Monday, February 18, 2019

Sadguru Nannagaru explains verse 40 of Aksharamanamala - Source: 23-11-88 Srungavruksham

Sadguru Nannagaru explains verse 40 of Aksharamanamala

Grant me wisdom, I beseech Thee, so that I may not pine for love of Thee in ignorance, Oh Arunachala!

When you have a great desire for money but you don't get it and whatever work you do becomes a failure, how much you will cry is unimaginable. This bride called Ramana is saying:'Oh! Arunachala, dont make me subject to such sorrow'. This sorrow is similar to the ones who has a great desire to win an election but loses the same. Recently a politician won an election after several attempts. When he was asked: 'Who are you?', he neither mentioned his caste nor his party name but referred to himself as the President. His unfulfilled desire became fulfilled after a long struggle. So he forgot his caste, religion and party name also. When he was suddenly asked about his whereabouts, he referred to himself as the President. His desire for that position makes him say so. Oh! Arunachaleswara, you made me develop the craving and yearning for you but cannot be reached. Having developed the yearning for you, if I cannot reach you, I will be subject to a great sorrow. Please dont subject me to such a pathetic state. Oh! Arunachaleswara, if this is not a pathetic state, whatelese is this? I developed love for you, I developed desire for you but cannot attain you. My heart is unable to attain you. When I want to see with my eyes, I am able to see my money and power only but not you. I desire to attain you but I dont understand how to attain you. I have a great desire to get liberated but I dont know how to get liberated. You have to reveal that secret. You have unveil that clue or puzzle. I have this pathetic state as I lack the knowledge to attain you. This is the root cause of my sorrow. Will you subject me to so much sorrow, Arunachaleswara? It is alright even if you completely abandon me. But you dont so so. You create the craving within me to attain you but are not attainable. Have you understood my helplessness, Oh! Arunachala? Though you may not bestow me with Supreme Knowledge, please show me the path to liberation, Oh! Arunachaleswara. You are only my path as well as goal. My path and goal are not different. You are only my way, my God, my husband, my friend as well as salvation. You are my everything. I need nothinglese other than you. Whether I open or close my eyes I see you alone. Whereever I see, I see nothingelse other than you. So I have an intense yearning to reach you. If I reach you, I wont have this suffering. Why are you making me subject to this sorrow and suffering? Please show me the path. It is a pathless path but not visible to eyes. Hence show me the path, Arunachaleswara. There is a necessity for you to show me the path. Dont exhibit escapism here. I can overcome this sorrow only if you bestow me with Self Knowledge. So protect me by bestowing with Self Knowledge. That which is the final truth, that by knowing which nothing else needs to be known, that by knowing which I get drowned in the ocean of Bliss, such an ocean of Bliss is within my Heart. So bestow me with your Grace to find such truth. As long as you dont do it, this sorrow, births,coming-going, disease, journey becomes inevitable. The bodies change, the circumstances change and the countries change but the ego doesnt change after death. Get rid of this ignorance and ego before the death approaches. If not, you will get a new body and new circumstances. Ego is the root cause of all the problems. So resolve this problem called ego. The loss that you incur is indescribable if you die without securing Self Knowledge. None can estimate such loss. Comfort is necessary but control is much more important. When you lack control, howmany ever comforts you may have, they will bring you sorrow only. So what is the root cause of sorrow? It is ignornace. Unless the ignorance is annihilated, sorrow becomes inevitable. Oh! Arunachaleswara, Jnana cannot be attained without shraddha. Please bestow me with that shraddha by developing which I can secure Jnana.

Source: 23-11-88 Srungavruksham

Sadguru Nannagaru explains verse 39 of Aksharamanamala - Source: 23-11-88 Srungavruksham

Sadguru Nannagaru explains verse 39 of Aksharamanamala

(A dog can scent out its master); am I then worse than a dog? Steadfastly I will seek Thee and regain Thee, Oh Arunachala!

