Thursday, February 21, 2019

Sairam. 🙏😌🌺
*Siddhas-Sufis-Zen Masters*

( _The 'breakfast seva' label is changed to the more appropriate one as above_) 

Without compromising our scientific temper continuing our Higgs boson experiments on God particles, pursuits in Space Science to land an Indian on moon and getting hyper on Artificial intelligence driven gadgets, it is still worth to learn in between about our inherited rich heritage and read about the mystical Spiritual Masters in all religions who guided humanity with amazing Wisdom. 
Yes. Scientific temper can go with Spiritual pursuits. This is the message we need to drive hard into this modern world. Else it will result in using technology to annihilate those who don't agree with us- phulwamas - another holocaust. 

As we posted here earlier about 10 Zen bulls and the last being the marketplace,  each religion has such Masters in market place who transcended conventional practices and guided humanity. They are realised souls non conforming to the conventions as such. A Siddha never bothers about Puja Paat. A Sufi saint never strictly adheres to the norms of a religion. A Zen Master is vastly different from a traditional Buddhist. These are liberated ones in Marketplace depicted by the tenth Zen bull. 

Many must be wondering why I go to Arunachala of South (Tiruvannamalai) so often. And do Giri Pradhikshina. (Pheri of the hill). Apart from being the abode of many Siddhas, the hill itself is a Guru. And those who live within a radius of 3 Yojanas (24 kms) remain initiated by the Lord Arunachala Himself. No need for dheeksha (initiation)  by another Guru. That's how the master of all Siddhas,  Ramana Maharishi didn't get specially initiated by any Guru for Sanyas Dheeksha. There is a mention of this in _Arunachala Mahathmayam_. Though I read about it long ago, I couldn't lay my hands on any authentic source again. Till yesterday when Ramana Himself blessed. To get access to the authentic source during our Timepass Research. 

It happened in the year 1926. Now hear from Ramana Maharishis own words. How He was prompted by many to get initiated by a Guru and He kept avoiding till Lord Arunachala Himself sent the Scripture showing no need for Dheeksha for the one who lives within 3 _yojanas_ (24 kms) of the Arunachala hill. Now over to Ramana Maharishi... (The source is given at the bottom)  
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A devotee who had heard about the meetings of the head of the Sivaganga Mutt and the discussions about Narasimha Bharathi asked Bhagavan Ramana , ‘It seems a long time ago someone from the Sringeri Mutt requested Bhagavan to accept diksha [formal initiation].’

Bhagavan Ramana : ‘Yes. That is so. That was during the early days of my stay at the Virupaksha cave. A Sastri residing in the Sringeri Mutt came to see me one morning. He saw me, spoke to me for a long time, and before going to the town for meals, drew near me and with folded arms and great respect said, ‘Swami! I have a request to make. Please hear me.’

When I asked him what it was, he said, ‘Swami, as you are born a brahmin, should you not take sannyasa in the regular way? It is an ancient practice. You know all that. What is there for me to tell you? I am anxious to include you in the line of our Gurus. Hence, if you give me the permission, I will come here with all the requisite articles from my Mutt and give you the initiation. If you do not care to wear the full ochre-coloured robes [akhanda kashayam], I respectfully submit that it is enough if your loin cloth at least is of ochre colour. You may think over this well and give me a reply. I am going down the hill to take my meals and will come back by 3 p.m. All the members of our Mutt have heard of your greatness and I have come here to see you at their request. Please do this favour.’

‘A little while after he left, an old brahmin came there with a bundle. His face appeared familiar. It could be seen .from the outside of the bundle that there were some books in it. As soon as he came, he placed the bundle opposite to me and like an old acquaintance said, ‘Swami, I have just come. I have not had a bath. There is no one to look after this bundle. I am therefore leaving it with you.’

So saying he left the place. As soon as he went away, why, I do not know, but I felt like opening that bundle and seeing the books. As soon as I opened it, I saw a Sanskrit book in nagari characters with the title ‘Arunachala Mahatmyam’. I did not know before that the Arunachala Mahatmyam is in Sanskrit also. I was therefore surprised and as I opened the book I found the sloka describing the greatness of this place in the words of Iswara:

‘By my ordinance I, Lord Siva, truly bestow my Sayujya [the state of non-dual union with me], which is devoid of attachment, upon those who reside in this holy place [sthala], which extends for three yojanas [around this Hill], even without their receiving initiation and so on, which remove defects.’

