Friday, December 31, 2010

"An Epitome of love" - (By Vani)

Early in the morning, my mom wakes me up to get me ready to school earlier than usual, my little mind of 10 yrs wonders,Whats up with her today?? why is she hurrying me up?.

I asked her casually as a 10 yr old would," Mom what is it with you? why is it that you want me to get ready early today?".

Then my mom explains I have to visit one "Nannagaru" today so I better get you out my way.

I wonder "Nannagaru" means father in our language, did she mean my "Granddad" by any chance?

She replied, No he is a saint and brushed me off saying I wouldn't understand anymore..

Nevertheless I rushed off to school.I clearly remember it being a saturday and I came home earlier than usual and found my mom missing.

I asked my dad "Where is she?".

He replies to me that she is in swarajyam aunty's house as she was visiting the "Nannagaru".

Bang the word again.As a 10 yr child I was curious to see"the Granddad", who the person is?

I hopped off to the aunt's house which was nearby, playful as much a 10 year old would be.I entered the room which was full of people , absolute silence, all eyes on one person who is sitting on a chair,a warm posture ,a simpleton in white clothes, his eyes closed, his left hand cupped up in shape of an "Ashirwada" as blessing ,and I think is that "Nannagaru"?

He wasn't talking to anyone much, just looking around and looking into people's eyes.I was shocked to see some people who were silently crying with tears running down their cheeks.I was like why are they crying?I went and sat nearby his feet.

He looked at me and gave a smile,I returned it by smiling, I felt special.

His eyes wandered over the room , he spoke to few people mostly inquiring about their families,jobs and insisting are they happy?

His looks again wandering over the room came back to me.

He smiled again, a very warm and compassionate smile, an assuring smile, a smile which still is with me ,this very moment,after 18 years and guides me at all times.

All elders around me were saying words which were difficult to understand, words like "Moksham(Salvation), Atma(Soul) and on and on, but for one thing on that day, I found him just a simple old man who is "An Epitome of Love"

Thank you Vani for such a lovely experience. It is the same feeling that all devotees have when we first look at him. He is an incarnation of love itself.

Purity Brings Perfection

‎# Love and sacrifice are great, but even they reflect duality. We should go beyond them.

# My dear friends! Don’t think that you are wasting your time in listening to my words. The moments that you spent in listening to my words are the sweetest moments in your life.

‎# Sri Rama killed Ravana. Sri Krishna killed Kamsa. I am killing your time.

# If charity brings purity, purity brings perfection. Emotion is not devotion. Act but don’t react. Reaction increases your distance towards reality.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bhagawan's grace

# Do not think that you don’t have Bhagawan’s Grace; otherwise you wouldn’t listen to these words.

# Can we ever lighten the wet match sticks? We are like wet match sticks. Bhagawan is drying out our wet minds. Once they are dried completely, he will certainly lighten the lamp of Jnana in you.

# Even though all types of water are similar, only certain water is used for drinking. Similarly even though all people look alike be very careful in making friends.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

"Guru Bhyo Namaha" - (By Dr.Mithin)

After having met him in Arunachala nearly 6 to 7 months later I met him in a flat in SR Nagar.

I was waiting for him for a long time outside his room and a common friend called Vasundhara garu promised to introduce me to him. Many devotess during this few months time told me that whenever they mentioned my name to Nannagaru he told them "He is soulmate of mine. Our bond is not of this birth." I used to feel happy whenever I heard that. My arrogance, ego, and pride of being a young successful surgeon did not go though. I remembered a few times in the past few months that I had called him and spoke with him. He was very pleased with that.

One particular time when he came to the phone I said "Guru Bhyo Namaha ...salutaions to the Guru."

There was a pregnant pause from his side and he finally said in ecstasy "Mithin, I will come to your home one day."

Now as I remembered all those thoughts as I was sitting outside his flat I was also thinking of a great medical problem that my family member was facing. It was a life threatening complication and as a doctor I knew it could get worse. I had come to him to ask a miracle from him. I had realized my limitations.

