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Hi Paul
Oct & Nov are monsoon months & warm.Dec & Jan are cool.Lakshmana has an enlightened disciple ,a woman called Sarada,she's 50. I think that the other 2 direct dcp's of Ramana are dead now.Deepam is something to do with Siva.There's a temple in town the 2nd largest in India !!- a very old Siva temple. Yes ive walked round the hill/moutain many times on the road & the inner footpath. It takes 3.5 hours ! The chances of me going back this yr or ever are slim .Bye for now,
Matt.
Thanks for the info..I didn't know about the Deepam festival so I will definitely look into that & November doesn't sound like a bad month to travel for me as I'm going to Egypt at the end of September and won't be back till mid October. So what exactly does the Deepam festival mark/celebrate?

Lakshmana Swamy was a disciple of Bhagavan Ramana wasn't he? I had hoped to meet such people whilst staying in Thiru but I wasn't sure how many direct disciples of Bhagavan were still physically alive, and more so a self realized disciple.

Did you walk the stretch of Arunachala?

So you think you might like to go out again soon? I'm not entirely sure on a leaving date yet, but we should definitely stay in touch and maybe see about travelling together, it would be a massive help to me, seeing as I've never set foot in India before & it's always nice to have a travel companion..[/QUOTE]
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Namaste Paul, I would be happy to tell you more about living in India; but where to begin? The short reply would be that everything is totally opposite of what is considered the norm in the West! You must throw western logic, expectations, and fixed ideas out in order to appreciate the completely different lifestyle and world view that is uniquely Indian.
This current stay is now at 17 months - living in the "Abode of the Gods" Uttarkhand (Himalayas). Actually am planning to return to Tiru as soon as the weather gets cooler - under 30 C. I took a look at your IM profile and see that you are introspective and a spiritual aspirant. What you will encounter in
Tiru are mostly spiritual dilenttants who are looking for a spiritual "experience" to add to their personal portfolio. Most are only casually familiar with Advaita, or the direct path. Having said that, if you are discriminating, and I get the sense that you are, you may find illumination beyond your expectations, but not in the organized satsangs run by professional gurus. You may contact me directly through my blog (see address below)

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Originally Posted by Quint Essence View Post Hi Matt,

Thanks for the info..I didn't know about the Deepam festival so I will definitely look into that & November doesn't sound like a bad month to travel for me as I'm going to Egypt at the end of September and won't be back till mid October. So what exactly does the Deepam festival mark/celebrate?

Lakshmana Swamy was a disciple of Bhagavan Ramana wasn't he? I had hoped to meet such people whilst staying in Thiru but I wasn't sure how many direct disciples of Bhagavan were still physically alive, and more so a self realized disciple.

Did you walk the stretch of Arunachala?

So you think you might like to go out again soon? I'm not entirely sure on a leaving date yet, but we should definitely stay in touch and maybe see about travelling together, it would be a massive help to me, seeing as I've never set foot in India before & it's always nice to have a travel companion..
Hi Paul
I'm still trying to work out how to reply.Yes I've been round the mountain many times.I ttakes about 3.5 hrs & is very pleasant. There's only Sri Sarada who's L.Swami's disciple.There were 1or 2 living in the Ashram but I think they r dead now.I'm not sure bout meaning of festival cept its to do with Siva,like the temple in town which is India's 2nd biggest ! I doubt I'll go back there.
Matt.
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Hi Paul
To answer another of your questions-in Nov the weather is wet & slightly warm. And concerning Deepam 1000's come from all over India & absolutely FILL the 8 KM road around the Mountain (making it VERY muddy).In town the festival is a very magical experience mainly due to all the big light bulb displays.You can see something of it on Youtube.
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Hi Paul
Thanks 4 explaining the replyuing process.I was trying to us e the quote way,not noticing the REPLY tab !! More info 2 u & anyone else thinking of going 2 tiru- a taxi from the airport costs about 20 & takes about 3.5 hrs,& the express bus from the city ( which is in the opposite direction), takes nearly 5 hrs,plus 40 mins to get to the Express bus station.Also Madras is a real SHITHOLE. Also Lakshmana Swami's disciple Sarada(my Guru) is a 50 yr old woman & they're both Enlightened.To meet her u would 1st have to read her book which was written by David Godman ( who still lives in Tiru, & is a great guy),& which u can borrow from the Ashram Library.Its called No Mind ,I Am The Self, & I believe its out of print. i'LL only go back there if I'm told to from within.Phew ,as I'm a slow typer that took AGES.

