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Prarabdha is there for a seeker.  The mind/ego acts due to prarabdha.  Even if one goes to the
temple, he does not see and pray to God in the real sense and all along he thinks about the footwear
he had left behind at the entrance of the temple.  Or someone else thinks of the sweet pongal
or puliyodharai that might be distributed soon.  Or someone else looks at the beautiful girl standing
in the opposite row!

What to do?  "It is in ourselves, we are thus and thus" said
Shakespeare.

Arunachala Siva.

10862
General Discussion / Re: Sleep and Recuperation -
« on: December 25, 2015, 05:57:19 PM »
Let us try to understand the mechanism of sleep. All sleep is not the same. Sleep consists of a series
of recurring sleep stages that are very different from one another in terms of what is happening beneath
the surface. From deep sleep, to dream sleep, all are vital for the body and mind. Each stage of sleep plays
a different part in preparing you for the day ahead.   There are two main types of sleep:

1) REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep is the most active part in which you dream.  Your eyes actually
move back and forth during this stage, which is why it is called Rapid Eye Movement sleep.

2) Non REM sleep consists of three stages of sleep each deeper than the previous one.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.   

10863
General topics / Re: The Self as a Gooseberry in the Palm of the Hand.
« on: December 25, 2015, 05:48:13 PM »
Following his initiation into Sannyasa by Govinda Bhagavadpada, Sankaracharya embarked on an
extensive pilgrimage of the land.  In the course of his pilgrimage (Digvijaya), he visited many temples
of importance and composed immortal verses on Siva, Vishnu, and a host of other a host of other
popular deities.  He was Jnana personified. Attracted by his philosophy and captivated by the divine
power that radiated from him, many admirers and followers flocked to his feet and sought his blessings
and guidance.  There were renowned scholars like Mandana and Bhaskara who challenged him for debate
on Advaita, the importance of karma, etc.,  only to be vanquished.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.     

10864
General topics / The Self as a Gooseberry in the Palm of the Hand.
« on: December 25, 2015, 02:27:40 PM »
This article is from Jan-Mar.2015 by V.S.Krishnan:


Around the 8th century, when dark clouds of ignorance overshadowed this land, spiritual values
had declined and the people were looking for direction and guidance, a powerful spiritual leader
emerged from the South, like the sun radiating brilliant rays of knowledge. He was Lord Siva,
embodied as man, descended to earth in order to light the lamp of Jnana.  He manifested as a guru
to the whole universe (Jagad Guru) and a guru for all time. He revealed the truth as expounded
in the Vedas and Upanishads.  Renouncing the world as a young boy, he soon realized  his identity
with Brahman itself.  Being ever established in the non dual Self, he became the very embodiment
of Advaita, the philosophy that he expounded.  He dispelled the prevalent wrong notions of religion,
condemned various schools of spurious thought and brought about an unmistakable spiritual awakening
among the people of India.  This remarkable personage was Adi Sankara, the Acharya who lived a         
few short years but whose glory will be extolled as long as humanity lives.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.   

10865
General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: December 25, 2015, 12:26:46 PM »
Chadaiya Nayanar -

Date of liberation to Siva's feet - Margazhi, Ardra Star Day.


Chadaiya Nayanar was the father of the renowned devotee who gave the great Tiruth Thondath Thokai
and considered himself the slave of the slaves of Lord Siva. If we see that many admirable qualities of Sundarar  like his excellent love for the Lord was inherited from his father Chadaiya  Nayanar how
much of praise will be sufficient to say about him ! Tiruk Kural says the duty of the father is to make
the son to be front runner in the assembly of wise. This father has made his son celebrated not in a small assembly of people, but to be praised across the centuries. That father who had the softer than patal feet of God in him and the son was in the God will be remembered with reverence by the true devotees.
Let the love of Chadaiya Nayanar for the Lord of Love stay in the mind.

Arunachala Siva.

10866
General Discussion / Re: Sleep and Recuperation -
« on: December 25, 2015, 12:08:54 PM »
Nowadays, there is the trend to go a gym in the morning or evening where it is air conditioned.
There is no scope for watching the nature or breathing fresh air. It is only a mechanical way of
exercising the body,  without getting benefit for the mind. When we get up early in the morning,
we will also have time for our prayers, puja, and meditation an d also be able to prepare ourselves
for the day ahead in a leisurely manner.  Moreover, we will be able to listen to many useful lectures
that are telecast in the early morning these days. This will help us to go to the office in a positive
frame of mind.  We will also be able to eat our morning breakfast leisurely.  Moreover, students will
be able to benefit if they study getting up early morning because the mind will be fresh. Thus we can
see the advantages of rising early in the morning.  If we develop such good habits early in life, we will
be able to benefit throughout our life. Once we get used to waking up early, we will be able to sustain
it automatically as the system will get tuned up.  There is a biological clock working within us which
will wake up daily at the same time. Thus leading a disciplined life will help us to achieve success in all
walks of life.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.               

10867
General Discussion / Re: Laghu Vasudeva Mananam:
« on: December 25, 2015, 11:52:33 AM »
Terms like Sat, Chit, and Ananda, which are applied to the Atman, have difference of meaning and
are not mere synonyms.  They are like Hasta, Kara, Pani applied to the hand.  We speak of a tree as
consisting of parts like leaves, flowers, branches, etc., all of which are parts within a tree. All these
different terms about the parts of the body and trees are examples of internal differences.  This can
be applied to the Atman also.

