Sunday, June 24, 2012

Thiruvannamalai Sri Ramanashramam

குறள் 364: (Source)
தூய்மை என்பது அவாவின்மை மற்றது
வாய்மை வேண்ட வரும்.
Purity (of mind) consists in freedom from desire; and that (freedom from desire) is the fruit of the love of truth.
Flowery creepers all around the ashram
It was a charming girl Usha who first took me for Thiruvannamalai girivalam in 2005 and in 2009, it was my OBHR professor who suggested i could mail Sri Ramanasramam and spend a day or two. So that is where it all started and every year, I pray, i should spend few days with Maharishi. This time, mom came with me. Mom saw his painting in the temple and said that her dad looked like Maharishi. This is one the few places, where you can expect the unexpected, be it persons or events.

Peacocks flitting everywhere...
Charming, peaceful place to sit and meditate, with peacocks walking around, colourful flowers including nagalingams, veda recitation, bhajans and pooja, devamritham served thrice a day ultra punctually. It is an ocean of warmth, bliss and tranquility.

On the way to Skandashram
Unlike earlier visits, for the first time, this June, we saw the Pathala Shiva in Thiruvannamalai well lit and cleaned with Maharishi's serene photo.

Virupaksha Cave
We reached Virupaksha cave after climbing down from Skandashram. It is an eerie mixture of calmness interspersed with vehicle sounds far away. One can sense some kind of silent sound out here echoing Maharshi's subtle presence. We spent some time, sitting in prayer, reading books about Maharshi written by his devotees.

The Silent Teacher

The state we call realization is simply being oneself, not knowing anything or becoming anything. If one has realized, he is that which alone is, and which alone has always been. He cannot describe that state. He can only be That. Of course, we loosely talk of Self-realization for want of a better term.

That which is, is peace. All that we need do is to keep quiet. Peace is our real nature. We spoil it. What is required is that we cease to spoil it.
- Bhagawan Sri Ramana Maharshi

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