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General topics / Viswantha Swami - Liberation Day - 22.10.2014.
« on: October 22, 2014, 08:25:53 AM »
Today is Viswanatha Swami Liberation Day.  He merged with Arunachala in the year 1979.  His Samadhi is near Agni Lingam.

Viswanatha Swami (1904-1979) was a distant relative of Sri Bhagavan.  He was brought up by the Maharshi's Mother.
He fully surrendered himself to Sri Bhagavan in 1923 and till spent most of his time either with Maharshi or with Ganapati
Muni. He was a scholar both in Sanskrit and Tamizh.  He was the author of Sri Ramana Ashottaram.  He edited Mountain
Path for some time.

He says: 'In my first darshan of Bhagavan at the Skandasramam the very sight of Him thrilled me. Something very subtle,
seemingly with its center in that body, shone forth, without limitation, engulfing everything else.  I felt swallowed by it.
I stayed for a week with Bhagavan in that atmosphere of utter purity and serenity.  I saw Sri Bhagavan something quite
arresting, which clearly distinguished him from all others I had seen.

'He seemed to live apart from the physical form quite detached from it. His look and smile had a remarkable spiritual charm.
One could see immaculate purity and non attachment in Him and in His movements.  I sensed something very lofty and
sacred about Him. In His vicinity, mind's distractions were overpowered by an austere and potent calmness. In His presence
the unique bliss of peace was directly experienced. This I could call Ramana Lahari.'

Arunachala Siva.             

General Discussion / Happy Deepavali - 2014.
« on: October 21, 2014, 04:47:02 PM »

I wish all the readers and writers in the Forum a happy and prosperous Deepvali, tonight and tomorrow morning.
I wish them with Bhagavan's grace, they also proceed in the technique of Atma Vicharam successfully.

Arunachala Siva.   


Sri Guru Ramana Prasadam is purely a devotional work, more in the form of love-torn girl pining for the union with her lover
and also her happiness after union and thanksgiving thereof.  This work was originally called Sri Ramananubhuti - Part I.
And as such it was translated by Robert  Butler and published in 1998 under the title Non dual Consciousness, the Flood Tide
of Bliss and published by Sri Ramana Maharshi Center for Learning, Bangalore. Later the work was added with another 244
verses, making the total to 1039, including the 244 verses and another 40 verses.  The revised edition has now been translated
by Robert Butler duly assisted by David Godman, Dr. T.V. Venkatasubramanian, Nadhia Sutara, Jeennifer Hix and John
Champneys.  The new name Sri Guru Ramana Prasadam was also given by Muruganar himself. 

I  propose to give the original Tamizh verses and English translation there of  by Robert Butler, with Sri Bhagavan's
Grace, from tomorrow.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / punar vasu vaNNam - 16.10.2014
« on: October 16, 2014, 09:42:47 AM »
Today is punarvasu star day, the Bhagavan's birth star in the month of Kanya.  Sri Bhagavan was born on punarvasu
star day in the month of Dhanus. 

Today there will be special pujas to mark the punarvasu star day.  There will be special abhishekam, alankaram and
arti for Sri Ramaneswara Maha Lingam.  The Lingam which is already gold plated recently is further adorned by a golden

To remember this day, a verse from Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, Kaatchip Padigam:

அண்டினார்க்கு நன்று ஆற்றுகின்ற
 அருள் பெரும் கடல் அண்ணலே
தொண்டு பூண்டு துணை மலர்ப் பதம்
 துன்னினேற்க்கு ரமண நீ
கொண்ட புன்னகை கூடு நின் முகம்
 கூர்ந்து நோக்கிய காலையில்
கண்டிலாத கண் காட்சி பற்பல
 காட்டினாய் மனக் கண் உள்ளே. (339)

To those who come to you, O Lord,
Your grace is like the ocean vast.
When I, on service bent, had reached
Your Feet, with smiling face, you glanced
At me, and at that moment you
Revealed to my mind's eye
Rare visions, various and wonderful
Never by  man beheld before!

(Tr, Prof. K.Swaminakthan)

Arunachala Siva.     

I have to find my own post about my mention of.  Please help me.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Navaratri Prayers - 2014
« on: September 23, 2014, 09:17:55 AM »
Today is the starting day of Navarati (nine nights).  During this time,  in houses people place idols (made of mud and colored)
on five steps or nine steps as per the availability of idols.  The steps are made of keeping the benches of various sizes
one below another.  Or nowadays, iron made ready made steps are available.

