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A few weeks back I had posted Adi Shankara's Vaithyanatha Ashtakam in this forum .I am interested to know whether the famous Tamil Saivite Saints ( Appar , Sundarar , Sambandhar , Manickavachagar etc ) have sung Pathigams in this Temple for Vaithyanatha Swamy . If any specific Pathigam is there kindly share their names and reference .

Om Peace .

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General topics / Happy Ram Navami Fri 19 April 2013
« on: April 19, 2013, 08:06:42 AM »

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Yesterday some foreigners asked Mataji ( Ananda Mayi Ma )  questions.

Q: How can I get Self-Realization?

Ananda Mayi Ma: The Self is Swayam Prakash (self-illumined), so you need not do anything.

Q: But have we not to make an effort towards it?

Ma: Yes, there is a veil over the Self and you can remove it by your effort.

Q: What is the process towards this?

Ma: Do you really want it? Then will you do without questioning what I tell you?

Q: (hesitating) I came to India for this purpose and I regard Ramana Maharshi as my guru.

Ma: Then you must do exactly as He tells you. If you want Self-Realization and nothing else, you shall find a way. There is no doubt about it.

This is really the point and justifies what J.Krishnamurti said: “ If one is in dead earnest, this very seriousness becomes the guru.”

But who is in dead earnest?

'Death Must Die'

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 “Once during a visit to the Ashram in the 1940s
I was sitting outside the Old Hall with many
devotees, facing Sri Bhagavan who was reclining
on [his] couch. A group of learned pundits were
discussing certain passages from the Upanishads
with great enthusiasm and profundity. All, including
Bhagavan, appeared to be attentively listening to
this interesting discussion when, all of a sudden,
Bhagavan rose from his couch, walked thirty meters
to the north, and stood before a villager who was
standing there looking lowly with palms joined.
Immediately the discussion stopped and all eyes
were turned to Bhagavan and the villager standing
at a distance. They appeared to be conversing, but at
such a distance no one could tell about what. Soon
Bhagavan returned to his couch and the discussion
resumed. I was curious about this villager and why
Bhagavan had gone out of his way to meet him. So
while the discussion continued, I slipped away and
caught up with him before he left the Ashram. I
asked the villager what he and Bhagavan had talked
about. He said that Bhagavan had asked him why
he was standing there so far away. ‘I told Bhagavan,
“I am only an ignorant, poor villager. How am I
to approach you who are God incarnate?”’
‘What
did the Maharshi say then?’ I asked. ‘He asked me
my name, what village I was from, what work I did
and how many children I had, etc.’
‘Did you ask
Him anything?’ ‘I asked Him how I could be saved
and how I could earn His blessings.’ ‘
What did He
tell you?’ ‘He asked me if there was a temple in my
village. I told him there was. He wanted to know
the name of the deity of that temple. I told Him the
name. He then said that I should go on repeating
the name of that deity and I would receive all the
blessings needed.’”


“I came back to Bhagavan’s presence and sat among
the devotees listening to the learned discussion, in
which I had now lost all interest, realizing that the
simple humility and devotion of this peasant had
evoked a far greater response from our Master than
any amount of learning.
I then decided that, though
a scholar by profession, I should always remain a
humble, ignorant peasant at heart, and pray, like that
villager, for Bhagavan’s grace and blessings.”


Prof.K.Swaminathan

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Today i.e Sun 10 march is Maha Shiva Rathri and last year during Shiva Rathri Sri Ra Ganapathi attained Mukti and I felt it worthy to remember him for the wonderful contributions he made in the spiritual field in the form of his excellent spiritual books .



Shri Ra Ganapathi attained Mukti at 7:25 p.m. on Feb 20th 2012 on the auspicious Maha Shivaratri evening.
He was very conscious at the moment of his passing, and started a japam as he started on his way. He had been well aware of the forthcoming end and had shared it with people close to him. In a letter written earlier in the day he said he saw mukti devta spreading the red carpet for him. Shri Ganapati will live through his works, continuing the mission of carrying the Voice of Divinity to reach far beyond his times

He was keenly devoted to Maha Swamigal, Sri Chandrasekhara Bharathi Maha Swamigal of Sringeri,Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Sri Satya Sai Baba and Yogi Ramsuratkumar. He was a keen proponent of Aikya or Unity among the various Sankara Mathas. He used to call the Mahaswamigal, Sri Chandrasekhara Bharathi Maha Swamigal and Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi as the Advaita Triumvirate of the 20th century.



