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Humour / A bumpersticker for Advaitins
« on: January 13, 2011, 02:02:14 PM »
"Absolute Non Dualism makes Monotheism look like Polytheism."

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General topics / Sai Baba of Shirdi
« on: December 29, 2010, 03:31:47 PM »
I was wondering what some thoughts on Sai Baba of Shirdi might be from devotees of Bhagavan?

If a favorable view is there any book on him in English that would be recommended?

My understanding of him is that he was basically Hindu, but spent a great deal of time in a mosque and had both Muslim and Hindu devotees?
Very interesting. Arthur Osborne mentioned in his autobiography that Sai Baba is not well known in the west. This is still somewhat true, but he's
not entirely unknown here in America.

Was just curious what the general view of him is here...

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General topics / Questions from a Western devotee
« on: December 05, 2010, 05:27:59 AM »
Hello. I am curious about a couple things...
I have a natural devotional feeling towards Ramana and almost all of what he says strikes me very authentic and real. However I have a hard time feeling any kind of devotion towards Arunachala, Shiva or a few things... Now I don't mean I have a feeling of aversion or negative feelings or anything, just more of a neutral feeling. Perhaps in time I will develop devotional feelings toward Arunachala... but at the moment it seems like I'd be "faking it" to pretend I do. Any recommends for a Westerner to help understand what Arunachala really means / is?

Also is there a list of "authorized" or genuine Ramana publications or organizations? There seem to be an endless amount of Advaita teachers these days and I have no interest in anyone other than Ramana.
For example I bought the Ribhu Gita and noticed a bookmark in it from an organization called "Aham" It looked like a Ramana group until I looked closer and realized there was someone who seemed to be presenting themselves as a teacher and promoting someone else who is a student of Papaji... perhaps it may seem as though I am being too exclusive, but the honest truth is that I have been through the wringer with teachers like Rajneesh / Adi Da and others who in hindsight  when compared to Ramana seem little better than counterfeit. Maybe in the big scheme they provide a function, but I am only interested in the purity and simplicity of Ramana.... so to sum up:
Is there a list of authentic, approved Ramana organizations or publications?
Thank you very much for your time.

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Find devotees in your area / Portland Oregon USA
« on: October 16, 2010, 12:33:31 PM »
Anyone living in or near Portland Oregon?
I would like to contact like-minded people.
Paul

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