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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #60 on: January 01, 2013, 10:21:43 AM »
Simply Be Aware:

continues.....

'We are the light of the world', says Jesus. He also says, 'Be a light unto yourselves.' One is told that 'light', which means radiance,
also means  'not heavy'. So, be a light and be a light. Comparisons and contrasts, agreements and contradictions, all hear and no
light? Is this the Vidya or Knowledge which leads to Vimukti or Freedom?

Bhagavan Ramana says, 'Know that in the minds of the learned here, there are not one but many families consisting of books
and these form obstacles to their spiritual progress.' To a close disciple who wanted to leave the Asramam, acquire Vedantic
learning and return. He said, 'There is no end to this, but if you abide in your Self, the answer to any question will rebound like
an echo from within your heart.'

Abide in the Self. Be yourself. To be oneself is to know oneself and vice versa.

Bhagavan Ramana repeatedly asks us to cast away, sweep away rather than add, acquire and accumulate. Not to become
anybody but to BE yourself. He is indeed the Supreme Prophet of Being.

So, to be oneself is to be ever fresh, to be ever reborn. To be still in the repose of one's heart is the acme of creativity.

Maharshi would tell us not to make any effort to give up imperfections or unreality. If you affirm the positive, the negatives
will drop off by themselves.

What is the negative? Once, the Maharshi said, 'If there is no God within you, be assured there is no God outside you.
If there is no Truth within you, there is no Truth outside you.' That is the negative - concept of Truth as outside of you.
The truth that is within you, nobody can take away from you. That is the positive. We are always dealing with names and forms,
and from accumulated knowledge the mind projects a concept of truth. As Maharshi said, 'Names and Forms are like the film
projected on a white screen.' You are the white screen. You are not a concept. This, that you are reading is immaterial. The living
principle, the one who is reading it is the Truth.

contd.,

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« Reply #61 on: January 01, 2013, 08:00:53 PM »
Dear Sri Subramanian Sir, Wonderful words! Yes,whatever we learn,aknowledge,will be in thoughts only,making us come only deeper to concept world. And we are That constant factor,that solid backround of all thoughts,all experiences. Summa Iru,just Be. Thank You sir! With love and prayers,
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« Reply #62 on: January 02, 2013, 09:20:53 AM »
Simply Be Aware:

continues.....

Somebody asked Maharshi, "Is it not hypnotism that you are talking about?" He laughed and replied: "You are already
hypnotized that you are the body, that you must make an effort to reach somewhere.  What I am telling you is to de-
hypnotize yourself from all these concepts."

Are we prepared to dehypnotize ourselves? Somebody remarked, looking at Maharshi, seated on a comfortable couch,
stretching Himself on it with ease: "Nothing is difficult for you! You are so comfortably seated there and enjoying your
life!" Maharshi smiled and said,"Come on, sit down for a few minutes, without any thought, without any movement."
Not even for a few seconds could the devotee do so!

We make so much effort to improve, to change our lives, to live happily. Have we paid any attention to life itself? Pay a
little attention to that which sees all. Instead of paying attention to what is being done, pay attention to the doer/ Instead
of emphasizing what you see, what you hear, shift your emphasis to the seer, the hearer. "The Kingdom of Heaven is within
you."

Yet, we seem to prefer to gather words, words which merely yield verbal clarity. Maharshi portrayed this predicament with
a telling illustration. A thief, to catch the thief, turns himself into a policeman to catch the thief who is himself. Will the mind
pave the way for its own destruction?

Someone asked Maharshi, "If we remain in that state, how can we attend to worldly activity?" Maharshi replied, "With an
imperfect, diluted mind, you claim to have accomplished so much. But that very mind gets its light from the Self only.  Just
as all living beings get energy from the Sun, this thinking process gets its energy from the Self. If borrowed glory can achieve
so much, is it difficult to conceive that with the Source Energy you would be better equipped?

Paul Brunton asked Maharshi: "Maharshi, you are in a jungle ashram. It is alright. There are no problems here, no crowd, nothing,
But I have to go back to London, the thick of London, the thick of New York. What can I do?" Maharshi smiled and replied: "Who
says this? That the jungle Ashram is free from problems, and the thick of London or the thick of New York is full of problems, who
says so?" It is Brunton's mind. So where is the problem?

