Of all the works of the Sri. Ramana Maharishi, UPADESA SARAM is considered the supreme legacy of His teaching.
Sri Muruganaar (Ramana’s devotee) was translating the texts of ShivaMahaPuran when he reached the text that spoke of Shiva teaching the Rishis about liberation by removing their ignorance about Karmakanda (rituals and rites). Since this portion was to be in the voice of Shiva as the Mahaguru, he wanted Bhagavan Ramana to complete this portion. In Murguna’s eyes, Bhagavan was a manifestation of Shiva Himself. Bhagavan was compassionate to write the remaining portions. These verses narrate Lord Shiva enlightening the ascetics of the Daruka Forests. These 30 verses that Bhagavan Ramana sung and translated became to be known as UPADESA SARAM that explains in depth the teaching of Shiva about liberation.
The background story from ShivaMahaPurana is this.
While the Puranas describe the householder ascetics life, their tapas shows that they were following the path of ‘kamya karma.’ This mean one emphasizes on deeds and performing rituals. They were performing tapas for a long duration and prayed to Shiva. They were staunch ritualists who believed that rituals karmas were the way to ultimate Bliss. They exhibited their ignorance by performance of various kinds of yagas and yagnas –sacrificial rites to obtain siddhis – powers for both this world and the next. They had become intoxicated by the use of mantras, yantras and tantras techniques. ‘Karma alone is of foremost importance; even God cannot prevent them from yielding fruits’ was their arrogant attitude.
They were not to realize that, whatever be the deeds, is there One Who provides the doer with the fruits? How can inanimate deeds automatically give fruits. Not realizing these facts, the rishis pursued their dogma of karma. These paths are prescribed by the Purva Mimamsa school which concerned with the interpretation and practice of Karma Kanda. This portion of Vedas relates to rituals and ceremonial rites.
In all His compassion, Lord Shiva appears to purify their minds by teaching the ultimate truth. This was to make them realise that actions are born out of ignorance of one’s own nature. Knowledge is the only way to the Ultimate Reality. So Lord Shiva’s makes his advent as a Bhikshatanar-beggar. Vishnu accompanies as his wife, Mohini, glamorous girl. In this form the Lord is naked but quite enchanting. His appearance is Urdhvalinga, with an erect phallus. So was Mohini. The Naked Lord came to the street of the rishis to get alms and Mohini followed Him. The rishis are attracted to the enchanting Mohini and started following her. They forgot all about their karmas. On the other hand the rishi pathinis, the wives, are attracted to the robust-built Shiva. They forgot what they were doing, allowed their clothes to fall off and followed Him. They were also dancing, singing and love-sick. The rishis get upset. They started to have double standards. While they were in pursuit of Mohini, they got upset with Shiva as their wives have lost their virtue by following a Naked Beggar. So they uses all the mantras and ritualistic powers to destroy Shiva. They performed abhichayagam which will produce bad effects. They directed snakes, demons, tigers, fire and drum that came out of the yagna fires against the Lord. Shiva was beyond defeat and made them all as ornaments. He peeled off the skin of the tiger and wore it round his waist; caught hold of the ball of fire in his left hand and held it aloft and calmed the serpent and wore it round his neck as an ornament. By now, Lord Shiva had begun to dance in joy. This irritated the rishis because the wives started to enjoy the dance. So they set up the monster against him, He dwarfed the monster, stood on it on one leg and continued his Tandava dance in Chidambaram. Vishnu and the others were charmed by this Ananda Tandava – Joyous Divine Dance of the Lord. Finally the forest dwellers realise Shiva’s true nature when Anusuya, the wife of sage Atri enlightened the sages that the Beggar couple was none other than Shiva and Vishnu.
PASHUPATA: Shiva later returned with Parvati and eventually revealed his Supreme form and exalted the Pashupata vow – by which a man restrains his passion, becomes celibate, and roams naked smeared with holy ash, declaring that such a lifestyle would lead to moksha. The forests prostrate at his feet and beg for knowledge. Lord Shiva led the ascetics from their low level spiritual maturity. They had to be elevated gradually from the grosser methods of spiritual practice such as puja, japa, dhyana and pranayama towards the refined method of Self-enquiry. Shiva takes His true form and taught that “there is only one thing here that is called the Self or God or Brahman. Whatever is seen in this dual world is only Consciousness and not different from it, and that perfect Blissful Consciousness You are.
