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General topics / Re: The Self as a Gooseberry in the Palm of the Hand.
« on: January 04, 2016, 11:55:32 AM »
We are fortunate that Sri Ramana Maharshi, considered the manifestation of the young preceptor
Dakshinamurti, has provided us the with the ANSWER.  He said:  'What can be easier then the
Self Realization? Is there anyone who is not realizing the Self?  Does anyone deny his own existence?'
The very awareness of one's existence by which one says, 'I AM' is Self Knowledge. 'There is nothing
to realize afresh.  The Self is already there.  It is eternally obvious.  It is already realized.  It is ever
present (nitya siddha).  It is more intimate than anything.'  Though a person cannot see his own eyes,
he cannot deny the existence of the eyes.  Though one needs the help of the senses to see and listen,
one need not depend on one's senses or mind to know that one exists.  According to Bhagavan,
the consciousness is registering its presence forever.  The consciousness 'I exist' is ever experienced
by everyone.  It is only when one is conscious of one's existence, all other experience becomes possible.

Bhagavan further explains the point.  'The Self is the substratum of all selves and is very obvious."
He used the analogy of the woman who had missed her necklace until her friend pointed out to her
that it was around her own neck.  The necklace had never been lost in the first place.  What had already
been there was just 'discovered' later.  Similarly, Self Realization is always there.  According to Bhagavan
all that is necessary is to get rid of the thought 'I have not realized', which arises out of our ignorance.


Arunachala Siva.               

Verse 28:

Even though this longing for liberation may be present in a slight or moderate degree, it will grow
intense through the grace of the Teacher,  and though the practice of renunciation and of virtues
such as tranquility, etc., And it will bear fruit.

Verse 29:

When renunciation and the longing for liberation are present to an intense degree within a man,
then the practice of tranquility  and the other virtues will bear fruit and lead to the goal.

Verse 30:

Where renunciation and longing for liberation are weak, tranquility and other virtues are a mere
appearance, like mirage in the desert.

Verse 31:

Among all means of liberation, devotion is supreme.  To seek earnestly to know one's real nature,
--this is said to be devotion.

Verse 32:

In other words, devotion can be defined as the search for the realty of one's own Atman.
The seeker after the reality of the Atman, who possesses the above mentioned qualifications,
should approach an illumined teacher from whom he can learn the way to liberation.


Arunachala Siva.

General Discussion / Re: Shadow and Substance -
« on: January 04, 2016, 10:24:51 AM »
Horace Walpole, the 18th century English writer, claimed that 'this world is a comedy to those who that
think, a tragedy to those that feel', because feelings involve deep thinking and understanding something
that you can superficially laugh off.

Then what happens?  It is 'heard no more.'  The greatest works of life bite the dust.

How do we get out of this untenable situation even as we live our daily lives?  How can we be happy
and contented doing what we do under these unfair conditions?

Only through an understanding of what is a shadow and what is the substance whose shadow it is.
Actually, these are the same thing:  if we know the substance, the we know that everything else is
its shadow.

The Substance:

It is our nature to live constantly on two levels, a ground floor life, as it were, and an upper floor,
exalted life.  Both levels of existence are equally instinctive to us.  The aim of life is eventually to
transcend the lower instinct and learn to dwell in the higher realms of enlightenment.  This has a
number of advantages. First and foremost, we already are capable of doing so, i.e. the highest
instincts are capable of taking control of our lives, despite the folk wisdom that we are slaves to
our basic instincts.


Arunachala Siva. 

General Discussion / Re: The Law of Karma:
« on: January 04, 2016, 10:07:13 AM »
It is of crucial importance that we realize clearly and unequivocally that quantity does not equate with
truth.  A belief is not necessarily right even though many believe it.  Any accumulation be it knowledge,
money, power does not necessarily make one happy.  There is the common illusion nowadays that
statistics explain everything. Reducing everything to quantity elucidates nothing.  More is not necessarily
better but it does have the ability to confuses as the conflicting impressions dance in our brain.  Whatever
is essential is not dependent upon the multiplicity to support it. Consider how one person, Sri Ramana
Maharshi, has influenced so many and all because of one instantaneous and permanent realization that
death was unreal.       

One transcendent thought, one divine emotion, one heart to heart meeting with an enlightened being,
has the power to revolutionize one's life. One second and all previous history is reduced to the week
semblance of ash.  We have all at various times encountered a vexatious problem that no matter how
much we try, how much we learn about it, nothing seems to work.  And then all at once in a blinding
flash of revelation we see all the pieces and akin to a miracle, it no longer bothers us though we may
still suffer some consequences. Why?  It was not the number of incidents, it was the realization that
they have no independent reality.  They are all dependent on our identification.  When we enter a dark
room and switch on the light, the darkness disappears.  Where did it go? It went nowhere because it
never existed in the face of light.


Arunachala Siva.           