Though the first glimpse of Maharshi put Brunton into the state of no-thought, his mind returned in full force. He was saying, "I have
to work. How can I work if I practice this?" Maharshi said, "There is no contradiction between work and wisdom."

Who works? Who meditates? It is myself. I am working. I am meditating. I am in that state. Remove work, meditation, contemplation,
and what remains?  I AM. Why pay so much attention to work, meditation, and so on? Why not abide as I AM? Simply be aware.

CONCLUDED.

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« Reply #63 on: January 03, 2013, 10:35:25 AM »
Dedicate Yourself to Pursuit of Self Enquiry:

The magic quest 'Know Thyself', popularly attributed to Socrates, has gripped the attention of the greatest seers, sages and thinkers
of all ages. It is the essential experience welling up from the hearts of yearning souls belonging to every country of the world. In
giving expression to it, the terminologies, the words and the languages may differ, but the essence in its content, is the same.

The command of Vedanta is Atmaanaam Viddhi -- Know the Self. In fact, this experiential dictum is the backbone of all eastern
religions, though it is true that the essence of this dictum is too fundamental to be classified under any philosophy, or thinker or
age. That is, 'knowing the knower' is the aim of all spiritual striving, in all ages and of all religions. Not to know the knower and yet
to know all else is termed as 'total ignorance' - moola avidya. Hence, very great importance is given to knowing the Self. 'Know
Thyself' is the same as 'Know who you are'. Enquiring 'Who am I?' or seeking 'Whence am I?' is the direct means. This quest is
the fundamental teaching of Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.

'Simple Being is the Self', said the Maharshi. This being is Consciousness. The very living principle of each one of us is this
Consciousness. Any form of awareness is embedded only in this vast expanse of Consciousness. The triple principle dominating
man's activities, called 'triputi' comprising the knower, the object known and the act of knowing, occurs only in Consciousness.
Experiences are classified into avastha thraya -- the waking, the dreaming and the deep sleep states - which also takes place
only in Consciousness. Likewise, the pairs of opposites, called dwandhva, like right and wrong, good and bad, day and night,
or concepts like being and non being, get exposed only in the backdrop of Consciousness.

contd.,

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« Reply #64 on: January 04, 2013, 08:53:35 AM »
Dedicate Yourself to Pursuit of Self Enquiry:

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Thus, Consciousness is the ground or screen on which the play of the triputi, avastha thraya, and dhwandhav is enacted
endlessly. While one is aware constantly and gets involved deeply in this drama, the basis or stratum on which the play
takes place is totally forgotten.

'By whom?'

To turn one's attention from the details or activities to the source of activity is called 'introspection'. This turning inward is
the beginning of spiritual effort called sadhana. Taking a right about turn from the triputi, avastha thraya and dhwadhva
to the Chit (Total Consciousness) is the positive key to open the gates to 'Know Oneself.' Becoming conscious of or aware
of something else brings in the triputi, avastha thraya and dhwandhva. But Pure Consciousness is Pure Awareness per se.
It is the basis for all motion, while remaining motionless - unaffected by any such  movements.

Perhaps an analogy will help us understand Consciousness as our basis.

Electricity flows through a wire. It is invisible and intangible. When an electric bulb is connected to that wire, the lamp is lit.
The color of the bulb determines the color of the light. When flowing through a fan, the current makes fan rotate. Connected
to a pump, it lifts water. The current flowing in all these cases is one and the same. But its effects are different. Similarly, when
the pure light of Consciousness passes through different physical, emotional, mental and ego ventures, it looks as though it
is limiting itself by taking the color and texture of that particular vesture.  Since the bulb, fan and pump are visible to the eye,
and not electricity their utility aspects engage one's attention and root or cause -- the electricity - being ignored. Likewise, man's
activities ensnare him and make him forget his very nature as Consciousness.

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« Reply #65 on: January 05, 2013, 12:53:58 PM »
Simply Be Aware:

continues......

When Consciousness is confined to an individual or the body, it gets clouded by this manifestation, resulting in the ego, drawing
boundaries on the Self with reference to the manifestation and mistaking this to be the Self.

Ego has no existence apart from the Self, like the gold ornaments having no existence apart from gold. But, the Self exists always.
Ego is only a shadow of the Self.  It catches hold of a body and through it, projects itself as the Self. Thus ego thrives in the
multiplicities as a conscious perceiver and enjoyer of the world. It hops from one form to another,  since no form is permanent.
Such movement of the transient is called the cycle of births and deaths. This limitation is technically termed as samsara. Freedom
from such bondage is called Moksha, re-establishment in total Consciousness.