Even though Self-Realization, or Atma Jnana, is attained only through the highest path of Self Inquiry, Lord Shiva knew that this sublime path would be beyond the scope of the ascetics due to their current spiritual immaturity and the gross state of their minds. Such minds needed to be refined and made pure for them to be able to dive deeper and understand true Self-Inquiry. They had to be made ready and hence the above three paths were given to prepare and purify their minds. Thus all paths, including the indirect ones like the pujas, japa, and bhakti paths of worship through a personal God, pranayamas, etc., must be respected and, in fact, even be embraced if need be, in order for the seeker’s mind to be ready for the direct path of Self-Inquiry.
Sri Ramana also offered instruction on every kind of spiritual practice for the benefit of those who were not yet ready to come to the direct path of Self-Inquiry. It is also well known that Sri Ramana gave mantras to many of his devotees and that one of his very close disciples was Yogi Ramaiah who was an ardent Yoga practitioner. This proves that Sri Ramana’s approach was broad and all-encompassing. He did not advocate the path of Self-Inquiry alone, though he did strongly recommend it. Therein lies Sri Ramana’s greatness. He welcomed and guided every kind of seeker, irrespective of whether he was a beginner or an advanced seeker, whether Yogi, Bhakta or Jnani. Even though his main emphasis was always on the path of SelfInquiry, which is a short-cut and direct path to SelfRealization, he knew that it wasn’t an easy method and that it required maturity of understanding. This is why he prescribed the three margas (paths). He clearly stated: “If, however, the aspirant is not temperamentally suited to Vichara Marga (to the introspective analytical method), he must develop bhakti (devotion) to an ideal – may it be God, Guru, humanity in general, ethical laws, or even the idea of beauty. When one of these takes possession of the individual, other attachments grow weaker, i.e., dispassion (vairagya) develops…
In the absence of enquiry and devotion, the natural sedative pranayama (breath regulation) may be tried. This is known as Yoga Marga… If an aspirant be unsuited temperamentally for the first two methods and circumstantially (on account of age) for the third method, he must try the Karma Marga (doing good deeds, for example, social service). His nobler instincts become more evident and he derives impersonal pleasure. His smaller self is less assertive and has a chance of expanding its good side…” from talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talk 27 – Sri Munagala Venkataramiah. After much maturation through the preparatory margas (Karma, Bhakti and Yoga), the path of Self Inquiry becomes naturally easy to understand in its true essence and the spiritual aspirant is ready to inquire into the Self.
श्री रमण महर्षि के सभी कार्यों में से, उपदेश सारम को उनकी शिक्षाओं की सर्वोच्च विरासत माना जाता है।
श्री मुरुगनार (रमण के भक्त) शिवमहापुराण के ग्रंथों का अनुवाद कर रहे थे, जब वे उस पाठ तक पहुंचे, जिसमें शिव ने ऋषियों को कर्मकांड (अनुष्ठान और संस्कार) के बारे में उनकी अज्ञानता को दूर करके मुक्ति के बारे में सिखाया था। चूँकि यह भाग महागुरु के रूप में शिव की वाणी में होना था, वे चाहते थे कि भगवान रमण इस भाग को पूरा करें। मुर्गुना की दृष्टि में, भगवान स्वयं शिव की अभिव्यक्ति थे। शेष अंशों को लिखने के लिए भगवान पर दया आई। ये छंद भगवान शिव को दारुका वनों के तपस्वियों को प्रबुद्ध करते हुए बताते हैं। भगवान रमण ने जिन 30 श्लोकों का गायन किया और अनुवाद किया, वे उपदेश सारम के रूप में जाने गए, जो मुक्ति के बारे में शिव की शिक्षाओं की गहराई से व्याख्या करते हैं।
