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10021
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:32:27 AM »
Verse 203:



வல்லையேற் காட்டிங் கென்ன
   மறையவன் வலிசெய் யாமற்
சொல்லநீர் வல்லீ ராகில்
   காட்டுவே னென்று சொல்லச்
செல்வநான் மறையோர் நாங்கள்
   தீங்குற வொட்டோ மென்றார்
அல்லல்தீர்த் தாள நின்றார்
   ஆவணங் கொண்டு சென்றார்.


The judges said: "Show us then your deed."
The Brahmin replied: "I will, if you be pleased
To order him not to indulge in destruction as before."
Thereupon the judges said: "We will permit no evil here."
The Redeemer then approached the judges with His deed.


Arunachala Siva.

10022
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:29:45 AM »
Verse 202:




ஆட்சியில் ஆவ ணத்தில்
   அன்றிமற் றயலார் தங்கள்
காட்சியில் மூன்றி லொன்று
   காட்டுவா யென்ன முன்னே
மூட்சியிற் கிழித்த வோலை
    படியோலை மூல வோலை
மாட்சியிற் காட்ட வைத்தேன்
   என்றனன் மாயை வல்லான்.




They added: "For proof, you should cite
One of these three: custom, document or oral evidence."
Thus addressed, the One well-versed in Maya said:
"The one torn in wrath was but a copy; I have with me
The original to be exhibited before this Honorable Court."   

Arunachala Siva.

10023
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:27:14 AM »
Verse 201:


அவ்வுரை யவையின் முன்பு
    நம்பியா ரூரர் சொல்லச்
செவ்விய மறையோர் நின்ற
   திருமறை முனியை நோக்கி
இவ்வுல கின்கண் நீயின்
   றிவரையுன் னடிமை யென்ற
வெவ்வுரை யெம்முன் பேற்ற
   வேண்டுமென் றுரைத்து மீண்டும்.


When Nambi Aroorar replied thus in the Court,
The holy Brahmins addressing the Vedic Muni said:
"The onus is heavily on you to prove your phenomenal case,
Claiming in this world the lad as your slave,"   

Arunachala Siva.

10024
Verse 1 of Tirup PaLLi Ezhuchi:



போற்றிஎன் வாழ்முத லாகிய பொருளே
    புலர்ந்தது பூங்கழற் கிணைதுணை மலர்கொண்
டேற்றிநின் திருமுகத் தெமக்கருள் மலரும்
    எழில்நகை கொண்டுநின் திருவடி தொழுகோம்
சேற்றிதழ்க் கமலங்கள் மலருந்தண் வயல்சூழ்
    திருப்பெருந் துறையுறை சிவபெரு மானே
ஏற்றுயர் கொடியுடை யாய்எனை யுடையாய்
    எம்பெரு மான்பள்ளி எழுந்தரு ளாயே.


O supreme Ens which is the source of my life, praise be !
It has dawned; we will hail Your flowery, ankleted!
Feet twain with a pair of flowers matching them. !
Blessed with the gracious and beautiful smile!
That burgeons in Your visage, we will adore Your sacred feet. !
O God Siva who abides at sacred Perunturai girt!
With cool fields where, from the mire, petaled lotuses!
Blossom ! O One that has a flag inscribed!
With a signum of the Bull ! You own us. O our God be pleased!
To arise from off Your couch and grace us. !

Arunachala Siva.

10025

We can believe that the sages when they say: Our fate is simply a bundle of habits.  If you want
to change your fate, --- change your habits.

We now understand that a guru is necessary.  But for many sincere people longing for spiritual
attainment, the dilemma of 'Where is my guru, among so many who are not?'  still remains looming
before them.  Bhagavan Ramana spoke precisely to them by declaring that one should first understand:

"What is a guru?  Guru is God or the Self.  First man prays to God to fulfill his desires.  A time comes
when he will not more pray for the fulfillment of material desires but for God Himself.  God then
appears to him in some form or another, human or non-human to guide him to Himself in answer
to his prayer and according to his needs."  [ S.S. Cohen, Guru Ramana].