I had prayed till then to all deities like Lord Venkateshwara, Durga and Sri Ramakrishna throughout my life.

For the first time in my life I was going to pray to a Living God to give me a boon.

I was ushered into his presence by Vasundhara garu.

He looked at me and said " You need not wait outside. You can barge into my room anytime. Our bond is such." I was amazed by his love.

I told him the reason why I came. Till then I had prayed to idols to fulfill my needs. For the first time in my life I was praying to a living deity to vouchsafe a miracle.

He folded his hands in concern and pointed at Ramana's photo.

"I will ask Him" he said " He does everything."

At that moment an unknown assurance came into my mind and I knew everything would be well. ( everything did turn out well as in the next few months I saw a medical miracle unfold in front of my eyes!)

I got up to go.

"I consider you as God," I told him.

He craned his neck and said "What did you say?"

"I know you as God. You and Sri Ramakrishna are the same." I said fervently.

He looked at me and smiled "Yes...protect that feeling of yours and cherish it diligently. That is enough."

A few months later I met him again on his birthday ( or guru poornima ) I dont remember.

He asked me about my family member's health.

"By your grace a miracle has unfolded in front of my eyes" I told him.

He looked on disinterestedly.

A few weeks later I got a call from him.

"I have pain in my knees" he said.

I was scared to prescribe a medicine for him.

I could treat human beings but how could I treat God?

I was at my wits end as I prescribed a medicine for him knowing very well that if the pain did not come down I would die of shame that I could not cure his pain!

Thankfully he let me know after a few days that his pain had come down.

It was then on one such occasion that I came to know that he was in Hyderabad and I went to meet him.

On the way I thought 'There are lot of elderly people around Sri Nannagaru. If I become more and more known to him then I would get more number of patients from amongst his devotees and then I could earn lots o money and fame.'

Congratulating myself for my cunningness to use the Guru's name to forward my materialistic success I happily climbed upto the flat where he was staying.

He was having his breakfast.

Surrounding him there were many elderly devotees.

I could see that one of them had an Xray with him. He looked like a man with a hip problem.

This could be a patient for surgery I thought excitedly!

I could make money out of this. My colleagues will be jealous to see me operate.

I will gain in name and fame.

I felt very happy.

I approached the Guru.

Sri Nannagaru was having his breakfast.

His attender told him that I had come.

It was as if Sri Nannagaru was expecting me.

He nodded slowly as he wiped his hands on the towel.

He looked down at the floor for a minute and then looked up and said "Ah Mithin!"

He looked at the devotees now and said suddenly "If anyone of you have an orthopaedic problem go and show it to Dr Mithin."

He looked at me and smiled knowingly.

I hung my head in shame in front of the Pure Being.

What a Great Guru I have and what silly things I desire I thought.

Since then whenever I see devotee of Sri Nannagaru I started to see them free of cost as a service to Guru.

He found out about this a few months later when Gopika told him.

"Dont see free of cost" he said.

"Tap the rich and pat the poor" he said and smiled.

Dr.Mithin Aachi is an orthopaedic surgeon by profession. He is a star-gazer, painter, and writer. He is an amalgamation of all kinds of arts and activities. He is a happy go lucky person, who just sees love in everything. From the very tender age, he had an quest to know the truth. He admires and worships Rama Krishna and believes Nannagaru is an avatar of Rama Krishna and worships him in this form. He is a simple person who is an embodiment of love.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Understand my words

# As your body needs food, your mind needs my words. If you digest the food that you intake your body becomes healthy. If you understand my words, your mind becomes healthy.

# If you understand my words, it’s not me who gains; it is you who will gain. My words will help you to know yourself. You will not get happiness in knowing me but you will definitely get happiness in knowing yourself.

