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There is a book by name Guru Vachaka Kovai, by David Godman, with meaning of each verse and also giving connected
teachings and conversations of Sri Bhagavan.  This book should be available with most of the Forum members.  Hence
I thought I should give original verses (with proper separation of compounded words as in Muruganar's verses) and also
Sri Prof. K. Swaminathan's translation, which came to be published in 1990.

Verse 1 of Guru Vachaka Kovai of Muruganar:

    குரு வணக்கம்  (Invocation to the Guru:)

அருள் அவா வால் மேல் அளந்து படாது உள்ளம்
தெருள் ஆன்மாவாத் திகழும் - மருள் ஆவாய்
நின்ற யான் என்னது என்னும் நீச மனப் பான்மை ஆறத்
துன்று போதச் சுடர்.
Arunachala Siva.

Continued from the Mountain Path Issue of Jan.- Mar. 2014.

Part 9:

20th Jan. 1978.

During the waking state. whenever you do not feel love to attend to the Self, you cannot but attend to second and third
persons (things other than oneself, the first person) so at such times it is best to resort to sravana (studying Bhagavan's
teachings) and manana (reflecting on them).

Making intermittent attempts to attend to the Self is the most effective way to proceed. It is useless to struggle constantly
to attend to the Self, because that would be like standing deep in the mud and trying to lift something out;  the more you
try to do so, the deeper you sink.  A firm foothold  is necessary, and it is provided by sravana and manana. 

The foothold is Vairagya. (dispassion), which is freedom from desire to attend to any second or third person object, and
bhakti (devotion), which is love to attend only to the first person. 

Our whole life should go on in this way, with our mind  kept occupied in sravana, manana, and nididhyasana. (contemplation
on the Self).  Sravana, manana may take a long time, depending on the individual mind, but the correct nididhyasana takes
just a split second.  We may be able to turn 179 degrees from everything else towards the Self nit even that is not perfect
nididhyasana;  it is just an attempt to perfect nididhyasana, and is jumping a nine and a half feet across a ten foot wall. To land
safely on the other side, we must jump the full ten feet. Likewise, to experience ourself as we really are, we must turn full
180 degrees.

One must also know what type of sravana will be effective.  To be most effective, sravana must be focused and directed
unswervingly in just one direction, so reading this and that from numerous different gurus is not proper sravana. You must
find a guru with whose thought current you can agree, then discover what his real teachings are. And then practice
them alone.  Though there are various books in which Bhagavan's answers to visitors' questions are recorded, and though
they contain many useful ideas, reading them alone is not adequate sadhana, because many ideas in them are answers
that Bhagavan gave to questions that various types of people asked Him from a wide variety of perceptions, so such answers
often do not represent His core writings, since He always tailored His answers to suit the needs, concerns and aspirations
of each questioner and their ability or willingness to understand whatever He might say to them.


Arunachala Siva.               


Today is the Punarvasu Day of the Tamizh month of Chitra.  The Asramam will perform special pujas with golden
casket adorned on the Ramaneswara Mahalingam.  The puja will be elaborate and will go up to 10.45.  Punarvasu
being the birth star of Sri Bhagavan, every month it is observed with special pujas.

Here is a verse (No. 1816) in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai of Muruganar:

புனர்வசு வண்ணம்

குலவும் தொண்டர் கூடித் தம்மிற் கொண்டாடும்
தலைவன் பேச்சே தம் உணவாகத் தழைப்பாராம்
இலகும் புகழால் எண்டிசை போர்த்த ரமணன் பேச்சு
அலகில் களிப்பாம் புனர்வசு நன்னாள் அது வண்ணம்.

The happily conversing devotees will join with other devotees and celebrate this Punarvasu day.,  They
will talk only what Sri Bhagavan has told them and it is the food for them. With the glory that is spreading in
all eight directions, on this day what Sri Ramana speaks to the devotees, will produce immeasurable happiness.
This is the holy day of Punarvasu and that is its glory.

Arunachla Siva.,     

What the Maharshi means to me:

If God be the one that does things and lets every one else take the credit, then I cannot imagine a better example of God
playing the role of man-playing-God than Sri Ramana.  Here was an entity incarnated, in mortal coil moving as one among us,
concerned intimately with each of our concerns and yet simultaneously above it all, much like the mountain remaining at
once earth-and-heaven bound.

