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The Self alone, the Sole Reality,
Exists for ever.
If of yore the First of Teachers
Revealed it through unbroken silence
Say, who can reveal it in spoken words?
– Ekatma Panchakam, Sri Bhagavan.

Sri Bhagavan once told the story that follows to Sri Muruganar. This brings out the profound significance of the Supreme Silence in which the First Master,Sri Dakshinamurti is established.

Sri Bhagavan said,

“When the four elderly Sanakadi rishis first beheld the sixteen-year-old Sri Dakshinamurti sitting under the banyan tree, they were at once attracted by Him, and understood that He was the real Sadguru. They approached Him, did three pradakshinas around Him, prostrated before Him, sat at His Feet and began to ask shrewd and pertinent questions about the nature of reality and the means of attaining it. Because of the great compassion and fatherly love (vatsalya) which He felt for His aged disciples, the young Sri Dakshinamurti was overjoyed to see their earnestness, wisdom and maturity, and gave apt replies to each of their questions. But as He answered each consecutive question, further doubts arose in their minds and they asked further questions.

Thus they continued to question Sri Dakshinamurti for a whole year, and He continued to clear their doubts through His compassionate answers. Finally,however, Sri Dakshinamurti understood that if He continued answering their questions, more doubts would arise in their minds and their ignorance (ajnana) would never end. Therefore, suppressing even the feeling of compassion and fatherly love which was welling up within Him, He merged Himself into the Supreme Silence. Because of their great maturity (which had ripened to perfection through their year-long association with the Sadguru), as soon as Sri Dakshinamurti assumed Silence,they too automatically merged into Supreme Silence, the true state of the Self.”

Wonderstruck on hearing Sri Bhagavan narrating the story in this manner, Sri Muruganar remarked that in no book was it mentioned that Sri Dakshinamurti ever spoke anything. “But this is what actually happened”, replied Sri Bhagavan curtly.From the authoritative way in which Sri Bhagavan replied and from the clear and descriptive way in which He told the story,Sri Muruganar understood that Sri Bhagavan was none other than Sri Dakshinamurti Himself!

Sources:

1) SPIRITUAL STORIES AS TOLD BY RAMANA MAHARSHI
2) The Silent Power, page 48
3) http://www.arunachala.org/newsletters/2008/?pg=nov-dec

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Re: Ramana Maharshi was indeed none other than Sri Dakshinamurti Himself
« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2010, 10:10:13 AM »
Dear prasanth,

There are two beautiful names in the Ramana Ashottaram (by Viswanatha Swami and Tamil commentary
is also by him.)

Sri Dakshinasya Niipaya Namah:

-  Salutations to the One who is equivalent to Sri Dakshinamurthy.


Sri Dakshinbhimukaya Namah:

- Salutations to the One who (naturally, but most of the times) sits facing the south direction.

The second one can be seen by anyone who goes to Sri Ramanasramam.  He was sitting in the Old
Hall sofa facing south.  Again, in the New Hall (the front portion of the Mother's Temple, He was
sitting on the stone sofa, facing south.  So also in Maha Nirvana Room.  There are not records about
Guru murtham and Pachiamman Kovil and other places, since no one remembers these old incidents.

Arunachala Siva.