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General Discussion / Skanda Sashti from Sun 3 Nov - Fri 8 Nov 2013
« on: November 03, 2013, 08:22:09 AM »
Om Saravana Bhava - for the devotees of Lord Subramanya the Auspicious" Skanda Sashti" festival starts from today Sun 3 Nov - Fri 8 Nov for 6 days . This is when Lord Subramanya's Highest Power emerges on the earth plane readily available for you to absorb into your own core essence.Skanda Sashti is the powerful time to quickly increase your vibrations for power, new perceptions and perfect body, health and relationships.

For More details on how to Observe Skanda Sashti Vratham ,follow the link below :
http://www.penmai.com/forums/festivals-traditions/44893-shashti-vrata-puja-details.html
For those who are unable to follow the strict rules of Skanda Sashti Vratham let us at least Chant on these 6 days one of the following stotras without fail to invoke the blessings of
Skanda Sashti Kavacham , Skanda Guru Kavacham , Shanmuga Kavacham ,Kandar Anubooti ,Subramanya Bhujangam , Subramanya Karavalamba Stotram etc

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MS Subbulakshmi was the first musician ever to be awarded the Bharat Ratna.Today i.e Mon 16 Sept 2013 is her 97th Birthday and so in tribute to her sharing this small piece of shloka "Hrudaya Kuhara Madhye" that was composed by Bhagavan Ramana in 1915 . There is a tamil version following this sasnkrit version and I do not know much about it .If anyone can elaborate more about this shloka I will be happy .


Hrudaya Kuhara Madhye - Sung by MS Subbalakshmi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdjOVztkjOs


This sloka arose in the following circumstances: In 1915, the Maharshi spent the rainy season at Skandasramam. One day Jagadeesa Sastry, sat with a paper in his hand which the Maharshi noticed and enquired about. Sastry said "I have commenced writing a sloka. I could compose only the first phrase but could not go any further' Bhagavan took up the paper containing the phrase "Hridaya kuhara madhye' (In the interior of the Heart cave). Thereupon he completed the sloka.

Sri Ramana Gita appears to be a commentary on the sloka "Hridaya kuhara madhye".

Sanskrit Shloka :


Hridaya Kuhara Madhye Kevalam BrahmaMaatram

Hyahamahamiti Saakshaat Aatma Rupenena Bhati

Hridi Visha Manasa Svam Chinvata Majjata Va

Pavanachalana Rodhat Aatmanishto Bhavatvam

Meaning :

Brahman is glowing lustrously in the middle of the cave

of the Heart in the shape of the Self, always proclaiming

‘I am, I am’. Become an Atmanishta, a Self-realised person,

either by making the mind absorbed in the search of the

Self or by making the mind drown itself through control

of the breath.




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General Discussion / The Significance of Ekadasi
« on: August 31, 2013, 06:22:43 PM »
On Sun 1Sept 2013 ,it is Ekadasi Day and I just wanted to share the significance of Ekadasi by Swami Krishnananda ( Divinelife Society , Rishikesh , Sivananda Ashram )


The Significance of Ekadasi by Swami Krishnananda


A talk given on the 17th of January, 1970, on the request of devotees.



Ekadasi is a Sanskrit word, which means 'the eleventh'. It refers to the eleventh day of a fortnight in a lunar month. There are two fortnights in a lunar month – the bright and the dark. So, Ekadasi occurs twice in a month, in the bright fortnight and the dark fortnight. The special feature of Ekadasi, as most people know it, is a fast – abstinence from diet. This is how it is usually understood. "We do not eat on Ekadasi," is what people understand. In this country (India) it has become a routine to be abstemious, if not observe a complete fast on this day. The significance of this particular observance is not merely constituted of a fast, physically, though it is also an essential element; it has other deeper aspects. In fact, the fast is only a practical expression and a symbol of something else that we are expected to do, which is of special significance to our personality.

