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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 05, 2015, 09:41:42 AM »
The Death Experience of Bhagavan:


Savitiri's rendezvous with Yama:

As per the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, Asvapati, the king of Madra and his queen Malavi being
childless wish for a son for their lineage to continue.  They undertake an ascetic life and offer oblations
to Sun God Savitr.  Pleased with their devotion, God Savitr appears before them and grants a boon
that they will have a daughter.   They are overjoyed at the prospect of having a child, and name the
daughter Savitri in honor of the god.  Needless to say, she imbibes the traits of asceticism and devotion
as she was born out of them.  When she reaches the age of marriage, her father is worried as none come
forward to seek her hand realizing their inability to match her purity and beauty.  Hence her father
tells her to find a husband on her own.  She travels across and beyond her kingdom for this purpose
and finally chooses Satyavan, the son of a blind king named Dyumatsena, who after losing everything
including his kingdom and eyesight lives in exile as a forest dweller.

When Savitri discloses her decision, Sage Narada wants Asvapati about her bad choice.  He reveals
that though Satyavan is peerless and perfect in every way, he is destined to die in a year.  Asvapati's
repeated pleas to Savitri to reconsider her decision fall on deaf years as she is adamant on her choice.
He finally acquiesces and conducts the marriage of Savitri and Satyavan with great pomp.  Soon after
her marriage, she too takes to the ascetic way of life, dons the attire befitting a hermit's wife, and lives
in perfect obedience and respect to elders.  As the destined day of Satyavan's death approaches,
Savitri takes a three day vow of fasting and vigil.  Though her father-in-law advises her against such
harsh austerities, she convinces him and seeks his permission to accompany her husband to the forest
on the third day.  Dyumatsena accedes to her request as she had not asked for anything during the
entire year's stay at the hermitage.


Arunachala Siva.                         

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: November 05, 2015, 09:16:48 AM »
21. Chandra Yogam: When Breath Turns Subtle:

எய்தும் மதிக்கலை சூக்கத்தில் ஏறியே
எய்துவ தூலம் இருவகைப் பக்கத்துள்
எய்துங் கலைபோல ஏறி இறங்குமாம்
துய்யது சூக்கத்துத் தூலத்த காயமே. (1)

When Breath Turns Subtle

When Prana ascends to Moon`s Kala
It turns subtle (Sukshma)
The two breaths through Ida and Pingala run gross;
They rise and fall unto the kalas that wax and wane;
Pure is that Sukshma (Subtle)
Gross is that runs in the body.

Tantra 3 concluded.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: November 05, 2015, 09:14:29 AM »
20. Amuri Dharanai: Urine Therapy:

உடலிற் கிடந்த உறுதிக் குடி நீர்
கடலிற் சிறுகிணற் றேற்றமிட் டாலொக்கும்
உடலில் ஒருவழி ஒன்றுக் கிறைக்கில்
நடலைப் படாதுயிர் நாட்டலு மாமே. (1)

Effect of Urine Therapy in Yoga

The urinary liquid within the body
Is unto a picot of small well;
Dipped into sea vast
If that is fed once a day
In way appropriate,
Life will know distress none;
Well may you seek it.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: November 05, 2015, 09:11:14 AM »
19.  Paryanga Yogam:  Breath control and sex with wife:

பூசு வனஎல்லாம் பூசிப் புலர்த்திய
வாச நறுங்குழல் மாலையுஞ் சாத்திய
காசக் குழலி கலவி யொடுங்கலந்
தூசித் துளையுறத் தூங்காது போகமே. (1)

Pleasures of Sex Union Will Abide If Breath Control is Properly Practiced

Anointing her body with unguents diverse
Bedecking her tresses with flowers fragrant
Do thou enjoy the damsel in passion`s union;
If thou but know how to shoot
Prana breath through the Sushumna
Their enjoyment ceases never.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: November 05, 2015, 09:07:53 AM »
18. Kesari Yogam:  Practicing Kesari Yoga:

கட்டக் கழன்றுகீழ் நான்றுவீ ழாமலே
அட்டத்தைக் கட்டி அடுப்பை அணைகோலி
விட்டத்தைப் பூட்டிப்பின் மேற்பையைத் தாட்கோத்து
நட்ட மிருக்க நமனில்லை தானே. (1)

How to Practice it

Control the spiration
And see that breath is wasted not;
Bind it tight,
Dam the source of Kundalini at Muladhara,
Lock the chimney up in the mouth;
Bolt the cavity above with thy tongue`s tip
And sit erect in yoga Samadhi
No more shall there be death for you.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: November 05, 2015, 09:01:08 AM »
17.  Vaara Soolam: Directional Dangers in days of the week:

வாரத்திற் சூலம் வரும்வழி கூறுங்கால்
நேரொத்த திங்கள் சனிகிழக் கேயாகும்
பாரொத்த சேய்புதன் உத்தரம் பானுநாள்
நேரொத்த வெள்ளி குடக்காக நிற்குமே. (1)