# If you are told that a snake bites, you will definitely recollect these words when you look at a snake. Similarly you may not understand the importance of my words today but you will understand them on some day, in some or the other birth.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Purify your hearts

# If I cannot consider your sins as mine, I am not eligible to preach. Try to reform others instead of addressing others as sinners.

# My Dear Friends! Your intellect cannot grasp the spiritual help or progress that you receive from me.

# Whatever name you may take or whatever form you may worship, I always wish for your welfare wholeheartedly. It is only for this good quality that God has given me Jnana. You also try to purify your hearts. "Blessed are the ones who are pure at heart, for
they shall see God. They are consoled who cry for God", said Jesus.

# I don’t expect your money, prostrations and garlands, if you understand my words properly, that itself is the real honor to me.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

"My Connect with Nannagaru" - (By A.R.Roop Kumar)

I was 12 years old. It was through my grandfather that I heard of Sri Ramana Maharshi. He told me that he was fortunate to have met him at Tiruvannamalai. As per him, mostly Ramana Maharshi was a man of few words and very short tempered. He used to say that “God is within you, search for him within rather than look for him in the polluted outside world”. As per my grandfather, it seems that when Ramana Maharshi died people saw a shooting star, as it happens when very great souls leave this physical body. It was witnessed with Lord Krishna too. As per my grandfather, he also said among many rishis, only Sri Ramana was as addressed as Maharshi – a title only befitting him.

Years rolled by as I grew up, completed studies, got employed and married Shanthi who comes from a very religious background. Pooja phat gained prominence at home ever since.

We came to know about Sri Nanna Garu in the year 1998, through Mr K.V.K. Raju who was my colleague, friend and our neighbour. My wife started attending satsangs and Sri Nanna Garu lectures as and when he was in town. Since I was occupied with my work I could not accompany Shanthi, but she would come home and narrate his preaching of Ramana Maharshi. This was also the time when we were going through a lot of mental stress regarding my daughter’s preference of her marriage, for which we had our own reservations. Then, we were not matured enough to understand that only God’s will prevails, not ours.

One early morning during those days of turmoil, I went to meet Sri Nanna Garu in private, at Smt Lakshmi’s residence (Madhuranagar). I expected to meet someone with flowing hair, long orange robe and weathered beard. But he was a simple man who could have been my elder brother in a plain dhoti and banian with a towel flung across his shoulder.

My very first meeting with Sri Nanna Garu attracted me to him like iron ore to that of a magnet. His simplicity, calm face, gracious presence impressed me. As I sat at his feet he looked into my eyes and asked me if I was happy in life. I do not know how these great people can read one’s mind. Though that was my first meeting with him, I felt like sharing my feelings - about my daughter’s preference – with him. He listened to me without interrupting and in the end just closed his eyes for a while. He then looked into my eyes with a smile and said “ROOP, ANTHA BAGHA AVUTHUNDI” (Everything will be alright). I came out a relieved soul. Believe me, that within a week I agreed to perform my daughter’s marriage as per her choice. Today she is happy and so are we. It was a win-win situation for both. It was Sri Nanna Garu who convinced me to see the reality in life.

I do not know the connection but each time he sees me he calls me near to him and I am blessed by him.

Since then, every time I attend his lectures, it gives me a new HIGH that I have never felt before. Our visits to the Ramana Ashram at Tiruvannamalai have drawn us closer to Sri Ramana Maharshi.

We all pray God more as a routine and chant slokas and mantras that we learn from our parents and teachers. Mostly, we are confused between so many Gods we have, that we sail and drift in life like a rudderless boat. We may know that path but due to the darkness cannot navigate. This is where we need a guru, who like a rudder gives you direction in life and also sheds light in darkness for you to navigate the right path of life. In our case Sri Nanna Garu has done it for us. Let us make the best use of it.