Those who know astronomy as something which tells about the interrelation of the planetary system, the stellar world, would be aware that we form a part of this planetary or solar system. By a 'system' we mean an organism or organisation which is methodically arranged. When we know that we belong to the system of planetary motions, we understand thereby that we are an inseparable part of the system. We are not unrelated bodies on the surface of the earth, like a cart on the road which has no organic link. We belong to the solar system – a huge family of which the sun is the head and the planets are the members. The sun guides the activities of this family and we, being contents of this system, cannot be out of the influence of the sun. We are involved in the laws operating in this system. This has led to the discovery of astrology. Astronomy studies the movements of planets and stars, and astrology the effects they produce on the contents of the system. The Ekadasi observance is an astrological phenomenon and it is observed due to this relation we have with some of the planets in the system. The entire personality of ours is tremendously influenced by the movement of planets. There is no use imagining that the planets are above our heads. They are everywhere. There is a relative movement of planets, among which the earth is one. The movement of one thing in relation to another is a relative movement. There is no planet which is static. Even the sun is not ultimately static. The whole solar system is moving and rushing towards some huge star which is eighty million times larger and brighter than the sun and whose light has not yet reached us, as astronomers tell us. We have to understand that there is relative motion amongst planets and we are relatively influenced by the planets. Each planet tells upon our system and we cannot get rid of their influence as long as we are on this planet, of which we are a part. The gravitational pull of planets has an influence on us.

The sun is said to influence the centre of our personality; hence the sun is called Atmakaraka. He is the soul-influencer of the human body. In the Rig-Veda, the sun is identified with the soul of the universe as well as the soul of the individual. The different limbs of our body and different parts of our system are supposed to be influenced by different planets. The sun is capable of influencing the entire being. He is, thus, the Atmakaraka. Karaka is doer, manipulator, director. If there is no sun, we know what difference it makes for us; our digestion becomes sluggish on days when there is no sun. So important is the sun.

The moon is supposed to influence the mind.
The mind is also made up of material substance. The mind is not spiritual, but material. How is mind matter? This can be known if we know how, in Homeopathy, the medicine is manufactured. In Allopathy, they give the crude base of a medicine, which Homeopathy calls mother tincture. In Homeopathy, one drop of mother tincture is mixed with a hundred drops of rectified spirit and shaken with a tremendous force. That mixture is one potency of medicine. One drop of that is mixed in hundred drops of spirit again. It becomes two potency medicine. Likewise, they have larger potencies. You can imagine what happens to the medicine when it reaches the higher potency. There is no medicine at all. So, Homeopathy says that they give no medicine, but a vibration – a vibration of the original base material. It is a subtle aromatic vibration, aromatic in the sense of the subtle residuum of the original medicine; and what will create a circumstance in Allopathy will remove that very circumstance in Homeopathy. Nevertheless this potency is material in the sense that it is formed of matter. So is the mind. It is the subtle portion of the material substance of our food. The subtle essence of the food, not only directly taken through the mouth but through all senses, contributes to the make-up of the mind or the mind-stuff. Mind is material in a subtle sense, like a mirror which is made of earth material only, though it shines. Only the mirror is able to reflect light, and not the brick, though it is also made of the earth material. Mind is material in this sense. It is very, very subtle and is made up of everything that we take. So, matter influences matter. Planets are not spiritual bodies, and yet they influence the mind. The mind's presiding deity is the moon. Ekadasi is particularly relevant to this relation of moon and mind. You will find that, when you go deep into the study of astronomy, you have nothing in your body except some planetary influences! We are made up of planetary forces and there is nothing independent to call our own. One part belongs to one planet and another part to another planet. If each planet claims its part, you will disintegrate. The moon influences the mind in its orbital relative movement with reference to other planets and us.