Oh! Arunachala, am I meaner than dog? When a dog gets strayed from its Master, it tries to reach him back by sensing the odour of his footsteps. Oh! Arunachala, you are my Master. Let me search, seek and merge within you. Oh! Arunachala, where are you? You are within my heart. How are you there? You exist in the form of Self. Where does this 'i' sense originate from? It originates from the heart. There are many people who dont accept the existence of God. But are there any people here who dont accept their existence? Noone gets angry when the existence of God is negated but everyone gets angry when their existence is negated. Everyone of us refer to ourselves as 'i'. But what is the origin of this 'i'? Look into the source of this 'i'. Till then one cannot get rid of their ego, births, bodies, diseases, rebirths, sorrows, anxieties.Where is the source of this 'i'? It is within you. Till you realize this, you cannot come out of this conflict and disturbance. Find out that source. That source only is your Master, God, liberation, nirvana, perfection, peace and eternity. When you find out that source, the i which is limited to the body, senses, world, ego, sex subsides and an unlimited 'I' which is not limited to either birth-death or religion or caste arises in its place. The limited 'i' cannot exist without the unlimited 'I' whereas the unlimited 'I' can exist without the limited 'i'. Whatever you are referring to is not the true 'i'. Therefore you are being asked to seek 'Who am I?' This is pure logical. What other logic do you need other than this?
All of us dont seek for Atmananda (Self related Bliss). We only seek arthikaananda (Money related bliss). If the amount of effort put to achieve arthikananda is put towards achieving Atmananda, the Self gets revealed. If you have to experience an indescribable and eternal Bliss, you have to know the source of your mind. When the mind tries to know its source, it loses its existence. Hence the mind doesnt like making that effort. Therefore the mind states: 'There are several subjects in this world. Try to learn any of them but dont bother me. Every person may feel that he is thinking great. But who is that thinker? You may claim of doing Japa. But who is the one that performs Japa? Ramana says: ' I is the source of all the thoughts. Dive deep and Seek the source of this i. As a strayed dog tries to reach its Master by sensing the odour of his footsteps, catch hold of this 'i', introvert your mind, make self enquiry and experience the Self'. Seek for the Self. It will certainly be revealed. Without knocking the door, who will open the door? To master any science, one should have the seeking to know. There should be an intense yearning. Lord Krishna called this as shraddha ie to know. When there is a seeking to know the Self, it will certainly be revealed. You need not count the foot steps. Even if you walk while chatting with your fellowmates, you will reach your destination. Similarly if you are in the journey to reach the Self, you will certainly reach it. Bhagavan said: 'Oh! Arunachala, I have not become so mean. I have not become totally idiotic. I can do the work of a dog. I will seek for you and find out your whereabouts. I will search for truth and reach you. Oh! Arunachala, I wont leave you. I will certainly merge within you. I will unveil your secret. Whereever you are I will reach you'.

Source: 23-11-88 Srungavruksham

Friday, February 15, 2019

Sadguru Nannagaru explains verse 38 of Aksharamanamala Source: 23-11-88 Srungavruksham

Sadguru Nannagaru explains verse 38 of Aksharamanamala

Thou didst display Thy prowess once, and the perils ended, return to Thy repose, Oh Arunachala!

Oh! Arunachaleswara, you have shown your prowess to eradicate the ignorance within the bride called Ramana. Having eliminated the ignorance of Ramana, Arunachala sat down as if he knew nothing. Arunachala neither talked to Ramana nor enquired about his welfare. He did his work calmly and silently. Arunachala conducted this operation in such a manner that not even an iota of pain or disturbance was found in Ramana's face. Arunachaleswara is surgeon of surgeons. Even without Ramana's knowledge, He has eradicated Ramana's ignorance painlessly. Bhagavan said: 'What a prowess you have displayed Arunachala! What a skill you have displayed Arunachala! If you have performed operation upon me without my knowledge, is that skill mine or your's? It became possible to you as you are a Divine being. Is this ever possible for a human being?' Working people never come into limelight. Arunachaleswara works silently and is not concerned with words. Which friend or relative can do this help that Arunachala has done to Ramana?
Once a devotee asked Bhagavan: ' As Srikrishna performed great deeds like lifting the Govardhana Hill, even I would like to perform great deeds like Lord Krishna. Please bestow me with such power' Then Bhagavan replied:'Did Lord Krishna ever tell you that he has performed great deeds or is it you who thinks that Lord Krishna has done great deeds? Krishna never felt it as a great deed. He did it as naturally as we wash our face or drink water or take bath or eat food etc., Great people never come into limelight. All the help is received from them automatically. Thats the reason this world can never understand a great man. It is very difficult to understand either a rishi or a mahatma or a Jnani. It is very easy to misunderstand them. Once someone criticized Bhagavan Ramana in a public meeting that was attended by me. When I mentioned this to Mahadevan garu, Mahadevan garu said: 'What happens if one tries to spit over Sun? Will it reach him? No. It falls back on their face'. As the society lacks the greatness, it can never understand a great man. When you dont have a great quality, you cannot acknowledge it in others. We are so petty minded that we think: it is enough if it rains in my field. It is alright even if it doesn't rain in other's fields. It is enough if I get the sunlight. It doesn't matter even if others dont receive it. Will Sun ever think like this? No. He occupies the entire world. Why? To give his light. This is the attribute of a Mahatma. Why is God expecting surrender from us? It is only to reform us and not to make us slaves. Bhagavan said: ' You have relinquished my maya and ignorance. You have done this help very silently. Who can praise your glory? Who can speak express your glory in words? Having done such a great help, you have remained silent. So who can speak about your glory?'

