Go the Way you Come – Ramana Maharish about Moksha

Excerpts from Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharishi’s letter to his disciple about Moksha.

On another occasion an Andhra youth came and said, “Swami having a great desire for moksha (deliverance) and anxious to know the way thereto, I have read all sorts of books on Vedanta. They all describe it, each in a different way. I have also visited a number of learned
people and when I asked them, each recommended a different path. I got puzzled and have come to you; please tell me which path to take”. With a smile on his face, Bhagavan said, “All right, then, go the way you came”. we all felt amused at this. The poor young man did not know what to say. He waited until Bhagavan left the hall and then with a depressed look turned to the others there appealingly, and said:
“Gentlemen, I have come a long way with great hope and with no regard for the expenses or discomfort, out of my ardent desire to know the way to moksha; is it fair to tell me to go the way I came. Is this such a huge joke?”

There upon one of them said, “No Sir. It is no joke. It is the most appropriate reply to your question. Bhagavan’s teaching is that the enquiry, ‘Who am I?’ is the easiest path to moksha. You asked him which way ‘I’ should go, and his saying, ‘Go the way you came,’ meant that if you investigate and pursue the path from which that ‘I’ came, you will attain moksha. The voice of a Mahatma indicates the truth even when speaking in a light vein. Thereupon the book, “Who am I?” was placed in the hands of the young man who felt astonished at the interpretation, and taking Bhagavan’s words as upadesa, prostrated himself to Bhagawan and went away.

Bhagavan usually gives us his teachings either in a humorous or a casual way or by way of consolation. During my early days at the Asramam, whenever I felt like going home, I would approach Bhagavan at some time when there were hardly any people present and say, “I want to go home, Bhagavan, but I am afraid of falling back into family muddles.” He would reply,
“Where is the question of our falling into anything when all comes and falls into us?” On another occasion, I said, “Swami, I am not yet freed from these bonds.” Bhagavan replied, “Let what comes come, let what goes go. Why do you worry?” Yes, if only we could realise
what that ‘I’ is, we should not have all these worries.

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Tiruvannamalai the abode of Nature

The whole world is experiencing a trauma that the 21st Century has never see, our forefathers who were the witness of great plagues and other deadly pandemics are no more, but their stories remain. The only thing we missed is reading them out and saving ourselves from from the disasters that await. Our distancing from Nature is also a route cause for all the herculean blunders we commit.

Distancing from Nature

Humans have started going away from natures, what should have been natural have become man made. Forests are now being made on the rooftops thinking of getting into a better living, humans have started to plant trees to safeguard nature forgetting that it is Nature that is safeguarding us.

Choose Tiruvannamalai

In this difficult times what every Human being out there has realized is a peaceful life. Peaceful life doesn’t mean living inside a closed room, but living with nature. Tiruvannamalai is where one can find the real peace. The natural forest  adorning the Annamalaiyar hill gives the much needed peace. Living in Tiruvannamalai is living with nature.

Tiruvannamalai is filled with all natural flora and fauna that remains untouched by humans. Great saints from Bhagwan Sri Ramanar to Yogi Ram Surathkumar to many more choose Tiruvannamalai for their Moksha because of the natural divinity that’s spread all over.

Staying here at Tiruvannamalai gives you a inner peace that relives you from all the mental agony any the trauma that’s surrounding you. Coming to Tiruvannamalai is nothing short of coming back to nature.

Do not waste your time, find your piece of Land at Tiruvannamalai.

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10 important Life Lessons Ramana Maharishi

Every word out of Bhagwan Shri Ramana Maharishi is a life lesson, here are the 10 important Life lessons from Bhagwan.

1. Happiness

“Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.”

2. Silence

“Whatever is destined not to happen will not happen, try as you may. Whatever is destined to happen will happen, do what you may to prevent it. This is certain. The best course, therefore, is to remain silent.”

3. Feelings

“Thoughts come and go. Feelings come and go. Find out what it is that remains.”

4. Correcting Oneself

“Correcting oneself is correcting the whole world. The Sun is simply bright. It does not correct anyone. Because it shines, the whole world is full of light. Transforming yourself is a means of giving light to the whole world.”

5. Trouble

“Why should you trouble yourself about the future? You do not even properly know about the present. Take care of the present, the future will take care of itself.”

6.  Who am I ?

“The question ‘Who am I?’ is not really meant to get an answer, the question ‘Who am I?’ is meant to dissolve the questioner.”

7. Peace

“Silence is truth. Silence is bliss. Silence is peace. And hence Silence is the Self.”

8. Future

“There is neither past nor future. There is only the present. Yesterday was the present to you when you experienced it, and tomorrow will be also the present when you experience it. Therefore, experience takes place only in the present, and beyond experience nothing exists.”