How is Ekadasi related to the movement of moon and mind? We have certain centres, called Chakras, in the body. The Chakras are nothing but energy-centres which whirl in some direction, as water whirls in a river. Chakra is a wheel or circular motion. They form in a spiral shape. They are not physical, but are psychophysical and psychological. These Chakras are neither in the mind nor in the body; they are in the astral body. The moon's influence physically on the body has an influence on the Chakras, which tells upon the mind ultimately. The mind moves through these Chakras. The passage of the mind is through these Chakras, up and down. When this operation takes place consciously, it is called Yoga. When done unconsciously by the mind, it is just influence. When the moon waxes or wanes, the mind is vehemently influenced. So people who are not normal in their minds become very disturbed on the full moon and new moon days. You cannot see the moon's influence on the earth because it is solid, but it can be seen on the ocean which is liquid. The moon influences the whole earth, and its influence is visible on the large body of waters in the sea. This happens due to the twofold pressure of the relation of the earth and moon. The sun influences the moon and the moon influences the earth. When the influence occurs automatically, we are instruments in the hands of Nature. When it is done consciously, we are said to practise Yoga. We can be involuntarily dragged from place to place, or we can walk voluntarily. The difference is obvious. The moon's movement tells upon the movement of the mind through the Chakras.

Another important aspect is the seat of the mind, which is also twofold.
You may be living in many houses, of which one or two are your own. Svasthana means 'one's own place'. The mind has several abodes or centres of energy called Chakras, of which two are its own. The seats of the mind in this personality of ours are: 1. the subtle spot in the astral body corresponding to the centre of the two eyebrows, in waking, and 2. the heart, in the state of deep sleep. If it is in the brain, it is active and you, then, do not get sleep, because it refuses to go down. If the mind is midway between the centre of the eyebrows and the heart, it is the dream state. So, there is a twofold centre of the mind – the Ajna Chakra, or the centre between the eyebrows, and the Anahata Chakra, or the heart. In both these centres, the mind feels at home and is at ease, because it is nearer to itself. In other centres it is extrovert. In the Ajna and the Anahata Chakras it finds itself at home. In the two fortnights, in its movement, it finds itself at the Ajna Chakra and the Anahata Chakra on the eleventh day. Since these two Chakras are its own abode, the mind is at home here, i.e., it gets concentrated and collected easily. This has been the experience given out by our ancients, and this has to be taken advantage of by Sadhakas. You are capable of concentration when the mind is naturally in its home. The mind cannot be concentrated when it is out of tune, but when it is in its location it is easy of contemplation. So, the Ekadasi day in both fortnights is the occasion when the mind finds itself in its place – in the bright fortnight in the Ajna Chakra, and in dark fortnight in the Anahata Chakra. Seekers and Yogis take advantage of these two days and try to practise deep meditation. Vaishnavas treat Ekadasi as a very holy day and also observe a fast on that day.

Fast and meditation! What connection have they?
There is really no intrinsic connection between fast and meditation, but there is some advantage in keeping the body light and the stomach free from excessive metabolic function. When the stomach is given the duty of digestion, doctors will tell you that blood circulation is accelerated towards the digestive organs, on account of which blood circulation to the head gets decreased after food is taken and so you feel sleepy and the thinking faculty practically ceases to function. Hence, there is no advantage in giving the physical system work on days you want to do Yogic practice. Thus, Ekadasi has also a spiritual significance.

The energy of the whole system gets distributed equally if a particular limb is not given any inordinate work. If any part is given heavy work, there is a dislocation of the working of the body. So, in fasting the energy is equally distributed as the digestive function is not there. But, there should be no overdoing in fast. Fast is supposed to cause buoyancy of feeling, and not fatigue. So people who are sick and cannot observe a total fast take milk and fruits, etc. People who are perfectly healthy and are confident, observe a complete fast. This helps in control of mind and will.

Apart from all these, there is a necessity to give the physiological system some rest once in a while. It may be overworked due to a little overeating or indiscrimination in diet. These irregularities unconsciously done during the fourteen days get rectified in one day. Thus the observance of Ekadasi has many advantages, physical, astral and spiritual, and because this day has connection with the relation of the mind with its abode together with the moon, you feel mysteriously helped in your meditation and contemplation – mysteriously because you cannot know this consciously. But you can feel this for yourself by observing it. In India everything is interpreted spiritually. Every river is a deity. Every mountain is a god. Everything is holy, dedicated to the Divine. Everything is presided over by a particular god – Gramadevata, Grihadevata, etc. Everywhere is God. The idea behind all this is that we have to feel the presence of God in everything and everywhere. In space and in time, in everything, there is God. Time is God. Directions are God. Thus the very objects become embodiments of God. This is India's religious sidelight, which is profoundly meaningful in life.