Abidance as Pure Consciousness is the ultimate goal of human life -- the release from ego!

How to effect it?

Through Atma Vichara, Self Enquiry, release from the bonds of ego is gained. This is the process of Who am I? - enquiry,'  the
technique to Know Oneself. The bondage is the ego. The bondage is for the ego. Consciousness, conditioning or identifying
itself with a body is this ego. The ego exists, say the scriptures, due to non enquiry. -- avichara. This avichara is sustained
and strengthened by avidya - ignorance. Consciousness is Pure attention alone., When attention is held unmoved, there is no
place for ego or non-attention. To hold the attention on itself, to dissolve or transform non attention into Total Attention, Total
Consciousness, the quest Who am I? is the vital process.

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #66 on: January 06, 2013, 01:57:57 PM »
SIMPLY BE AWARE:

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To turn one's attention on oneself is the essence of true knowledge. Such Self attention is the key to open the mystery gates
to the immeasurable treasure: Knowing the Knower! The Knower known, there is none else, nothing else to be known.  To remain
as Pure Consciousness is the secret and meaning of Know Thyself.

Bhagavan Ramana put it all in a sutra aphorisms. He summarized the whole process into four pregnant words. deham, naham, koham,
soham.

Deham = Body symbolizing all objective and subjective perceptions.

Naham = I am not.

Koham = Who am I?

Soham = I am Sivam or Consciousness.

Rid of all vestures, vehicles, masks, conveyances and camouflages, Pure Consciousness alone will shine if the inquiry Who am I?
is relentlessly pursued within. Such Atma Vichara releases one from bondage. Release from bondage and dawning of Wisdom
are simultaneous, like coming of light and ending of darkness are spontaneous.

In this grand journey within, the Guru's Grace is absolutely essential. For one who is ready to plunge within, Guru's Grace is
totally assured. This grace is felt by one dedicating himself to the pursuit of Self Inquiry, through a deepening peace, welling
up in him, independent of life's circumstances.

Simply Be Aware - concluded.

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« Reply #67 on: January 10, 2013, 10:58:16 AM »
Dissolving into Stillness:

Nature is that which is -- that which exists. To elaborate, we may divide it into objective and subjective nature. That which
perceives is subjective nature and that which is perceived is objective nature.

In the waking state, the world exists, the world is perceived. Nature as the world is objective nature and the one who perceives
that world is subjective nature. In the waking state both exist. In deep sleep both cease. In the dream state, both objective
and subjective natures remain, but in a totally different dimension.

According to an oft quoted Tamizh saying, the essence of Nature is 'the destruction of the old and re emergence of the new.'
Nature is always changing yet remains eternally the same. Like a river -- or time itself -- ever flowing yet undeniable present
in the spaciousness  of the moment.

The Tirumandiram says, 'Nature is in flux, every moment, changes continue to take place.' The author saint of this ancient
Tamizh classic calls this modification vibhuti (sacred ashes). He likens the perceiver to Lord Siva and the perceived to vibhuti.
The Lord is the seer, smeared all over with the seen - vibhuti. Eternal changelessness hidden  in the ever changing!

If perceived is an ever changing flow, does it not imply that the perceiver is changeless?

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« Reply #68 on: January 11, 2013, 12:48:57 PM »
DISSOLVING INTO STILLNESS:

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Viewed from another perspective, Nature again has two aspects. One is static and the other is dynamic -- achala and chala.
All that moves, moves in space which is unmoving, sthira tattva.

Arunachala is that absolute immovable principle, says Sri Bhagavan, around which all movements (chalana) revolve and into which
all finally merge. Agitation attains stillness in its very proximity, like iron filings which dance only cling to the magnet, itself actionless.
Sri Bhagavan says in Arunachala Ashtakam, 'I was drawn to Arunachala and nearing it I saw it as the Unmvoing!'

All creation is made up of five elements -- earth, water, fire, and ether, and all that move and move not are only a combination of
these five elements. Sri Bhagavan addressing Arunachala, says, 'The five elements, all living beings and the vast expanse of the
universe are nothing but You alone.' (Arunachala Padigam).