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I am going to be in Tamil Nadu in about a month, hoping to go from Mamallapuram down to Rameswarem over the course of 2 weeks. Can anyone give me an idea of what the weather might be in September?
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Tiru in September

Hello "Artwalla"

The global climate changes are rampant everywhere so I would not be surprised if the normally hot weather in September will be fresh and cool as spring - but that is wishful thinking
In past years doesn't begin to cool off until late November, so expect temperatures in the high 80's. I myself am watching the weather and when it gets cool enough for me, I will be heading to Tiru. All the best, Jyoti
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thanks Jyoti! What do you suppose the rain situation might be? We are outdoor painters,so it will be a bit important and I haven't been able to find info about monsoon timings.
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Which country did not acknowledge 'climate change'? .........USA

The monsoon this year seems to have been bad, such is the plight of the farmers.

That is the SE monsoon

Monsoons start when they do , and if you hit the rains, just buy an umbrella on the street, and hunker down, it will clear.

Maybe you will only get the NE monsoon, it can last into December.

Pls do a bit more research as to when it might start.

Indians are much more phlegmatic,about rain, take it as it comes, do the same and have fun.

A few blobs of rain on a watercolour are going to add a bit of authenticity, but perhaps that is not your medium.
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Hi paul,
My haerty welcome to india.
I am living in chennai,TamilNadu state capital.
I have been to thiruvannamalai for girirvalam on full moon day for 3 consecutive month.
Girivalam means, walking around whole mountain(about 15 KMs) and worshiping temples along the girivalam path. Time duration may take 3 to 5 hrs depends upon persons ability to walk. i did 2.5 hrs non stop walk.
Ramana maharishi Ashram is located on the girivalam path outside of city...

About Reaching Truvannamalai:

1. Nearest Airport : Chennai International Airport, Anna Terminus
2. Bus Stand : CMBT(Chennai moffusil Bus Station),KoyamBedu

This is very big Bus Stand, most Organised in Asia,Different paltofrm for each destination in the state. But crowded somewhat..

You can get Tiruvannamalai Bus from here itself(Cost: Around Rs.50 to 60 very cheap). But if u take Taxi, it may cost you around Rs 2000

3.chennai- Tiruvannamalai- 4 to 5 hrs in Bus
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The Express bus from Madras to Tiru is the 122,& you have to pronounce Tiruvannamalai quickly or they won't understand you !!!Also u should wear earplugs because of the loud engine noise.The bus only stops about once ,at a cafe for a tea break.Travel light in India-only take a small backpack with only an inner sleeping bag, & buy all your clothes there.
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Hi Paul, I'm planning to go to Tiru asap. I'm in the process of selling my houseboat to raise funds. Hopefully this will be done very soon. Like you, i have never been to India and also i am primarily interested Arunachala and making Tiru my base for a prolonged periopd of self- enquiry. I have been reading this thread with interest. Maybe we could either travel together or link up when we've arrived.
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Hi Aladin
I've been to Tiru 4 times,there's a slight chance I would go again this November poss with you,but I may have had enough of India.
Matt.
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I've been to Tiru 4 times,there's a slight chance I would go again this November poss with you,but I may have had enough of India.
Matt.
Thanks Matt, I'll let you know when I've got a definite date.
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Originally Posted by Aladin View Post Hi Paul, I'm planning to go to Tiru asap. I'm in the process of selling my houseboat to raise funds. Hopefully this will be done very soon. Like you, i have never been to India and also i am primarily interested Arunachala and making Tiru my base for a prolonged periopd of self- enquiry. I have been reading this thread with interest. Maybe we could either travel together or link up when we've arrived.
Hello Aladin,

I haven't visited this forum for quite some time now so I'm sorry for the delayed reply, I am however still planning this trip and I am really pleased to have found your post tonight, I am going to Egypt this Wednesday for 2 weeks so I haven't yet made any set plans for India, but as soon as I return I will begin to sort out possible dates etc. It would be great to travel with you or meet up in India if our dates collide and we should definitely keep in touch and see about making something more concrete. Look forward to hearing from you.


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