Sri Ramanashram

  • Mahapuja in Sri Ramanashram

    The anniversary of the mahasamadhi day of  Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi’s mother is celebrated as Mahapuja inside the Mathrabhuteswara shrine in Ramanashram where her mortal remains were interred.

    Bhagavan said, “mother said she would not leave me and go anywhere else. If she went anywhere she was afraid that she might die there. She was particular that she should die in my hands. She used to say, “even if you throw away my dead body in these thorny bushes i would not mind but i must end this life in your arms”.

    In 1922 mother’s health broke down. On the festival of Bahula Navami, which fell that year on May 19th, it was obvious her end was near. After his usual morning walk Bhagavan entered mother’s room and waited on her the whole day, even taking his afternoon meal in the room. About sunset the evening meal was prepared and Bhagavan asked the others to eat, but he himself did not. In the evening the devotees sat beside mother in 3 separate groups singing the marital garland of letters. For a further 2 hours she lay there, her chest heaving and her breath coming in loud gasps; all this while Bhagavan sat beside her, and during the last hour he laid his right hand on her heart and his left on her head. There was no question of prolonging life but only of quieting the mind so that death could be Mahasamadhi, absorption in the Self. Later Bhagavan explained, “innate tendencies (vasanas) and the subtle memory of past experiences leading to future possibilities became very active. Scene after scene rolled before her in the subtle consciousness, the outer senses having already gone. The soul was passing through a series of experiences, thus avoiding the need for rebirth and so effecting union with Supreme Spirit. The prana was absorbed in the

    heart and the soul was at last disrobed of the subtle sheaths before it reached the final destination, the Supreme Peace of Liberation from which there is no return to ignorance”.
    This year the Ramansahram celebrated Mahapuja on Sunday, 6th June. On Saturday evening, devotees enjoyed a Bharathnatyam recital by Vaishnavi Poorna, depicting various spiritual incidents in the life of the mother connected to her Son.

    On Sunday morning, the grand Ekadasa Rudram puja-abhishekam was performed in the mother’s shrine with great splendour. The same evening, students of the Ramana Maharshi centre for learning in Bangalore presented a group dance event titled “Adhuvey Sthalam” portraying the life of Alagammal, the mother of Ramana.

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  • Bhagavan’s Aradhana

    The 60th anniversary of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi’s Maha Nirvana was honoured in Ramanashram on Tuesday 11th May. Every year this day is celebrated as the Aradhana festival with great devotion and respect.

    Sri Ramana attained Maha Nirvana on April 14th 1950 and devotees may wonder why Aradhana is being celebrated in May. This is because, religious and spiritual anniversaries are usually observed according to the astrological constellation and so the day of commemoration may vary from year to year in lieu of the appearance of the constellation.  The Tamil calendar has a cycle of 60 years with a name for each year. The present year is called “Vikruthi” and 60 years ago, it was in this same year of Vikruthi in which Sri Ramana left his mortal frame and attained Samadhi.

    This year, in the Ashram,  the usual Aradhana programme was observed. The morning began with special chanting of Ramana sthuthi panchagam and Aksharamana malai after which the Brahmin priests commenced the Rudra japam in preparation for the grand Ekadasa Mahanyasa Rudra abhishekam in the shrine of Ramana’s samadhi which was the main event of the day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner were served to one and all and devotees partook happily at all the meals.

    In the evening there was a vocal music concert rendered by Smt.Ambika, a singer from Bangalore, hailing from a family of Ramana devotees. She sang songs in praise of Ramana in Tamil, Telugu and Sanskrit, many of them being compositions of present day devotees.

    May the Divine Grace of Ramana be showered over the whole world on this Aradhana !!!

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  • Sri Chakra puja

    The Sri Chakra puja is performed in Ramanashram inside the Matrabhuteswara shrine every Friday, every full moon and on the first day of every tamil month. Sri Chakra puja or Yantra puja is worship of the deity in a diagrammatic form. The worship of the divine mother, Devi in this form is the highest form of Devi worship. The Bindu in the centre of the Sri chakra represents the cosmic spiritual union of Shiva and Shakthi. By worshipping Devi in Sri Chakra, one is worshipping the highest ultimate force in the tantric form.