शिवमहापुराण की पृष्ठभूमि की कहानी यह है।
जबकि पुराण गृहस्थ तपस्वियों के जीवन का वर्णन करते हैं, उनके तप से पता चलता है कि वे ‘काम्य कर्म’ के मार्ग का अनुसरण कर रहे थे। इसका मतलब यह है कि व्यक्ति कर्मों और कर्मकांडों पर जोर देता है। वे लंबी अवधि तक तपस्या कर रहे थे और शिव से प्रार्थना कर रहे थे। वे कट्टर कर्मकांडवादी थे जो मानते थे कि कर्मकांड ही परम आनंद का मार्ग है। उन्होंने विभिन्न प्रकार के यज्ञों और यज्ञों के प्रदर्शन के द्वारा अपनी अज्ञानता का प्रदर्शन किया – सिद्धि प्राप्त करने के लिए बलिदान – इस दुनिया और अगले दोनों के लिए शक्तियाँ। मंत्र, यंत्र और तंत्र विद्या के प्रयोग से वे मदहोश हो गए थे। ‘अकेले कर्म का ही सबसे अधिक महत्व है; भगवान भी उन्हें फल देने से नहीं रोक सकते।’ यह उनका अहंकारी स्वभाव था।
उन्हें यह पता नहीं था कि कर्म चाहे जो भी हों, क्या कोई ऐसा है जो कर्ता को फल देता है? निर्जीव कर्म स्वतः फल कैसे दे सकते हैं। इन तथ्यों को महसूस न करते हुए, ऋषियों ने कर्म के अपने हठधर्मिता का अनुसरण किया। ये रास्ते पूर्व मीमांसा स्कूल द्वारा निर्धारित किए गए हैं जो कर्म कांड की व्याख्या और अभ्यास से संबंधित हैं। वेदों का यह भाग अनुष्ठानों और औपचारिक संस्कारों से संबंधित है।
अपनी संपूर्ण अनुकंपा में, भगवान शिव परम सत्य की शिक्षा देकर उनके मन को शुद्ध करने के लिए प्रकट होते हैं। यह उन्हें इस बात का एहसास कराने के लिए था कि कर्म अपने स्वभाव के अज्ञान से पैदा होते हैं। ज्ञान परम वास्तविकता का एकमात्र तरीका है। तो भगवान शिव एक भिक्षाटनर-भिखारी के रूप में अपना आगमन करते हैं। विष्णु अपनी पत्नी, मोहिनी, ग्लैमरस लड़की के रूप में साथ देते हैं। इस रूप में भगवान नग्न हैं लेकिन काफी मंत्रमुग्ध कर देने वाले हैं। उनका स्वरूप ऊर्ध्वलिंग है, जिसमें एक सीधा लिंग है। मोहिनी भी थी। नग्न भगवान भिक्षा लेने के लिए ऋषियों की गली में आए और मोहिनी ने उनका पीछा किया। ऋषि मुग्ध मोहिनी की ओर आकर्षित हो गए और उसका पीछा करने लगे। वे अपने कर्मों को भूल गए। दूसरी ओर ऋषि पथिनियाँ, पत्नियाँ, मजबूत-निर्मित शिव की ओर आकर्षित होती हैं। वे भूल गए कि वे क्या कर रहे थे, अपने कपड़े नीचे गिरने दिए और उसके पीछे हो लिए। वे भी नाच रहे थे, गा रहे थे और प्रेम-बीमार थे। ऋषि परेशान हो जाते हैं। वे दोहरे मापदंड अपनाने लगे। जब वे मोहिनी का पीछा कर रहे थे, वे शिव से परेशान हो गए क्योंकि उनकी पत्नियों ने एक नग्न भिखारी का पीछा करके अपना पुण्य खो दिया है। इसलिए वे शिव को नष्ट करने के लिए सभी मंत्रों और अनुष्ठानिक शक्तियों का उपयोग करते हैं। उन्होंने अभिचयगम किया जो बुरे प्रभाव पैदा करेगा। उन्होंने यज्ञ की अग्नि से निकले सर्प, दैत्य, बाघ, अग्नि और ढोल को भगवान के विरुद्ध निर्देशित किया। शिव हार से परे थे और उन्होंने उन सभी को आभूषण के रूप में बनाया। उसने बाघ की खाल उतारी और उसे अपनी कमर में लपेट लिया; अपने बायें हाथ में आग का गोला पकड़ा और उसे ऊपर उठाया और सर्प को शांत किया और उसे एक आभूषण के रूप में अपने गले में धारण कर लिया। अब तक, भगवान शिव खुशी में नाचने लगे थे। इससे ऋषि चिढ़ गए क्योंकि पत्नियाँ नृत्य का आनंद लेने लगीं। तो उन्होंने राक्षस को उसके खिलाफ खड़ा कर दिया, उसने राक्षस को बौना बना दिया, एक पैर पर खड़ा हो गया और चिदंबरम में अपना तांडव नृत्य जारी रखा। विष्णु और अन्य लोग इस आनंद तांडव – भगवान के आनंदमय दिव्य नृत्य से मंत्रमुग्ध थे। अंत में वनवासियों को शिव के वास्तविक स्वरूप का एहसास तब हुआ जब ऋषि अत्रि की पत्नी अनुसूया ने ऋषियों को बताया कि भिखारी दंपति कोई और नहीं बल्कि शिव और विष्णु थे।
