Sri Ramana used to say that wherever we go, our mind follows. We cannot escape our troubled mind riddled with endless concerns, anxieties, and fears. Even if we run away to a forest or some holy place or sanctuary, the mind is still with us.
Truly, the conflicted and conditioned mind is like our shadow.
May all beings be healthy and happy and enjoy fullness without being too full.
Sri Ramana spent many years cooking for others at the Ashram and even gave precise instructions to those in the kitchen on cooking! He was a taskmaster and did not allow any food to be wasted.
The Upanishads remind us that food is sacred. “Food (anna) itself is Brahma” ~ Taittiriya Upanishad.
Bhagavan Ramana taught the devotees that food influences our body and mind, and should be selected with care, prepared well, and eaten in moderation.
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Cut the root of a tree
And the leaves will wither;
Cut the root of your mind
And Samsara falls.
The light of any lamp
Dispels in a moment
The darkness of long kalpas;
The strong light of the mind
In but a flash will burn
The veil of ignorance.
Whoever clings to mind sees not
The truth of what’s
Beyond the mind.
Whoever strives to practice Dharma
Finds not the truth of
To know what is Beyond both mind and practice,
One should cut cleanly through the root of mind
And stare naked.
One should thus break away
From all distinctions and remain at ease.
-From Tilopa’s ‘The Song of Mahamudra’ (translated by Garma C.C. Chang).
Rumi’s poetry often centers on the search for the Beloved and the union with the Beloved.
It echoes the poetry of Bhagavan Ramana and the verses Bhagavan wrote to Arunachala.
Rumi says, “The minute I heard my first love story I started looking for you”.
It was the same with Bhagavan Ramana. The minute he heard the name Arunachala, he associated it with something majestic, God Himself and started looking for it.
The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.
From Open Secret: Versions of Rumi, Translated by Coleman Barks / Translated by John Moyne
I selected a few pictures from my stay (July 21 to July 25) at the NY Arunachala Ashram for Guru Purnima. Continue reading