A devotee inquired of Bhagavan Ramana.  "Is there any way to meet the appointed guru for each?"

Bhagavan:  "Intense meditation brings it about."  [Talks 135].

Therefore, the search for a guru is only to the search for God.  We need not search in vain for the
place to knock, for it is within. Krishna said: "My glory is within."  Jesus also assures us of the
direction to find the guru as the 'pearl of great price' by saying, "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God
of Heaven and all else shall be added unto you."

This kingdom is within our very Heart, and Bhagavan Ramana offers two ways of approach, and then
clearly instructs us how to unite with it.

"There are two ways.  'Ask yourself --- Who am I?' or 'Submit and I will strike down the ego.'
[Arthur Osborne].

Seeking your true nature in your Heart, discovering it and rejoicing in it by bathing in the bliss of my
jnana swarupa -- this is within."

"Only bhakti sadhana performed continuously with love facilitate easily, in a gradual way,  this union."

"Enter with love the temple that is in your own Heart and experience the bliss of being absorbed
in my swarupa, becoming one with it."  "I myself will command and control a mind that has died
by the sacrifice of the ego."    [Padamalai, Muruganar. Tr. David Godman ].

(Source: Swami Sadasivananda's article in MP 2008-2009)

Arunachala Siva.

10026
HALL MARKS OF THE GURU:

Verse 33:

A teacher is one who is deeply versed in the scriptures, pure, free from lust, and a perfect knower
of Brahman.  He is established continually in Brahman, calm like the flame when its fuel is consumed,
the ocean of the love that know no ulterior motive, and a friend to all good people who humbly entrust
themselves to him.

Verse 34:

Let the seeker approach the master, with reverent devotion.  Then, when he has pleased him by
his humility, love and service, let him ask for whatever is to be known about the Atman.

Verse 35:


O Master, friend of all devotees, I bow down before you, O Ocean of boundless compassion, I have
fallen into the sea of the world -- save me with those steadfast eyes which shed grace, like nectar,
never ending.   

Verse 36:

I am burning in the blaze of the world-forest, with no man can extinguish. Evil deeds out of the past
drive me like huge winds, hither and thither.  I am full of fear, I have taken refuge in you.  Save me
from death.  I know no other shelter.       

Verse 37:

There are pure souls who have attained peace and greatness.  They bring good to mankind like the
coming of the spring.  They themselves have crossed the dreadful ocean of this world.  Without
any selfish motive, they help others to cross it. 

Verse 38:

It is the very nature of these great souls to work, of their own accord, to cure the troubles of others.
Just as the moon, of its own accord, cools the earth, when it is scorched by the fierce rays of the sun.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva. 

10027
General topics / Re: Sri Achuthanantha Adogal:
« on: January 05, 2016, 12:29:14 PM »
In those days, at Kaspa near Vellore, there lived a learned Vaishnavite Saint called Venkatakrishna
Dasar, who was poetically skilled and blessed, through his deep devotion, with the grace of the Lord.
Abbaju, who was eager to have darshan of Sri Venkatakrishna Dasar,  went to see him.  Dasar was
very pleased to see Abbaju and welcomed him warmly with a pleasant face. Abbaju spent a few days
with him.

During their discussions, Dasar was impressed by Abbaju's pure heart, bright appearance, clear knowledge,
poetic gifts, refined intellect, and also his expertise in music and devotion to Lord Rama.  Dasar told him,
'Dear Sir, the Lord of Sri Lakshmi, always residing in my heart, gracefully commands that from today you
shall be called by the wonderful name, 'Achutha Dasar'.  Having received that graceful name, Abbaju
reluctantly left Venkatakrishna Dasar with his blessings  and returned to Polur to continue his normal
life as a school teacher. 

After a few years, at the request of some of his respectable relatives, he married Thayammal of Kasthampadi,
a virtuous and beautiful young girl belonging to a good family of the same caste and started living in her
family house.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.           