Source: 23-11-88 Srungavruksham

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Sadguru Nannagaru explains verse 37 of Aksharamanamala - Source: 23-11-88 Srungavruksham

Sadguru Nannagaru explains verse 37 of Aksharamanamala

Happiness lies in peaceful repose enjoyed when resting in the Self. Beyond speech indeed is Thy prowess resting in the Self. Beyond speech indeed is this my State, Oh Arunachala!

Oh! Arunachaleswara, I have become lazy not being of any use to this world. I have transcended the dualities. I have transcended the ignorance and ego. Whatelse do I have other than the state of blissful sleep? We all try to earn honour and fame. Does Ramanaswami have anything to earn? Does he have others in order to earn fame from them? So he has nothing to work. A Jnani has nothing to work on this earth. If a Jnani has any work to perform, he cannot be called as Jnani. What is blissful sleep? We are all happy and blissful in deep sleep. All of us desire sleep. Why? It is for the sake of bliss and happiness. If we are unable to sleep, we use sleeping pills. The peace that we cant get from the senses, mind, money, fame and education is experienced in deep sleep. So there is an unknown bliss in deep sleep which every Jiva craves for. So I have nothing else to earn other than having a deep sleep state says the bride Ramana to the bridegroom Arunachaleswara. All of us are sleeping well. But what Ramanaswami means here is that we all should sleep well in the waking state. There should be the consciousness pertaining to waking state and the bliss relating to deep sleep- this is what is meant by blissful sleep. Does a woman consider herself as a woman in deep sleep? No. Does a man consider herself as a man in deep sleep? No. Does an Indian consider himself as an Indian in deep sleep? No. Does an American consider himself as an American in deep sleep? No. Does a Russian consider himself as a Russian in deep sleep? No. Only you exist in deep sleep but not the illusions created by you. There is neither ego nor nation nor sex nor color in deep sleep. But you exist in deep sleep. Once you wake up from sleep, you say I have slept well. If you dont exist in deep sleep, how can you say so? You exist but not your illusions in the deep sleep. Does your Jesus Christ or  Mohammad or Rama or Krishna or any other god exist in deep sleep? No. The world itself doesn't exist in deep sleep. It is because you have world in the waking state, you are searching for God. Attaining such blissful sleep state ie transcending dualities and securing oneness alone is my goal. It is only the true state. It is only the eternal state, the eternal peace and liberation. It is only my goal. Does Ramana swami need anything related to this world? No. He is untouched by all the things related to the world. As far as the world is concerned, he has died. Therefore Ramanaswami is referring himself as lazy. He is above this world. Ramana Maharishi is bodiless, mindless and godless. The question of god arises only when you identify yourselves with a body. But once Self Realization is secured there is no question of either body or world or god. Who is Ramana Maharishi? He is bodiless, mindless and worldless. You must stay in the world and secure the worldless state. So Bhagavan says: What else is my goal other than securing such a state? Do I have any other destination or ideal other than liberation? No.

Source: 23-11-88 Srungavruksham

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Sadguru Nannagaru explains verse 36 of Aksharamanamala - Source: 23-11-88 Srungavruksham

Sadguru Nannagaru explains verse 36 of Aksharamanamala

In silence Thou saidst, 'Stay silent!' and Thyself stood silent, Oh Arunachala!

