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General topics / Saiva Canons of Tiru Navukkarasar. Canons 4,5, and 6:
« on: November 04, 2017, 01:09:43 PM »
Saiva Canon 4: 


Tiru Atikai Virattanam:

Verse 1:

கூற்றாயின வாறு விலக்ககிலீர் கொடுமைபல செய்தன நான்அறியேன்
ஏற்றாய்அடிக் கேஇர வும்பகலும் பிரியாது வணங்குவன் எப்பொழுதும்
தோற்றாதென் வயிற்றின் அகம்படியே குடரோடு துடக்கி முடக்கியிட
ஆற்றேன்அடி யேன்அதி கைக்கெடில வீரட்டா னத்துறை அம்மானே.


The father who dwells in Atikai Vīraṭṭāṉam on the northern bank of Keṭilam!
You do not cure my disease, which is giving me pain like the god of death. I do not know that I did many cruel acts intentionally to get this disease.  Siva who has a bull!
I bow to your feet only, always night and day without leaving them. Being invisible,
inside my belly, to disable me by binding together with the intestines.  I who am your slave could not bear the pain. You must admit me as your slave removing the disease.

Arunachala Siva.


 

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General topics / Sri Soundarya Lahari Parayanam - Mr.Modi Prime Minister.
« on: October 30, 2017, 06:49:08 AM »
Last evening about 10000 housewives did chanting of Sri Soundarya Lahari and Sri
Dakshinamurty Stotram of Sri Sankara in the Palace Grounds in Bangalore.  The
function was arranged by Edathurai Swamiji.  The function was inaugurated by
Sri Modi, Prime Minister, who also gave a brief speech about the role of women for
the New India.  He also chanted the slokas along with the ladies! The function was a
grand success!

Arunachala Siva.     

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Can anyone please write to me what is the Eka Sloki of Sri Bhagavan and Sri Sankara?

Arunachala Siva.

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General Discussion / Punar vasu star day - 25.06.2017
« on: June 25, 2017, 11:18:20 AM »
Today is Punarvasu star day.  In the month of Margazhi, Bhagavan was born.
Punarvasu is also the birth star of Sri Rama.  Every Punarvasu day, the Asramam is
celebrating as a festival, with special abhikshekam, alankaram and arti for Sri Ramaneswara Mahalingam. After Arti, the Asramam is arranging a feast for the
visitors and devotees., with sweets. 

The devotees also sing Punarvasu vannam of Muruganar, verses in praise of the Punarvasu star, Bhagavan's birth star.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Azagammal' Liberation Day - 20.05.2017
« on: May 20, 2017, 10:38:09 AM »
Today is Maha Puja, Mother Azhagammal's Liberation Day.  On this day, there will be
special abhishekam, alankaram and Arti for Sri Matru Bhuteswarar Lingam in Mother's
Temple, followed by a good feast.

Devotees will chant many slokas in the Mother's Temple and arti will be shown to
Sri Matru Bhuteswarar Lingam and Yogamba.

Arunachala Siva.     
 

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Part III:

Returning once again to our analysis of the above quoted passage of Vichara Sangraham, the conditional clause in the fourth sentence that I translated as 'if one just is' is ('summa irundal') in which the word 'summa' means just, merely, quietly, silently, peacefully or without any work or activity.  When Sri Ramana says, 'without leaving that', He means without ceasing to attend to that 'spurippu', the fresh clarity of self awareness that is experienced as 'I am I' ('I am just I' or 'I am nothing other than I alone') in place of the former clouded and confused self awareness that was experienced as 'I am this body' and He describes this state of self attentiveness as 'just being' because self attentiveness is not an action but a state of action-less being.
Attending to anything other than our-self is an activity, because it entails a movement of our attention away from our-self towards something else, whereas attending only to our-self, 'I' is not an activity, because it entails no movement of our attention away from our-self, its source, and hence it is a state of just being -- a state in which all mental activity has ceased.                 

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Sri Bala Yogi - Mountain Path - April June 2017.
« on: April 26, 2017, 02:19:51 PM »
Sri Siva Bala Yogi was a great saint of modern India.  Though fairly well known in India,
and the West, readers of the Mountain Path are unlikely to have heard much about him and his teachings.  The readership of a few books published in his life and teachings has are not extended beyond his educated devotees.  Sages of Sri Sivabala Yogi's stature ought to be known to a much a wider audience across the world.  Not that they seek fame or money (unlike god-men and god-women who thrive these days!) but to acquaint aspiring souls with the divine word revealed by them.  It is only divine knowledge that, if put into practice sincerely and diligently, leads to the removal of the worries and stresses caused by the competitive living which is such a marked feature of modern life.  The more discriminating aspirants seek a much higher goal, i.e. complete freedom from ignorance to attain Self Realization.

Sri Sivabala Yogi's life story, specifically the severe tapas that he undertook, has many lessons for serious aspirants (Sadhakas). Similarly, his teachings, practiced faithfully,
offer hope to many to achieve their desired end; that could be lower aim of living a peaceful and happy life sans worries or striving for the highest state of knowing the
Reality.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.         