पाशुपता: शिव बाद में पार्वती के साथ लौटे और अंततः अपने सर्वोच्च रूप को प्रकट किया और पाशुपत व्रत को बढ़ाया – जिसके द्वारा एक व्यक्ति अपने जुनून को नियंत्रित करता है, ब्रह्मचारी हो जाता है, और पवित्र राख से लिपटा हुआ नग्न घूमता है, यह घोषणा करते हुए कि इस तरह की जीवन शैली मोक्ष की ओर ले जाएगी। वन उनके चरणों में प्रणाम करते हैं और ज्ञान की भीख माँगते हैं। भगवान शिव ने तपस्वियों को उनके निम्न स्तर की आध्यात्मिक परिपक्वता से आगे बढ़ाया। उन्हें धीरे-धीरे पूजा, जप, ध्यान और प्राणायाम जैसी साधना की स्थूल विधियों से आत्म-अन्वेषण की परिष्कृत पद्धति की ओर उन्नत करना पड़ा। शिव अपना असली रूप लेते हैं और सिखाते हैं कि “यहाँ केवल एक ही चीज़ है जिसे स्वयं या ईश्वर या ब्रह्म कहा जाता है। इस द्वैत संसार में जो कुछ भी दिखाई देता है, वह केवल चेतना है, इससे भिन्न नहीं है, और वह पूर्ण आनंदमय चेतना आप हैं।
भले ही आत्म-साक्षात्कार, या आत्मा ज्ञान, आत्म-जांच के उच्चतम मार्ग के माध्यम से ही प्राप्त किया जाता है, भगवान शिव जानते थे कि यह उदात्त मार्ग उनकी वर्तमान आध्यात्मिक अपरिपक्वता और उनके मन की स्थूल स्थिति के कारण तपस्वियों के दायरे से परे होगा। ऐसे दिमागों को शुद्ध करने और उन्हें शुद्ध करने की आवश्यकता थी ताकि वे गहराई से गोता लगा सकें और सच्ची आत्म-अन्वेषण को समझ सकें। उन्हें तैयार करना था और इसलिए उनके मन को तैयार करने और शुद्ध करने के लिए उपरोक्त तीन मार्ग दिए गए थे। इस प्रकार अप्रत्यक्ष सहित सभी मार्ग, जैसे पूजा, जप, और एक व्यक्तिगत भगवान, प्राणायाम, आदि के माध्यम से पूजा के भक्ति मार्ग, का सम्मान किया जाना चाहिए और वास्तव में, साधक के मन के लिए, यदि आवश्यक हो, तो उसे अपनाया भी जाना चाहिए। आत्म-अन्वेषण के सीधे मार्ग के लिए तैयार रहना।
श्री रमण ने भी उन लोगों के लाभ के लिए हर प्रकार की साधना का निर्देश दिया जो अभी तक आत्म-अन्वेषण के सीधे मार्ग पर आने के लिए तैयार नहीं थे। यह भी सर्वविदित है कि श्री रमण ने अपने कई भक्तों को मंत्र दिए और उनके एक बहुत करीबी शिष्य योगी रमैया थे जो एक उत्साही योग अभ्यासी थे। इससे सिद्ध होता है कि श्री रमण का दृष्टिकोण व्यापक और सर्वव्यापी था। उन्होंने केवल आत्म-अन्वेषण के मार्ग की वकालत नहीं की, हालाँकि उन्होंने इसकी पुरजोर सिफारिश की। इसमें श्री रमण की महानता निहित है। उन्होंने हर प्रकार के साधक का स्वागत और मार्गदर्शन किया, चाहे वह एक शुरुआती या उन्नत साधक हो, चाहे वह योगी, भक्त या ज्ञानी हो। भले ही उनका मुख्य जोर हमेशा आत्म-अन्वेषण के मार्ग पर था, जो आत्म-साक्षात्कार का एक छोटा और सीधा मार्ग है, वे जानते थे कि यह एक आसान तरीका नहीं था और इसके लिए समझ की परिपक्वता की आवश्यकता थी। इसलिए उन्होंने तीन मार्ग बताए। उन्होंने स्पष्ट रूप से कहा: “यदि, हालांकि, आकांक्षी विचार मार्ग (आत्मनिरीक्षण विश्लेषणात्मक पद्धति के लिए) के स्वभाव के अनुकूल नहीं है, तो उसे एक आदर्श के लिए भक्ति (भक्ति) विकसित करनी चाहिए – चाहे वह भगवान, गुरु, सामान्य रूप से मानवता, नैतिक कानून हों।” , या सुंदरता का विचार भी। जब इनमें से एक व्यक्ति पर अधिकार कर लेता है, तो अन्य आसक्तियां कमजोर हो जाती हैं, अर्थात वैराग्य विकसित हो जाता है…
पूछताछ और भक्ति के अभाव में, प्राकृतिक शामक प्राणायाम (श्वास नियमन) की कोशिश की जा सकती है। इसे योग मार्ग के रूप में जाना जाता है … यदि एक आकांक्षी पहले दो तरीकों के लिए स्वभाव से अनुपयुक्त है और परिस्थितिवश (उम्र के कारण) तीसरी विधि के लिए, उसे कर्म मार्ग (अच्छे कर्म करना, उदाहरण के लिए, समाज सेवा) का प्रयास करना चाहिए। . उसकी उदात्त प्रवृत्ति अधिक स्पष्ट हो जाती है और वह अवैयक्तिक आनंद प्राप्त करता है। उनका छोटा आत्म कम मुखर है और उसके पास अपने अच्छे पक्ष का विस्तार करने का एक मौका है …” श्री रमण महर्षि के साथ बातचीत से, टॉक 27 – श्री मुनागला वेंकटरमैया। प्रारंभिक मार्ग (कर्म, भक्ति और योग) के माध्यम से बहुत परिपक्वता के बाद, आत्म-निरीक्षण का मार्ग अपने वास्तविक सार में स्वाभाविक रूप से समझना आसान हो जाता है और आध्यात्मिक आकांक्षी स्वयं में पूछताछ करने के लिए तैयार होता है।
GOA, INDIA ~ Had a great sleep and the trance is still continuing since yesterday. Having a feeling of one with the origin. i.e. Arunachala.
