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10036
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:27:20 AM »
Verse 187:



பித்தனு மாகப் பின்னும்
   பேயனு மாக நீயின்று
எத்தனை தீங்கு சொன்னாய்
   யாதுமற் றவற்றால் நாணேன்
அத்தனைக் கென்னை யொன்றும்
   அறிந்திலை யாகில் நின்று
வித்தகம் பேச வேண்டாம்
   பணிசெய வேண்டு மென்றார்.

"Maybe I am a demented person or even a demon;
I am not to be abashed by your volley of evil words;
If for all this you cannot construe my nature true,
Indulge not in artful words; you had better
Serve me in truth." Thus He,


Arunachala Siva.

10037
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:23:41 AM »
Verse 186:


மாசிலா மரபில் வந்த
   வள்ளல்வே தியனை நோக்கி
நேசமுன் கிடந்த சிந்தை
   நெகிழ்ச்சியாற் சிரிப்பு நீங்கி
ஆசிலந் தணர்கள் வேறோர்
   அந்தணர்க் கடிமை யாதல்
பேசஇன் றுன்னைக் கேட்டோம்
   பித்தனோ மறையோன் என்றார்.


The scion of the flawless race faced Him; he grew soft
As hoary love somewhat melted him;
He ceased his laughter, and said:
"Among Brahmins, pure and flawless,
Can there be enslavement of a Brahmin by a Brahmin?
Only you could speak thus.
Are you, peradventure, demented."

Arunachala Siva.

10038
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:20:03 AM »
Verse 185:


நக்கான் முகநோக்கி நடுங்கி நுடங்கி யார்க்கும்
மிக்கான் மிசையுத்தரி யத்துகில் தாங்கி மேற்சென்று
அக்கா லமுன்தந்தை தன்தந்தையா ளோலை யீதால்
இக்கா ரியத்தை நீயின்று சிரித்ததென் ஏடவென்ன.


At the jeering face of Aroorar, He stared; He trembled
And shook in wrath; He restored the mantle that fell down
To His shoulder, and nearing Aroorar shouted thus:
"Behold this Deed of Servitude"
Executed by your father's father!
Sirrah! What's the meaning of your railing and laughter?"


Arunachala Siva.
 

10039
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:17:23 AM »
Verse 184:


என்றான் இறையோன் அதுகேட்டவ ரெம்ம ருங்கும்
நின்றார் இருந்தார் இவனென்னினைந் தான்கொ லென்று
சென்றார் வெகுண்டார் சிரித்தார் திருநாவ லூரான்
நன்றால் மறையோன் மொழியென் றெதிர்நோக்கி நக்கான்.



When they heard Him speak thus, they that stood there
Or sat, thought thus: "What means he, by his words?"
Some neared Him; some grew wroth and some laughed.
"Nobly spoken!"said Aroorar and sneered at Him.


Arunachala Siva.

10040
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:13:31 AM »
Verse 183:


ஆவதிது கேண்மின்மறை யோர்என்அடி யான்இந்
நாவல்நக ரூரனிது நான்மொழிவ தென்றான்
தேவரையும் மாலயன் முதற்றிருவின் மிக்கோர்
யாவரையும் வேறடிமை யாவுடைய எம்மான்.


Then spake the Infinite One: "O Brahmins!
Hearken to this! I affirm that this Arooran is my slave."
Thus he who had enslaved severally
The celestial,Vishnu, Brahma and all other worthies.

Arunachala Siva.

10041
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:11:26 AM »
Verse 182:


நெற்றிவிழி யான்மொழிய நின்றநிக ரில்லான்
உற்றதொர் வழக்கெனிடை நீயுடைய துண்டேல்
மற்றது முடித்தலதி யான்வதுவை செய்யேன்
முற்றவிது சொல்லுகென வெல்லைமுடி வில்லான்.



When thus the Forehead-eyed spake, the peerless one
Said: "If there be betwixt us a pending lies
I will not wed before it is concluded; state your case
That it may be resolved (be times)."   


Arunachala Siva.