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Traditional Chennai Breakfast of Idlis, Sambhar and Filtered Coffee most Nutritious Morning Meal Reveals Survey of Indian Cities

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Idli-sambhar-most-nutritious-breakfast/articleshow/22129608.cms

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A Moving story ( on how not to spoil your kids in the name of affection ) worth reading ,assimilating and sharing

MUST READ AND SHARE THIS .........

STORY OF INSPIRATION.............

One young man went to apply for a managerial position in a big company. He passed the initial interview, and now would meet the director for the final interview.

The director discovered from his CV that the youth’s academic achievements were excellent. He asked, “Did you obtain any scholarships in school?” the youth answered “no”.

” Was it your father who paid for your school fees?”

“My father passed away when I was one year old, it was my mother who paid for my school fees.” he replied.

” Where did your mother work?”

“My mother worked as clothes cleaner.”

The director requested the youth to show his hands. The youth showed a pair of hands that were smooth and perfect.

” Have you ever helped your mother wash the clothes before?”

“Never, my mother always wanted me to study and read more books. Besides, my mother can wash clothes faster than me.

The director said, “I have a request. When you go home today, go and clean your mother’s hands, and then see me tomorrow morning.

The youth felt that his chance of landing the job was high. When he went back home, he asked his mother to let him clean her hands. His mother felt strange, happy but with mixed feelings, she showed her hands to her son.

The youth cleaned his mother’s hands slowly. His tear fell as he did that. It was the first time he noticed that his mother’s hands were so wrinkled, and there were so many bruises in her hands. Some bruises were so painful that his mother winced when he touched it.

This was the first time the youth realised that it was this pair of hands that washed the clothes everyday to enable him to pay the school fees. The bruises in the mother’s hands were the price that the mother had to pay for his education, his school activities and his future.

After cleaning his mother hands, the youth quietly washed all the remaining clothes for his mother.

That night, mother and son talked for a very long time.

Next morning, the youth went to the director’s office.

The Director noticed the tears in the youth’s eyes, when he asked: “Can you tell me what have you done and learned yesterday in your house?”

The youth answered,” I cleaned my mother’s hand, and also finished cleaning all the remaining clothes’

“I know now what appreciation is. Without my mother, I would not be who I am today. By helping my mother, only now do I realize how difficult and tough it is to get something done on your own. And I have come to appreciate the importance and value of helping one’s family.

The director said, “This is what I am looking for in a manager. I want to recruit a person who can appreciate the help of others, a person who knows the sufferings of others to get things done, and a person who would not put money as his only goal in life.”

“You are hired.”

This young person worked very hard, and received the respect of his subordinates. Every employee worked diligently and worked as a team. The company’s performance improved tremendously.

A child, who has been protected and habitually given whatever he wanted, would develop an “entitlement mentality” and would always put himself first. He would be ignorant of his parent’s efforts. When he starts work, he assumes that every person must listen to him, and when he becomes a manager, he would never know the sufferings of his employees and would always blame others. For this kind of people, who may be good academically, they may be successful for a while, but eventually they would not feel a sense of achievement. They will grumble and be full of hatred and fight for more. If we are this kind of protective parents, are we really showing love or are we destroying our children instead?

You can let your child live in a big house, eat a good meal, learn piano, watch on a big screen TV. But when you are cutting grass, please let them experience it. After a meal, let them wash their plates and bowls together with their brothers and sisters. It is not because you do not have money to hire a maid, but it is because you want to love them in a right way. You want them to understand, no matter how rich their parents are, one day their hair will grow gray, same as the mother of that young person. The most important thing is your child learns how to appreciate the effort and experience the difficulty and learns the ability to work with others to get things done.

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General topics / Today Mon 22 July 2013 is Guru Purnima
« on: July 22, 2013, 02:15:19 PM »
Today  Mon 22 July 2013 is GURU POORNIMA



Guru Purnima is celebrated on the first full moon day of Shravan month. According to the Hindu calendar, the Monsoons or the rainy season officially starts with the commencement of Shravan. This happens somewhere in the middle of July. The first full moon day or Purnima of Shravan is a festive occasion for both Hindus and Buddhists.