Despite his extensive knowledge of wide-ranging topics, incisive analytical ability, sharp intellect and brilliant writing skills, he never wrote on subjects other than in the spiritual domain. Shri Ganapati never coveted any fame or material possessions, and spurned offers to write film scripts or pursue other lucrative avenues. He was quick to dispense with his royalty earnings to charitable institutions, and espoused the cause of charity as a living example, giving to the needy through regular contributions. He lived a simple life of austerity and prayers, exuding love and affection, and enquiring caringly after the well-being of all who came to meet him .



He merged with the Absolute on Maha Sivarathri day, chanting the Naama till the end. What greater example of Mukhthi, there could be?



Deivathin Kural ( Voice of God )

The most outstanding of his works, which can be truly acclaimed as his Life and Mission, was Deivathin kural, a seven-volume, 6000+ page treasure trove of knowledge on Hindu dharma, which took the Shri Kanchi Maha Periyava's teachings to thousands across the globe. A wealth of information that touches upon disciplines covering science, arts, literature, sociology and religion, these volumes never cease to amaze the readers who vouch by it as illuminating and even life-transforming.

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General Discussion / Awesome Conversation between God And a Man. ♥
« on: March 07, 2013, 09:31:23 AM »
MUST READ.. Don't MISS It..

Awesome Conversation between God And a
Man. ♥

Man: God, can I ask You a question?

God: Sure

Man: Promise You won’t get mad …

God: I promise

Man: Why did You let so much stuff happen to
me today?

God: What do u mean?

Man: Well, I woke up late

God: Yes

Man: My car took forever to start

God: Okay

Man: at lunch they made my sandwich wrong
& I had to wait

God: Huummm

Man: On the way home, my phone went DEAD,
just as I picked up a call

God: All right

Man: And on top of it all off, when I got home
~I just want to soak my feet in my new foot
massager & relax. BUT it wouldn’t work!!!
Nothing went right today! Why did You do
that?

God: Let me see, the death angel was at your
bed this morning & I had to send one of My
Angels to battle him for your life. I let you
sleep through that

Man (humbled): OH

GOD: I didn’t let your car start because there
was a drunk driver on your route that would
have hit you if you were on the road.

Man: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich
today was sick & I didn’t want you to catch
what they have, I knew you couldn’t afford to
miss work.

Man (embarrassed): Okay

God: Your phone went dead bcuz the person
that was calling was going to give false
witness about what you said on that call, I
didn’t even let you talk to them so you would
be covered.

Man (softly): I see God

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a
shortage that was going to throw out all of the
power in your house tonight. I didn’t think you
wanted to be in the dark.

Man: I’m Sorry God

God: Don’t be sorry, just learn to Trust Me…. in
All things , the Good & the bad.


Man: I will trust You.

God: And don’t doubt that My plan for your
day is Always Better than your plan.


Man: I won’t God. And let me just tell you God,
Thank You for Everything today.

God: You’re welcome child. It was just another
day being your God and I Love looking after
My Children…

Don't forget to share with your friends..


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VISWANATHA SWAMI
A Hidden Gem
Murray Feldman


Viswanatha Swami first came to stay with Bhagavan when he was about 19 years old. His father, Ramaswamy Iyer, was a first cousin of Bhagavan.
I had the good fortune to spend considerable time with this great devotee of Ramana Maharishi from April 1976, until he became ill and passed away at 75 years of age on the 22nd November, 1979. How he came to Bhagavan has been written about elsewhere. Here I attempt to show how he exemplified, so wonderfully and devotedly the teachings of Bhagavan.