‘As soon as I saw that sloka, I felt I could give a fitting reply to that Sastri by quoting that sloka and so hastily copied it out, for the brahmin might come back at any moment, and then tied up the bundle as before after replacing the book. Contd... 

( Note : _From another source I came to know that the book just vanished after Maharishi came back after a while and the brahmin who brought never returned suggesting that it must be only Lord Arunachala_ ) 

Contd..
..I showed this sloka to the Sastri as soon as he came in the evening. As he was a learned man, he did not say anything further but with great reverence and trepidity saluted me, went away and, it seems, reported everything to Narasimha Bharathi. Narasimha Bharathi felt very sorry for what his disciples had done, and told them to stop all further efforts in that direction. I subsequently translated that sloka and wrote it in a verse in Tamil, ‘Yojanai Munra Mittala Vasarku’. It has now been added at the beginning of the five verses in praise of Arunachala [Arunachala Sthuthi Panchakam]. In the same way, many people tried to convert me to their path. So long as it was mere talk, I used to say, ‘Yes, yes,’ but never agreed to take any initiation. I always used to find some ruse to escape.’ 
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Source : Letters from Sri Ramanasramam, 13th January, 1949
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Sairam 😊🙏🌺
Chandrasheka

Friday, March 31, 2017

'Sairam. Suprabhath.🙏😌
Sat Apr 1, 2017

So much is spoken and written about Love. Love is God they say. But despite all the Love campaigns , it's practice seems tobe diminishing. Proof of pudding is....

What went wrong. We get to see huge 'Love deficit' all around. All seem to be directly or indirectly in a collision course. In every encounter of a human with another it shows.At home. On the road. Everywhere.
Watch the horror show of road rage triggered by just a vehicle scraping thru another in a bumper to bumper traffic. Hell breaks loose. Love deficit. By the same folks who mouth in schools, Satsanghs, public discourses...'Love is God'.
The most misunderstood concept in human history. Raised to a pedestal and made inaccessible. Such Love is too sacrosanct to be practiced in day to day life on streets, they feel. But really not so.

Love is all encompassing. No discrimination. It's even species agnostic. One can love a butterfly and in the same breath be compassionate to a drug addict . One can even go far beyond n do a Jesus stuff when others hurt and plead "Oh God. Forgive them. They know not what they are doing" .

Love kicks in the moment the 'other' is perceived as 'ours'. If not others, atleast start with 'Love thyself'. Which many seem to overdo anyway.. Now expand 'thyself' to include near n dear and then the world around. Become big, fat, _mottu_ 'Thyself'.  Like the obese Yankees, with an unfinished coke still in hand, wondering what the hell this Ramdev Baba is up to. Keep expanding.

From a private bath tub, turn a community well. The sky sends water from up, thru rains. The earth sends water from down thru springs. The Well only holds the Godsent water till drawn by the public. Leaving the Well intact. _Kya deal hai? Kudh ka kuch nahi Gaya. Sauda God ka aur Gaon ka._ 'Well' will do well just by sharing it's space by 'loving' all. Become that 'community well'. Grow out of the thankless elites' private bath tubs. Just change in perception can free download, tons of 'Love' into the 'system'.

Love is not obtained by training. By Market Gurus. It just springs from inside,naturally, if the factory settings fixed by God are restored. To original self. By plain understanding thru contemplation.

Love is not a state reached only after becoming totally egoless. Then it's a tough call. May never come in this birth. The stickiness and shelf life of our ego seem lifelong. In the interim, install the free basic version of 'Love'. Its just accomodating others ego as much as possible. Despite our ego getting jostled a bit. Atlesst we are Loving till then. Then expand the limits.To accomodate more.... the _Janta_ in neighbourhood. Then the town. State. Country. World . All species.
Now when the bloated  'self' takes a selfie, boy, the whole world shows. As seen by Yashoda maiyya in the mouth of little Kanhaiya.

Time to taste that Love. The Masters call 'Love all. Serve all' is still in 'To do List' of many. Even the next Avatar is due. But our homework by previous Avatar is still unfinished. Begin somewhere, the conscience screams.
Spirituality helps. How?

Yes. You guessed it right.

*Pray. Chant. Meditate*
See your notion of 'self' changing slowly.
Watch it expanding, accommodating 'others' unconditionally.
Now , find only 'Love' and 'self' interacting. No 'others'.