In his eight-fold form as the Universe, God leaves no Manual for his Amsa - hologram, man.  Even so, ingrained in one's
experience of this world of senses is the possibility of the Seer being intuited while in the evolutionary  act of seeing this
world. This experience, primal and child-like, a bliss in itself, is a flash in the pan for most of us, only to be overshadowed
by the tyranny of Vasanas, in the inner drives towards testing and acquiring pelf and power.  Rare is the individual for
whom the flash of lightning in the spiritual firmament endures, 'freezes' as it were, as continuing noonday brilliance.
The Maharshi was such a one.  Our knowledge of this deadly incident in His life stems only from His own recounting of it.
Any one impressed by the Maharshi's person and life cannot be struck by His preference for the understatement.  Master that
He is of the understatement it is not surprising that the Maharshi described His enlightenment as a 'process' of inquiry.
But He gives Himself away when He narrates that He began the inquiry by stopping breath and not allowing even the word
'I' to escape.  An inquiry conducted with such consummation from its very start could occur and proceed only in a mind
already Sattvic as Space.  To me it reveals the mystery of the Maharshi.  His supreme understatement regarding His status
as Supreme Master, not only after the 'death-experience', but even prior to it.  I am reminded of the occasion when I witnessed
a maestro beginning his recital with an exquisite phrase, only to discover to my astonishment that he had only been checking
the tuning of his instrument!

The advent of the Maharshi is, to me, to say the least the mysterious embodiment of the Self that is Silence that is Space.
By His own admission there was never a period of Sadhana during His life at Arunachala.  There was no difference for Him
between the instantaneous 'death' at sixteen years of age, little thereafter, and the excruciating, slow death at seventy one.
The gist of His teaching is contained in His teen-age replies to His Mother, and Sivaprakasam Piallai.  There was no evolution
in His teaching or the mode of communication till the last breath.

By His own admission, He discovered nothing new for the world, had no particular philosophy to expound, no message for
the masses.  According to Him, the Lord was doing an excellent job and it was only necessary for the 'individual' to attend
to the business for which one is here.'  For the Maharshi instruction could only be on the individual basis and even that
could occur only through Silence.


Today is Major Chadwick's (Sadhu Arunachala's) Liberation Day.  He merged with Sri Bhagavan, in the year 1962, while he
was ailing in a Vellore Hospital.  His Samadhi is there inside the Asramam.

Chadwick was ripe and ready when he came to Ramanasramam in 1935. It was the culmination or fruit of his sadhana
from 1919 on wards.  In that year, someone had presented him with a copy of Bhagavad Gita.  From then on this book had
been his constant companion.  From 1924, while staying in Chile in South America, he evolved something akin to self inquiry
for his sadhana.  The form of meditation he used to practice was 'to make the mind clear from thinking as an individual and just
rest in Godhead.'

However, he had a strong urge to find a spiritual master and receive his grace. But it was only in 1934, while he was in
Hungary he felt that India would be the best place for the fulfillment of his desire.  Soon  thereafter, while he was on a tour
to Spain, he was invited for lunch by a lady, an Englishwoman.  After lunch she gave him a copy of Paul Brunton's Search
in Secret India remarking, 'Take it and read it. It would of be of interest to you.'  This book was literally God-sent for Chadwick.
He felt strongly that Sri Ramana alone was his Sadguru for whom he had been longing.  He immediately sold all his belongings,
paid a short visit to his sisters in England, and made a bee-line to Arunachala. 

Very soon at about 7 a.m. in 1935, he had his first darshan of Ramana in the Old Hall.  At once he was captivated by
Sri Ramana's beauty whose aura was visible. 'His hands were most delicate, His features regular, and His eyes were a wonder.'

Chadwick found it difficult to believe that he was meeting his Master for the first time.  He could feel Sri Ramana's grace straightaway
and a tremendous peace in His Presence.  One can well understand this in the light of a later remark by Sri Bhagavan: 'Chadwick
was with us before.  He was one of us.  He had some desire to be born in the West and that has now been fulfilled.'