When I first came to the Ashram in 1976, I sought out Mrs. Osborne to hear about Bhagavan and to discuss his teachings and their practical application. She told me that I should visit an unassuming older devotee by the name of Viswanatha Swami who, except for his work on The Mountain Path, was living quietly at the back of the Ashram in a side room of the old dispensary.

I found his room near the dispensary the next day and went to visit him around 4 pm. Timidly approaching his open door, I saw a grey-bearded man sitting quietly on his bed with his legs dangling and staring straight ahead. I asked him if he was Viswanatha Swami. He nodded and gestured for me to enter and sit on the bench opposite him. I asked him a question about the application of ‘Who Am I’.

He did not look at me but said very tenderly, “Bhagavan’s teaching is one of the Heart.”

At that moment, he closed his eyes and a beautiful delicate silence filled the room. I too closed my eyes and we sat together in this stillness. Time passed very quickly and after about an hour, he opened his eyes and gestured for me to leave. He said that I could come the next day around the same time if I wished to. This was the beginning of an extremely beautiful and important period in my life. I had planned to stay at the Ashram for only four days but nothing pulled my heart elsewhere during the next couple of years. I am sure it was to a large degree Viswanatha who made Bhagavan come alive for me. It is very true that Bhagavan’s presence is profoundly felt at the Ashram but Viswanatha brought Him alive as a Guru in the flesh.

After that remarkable first day, I went to visit Viswanatha daily. For two months, he hardly spoke another word to me. But after that, he told me many stories of being around Bhagavan. He represented Him in such a beautiful and true way. His love for Bhagavan and His teachings were evident in his words and his manner and he often mentioned how still and beautiful Bhagavan was.

During those two months effortless peace became my constant companion and I had the opportunity to sit with Viswanatha daily and to watch him with other people.
Ashram workers, old devotees and others would come in and talk to him about their problems. He gave advice, medicine, money, food and patience to all those who came for help. He was always surrounded by a wonderful peace. Even his movements seemed silent. I began to feel that he embodied a culmination of the three yogas; deep devotion for Bhagavan, jnana (wisdom) and effortless selfless service. He constantly gave to others in such a kind way without any hesitation.

After a period he allowed me to spend more time with him and we started to do pradakshina together. These were wonderful times as he brought Ramana so alive on these walks. He would point out the places where Bhagavan would sit and it was easy to imagine Ramana in these places. Once when we were walking he said, “People say that Parvati walked here. This I don’t know about but what I do know is that Bhagavan Himself walked along this very place where we are walking now.” Words cannot explain the love that was in his voice as he said this.

When Viswanatha walked, he was so quiet. He walked perfectly straight, rarely looking to the left or right: just silently walking.
One time when we did a pradakshina in the rainy season we got soaking wet. When the rain started to come down, even here, he showed his love for Ramana by reminding me of the gift of this beautiful rain that Bhagavan was giving us. We laughed and laughed with joy at this gift. When we arrived late at the Ashram we went in to get food and Balu served us with equal joy. Viswanatha spoke with great affection about Balu and how he loved to serve the devotees.

Once he told me how Bhagavan came to his room in the middle of the night knocking on his door. Bhagavan said to him, “Quick, quick, let’s go for pradakshina before anyone else finds out.” The two of them walked together and Bhagavan gave him teachings along the whole circumambulation of the hill. Viswanatha had such a beautiful smile when he told me about this. He did not smile a lot but when he did his whole face beamed and when he laughed his whole body laughed.

Viswanatha always encouraged me to visit the places in the area that were associated with Bhagavan. He would ask me if I had visited places like Mango Tree Cave, Pavazhakkunru, and Turtle Rock (where Bhagavan had his second death experience).

Once I did not visit Viswanatha for two days as I had dysentery. I was staying in a small hut at Saraswati Nilayam and was shocked and very touched when, who should I see approaching me at 4 pm but Viswanatha Swami! He said, with a smile and a chuckle, “Mohammed has not come to the mountain, so the mountain has come to Mohammed.” He gave me some chyavanaprash he had brought. Viswanatha was very fond of chyavanaprash as a general tonic. After that, he said, come, we are going for a walk. I said that I had dysentery but he replied that I would be fine. Needless to say, I was fine. After walking for a while, I asked where we were going. He told me, “It’s a secret and you will like it.”