Then rest like the silent 'Ramana' watching own self playing out, enthralling all the time.
Cool na.

'Sairam 🙏😊
Chandrashekar
ChemburDust

Monday, January 19, 2015

Welcome to the World of ChemburDust...

Sairam . Welcome to ChemburDust. Blogsite of a few Sai devotees of Chembur Samithi. In this site you can read about our Seva experience in the links below this introductory note.

-We serve poor cancer patients, who, after spending all they had on treatment, ultimately land in footpath opp Tata Memorial Hospital Parel,Mumbai, Dharamshala in Ghatkopar etc.,

-We help reunite with Parents, the kids running away from home or lost in Mumbai .
-Serve the abandoned old in Old age home by attending to their needs. Every 2nd Sunday of the month

-Get the slum youth and unleash their power constructively - Be with them during SSC overnight study in a Garden calling them as "Midnight Scholars" and teach them Personality dev, English speaking("Bol Bindaas") and Computer Basics every Sunday 5-7 pm.

-Serve tribals in a remote village adopted by Chembur Samithi and so on....

Anyone can participate in these Seva activities onsite or offsite models well structured and tested.  The objective is to make effective 'Seva' delivery in the last mile till it reaches the beneficiaries.

Our first lesson learnt - A few committed individuals with very little means can do effective Seva to the poor and sick in and around their own place. If a dash of Spirituality is added, then it becomes blissful for both the ones who do Seva and the beneficiaries at once.

Discover the Joy of Loving and Serving.....Get inspired by our Divine Master

Come..A whole new world of bliss is waiting tobe discovered....

R.Chandrashekar
'Somebody' trying to become 'Nobody' through Spiritual Sadhana..



Thursday, March 10, 2011

Novel Cricket tournament on 6th Mar 2011 with Spiritual commentary amidst running cricket commentary

"Sri Sathya Sai Manav Mulya Ekta Cup"

A novel Cricket tournament was held in Palasdhari on 6th Mar 2011 - "Sri Sathya Sai Manav Mulya Ekta Cup" wherein there was a running commentary on cricket alongwith running commentary with moral and spiritual messages of Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

View the interesting combo commentary on Cricket and Spirituality

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sairam. Watch the inauguration of the first Village -Shrigiri Washim in Maharashtr being digitally connected with Dharmakshetra

By Divine Grace the first Village in India by Sri Sathya Sai Organisation tobe Digitally connected with Video conferencing facility for Tele medicine, Tele education and host of other interactive services is being inaugurated today at 10.30 am. 26 Jan 2011 .You can watch it live in the window below:


Thursday, March 18, 2010

An Amazing video on all about Meditation done with Professional Finesse

Meditation....Part I  .... The videos temporarily blocked. this is a hyperlink to Vimeo .posted as


Spirituális Valóság 1. rész from Sairamark on Vimeo.

Meditation Part II


Spirituális Valóság 2. rész from Sairamark on Vimeo.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Listen to Radio Sai,Bhajans&discourses 24 hrs by double clicking on this link below and after that click on "Listen" on the page opening after that..

Cilck on this ........Listen to Radio Sai 24 hrs

Click on this .... Listen to Sai Bhajans 24 hrs


Click on this ....Listen to Sri Sathya Sai Baba discourses 24 hrs


Click on this ..... to see - Sai TV -24 hour TV channel

ChemburDust thankfully acknowledges and provides Credits to the authors of the above hyperlinks Radio Sai and WorldTV as would be appearing on opening the links.

Click on the following titles to read the full Seva story...


















Himalayan Trip by Overnight Meditators


On the bank of Ganges in Himalayas


Team Meditating in River Yamuna near Yamunotri

A group of 22 Sai devotees do Overnight Meditation every Friday in Chembur Mumbai. They decided to go to Himalayas and do Meditation over there. They had thrilling experience of seeing a landslide 'live' and also meditated right on the banks of River Ganges and Yamuna. Brought stones from the rivers naming them as Ganga Lingeshwar and Yamuna Lingeshwar which they would bring every Friday for the overnight meditation and do Abhishek before starting the Overnight Meditation.
The entire spiritual expedition in Himalayas is brought out in the form of a book shortly. In the meantime, the pilgrim-Meditators are sharing their experience with the blog readers. The piece below is from one of the team that visited Himalayas- Dr.Vasantha Nair MD
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THE TRIP TO THE HIMALAYAS-THE ESSENCE ! Dr. Vasantha Nair

Our trip to Rishikesh started with fervor, anticipation and excitement. I had covered a major portion of the Himalayan tour in 2003 and now, I had been invited to sit on her lap yet again-a thing I had not imagined in my wildest dreams. As is held about other pilgrimage sites, I believe that no one can go to the Himalayas unless specifically called.