Lohitosna prakaaso dipah, the lamp is one with brightness, red and heating.  You cannot say that
the case of the flame of the lamp, there are internal differences in the flame.  In the same way there
are no internal differences when the Atman is described as Sat Chit Ananda Swarupa.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.         

10868
General Discussion / Re: Laghu Vasudeva Mananam:
« on: December 25, 2015, 11:44:58 AM »
Next how can you prove that there is no internal difference or Svagata-bheda in Consciousness?

The Atman is the Witness, unchanging and ultimately true.  Consciousness, Brahman, Sat, Chit,
Ananda, and Nitya (eternal single), perfect  --- these are the positive descriptions of the Atman.
There are also negative descriptions like immaterial (Asthulam), endless (Ananta), non dual (Advaita),
unthinkable (Achintya),unchanging (Avikari), indestructible (Avinasi), non actor (Akarta) etc.,

All these indicate the Atman to be without any qualification and part.  None of these justify one's understanding
the Atman as endowed with different forms.  For this reason, there cannot be any internal difference in the
Atman.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.         

10869
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: December 25, 2015, 09:20:34 AM »
90.


அங்கு ரைக்கென் னளவப் பதியிலார்
தங்கள் மாளிகை யின்னொன்று சம்புவின்
பங்கி னாள்திருச் சேடி பரவையாம்
மங்கை யாரவ தாரஞ்செய் மாளிகை.


Many are the mansions of Rudra-Ghanikas;
In one of them, Paravaiyar the divine serving maid
Of Her who shares the form of Sambhu, made her avatar.
Can words ever measure the greatness of this city?

Arunachala Siva.   


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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: December 25, 2015, 09:18:15 AM »
89.


 மாட மாளிகை சூளிகை மண்டபம்
கூட சாலைகள் கோபுரந் தெற்றிகள்
நீடு சாளர நீடரங் கெங்கணும்
ஆடன் மாத ரணிசிலம் பார்ப்பன.


In lofty mansions and man-made monticles,
In Mantapams, Exedras and theaters
In towered buildings and spacious pials
In windowed courts and platforms too
Anklets of danseuses resonate tinkling.   


Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: December 25, 2015, 09:16:19 AM »
88.


பல்லி யங்கள் பரந்த ஒலியுடன்
செல்வ வீதிச் செழுமணித் தேரொலி
மல்லல் யானை ஒலியுடன் மாவொலி
எல்லை இன்றி யெழுந்துள எங்கணும்.

With the manifold melodies of musical instruments
The noise of chariot wheels as they pass
Through the opulent streets,
The trumpeting of tuskers strong
And the neighing of many a steed
Commingle and resound everywhere.

Arunachala Siva.


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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: December 25, 2015, 09:13:13 AM »
87.



வேத ஓசையும் வீணையின் ஓசையும்
சோதி வானவர் தோத்திர ஓசையும்
மாதர் ஆடல் மணிமுழ வோசையும்
கீத வோசையு மாய்க்கிளர் வுற்றவே.


Chant of Vedas, sweet music of Vinas,
Hymnal worlds of bright celestial  beings,
Rhythmic beat of Muzhavus as danseuses dance
And melodic notes mingle here in this city.   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: December 25, 2015, 09:11:20 AM »
86.


சொன்ன நாட்டிடைத் தொன்மையின் மிக்கது
மன்னு மாமல ராள்வழி பட்டது
வன்னி யாறு மதிபொதி செஞ்சடைச்
சென்னி யார்திரு வாரூர்த் திருநகர்.


The city hailed by us is the most ancient;
It is the one adored by Goddess Lakshmi
The city divine is Tiruvarur, presided over
By the Lord who sports on His matted hair
Vanni, Ganga and crescent-moon.   


Arunachala Siva.


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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: December 25, 2015, 09:09:07 AM »
85.


நற்றமிழ் வரைப்பின் ஓங்கு
   நாம்புகழ் திருநா டென்றும்
பொற்றடந் தோளால் வையம்
   பொதுக்கடிந் தினிது காக்குங்
கொற்றவன் அநபா யன்பொற்
   குடைநிழற் குளிர்வ தென்றால்
மற்றதன் பெருமை நம்மால்
    வரம்புற விளம்ப லாமோ.

Of all the realms embraced by goodly Tamizh
The divine realm hailed by us, is ruled impartially
By the valor of his broad and beauteous Shoulders;
He set at naught the dictum that the world
Belongs to all, and made it solely his own;
As the land thrives in peace under the golden shade
Of the parasol of the benign ruler, victorious Anapaya,
Can we at all essay to set forth its glories?   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: December 25, 2015, 09:07:05 AM »
84.


வீதிகள் விழவின் ஆர்ப்பும்
   விரும்பினர் விருந்தின் ஆர்ப்பும்
சாதிகள் நெறியில் தப்பா
   தனயரும் மனையில் தப்பா
நீதிய புள்ளும் மாவும்
   நிலத்திருப் புள்ளு மாவும்
ஓதிய எழுத்தாம் அஞ்சும்
    உறுபிணி வரத்தாம் அஞ்சும்.

Uproarious are the streets with festivities,
Where rousing reception is in love offered to guests;
Castes deviate not from their righteous ways;
House there is none that lacks the wealth of children;
Birds and beasts dwell in peace and harmony;
Divine Lakshmi loves to dwell here;
As all lives chant the Panchakshara
Mortal maladies fear to tread here.

Arunachala Siva.

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