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General topics / Poems from Mountain Path -
« on: January 20, 2018, 12:10:44 PM »
I am giving some poems from Mountain Path, fir

st from July Sep 2017 issue:

Purnamidam *

Geetha Ravichandran.

*Om Purnamadah Purnamidam / Purnat Purnamudachyate / Purnasya Purnamadaya/
Purnameva Vasishyate / Om Santih, santih, santih.   

When I told you that I thought
the beautiful Sanskrit mantra
actually talks of love,
you said it is chanted at the burning ghats
when water is sprinkled
and the bed of flaming logs
consume all dreams and desires.
May be love is just a crackle
that sends sparks flying
which singe as they settle.
It is the memory that breathes
in the ashes, that feels so real.
And specks of warmth
let the mind heal and rise
to a new wholeness.

***

Arunachala Siva.   

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Ashrams / Bhagavan Jayanti - 03.01.2018 - 138th Jayanti:
« on: January 03, 2018, 08:29:06 AM »
Today is Bhagavan Jayanti - 138th Jayanti.  Margazhi Punarvasu star day.  The young Venkataraman was born on this day, in Tiruchuzhi. The day next to Ardra Darsanam day. He was born in the early morning.  The mid wife who was blind suddenly saw a flash of Light when the baby was born.

The young Venkatraman was not brilliant in his studies.  He used to swim in the nearby river and spent his time.

**

The Asramam celebrates the Jayanti day, with special abhishekam, alankaram and
arti to Sri Ramaneswara Maha Lingam, followed by many songs in praise of Bhagavan.
Ilayaraja also used to come on this day and sing his own songs in praise of Bhagavan.
This will be followed by good lunch, with sweets.

In evening, there will be dance dramas, reading of Tiruvachakam and other such
functions.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Ardra Darsanam - 02.01.2018
« on: January 02, 2018, 08:38:04 AM »
Today is Ardra Darsanam.  Today,  Nataraja performs His Cosmic Dance. It is celebrated
in all Siva Temples where Nataraja is there.  It is also celebrated in the Asramam where there is Natraja idol in the Mother's temple.

The form of Nataraja - the supreme dancer - has been hailed as the highest concept of
art.

Angikam bhuvanam yasya
Vachikam sarva vangmayam
Acharyam chandra taradi
Tam namah satvikam Sivam.

Whose limbs are the universe, Whose word is the essence of all language. Whose
ornaments are the moon and stars - To that Virtuous Shivam, we bow down!

Saivagama Tantras, the ritualistic sacred texts of Sadhana or devout single pointed
worship, devised an artistic form in which all human devotion can be directed - Nataraja,  the supreme dancer.  The form of Nataraja has been hailed  as the highest
concept of art.  Ancient Saivites were known to practice a dance drama at the famous Nataraja Temple of Chidambaram.  In the holy month of Margazhi (December - January) in Tamizh Nadu, on the day with the asterism Tiru Adirai, the Arudra festival is especially important to Lord Nataraja in all temples, particularly Chidambaram.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.   

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General Discussion / Poems from Golden Jubilee Souvenir -1896 - 1946:
« on: November 22, 2017, 01:56:16 PM »
I am giving some poems from the Golden Jubilee Souvenir 1896-1946 of
Sri Ramana:

Spirit of Peace:  (Humbly Offered to Sri Ramana)

Veronica Eyton - California.

O living God, O Spirit Blest,
Father of all, in Thee I rest.
Thou art my tender, gentle calm,
Thou art my sorrow's healing balm.

Spirit of Peace, Supernal Source,
Wisdom divine that guides my course,
Light of the World, that lightens me,
Thou dost redeem and set me free!

Over my heart, Thy hand is laid,
And Revelation comes to me;
Discord dissolves, and unafraid
I realize my Self in Thee!

***

Arunachala Siva. 
   
     
 

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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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