Trip to Thiruvannaamalai.

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Originally Posted by Quint Essence View Post 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.

Great Paul, will keep you posted. It looks at the moment that a realistic departure will be around end of November or beginning of December. Meanwhile i will continue to trawl this great forum for relevant info. I have noticed though, that sometimes too much 'guidance' can have the opposite effect and send ones head spinning... Maybe we can exchange emails through a personal message and talk about logistics that wat so as not to bore everyone here.? All the best Mark
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Hi Mark,

Sorry I haven't been in touch for so long. How's your planning going? Are you still set to leave this year?
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I will be in india for the first time as well and will be in Thiru from beginning to end of january, email me at deke.swallen-at-gmail-dot-com if you want to meet a fellow traveler.
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Any updates?

Hi paul,

Have you done your Tiruvannamalai trip yet? If you have, could you please share your experience on the accommodation, activities, etc? Mainly, i'd like to know a decent place to stay, other than the ashram as it may have already been filled.

thanks!
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A decent accomodation is "hill view residency", just a short walk from Ramanashram. High season price is around 400 rps/night otherwise less. The rooms are basic but clean and nice.
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girlfromvenus,

Thanks for your recommendation-But unfortunately, I was not able to find any details online of the Hill Residency. I learnt from one of your earlier posts that you don't have it either--So, I wont bother you! I guess i'll ask around upon arriving in tiruvannamalai.

I am planning to spend 2 days there with my wife visiting the ashram, doing the girivalam, and the skandashram if I get the chance. Very much excited about going there! Hoping to enjoy the spiritual energy of the place, as I've heard from many.

Thanks to everyone in the forum for the invaluable advice!
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Originally Posted by kv78 View Post Hi paul,

Have you done your Tiruvannamalai trip yet? If you have, could you please share your experience on the accommodation, activities, etc? Mainly, i'd like to know a decent place to stay, other than the ashram as it may have already been filled.

thanks!
kumar
Just before Ramana Ashram , there is another Ashram , it is also good and reasonable (exact name , i forgot ).
Also near main temple of Tiruvannamalai , there are many reasonable lodge.
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Thanks Brijwasi--I think you probably mean the Sheshadri swamigal ashram. I'll keep their contact handy. But if I dont get a place, I don't really mind staying at the lodges/budget hotels and paying a bit more--as long as they are quick travelling distance to Ramana's ashram and the temple.
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Originally Posted by JyotiM View Post 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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It would be preferable if the discussion continue here rather than in private so we might all learn more about this holy place.

Hello,

I'll be traveling to Arunachala from Europe, with a friend, in 2 weeks from now - 12th Januray 2010.

We've heard from many people, including friends, that Arunachala is a special place in spiritual sense, where one can still feel the enlightened presence of Ramana Maharshi and other masters who passed on decades ago.
To confirm and abide in it's holy presence is the primary cause of our visit.

Just wanted to let everyone know we are coming and that our intention is to meditate in silence mostly. Any pointers regrading accommodations, natural sights, living enlightened gurus are welcome.
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RAMANA Ashram and Arunachala

I reply to an old thread rather than open a new one...

Going to Thiruvannamalai around New Eve. Few questions for whom have been there (Jyoti...).

- is it possible to arrive and apply to an accomodation at the Ashram or do they need me to send an enquiry by mail with passport copy as most of the big ashrams are doing lastly?

- how can I learn about satsang timings, ecc.? is there a person who I can approach at the Ashram like the General Secretary, ecc.?

- are there any Mahatmas now making penance on the hill...?

- is there anybody wanting to share his experience and memories from there?

Thank you in advance,

F.
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F's visit to Tiruvanamalai

1. You must request accommodation in advance - go to their website to do this (http://www.sriramanamaharshi.org/booking.html)
2. Honestly, this question gave me a laugh. There are NO satsangs at Ramanashramam. Having said this, however, you will find many satsangs to attend in December and January given by various self-proclaimed teachers who come during what is called "the season." They rent roof-tops, or conference rooms in hotels. Beware: No not ask about these "satsangs" at the Ashram, or you will surely be met with disdain - and if you are lucky to have a room, you will most likely be asked to leave!
3. Your 3rd question indicates that you have not investigated "Self-inquiry" as Ramana has taught. And, unfortunately, Arunachala Hill's "Inner Path" (compared to the road which goes around the Hill - along with vehicles ) is now closed, although one can still walk up to Skanda Ashram and Virupaksha Cave, both places where Ramana lived. Yes, I do believe that that some yogi's living on Arunachala believe in "doing penance," or tapas, but this type of yoga is of little value except as a mental discipline - even the Buddha gave it up.



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Jyoti

Namaste,

I realize this is an older thread, but you mention you spent 17 months in Utarakhand. Where exactly and was it continuous or leaving and returning?
Other than Tiru, where do you enjoy going in India? I can tell your opinion on self-inquiry and the inner Guru, but do you think the age of the Guru is dying in India - masters like Ramana, Nisargadatta, Laksmana, etc
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Staying at the ashram

Namaste to all members of Indiamike, I am a new member though I have read and appreciated these forums for a few weeks.
In reply to the questions regarding stay at Ramanashram, let me add my experience. I was there in January 2013, stayed three days at the ashram-provided accommodations. As another member pointed out earlier, it is vital to email the ashram accommodation office well ahead- they require a minimum of 3 weeks ahead of arrival- and confirm that they know you are arriving. I saw a woman from Europe turned away since she did not let them know ahead of time.

The room was clean. A little austere, as appropriate for this place. The bathroom was fine; there was a ceiling fan. Most important, it was a 5 minute walk to the ashram. To my surprise, they do not charge for the room, so make sure to leave a donation.
The ashram has the atmosphere of peace I was looking for, I gradually slowed down and let my mind settle. Hope to visit again soon. Let me know if you want more information, you will have a great experience at the ashram.
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