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SLakshmi

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Breaking coconuts
« on: May 20, 2010, 11:11:58 AM »
Offering a  coconut and breaking it before an idol is a time honoured custom widely observed. Lakshmi Ammal from Tiruchuzhi was a playmate of bhagavan in his boyhood days. Once she stood before him and was struggling to tear the fibres from a coconut so that it could be broken.

Sri Bhagavan asked her what she was doing. She said "It is Vijayadasami day and I thought it good to break a coconut before bhagavan."

He took the nut from her hands, cleared it of the fibre and broke it before himself, while Lakshmi Ammal stood there helplessly watching and amused. One must visualise the scene to appreciate the humour.There is food for thought also.

[Source: MP, 1996, 77-78] 

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Re: Breaking coconuts
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2010, 12:54:13 PM »

Dear SLakshmi,

You know when Bhagavan Ramana was in the Hill, in total mounam,
someone broke the coconut on His head also.  This incomparable
Brahma Jnani was keeping silent and enjoying the cool coconut
water dripping from His head to the cheeks.

In Sri Vaishnava Sampradaya, there is one practice.  When a Sri
Vaishnava sannyasi (they call them Jeers, as you might have heard
in Tirupati).  When they leave the body, the devotees break a coconut on his head.  If the skull breaks quickly, even before the
coconut breaks,  with one or two blows, it is said, that the
particular Vaishna Sannyasi has attained realization!

Arunachala Siva.
   

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Re: Breaking coconuts
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2010, 08:30:51 PM »
Subramaniam sir,

This sounds very cruel! paavam anda sanyasi enna thappu paninar! You know subramaniam sir, one thing i have seen. It is that people just cannot leave a person to himself. Even with sri bhagavan, they were pelting stone at him when he was in the temple, they did abhishekam with green chiliies when he was in virupaksha guhai, he was pestered into eating, talking etc when he was in mounam and what not! And sri bhagavan's only mistake was that he just wanted to sit silent in a small corner, whereever available!

I dont know what it is, but i think it is the tendency with people to bother those who seem to be content with themselves and dont tear others apart. Even today you can see, people who are silent, obidient, self-sufficient and generally the nice sort, they are often taken advantage of. But the same cannot be said of the corrupt and shrewd ones, who enjoy every bit of their misdoings without any problem!

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Re: Breaking coconuts
« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2010, 11:04:18 AM »

Bhagavan Ramana was achalam, non moving.  Muruganar says:
Even Arunachala, the non moving Hill is quite shameful to see
your greater non moving capacity!  Achalame NaaNa achalamai
irunthavane....

1. Some urchin passed urine on His back.

2. Some other fellow threw cowdung or some excreta on His back.

3. Some urchins pelted stones at Him.

4. Some bogus sadhus moved the rocks from higher level of the
Hill so that these would roll down and hit Him.

5. Some sadhu applied green chilli paste on His body.

6. Someone tried to drop the cactus plant juice on His open
eyes with a vacant gaze.  (of course, this was not done).

7. One boy wanted to take His torn towel saying wittingly, "The
Governor wants Your towel.  Please give."

8. Only one boy saw Him and wept and then told Him to come to
his boss so that he would give a job to Him, for the fees of 1
paise per day!  (That was the coolie fees in those days for child
labour per day!)

Bhagavan Ramana stood as achalam.  Achalame NaaNa achalamai
irunthavane....

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Breaking coconuts
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2010, 11:27:01 PM »
I read some books where it is said, when the life force leaves through the skull it is called KAPALA MOKHAM.
Some sadhus know their ending so they would tell their followers what should done when he sits in samadhi.
Some rare cases the skull would split then immedietly their followers put vibudhi, pachai karpuram etc. etc.
then they close with mud and install Lingam. For some reason when it does not split followers would break
coconut as desired by the sanyasis. Main dying will take place when our mind dies. That is important. It happened for Bhagavan Ramana. 


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Re: Breaking coconuts
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2010, 11:33:50 PM »
I typed wrongly the word  Mokham. It is Moksham.

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Re: Breaking coconuts
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2010, 11:19:13 AM »

Dear Ramanaduli,

What you say is true.  In Yoga marga, the prana power breaks
open the crown and leaves and there will be breaking of the
skull.  Saint poetess Avvaiyar says in her Vinayakar Ahaval:
"Karuthinil kapal vayil kaatti...."

Arunachala Siva.