We walked out of the town to a small shrine. This was Gurumurtham one of the places where Bhagavan had stayed in His early days. Viswanatha showed me the indentation in the wall where Bhagavan had sat for long hours. Viswanatha was always ready to talk about Bhagavan and his teachings.

During one period, I became very sluggish and dull. I decided to do a retreat in Hyderabad with the well-known Buddhist meditation teacher Goenkaji. When I returned from this retreat several people were critical of my need to go away. This disturbed me so I thought I would ask Viswanatha about it. I went to the Ashram in the morning planning to see him in the evening. As I started walking up the steps by the bookstore I met Viswanatha as he was coming out of the Ashram office.

He looked at me, smiled, and asked if I wanted to go for tea. It was a hot summer’s day and he was carrying his umbrella. As we were walking out of the Ashram, bells started to ring. Viswanatha said, “Sound comes out of silence, sound is sustained in silence and sound returns to silence, silence is all.” We drank the tea and I thought this was a perfect time to talk with him, but I felt shy. We walked back to his room and he said, “Come into my room, there is an article I want you to look at for The Mountain Path.” He gave me the perfect opportunity but I still felt shy to do so. After I had read the article, he asked for my thoughts on it. He then asked me if I had anything else to say and I said no. He said to come back around four.

As I left however, he called me back and said, “Hey you, what do you want?” I was amazed at how Bhagavan had so wonderfully set the whole thing up to help remove my doubts and worries. I told Viswanatha about the Goenka meditation that I did and how the meditation emphasizes the purification of the latent (unconscious) mental tendencies.

He looked at me so sweetly and slowly started to lie down on his bed. As he was lying down he said, “I know nothing about the mind or its tendencies. All I know is, be asleep to it all.” I am sure to this day that his face changed complexion, almost becoming grey, and he started to snore. I was sitting there and he was snoring. At that moment, an Ashram worker came in to see Viswanatha. He saw Viswanatha sleeping there and he promptly lay down on a bench as well and started to snore. I decided to lie down too on the bed beside Viswanatha and went into a deep deep stillness. After a while, I became aware of the noises around us and looked. Viswanatha was rising from the bed and staring at me. He said very pointedly, “Do you understand?” The Ashram worker was still snoring. Viswanatha laughed and said, “He does.”

As I read over these few words, I see that they just cannot convey the beauty of this great devotee of Bhagavan. His love for Bhagavan and his gratitude to Him shone in every action he did and in every word he uttered. It is strange that we never spoke about Viswanatha’s initial meeting with Bhagavan, but everything he said and did reflected his love and devotion. Sitting quietly at the back of the Ashram in his room, he truly was a hidden gem.

Murray Feldman practises and teaches homoeopathy in Vancouver, Canada. He first came to Bhagavan in February 1976. He planned on staying for four days and stayed for four years. He has been visiting the ashram on a regular basis since that time.


source: MOUNTAIN PATH October 2012

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Go to this link given below  and on the top left click on  the PDF and it is 20.4 MB , 4699 pages ( all 7 volumes ). Note the PDF version is not a very professional one but yet legible and thanks to whomsoever who has posted the same online .Though best is to read this in the print version but  we can read  this PDF version in our laptops during our idle times during work , travel , in train , flight etc .
Download it  here and pass on to others
http://archive.org/details/DeivathinKural

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Grand old man of THAMIZH

http://www.thehindu.com/features/friday-review/grand-old-man-of-thamizh/article4414682.ece
Has enough been done to perpetuate the memory of U.Ve.Sa, who gifted priceless literature to posterity?

It is important that February 19 is remembered for on this day in 1855 was born a man who did so much for Tamil as a language. But he never got his due. Not even a university named after the person, whose crusade was to restore lost literary treasure.