It was a great day for me , I was totally engrossed dip in the Satsang, your prior day Meditation was of great help, during the end part when you talk about all utensils, pots are nothing but a mud and gold ornaments is nothing but the gold, this time I was having a feeling of one with the origin. i.e. Arunachala… for sometime i don’t know something was moving around and I was just stand still even thought I know something was happening, after session had a good sleep but in the morning again automatically getting connected to the same energy. It was a great day. Today morning also after having breakfast was sitting and started connecting to the Arunachala and within no time I was in the same zone like yesterday’s. Thereafter, I couldn’t have control on me n ek Nasha sa aa raha hai (feel kind of intoxicated trance). Since yesterday unable to sit. Right now also am on my bed feeling the same trance, now while writing this also am in the trance, don’t know what is this.
Thank you so much Bhai. Greetings n lots of Unconditional Love.🌹♥️🙏
PUNE, INDIA ~ It was an amazing session. Really loved the way Upadesa Saram has been depicted and how each of the verses were like unlocking the next level was truth. And the way you conducted the session connecting various dots and also connecting with the stories we have heard from different religions, Vedas, Upanishads… Really loved the whole thing.
It was an amazing session. Really loved the way Upadesa Saram has been depicted and how each of the verses were like unlocking the next level was truth. It was great. And the way you conducted the session connecting various dots and also connecting with the stories we have heard from different religions, Vedas, Upanishads to the knowledge that was given in the Upadesa Saram…. Really loved the whole thing.
And as you say the key is to walk on this path and not get stuck into vishaya vasana where one can get stuck into the external world, which is always going to be there but as said atleast 50% of it towards knowing the self and towards the sat vasana, that was great.
Everyone is at a different level and different stages, so there nothing like right or wrong but it is all by divine plan and based on our past karmas that we are now at a certain level. Just walking on this path and being the true seeker will take us ultimately to the ultimate truth. So it was really really amazing and we both enjoyed a lot. For both of us now most of the time the discussions are only around these topics. So that way we are fortunate that both of us are walking this path,, maybe we have different levels and have different inclinations for the same path but at the same time we know where we want to go and we are blessed to have people and guides or friends like you, Manoj ji and many other who are guiding us on the path. Again, as you said, it is not anyone who does but it is the divine that is doing through mediums.
Thank you to you and all the guides whi are guiding us in this path. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
NORTH INDIA ~ Blessed to be able to be a part of the journey of the mighty scripture. It was a journey in itself that beautifully unfolded the truths for a seeker and the step by step guidance for the Realization.
Blessed to be able to be a part of the journey of a mighty scripture, the ‘Upadesh Saram’. It was journey in itself and beautifully unfolded the truths for a seeker and the step by step guidance for the Realization. Your detailed explanation of every step helped us to contemplate on the teachings and by the end of it so much of clarity dawned. This is not the end but in fact a new journey where meditating on the verses and bringing them into practice has started.