Aksharamanamala- This is not a garland that gets worn out. It is a garland of letters prepared by the bride called Ramana Maharishi for the sake of bridegroom called Arunachaleswara. This garland remains forever. For whose sake is this garland being prepared? It is for our sake so that we can read it, assimilate it and thereby get liberated.
Oh! Arunachala you have asked us to remain silent and you have mentioned this in your silence and not in words. We cannot remaint silent even for 5 minutes. We can speak for any amount of time but cannot remain silent because we are not habituated to being silent. Silence is much greater than speech. Silence is more powerful than speech. But we are not understanding the value of Silence. Many people have a misconception that Silence cannot give a message. Even Silence has the power to convey message. There is a saying in English: 'Silence is gold whereas speech is silver'. When a heart understands another heart, there is no need of any words. Many lives got reformed by the mere darshan of Ramana even without listening the name of Ramana or listening to His words. Where there is purity, beauty and concentration- whenever we see such a person, we will certainly change our mind. We will change our lifestyle and turn our mind towards Jnana. Once RajendraPrasad asked Bhagavan: ' What is your message to Bapuji?' Bhagavan replied: 'When there is a heart to heart commmunication, there is no need of any words'. My dear brothers and sisters, we cannot catch hold of God through words. When you dont have the experience of God, it doesn't matter whether you state that God exists or God doesn't exist. God is not so innocent that he gets deceived by your words. God cannot be reached through thoughts also. Silence is much greater than words and thoughts. By shutting the mouth can we call it as Silence? No. We can't say whereall the mind roams around and comes back. Who is a true mouni (Silent one)? One who meditates in a true sense is a true mouni. Topmost importance has been given to meditation in our Upanishads. Only a true dhyani can become a mouni. Bhagavan is describing the power of Silence here. Meditation is possible only through concentration. How is meditation possible? You must love God. Without loving God, if anyone states that they are meditating, it is a dry, dry word. It is equivalent to a sugarless coffee/tea. Try to increase your love for God. Oh! Arunachaleswara, you have asked me to keep Silent. Saying so, you have remained Silent.

Source: 23-11-88 Srungavruksham

Monday, February 11, 2019

Sadguru Nannagaru singing Aksharamanamala

Sadguru Nannagaru explains verse 12 of Aksharamanamala

Sadguru Nannagaru chanting Aksharamanamala at Tanuku in 1993

Sadguru Nannagaru chanting Aksharamanamala at Tanuku in 1993

Beauty of the video:

1) Nannagaru mentions his favorite verse in Aksharamanamala:
Tindini ninu cheriti tina naa nenu shaantamaipovudunu Arunachala

2) See Nannagaru rotating both the hands when He utters:
Reyimpavalu leni batta bayata inta ramiyinpaga raavela Arunachala

3) Nannagaru describes one of the verses in Aksharamanamala: 'Look at the beauty of Sri Ramana's verses. He says: 'I am getting subsided, Oh! Arunachala, you also start getting subsided'. Look at the heights of advaita here.

4) London chanting: Om Namo Bhagavatey Sree Ramanaaya

Sadguru Nannagaru elaborates on Bhagavan's preaching Go back the way you came - Source: 29-3-89 Kanchumarru

Sadguru Nannagaru elaborates on Bhagavan's preaching Go back the way you came

When Bhagavan was asked: ' Which path should I tread?', Bhagavan replied: 'Go back the way you came'. From where did you originate? You originated from the Self. The awareness of 'i' originates neither from head nor hands nor legs. This awareness originates from the heart. Holding onto that awareness try to find its Master ie the Self. Ramana said in Aksharamanamala: 'Cant you do the work of a dog? When the dog is distanced from its Master, it gets back to him with the aid of smell. Similarly catching hold of this 'i' thought, can't you do the work of a dog? As a dog finds its Master, catch hold of the 'i'thought and reach its Master ie the Self.

Source: 29-3-89 Kanchumarru

Sadguru Nannagaru describes the egoless state and equanimity of Bhagavan Ramana - Source: Collections from Vijayagaru ( Nannagari pravachanam disc2.3)