Thank you Roop Kumar for sharing such a simple and profound experience. Guru brings or calls his devotees at his place at his will. His connections and ways are beyond our imagination.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bhagawad Gita

  1. In this world, we celebrate birthdays of people but not that of books. This fame only belongs to Gita. Even though this is a small book, it has got great reputation.
  2. Gita Jayanti implies the birthday of Bhagawad Gita. Gita has been orated and preached by God himself nearly 5000 years ago. “The one who preached Gita, the one who listened to Gita and the one who wrote Gita is Narayana himself” said Lord Krishna himself in Gita.
  3. Krishna preached the Gita to Arjuna just before the commencement of Mahabharata war in Kurukshetra which is located in Haryana now. Many people have questions like how can anyone preach in the battle field? Is it really possible to do so? Impossibility may exist for us but is there anything that is impossible for God? If there is anything that is impossible then how can he ever become God? One who is attached is ever bound. One who is bound has fear. But how can God be bound or have fear? If Krishna had any attachment for his nephew Abhimanyu, would he allow him to die? He (Krishna) has become God because he is unattached, and doesn’t have any bondage.
  4. Sri Madvacharya said - “It was initially Bharata only, but since it was encompassed of Bhagawad Gita it was renovated as Mahabharata”
  5. Mahatama Gandhi said - “Bhagawad Gita has filled up the emptiness of loss of my mother”
  6. Sri Sant Jnaneswar said - “The whole world can be converted to gold or all the salt water in the sea can be transformed into fresh water, but one can never understand the Bhagawad Gita, it is very difficult to understand”
  7. Piling up all the valuable diamonds in the world at one place, becomes Bhagawad Gita.
  8. Bhagawad Gita is the compilation of the goodness of all the good hearted people in this world.
  9. Tilak said – “Just as Hanuman somersaulted from one end of the sea to the other end of the sea to reach Lanka, even I jumped from the first chapter to the last chapter of the Gita, but I never understood the depth of it”
  10. Krishna said in the Gita, “Bhagawad Gita is his abode. In Gita, God exists in the form of Akshara (letters). Akshara implies that never perishes. It is a sin to separate God from Gita. They are never separate.
  11. Gita may contain that which doesn’t exist in the world, but which doesn’t exist in Gita cannot be found in the world.
  12. If you just read 18 chapters of the Gita you might get punya (fruit of virtuous deeds) but if you understand and practice the same, you will get Jnana.
  13. Our lives are being driven very fast by the great tides of ego, then how do we have place for the Gita in our hearts? That’s the reason we are unable to understand Gita. Is it not true that, only when we give our heart that the Gita gives heart?
  14. I take the courage in saying that Arjuna did not get Jnana just by listening to the Gita from Krishna. Arjuna implies a white man (with pure heart). Krishna said – “O Arjuna! You are anasuya (one who don’t know what jealous is) hence I am preaching you the Gita. Jealousy is the foremost bad quality amongst all of us. Arjuna mourned for the sake of the world (society) this made him Jnani, this Jnana took birth in his heart only. Arjuna’s Shoka (grief) became his yoga (path), but why does our shoka (grief) lead us to Roga (disease)? It is because Arjuna grieved for the society and we grieve only for our selfishness.
  15. My Dear Friends! Arjuna’s punya (fruit of virtuous deeds) is that God himself became his Guru.
  16. Lord said in the beginning of vibhuti yoga that I reside in the heart of all shining as the self. All the further sayings in vibhuti yoga are only for understanding the body minded people like us.
  17. Lord said in Gita – “Work but don’t expect any result.”, but he never said that – “I will not give you the fruit of your deeds”. God resides in the heart of those who work without any expectation. What is worth achievable than this in the world?
  18. The Lord said – “O Arjuna! None can overcome my maya. I am revealed only to them whom I select”. Why? This is because Maya is in the hands of God and we are in the clutches of Maya. Therefore Maya releases (shows the path) only to those who take refuge at the feet of God.
  19. My dear friends! When Krishna promised in the 9th chapter that – “Self-knowledge will reveal the self here and now “Why don’t you believe the same? Though God repeatedly says that –“Leaving all your duties surrender unto me/ I will cleanse you of all your sins and liberate you. “Why do we still not trust his words?
  20. We cannot get Jnana until we have a collaboration of God’s Grace, Gurus Grace, Shastras (spiritual science) grace and the time.
  21. In Gita the Lord preached –
    • “Karma Yoga to those who always want to work”,
    • “Bhakti Yoga to those who get emotional very easily,”
    • “Jnana yoga to those who always try to find reason behind everything”
    The goal of all these yoga’s (practices) is to “know thyself” as preached by Bhagawan Ramana.
  22. Lord says Kama (lust), Krodha (anger) and Lobha (misery) are the three big gates to enter into hell.
  23. In Gita Lord said – “It is only the Jnani who obtains my swarupa. There is nothing in this world that equals the Jnana. All the people are nothing but puppets in my hands”
  24. In Gita God has narrated all the qualities of a Stitah Prajna (one who maintains equanimity in all conditions) and all the divine qualities (Daivi Guna), further he said that the greatest dirtiness is being weak at heart. The dirtiest thing is the weakness of heart. He also said this world is temporary and it is the residence of all miseries. He never said this world is a temple. It is the body that takes birth and dies. The atman neither is born nor dead. He further said – “You are that Aatman”, and then are we considering ourselves as Aatman or the body?
  25. My Dear Friends! We can never understand the Gita as long as we have perception as Krishna is mere body. God and Gita are not different. God said in Gita – “People are considering themselves as just bodies, and they are also limiting me to a body by doing so they are insulting me”
  26. As we clear dirt on our faces using a mirror we have to clean the impurities of our mind by taking Gita as the basis. Gita is the upadesa grandha (Greatest Preacher) and is very useful to purify the mind. If we abide by the teachings in Gita our weakness and sins perish automatically.
  27. God asked us to love him, remember him and believe him but what will he get by saying this? My dear friends! It is only out of love and grace he spoke. He further promised that even a greatest sinner will be liberated by him if he has unwavering faith in his existence.
  28. My Dear Friends! It is only the work that is in your hands and not the result which is in the hands of God. Therefore if you do your duty selflessly and with utter concentration, God will certainly give the appropriate result. God is always thankful and not thankless. Friends! Do believe my words, if you do your work with doership you are bound and if you do your work without doership you will be released by the work. If you love Krishna in your hearts wholeheartedly, he will purify and liberate you. What we need to have for him is Bhakti (devotion) and what he gives in return in Mukti (freedom). Is there anything worth achievable than this in the world?