So much of gratitude for sitting with us relentlessly for 7 hours and helping us imbibe the essence of the teachings of the Upadesh Saram. 🙏🙏🙏✨️, Stay blessed
NOIDA, INDIA ~ With your guidance I am feeling so much change and liberation in my life. It has become more free more clear. There is more surrender to the divine, more love for others, more acceptance…
I could not attend yesterday
However would like to tell you that with your guidance I am feeling so much change and liberation in my life
It was wonderful already, now it has become more free more clear
There is more surrender to the divine , more love for others , more acceptance
It has widened the horizon.
Can’t thank you enough
~ a seeker
TAMILNADU, INDIA ~ Blessed to be able to be a part of the journey of the mighty scripture. It was a journey in itself that beautifully unfolded the truths for a seeker and the step by step guidance for the Realization.
Hi Sir ji,
Your explanation is very lucid as I mention it my earlier feedback to you. I have understood the importance of AWARENESS in this approach to spiritual path up to up to stage of Atma Vichara enabling on this path to remove all obstacle in a speedy manner.
Hope in future give more attention to this Or Cover in special session like you did it in “Forgiveness Program,” Thanks very much for giving me opportunity to listen to this Webinar. I am looking forward for your Divine Presence” Session
~ a seeker
MUMBAI, INDIA ~ It helped me in rooting out my desires at the source. It helped me in understanding importance of drishta bhav (witnessing). helps me in developing viveka(clarity and discrimination) on the path of self enquiry. With the grace of Arunachala Siva, we can live in awareness throughout the day..
Yesterday’s Upadesa Saram was deep and profound.
It helped me in rooting out my desires at the source with one of the upadesa mentioning about natural flow of Prana(life) and stillness of mind (temporary stillness yet).
Subsequently, it helped me in understanding importance of drishta bhav (witnessing).
Last but not the least, it also helps me in developing viveka (clarity and discrimination) on the path of self enquiry.
With the grace of Arunachala Siva, we can live in awareness throughout the day !
ODISHA, INDIA ~ Thank you so much for guiding me and showing me the step by step process of evolution in a very very simple way though updesa saram.
Thank you so much for guiding me and showing me the step by step process of evolution in a very very simple way though updesa saram.
Gratitude and lots of love and blessings
~ a seeker
NEW ZEALAND ~ The seed of awareness and discrimination is starting to awaken in my being. The awareness in my being is very subtly directing me to leave the doership and surrender myself. My being is truly becoming more and more aware of what is not pure consciousness. Thank you for introducing me to my Self.
Greetings Jacobji 🙏
I would like to share my experience of yesterday’s Zoom session on UPDESHA SARAM.
The session started with a prayer. During the prayer, I saw a beautiful light blue, very serene river flowing into my ajna chakra. My whole being is resonating with this flow of divine river. As the flow reaches my anahata chakra, a clear firm voice from inside my being said, MERA ASTITWA SAMAPATH HO JAYEGA (my existence will end). I became scared. Within a fraction of a second, the flow of the river became calm and stopped flowing. I am saying to myself I should just surrender and why I paid attention to that voice. This dialogue is going on while the prayer was going on. (Yesterday, I forgot about the voice that said ASTITWA SAMAPATH HO JAYEGA because I was mesmerised by the beautiful river experience) Today as I am busy doing my daily activities the vision of the river keeps on coming and I am getting happier and happier. My inner being said it WAS THE EGO THAT SAID ASTITWA SAMAPATH HOJAYEGA. The ego knew that work was going to begin to destroy it. It came in between as my being was experiencing that beautiful moment. It was the ego that was scared. When I recall and see in awareness, I can see how the ego kept on taking me to the beautiful river because I was feeding it by being so happy and proud that(I) had that experience. By the grace of Gurumandala, Arunachala, and Bhagwan Ramana Rishi, the seed of awareness and discrimination is starting to awaken in my being. Full surrender and knowing that I am not the doer. There is higher consciousness that is working through me. Out of the 30 verses, these two verses are constantly flashing before me. It’s truly like an invisible being flashing cards at me with these two messages.
SURRENDERING TO SUPREME CONSCIOUSNESS, DISINTERESTED IN ACTION AND SURRENDERING THE FRUITS OF ACTIONS TO THE SUPREME CONSCIOUSNESS. I AM NOT THE DOER.
REGARD ALL FORMS AS THE DIVINE EXPRESSIONS OF HIM.
Now my awareness is asking why only these two verses.