Most speakers of Tamil will know U.Ve. Swaminatha Iyer as ‘Thamizh Thatha.’ Some may have heard of his untiring efforts to bring the Sangam period literature back into circulation and accessible to the larger population and thereby contribute substantially to Tamil being accorded the status of a classical language. But very few would have read his brilliant autobiography, ‘En Charitram.’ The 762 pages of simple and easy to understand Tamil are divided into several chapters and sub-chapters. All of them reveal leadership lessons to which young children should have access. Ways to incorporate sections of his book into education, making it more accessible to those who may not feel comfortable reading Tamil will be the finest way to remember this great scholar.

Among many reasons, the book deserves to be clubbed with the finest autobiographies ever written, for three reasons:

The initial chapters and to some extent the later chapters, are vivid, with factual descriptions of daily life in the 1830s–1870s in Thanjavur district. While political history of this time is well recorded, the daily lives are not – simple details of wedding ceremonies (the groom paid for the expenses and a bride price), schooling (4 a.m.-5 p.m. with each student having to supply his own sand everyday) give a fascinating insight into the lives of ordinary folks. His family was deeply entrenched in music and we have information of stalwarts such as Ghanam Krishna Iyer, Maha Vaidyanatha Sivan as well as patrons of those days (often with house address details) in Ariyalur and other areas. His pilgrimage to attend the 1878 consecration of Madurai Meenakshi temple speaks of the Vaigai with water and flanked by coconut groves, hardly imaginable today!

From an inspirational point, his life is yet another example of how persistence, perseverance and ethical living are the surest way to lasting success though money will come slowly.

The indigent circumstances of the family did not prevent them from holding on to values. In a moving passage he speaks of how a friend of his father taunted him for choosing Tamil over English. He then decided to learn from Meenakshisundaram Pillai (whose portly but radiating appearance is fondly described). He went about the task in a systematic manner of reading his texts and cultivating the friendships of those who knew him and could get him a meeting. His description of his guru’s death and his own move to Kumbakonam from Tiruvavaduturai are deeply moving even after 137 years when read by someone several generations later.

Finally is his ability to look at everything with hope and positivity. There are times when he faces difficulty, but things do get better and he does his own bit. Particularly illustrative is the patience he had in comparing different versions of ‘Sivaka Chintamani’ and bringing it to press despite many obstacles.

As his 160th anniversary approaches, perhaps we will see an audio book, and parts of the text in school texts and an account of the descendants of the many people he mentions, including Ariyalur Sadagopa Iyengar, Senganam Vridhachala Reddiar, Judge Muthusamy Iyer and his colleagues in the Kumbakonam college – Gopal Rao, ‘Ladu’ Sesha Iyer, R.V. Srinivasa Iyer, B. Hanumanth Rao and of course his guru, Meenakshisundaram Pillai, Thyagaraja Chettiar, who got him to Kumbakonam and Salem Ramasamy Mudaliar who inspired him to look at Sangam literature.

(The writer may be contacted at pradeepandanusha @gmail.com)

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Interview with Annamalai Swami - Tiruvannamalai 1993
http://vimeo.com/20898546


Interview with Annamalai Swami
Tiruvannamalai 1993 India
Conducted by Madhukar Thompson

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General Discussion / Nityasree is back
« on: February 04, 2013, 08:22:11 PM »
The Nightingale is back! Way to go, Nithyasree!
http://creative.sulekha.com/the-nightingale-is-back-way-to-go-nithyasree_598184_blog

Feb.3, Sunday evening was special at The Music Academy Madras/Chennai. For, it was a special concert to celebrate Sri Thyagaraja as an aradhana. Special by two well known vocalists - S Sowmya and Nityashree Mahadevan. Special because Nityashree came on stage a month after she bore a personal tragedy - losing her husband. And the wonderfulness of this concert was the free spirit, verve and passion with which Nityashree performed this evening. With that trademark smile and expressive eyes." (courtesy: Kutcheri Buzz)
 
Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled the light. ~ Albert Schweitzer

 

They - Sowmya and Nithyasree - may be competitors alright but the picture above (courtesy: Kutcheri Buzz) clearly shows the basic human warmth and camaraderie between the two singers.  Kudos to Sowmya for having shared the stage with Nithyasree yesterday.  The first outing when you stage a comeback after a personal tragedy is the most difficult one and a little bit of support at that critical juncture, is of immense help indeed.