Sadguru Nannagaru describes the egoless state and equanimity of Bhagavan Ramana

In Aksharamanamala, Bhagavan said: Mere thought of Thee has drawn me to Thee, and who can guage Thy glory, O Arunachala? Teenage ( the age between 16 and 19) is the worst age. The teenagers can neither think for themselves nor will they listen to others. Be careful with your teenage children. If you take care of your children in their teenage, they will make tremendous progress in their lives. Whether the children will get reformed or ruined, it happens during teenage only. It is in such a teenage that Bhagavan asked his uncle: 'From where are you coming?' His uncle replied: ' Arunachala, Arunachala, Arunachala'. Thats all Bhagavan had the experience of Brahman. On listening to the word Arunachala, Bhagavan was totally shocked. He opened His mouth and stared at his uncle. His uncle asked Bhagavan: 'Dont you know Arunachala? The town's name is Arunachala, the dietie's name is Arunachala and the Hill's name is Arunachala. It is one of the pilgrim centers in India. Don't you know Arunachala? Why are you so shocked?' Why was Bhagavan surprised when his uncle said that he was coming from Arunachala? Bhagavan felt: Arunachala means God Himself. How can a person come or go from God?' Look at the past merit of Bhagavan. His past merit got fructified. Bhagavan was totally ripened. Merely by listening to the word Arunachala, Bhagavan reached the peaks of Jnana. That's why Kanchi Paramacharya said: ' Without any of these efforts - either Penance or holy bath or temple visits or pooja or japa or dhyana or guru-disciple relationship or self study, if anyone has secured Jnana, it is Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharishi alone. But Bhagavan never felt great about it. Once a devotee asked Bhagavan: 'We are making lot of effort to secure Jnana but you have attained it very effortlessly'. Bhagavan didn't say: ' I am a greatman. So I secured Jnana effortlessly'. Rather Bhagavan said: ' The effort that you are referring to must have been completed for me in the past births'. Such is the glory of Ramana Maharishi. Even if you put a petromax light and see, the ego sense cannot be seen in Bhagavan. Bhagavan's egoless state and glory of Jnana is reflected in this incident: When a devotee said: 'Bhagavan, we have come to Arunachala only for your sake. I have no other work in Arunachala other than visiting you', Bhagavan replied: ' You have come here for my sake. For whose sake did I come to Arunachala? Why did I come to Arunachala? Whoever brought me here, the same power has brought you here. Arunachala alone exists. By whose Grace I secured Jnana, you will also attain Jnana only through His Grace'. Look at Bhagavan's oneness. He always looked upon devotees as His equals. Bhagavan ate only that which was served to devotees. He never accepted any special food offered. He sat and ate alongwith the devotees. Bhagavan was available to the devotees for all the 24 hours. He never restricted His darshan for a particular time. In the last days of Bhagavan, One of his inmates said: ' Your body is very weak. You will need rest. Please stop giving darshan'. Then Bhagavan said: ' You are feeding this body with food like curd rice. If this body is not useful even for the purpose of darshan, why should you feed it? Stop feeding this body'.

Beauty of the video:

Nannagaru defines what is meant by inner circle. Every Jnani will have an inner circle to whom they reveal their heart. Such inner circle are referred to as kitchen cabinet. If you visit anyone with whom you are not well acquainted, you wont go into the kitchen directly. You will wait outside for them. You will go inside only after seeking their permission. But if you are well acquainted with them, you dont seek their permission. You will go into the kitchen directly. For example Swami Vivekanada belonged to the inner circle of Sri Ramakrishna. Sri Ramakrishna said in his last days: 'O Naren, I have given you my everything and become a beggar'. Thus the Mahatmas open their heart to their inner circle.

Source: Collections from Vijayagaru ( Nannagari pravachanam disc2.3)
This speech is probably given in Kukatpally Venkateshwara Swami temple at Hyderabad

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates the dhyana sloka in Aksharamanamala - Source: 31st May 1988 Vadlavanipalem

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates the dhyana sloka in Aksharamanamala

Gracious Ganapati with thy (loving) hand bless me, that I may make this marital garland of letters worthy of Sri Arunahcla, the bridegroom!

Source: 31st May 1988 Vadlavanipalem

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates verse 1 of Aksharamanamala - Source: 31st May 1988 Vadlavanipalem

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates verse 1 of Aksharamanamala

Arunachala! Thou dost root out the ego of those who meditate on Thee in the heart, Oh Arunachala!

Essence of the video:

Bhagavan said: 'Mere remembrance of Arunachala gives moksha'. A Supreme court judge questioned Bhagavan: ' Is Moksha so easy?' Then Bhagavan replied: ' It is God's decree that one who is born in Kashi, one who visits Chidambram and one who contemplates upon Arunachala is bound to get moksha. Who are you to question it?' Is constant remembrance of God so easy? It is possible only through Grace.

Bhagavan further said: 'I am not recommending Arunachala to annihiliate the ego of those who contemplate upon Him. It is Arunachala's duty and profession to do so'.

Source: 31st May 1988 Vadlavanipalem

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates verse 3 of Aksharamanamala - Source: 31st May 1988 Vadlavanipalem

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates verse 3 of Aksharamanamala

Entering (my) home and luring me (to Thine) why didst Thou keep me prisoner in Thy heart's cavern, Oh Arunachala?