My inner being is telling me, I have always said that I am raising my children, I am doing everything for my family, I am running this business and managing all people. The (I) in me is very profound in me.🙏 Now, by the grace of Gurumandla, Arunachala, and Ramana Maharishi, the awareness in my being is very subtly directing me to leave the doership and surrender myself and fruits of my action to the Supreme consciousness because it is aware of the (I) in my being.
Now, the second flash card.
Regard all forms of beings as divine expressions of him. The awareness is subtly directing me to stop scanning people and all living beings. Stop judging. Be compassionate. This action is very subtle and only takes a few seconds. Simply, the awareness is telling me to accept everyone as they are and see everything as an expression of Supreme. The awareness is guiding me to practice these two verses in real life as i move and work amongst all living beings. The awareness is guiding my being to be aware.
This experience of being able to experience awareness in a very subtle way has become possible through these divine verses of UPDESHA SARAMA. My being is truly becoming more and more aware of WHAT IS NOT PURE CONSCIOUSNESS. By the grace of Supreme Consciousness, I am guided to surrender and slowly let go of (I) the ego.
Jacobji, thank you for guiding my soul through this beautiful journey of UPDESHA SARAMA. Truly, my journey has just begun. Thank you for introducing me to my Self. Lots of gratitude.🙏
Journey to meet real me.🙏
~ a seeker
NEW DELHI, INDIA ~ Arunachala’s’ grace was evident in the updesh saram event. It was mind boggling, got clarity on lot of things.
Arunachala’s grace was evident in the updesh saram event.
It was mind boggling, got clarity on lot of things.. though implementation of it seems surreal but the awareness of such deep truths are also enough to begin with..
Thank you so much🙏for bringing this grace upon us.
GOA, INDIA ~After doing so much in life I feel I’m not happy. My inner conscious was searching freedom but I don’t know how to get it. By god’s grace my inner voice was heard by God and I attended Updesh Saram at Arunachaleshwara and I learnt how to be in awareness in life n leave in this maya-rupy (delusional) samsara.
First of all lot’s of gratitude for you and Arunachaleshwara 🙏
Really it was an amazing teaching from Updesh Saram. In this worldLy life we are doing lot of things thinking only about us n our worries about sansaar but we are not getting freedom. After doing so much I feel I’m not happy. My inner conscious was searching freedom but I don’t know how to get it. By god’s grace my inner voice was heard by God and I attended Updesh Saram at Arunachaleshwara and I learnt how to be in awareness in life n leave in this maya-rupy (delusional) samsara. I am feeling lot of freedom. My worries are no more. I am only the creator of all this. But now I learnt how to get freedom from this and to be aware. Thank you bhai because Arunachaleshwara made you the divine soul to put divine light in my life. sansaar me hokar bhi apne apko mukt kaise paaye (despite being in the world how to liberate myself)…. all this I learnt from Updesh Saram. Vishay vasna se mukti paaneka hai udesh (my goal is to now free myself from the worldly lures). Now journey will began with pure intention and fully awareness.)
Thank you bhai… lots of gratitude 🙏 .
NJ, USA ~ Thank you so much bhaiya – another great session as we deep dived into the real truths of the divine teachings 🙏 Arunachala Siva
Thank you so much bhaiya – another great session as we deep dived into the real truths of the divine teachings 🙏 Arunachala Siva
NEW ZEALAND ~ The session was really good. Was awake till 13th verse. Then in the middle till 19th verse could only hear your voice very faintly.
The session was really good. Was awake till 13th verse. Then in the middle till 19th verse could only hear your voice very faintly. I figured out that all verses are interlinked and touches the very basics of our spiritual life. It also makes us to be disciplined. Thank you for your guidance bhai ji.
~ a seeker
INDIA ~ Thanks so much to Divine will & grace to be a part of it.. You made Updesh Saram simple to understand. it was eye opener , interesting to know the steps of evolution , Ego traps & guidelines for contemplation needed to walk on the inward journey
Thanks so much to Divine will & grace to be a part of it.. You made Updesh Saram simple to understand. it was eye opener , interesting to know the steps of evolution , Ego traps & guidelines for contemplation needed to walk on the inward journey.. .. Always stay blessed Bhai
~ Poonam Agarwal
LONDON, UK ~ Blessing to have the opportunity to not only just know that this scripture exists, but also get detailed clarity on each verse in the most simplified form in a 7 hour session. Verse by verse, it created a deep understanding of where we are, correlation of so many life events. Though a lot more to practice the teachings of Ramana Maharishi, seeds were sown..