Significance Of Guru Purnima: Hinduism


In Hinduism, Guru Purnima is celebrated as the day when the great sage Vyasa was born. Vyasa was the author of the Hindu epic Mahabharata and also the Brahma Sutras. He is famous for being one of the most learned men to walk the earth. Therefore, his birthday is one of the holiest days in the Hindu calendar.

Significance Of Guru Purnima: Teacher-Student Relationship

Guru Purnima has more to it than just spiritual significance and historical importance. It is an integral part of the Indian system of education or Gurukul system. It is a day on which, all the students are supposed to honour their teachers with a token of their respect and regard. This system is still followed by many spiritual groups who follow a guru, and also in the classical musical gharanas of India.

Significance Of Guru Purnima: Buddhism

Guru Purnima is one of the biggest festivals in Buddhism. This is the day on which, Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon as the influential spiritual leader at Sarnath. This was the day were the first Buddhist spiritual teachings were administered by Buddha after his enlightenment. Thus, Guru Purnima is a celebration that installs, Gautama Buddha as the teacher who started a new spiritual sect.

On this day, Buddhists pay their homage to Lord Buddha by visiting His Shrines.

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Dear All

Is there a place online where we can get all the Tamil works of Bhagavan Ramana and Muruganar online in Unicode format that is ideal for copy paste here . In Ramana Ashram website I am getting the free PDF Download version of Bhagavan Ramana's works ( but not Muruganara's ) but I want the online version in Unicode format like the ones available in Project Maduari and other sites that have all the great Tamil Classic works published online in different formats .
Kindly share the link if you have .

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I have been a great admirer of Saint Ramalingaswami alias Vallalar and want to use this thread to share some wonderful divine poems of his , his teachings and others opinion about him and his works .
I am not an expert on his works but still a beginner in my continued slow study of Classical Tamil Divine Poems ( like Thiruvachagam , Thevaram , Thirupuggazh, Bhagavan Ramana's Tamil works  etc ) I also consider his divine work Thiruarutpa to be one of the greatest Divine work in Tamil and want to use this thread to share some very important things about Vallalarr , his life and poems that I found on the net

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General topics / Remidies for common problems through stotras
« on: June 10, 2013, 01:18:48 PM »
http://www.astrologytraining.com/remedies.html

1) For marriage and child birth - Recite


    Mattapalli mangalastakam
    Sri Lalitha Sahasranamam
    Kanaka Dhara Sloka

2) For fear of death, severe health problems, eye trouble, loss of reputation,name and fame, litigation, difficulties to father - Recite


    Adhithya hirudhaya slokam
    Sudharshanastakam
    Sri Vishnu Sahasranaamam
    Hanuman Chalisa continiously for one mandalam (41 days)
    Or Perform Sudharshana Homam

3) For all types of difficulties - Recite

    Sri Vishnu Sahasranaamam
    Sri Lalitha Sahasranaamam for one mandalam

4) Financial problems - Recite

    Sri Lakshmi Sahasranamavali
    Soundarya Lahari
    Kanaka Dhara Sloka for one mandalam.

5) Fear of accidents and business development - Recite

    Sudharshanastakam,Mantra Rajapadam
    Mattapalli Mangalastakam

6) Kala Sarpa Dosha, Rahu-Ketu - Recite


    Garuda Dhandagam
    Sri Durga Suktam

7) Remedy for Sani (Saturn) - Recite

    Adhithya hirudhaya slokam
    Sudharshanastakam
    Sri Vishnu Sahasranaamam
    Hanuman Chalisa continiously for one mandalam
    Or Perform Sudharshana Homam

8) Remedy for Rahu/Ketu - Recite


    Garuda Dhandagam
    Sri Durga Suktam

9) Remedy for Guru (Jupiter) - Recite


    Sri Lakshmi Sahasranamavali
    Soundarya Lahari
    Kanaka Dhara Sloka for one mandalam.

