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srkudai

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Annamalai Swami
« on: January 16, 2009, 03:44:41 PM »
Hi Friends,
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I was studying Annamalai swami's Final Talks book. One of the best books i have ever read.
A Few points from the book:

1) Mind is a shadow. Its useless to give it to much importance.
2) Self Inquiry is supposed to be done through out the day and not at a fixed time only.
3) One has to Revel as the Self, which is Consciousness within, when ever the "I" comes out, set it back to the Consciousness through Self inquiry.
4) Thoughts are a problem due to identification. If one understands that they are mere shadows and the world is only a dream, it does not matter whether thoughts exist or not.
5) One should be very careful in Sadhana... One should practise Self Inquiry constantly through out the day with great faith in Guru.
6) Its very important to reject mind as mere shadow and revel as the Self.

Love!
Silence

Subramanian.R

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Re: Annamalai Swami
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2009, 11:37:05 AM »
I purchased a copy of Final Talks, when I had been to Tiruvannamalai in June 2008.  It is an extremely nice book on one of the highly blessed devotees of Bhagavan Ramana.  Annamalai Swami had gone through all the three paths of karma, bhakti and jnana. He came to Bhagavan Ramana in 1928, after a dream where Bhagavan had appeared.  He supervised Asramam construction work upto 1938.  During this time, all his vagaries like anger, lust, hunger, greed were all set right by Bhagavan Ramana through simple advices. He was asked to stop work and then go for meditation.  He was asked to chant Siva..Siva... by Bhagavan Ramana.  He moved to Palakottu and there the construction of cottage was done through the assistance of fellow devotees.  Major Chadwick also stayed with him.  On many days, he managed to live only with unripe mango, jaggery and desicated coconuts!  During that time, excepting on festival days, he did not eat food in the Asramam, as he thought that
he should not eat without any work to the Asramam!  Bhagavan Ramana Himself had told him to read a small book called Ellam Onre,
in Tamil. (It is now available in Tamil and English, All is One, from
Sri Ramanasramam, Rs.10.00).  Bhagavan Ramana had copied the book in a notebook and had given to him!  He knew a little bit of Tevaram and Tayumanavar and had listened to some of the talks of Bhagavan Ramana with devotees.  He started self enquiry concurrently and finally arrived in the Self in 1960s.

David Godman has also distributed an 120 minutes VCD covering an interview with Annamalai Swami by one American devotee.  One Sundaram had been the interpreter. This was in 1980s.  The interview is in Palakottu and is quite interesting and it makes us 'see' the personality of Annamalai Swami.  David Godman's earlier book Living by the Words of Bhagavan, by Annamalai Swami is out of stock.  I have requested David's blog members to spare me xerox copy, if possible.

Annamalai Swami says even though after Self realization, all Jnanis
are the same, their power within (Sakti) acts in different manner.
Sankara went around whole of India, debated with people, wrote original works and commentaries on Upanishads and Brahma Sutram.  Bhagavan Ramana remained in the same place, but composed a few works and talked to people who came.  A certain others did not speak a word or write a book.  A few others married and ruled a kingdom, like Janaka.

Arunachala Siva.     

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Re: Annamalai Swami
« Reply #2 on: January 19, 2009, 10:21:36 AM »
Dear srkudai,

Annamalai Swami has asked various clarificattions, for doubts which
all of us also get sometime or other.  That way, his book presents clarfications for our own doubts.  Once Annamalai Swami, asked
whether he should clean up all the thoughts from his mind.  Bhagavan Ramana told him:  In that case, it would be like taking bath in the sea, when the waves stop.  So, do not wait for this.
Continue self enquiry, and go to the Source, without bothering about thoughts that come sometimes.  Again, Annamalai Swami asked about desires.  Bhagavan Ramana told him:  If you want to clean up all the desires, then you should take one more birth.  If the desires were to be conquered without fulfulling them or if some of the desires were to be enjoyed and then thrown away, these would happen according to one's prarabdha.  Hence do not try, either to fulfil or negate the desires, leave them at aside, and pursue self enquiry.  On another occasion, Annamalai Swami, after he was relieved of the construction work, told Bhagavan Ramana that he would go back to Polur and do meditation.  Bhagavan Ramana said: Why should you leave this place and do meditation?  Do you not know the power of Arunachala, which will help you in meditation and self enquiry?  Do you think that you can go without the help of Arunachala?  After these words, Annamalai Swami dropped the idea of going to Polur and decided to stay in Palakottu.

Arunachala Siva.     

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Re: Annamalai Swami
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2014, 02:10:59 AM »
Thank you Subramanian.R

Do you know where one can find the 120 minute VCD covering an interview with Annamalai Swami that David Godman has distributed? 

Many thanks 8)



 

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Re: Annamalai Swami
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2014, 06:09:37 AM »
Jordan,

You may watch that video interview of Annamalai Swami here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqwebTmlocw&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DnqwebTmlocw&app=desktop

Namaskar.