  29. Trust God to find treasures otherwise you will just dust. He who does friendship with God will obtain him. But are you doing friendship with God or with worldly people? Can’t you abide by his words spoken in your welfare? God is embodiment of love. The love showered by your wife or husband or children or relatives is not even a one percentile of the love showered by God.
  30. My dear friends! Lastly I would like to say a word that even Gita is a VEDA. Bhagavad Gita compasses of the words uttered by God himself. Who among us has the capability to speak about God? We will not understand him if he doesn’t speak about himself. Therefore he spoke about himself, thereby killing his self-respect, why? It is because until and unless if we don’t understand his greatness we cannot love him and respect him, further loveless hearts are like godless temples. Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa said “A person who cannot become a tyagi (one who sacrifices) can never understand the Gita”
  31. Sri Malayala Swami said Gita comes into the hands of those whose fate is good.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

No coming, No going

One who thinks who is leaving, will definitely come again, where there is going there is always coming. But once you reach that Brahman state, there will be no going, no coming because there is no person who goes and comes.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

"Offer thyself to him" - (By Hima)


Once I was sitting right in front of Nannagaru holding fruits in my hands. I was waiting for the opportunity to offer the fruits, after he finishes the speech.

As soon as Nannagaru finished his speech he bent forward and laid his hands in front of me, as if asking for the fruits.

Immediately I passed the fruits onto Nannagaru’s hands, then

He asked me – “what are these called?”

I just kept quite as everyone could see that they are bananas.