10028
General topics / Re: The Self as a Gooseberry in the Palm of the Hand.
« on: January 05, 2016, 12:18:50 PM »
We may ask at this point that, if we are already realized, how come we don't know it.  We forget
that we are ever self realized owing to the illusion caused by the notion  'I am the body'.  It is our
nagging body-consciousness (dehatma buddhi) that obfuscates our real nature, the Self, which is
the reflection of Brahman.  False identification with the body binds us and makes us say: 'It is difficult
to realize the Self.'  Just as the pure crystal covered with a colored cloth appears colored, when the concept
of body and mind is superimposed on the Self, the jiva falls into the deep pit of illusion.  It is to rescue
us from the delusion that Bhagavan repeatedly instructed us to ask ourselves, 'Who am I?'. It is to
remove our cloud of ignorance and guide us to the path of Truth, that Bhagavan constantly advised us
to practice Self Inquiry (atma vichara) and taught us the Vicharamarga.  It was Bhagavan Ramana who told
us to shift the focus from the outside world of illusion to the inner world of Reality,  the Self within,
which is Eternal (nitya siddha), is Pure Consciousness (Chit) and is liberation (mukta).

The  Eternal Truth that we are ever self-realized was first revealed to mankind by the Vedic seers and
has since been reaffirmed myriad times by seers like Sankara, Hastamalaka, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa,
and Bhagavan Ramana.  It is like the gooseberry in our palm, if only our vision is clear.

concluded.

Arunachala Siva.         

10029
General Discussion / Re: The Law of Karma:
« on: January 05, 2016, 10:47:00 AM »
Though our Samskaras can momentarily impede our journey they can never, unless we allow it,
hold us indefinitely in their grip.  By our devotion to Bhagavan we have tasted a something that
elicits an immediate and unequivocal 'yes' which cannot be erased.  It is not a thought that engulfs
us -- it is a living entity within us glowing with with light that inexorably pulls us to its center.

That is why we listen to Bhagavan's words and study His life.  For here was someone who entered
that light and never came back, at least not as the lad called Venkataraman.  All our facts, all our
accomplishments, all our good and not so good deeds are reduced to irrelevancy.  And that is
because our intimate relationship with Bhagavan is valuable beyond compare.  Nothing else comes
close to that exquisite sense of satisfaction.  We cannot explain it. We can only live it.  If we remained
focused on that, nothing can defeat our purpose in life to be liberated. 

It seems we are all fools one way or another, for ignoring or rather forgetting again and again
our purpose.  The recognition of this is the beginning of our redemption, the turning round of our
attitude and the active purification of our minds and hearts.  The crucial question then is how?

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                   

10030
General Discussion / Re: Shadow and Substance -
« on: January 05, 2016, 10:37:08 AM »
The Single Entity Theory:

There has got to be a source for all that exists.  There has got to be a power to run the show.   It is
plain common sense.  Why?  Because nothing emanates from nothing:  ex nihilo nihil fit.  They call
it the law of conservation of mass and energy.  I suppose they mean something like our Single
Entity by Energy with a capital E.  This Entity -- this source is unitary, and the unitary source is
present in everything that has ever existed and will ever exist.

There is nothing revolutionary in this approach.  It was declared millennia ago:  Ekam Sat, Vipra
Bahudha Vadanti.  (Rg.Veda, 1.164.146).  There is just this One Thing, whatever it is.  Everyone
--the self styled rationalist, the combative evolutionist, the atheist, and everyone in between --
just has to agree that there is something that is responsible for the cosmic show - whether that One
is gravity, electricity, consciousness, the primordial protein, the God's Particle.  This is true even if the
show is self perpetuating.  That there is 'nothing' is a logical absurdity and an insult to our intelligence.
Understood along these lines, there is no mystery at all.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                 

10031
General Discussion / Re: Channels of Grace - A Tribute:
« on: January 05, 2016, 10:23:14 AM »
In 1949, while Baba was posted in Bangalore, he read and was deeply affected by Paul Brunton's
account of Maharshi Ramana in his  A Search in Secret India.  Baba was able to get in touch with
Paul Brunton through his publishers in the U.K.  They corresponded and arranged to meet in London
on Baba's forthcoming visit.  But, unfortunately, when Baba reached London, Paul Brunton was
out of town.

