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SLakshmi

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Decisions and bhagavan's guidance
« on: July 21, 2011, 09:33:50 AM »
Friends,

How does one identify signs of approval from bhagavan when you have to make a decision on something important in your life. I know what bhagavan would have said - It is not U who will make the decisions. It will all happen automatically. - but still, one does feel the need to make sure that life altering decisions are made only on the guru's consent. Did not so many of bhagavan's devotees during his life time ask him for his opinion on their new job offers, transfers and other such things!?

Ramanarpamastu


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Re: Decisions and bhagavan's guidance
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2011, 10:36:20 AM »


Dear SLakshmi,

Yes. One can always seek Sri Bhagavan's approval for important
decisions in life. We are thinking that there is free will.. No there is
only destiny and no free will.  Sri Bhagavan says to Devaraja Mudaliar
that even taking a glass of water or lifting the hand fan from ground
and fanning with it, is destined by God. So one should always trust
and act that one has no free will and all decisions are destined by
Sri Bhagavan. So to ask His approval or a nod for decisions is quite
helpful in one's life. How will one know that Sri Bhagavan has approved
your decision or not?  It is by one's intuitive feeling and the peace of
mind that you have before indulging in any action after taking  a decision.



Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Decisions and bhagavan's guidance
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2011, 01:53:30 PM »
Subramanian sir,

You are so right! It is the peace of mind thats an indication that bhagavan is with you. So simple and yet so profound!

Subramanian sir, am sure many of us have experienced this - that when we read about bhagavan, a sense of elation takes over completely and our little bodies and senses are unable to bear the enormity of that feeling. Its overwhelming! You break into tears! It happens especially when we read certain passages from a book on bhagavan or visit certain places where bhagavan resided. And this feeling is not even an atom size of what the real feeling of self is!! I cant even imagine in what feeling and emotion bhagavan must have lived his whole wordly life in and to have lived with devotees, day in day out, sharing life experiences with them! - only a mahatma can do it!

Just a thought - I used to think that sivan parvathi, murugan ganesa - all these are man made concepts to purify the mind and take it to its eternal end - but one look at ramanasramam makes it all so true! ramanasramam has peacocks all over which no other ashram in tiruvannamalai or for that matter any other ashram in india has - muruga vahanam!, a hill - so symbolic of the presence of muruga, like in case of palani or pazhamodircholai - and the natural shape of arunachala itself, which has sivan and parvathi at the peak and a nandi towards the slopes !!

I cannot even think what it would have been like without bhagavan's grace that makes us think of him, visit him at arunachala!

Ramanarpamastu

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Re: Decisions and bhagavan's guidance
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2011, 05:45:54 PM »


Dear SLakshmi,

Yes. Sri Bhagavan was always an emotional person. A true Jnani is
emotional,  even for ordinary things. This is not a weakness but due
to the fact, that He is seeing everything as the Self.  He is also a mirror
reflecting the emotions of devotees.  At the same time, He is the Self
with shining brilliance.

Once some attendants, for the sake of plucking the mangoes,
in the Asramam compound, were using long sticks with a sharp iron
edge. Whenever they tried to pluck a mango, along with it, several leaves
also came down.  In the evening Sri Bhagavan saw this and asked them:
Why have you made all these leaves fall? Why not use a softer method
to pluck mangoes [like keeping a ladder and climbing], instead of a stick
that that too, with a sharp iron edge.  Do you know how much will it
pain the tree?  You will understand the pain, only if some one gives
nice blows till you bleed."  His voice got choked.  He as the Self found
even the trees as Self and pitied over them.

There are many stories like this. To prevent a squirrel from being caught
by a cat, which was chasing it, He dropped His stick to give some time
to squirrel to escape, thus preventing the cat in the middle. In the
process, He lost His balance and got his collar bone fractured.  This
is human all too human nature of a Jnani.



Arunachala Siva.