Sunday, April 27, 2014

Aaradhana- A Prayer to Ramana Maharishi - A Tribute

A Tribute and Prayer to Sri Ramana Maharishi
Date: 27 April 2014

Awakened with an unending spiritual power
Direct path of self-enquiry and understanding
At the foothills of the Holy Arunachala Hills
Started an era of spiritual heart of the world

The real quest for truth and zeal to live
there is nothing to rule others or just themselves
greatest power is at the command of the man
penetrated to the utmost death of one's inner self

Mind is nothing but a bundle of thoughts
the thought of 'Who am I' subsidies this
As he said, I cannot go away, where can I?
When my thought and soul is here in the hills?

64 years after the great saint of south attained
his physical exit from this free thoughts world
We still remember his sayings and thoughts
for they guide us towards good respected deeds

In the vision of death, though all the senses were benumbed, the aham sphurana (Self-awareness) was clearly evident, and so I realised that it was that awareness that we call "I", and not the body. This Self-awareness never decays. It is unrelated to anything. It is Self-luminous. Even if this body is burnt, it will not be affected. Hence, I realised on that very day so clearly that that was "I"

The real feet of Bhagavan exist only in the heart of the devotee. To hold onto these feet incessantly is true happiness. You will be disappointed if you hold onto my physical feet because one day this physical body will disappear. The greatest worship is worshipping the Guru's feet that are within oneself

Today 27. 04. 2014 happens to be Ramana Maharshi's Aradhana Day. On this day, so many years ago, thousands of people all the way up to Mumbai saw a brilliant star with a luminescent tail paint the night sky, right at the moment he attained Maha Nirvana. Take a moment to prostrate before the greatest enlightened soul to have walked the Earth. It's really such a blessing!

The French photographer Cartier-Bresson was visiting Ramana's ashram as Ramana neared death. He noted the following astronomical event which appeared in the night sky over the sacred mountain Arunachala as Ramana died:

I saw a shooting star with a luminous tail unlike any I had ever seen before moving slowly across the sky and reaching the top of Arunachala, the mountain, disappearing behind it. We immediately looked at our watches. It was 8:47. We raced to the ashram only to find that the master had passed in to Mahanirvana at that exact minute. Nor was this experience only documented by a select few … All the English and Tamil papers which arrived this morning from Madras referred to the meteor which had been seen in the sky over the entire state of Madras at 8:47 on the night of April 14 by a large number of people in different places. These eyewitnesses had been struck by its peculiar look and behavior

Om Shanthi Om!

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