However, when Maharshi left His body in April 1950, Brunton wrote to Baba that he would be visiting
Bangalore and that they could go to Ramanasramam together.  So Baba drove him down and they
stayed in Mr. Bose's house.  Paul Brunton wanted to pay his last respects at Maharshi's Samadhi and
was carrying a flower offering.  So the two of them went see Chinnaswami (Maharshi's younger brother,
Swami Niranjanananda Swami), the Asramam manager.  Brunton had a falling out with the Asramam,
so Chinnaswami's cursorily took the flower offering and said he would do the needful.  But Brunton
took back the offering and walked away.  He privately told Baba that they would return to the dead of
night to the Samadhi so that he could personally pay homage to Maharshi  -- and that is exactly what they
did with their flower offering and sat next to Samadhi, in perfect silence, for a long, long time....

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.       

10032
General Discussion / Re: The Written Word:
« on: January 05, 2016, 10:11:44 AM »
There is Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi and Maharshi's Gospel, which provides an authentic record
of Bhagavan's responses to questions.  There is Day by Day with Bhagavan and Letters from Sri
Ramanasramam about life around Bhagavan during His physical lifetime.  There is Guru Vachaka Kovai
and Ramana Darsanam, that are major reliable sources of insight by senior devotees.  We have the
histories written by B.V. Narasimh Swamy and Arthur Osborne.  There are smaller books like Guru
Ramana, Crumbs From His Table and The Path of Sri Ramana which contain nuggets of wisdom.

Why should we seek elsewhere to know and understand Bhagavan's teachings when there are texts
already available?  One old devotee was heard a remark some years ago that he did not believe anything
that was written and published after Bhagavan's Mahasamadhi.  This may be a harsh yardstick but it
does give us a handy criterion by which to discriminate between what is of value and what is waffle.
Once we have that discrimination well established we can read later literature and distinguish that
which is true and of lasting value.  That old cliche - 'Too many cooks spoil the broth' is so true.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.           

10033
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:26:45 AM »
Verse 200:



அனைத்துநூல் உணர்ந்தீர் ஆதி
   சைவனென் றறிவீர் என்னைத்
தனக்குவே றடிமை யென்றிவ்
   வந்தணன் சாதித் தானேல்
மனத்தினா லுணர்தற் கெட்டா
   மாயையென் சொல்லு கேன்யான்
எனக்கிது தெளிய வொண்ணா
   தென்றனன் எண்ணம் மிக்கான்.


"O ye learned judges that know me to be an Adi-Saiva,
Should this Brahmin assert that I am his slave,
It is indeed maya that lies beyond the pale of mentation;
What can I say? I canst not con what he means."
Thus he, sunk in a malebolge of despondency.   

Arunachala Siva.

10034
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:24:06 AM »
Verse 199:


இசைவினா லெழுது மோலை
    காட்டினா னாகி லின்று
விசையினால் வலிய வாங்கிக்
   கிழிப்பது வெற்றி யாமோ
தசையெலா மொடுங்க மூத்தான்
   வழக்கினைச் சாரச் சொன்னான்
அசைவில்ஆ ரூரர் எண்ணம்
   என்னென்றார் அவையின் மிக்கார்.


Addressing Aroorar, the learned judges said:
"Would it spell success for you, if you violently tore
The deed embodying a voluntary agreement?
The one that is so old that all his flesh
Is shrunk, hath truly presented
The quintessence of his case; how do you counter it?"   

Arunachala Siva.

10035
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:21:25 AM »
Verse 198:


அந்தண ரவையின் மிக்கார்
   மறையவ ரடிமை யாதல்
இந்தமா நிலத்தி லில்லை
   யென்சொன்னாய் ஐயா வென்றார்
வந்தவா றிசைவே யன்றோ
   வழக்கிவன் கிழித்த வோலை
தந்தைதன் தந்தை நேர்ந்த
   தென்றனன் தனியாய் நின்றான்.


The spokesman of the tribunal spake thus: "Sir,
This wide world knows not of a Brahmin's enslavement!"
Thereto the Brahmin that stood apart, replied thus:
"This case stems from consent; the deed
That he tore, was executed by his father's father."

Arunachala Siva.

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