10042
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:09:47 AM »
Verse 181:



பிஞ்ஞகனும் நாவலர் பெருந்தகையை நோக்கி
என்னிடையும் நின்னிடையும் நின்றஇசை வால்யான்
முன்னுடைய தோர்பெரு வழக்கினை முடித்தே
நின்னுடைய வேள்வியினை நீமுயல்தி என்றான்.

The Lord in disguise addressed Aroorar thus:
"You had better resolve first the great dispute
That subsists betwixt us for a long long time
Arising out of an agreement, and then proceed to wed."

Arunachala Siva.


10043
Verse 19:


உங்கையிற் பிள்ளை உனக்கே அடைக்கலம்என்
    றங்கப் பழஞ்சொற் புதுக்குமெம் அச்சத்தால்
எங்கள் பெருமான் உனக்கொன் றுரைப்போம்கேள்
    எங்கொங்கை நின்னன்ப ரல்லார்தோள் சேரற்க
எங்கை உனக்கல்லா தெப்பணியுஞ் செய்யற்க
    கங்குல் பகல்எங்கண் மற்றொன்றுங் காணற்க
இங்கிப் பரிசே எமக்கெங்கோன் நல்குதியேல்
    எங்கெழிலென் ஞாயி றெமக்கேலோ ரெம்பாவாய். 


``You are the refuge of our child entrusted to your hand.
`` We dread when this adage is renewed for us.
So, our God we make a submission to You;
  deign to Hear it.
Let none but Your servitors embrace our breasts with their arms;
  let our manual services be for You alone;
let our eyes  be it day or night -,
  Behold none but You.
If You  our King -,
  be pleased to grant us this boon,
here and now, what matters it to us whither the sun rises,
  Empaavaai !


Arunachala Siva.

10044
Verse 23:


To detach the mind from all objective things by continually seeing their imperfection, and to direct it
steadfastly toward Brahman, its goal - this is called tranquility.

Verse 23(a):

To detach both kinds of sense organs - those of perception and those of action  - from objective things,
and to withdraw them to rest in their respective centers -- this is called self control.

Verse 23(b):

True mental poise consists in not letting the mind react to external stimuli.

Verse 24:

To endure all kinds of afflictions without any reaction, complaint or lament, --   this is called forbearance.

Verse 25:

A firm conviction, based upon the intellectual understanding that the teachings of the scriptures
and one's  Master are true -  this is called by the sages the faith which leads to the realization of
the Reality.

Verse 26:

To concentrate the intellect always upon the pure Brahman and to keep it fixed there always -- this
is called self surrender. This does not mean -- this is called self surrender. This does not mean soothing
the mind, like a baby, with idle thoughts.


Verse 27:

Longing for liberation is the will to be free from the fetters of ignorance -- beginning with the ego sense
and so on, down to the physical body itself -- through the realization of one's true nature.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.     

10045
General Discussion / Re: The Written Word:
« on: January 03, 2016, 11:39:20 AM »
To be simple means we exercise discrimination and learn to separate the fluff from the gold.
But how can we tell the difference between the entertaining but ultimately useless from the sparks
that sharply light up the path in an unforgettable moment? We have several tools at our disposal.
Bhagavan's teachings, the Asramam with its influential aura of Grace, and the senior devotees who
have trodden the path. Let us leave aside the latter two and focus on the teachings which can be
read anywhere in the world.

There are three tiers of literature concerning the teachings:  Bhagavan's own writings, the authentic
historical scriptures, the words of direct disciples, and the commentaries of those who came later
who, with mostly the best intentions, try to explain what Bhagavan who, with mostly the best of
intentions, try to explain what Bhagavan actually meant.  The timeless scriptures are now easily
available both in book and internet access. The words of direct disciples are also available, be it
Muruganar, Sadhu Natanananda, Viswantha Swami, Sivaprakasam Pillai and Kunju Swami
among others.  The later burgeoning industry of commentaries is there to be seen in all its suitability
and, at times, vacuous irrelevancy.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                       