Beauty of the video:
Bhagavan said: 'Oh! Arunachala, how come you entered into me, dragged me out and gave me a place within your heart? Oh! Arunachala, you have dragged me into your heart. All this happened without my knowledge and without subjecting me to any pain! What did I do that you have bestowed the immortal state upon me? Oh! Arunachala, I dont know why You have merged me within you. Though I don't deserve, you have done this to Me'. In this context Sri Nannagaru gives the below instance of Swami Vivekananda:Initially Narendra didnt visit Sri Ramakrishna very often. But Sri Ramakrishna knew the worth of Narendra. If any of Narendra's neighbours visited Sri Ramakrishna then he asked them: ' Please ask that boy Narendra ( the boy studying Intermediate) to visit me. These days he has stopped coming here'. Then the neighbours of Narendra said: ' Sir, you have a deep love for that boy. When the boy doesn't love you, why do you love him so intensely?' Sri Ramakrishna replied: ' Dont say that. Narendra belongs to Ishwarakoti. You dont know how good hearted, benevolent and humanitarian he is. You dont know how much he is going to yearn for the good of this mankind. He is Shivaamsha samboota ( incarnation of Shiva). So if you come across Narendra, do tell him that I would like to see him'. So what is the qualification of Narendra here? That wideness within the heart, that maturity within the intellect, that purity within the senses, that service attitude towards the fellow human beings-- made Guru Himself yearn for the sake of disciple. So when you really deserve ie (when you possess wideness of heart and matured intellect) Guru/God Himself comes to your door.

Source: 31st May 1988 Vadlavanipalem

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates verse 4 of Aksharamanamala - Source: 31st May 1988 Vadlavanipalem

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates verse 4 of Aksharamanamala

Bhagavan said: 'I was a boy studying in Tirucchuli. Why did u drag me to your fold, Oh! Arunachala? There are innumereable Jivas in this world. Didn't you get anyonelse other than me? Distancing me from my parents, house and village, why did you bring me here, O Arunachala? What work did you want me to do Arunachala? Having brought me here, Please dont abandon me. By doing so, you will get blamed by this world. How eligible am I to cling onto you, Arunachala? It is you who has to hold me. Please dont leave me. If you leave me, the world will blame you, Arunachala. Atleast to avoid this blame, dont leave me O! Arunachala'.

Source: 31st May 1988 Vadlavanipalem

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates verse 5 of Aksharamanamala - Source: 31st May 1988 Vadlavanipalem

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates verse 5 of Aksharamanamala

Oh! Arunachala, why was I made to think of you? You have put me in your Maya. You have put me in your intoxication, Arunachala. I have become deeply attached to you, Arunachala. O Arunachaleswara, even if you want me to leave, where else can I go? You have shown me the taste of the Supreme Self. You made me experience that Bliss and Peace, after experiencing which there is nothingelse to experience. That Peace and Bliss is incomparable to anything else either in this world or in any other world, Arunachala. That Peace is beyond the comprehension of the senses, mind and intellect. When you have shown me the incomparable Peace, Bliss and glory, where else can I go, Arunachala? Even if i try to go, is there any place where you dont exist Arunachala? Is your glory existing outside, Arunachala? Only after tasting the bliss related Self, does one understand that there is nothing in this nature.

Source: 31st May 1988 Vadlavanipalem

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates verse 7 and 11 of Aksharamanamala - Source: 29th Sep 1985

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates verse 7 and 11 of Aksharamanamala

Verse 7:
(a) Sit firmly in my mind, lest it elude Thee, Oh Arunachala!
b)Even when the thieves of the five senses break in upon me, art Thou not still in my heart, Oh Arunachala?

Our task is not just agriculture or business or constructing a house - even controlling the mind is also our task. All of us have forgotten this task. The Lord has mentioned in the Gita that it is the mind which either liberates us or binds us. Thus the Lord has given foremost position to the mind and further mentioned that 'amongst all the senses I am the mind'. As you are earning education or money or fame, you must learn to control the mind. Did you ever get this thought?
Bhagavan said: 'Oh! Arunachala, when I ask you to control my mind, Please dont say 'I am very busy. I have many tasks in hand'. My mind deceives not only me but will deceive you too. So sit firmly in my mind. Even when you sit firmly in my mind, it can still deceive you. So you must be very careful. You must be as careful as a person walking on the edge of a knife or as a person walking on a rope in a circus. Why? It is because we are not sure when the mind will deceive us'.
Did Bhagavan love Arunachala more or Arunachala loved Bhagavan more? I cannot answer this question. It is similar to the question: 'Did Krishna love Radha more or Radha loved Krishna more?' We cannot answer this.
Bhagavan's utterances here are similar to Prahlada's prayer in Bhagavata: 'Oh! Narayana, as an ignorant person intensely loves the worldly and sensual objects, Please give me the same amount of love towards your holy feet'.
If you have such love for God then he will sit firmly in your mind. Sadhana is needed to remember God and not for contemplating upon worldly things. Effort is needed to get rid of the cinema watching habit whereas no effort is needed to watch a cinema.
Bhagavan is asking Arunachala to sit firmly in the mind. What is the loss incurred if Lord Arunachala doesn't sit firmly in our mind? All of us have senses. They drag the mind outside whenever the mind is careless. Mind has a natural tendency to get extroverted. Not just the senses, even the mind and ego are related to nature. In Aksharamanamala, Bhagavan has referred to the senses as thieves. If I take the 5rs stored in my pocket, do I become a thief? No. Similarly when my mind is being extroverted by my senses, how can I call the senses as thieves? This is a dispute that has to be resolved in the court of law. The Lord has mentioned in the Gita that God is the owner of the mind and not the senses. The Lord said: 'The mind belongs to Me. The Jiva belongs to Me'.
Though the sunrays may touch the earth, they belong to sun only and not to the earth. Similarly the mind belongs to God. Self alone is the home of Jiva and not the senses. Therefore Ramana referred to the senses as thieves when they extrovert the mind. Bhagavan said: 'Oh! Arunachala, these senses are extroverting the mind. As you are the owner of this mind, please safeguard it'.

