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Ramana Maharshi => The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on December 19, 2009, 10:50:11 AM

Title: Victory to the Holy Feet
Post by: Subramanian.R on December 19, 2009, 10:50:11 AM
The Hindu theology always speaks of the Guru's holy feet as the
merging point of the individual soul with the divine.  Padam is
the Source, from where the individual souls (mind-body complex)
issue forth and it is where they merge eventually.  Padam if
pronounced as Paadam means Feet. Bhagavan Ramana uses
both the words Paadam and Padam in Sri Arunachala Padigam,
Verse 9.

Muruganar has lots of verses on the efficacy of Feet in conferring
liberation and these verses together appear in Paadamalai.  Garland to the Feet.  In Sri Ramana Puranam too, Muruganar speaks about
the Paadam, the Feet. e.g.

Praise to the holy feet
that shine out as the thousand petalled lotus
exclusively on the heads of those yogis,
who control the vital breath
by restraining it within the chest!

Praise to the holy feet
caressed by Parasakti*
until her hands grew red,
of the self-existent One
for whom there is
neither mother nor father!
                             (Lines 159-162 of Sri Ramana Puranam)
(Tr. David Godman)

Saint Manikkavachagar says in Tiru-ToL-Nokkam (Tiruvachakam),
while describing the saint Chandikeswara:

"Hail to one who held your Feet as Moksha!" 

The holy feet of Guru and the Liberation are thus one and the same.

Arunachala Siva.
Title: Re: Victory to the Holy Feet
Post by: silentgreen on December 20, 2009, 11:31:59 AM
There is a scope of misunderstanding of the teachings of the Guru if they are simply interpreted by the mind. For a devotee there is no scope of misunderstanding the Lotus feet of the Guru which is grasped by the heart and awakens the heart.
Title: Re: Victory to the Holy Feet
Post by: Nagaraj on December 20, 2009, 07:59:43 PM
Dear I,

Once a devotee stood near Sri Ramana Maharshi and said “Swami, I have only one desire to put my head on Bhagavan’s foot and do namaskaram (obeisance). Bhagavan must grant me this favour. "Oh! is that the desire! But then which is the foot and which is the head?” asked Bhagavan. No reply. After pausing for a while Bhagavan said, “Where the self merges, that is the foot.” “Where is that place?” asked that devotee. “Where? It is in one’s own self. The feeling ‘I’ ‘I’, the ego, is the head. Where that aham vritti (ego) dissolves, that is the foot of the Guru.”

Salutations to Sri Ramana
Title: Re: Victory to the Holy Feet
Post by: silentgreen on January 06, 2010, 04:03:35 PM
Know that the wondrous jnana vichara is only for those who have attained purity of mind by softening and melting within. Without this softening and melting away of the mind, brought about by thinking of the feet of the Lord, the attachment to the “I” that adheres to the body will not cease to be.

Padamalai, Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi Recorded by Muruganar, p. 186.
(Reference is to Sri Ramana Jnana Bodham, vol. 7, verse 340).

Title: Re: Victory to the Holy Feet
Post by: Subramanian.R on January 06, 2010, 05:36:02 PM
Dear Nagaraj and silentgreen,

Excellent.  For a Brahma Jnani, who is One without a second,
where is some one else to place the foot on his head?

In fact, Padamalai of Muruganar is not well known to many, until
David Godman translated most of the verses, in his book.  Sri
Ramana Kendra, Delhi (headed by Prof. Swaminathan those days)
published the entire Sri Ramana Jnana Bodham, 9 volumes in
Tamil, about 3000 pages in all,  in subsidised edition through Government of India.  Each volume was priced at Rs 10/= an unbelievably low price.  There is no second edition.  I picked up 6
of 9 volumes AT THE SAME PRICE OF Rs. 10/- from Sri Ramanasramam, sometime in 2009.  The Tamil is somewhat tough to understand.  It contains the original Sri Ramana Anubhuti, Sri Ramana Anubhuti Venba and Padamalai. It also contains Sri
Ramana Alankaram.  Some of these books were written during late 1940s before Bhagavan's Maha Nirvana. Sri Ramana Anubhuti (later called Guru Ramana Prasadam, by Robert Butler), Sri Ramana Anubhuti Venba (yet to be translated into English) and Padamalai (translated into English by David Godman) have come out as separate books.

Salutations to You, whose feet are the primordial flowers!
Saluations to You, whose feet are tender creepers to merge with!
Salutations to You, whose feet are the riches for the devotees!
Salutations to You, whose feet are the ultimate goal for all!
Salutations to You, whose feet are yet to be fathomed by Vishnu
   and Brahma.
Salutations to You, whose glory we shall sing in this Dhanur month!

                    - Tiruvembavai, Manikkavachagar, Verse 20.

I bow to that curved foot which is the goal for us.
          - About Nataraja, in Kunchitangristavam, AruL Nandi Sivam.

Arunachala Siva.