After a few months Chadwick was permitted to build a room for himself within Sri Ramanasramam itself. He was the first and
only Westerner to have this boon.  This enabled him adjust his timing in such a way as to be able to practice his sadhana
in the presence of Sri Bhagavan.  He would often boldly question Sri Bhagavan and get answers which were not only useful
to him but also devotees in general as well.

There are some important points he makes in his reminiscences, A Sadhu's Reminiscences of Ramana Maharshi.  'Bhagavan
never encouraged people who came to confess their sins.  He would not allow them to continue but would shut them up
by telling them not to dwell on the past but to find out who they were now in the present.' As Chadwick adds, 'the point
was not so much that act but the attachment to it which matters.  Dwelling on it in retrospect was the worst thing they could
possibly do.'

Once when Chadwick was overcome with fear during sadhana, Sri Bhagavan explained to him that, it was the ego which
experienced the fear as it felt it was gradually losing its grip. It was in fact dying and naturally resented it. Sri Bhagavan
further advised, 'Question to whom is the fear?  It is also due to the habit of identifying the body with the Self.'


Arunachala Siva.                                 


நாம் அன்றி நாள் ஏது நாடேது நாடுங்கால்
நாம் உடம்பே நாள் நாட்டு நாம் படுவம் - நாம் உடம்போ
நாம் இன்று என்றும் ஒன்று நாடி இங்கு எங்கும் ஒன்றா
நாமுண்டு நாள் நாடி நாம்.

Without us there is no time nor space. If we are only bodies, we are caught up in time and space.  But are we bodies?
Now, then and always -- here, now and everywhere -- we are the same. We exist, timeless, and space-less we.

This is one of the difficult verses in Ulladu Narpadu.  One has to deeply contemplate on the verse to understand the
meaning and import.

Arunachala Siva.   

General topics / Sri Rama Navami - 08.04.2014.
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:40:11 AM »
Today is Sri Rama Navami.  Sri Rama was born to King Dasarata as the eldest son. When he was about to be given the powers
to rule Ayodhya, due to a villainous scheme of his younger mother Kaikeyi, he was sent to forest for forest for remaining there
for fourteen years.  In the forest, he made friendship with Guhan, Sugriva, Anjaneya and Vibheeshana.  He conquered Ravana,
who had abducted his wife Sita and brought her back.  He is called Purushottama, the best among the males.

Two things are questionable in Sri Rama's  life. The first is killing Vali from behind.  The second is asking Sita to do agni
pravesam, falling into Agni and coming out unscathed.  In both the cases, Sri C. Rajagopalachari, former Governor General
of India gives valid explanations.  The first is about Vali being killed from behind.  The explanation is that Sri Rama never liked
anyone enjoying the wife of someone else.  He was very particular about this.  For the same reason, he killed Ravana also.

Today Sri Rama Navami is celebrated in a simple manner in Hindu homes, unlike Krishna Jayanti (when a lot of sweets and
savories are prepared).  A panakam, a jaggery solution in water with all spices like ginger is placed as Naivedyam for
Sri Rama along with the soaked cereals like uddhin dhal etc.,

Sri Rama was born exactly at noon time i.e. 12 Noon.  So the prayers and offering of these simple prasadams are offered
to Sri Rama at that time.

Sri Bhagavan has mentioned about Sri Rama in many places in His talks, Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi, Talks Nos.  130, 218,
317, 325, 421, 439, 449, 591, 627 and 647.

Arunachala Siva.                       

Today is the punarvasu star day of the month of Panguni (Phalgun). Punarasu is the birth star of Sri Bhagavan.  He was born
on punarvasu star day of the month of Margazhi (Dhanus.).  Today is also the birth day of Sri Rama. He was born on the punarvasu
star day in the month of Panguni (sometimes it falls on the month of Chitra).

Bhagavan is also called Purushottama, a name that is usually associated with Sri Rama. 

On this day, apart from celebrating Sri Rama Navami, the Asramam also does special pujas for Sri Ramaneswara Mahalingam.
A golden casket is adorned on the Lingam and special pujas take place.

Let us pray to Sri Rama and Sri Bhagavan, specially on this day.

Arunachala Siva.     

Today is Jagadish Swami Day.  He came to the Asramam sometime perhaps after Sri Bhagavan's Mahanirvana.