 

Nithyasree, by bouncing back so soon, has proved that it is all about regenerative capability really because as somebody said "the issue is not simply surviving difficult times, or about emerging stronger, more capable, and wiser than before - it is about having your regenerative capabilities so that you can take advantage of newer opportunities and finally store the capacity to deal with yet another, inevitable downturn that is waiting beyond the bend."

May Nithyasree go from strength to strength now and may she bless us all with her divine music! Here's wishing her all the very best!

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFJrnfO9rjE

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General Discussion / 139th Thaipoosam@Vadalur, Sun 27 Jan 2013
« on: January 27, 2013, 03:19:52 PM »


Thaipoosam 2013 will be on 27th January.
The event starts on 26th of Jan 2013 with the hoisting of Sanmarga Flag.
Jothi Darshan will be on 27th & 28th Jan 2013.
Thiru Arai Darshan, the darshan of the room in which Swami Ramalinga Vallalar dematerialized his body will be on 29th of Jan 2013.

Following are the Jothi darshan Timings on 27th & 28th Jan:

27th Jan - 6:30 AM, 10 AM, 1PM, 7PM and 10 PM

28th Jan - 5:30 AM

Background of the event:

Thiru Arutprakasa Vallalar, Swami Ramalingam

The ArutperunJothi Ramalinga Adigalar, popularly known as VALLALAR, the Great Munificient, may be regarded as the foremost of the saints and ages of the nineteenth century, considering the heights, widths, depths and intimacies of his integral realisation of the Divine in all the "inmost, inner, outer, and the outermost parts of his being".

The VALLALAR was the one who affirmed openly and clearly in an unmistakable language the deathlessness of his body which he attained by the power of what he called "Arut Perum Joti", the Vast Grace-Light of the Divine which he identified as the Truth-Light of Knowledge, Satya Jnana Joti. HE who put before the people DEATHLESSNESS of body as an essential part of the realisation of the One blissful Divine. A saint whose very soul-stuff was made of infinite love and compassion, a sage of Truth - consciousness who possessed the divine knowledge and science of deathlessness of body and attained its deathless transformation along with the self creative power of creating all substances of whatever kind including bodily substances.

Of HIS six volumes of "Arutpa" , the poems of divine inspiration, the last volume is unparalleled in spiritual history as it gives expression to his realisation of the vast world of Truth-knowledge and the Beyond, and touches on subjects like transformation and deathlessness of body .

Besides, he was a critic, writer, publisher and commentator and also had knowledge in occultism, alchemy, astrology, and medicine particularly in the nutritional and medical values of herbs and leaves. He was a musician too with a keen musical taste for lyrical songs and he composed lyrics to express, in an easier and popular style, his highest and sublime realisations of the Divine, particularly that of Truth-consciousness (Satya Jnana).

Swami Ramalinga Vallalar transformed his physical body into triple bodies of Suddha Deham (Pure Body), Pranava Deham (Letter or Sound or Mantra Body) and Gnana Deham(Wisdom Light Body).

He finally dematerialized his body on the day of Thaipoosam, 30th January 1874.

To mark his dematerialization, the event is carried out every year.

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Dear All

I have opened a separate thread  "Pointers from Bhagwan - For Reading Only " .
The link to the same is given below :
http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/forum/index.php?topic=7564.0
That is only for contemplative reading and reflection .This thread is to discuss / pass comments on what has been read in the other thread .
Om Peace .

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Dear All

I just wanted  to open a thread about certain select pointers from Bahgwan's life , Bhagwan's teachings and Devotees experience with Bhagwan  that I get as updates regularly from some sites related to Bhagwan .This thread is only for contemplative reading and I will open another thread for discussions on the same .