During winter, the snow capped Himalayas reverberate in magnificence, splendor and in essence the range is grandly divine. However , during the summer months, as the snow melts it lends its’ glory and beauty to the tracks of the Ganges as it gurgles its’, way to meander into the plains. As the Ganges is held with great reverence and piety, and worshipped as Divine Mother, I had tuned my being to venerate Her and worship Her remembering the adage-‘yad bhavam-tad bhavati [as one thinks –so one becomes]

MEDITATION

The main focus of the trip as had been stated was the overnight meditation at Rishikesh.

Without transgressing its’ importance, I was keenly aware that every moment in the Himalayan range is meditation itself as we take in the divine vibrations pervading all around into our very being; through the pores of our skin, thru the air we breathe, thru our sight ,thru the kiss of the wind that envelops us and thru the silence and stillness that blankets the entire region. !!!

* During the meditation at Rishikesh I sensed peace, peace and yet more peace. The only thoughts that interrupted me time again were those of the Ganges especially the stotras written by Adi Shankaracharya. However this was not all.

* The sight of the Himalayan ranges with its’ bountiful waterfalls, luscious greenery, the Ganges with its’ undulating waves was meditation .

* I got many a chance to do active meditation when I had to go down or climb up tiny stony slopes with a hundred percent concentration so that I do not become a casualty nor spoil the pilgrimage for the rest.

* However, the highlight of the meditation experience for me was on the banks of the Yamuna. It was barely for 30 minutes. I experienced the pranava sound pervading everywhere. Since ‘cosmos ‘is a big word , I will describe that it enveloped the vast expanse of the sky above, the intervening space to include the waters of the Yamuna. Had we sat longer, may be I would have heard it within too. How did I experience this? I blocked the mind to the sound of the waves that were softly lashing by. All that was left was-AUM!!! I have heard accounts that this is experienced at Kailas. I was elated beyond measure for being gifted this profound experience on the banks of the river Yamuna itself!!!

YAMUNOTRI

In the tour of 2003 Yamunotri had been left out. Some mentioned that Yamunotri was tough to reach; others added that one should not even attempt it- so tough the route. This time , it was part of the trip. Most in the group used the palanquin due to the steep terrain. Not that it was all comfort as there was a continuous jerk transmitted by the four who carried the person. However it was the least risky and possible option for senior citizens. The rain gods poured their blessings on us continuously. Despite all the paraphernalia such as the raincoat, plastic sheet over the body with shoes tucked inside the sheet, we got wet from top to toe; chill filled our being; we remained wet till we reached the hotel-a good 7-8 hrs later; yet we were all fit and fine the next day-ready for the next day’s meditation and sport in the waters of the Yamuna!

Going back to Yamunotri- I heard from accounts that the Yamunotri temple is small! Given the veneration that is conferred on the Ganges and Gangotri,, Yamunotri seemed to have a second place. Quite contrarily, I must say that every bit of Yamunotri, filled me with a sense of its’ sacredness . Though I was wet to my bones, peace filled my being! Joy , and a dumb silence raced within despite the wet floors, the noises of people around, and the general commotion that is a part of such places.

I reached the Sanctum Sanctorum to set eyes on the Goddess and what did I see? Emanating from the idol –for a few seconds -I saw light!!! It can be compared to the experience of lightening. After this, I kept looking at the idol to experience more of it. Though I saw no more light, I could see and experience divine energy radiating from Her. This energy could be seen for 2-3 feet around her after which it merged with the rest of the atmosphere. I could not note the beauty of the idol .I experienced her POWER and DIVINITY.

So much for what thrilled me in this tour.

What touched me and made the tour worthwhile:

* The care and support and attitude of service that pulsated within the whole group given to us by our VERY OWN SWAMI!!!

* The discipline that was present all through-ingrained into us by our VERY OWN SWAMI.

* The love that pervaded between everyone-infused into us by our VERY OWN SWAMI. Everyone was joyous and happy all the time.

WITH PRANAMS AT HIS LOTUS FEET.

-- Dr.Vasantha Nair