After reading the Life and His teaching of Atma vichara, he practiced the same vigorously.  He went to all the caves
where Bhagavan had lived in those sublime places, he did Atmavichara.  He also covered other places like Skandasramam
etc., Soon he took ill and he moved to the present Sri Ramanasramam and the Asramam authorities were kind enough
to allot a room for him.  There he was provided with a cot and table and a tube chair to sit.  He was all the time sitting
on the tube chair and meditating in padmasana. (It is very difficult to do padmasana sitting a tube chair!).  The Asramam
also provided him with all possible medical care.

One day he, while sitting in padmasana on the tube chair, merged with Sri Bhagavan.

Today there will be solemn  observance of his day in the Asramam.  Perhaps the Asramam would place a garlanded photo
of him and chant Sri Ramana's works.

Arunachala Siva.         

General topics / A Word To All Members of the Forum
« on: April 01, 2014, 11:20:31 AM »
Dear All,

I have completed 20000 posts thanks to Bhagavan's Will and the Administrator's generous silent permission to
post several posts per day. 

Of these, up to 19500 were lost in the 'total accident'.  I had no back up or print copy of these.  So I( had to rewrite
all the posts from 17300 and then add new posts from 19500 on wards. 

Hereafter, my posts per day will be quite less.  My anxiety is only to complete the Annamalai Venba of Guhai Namasivayar
and also Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai verses, wherever Prof. K. Swaminathan had translated.

Annamalai Venba which includes vidu thiru namam and other poems are gems found out by Sri Bhagavan when He was
in Virupaksha Cave. These verses were written by Sri Bhagavan in pencil.  Later the note book containing these verses went
to Sri Ramanasramam Archives and after finding them out, the Asramam printed in a book in the year 2003.

There are yet another 400 verses in the book.  But I shall cover them by posting less posts per day.     

Sri Ramanarpanamastu.

All glory to Sri Bhagavan who made me the instrument to post these.

Arunachala Siva. 

Today is punarvasu star day, the birth star of Sri Bhagavan in the month of Maasi (Kumbha).  There will be special pujas
etc., in the Asramam. More devotees would have come today to the Asramam for darshan.

Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai of Muruganar writes about the glory of punarvasu star - punarvasu vaNNam.

குலவும் தொண்டர் கூடித் தம்மிர் கொண்டடும்
தலைவன் பேச்சே தம் உணவாக தழைப்பாராம்
இலகும் புகழால் எண்டிசை போர்த்த ரமணன் பேச்
சலகில் களிப்பாம் புனர்வசு நன்னாள் அது வண்ணம்.

Arunachala Siva. 

General topics / Makara (Thai) Month - New Moon Day - Abhirami Bhattar
« on: January 30, 2014, 03:27:04 PM »
Today is the day of New Moon in the month of Thai (Makara).  On this day, a great thing happened in the life
of Abhirami Bhattar, who was a priest in Abhirami Amman Temple, in Tirukadavur.  He was a devout Sakta and
was ever in the bliss of experiencing Mother Abhirami in his Heart.  He used to smile, laugh and weep often
contemplating the beauty and grace of Mother Abhirami.  The other priests thought that he had gone mad.  He
used to sit near a pillar in the Temple and was ever in contemplation of Mother.  One day Raja Sarfoji (A Maharashtrian
King who was ruling Thanjavur and other near by districts in Tamizh Nadu) came to the temple after taking bath on
that New Moon Day, in the river Kaveri near Tirukkadadavur. As the king entered the temple, the priests welcomed him
with all respects.  When he came near Abhirami Bhattar, he asked the other priests why he was sitting near the pillar
ever in silence, without even seeing him and standing. The other priests who were jealous of Abhirami Bhattar told him
that he (Bhattar) never used to pray or respect anyone excepting the goddess.  And he was also mad.  The king came
near him and to test him asked: What day is today?  Bhattar replied, 'Today is Full Moon Day.'  Because he was ever
in the contemplation of Devi who is more brilliant than 1000 moons.  The king got angry and told him: If you do not
show me the Full Moon this evening, you have to suffer a serious punishment.  So he ordered his assistants to tie
him and mount him on a tall wooden pillar and then as the evening approached, the pillar should be cut in parts.
And finally he will fall into a huge fire kept on the ground underneath.