In the Asramam too, though they do not keep idols, they do special alankarams with flowers to Mother Yogambika, consort of
Matrubhuteswarar Lingam.

During this Navaratri, Sri Bhagavan willing I post one verse from Abhirami Andati of Abhirami Bhattar of Tirukkadaiyur.

This work  starts with prayer to Ganapati.

தார் அமர் கொன்றையும் சண்பக மாலையும் சாத்தும் தில்லை
ஊரர்தம் பாகத்து உமை மைந்தனே.-உலகு ஏழும் பெற்ற
சீர் அபிராமி அந்தாதி எப்போதும் எந்தன் சிந்தையுள்ளே-
கார் அமர் மேனிக் கணபதியே.-நிற்கக் கட்டுரையே. --- காப்பு

The above is called KaLLavaarana Pillaiyar Kaapu.  KaLLavarana means the elephant which protects the deties
Abhirami and Amritha Kateswarar in the temple from thieves entering them.  This Vinayaka is standing guard
near the entrance of the temple.

He is the son of Siva who is wearing konRai garlands and Shanpaga garlands and He belongs to Thillai and Uma is
His consort.  Let that goddess ever remain in my Heart, O dark cloud like Ganapathi, please grace me to complete
this work.

Arunachala Siva.   


Today is the punarvasu star day of month of Purattaasi (Kanya month). punarvasu is Sri Bhagavan's birth star and He
was born on the punarvasu star day in the month of Margazhi (Dhaunur month).  Every punarvasu star day, the
Asramam conducts special abhishekam,  alankaram and puja for Sri Ramaneswara Maha Lingam.  There will also be
a feast with sweets during lunch.

On this day let us remember Muruganar and I am giving one verse from his Anubhoga Suddhi in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai:

என்னைத் தானும் அறியாத
 என்னுண் ஞானச் செழும் சுடராம்
உன்னைத் தோற்றி ஒளிருவித்தாய்க்கு
 ஊத்தை நாயேன் ஒளிர்வித்த
பின்னைத் தானும் சிந்தையால்
 பேணிக் கிடவா பித்தனேன்
பொன்னைப் புரையும் திருமேனிப்
 புயல் வெங்கட என் புரிகேனே.

The Self within me I knew not,
Your Self within me You revealed,
A Flame of bright Awareness, You
Illumined this once wretched heart,
What else can I, this madman, do,
God Venkata of golden hue,
But think and think and think of You?

Arunachala Siva.       

Kaivalya Naveetham (Cream of Emancipation) is one of the many treatises that Sri Bhagavan recommended to devotees.
It contains 281 verses and and Benedicory verses of seve.  This has been translated into English by Munagala Venkatramiah,
the compiler of Talks.

Taking Sri Bhagavan's Grace into account, I shall give these verses and their translation by Munagala in the coming posts.

Arunachala Siva. 

It is said in Puranas, that Kamakshi did 32 dharmas while she was in Kanchipuram in tapas, for getting the left form of Siva.

1. Making roads.
2. Food for priests
3. Food for people of all religions.
4. Feeding the cows.
5. Food for prisoners.
6. Giving bhiksha who come to the door steps.
7. Snacks for children.
8. Food for destitutes.

9. Taking care of pregnant who are awaiting delivery.
10. Rearing up the children.
11. Milk for needy children.
12. Cremating the dead who are destitutes.
13. Dress for destitutes.
14. Applying white chunam for the houses that need such white wash.
15. Medicines for patients.
16. Helping washermen.

17. Helping barbers.
18. Give spectacles for the needy. (?)
19. Giving ear rings for children.
20. Giving medicines for eye patients.
21. Giving hair oil for the needy.
22. Giving hot oil balming for the head ache patients.
23. Protecting the distressed.
24. Drinking Water supply facilities.

25. Building Maths.
26. Digging water tanks.
27. Growing orchards.
28. Helping the curing of dead animals' skin for footwear.
29. Food for animals.
30. Ploughing the lands for growing paddy.
31. Protecting the lives of people who are in danger.
32. Arranging for the marriage of girls whose parents have no money.

(Source: Tiruppugazh)

Arunachala Siva.           

Today is Maha Kavi Subrahmanya Bharati's death anniversary.  He was born on 11th December 1882, as a son of
Chinnaswami Iyer and Lakshmi Ammal in Ettayapuram, near Tirunelvli.   His name was Subrahmanya or Subbiah.
He was given the title of Bharati in 1893, by the poets of Ettayapuram Samasthanam.