Directional Dangers in Days of the Week

On different days of the week
The Sula lies in directions different
On Mondays and Saturdays it is in east;
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays in north
On Sundays and Fridays in west.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: November 05, 2015, 08:58:34 AM »
16. Vaara Chaaram: The course of breath during a week days:

வெள்ளிவெண் திங்கள் விளங்கும் புதன்இடம்
ஒள்ளிய மந்தன் இரவிசெவ் வாய்வலம்
வள்ளிய பொன்னே வளரும் பிறையிடம்
தெள்ளிய தேய்பிறை தான்வல மாமே. (1)

Days of the Week and the Course of Breath Through Left and Right Nadis

On Fridays, Mondays and Wednesdays,
Prana dominates in the nadi that is to left;
On Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays
It courses high in the right;
On Thursdays
Prana flows in the left
In the waxing moon`s fortnight;
And in the right in the waning moon`s fortnight.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: November 05, 2015, 08:55:24 AM »
15. AyuL Parikshai: Measuring the life span:

வைத்தகை சென்னியில் நேரிதாய்த் தோன்றிடில்
உத்தமம் மிக்கிடில் ஓராறு திங்களாம்
அத்தம் மிகுத்திட் டிரட்டிய தாயிடில்
நித்தல் உயிர்க்கொரு திங்களில் ஓசையே. (1)

Measuring the Life Span by observing breath

Put your hand on forehead
And look,
If you see the breath rhythm unchanged
Well and good;
If you see it enlarged,
Death awaits in six months;
If you see it doubled,
In a month shalt life depart.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: November 05, 2015, 08:51:38 AM »
14.  Kaala Chakram: When the life leaves the body:

மதிவட்ட மாக வரையைந்தும் நாடி
இதுவிட்டிங் கீரா றமர்ந்த அதனால்
பதிவட்டத் துள்நின்று பாலிக்கு மாறும்
அதுவிட்டுப் போமாறும் ஆயலுற் றேனே. (1)

Ascension of Jiva from Moon`s Sphere

Seeking the Mountain Ranges Five (Siva Tattvas)
Here am I in the Moon`s Sphere;
Leaving this I reach the Region of the Great Space of
That lies in the Sphere of Pati* Supreme;
And from thence I pass on to the Farthest Beyond
?These I seek to search here.

(Pati =Siva)

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: November 05, 2015, 08:48:37 AM »
13.  Karya Siddhi: The importance of preserving the body:

உடம்பார் அழியில் உயிரார் அழிவர்
திடம்பட மெய்ஞ்ஞானஞ் சேரவு மாட்டார்
உடம்பபை வளர்க்கும் உபாயம் அறிந்தே
உடம்பை வளர்த்தேன் உயிர்வளர்த் தேனே. (1)

Importance of Preserving Body

If the body perishes, Prana departs
Nor will the Light of Truth be reached;
I learned the way of preserving my body
And so doing, my Prana too.

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 05, 2015, 07:27:15 AM »

On 18th July 1946, one Mr. S.P. Dayal asked:

I have been doing Sadhana for nearly 20 years and I can see no progress.  What should I do?

Bhagavan:  I may be able to say anything, if I know what the Sadhana is.

Visitor:  From about 5 'O clock every morning I concentrate on the thought that the Self alone is
real and all else unreal. Although, I have been doing this for about 20 years, I cannot
concentrate for more than two or three minutes without my thoughts wandering.

Bhagavan:  There is no other way to succeed than to draw the mind back every time it turns
outwards and fix it in the Self.  There is no need for meditation or mantra or japa or dhyana or
anything of the sort, because these are not our real nature.  All that is needed is to give up
thinking of objects other than the Self.  Meditation is not so much thinking of the Self as giving
up of the not-Self.  When you give up thinking outward objects and prevent your mind from going
outwards and turn it inward and fix it in the Self.  The Self alone will remain. 

Visitor:  What should I do to overcome the pull of these thoughts and desires?  How should I
regulate my life so as to attain control over my thoughts?

Bhagavan:  The more you get fixed in the Self, the more other thoughts will drop off by themselves.
The mind is nothing but a bundle of thoughts and the I-thought is the root of all of them.  When you see who this 'I' is and whence it proceeds all thoughts get merged in the Self. Regulation of life, such as
getting up at a fixed hour, bathing,. doing mantra, japa, etc., observing ritual, all this is for
people who do not feel drawn to Self inquiry or are not capable of it.  But those who can practice
this method, all rules and discipline are not quite unnecessary.

Arunachala Siva.

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: November 05, 2015, 07:22:45 AM »

I am following these as some of the practices:

1.  Whenever a person who is lower than me in economic strata, like an auto rickshaw driver or
a cab driver or a vegetable or fruit vendor tries to take more money than what I should actually pay,
I do not mind.  You are giving him Rs 2 more and you are giving yourself a lot of happiness,
because he leaves you saying a Tank you... in broken English.