Here is the thread where you can discuss about what you read here :

It is called Pointers from Bhagwan - For Discussion
http://www.arunachala-ramana.org/forum/index.php?topic=7565.0

Pointer- 1
THE POWER OF THE PRESENCE OF A JNANI

One day when I was sitting by the side of Sri Bhagavan, I felt so miserable that I put the following question to him: ‘Is the sankalpa [wish] of the jnani not capable of warding off the destinies of the devotees?’

Bhagavan smiled and said: ‘Does the jnani have a sankalpa at all? The jivanmukta can have no sankalpas whatsoever. It is just impossible.’

I continued: ‘Then, what is the fate of all of us who pray to you to have grace on us and save us? Will we not be benefited or saved by sitting in front of you or coming to you? What use is there then for family men like me to gain by coming here to you?’

Bhagavan turned graciously to me and said: ‘Just as a trouble (or arrow) that comes to destroy the head goes away carrying with it only the turban, so a person’s bad karma will be considerably reduced while he is in the presence of a jnani. A jnani has no sankalpa but his sannidhi [presence] is the most powerful force. He need not have sankalpa but his presiding presence, the most powerful force, can do wonders, save souls, give peace of mind, even liberation to ripe souls. Your prayers are not answered by him but absorbed by his presence. His presence saves you, wards off the karma and gives you the boons as the case may be, involuntarily. The jnani does save the devotees, but not by sankalpa, which is non-existent in him, only through his presiding presence, sannidhi.’
(The Mountain Path, 1968 p. 236)

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I came across this post on the net but there is no reference as to where to get the book . If anyone can find out where the above book can be got ,it would be very helpful .

Quote
Dear Anbargal,

Sub:  Akshara Manamalayil Thiruppugazh Malargal – Book Review

Though Arunagirinathar, the author of Thiruppugazh and Sri Ramana
Maharshi, a towering spiritual order aimed at one destination, they
differed in their perspectives and the methods to be adopted.  Ramana
Maharshi followed the path of Jnana and viewed Self as the reflection
of Brahman within (Advaita). Arunagirinathar followed the path of
devotion which admitted duality.  While Ramana Maharshi remained all
through his life in the surroundings of Arunachala, Arunagirinathar
went on a long pilgrimage in South India and beyond.  While   the
former was noted for his silence, the latter was noted for his
eloquence.

But the points of difference that distance them are few and the points
that unites them are more; says Smt. Santha Rajan and Sri Sundara
Rajan, who have brought out a wonderful book titled, “Aksharamana
Malayil Thiruppugazh Malargal”.
They have taken Maharshi’s
Aksharamana Malai as the subject of their research and established the
fact that all the 108 verses of Akshara Manamalai have many things in
common with Thiruppugazh.  Against each verse of Akshara Manamalai,
they quoted some songs either from Thiruppugazh, Alamgaram or
Anuboothi that contained the same message.
  The songs contain
references to various aspects of spirituality like self-realisation,
devotion, ego and anger as the obstacle.   It takes us to a new world
of knowledge and devotion.

When someone asked Maharshi about Adi Sankara’s influence on his
teachings, Maharshi said that what he had spoken or written were the
result of his own experience.  Similarly, we find that many aspects of
truth which Maharshi said has tallied with what Arunagirinathar had
said many years ago.

Rajans should be congratulated for bringing out a twin volume that at
once gives  the words of wisdom emanated from Ramana Maharshi and the
beautiful verses of devotion that flowed from Arunagirinathar.   There
are some excellent colour photos of Muruga, Ganesa, Adi Sankara,
Kanchi Maha Swamigal, Sri Bharathi Theertha Swamigal of Sringeri,
Ramana Maharshi, Arunagirinathar, Sri Sachidananda Swamigal, Seshadri
Swamigal, Pamban Swamigal and an overview of Arunachaleswar temple.
The book has been well researched, beautifully  written and
excellently presented.   We look forward many such brilliant
expositions from Rajans. Readers would find this a treasure of immense
value and those interested may contact Sri Sundararajan at
yesye...@yahoo.com.

V.S. Krishnan
www.thiruppugazh.org

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