Source: 29th Sep 1985

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates verse 10 and 11 of Aksharamanamala - Source: 23rd Oct 1985 Srungavruksham

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates verse 10 and 11 of Aksharamanamala

Bhagavan asks Arunachala: ' Oh! Arunachaleswara, why are you sleeping like that?' Suppose there is a robbery in your house and the wife shouts out 'thief, thief', if the husband doesn't wake up but continues sleeping, doesn't the wife scold him stating: ' You dumb! The robbers are looting us. Why are you sleeping like that?' Likewise Bhagavan is scolding Lord Arunachaleswara. Oh! Arunachaleswara, why are you sleeping like that? The thieves in the form of senses are ruining me. They are bringing in several tendencies that result in several births in future. I am unable to transcend these senses. These senses are dragging me out. When these senses are extroverting me, you must protect me. How can you sleep like that? Protect me. If not you, who else will protect me? I have entirely surrendered onto you. Still you are fast asleep as if you know nothing. Is this right for you Arunachaleswara?'

If your senses are within your control, not only this world even God cannot do anything to you. Your enemies are not outside. Your senses alone are your enemies. It is only due to the senses that we get attached to this world. The world has never asked us to get attached.

Source: 23rd Oct 1985 Srungavruksham

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates verse 41 of Aksharamanamala - Source - 23-11-88 Srungavruksham

Sadguru Nannagaru narrates verse 41 of Aksharamanamala

(In sunlight the lotus blossoms), how then couldst Thou, the Sun of suns, hover before me like a flower bee, saying 'Thou art not yet in blossom', Oh Arunachala?

The honeybee extracts honey from the flower only after the flower blossoms. If the flower doesnt blossom, the honey bee keeps rotating round the flower but doesn't enter the flower. Oh! Arunachala, will you resemble that honey bee? The devotee called Ramana has not yet blossomed ie not yet evolved. So do you feel 'How can I enter Ramana? How can I accept him into my heart?' Thus Bhagavan scolded Arunachala here. The bride called Ramana is revolting back. Bhagavan further says: ' Oh! Arunachala, are you a honey bee? If you intend that you can work like a honey bee only and not more than that how can you become God? Honey bee doesn't have the power to blossom a flower. Only Sun has that power. Oh! Arunachala, dont behave like a honey bee. If you have to enter my heart, it has to blossom. Ensure that my heart gets blossomed. If I dont deserve, ensure that I get the required eligibilty. Oh! Arunachala, Blossom my heart and unite me within you. Suppose a patient visits a doctor, will the doctor say: 'You have a disease. So go back'. If the doctor speaks so, what is the purpose of having a hospital? Oh! Arunachala you have the fame of being Supreme Lord. If you cannot reform me, blossom my heart and evolve my mind, why do you need the qualification of being called God? Even the mirror shows my face only. Do you need to  mention my weaknesses exclusively? Will you do the work of a mirror? If so, will you become God? Dont do the work of a mirror. Do the work of a Mother. As a mother cleanses the dust on its child, remove my weaknesses but dont point them out. Bless me with those good qualities by possessing which I will become equivalent to you. Dont stay away from me with the reason that I have certain weaknesses but reform me and protect me, Oh! Arunachala. You must have the resolve to reform me. If not, Can I make that resolve? No. Without you loving me, can I love you? Can I get the yearning to reach you without your grace? I can reach you only when I have the intense yearning. So please generate that yearning within me. Please generate love for you within me.

23-11-88 Srungavruksham

Sadguru Nannagaru explains verse 24 of Aksharamanamala - Source: 2-10-88 Palakoderu

Sadguru Nannagaru explains verse 24 of Aksharamanamala

Blazoned as the devourer of Thy votaries, how can I survive who have embraced Thee, Oh Arunachala?