What is the basis, the ground of these five elements? The Puranas state that Siva, the One, created Sakti, His consort, the Second,
and then all creation was brought forth. Siva, the static aspect, creating Sakti, the dynamic aspect, followed by the entire process
of evolution.

The process of evolution, vice versa, is movement (Sakti) merging into Stillness (Siva). That is the story of the Mother Goddess,
after arduous tapas, attaining union with her Lord Arunachaleswara related in the Arunachala Mahatmyam.

contd.

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« Reply #69 on: January 12, 2013, 01:50:34 PM »
DISSOLVING INTO STILLNESS:

continues.....

This process of evolution and involution is taking place every moment of the day. A mighty tree grown from a tiny seed gives
fruit and dies, yet springs forth from seed again. The process goes on. This is the same for all living beings.

Why? Where exactly does all this begin? Where does it end?  Obviously, scientifically, all these questions remain unanswered.
But spiritually, every one of us carries the answer within ourselves.

Nature's gift to man, the basic experiences of everyday life, --- the three states of waking, dream and deep sleep --- contain
the clues to the mystery of Nature's operation. The root of the five elements, of static and dynamic principles, is known if   
these three states of being are carefully analyzed and the truth experientially realize.

Sleep is blessed relief from the slings and sorrows of outrageous fortune. In deep sleep, the whole world is dissolved along with
the perceiver (that is, for everyone of us, individually). There is nothing. Upon waking, consciousness of being, then, identification
with one's body arises, followed by myriad circumstances and relationships.

Sages affirm that 'as above, so below' -- ' what is contained  in the macrocosm is contained in the microcosm.'   

In the act of experiencing the waking and deep states, man daily enacts the drama of evolution and involution.

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« Reply #70 on: January 13, 2013, 01:12:52 PM »
DISSOLVING INTO STILLNESS:

continues.....

The act of dreaming is indicative of the fact that each one of us invested with this tremendous power of creation
and dissolution. The whole gamut of activities, entities, joys, and sorrows experienced in the dream state is the sole
creation of a single dreamer. The waking perceiver, too is similarly responsible for his waking world.

The scriptures further state that just as the content of dreams is unreal to the waking mind, objective nature as perceived
in the waking state, together with the subjective perceiver, is unreal from the ultimate view point of Self Realization.

So, the ground of Nature, both objective and subjective, is rooted in one's own 'Awareness', which houses, projects, nourishes
and swallows up of all creation. This is Awareness is the substratum of the waking, dream and deep sleep states. Sri Bhagavan
calls this Awareness the Self or the Heart.

If one steps out of the grip of these various states and remains in Awareness per se, the truth  of Nature is revealed. This
revelation takes place in Silence --- the innermost core of each being.

In this Silence, one realizes that Nature is simply Awareness and Ananda, eternal joy, compassion, pure Intelligence, 'choiceless
awareness'. It shines as such everywhere.

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #71 on: January 14, 2013, 09:33:41 AM »
THE ALL IMPORTANT SCIENCE:

Sri Venkateswara Sarma was an astoundingly exceptional astrologer. He was a genuis from childhood. His extraordinary
intelligence enabled him to master the most abstruse and difficult branch of astrology -- PRASNA -- even at a very tender
age. He was acclaimed as the wisest student even by his guru. Prasna is an astrological science based on, and also a perfection
fruition of, mathematics and intuition.

The technique in Prasna demands neither horoscope nor the palm of a person to read. The details required of the person who
wants to an astrological prediction are his name, the first letter, the first word of his question, the direction (like east) towards
which he is turned while raising the question, the time, the geographical location from where he hails and a few other simple
details, which might seem totally unconnected to astrology. Taking these into account, the Prasna astrologer, within seconds, will
have to mentally draw the horoscope -- to do that so quickly demanded very great mathematical precision and perfection. Having
drawn the horoscope within his mind and in a flash also having studied it, he will have to wait, prayerfully. From the depths of his
inner intuition, words will gush forth and sentences start coming through his lips. They form the astrological predictions for the
questioner.

As this Prasna process is not merely based on astrological mathematics but also culminates in intuitive revelation, the predictions
are said to be amazingly accurate and correct to the minutest detail.         

Now how this Venkateswara Sarma, got influenced by Sri Bhagavan, let us see.

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« Reply #72 on: January 15, 2013, 12:47:59 PM »
THE ALL IMPORTANT SCIENCE:

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For a lay person like me to understand the powerful nature of this science (prasnam), Sastrigal Mama (Venkateswara Sarma) cited
an example.

