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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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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Bhagwan Ramana Maharishi and the Monkey

Bhagawan Ramanar was not just a saint but a God for all, this may surprise many but the following incident as narrated by Mrs.Taleyarkhan a Parsi devotee will make it evident. 

“Maharshi led an absolutely simple life and from a very young age lived in the hills of the Arunachala. In course of time Arunachala became an internationally famous pilgrim center,attracting devotees from all parts of the world..

Maharshi seemed to have had a very soft corner for all the animals. Among the several animals that have inhabited the holy Arunachala hills, the Monkeys were the most frequent visitors to Maharshi’s ashram (hermitage).. When Bhagwan was in the Virupaksha cave,an adult male Monkey badly mauled a little Monkey..

When it fell down motionless, the attacker left it for dead. After a while, the little Monkey has gained it’s senses and limped slowly to Maharshi’s ashram probably for protection..Bhagwan took pity on the hapless creature; dressed it’s wounds; and nourished it back to health..

Bhagwan then named the little one “Nondi” and asked,”when you become the king of your tribe, will you ever forget me..”..The monkey, who seemed to have understood the words of Bhagwan, shook his head as though he will not forget Bhagwan when he became a king..

Nondi,the monkey then went back to his home and in due course of time became the king of all the other monkeys in the hills.. As promised,Nondi visited Bhagwan one day with his queen and the retinue and enjoyed the hospitality of Maharshi..

Bhagwan too blessed the Monkey and it’s family..All the monkeys prostrated before the holy Lotus feet of Bhagwan and left for the jungle..” Mrs.Taleyarkhan concluded..

 

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Thiruvannamalai – Abode of Peace

Thiruvannamalai – Abode of Peace

Thiruvannamalai all along these years have been the land of divinity and peace. The mountain is sacred by itself as it is considered as Lord Shiva. No where on this earth a whole mountain is considered sacred. Many Hindu temples from Kailash to Sabarimala are considered sacred only because God’s abode is on their top but the Hill of Thiruvannamalai is itself a Linga form of Lord Shiva.

But is that all that brings people to Thiruvannamalai, no certainly not. Thiruvannamalai is a region full of beautiful forest and calm atmosphere. Coming to Thiruvannamalai gives tranquility to oneself. The place make you think more about God. The peace-fullness adorns you to think more about your Inner-self like no other place.

The Pure air lushing through the natural herbs becomes the natural medicine and that’s an important reason for many Sadhus and Siddhars to come settle in Thiruvannamalai.

What is Divinity

The world has been here for Zillions of years, every Living organism since then has always been longing for a state of sanctity and divinity. Divinity comes with Peace when you sit alone in a calm place with your eyes closed your mind rewinds all the past happenings clearing all the worldly affairs. When you wake up you feel fresh as you have cleared all the scrap and that is the power of Silence and Thiruvannamalai gives you that Peace.

Reach Thiruvannamalai

It’s now time for you to reach Thiruvannamalai, find your place stay calm and experience the tranquility and divinity within. Remember living in Thiruvannamalai is living with God himself.

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Thiruvannamalai – The Moksha Puri

Thiruvannamalai – The Moksha Puri

Thiruvannamalai the Land of Lord Shiva is revered as a place of Salvation people. No where on earth a whole Mountain or Hill or a Town is considered as God himself, Yes the Thiruvannamalai Hill is itself a Linga and living there is nothing but living next to God.

People from all around the world throng the town on the Full Moon day of every month to climb round the holy hill which is called Girivalam. Giri meaning Mountain and Valam meaning going around. This is nothing but going around Lord Shiva himself and praying to him directly for Moksha.

Moksha is a state of mind where every Human being surrenders himself to God washing away all his sins, and performing Girivalam at Thiruvannamalai is nothing but surrendering yourself to Lord Shiva himself washing away all your worldly sins on his feet.

Thiruvannamalai has many reasons to live, and that is why Sidhars and Sadhus still live on the foothills thinking of God and only God. If you don’t believe this pay a visit to Thiruvannamalai on any day to spot great saints there. If just being in Thiruvannamalai for one day a month gives you Moksha think about living your life there…? And that’s the reason why people rush to Thiruvannamalai to find a home to lead their life.

Living in Thiruvannamalai will give you positive vibes taking you near God every single breath and thus prevent you from even thinking wrong. The Land itself gives you a Positive Aura that surrounds your lifeline and gives you the Moksha that people of the outer world long for.

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Silence is also Conversation – Bhagwan Sri Ramanar

 “Silence is Also Conversation”

This single quote of Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharish teaches us the soul of being on this earth. Silence gives you the answer to many questions that dwell within your conscience. Ramanar sought to settle down on the divine hills of Tiruvannamalai to embark the silence.

Thiruvannamalai a Hill clad with calmness gives room for you to sit in Silence and converse within you, debate your right and wrong doings and attain the state when you understand yourself within. Understanding your inner-self eliminates the worldly desires out of you emancipating the quality of life you were living.

Being contagious for the world is always the result of not understanding your inner-self, once you understand what and who you are, you will have nothing to fight for in this world than to attain peace. Thiruvannamalai gives you the tranquility to immerse in pease. On the holy feet of Lord Arunachaleshwarar you find peace as Bhagwan Sri Ramanar found.

Bhagwan Sri Ramana Maharishi chose to live in Thiruvannamalai understanding the silence these hills give you. Therefore finding your piece of Land and settling down at Thiruvannamalai is a way to understand and estimate who and what you are.

Find your Land.

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