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General topics / Today( Wed 15 May 2013 ) is Adi Shankara jayanti,
« on: May 15, 2013, 11:02:54 AM »

Today( Wed 15 May 2013 ) is Adi Shankara jayanti,the birth anniversary of Sri Adi Shankaracharya

Sri Adi Sankaracharya was born twelve centuries ago on a Sunday, on Shukla-Panchami day in the month of Vaishakha as per the Indian calendar. The parents (Sivaguru and Aryamba), named him Shankara (शं करोति इति शङ्कर/ śaṁ karoti iti Śaṅkara, i.e. bestower of auspiciousness) in grateful remembrance of Lord Shiva's grace and blessings because of which they begot this child.

The child had divine signs on the body, which are described thus:


मूर्धनि हिमकर चिह्नं निटिले नडनाडकं अंसयोः शूलम्।
वपुषे स्फटिकसवर्णं प्राज्ञास्तं मनिरे शंभुम्॥

mūrdhani himakara cihnaṁ niṭile naḍanāḍakaṁ aṁsayoḥ śūlam,
vapuṣe sphaṭikasavarṇaṁ prājñāstaṁ manire śaṁbhum.

“The learned and the wise saw the brilliance of the moon on his head; on his forehead the sign of the divine eye; his shoulder had the impress of the trident; his body was resplendent like crystal; verily, he looked like Śaṁbhu (Lord Shiva) Himself – walking in the world in human form.”

Speaking of the glory of Sri Sankaracharya, Swami Chinmayananda says:


“Sankara is not an individual. To the students of the Advaita philosophy, Sankara is an institution. No single person could ever have achieved what he achieved in his short span of life.

It is into a chaotic intellectual atmosphere that Sankara brought his life-giving philosophy of the Non-dual Brahman of the Upanishad. He showed himself to be a great organiser, a far sighted diplomat, a courageous hero and a tireless servant of the country. Selfless and unassuming, this mighty angel strode up and down the length and breadth of the country serving his motherland and teaching his countrymen to live up to the dignity and glory of Bharat. Such a vast programme can neither be accomplished by an individual nor sustained without institutions of great discipline and perfect organisation. Establishing the mathas, opening temples, organising halls of education, and even prescribing certain ecclesiastical codes – this mighty Master left nothing in maintaining what he achieved.

The more we adore him, not as a divine incarnation but as a sincere man inspired to serve the country and reconquer the nation from its slavery to alien ideologies – the more we shall successfully pay our tribute to our own culture.”

Today, on the occasion of Sri Sankaracharya's Jayanti (birth) day – let us offer our prostrations to this great Master of Advaita with the following shloka:

श्रुति-स्मृति-पुराणानाम् आलयं करुणालयम्।
नमामि भगवत्पादं शङ्करं लोकशङ्करम्॥

śruti-smṛti-purāṇānām ālayaṁ karuṇālayam,
namāmi bhagavatpādaṁ śaṅkaraṁ lokaśaṅkaram.

I salute Adi Sankaracharya, the abode of the Sruti (Vedas), Smrti (Gita etc.) and Puranas, the repository of compassion, one who is revered and the one who gives happiness to the world.

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I have got Sri Ramana Virunthu Part -3 but unable to find Sri Ramana Virunthu - Part 1 & 2
compiled by Siva. Deenanathan published by Sri Ramanasramam .
Are Parts 1 & 2 still available at the Ashram Book shop .I found only Part 3 available at the Online store ?

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Bhagavan’s 63rd Aradhana – Live Video Streaming….. Date: 07.05.2013 Timings: 09.00 AM (IST) to 11.00 AM (IST)
http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/live-video-streaming/

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Writer Proves You Can Survive Without the Internet for a Year
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/tech-writer-proves-survive-internet-year/story?id=19088407#.UYUzhko7GZY
 Even if some of us can remember a time before it, living without the Internet seems impossible.

But Paul Miller, a 26-year-old writer at The Verge, a technology site, just did the seemingly impossible: He survived a year without the Internet.

