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The Story of Lila

An elderly gentleman, formerly a co-worker with B. V. Narasimhaswami and author of some Visishtadvaita work, visited the place for the first time. He asked about rebirths, if it is possible for the linga sarira (subtle body) to get dissolved and be reborn two years after death. Read the article »

Zen Stories

Two monks, one older, one young, came to a muddy ford where a pretty girl was waiting to cross. The elder picked her up and carried her over the water. As they went along, the younger, horrified at the act of his brother monk in touching a woman, kept on commenting upon it, until at last the elder exclaimed: “What! Are you still carrying that girl? I put her down as soon as we crossed the water!” Read the article »

An Incarnate Abbot Explains

Asked about reincarnation, Sri Bhagavan remarked, “See how a tree grows again when its branches are cut off. So long as the life source is not destroyed it will grow. Similarly, latent potentialities withdraw into the heart at death but do not perish. That is how beings are reborn.” Read the article »

An Angry Prayer – Jean Butler

I cried, “What are you doing? Why don’t you at least help the poor and sick who can do nothing to help themselves and who have nothing?” I cried and cursed all the way up the long hill to my house, hating the world, hating God, hating the unspeakable injustice of life. All night, even in my sleep I alternated prayers with curses and invectives and blind anger. Day and night for a week I had no peace. I directed my thoughts repeatedly to the sick boy, saying to him, “God made you in His image and likeness. God is perfect, without flaw or sickness. Be you therefore perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect. Read the article »

The Miraculous And Supernatural – Marie B.Byles

The supernormal happening depends upon the natural talent of the individual who performs it. It is not of any importance. The only thing that matters is whether it springs from love and compassion which alone can draw us above the pairs of opposites. To read of those who performed no miracles, but who did achieve this love and compassion is far more likely to be helpful and inspiring to ordinary people like ourselves. Read the article »

Uniqueness Of Bhagavan – Dr. T.M.P.Mahadevan

Bhagavan was unique. He was unique in that he was not unique. What struck even a casual visitor to the Ashrama was Bhagavan’s naturalness. He did not impress any one as if he were non-natural, even supra-natural Read the article »

There Is Nothing, Be! – Major A. W. Chadwick (Sadhu Arunachala)

Sri Bhagavan tells us just one other thing. He says: “Be. Just be your real Self, that’s all.” “Certainly, it sounds all right,” you say, “but when one tries to do it, it does not seem so easy. Has he no method?” Read the article »

The Eternal Now – Major A.W. Chadwick (Sadhu Arunachala)

“The ego rising all else will arise.
On it subsiding, all will disappear.” Read the article »

Sri Ramana: A Pure Channel For A Higher Power – Paul Brunton

Again and again he gave us this teaching, that the real Maharshi was not the body which people saw; it was the inner being. Those who never made the journey to India during his life time may take comfort in this thought that it is possible to invoke his presence wherever they are, and to feel its reality in the heart. Read the article »

Bhagavan Sri Ramana, The Light Divine – Dr.T.M.P.Mahadevan

Bhagavan found its location on the right side of the chest. It is not the physical heart which is on the left side, it is the spiritual heart. Not that it is there physically. The surgeon’s knife cannot exhibit it. It is the spiritual heart which Bhagavan Ramana located on the right side of the chest, so that we may meditate on it and gain progress in the path of jnana. How should one enquire? Bhagavan has given us a wondrous method. It is the simple enquiry of ‘Who am I?’ Bhagavan Ramana held that the word ‘Aham’, is the most sacred of all mantras, more sacred even than the Pranava itself. It is more efficacious than all the mantras. This again is a true discovery of Bhagavan. It is true that the Pranava is the sound-symbol of Brahman. But what is easier to understand is ‘Aham’ (I). You may deny everything else but you cannot deny the Self. Read the article »