2.  For temple priests, I give money and unless the temple is really in dire straits, I do not put
money in the Hundi, I give it to the priests.

3.  When someone jumps the queue in any place, be it temple, or a supermarket,, or a
telephone bill payment counter, or a bank,  I do not pick up a quarrel with him/her.

4.  Whenever the mischievous boy in the opposite flat rings my door bell and runs away before
open the door, I do not yell at him.  He has been doing this regularly. Nowadays, if I do not get
thing bogus-ring I get uneasy! 

There could be many other occasional happenings like these.

Arunachala Siva.

General Discussion / Laghu Vasudeva Mananam:
« on: November 04, 2015, 04:48:01 PM »
As the name implies, Laghu Vasudeva Mananam, is the condensation of a larger treatise
Vasudeva Mananam, attributed to one Vasudeva Yati who is said to have lived some three\
centuries back on the banks of the Narmada. 

Laghu Vasudeva Mananam is indeed a 'vade mecum' of Advaitic metaphysics.

The analysis is thorough, neat, precise.  The cause of all human sufferings and misery is traced,
stage by stage, to ajnana or ignorance.  And it is underlined that no word or deed can exorcise
ajnana which vanishes in toto only when the supreme knowledge dawns.

Bhagavan Ramana used to mention this book on a few occasions when the seekers ask questions.

I have therefore decided to give the important points from the book.

The contents of the book (abridged version) will appear from tomorrow.

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: November 04, 2015, 03:32:12 PM »
The Death Experience of Bhagavan:


Nachiketa's Encounter with Yama:

The story of Nachiketa appears in Katha Upanishad.  His father Vajashravas desiring prosperity conducted
a Yagna to please the deities.  As was customary, at the end of the Yagna, he donated cows to the Brahmins.  However, being a miser, he donated only old, lame, blind and barren cows that did not yield milk.  This disturbed Nachiketas, and wishing the best for his father asked him to whom would he (Nachiketa) be offered?  Though angered at his question, Vajashravas chose to keep quiet.  On being repeatedly pestered, he lost his temper and yelled:  "I give you to Death, Yama." Taking this as his father's command, he proceeds to Yama Loka. On realizing his mistake, Vajashravas tries to stop Nachiketa but to no avail.

On reaching Yama's kingdom, he is told by his guards that Yama is away for three days.  Nachiketa decides to wait at the door step until Yama's return, and sits there without food or water, for three full days. Yama
returns on the fourth day and feels guilty for having offended a Brahmin guest by making him wait for so long without offering any hospitality. Since it was a sin to not welcome an  atithi (guest), he wanted to make up for it by offering three boons. 

Nachiketa sought peace with his father as the first boon. He wanted his father to welcome him lovingly when he returned home. As a second boon, he wished to learn the sacred fire sacrifice which leads to
one to heaven. Yama not only instructed the method but also named the sacred fire after Nachiketa.
As the third boon, he wanted to know the state of the soul on death.  Yama was reluctant to impart
this knowledge and evaded him by  saying that this has been a mystery even to the gods, and tried to
coax him into asking a different boon.  He instead offers many material gifts such as gems, silver, gold,
horses, elephants, a regal life not only to him but for several of his progeny, and even happiness of heaven etc., Nachiketa stood firm with his resolve to pursue the path of realizing Brahman (the great mystery)
and rejected out right all the material gifts realizing their ephemeral nature that they would last only till the morrow. Yama was pleased  with Nachiketa's perseverance and had to finally yield, by imparting the highest truth of Atma Jnana to this young deserving disciple.


Arunachala Siva.                       

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Re: Saint Thayumanavar
« on: November 04, 2015, 01:22:51 PM »
56.  Ananda Kalippu -contd.,

The lust for women of sword-sharp eyes
Will feed the fire of Death's ways in the body;
It is realizing the truth of this
That the God of Love himself gave up his body;
If so, is it not proper for the goodly men to renounce?
O Maid! (Chorus)


All the expansive world of matter created
Are unto the dew before the sun's rays pure;
Thus do the Vedas and Agamas firm hold;
Those who this respect are not of ways devious;
Will they ever be of the Path Righteous?
O, fawn-like Maid! (Chorus)


Is there any, 'no' and 'yes'?
If Bliss thou seek,
Stand awhile as Knowledge True;
Then wilt Thou know;
Thus did the scriptural truth
Our Primal One declare;
O Maid! (Chorus)

The allurements of evil women
Are not for the men of pure mind, I say;
The conduct of Janaka is an example high; (1)
Is he not the man in the enjoyment
Of Bliss Finale?


[1] Janaka was a kind of Mithila, who is said to have been detached in his ways of life, He was involved and uninvolved in day to day things of royal life.


Is there any, 'no' and 'yes'?
If Bliss thou seek,
Stand awhile as Knowledge True;
Then wilt Thou know;
Thus did the scriptural truth
Our Primal One declare;
O Maid! (Chorus)

Tayumana Swamigal - composition concluded.


Arunachala Siva.

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