Bhattar was thus tied on the tall wooden pillar.  He was looking east and was praying to Abhirami.  One by one the
songs came in his lips.  The king and others were watching the pillar being cut part by part.  Thus the saint started
singing Abhirami in what is called Abhirami Andati, totally containing 100 verses.  As he sang the 84th song, Mother
appeared on the eastern sky and thew her thatangam - ear stud on the sky.  The ear stud blossomed into a Full
Moon!  Bhattar sang the remaining verses and completed the Andati, crying over the grace of Mother.
The king and others removed the fire, brought the saint to the ground and then all of them prostrated to him.

This composition is usually sung on all Makara New Moon Day, Makara Full Moon Day and Makara Fridays.               

I am giving one verse from this Andati, which describes the Mother as a crowd of lotuses.

58: அருணாம்புயத்தும், என் சித்தாம்புயத்தும் அமர்ந்திருக்கும்
தருணாம்புயமுலைத் தையல் நல்லாள், தகை சேர் நயனக்
கருணாம்புயமும், வதனாம்புயமும், கராம்புயமும்,
சரணாம்புயமும், அல்லால் கண்டிலேன், ஒரு தஞ்சமுமே

You are a lotus of the predawn sun. You sitting on the lotus in my Heart. O the great glorious lady!  Your breasts are like two
lotuses. Your graceful eyes are two lotuses.  Your two shoulders are twin lotuses.  Your face is a brilliant lotus. Your
hands are two lotuses. Your twin feet are two lotuses.  I have no refuge other than You!     


Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Guhai Namasivayar Verses.
« on: January 26, 2014, 05:46:55 PM »
I thought that I shall start the Guhai Namasivayar verses, this one being Invocatory Verse in Arunagiri Malai:

Verse 1 of Arunagiri Malai of Guhai Namasivayar:

அன்னம் ஏனம் தேடும் அங்கி உருவாய் உலகில்
மன்னும் அருணாகிரி மாலைக்குப் - பன்னும்
குணபதியே யானை திறம் கொண்ட பிள்ளை என்னும்
கணபதியே நீ இதற்கு காப்பு.

Arunachala Siva.

Just as morning follows night, gain inevitably follows loss.  At each important stage of our lifespan we leave behind a part of us,
who we identified with and step into a new sense of identity.  Life is a series of alternations between expansion and contraction.
Though we may desire just the positive and dread the negative, the impersonal current of our existence, inexorably moves by
laws over which we have little or no control.  Our destiny is already preordained according to Bhagavan, it is just a question of
whether we identify with the prarabdha of our body / mind complex or not.

In Advaita there are three basic view points.  The vyavaharika in which we see the world and presume there is a creator.  There
is a sense of duality and isolation and we learn of existence of something greater that gives us immortality.  The phenomenon
of existence is due to the play of maya, which is the Sakti of Isvara or God.

The pratibhasika says, the world, the soul and God are all established by the seer or Jiva and do not have any independent existence.

The third is the paramarthika, also known as Ajatavada which means that there was no existence in the first place.  There is no
seeking something new, there is no bondage or liberation. 

When we address loss or gain it is from the first view point, vyavaharika, the relative or empirical, that we speak. In the
other two views, the question does not arise. For most of us, the world can be nothing but implacably real however we spin
our story.  But why are we involved with the physical, emotional and mental worlds that come with being a human being?
Why then do we suffer excruciating hurt on whatever physical, emotional or mental level that we identify with when it may
seem that we are not in any way at fault ourselves?  There are various explanations of karma but in our immediate agony,
they are of little consolation.  Ordinarily it is time that heals more than anything.  Grace too, if we are so blessed, plays its
part in soothing the ravages of searing pain.


Arunachala Siva.       

The following verse is from IRai paNi niRRal (firmly living in service of God.).  I shall give my English translation or Prof.
K. Swaminathan's translation if available.

சென்ற சென்ற திசை எல்லாம்
  செல்வா உனது திருப்புகழ் கேட்டுன்றன்
அடிக்கே ஒப்படைத்தேன்
உடலும் பொருளும் உயிரும் எலாம்
குன்றம் அனைய குணக் கடலே
 குலவு நிலைக்கே கூறென்றேன்
நின்ற நிலைக்கே நில் என்றான்
 நீத ரமண நெடியோனே.  (1)

Arunachala Siva.

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