One verse by him to remember him:

வானில் பறக்கின்ற புள் எல்லாம் நான்
 மண்ணில் திரியும் விலங்கெலாம் நான்
கானில் வளரும் மரம் எலாம் நான்
 காற்றும் புனலும் கடலுமே நான்.   

I am the birds that are flying in the sky. I am the animals that roam on the earth.  I am  the trees that grow in forests.
I am the air, water and ocean.

This verse reminds me of Sri Bhagavan's verse in Arunachala Pancharatnam, Verse 5.

Arunachala Siva. 

Mangala  Verse  of Sarva Jnanottaram:

மங்கள வெண்பா:

ஆன்மாவாம் ஈசன் குகனுக்கு அருள் செய்த
ஆன்மா சாட்சாத்காரம் ஆகும் ஈது - ஆன்மாவாய்
என்னகத்தே இருந்து இன்று தமிழ் சொல்வான் அம்
முன்னவனாய முதல்.

Arunachala Siva.

General Discussion / Aavani Moolam - 04.09.2014
« on: September 04, 2014, 02:42:50 PM »
Today is the Aavani Moolam - Moola star day of the month of Aavani, Sravana.  Only on this day, Siva sent word
to the king through Manikkavachagar that horses as wanted by him would come.  He came with horses and handed
over to the Pandyan King.  In fact, they were all jackals made into horses.  The King happily took over them and placed
them in the stable.  At night, these 'horses'  became jackals and broke open the stable and rushed into the city creating
much damage.  The King got angry and jailed the saint.  It happened on this day only.  Further Siva came as a village
boy and offered to throw sands on the flooding Vaigai river. He took pittu ( a jaggery and rice flour mixture) from an
old lady who was selling that and ate it and slept well on the bank of Vaigai.  The King came to inspect and found that
the boy is not doing his duty.  He thrashed him with his cane.  The blow was felt by everyone in the world including the King!
The King then understood that the boy is Siva and prostrated to him and also released the saint.  The floods receded on its
own and Vaigai was calm and steadily running river.

நரியைக் குதிரை பரியாக்கி
 ஜாலம் எல்லாம் நிகழ்வித்துப்
பெரிய தென்னன் மதுரை எல்லாம்
 பிச்சதேற்றும் பெருந்துறையாய்
அரிய பொருளே அவிநாசி
 அப்பா பாண்டி வெள்ளமே
தெரிய அரிய பரம் ஜ்யோதி
 செய்வதொன்றும்  அறியேனே. (Ananda Malai - Tiruvachakam, 50.7)

You made the jackals into horses and performed all magic.  The Southern King Pandyan and his Madurai city
people became mad seeing this magic. O Rare Substance!  The remover all mishaps!  O the flood of Pandyan
Kingdom.  O Light - rare to see.  I do not know what to do or say!

Arunachala Siva.   

General topics / Sri Bhagavan's Advent Day - 01.90.2014
« on: September 01, 2014, 08:46:45 AM »
Venkataraman's changed mode of life caused friction.  School work was more neglected than ever, and, even though it
was not now for games but for prayer and meditation, his uncle and elder brother increasingly critical of what seemed
to them an unpractical attitude.  From their point of view, Venkataraman was simply the adolescent son of a middle
class family who should pull his weight and equip himself to earn money and help the others. 

The crisis  came on August 29th, some six weeks after the Awakening.  (The exact date has been fixed as 10th
July 1896, by Gayatri Devi Vasudev, niece of famous astrologer B. V. Raman).  Venkataraman had been given an
exercise in Bain's English Grammar to copy out three times.  It was  the forenoon and he was sitting upstairs in
the same room with his elder brother.  He had copied it out twice  and was about to do so for the third time when
the futility of it stuck him so forcibly that he pushed away the papers and sitting cross legged, abandoned himself
to meditation.

Annoyed at the sight Nagaswami, the elder brother chided him.  He rose to the feet and decided to leave the house
there and then and go forth renouncing everything.  For him that meant Tiruvannamalai and the holy Hill,

However,  he knew that it was necessary to use a guile,  because authority is very strong in a Hindu household
and his uncle and brother would not let him go if they knew. So he said that he had to go back to school to attend
a special class on electricity.,

His brother said, 'Then take five rupees from the box downstairs and pay my college fees on the way.'


Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Muruganar Liberation Day - 25.08.2014
« on: August 25, 2014, 09:35:24 AM »
Today is Muruganar Liberation Day.  He was thirty three years old when he met Sri Bhagavan for the first time in
September 1923. One can say that ordinarily one's life before Sri Bhagavan enters it as a waste.  For, till then one is
caught up in illusions, in the whirl of externalized mind.  However, in Muruganar's case, it was different.  The earlier years
were the years of preparation for the work earmarked for him in Sri Bhagavan's schme of things.  Was he not to be the
incomparable Tamizh bard of Sri Bhagavan?  Tamizh genius flowered in the Sangam literature and above all in the devotional
songs of sixty three Saivite poets.  Muruganar had to be ready for the purpose of his life acquiring through mastery of Tamizh
literature coming down through the ages.  Tamizh became part of his very being by sheer dent of his hard work and his choice
association with contemporary Tamizh literary giants like U. Ve. Swaminatha Iyer, Mu. Raghava Iyengar and Chengalvarya
Pillai. His work as a member of the Committee for the preparation of of authentic Tamizh Lexicon made him a perfect master.

On the emotional side the Freedom Movement under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi lifted him out of ordinary humdrum
life and made him yearn for freedom from the millions of his fellow countrymen.  We find him giving expression to this in his
'Swantra Geetham'.  This works also marks him out as a poet with great potential, a budding genius. 

It was at this stage that a wholly new chapter opened up in Muruganar's life. His father-in-law Dhandapani Swami, an
ardent devotee of Sri Bhagavan and an inmate of Sri Ramanasramam came to his house with a gift of two works of
Sri Bhagavan, 'Aksharamana Maalai' and 'Who am I?' The Swami's purpose in giving this gift was that Muruganar   
might truly flower as a poet by Sri Bhagavan's grace and he said so specifically.  Little did he realize that he was part
of the divine drama which had started unfolding.  For one thing, the choice of books had a special significance. While
Aksharamana Maalai is the last word in ecstatic devotional poetry, Who am I? contains the essence of Sri Bhagavan's
direct path for self inquiry for Self Knowledge.  The influence of these two streams of devotion and knowledge, bhakti,
and jnana on Muruganar was profound.  We often find that these two streams of 'Praise' and 'Teachings' are blended and woven
together in colorful variety in Muruganar's works.  Also we have the two Muruganar's classics, Ramana Sannidhi Murai
and Guru Vachaka Kovai.  The first one places him on par with saints like Manikkavachagar, Jnana Sambandhar, Tiru
Navukkarasar and Sundaramoorthy.  The second one reveals that he as a Jnani experiencing the fruits of Sri Bhagavan's
Way steadily and naturally


Arunachala Siva.                         

The Historical Background to this Translation:

The Vedas are the Light of Jnana that reveal and illumine the path to attain the Content Beyond of the Upanishads,
the crown of the Vedas, and dwell at length only on the Advaitic or the non dual Content.

The purpose of the Agama Sastras is to explain in great detail, the forms of various deities - forms of Saguna Brahman -
the process of making (sculpting), erecting and consecrating them, the ritualistic modes of worship, specific to each of
them, the structure and the architectural design of the temples that are to house those deities radiating grace,
the erection of temple towers and the procedural details for the conduct of consecration ceremonies of these temples.

The erection of temple tanks, and wells relating to such temples is also expatiated upon the Agamas in an admirable
manner. All the temples of India have been constructed conforming strictly to the rules laid down by the Agamas.  In the
same way the form of the deity of worship in any temple and the procedure of worship followed will be found to adhere
to rules of any one of the Agamas.

Even the temples with Vedic method of worship will strictly conform to rules of Agama Sastra as far the structure and
construction of the temples are concerned. 

The Agamas, twenty eight in number, have expanded into many subsidiary Agamas called Upagamas of which Devi
Kalottara - Jnana Vichara Kanda - is one.

During the Virupaksha days of Bhagavan's stay in Tiruvannamalai, one  devotee. Ramalingam, the son of Chinnaswamy, a
priest of the main temple, brought some manuscripts in palm leaves collected from his relative's  house in Vriddhachalam
wherein some Agama Sastras were found written.  Among these this Agama, a Sanskrit text in Granta script ( a mixture
of Sanskrit and Tamizh) with complete orientation toward Advaitic truth was also found. 

Bhagavan while leafing through the scripts was amazed to find two Upagamas that instructed pure and perfect Advaitic
or non dual Jnana, among the Agamas that dwell elaborately on kiriyai and chariyai.  These two texts spoke of very
clearly of nirakaara Parap Brahman - the formless Content Beyond.  Both these were in the form of instructions by Lord
Siva, one to Devi and the other to Lord Skanda.


Arunachala Siva.   

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