He didn't read e-mail, type a word into Google, or download apps. He never saw Obama tweet his reelection victory, watched a "Harlem Shake" video or had even seen a Vine. He lived his entire year -- a full 365 days -- offline in hopes of finding out more about himself and focusing on some other activities.

But Wednesday, Miller rejoined the rest of us digital nomads and reconnected the WiFi on his laptop and iPad.

ABC News spoke to Paul when he was just starting his journey last year and decided to catch up with him again to find out what he learned, how it went, and what he is looking forward to the most on the Internet again.


Did you really do it? Did you really avoid all parts of the Internet for a year?
Yes, with one exception. I was at the library trying to look for a book and I pulled up the card catalog and it turned out to be a website. I did inadvertently click a link, but as soon as I realized my mistake, I fled.

But yes, I avoided looking at people's screens all the time. Even when people tried to show me Instagrams on their phones I always looked away. I didn't use the Internet for a year.

What was the hardest part about it?
It was really easy to not load a browser or use apps and keep WiFi off, but when people tried to show me things -- funny YouTube videos or Instagrams -- it just felt really selfish of me. They wanted to show me something -- they weren't doing the experiment -- and it felt rude of me. They just wanted to share something with me, and I felt rude. That was hard.

When we talked earlier, you were finding out about other ways to communicate: the phone, telephone books, snail mail, etc. How did you get around not using the Internet?
A lot of those practical things never really became an issue. I went to the library a lot, but they don't really have books at the library anymore; they just have computers mostly now. I got a lot of letters but I never really got into the groove of sending letters. And then I used 411 a lot instead of the phonebook. I mostly just asked people questions. I really did learn you can get lots of great information from asking real people.



What did you want to accomplish in this year? Did you feel like it was a success?
I wanted to read a lot and educate myself. But then it evolved into an experiment where I could learn something about the Internet. I didn't really succeed, but I learned a lot. I got some reading done and some writing done, but I am not a transformed person.

What are you looking forward to seeing the most once you connect?
I want to see the big things I missed this year, the Internet culture that I missed. I also missed the people and connecting with them online.

 What did you learn? Do you come back to the Internet feeling more balanced?
The big thing I learned is I can't blame the Internet for my problems. I thought leaving the Internet would fix some of my issues, but they are more innate. The experiment was a failure because I didn't fix myself; I just stayed away from that part of myself. I did learn what priorities are important to me. Family is really important. I actually wasn't able to connect with my family as well since I couldn't Skype with my niece and nephew.

What is your advice to people that feel overwhelmed by the Internet, to those that wish they could disconnect more? I think we have an uphill climb. As a society, we are learning how to not bombard each other, and I think that's what becomes overwhelming. It's not that the Internet is crazy; it is the people on the Internet that want your attention. That's not wrong. We just need to figure out how to balance that.

Note: Paul was able to quit the Internet as part of his job at The Verge. He said he was really lucky he was able to do it.

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General topics / Thiruvanamalai Pathigam by Saint Ramalinga Swamigal
« on: April 22, 2013, 08:08:44 PM »
மூன்றாம் திருமுறை of Thiru Arutpa
16. திருவண்ணாமலைப் பதிகம்

( 2490 )
வளங்கிளர் சடையும் விளங்கிய இதழி மாலையும் மால்அயன் வழுத்தும்
குளங்கிளர் நுதலும் களங்கிளர் மணியும் குலவுதிண் புயமும்அம் புயத்தின்
தளங்கிளர் பதமும் இளங்கதிர் வடிவும் தழைக்கநீ இருத்தல்கண் டுவத்தல்
உளங்கிளர் அமுதே துளங்குநெஞ் சகனேன் உற்றரு ணையில்பெற அருளே

( 2491 )
அன்பர்தம் மனத்தே இன்பமுற் றவைகள் அளித்தவர் களித்திடப் புரியும்
பொன்பொலி மேனிக் கருணையங் கடலே பொய்யனேன் பொய்மைகண் டின்னும்
துன்பமுற் றலையச் செய்திடேல் அருணைத் தொல்நக ரிடத்துன தெழில்கண்
டென்புளம் உருகத் துதித்திடல் வேண்டும் இவ்வரம் எனக்கிவண் அருளே