10046
General Discussion / Re: Channels of Grace - A Tribute:
« on: January 03, 2016, 11:27:48 AM »
First, Amma came, in 1950, soon after Bhagavan had left His body.  Mr.Bose told Amma he wanted to
visit Tiruvannamalai and Pondicherry and that she could drive him.  Amma had just about learnt to drive
so she naturally demurred, but he prevailed upon her. They reached at last light, when the road to
Tiruvannamalai was barely a track.  Ladies were not allowed in the Asramam after nightfall, so she
spent the night at Bose Compound and came to the Asramam the next morning.  Sometime earlier she
had had a dream of a very benign old man which somehow struck vividly in her mind.  Imagine her
surprise and awe when she first beheld Maharshi's picture -  she exclaimed to Mr.Bose, 'This is the old
man  I dreamt of!'  There and then she realized the meaning of her visit.  Years later, while settled
in Dehradun, Swami Chidananda of Sivananda Ashram, Rikshikesh was giving her deeksha (initiation).
He asked her if she already had a guru.  She replied, 'Yes, Maharshi Ramana'.  'Oh, that is alright',
he proceeded to initiate her.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.           

10047
General Discussion / Re: The Law of Karma:
« on: January 03, 2016, 11:13:52 AM »
On the face of it our position seems hopeless.  If we believe in reincarnation we have undergone
innumerable births and accumulated untold mountains of karma.  How can we possibly be free of
all the untold mountains of karma.  How can we possibly be free of all the untold mountains of karma.
How cam we possibly be free of all the consequences of these actions committed wittingly and
unwittingly?

We know that those who were in tune with the physical presence of Bhagavan felt a supernatural
manifestation of Grace and we can still experience this today in a much more subtle way.  Bhagavan
jokingly replied to a desperate visitor seeking His Grace, that he was drowning in it. The implication
being that if we would but keep still (summa iru) we would know that we are immersed in Grace.

Error, mistakes, sin, ignorance, lethargy, you name it, we face a challenge that is seemingly insurmountable.
Like Arjuna on the field of Kurukshetra we can easily be downhearted by the vast array of enemies.
Yet, who was Arjuna's side apart from his brothers and their small group of allies?  It was Lord Krishna.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva. 
 

10048
General Discussion / Re: Shadow and Substance -
« on: January 03, 2016, 10:57:31 AM »
True, some people achieve greatness.  There are great scholars, musicians, scientists, physicians, and
so forth who help their fellow humans in many ways and thus makes their lives meaningful.  But
have they attained their goals or, more significantly, do they know what their goals are?  If they are
content to do just what they are doing, fine, but then they are missing out on the very purpose of
life that they seek.  They are elated and depressed alternately.  Feel calm one minute only to get
agitated the next minute because something has gone wrong.

Life is never a bed of roses for anyone. It has its thorns, too.  Patanjali says, 'dukhameva sarvam
vivekinah', all is misery to the person of discernment person because of perpetual change and
anxiety.  At the end of the day, life, as the bard said, is sound and fury signifying nothing.  This is so
because we focus entirely on the shadows that go by the name of life or what we take to be life.
Sankara's Bhajagovindam confirms that the world is gripped by misery because life as we live it
it totally tainted by ego and is subject to disease and destruction.


contd.,

Arunachala Siva. 

10049
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 03, 2016, 10:38:06 AM »
Verse 180:



என்றுரைசெ யந்தணனை எண்ணில்மறை யோரும்
மன்றல்வினை மங்கல மடங்கலனை யானும்
நன்றுமது நல்வரவு நங்கள்தவ மென்றே
நின்றதிவண் நீர்மொழிமின் நீர்மொழிவ தென்றார்.



Him beheld the innumerable Brahmins,
And the bridegroom, verily a lion, spake to Him thus:
"We bid you a warm welcome; your coming here is
The fruition of our tapas; speak what you intend to speak."

Arunachala Siva.



10050
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 03, 2016, 10:35:43 AM »
Verse 179:



வந்துதிரு மாமறை மணத்தொழில் தொடங்கும்
பந்தரிடை நம்பியெதிர் பன்னுசபை முன்னின்று
இந்தமொழி கேண்மினெதிர் யாவர்களும் என்றான்
முந்தைமறை யாயிர மொழிந்த திருவாயான்.



At the pandal where the wedding was about to commence
He arrived and stood fronting Aroorar and the assembly.
"Hearken to these, my words, O ye all!"
Thus He, whose holy lips hymned the hoary Vedas infinite.

Arunachala Siva.

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