General Discussion / Re: Channels of Grace - A Tribute:
« on: January 04, 2016, 09:51:17 AM »
Amma, from being orphaned in her mid-teens and being a rustic from Himachal Pradesh, persevered
to educate herself right up to Indraprastha College, Delhi, and evolved into the Air Marshall's wife.
She did her last trek up to Skandasramam at the age of 82.  An avid reader, when she was no longer
capable of walking to the Asramam library across the road, she would yet go by autorickshaw.  She
never lost her zest for life and had plans to return to the Asramam till the very end.  When she was
lying so ill in the hospital in her last few days, we would sing 'Arunachala Siva', to her, and she would
smile and sway her head  and sigh happily 'Aaaah!'  At that point it was the only thing that brought
a smile to her face. She was always buying books and the Ramana cloth bags from the book shop.
So when she passed on and we conducted her last rites on the banks of Ganga in Rishikesh, our very last
act was to put her ashes into her coveted Ramana bag.  We zipped the bag and gently nudged it into the
flow of holy Ma Ganga. Arunachala, Amma and the Ganga.....


Arunachala Siva.               

General Discussion / Re: The Written Word:
« on: January 04, 2016, 09:41:23 AM »
If we really want to know Bhagavan's teachings why do we not go direct to the source?  Why depend
on intermediaries? We can do no better than study what Bhagavan wrote.  Even Muruganar, arguably
the closest devotee of Bhagavan, is not  Sri Ramana Maharshi.  Though Muruganar's Guru Vachaka Kovai
is a collection of Bhagavan's statements in each verse of which was examined by Bhagavan Himself,
they are still a step down, however minuscule, from the pure thrust of the teaching. It is a spirit of jnana,
it is the indescribable transformative flash we seek to imbibe.  It is not a description though this can help.
Bhagavan's words are paradoxically meant to catapult us beyond words.  The fresher the words the easier\
it is for us to grasp the point. 

The Asramam has begun slowly to make available through publications a new possibility to study
Bhagavan's teachings in the original with careful word by word translations and explanations of the
grammar and as well, convey the heft of significant words.  The Asramam would like to return back
to the simplicity and immediacy of Bhagavan's teachings and if we as devotee are serious about our
commitment we too should consider revisiting the core of the teaching, not as a limited exercise but
as a regular habit.

We can do no better than return to Self Inquiry, Who am I?, and Spiritual Instruction.  The Essence
of Instruction and Forty Verses on Reality contain enough spiritual food to last a life time. Sri
Arunachala Stuti Panchakam is a precious testimony of Bhagavan's devotion to Arunachala and
the songs can be our vehicle too that dissolves us in ecstatic union with the Beloved.


Arunachala Siva.           

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:36:43 AM »
Verse 190:

ஆவணம் பறிக்கச் சென்ற
   அளவினில் அந்த ணாளன்
காவணத் திடையே யோடக்
   கடிதுபின் தொடர்ந்து நம்பி
பூவணத் தவரை உற்றார்
   அவரலால் புரங்கள் செற்ற
ஏவணச் சிலையி னாரை
   யார்தொடர்ந் தெட்ட வல்லார்.

When Aroorar tried to wrench the deed from the Brahmin,
He ran athwart the wedding-pandal;
With great speed he chased and caught Him.
Who but Aroorar did ever catch Him,
The One whose bow with its arrow intact,
Smote the triple cities of the sky,
The One who pervades the whole universe,
As perfume the flower.   

Arunachala Siva.


General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:32:42 AM »
Verse 189:

ஓலைகாட் டென்று நம்பி
   யுரைக்கநீ யோலை காணற்
பாலையோ அவைமுன் காட்டப்
   பணிசெயற் பாலை யென்ற
வேலையில் நாவ லூரர்
   வெகுண்டுமேல் விரைந்து சென்று
மாலயன் தொடரா தானை
   வலிந்துபின் தொடர லுற்றார்.

When Aroorar said: "Show me the deed"
He replied: "Are you competent to demand it from me:
I will show it to this assembly
(And they will pass the verdict)
That you are only fit to serve me."
When He spake thus, Aroorar began angrily to chase
Him that was inaccessible to both Vishnu and Brahma.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:30:03 AM »
Verse 188:

கண்டதோர் வடிவா லுள்ளங்
   காதல்செய் துருகா நிற்குங்
கொண்டதோர் பித்த வார்த்தை
    கோபமு முடனே யாக்கும்
உண்டொராள் ஓலை யென்னும்
   அதனுண்மை யறிவே னென்று
தொண்டனா ரோலை காட்டு
   கென்றனர் துணைவ னாரை.

"His form doth truly melt my heart in love;
But his maddening words do incense me at once;
He says, he holds a Deed of Servitude;
Let me first find out the truth."
Thus resolved, the devotee demanded the deed from the deity.

Arunachala Siva.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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