9. Spirit

“Your true nature is that of infinite spirit. The feeling of limitation is the work of the mind.”

10. Awareness

“You are awareness. Awareness is another name for you. Since you are awareness there is no need to attain or cultivate it. All that you have to do is to give up being aware of other things, that is of the not-Self. If one gives up being aware of them then pure awareness alone remains, and that is the Self.”

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Who Am I

“Who am I? Not the body, because it is decaying, not the mind, because the brain will decay with the body; not the personality, nor the emotion, for these also will vanish with death” – Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi

Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi was not a sage by words but a god by his virtue. He always believed that the way we live is what gives us the identity, not the body nor the emotions.  He believed and preached that it is not the Body or the Brain that will define us as they will decay. He taught people to live a life that was almost eternal.

He submitted himself to lord Arunachala, he loved every living being on earth, he was simple to the core preaching simplicity and the meaning of life. His life in Tiruvannamalai beholds the key to the treasure of happiness that is eternal.

Being a Ramana Devotee is not just having his Photograph on your desk but learning the life of bhagwan. His everyday life at Tiruvannamalai is a lesson for us. Walking on the path in which he walked everyday will make you learn how he lived. Come live in Tiruvannamalai, walk the path, know him and know who you are…

 

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Things to follow during Girivalam

Girivalam is a monthly Holy walk performed on the ‘Pournami’ Full Moon Day around the Tiruvannamalai ‘Hill’ the Giri. Unlike other circum ambulation which are usually performed around a deity or a sanctum sanctorum Girivalam is performed around the Tiruvannamalai hill which is itself Lord Shiva.

Girivalam Route

Here are the most important things to follow during Girivalam

1. Perform Girivalam with People

It is always good and divine to perform Girivalam with your Friends and Family other than performing it alone.

2. Chant Arunachala hymn

During the Girivalam avoid talking or chatting unnecessarily, keep chanting the ‘Arunachala Shiva…’ hymn

“Arunachala Shiva, Arunachala Shiva, Arunachala Shiva, Aruna Shiva
Akshaya Linga Atma Linga
Tejonmaya Vigraha Linga
Iha Para Sukha Dayaka, Esha (Sai), Iha Para Sukha Dayaka
Om Namah Shivaya, Shivaya Namah Om”
3. Avoid Footwear
This is the most important and foremost rule that you should follow. Never wear any kind of Footwear during Girivalam. Remember you are not going around a temple but climbing around on Lord Shiva himself.
4. See Arunachala Peak
Through out the Girivalam keep an eye on the Arunachala Peak, if possible before every step you keep to seek His blessings. Looking at the peak will also give you the energy to keep your next step.
5. Feed Animals
Try to buy some ‘Pori’ and ‘Biscuits’ for the monkeys and dogs on the path and feed them.
6. Carry Necessary Food
Buy enough water and some little eatables to eat and drink while you walk.
Note: Remember you are performing the holy Girivalam not as a pleasure trip but to seek blessings from Lord Arunachaleshwarar so avoid playing around, respect the Siddhars and Sadhus you cross don’t make unwanted comments on them.

‘Wining you a Hold & Divine Girivalam’

 

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Why should one live in Tiruvannamalai ?

Even the powerless will become powerful and conquer, if they select a proper field (of action), and guard themselves, while they make war on their enemies.”Thirukural

As this Couplet says, it is the field that decides one’s victory so is the Place you live which decides your future and true success. When you hear the place ‘Thiruvannamalai’ the thing that pops up in your mind is a land full of noble men roaming in and around the hill seeking peace and benevolence. But one question that keeps haunting everyone of us is why they choose ‘Thiruvannamalai’ ?

It is very simple, Thiruvannamalai is not just a Hill with a Temple but God himself. But is it as simple as this phrase to understand it? No is the answer.

Why Thiruvannamalai is a very deep question with very deep answers. Great human beings like Bhagwan Ramanar and Bhagwan Yogi Ram Surathkumar chose to live in Tiruvannamalai not just to seek God but to find their inner self. They believed that it is our Inner Self which is the God. Seeking to know our own self or inner self is not an easy thing. You must forget all your worldly chaos and start being in peace and serenity and both you get here at Tiruvannamalai.

Lord Shiva made this land a land of Pure Water, Pure Air and Pure Peace one who seeks to live in peace and happiness starts his voyage towards the land of Tiruvannamalai. Many millionaires from all around the world throng towards Tiruvannamalai to find their piece of land and settle here seeking peace.

Find your Land in Tiruvannamalai and start seeking the God in you.

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