 PM »
Dear friends,
I am interested in seeing Bhagavan and Arunachala photos on digital photoframes.Can somehow here inform how  much it costs in Indian Rupees.
Can the photoframe be used to read pdf files.If yes what is the cost of such photoframes.
Thanks,
Anand Sundaram.

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General topics / diving into The heart
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:23:38 PM »
Dear friends,
I would like to invite posts from fellow members on this topic which Bhagavan mentioned as the key to self enquiry.
Clearly the heart was not the physical organ but referred to the source from which the "I" thought stemmed - i.e Brahman or the supreme consciousness.
Now I would like to invite posts from fellow members on what is diving into the heart .
Secondly if there is any pre requisite or concurrent sadhana that is suggested to make the diving easier and more frequent .
Thanks and regards,
Anand Sundaram.

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General Discussion / Who are we really and who responds on this forum .
« on: December 03, 2013, 08:27:50 PM »
Dear friends,
In Lakhsmana Sarma's commentary on Ullada Narpadu, he has clearly mentioned that what we see is actuallly unreal and our own creation .
Then the question arises who answers our queries in this forum .It seems our  ego  has created this forum and we ask questions to it and our ego  answers .
Something to ponder over isnt it ?
Regards,
Anand Sundaram.

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General topics / Reality in forty verses - by Lakshamana Sarma
« on: November 24, 2013, 06:07:53 PM »
Dear Friends,
The above book is a wonderful commentary on Ulladu Narpadu , one of Bhagavan's most important works.
It is recently published by Sri RAmanashramam.Sadhaks will find in this an excellent summary of Bhagavan's teachings.
I also hope, that Sri Ramanashramam prints more copies of this book in the future.It is will be an invaluable book for sadhaks for eternity.
Thanks and Regards,
Anand Sundaram.

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General Discussion / Arunachala remembrance as main sadhana
« on: November 19, 2013, 08:12:59 PM »
Dear friends,
I would like invite members feedback on what would be the means adopted if one were to adopt Arunachala Smarana as the main sadhana in life - one covering pre retirement life i.e active life and one post retirement .
Here is one set of means .
In active life :-Waking upto with Arunachala siva. Mornings reading about Arunachala Mahatyam .evening reading Arunachala Mahatyam and on Bhagavan Ramana .
In retired life :- waking up with Arunachala JApa,through out the day  Arunachala Siva Japa interspersed with reading Arunachala MAhatyam , Ocean of divine grace ,etc, to bed with Arunachala Siva,OM Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya on lips.
Regards,
Anand Sundaram

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General Discussion / Prayer to Bhagavan and Arunachala
« on: November 02, 2013, 04:23:32 PM »
Dear friends,
Elsewhere we have discussed on surrender and partial surrender etc.
But I feel, having come to Bhagavan and Arunachala we should not worry about anything but leave it to them.
If anything good happens we should pray to them and thank them.If anything bad happens or we are in the midst of some overbearing situation, we should pray that Oh Bhagavan and Arunachala , please be with us and guide us .
These are just bhavas to prevent our own mind from trouubling us in any situation.
Truth is that having once come to Bhagavan and Arunachala (by coming I mean being introduced  to Arunachala , being introduced to Bhagavan's teachings etc not just physical visit to Arunachala) , their eternal presence will oversee our future in every way .
Any agitation on our part will be like the person in the pilllar of temples who seems to bear the weight of the pillar, while in reality it is borne by the earth.So without having any thoughts on whether we have surrendered or it is partial surrender, we should pray to Bhagavan and Arunachala in every situation- good or bad only to be at peace.
If we do well we should say thanks to them ,if we goof up,we should still thank Bhagavan and Arunachala - thanks since everything we do it is they who are making us do. If we go to some other Guru or even so called Guru it will be still their Leela .
They will never foresake us whether we believe it or not.
Thanks and Regards,
Anand Sundaram.

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General topics / Concentration on the source of the I thought.
« on: October 26, 2013, 05:57:28 PM »
Dear friends,
Whenever I try to focus on the perceived source of the ego, my face seems to become slightly contorted.
Sometimes it becomes apparent and noticeable to relations/friends nearby , thus defeating  the recommended method of practising unobtrusively .There is some mistake in how am going about this particular practice perhaps.
Can someone advise me on this.
Thanks,
Anand Sundaram.

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Dear friends,
Can I get someone's help to inform where  I can get(i.e which website) through online purchase a low cost paper back edition of PAul Brunton's above books.
Thanks,
Anand Sundaram.

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Dear colleagues,
Quote from " A Sadhu's Reminescences of Ramana Maharshi" by Sadhu Arunachala-A.W.Chadwick.
Quote "That everything is in the mind and that the mind itself is only a passing phenomenon was continually stressed by Bhagavan."Who is the one behind the mind " he would ask repeatedly."Find that one and the mind itself will disappear".To do this one must repeatedly seek out the source of the "i" by the enquiry who am I?.
This process has often been misunderstood,though actuallly Bhagavan;s teaching is quite clear.
In this search one is not to search from some transcendental "I absolute " but for the ego itself and the point where it rises.
Find this and the ego drops away and one then knows that there is nothing but the self."Unquote.
Regards,
Anand Sundaram.

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Dear friends,
I find and I am accused as such, by close relations and others of being unaware of what is happening in the real world even as I try to dabble in self enquiry, struggling as a little toddler but hoping to be on my feet completely in that aspect.
I find that I am on a back foot in terms of knowing what is happening in the job market,knowing my city in terms of directions,availability of things,children's education  and knowing in general learning things on the practical front.I would like to invite sugggestions on how these aspects can be improved without loosing the foothold on our efforts towards sadhana .
Thanks ,
Anand Sundaram.

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Concurrent self enquiry
« on: September 06, 2013, 09:52:02 PM »
Dear friends,
Self enquiry should be all compassing.It should be not form of part time activity as I have just begun to realise .One should not be afraid to interperse self enquiry with other activities.I have discovered   that if one is able to practice some form of self enquiry even in midst of work , then a peace prevails in all our activities.
In the last 1-2 days ,I practiced repeating Arunachala Siva and Om Namo Bhagavate in the midst of my activties whenever I got even a moments time.eg When leaving my  work place to have a glass  of water,or to answer the calll of nature  etc ,I tried to repeat above mantras and focus on the source of the mantra.
Sometimes I tried to repeat 'I',"I'.In fact N.A.Mohan RAo in his article mentioned else where in this forum ,has told that this can be extended to even one is involved in critical tasks since though the mind can think only of one thing at a time, it can be made to rapidly switch betweeen the task on hand and self enquiry.
Concurrent enquiry is the key thing .I would like friends here to share how else can we practice concurrent self enquiry .
Thanks and regards,
Anand Sundaram.

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