    The presiding deity of the Sri Chakra is Lalita Tripura Sundari, the sovereign of the 3 realms in all areas i.e. of the 3 gunas – Rajas, Tamas and Sattva, of the 3 lights – Sun, Moon and Fire, the 3 energies – Icchai (Will), Jnana (Knowledge) and Kriya (Action), of the 3 states – Jagrat (waking), Swapna (dreaming) and Sushupti (deep sleep) etc. She is also the ruler of the zodiac, the planets and of Time itself. It is hard to say what She is not.

    The 9 avaranas of the Sri Chakra have various presiding Devis. They are the Devis Parivar (retinue) and they number totally 108. During the Sri Chakra puja they are systematically worshipped one by one with their names and mantras. This is known as Navaavarana puja. Lalitha Sahasranamam, Durga namavali, Durga ashtothram are all chanted during the puja.

    In Ramanashram, experienced Brahmin priests well-versed in the vedic tradition perform the Sri chakra puja to the Sri Chakra Mehru in the sanctum santorum of the Mother’s shrine (which was installed by Sri Ramana Maharshi himself) with great devotion and spiritual energy. The ceremony begins around sunset and lasts for a span of nearly three hours at the end of which Prasad is distributed to all present. Devotees feel greatly energized by this puja due to the intense Shakthi which arises from the Mother and look forward to it every week!

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  • From ‘Talks with Ramana Maharshi’

    Talk 542.

    ‘A’ asked: I often desire to live in solitude where I can find all I want with ease, so that I may devote all my time to meditation only. Is such a desire good or bad?

    M.: Such thoughts will bestow a janma (reincarnation) for their fulfillment. What does it matter where and how you are placed? The essential point is that the mind must always remain in its source. There is nothing external which is not also internal. The mind is all. If the mind is active even solitude becomes like a market place. There is no use closing your eyes. Close the mental eye and all will be right. The world is not external to you. The good persons will not care to make plans previous to their actions. Why so? For God who has sent us into the world has His own plan and that will certainly work itself out.

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  • Sri Vidya Havan in Ramanashram

    This year, Sri Vidya Havan was celebrated in Ramanashram with great pomp and splendour. The Sri Chakra inside the Mathra Bhutheswara temple which was installed and consecrated by Sri Bhagavan himself is thus re-energised. During the Havan, Saraswathi the goddess of knowledge is invoked and worshipped with rituals and chanting according to ancient vedic doctrines. Towards the culmination, Silk saris, gold ornaments, money, coconuts and lotus flowers are offered into the sacrificial fire.
    The fires of the homam then leap up with greater vigour and one can almost see the divine mother dancing out of the flames and blessing all the devotees with her power. There is a tremendous wave of energy which arises around and one is well rewarded for having braved the summer heat and partaken in this hot and firey event. The many kalasams of holy water which are consecrated during the homam are then taken into the shrine through an elaborate procession and later abhishekam is performed on the Sri Chakra and the deities inside the sanctum sanctorum with these waters.

    You can play the video clip below to see a short excerpt from the Havan.  All the photos are displayed  here at Arunachala-live photo gallery

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  • Tamil Parayana

    The Tamil parayanam has been an inspiring daily event in the ashram of Sri Ramana Maharshi as far back as the Skandashram days (1916-22). The Maharshi would invariably stop all activity, sit erect and remain inwardly absorbed during the recitations. The repertoire consists of the Maharshi’s works, ancient advaitic texts and on Saturday is sung the Ramana Sthuthi panchakam, the compositions of the mysterious devotee-poet Sri Satyamangalam Venkatramiar.

    Today, the Tamil parayanam continues to thrill hundreds of devotees from India and abroad. It is sung six days of the week, Monday to Saturday, at 6:30 in the evening and is often heralded by the trumpeting cries of the peacocks who at times seem to be enthusiastically joining in the chorus.

    A devotee feels that it instills a sense of spiritual discipline, to be seated daily on the floor in the Samadhi hall for three quarters of an hour and sing untiringly the different spiritual compositions and verses in praise of Ramana and Arunachala. One is gently rocked in the wave of grace which appears to rise with the chanting and while the lips sing the melodious lyrics, the mind is quietened and purified, preparing one to enter into deep meditation later on.

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