Nannagaru said –”These are called offerings”.

He took them and closed his eyes for few seconds and then opened his eyes and said –

“You take these fruits to home, children will eat. “

H was about to give them. I laid my hands forward to take them, then he again asked me “what are these called “? I was silently looking into his eyes.

He repeated the question again.

I felt Nannagaru was trying to convey something else to me and my heart was dying to know what it was as I continued to stare into his eyes.

After few seconds he said –
”This is called prasadam”.

I felt Nannagaru was trying to convey that "He is ready to accept anything that I offer, and he will turn it into prasadam and give it back to me, and in this case let it be my mind."

All the way back home I was thinking why I am not able to give a little place to my Guru in my heart so that he could turn it pure and make it into prasadam or like a butter, that butter which lord Krishna loves to eat. I tried to find out the reason and I came to know that my heart is already filled up with so many people, and then I started to beg and fight with my mind to give a little place to my Guru.

I tried to formulate this battle in the form of a poem.

When we go to Nannagaru, some of us may offer bananas, some may offer apples and others sweets. Whatever they are, once they go into the hands of our Guru they are turned into prasadam that’s the greatness of a guru.

I wish there would definitely come a day in the life of every devotee when he or she could completely offer (surrender) his or her heart to the Guru.

Thank you for the beautiful poem and sharing your inner thoughts with us. Your words are inspiring and very near to practicality. It is true that we need to make friendship with mind, and educate with goodness.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"Fault is mine, not yours"

God has explained about Bhakti, Karma, Dhyana and Jnana as different yoga’s (practices). But if you ask me, even mere understanding is a great yoga (practice). Don't you get faith (Shraddha) by only understanding?

My Dear Friends! If your mind doesn’t divert towards self, by just looking at me then the fault is mine not yours. If you cannot grasp my words then the fault is mine not yours. If I have true purity in my heart, my words will chase you even if you want to forget them. My words work on you only if I have peace in my heart. If you are unable to receive the peace by remembering me, then it implies there is lack of purity in myself. If you don’t have love for me, it is my responsibility to propagate that love.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

"Great transformation by Guru's Grace" - (By Abhishek)

I would like to share my experiences, about thy grace Sadguru Nannagaru .

From my young days I and my family were devoted to Bhagawan Sri Ramana Maharishi.Though I was blessed with all material comforts in my life, yet personally I felt I lacked some thing within me. My first meeting with Sri Nannagaru happened in the year 2001, when I was introduced to Sri Nannagaru by my uncle Mr Marish at Banjara Hills. In the first meeting itself , Sri Nannagaru gave me an insight that he was none other than the manifestation of Bhagawan himself.

I could understand that there were inherent tendencies of my mind that was really preventing me to get really closer to Nannagaru. In my subsequent visits towards the guru, the guru himself hinted out some of the tendencies directly and indirectly that I needed to get rid of. Guru's words really inspired me to work on some aspects which I needed to change. Nanna said to me that ," if you really have the urge to get realized you need to first get rid of the tendencies that is
stopping you" .

Shravanam and Mananam were two important aspects that made me to work within myself, that is continuous listening and repeating the teachings of Nanna. Gradually I could find that there is lot of change within me. Nanna , as helped me to develop serene feeling within myself. My heart could experience bliss many a times in his divine presence.

All I would like to mention is Nanna's grace is beyond words, it can only be experienced.His love .and compassion is boundless and it showers on us by a way of a word , a touch and a look .We are not able to really sustain the bliss experienced by Nanna's presence continuously, though our heart longs for his
divine presence , but the mind camouflages to back its worldly pursuit Nanna's grace as had a great impact in my life. There is been a great transformation within me from an aggressive, mentally disturbed state to a peaceful serene human being.

Thank you Abhishek for sharing your wonderful connect with Nannagaru. Sravanam Mananam (Remembering and Understanding) was the way that Nannagaru greatly focuses on his teachings and it is a great practice for real Sadhaka.