One Hundred and Twenty Five Years of Grace: Sri Ramana Maharshi Jayanti

Item Code: IDI997
Publisher: Sri Ramanasramam, Tamil Nadu
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 818288022X
Pages: 128 (Black & White Illus: 25)
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.5" X 7.0"
Weight 330 gm
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Publisher's Note

For devotees of Lord Siva, Ardra Darshan is ever auspicious. Scriptures say to have Darshan of the lord on this day is to attain liberation. But Ardra Darshan December 30th, 1879 was auspicious for another reason. That night in a modest village in South India, just when the temple deity was re-entering the temple and devotees, exhilarated after the night procession, were departing for their homes, a unique soul took birth. "A son, a son" cried a voice from the delivery room. Hearing it, Sundaram Iyer, the child's father, rejoiced and began offering gifts to well-wishers, friends and family members. Shortly thereafter, he chose to name his son after the family deity and so called him Venkataraman. But not so many years later this youngster would become known throughout the world as Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Three decades after this, in 1912, devotees were busy planning the first Jayanti celebration. Sri Bhagavan, true to his teachings, inquired into their reasons for celebrating a soul's entry into samsara, likening it to "decorating a corpse". He went on to say:

To seek one's Self and merge in the Self - that is wisdom. You that wish to celebrate a birthday, seek first when was your birth. That indeed is one's birthday, when one enters that which transcends birth and death.

Ever established in the Self, to celebrate or not to celebrate was all the same for Bhagavan. However, he indulged his devotees' wishes to commemorate this first Jayanti. No doubt acknowledging their sincerity and selflessness, Bhagavan saw that this was a way for devotees to express their love and devotion as well as strengthen within themselves what they had learned because of hi,. From their perspective it was an honour as well as a duty to celebrate his birthday.

For nearly a century now devotees have celebrated Bhagavan Ramana's Jayanti. Pilgrims from all over India and the world have come to Sri Ramanasramam to imbibe Sri Bhagavan's wisdom and grace and in recent years their number has grown dramatically. In this 125th Jayanti year with its Jnana Ratha Yatra tens of thousands are able to listen to Bhagavan Ramana's teachings for the first time. Books on or about Bhagavan are being translated into languages around the world as are videos of Bhagavan's life and audio recordings of verses Bhagavan wrote. There appears to be an emergent receptivity within the global collective for the wisdom and insight that Sri Bhagavan began bequeathing to the world - perhaps ahead of his time - one hundred years ago. This year 2004 allows us to celebrate in a new way the life of this great soul.

In commemoration of the one hundred and twenty five years since the momentous event of December 30th, 1879, the present souvenir collection is respectfully offered. In humility it is hoped that this compilation might contribute to the cause of making Sri Bhagavan's teachings available to greater number. If any credit is due, let it be directed to those who laboured at the compositions presented here.

The Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi 125th Birth Anniversary Celebrations Committee would like to express their gratitutde to those whose financial assistance made possible not only the preparation and publication of this volume but numerous other undertakings this year, e. g., the renovation of Pali tirtam, restoration of the ancient temples at Pavala Kundru and Pachaiamman, completion in Ramanathapuram of the shrine/library dedicated to the poet-devotee Sri Muruganar, as well as the Jnana Ratha Yatra, bringing Bhagavan's message to more than 100 cities and towns in South India. They would also like to thank to all those who donated precious time and energy to these and other projects.

In the world of fleeting forms, Bhagavan point to that which is not fleeting. How can one not take great comfort in this!

May this 125th Jayanti year bring Bhagavan's boundless blessings to devotees and seekers everywhere!




Publisher's note iii
Ramana leela Krishna bhikshu 1
Silence d. samarender reddy 5
Animals i: bhagavan nurses baby squirrels 6
Bhagavan as mystic poet prof. M. murugesan 7
An insight into bhagavan's teachings vijay vancheswar 17
Upadesa undiyar: a summary by muruganar ram mohan 21
Animals ii: tiny cheetahs 24
Sarvam Ramana mayam prof. R. rajmohan 25
Apart earth prateek 30
Animals iii: bhagavan and the pandal visitor 31
Ramana Maharshi: his life Gabriele ebert 33
Brahma jigjnasu & sadhana m. g. balu 37
A plea for instruction prakash keshaviah 44
Spiritual path m. v. sastry 49
Animals iv: bhagavan and the pup 56
Mahabharata: Karna & beeshma Ramesh menon 57
Janaka & astavakra: one Swami shantananda 62
Obituary of time swami Chidananda Varanasi 63
Language D. Samarender Reddy 65
Animals v: peacock and the serpent 66
Vasanas determine the Sadhak's destiny rolf skarnitzl 67
Janaka & astavakra: two swami shantananda 71
Animals vi: vigil of the crow on the stump 72
Who am I N. A. Mohan Rao 73
Mathrubhuteswara temple Sri K. K. Nambiar 75
Animals vii: valli the deer 83
The Advaita code I. S. Madugula 85
Who's who in silence & solitude? Ignatius jesudasan 87
Self-portrait nirguna 89
Padamalai muruganar 91
Animals viii: the golden mongoose 100
The sun within Kasthuri Bhaskara Rao 101
My life time ambition Pratheek 104
Maharshi Ramana: spiritual genius B. C. Mruthyunjaya 105
Animals ix: mother monkey comes for a blessing 112
Holy Arunachala Nandini bishop 113
Total surrender p. s. n. murthy 115
Animals x: peacock and the veena 120
In retrospect m. c. menon 121
Last rites 128

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