It is a blessing to have the opportunity to not only just know that this scripture exists, but also get detailed clarity on each verse in the most simplified form in a 7 hour session. Verse by verse, it created a deep understanding of where we are, correlation of so many life events, other scriptures like Shiv Sutras, Sadhan Shikhar and most importantly, the blissful experience it led to and transformation it’s making every moment now. Though a lot more to practice the teachings of Ramana Maharishi, seeds were sown 😀. Since the time event started, had been listening to Updesh Saram verses audio on ramana maharishi website and contemplating more and more on every verse.
Thanks to Divine who made this possible and it was amazing being a part of this event. Gratitude! Gratitude! Gratitude!
INDIA ~ Thank you bhaiya for such a wonderful session. For all the clarity and knowledge you provided on Upadesa Saram in the simplest way possible. Lots of love and blessings
Thank you bhaiya for such a wonderful session For all the clarity and knowledge you provided on Upadesa Saram in the simplest way possible. Lots of love and blessings Thank you
PUNJAB, INDIA ~ It was not just a session but a journey in itself that unfolded beautifully and kept us spellbound for close to 7.5 hours. It was a step by step revelation for a seeker for a journey to the Self and brought in so much of clarity. Immense gratitude for the divine gift of the understanding of such a powerful scripture as the Upadesh Saram
It was not just a session but a journey in itself that unfolded beautifully and kept us spellbound for close to 7.5 hours. It was a step by step revelation for a seeker for a journey to the Self and brought in so much of clarity. Immense gratitude for the divine gift of the understanding of such a powerful scripture as the Upadesh Saram, stay blessed
~ Dr. Anita
CHENNAI, INDIA ~ Thank you immensely from the bottom of my heart for bringing to our knowledge and meditative understanding about such a profound process to self realisation.
Thank you immensely from the bottom of my heart for bringing to our knowledge and meditative understanding about such a profound process to self realisation. I also profusely thank the divine forces and energies for giving us this golden precious opportunity of meditating and being in the divine energy envelop, to understand the path through an enlightened soul Jake Light. Stay blessed bhaiya and tons of gratitude to THEE.
NY, USA ~ Thank you. Each session gets better and sheds so much clarity!
Thank you. Each session gets better and sheds so much clarity!
MALAYSIA ~ It was an amazing session. So simply and beautifully explained. So much more clarity now. Once again thank you bhaiya.
It was an amazing session. So simply and beautifully explained. So much more clarity now. Once again thank you bhaiya
GORAKHPUR, INDIA ~ This is a life-changing program for us. I understand how important these 30 verses are for self-realisation.
Thank you very much for making us understand the Updesh Saram in so simple words🙏
This is a life-changing program for us. I understand how important these 30 verses are for self-realisation. i learn how every incident in our life is divine will and how they are influenced by our past karmas. Without realising the real “I” it is useless walking on this path.
Updesh Saram takes us on the path of wisdom. Our every action needs to be so selfless and done in the witness mode.
BANGALORE, INDIA ~ This is a life-changing program for us. I understand how important these 30 verses are for self-realisation.
Profound subject clearly explained. Sir you dived deep into the mighty ocean of UPADESA SARAM & brought out for us sparkling gems. The way I look at life situations has changed .I am deeply indebted to you sir.
Thank you very much
~ a seeker
Interpretation of the verses of the UPADESA SARAM was easy to understand.Grasping the true essence of certain concepts would have been otherwise a mirage in the desert.Now my perspective on life has changed.
With Immense gratitude.
~ a seeker
CHENNAI, INDIA ~ Some vivid experience with light of Arunachala
Thank you bhaiya.
I have since today started reading the Upadesha Saram, verse by verse and also reading through my notes taken most attentively yesterday and mulling more intensely on it along with the summary given in each verse in the sacred book. In the Arunachala meditation, I do not know what happened. As we had done the forgiveness in the morning , I was feeling as light as a feather. Then when you sunk us into the meditation, and pronounced I am Arunachala, the mountain energy suddenly became bright light energy, my body too I started feeling like light and it started moving towards that mountain light energy as if a chord was drawing me closer. I started feeling scared for a second as it was drawing me , to such a huge ball of light. I was all dazed. Then I noticed my breath , it started shivoham breathing. For shivo I took in the breath, then hum, I was giving out and the mountain light was growing bigger. I really got very scared. But a thought came that it is being done with divine guidance so not to fear. expansion and contraction was going on thus. The expansion was getting vast and ,due to fear I stopped breathing , exhaling very very slowly. I was in that state for 5 minutes I guess , then you called us to come back , and slowly I limped back fully blank and dazed. Thank you bhaiya for your sincere efforts in grooming us into this practice.