Can any doctor build a bridge? No. He can only cure diseases. Can you get sugar from a cement factory? No. You can get sugar only. Everyone has their own task. So what is the task of Arunachala? Whoever contemplates upon Arunachala have their ego and body consciousness destroyed. Having married such Arunachala, how can I continue living? Even I cannot live.I will get merged within you. This is not an ordinary marriage or a physical marriage. This is a spiritual marriage. It unites us within God. In the physical marriages, the woman remains as a woman and man remains as a man only. Both the bride and bridegroom have their own separate existence. They try to dominate each other after marriage. This is not an ordinary marriage. It is not related to marriages pertaining to gods also. Though Mother Parvati performed a great penance, even Lord Shiva shared only half of his physical body and not his complete body. It is not such a marriage. There is no separate existence here. Oh! Arunachala, you have resolved to destroy this ego inorder to bestow me with your complete swaroopa. Having married you, can I be left with body consciousness, Arunachala? This marriage is not for material comforts or material pleasures. It is for the sake of transcending body consciousness and securing Self consciousness. All the sadhanas are done for the sake of satisfying the ego. The attempts made to eradicate the ego are very less. The body consciousness has to be eliminated. However great you are, if the body consciousness is not lost, God will not gift you with his swaroopa. So whether I like it or not, your only task is to eradicate my tendencies O Arunachala. Not only mine, whoever constantly contemplates upon Arunachala, you eradicate their ignorance. You have made this as your only task. You have done this task in the past, are doing it in the present and will do it in future. Having married such Arunachala, how can I live? Whoever wants to lead Self related life have to die. Whoever wants a permanent life have to die. Their ego has to die. Only then they will awaken into the permanent life. Oh! Arunachala, you will kill me. It is not to ruin me but to gift me with the eternal life. Whoever submit their speech, mind, body, money and honour and all that which they consider as their own to the Lord lose their ignorance. Whoever know the source of their ignorance lose their ignornace. God resides in the source of ignornace/Maya. Oh! Arunachaleswara,having married you who can continue living? Though I would like to increase my personal 'i' will you allow me to do that, Arunachala? Will you allow to me have a separate existence, Arunachala? No. You will remove that separate existence and make me equivalent to you, Arunachala. When one surrenders to a Jnani or God, they make him equivalent to themselves. This is such a great marriage. It is not an ordinary marriage. See into what depths this bride is trying to reach. See and enjoy this divine marriage.

Source: 2-10-88 Palakoderu

May our faith in Nannagaru increase multifold.

Many miracles happened in Sri Nannagaru's presence which never got publicised as Sri Nannagaru like anyother true Jnani never gave importance to miracles. However I wanted to share this incident which depicts how Guru saves his faithful devotees.

Today I happened to meet a very old devotee of Nannagaru. I remember that he had an accident but was saved by Sri Nannagaru's Grace. So I just asked him the details and he spoke thus:

'I met Sri Nannagaru in 1988-89. I was in deep financial troubles then. However Nannagaru consoled me in my first meet stating that all my problems will get resolved. One day when I met Sri Nannagaru, he graciously rubbed me with his hands throughout my body and said:'You will come back, you will come back'. He kept on saying this for a while.

I really did not understand what he meant until I met with an accident. It was a very major accident. The Lorry carrying rods came in the reverse direction at a very great speed and hit the car I was travelling in. The driver was deeply hurt on the head. The rods passed just half inch from my head. But for that half inch my head would have been crushed to pieces. The car was totally crushed and I did not know how I came out of the car. Except for the door, everything in the car got crushed by the lorry. Though the car got crushed, I came out of the car totally unhurt. The driver and myself were taken to a nearby hospital.

After few minutes a policeman came to me and asked who all were travelling in the car? I said: I was travelling in the car along with that driver. The policeman laughed off and said in a serious tone: Dont joke with me. Can anyone travelling in that car ever be alive? When few people clarified him that it was me who was travelling in the car, he asked me to get onto his 2 wheeler and took me to the accident spot. Then the localites who witnessed this accident said: ' Sir it is true that this man was travelling in that car which met with an accident. He should have been crushed to death.

Somehow we could sense that there was some superpower that brought him out of the car. Else there are no chances of his survival'. After listening to them, the policeman who was addressing me as 'You'  started addressing me as 'Sir'. He gave me a jeep to reach my destination. Had I not reached my destination, I would have missed an important contract that has resolved all my financial problems'.

May our faith in Nannagaru increase multifold.