( 2492 )
பூத்திடும் அவனும் காத்திடு பவனும் புள்விலங் குருக்கொடு நேடி
ஏத்திடும் முடியும் கூத்திடும் அடியும் இன்னமும் காண்கிலர் என்றும்
கோத்திடும் அடியர் மாலையின் அளவில் குலவினை என்றுநல் லோர்கள்
சாற்றிடும் அதுகேட் டுவந்தனன் நினது சந்நிதி உறஎனக் கருளே

( 2493 )
அருள்பழுத் தோங்கும் ஆனந்தத் தருவே அற்புத அமலநித் தியமே
தெருள்பழுத் தோங்கும் சித்தர்தம் உரிமைச் செல்வமே அருணையந் தேவே
இருள்பழுத் தோங்கும் நெஞ்சினேன் எனினும் என்பிழை பொறுத்துநின் கோயில்
பொருள்பழுத்தோங்கும் சந்நிதி முன்னர்ப்போந்துனைப் போற்றுமாறருளே

( 2494 )
மறையும் அம் மறையின் வாய்மையும் ஆகி மன்னிய வள்ளலே மலர்மேல்
இறையும்மா தவனும் இறையும்இன் னவன்என் றெய்திடா இறைவனே அடியேன்
பொறையும்நன் னிறையும் அறிவும்நற் செறிவும் பொருந்திடாப் பொய்யனேன் எனினும்
அறையும்நற் புகழ்சேர் அருணையை விழைந்தேன் அங்கெனை அடைகுவித் தருளே

( 2495 )
தேடுவார் தேடும் செல்வமே சிவமே திருஅரு ணாபுரித் தேவே
ஏடுவார் இதழிக் கண்ணிஎங் கோவே எந்தையே எம்பெரு மானே
பாடுவார்க் களிக்கும் பரம்பரப் பொருளே பாவியேன் பொய்யெலாம் பொறுத்து
நாடுவார் புகழும் நின்திருக் கோயில் நண்ணுமா எனக்கிவண் அருளே

( 2496 )
உலகுயிர் தொறும்நின் று‘ட்டுவித் தாட்டும் ஒருவனே உத்தம னேநின்
இலகுமுக் கண்ணும் காளகண் டமும்மெய் இலங்குவெண்ணீற்றணி எழிலும்
திலகஒள் நுதல்உண் ணாமுலை உமையாள் சேரிடப் பாலுங்கண் டடியேன்
கலகஐம் புலன்செய் துயரமும் மற்றைக் கலக்கமும் நீக்குமா அருளே

( 2497 )
அருட்பெருங் கடலே ஆனந்த நறவே அடிநடு அந்தமுங் கடந்த
தெருட்பெரு மலையே திருஅணா மலையில் திகழ்சுயஞ் சோதியே சிவனே
மருட்பெருங் கடலின் மயங்குகின் றேன்என் மயக்கெலாம் ஒழிந்துவன் பிறவி
இருட்பெருங் கடல்விட் டேறநின் கோயிற் கெளியனேன் வரவரம் அருளே

( 2498 )
கருணையங் கடலே கண்கள்மூன் றுடைய கடவுளே கமலன்மால் அறியா
அருணைஎங் கோவே பரசிவா னந்த அமுதமே அற்புத நிலையே
இருள்நிலம் புகுதா தெனைஎடுத் தாண்ட இன்பமே அன்பர்தம் அன்பே
பொருள்நலம் பெறநின் சந்நிதிக் கெளியேன் போந்துனைப் போற்றும்வா றருளே

( 2499 )
ஏதுசெய் திடினும் பொறுத்தருள் புரியும் என்உயிர்க் கொருபெருந் துணையே
தீதுசெய் மனத்தார் தம்முடன் சேராச் செயல்எனக் களித்தஎன் தேவே
வாதுசெய் புலனால் வருந்தல்செய் கின்றேன் வருந்துறா வண்ணம்எற் கருளித்
தாதுசெய் பவன்ஏத் தருணையங் கோயில் சந்நிதிக் கியான்வர அருளே

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