Namadwaar Nibbles


Once a devotee who had been initiated by Sri Swamiji visited after a long gap. Sri Swamiji asked him upon seeing him,
“I have initiated you already into a specific mantra. But you have not been chanting it”


This devotee incidentally was practicing some other sadhanas ignoring the mantra given by the Guru.
“Will I progress as you told me at the time of initiation?”


Sri Swamiji said “I have sown a particular seed in you. But you are interested in growing your own plant. Therefore the progress will not be as expected”


Our Scriptures narrate the life of the great Sage Viswamitra. In it, we find that he performed intense spiritual austerities (’tapas’) but his progress was marred three times. At first, he lost the power of his penance as a result of entertaining lustful desires towards the heavenly damsels Ramba and Menaka. The second time it was due to his pride in creating a heaven for Trisanku that he lost his power of penance. The third time it was the exhibition his supernatural faculty in setting right the bent back of a man that stole away his power of penance.
These incidents in the life of the great Sage are not to be laughed at. They caution a Sadhak (spiritual aspirant). A Sadhak having attainment of the Supreme state as his goal should never, at any time, during the course of his sadhana, involve himself in such mundane matters: for, it would deprive him of his hard earned power of penance.


The musical instrument Veena is related to divinity.


Playing the Veena is a Moksha sadhana. The Veena derives its shape only from the figure of a Man - his rear (‘brishtam’), spinal cord, neck and head. If the Veena is played in the right manner it would lead one in the Yogic path.


Once a devotee of Bhagavan Ramana came to the ashram clad in ochre robes and was expecting some response from Bhagavan. Bhagavan as usual chose to remain silent. Unable to control himself, the devotee asks Bhagavan for his opinion on his switch of robes. Bhagavan smilingly says, “The attachment to white clothes has now become an attachment to the ochre robe!”

What is the supreme offering?
In Srimad Bhagavatam, Maha Bali is ready to offer anything to the Lord who came in the form of a Vamana. He readily surrendered all his possessions. The Lord refused. Why? He cares not about the possessions. He wants the possessor, and hence accepted Mahabali’s supreme surrender.
Surrendering oneself to the Lord or the Guru the supreme offering.


One of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi’s most ardent devotees, TK Sundaresa Iyer explains his first darshan of his beloved Guru when he was 12 years old.


It is the year 1908, Bhagavan is still in Virupaksha cave. TKS Iyer climbs the hill and reaches the Virupaksha cave where he sees ten to twelve devotees sitting with Ramana Maharshi and singing songs. As TKS sits beside others, Bhagavan asks TKS if he could sing a song. Immeiately, TKS sings a song composed by Sundaramurthy Nayanar which goes like this –
‘No other support have I, except Thy Holy Feet. By beholding them I shall win your grace. Great men sing your praise Oh! Lord! Grant that my tongue may repeat Thy Name even when my mind strays.’
On hearing this, Bhagavan immediately says, ‘Yes that is what must be done.’ TKS takes this as Bhagavan’s Upadesa and keeps repeating the Holy Name of Arunachala, only to later become a great realized soul!

Truly, a Jnani is the greatest Bhakta and the greatest Bhakta is a true Jnani.


Once Ma Devaki, Yogiramsuratkumar’s disciple was forlorn and dejected because of some happenings around her. She was weeping and asked Yogiji, ‘Bhagavan! I came here for peace and to attain Self-realization. But what is happening here is totally the opposite! Problems, badmouthing by others, emotional distress, gossips. Why is all this happening to me?”

That was the time when the Ashram construction was going on. Yogiji took her with Him to supervise the work. While walking, Yogiji said, ‘Walk carefully, there are stones, sand, iron pipes and rods strewn all around.’ Yogiji stopped and told her, ‘Look at all these disorganized materials, the noise of the machines and disarray all around. Only if these can be tolerated can we eventually see a fine Ashram built, isn’t it? In just the same way, a Sadhak has to undergo tremendous pressures and miseries from all sides to attin the Ultimate Bliss. No one is an exception to this fact.’

Such a profound truth was explained by Yogiji through a simple practical example.



‘The Pambatti Siddha’s are a clan of people often mistaken to be living with snakes and adept in charming snakes (by virtue of their name -’Pambatti’ in Tamil means ’snake charmer’)


They are in effect, an elevated class of people who have the unique ability to raise the yogic serpent power of the body. Hence they are called so.


Which is the best question?
What is the way to get Krishna’s grace?

Which is the best answer to this question?
Chanting the Maha mantra always…

Which day is the auspicious day in one’s life?
The day a person eschews judging other’s faults and advising others and starts to observe himself to get better.

What is the cause of confusion?
Rather than doing what is to be done here and now, thinking about tomorrow is cause of confusion
What is the greatest mistake of a Sadhak?
Looking at the clock while he chants!

Read Sri Sri Swamiji’s Simple Questions Simple Answers which is a compilation of 100 questions and answers that matter to us in our everyday life.