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Today is Bhagavan's Aradhana Day.  He merged with Arunachala on this day.
There will be special abhikshekam, alankaram and arti today followed by a good
feast to the devotees.

Arunachala Siva.

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General Discussion / Panguni Uttiram - 09.04.2017:
« on: April 09, 2017, 03:25:49 PM »
Today is Panguni Uttiram.  Today is the wedding of Siva and Parvati and also Muruga
and Deivyanai.  There are celebrations in all Siva Temples for these weddings.

Arunachala Siva. 

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General topics / Editorial - April - June 2017:
« on: April 08, 2017, 12:09:13 PM »
Surrender:

In the Bhagavata Purana, there is a famous story about an elephant named Gajendra,
which illustrates the importance of devotion and the power of the guru. The elephant Gajendra was the king of a large herd of elephants and was proud of his position. On a hot summer's day, he went down from the mountain side where the group lived to a large lake that was cool and inviting with lotuses to eat. Gajendra entered the lake and lolled around enjoying the refreshing water.  Unbeknownst to him there was a crocodile who lived there and was disturbed by Gajendra's frolicking.  The angry crocodile caught him by one leg and began to pull him down into the depths.  In spite of his strength Gajendra could not break the crocodile's grip.  He struggled hard for years but all his efforts were unsuccessful.  The Purana says that the crocodile held Gajendra's foot for over a thousand years.  In the meantime all his entourage of queens and courtiers abandoned him thinking that he was dead.  He eventually realized that he could not be released from the iron vice of the crocodile's teeth and that only God could help him. Gajendra then plucked a lotus from the pond with his trunk and offered it to the Lord as an expression of Atma Samarpana, self surrender. Lord Vishnu heard his cries and appeared before him. Lord Vishnu came down from his mount, Garuda, and hauled Gajendra and the crocodile from the water. With his Chakra he ripped apart the jaws of the crocodile and saved Gajendra. 

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                 

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General topics / Sri Rama Navami - 05.04.2017
« on: April 05, 2017, 09:47:30 AM »
Today is Sri Rama Navami, the birth day of Sri Rama.  Usually, it comes with Punarvasu
star and Navami (9th day after waning moon).

Sri B.V. Narasimha Swami, in his book on Sri Ramana, titled Self Realization, has compared Bhagavan with Sri Rama. 

Both had truth as their virtue. 

Both helped others to ward off the family bonds and attain Liberation.

etc., etc.,


Arunachala Siva.     

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Today is the Punarvasu star day of the month of Panguni.  Bhagavan was born on the
Punarvasu star day of the month of Margazhi.  Sri Rama was also born on Punarvasu
star day of the month of Chitrai.

Every Punarvasu star day is observed as the day of celebrations in the Asramam.

There will be special prayers today, with singing of Punarvasu Vannam of Muruganar
today.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Jagadish Swami Day - 02.04.2017.
« on: April 02, 2017, 02:08:31 PM »
Today is Jagadish Swami's Day.

I have already written in my serial posts on Ramana devotees, about this gentleman.
Please go through the same to know the full history.

Arunachala Siva.   

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General Discussion / Telugu and Kannada New Year - 2017
« on: March 29, 2017, 04:02:57 PM »
Today is Kannada and Telugu New Year, Hevilambi.  On this day, I wish everyone to live
happily and progress in their Atma Vicharam with Bhagavan's Grace.

Arunachala Siva.

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(*of Davanagere - in Karnataka):

(Mountain Path, Jan March 2016)

***

It is now way back - twenty five years ago -- that an intimate spiritual bond got established between us and Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi.  We first visited Sri
Ramanasramam in the year 1990. Fifteen of us reached Tiruvannamalai from Davangere, Karnataka, by bus to have Bhagavan's darshan.  It was as if Bhagavan Himself had invited us to His abode.

I had had many divine experiences by then, and at the time my mind was always in an ethereal state.  These cosmic experiences were so new and strange that I felt like exclaiming 'What, what is it..?', just as Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa did when he first had divine experiences.  The differentiation between the real and the unreal (Isvara and Nashwara) was vivid in my being.  The quintessence of Sri Ramana Maharshi's sayings - the 'I' manifested everywhere;  and there nothing existing other than the divine 'I' - became part of my consciousness, leaving me in a permanent state of joyousness (ananda).

My Sadguru, Sri Sishunaala Sherief, was a mystic and divine master from a small village in Haveri district.  Through his spiritual songs and divinity, he made it a well known place in India.  His songs are always very dear to me and ever hover on my
tongue. Sri Shishunaala Sherief says, 'Know yourself' (Ninda nee thilako). Guru Ramana's philosphy begins with the same thought - 'Who am I?''

As I crossed the arch of Sri Ramanasramam, a deep silence enveloped me, in which I felt I ever abided, having been there many, many ages and that I would be there for ever.  I felt that the Asramam could give the true seeker the experience of being in Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Siva, and perhaps an even better one.  A seeker like myself, who is still in the bondage of the physical body, would find it difficult to control mind and body in a challenging place such as Himalayas.  The cold and scarcity of food and water would distract me.                             

contd.,

Arunachala Siva,

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