One day, a merchant came to his house when he was engaged in offering worship in his puja room. His wife informed him that one
Nagappa Chettiar was waiting in the verandah and that he seemed worried and in a hurry too. Not willing to interrupt the process
of his elaborate pura, by merely listening to the name of and the few details given by his wife, Sastrigal Mama, within a minute,
began giving the prediction:

'Tell Nagappa Chettiar that he has come to inquire about his lost diamond ring. He suspects his servant. Assure him that no one
has stolen. In his garden, near the well, there are two rows of plantain trees -- on one side only two trees are there and on the other
a cluster of them. Let him search under the two trees. The diamond ring is lying there. While he was washing his clothes, on the washing stone, the ring had slipped off his ring and fallen there, unnoticed by him.'

No need to say that this proved true to the minutest detail! This was one among many of his amazingly accurate predictions. Hence
Sastrigal Mama was in great demand in those days. Such astounding success necessarily convinced him that this branch of astrology
--- Prasnam - was the most perfect science.

During that period, he heard for the first time, about Sri Ramana Maharshi. He saw Sri Bhagavan's picture and felt the pull towards Him very powerfully. He went to Arunachala and climbed the Hill to Skandasramam, the abode of Bhagavan at that time. The very first look
that Sri Bhagavan gave, instantaneously made  Sastrigal His slave. He had a strong desire to stay with the Maharshi, permanently,
renouncing everything he held dear. Yet, there was this one attraction of his science of astrology and it was distracting him. There was
a dilemma and that disturbed him.

One day he mustered courage, approached the Maharshi and in all humility, yet with full conviction, he put the following question:

'Bhagavan! Is not astrology the best and most accurate of all sciences?'

Sri Bhagavan looked at him intently for some time, in silence. Then, slowly but firmly, He replied: 'The science of the Self is superior
to all the other sciences.'

contd.,

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Re: Direct Teaching of Bhagavan Ramana:
« Reply #73 on: January 15, 2013, 07:57:23 PM »
Beautiful story,dear Sri Subrsmanian sir,with beautiful words of Bhagavan in the end.

I have read it before,and always,same thought come,that we always hold stubbornly and fearfuly to sime thing which we find very hard to let go. Always some attachment is there. But Bhagavan knows the ways to make us drop it unnoticably,quietly,with His magical and playful ways and tricks.

And true,there is no Reality except True Reality,all else is the dream only and all atachments belongs to the mind and body only. And the mind will use whatever it can just to stay alive,to continue its existence of contradictions and conflict.

Thank You Very much!

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« Reply #74 on: January 16, 2013, 10:28:32 AM »
THE ALL IMPORTANT SCIENCE:

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Sastrigal Mama was at the height  of his career. For every prediction, he was enormously rewarded. He was thus earning a lot
of money, amassing vast wealth.

Yet, these conclusive words from the Master, gave him the total conviction to renounce his lucrative profession the same day, and
pursue the science of Self. His wife too fully agreed with him. The rest of their lives they lived in utter poverty, at the holy feet of
the Sadguru, under the protective shade of the Sacred Hill, Arunachala.

What is this all important science of the Self?

The Random House Dictionary of the English language gives the following definition for the words 'science' and 'knowledge'.

Science: (noun): A branch of knowledge or study dealing with a body of facts or truths, systematically arranged and showing
the operation of general laws. From the Latin word 'skeeyenteeya',  'knowledge'; from the Latin root 'skee', 'know' from the Sanskrit
'sastra'.

Know: (verb transitive): To perceive or understand clearly and with certainty. From the Middle English 'knowen', 'knawen', from
old English 'geknavan'. Akin to the Greek 'gnosis', 'knowledge'. All of which derive from the Sanskrit root 'jna' as in 'Jnana', knowledge,
direct knowledge of the Absolute.

To know oneself as one really is, denuded of all that is artificial, impermanent, and hence unreal, is not only possible and desirable,
-- in that it solves all man's problems, and allows him to abide in his true nature, which is peace, stillness, and happiness -- it is total
science, a perfect science and hence naturally superior to physics, astronomy, mathematics, chemistry and all other sciences. It is a
'total' science because it alone of all sciences, goes into the nature of the very one who comprehends or deduces all the other sceinces.

continued....

Arunachala Siva.