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11491
8.  bheda bhaavanaat so'ham ityasau
     bhavana'bhidaa paavani mataa.

Meditation on the identity of the individual and the Lord, 'I am He',  is more purifying than meditation
which assumes a difference between them.

To assume that there is an ultimate distinction between the Lord and the meditator is to deny His total
presence and to limit His Being and Power and Knowledge.  It involves the person in all the contradictions
of dualism, causing one to wrestle with imagined problems of identity and behavior which only strengthen
the ego.  Nevertheless, at a certain level of devotional meditation, the Maharshi accepted a dualist approach
as helpful.  He Himself wrote poems of great beauty and deep devotion to Arunachala.  Sankara too wrote
devotional hymns, seemingly dualist in tone but ultimately moving the devotee toward a sense of oneness
with the Lord.  In any case, the final necessity for the meditator is to turn his attention inward to the Self
rather than outward toward any image or concept, no matter how sacred.

In the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (I.4.10) this same theme is found: "He who worships the Lord,
thinking, 'He is one and I am another' does not know."  Again, (IV. 4.19) 'He goes from death to death
who sees difference, as it were, in Brahman.'

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.
             

11492
Verse 297:

Again, give up the sense of 'I' in your family and lineage, in your name and in your form.  All these
rest in this rotten corpse.  And the sense of 'I' in the subtle body   -- the idea of doer and enjoyer --
that also give up, and become one, universal whole - Blissfulness Itself.

Denunciation of Egoism:

Verse 298:

There are so many distractions for the individual, which are the cause of worldliness, but of them
all, the first and the root is egoism.

Verse 299:

So long as one has any connection with the wicked ego, there is not any possibility of liberation.

Verse  300:

As the moon, free from the dragon, shines in her own glory, so one being free from this ego,
attains his real Self.

Verse 301:

That which exists in this body, identifying itself with intellect, appears as 'I am', and with the complete
destruction of that, shines the real Self, free from all distractions.           

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.

11493
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:54:56 AM »
Verse  110:



உண்ணிறைந் தெழுந்த தேனும் 
   ஒழிவின்றி ஆரா அன்பில்
திண்ணனார் திருக்கா ளத்தி
    நாயனார்க் கினிய செய்கை
எண்ணிய இவைகொ லாமென்
    றிதுகடைப் பிடித்துக் கொண்டவ்
அண்ணலைப் பிரிய மாட்டா 
   தளவில் ஆதரவு நீட.



When great love welled up inly and uninterruptedly
And wouldn't be contained within,
Thinnan thought: "These are perhaps good deeds
Esteemed by the Lord of Tirukkalatthi."
He resolved to hold fast to this service; his love so swelled
That he was unable to part from the Supreme One.


Arunachala Siva.

11494
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:52:43 AM »
Verse 109:


வன்திறல் உந்தை யோடு 
   மாவேட்டை யாடிப் பண்டிக்
குன்றிடை வந்தோ மாகக் 
   குளிர்ந்தநீ ரிவரை யாட்டி
ஒன்றிய இலைப்பூச் சூட்டி
   ஊட்டிமுன் பறைந்தோர் பார்ப்பான்
அன்றிது செய்தான் இன்றும் 
   அவன்செய்தா னாகு மென்றான்.



"Your father of skilled puissance and I, after a great hunt
Came to this hill once; the deity was bathed in cool water;
Strewn with fitting leaves and flowers and also fed
By a Brahmin then, who also muttered a few words.
It is he who should have done this." Thus he.   

Arunachala  Siva.

11495
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:48:50 AM »
Verse  108:



கைச்சிலை விழுந்த தோரார்
    காளையார் மீள இந்தப்
பச்சிலை யோடு பூவும் 
   பறித்திட்டு நீரும் வார்த்து
மச்சிது செய்தார் யாரோ 
   என்றலும் மருங்கு நின்ற
அச்சிலை நாணன் தானும்.



He knew not that his bow had slipped from his hand;
Thinnan who was like unto a bull of prowess, said:
"Who has done this good deed of strewing these leaves
And flowers too, and poured water?" When thus questioned
Nanan who stood near him said: "I have known of this."   


Arunachala Siva.

 
 

11496
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:46:30 AM »
Verse  107:


வெம்மறக் குலத்து வந்த 
   வேட்டுவச் சாதி யார்போல்
கைம்மலை கரடி வேங்கை
   அரிதிரி கானந் தன்னில்
உம்முடன் துணையாய் உள்ளார் 
   ஒருவரு மின்றிக் கெட்டேன்
இம்மலைத் தனியே நீரிங் 
   கிருப்பதே என்று நைந்தார்.


"Like tribesmen of fierce and relentless hunters
You abide here alone and with help none,
In the jungle infested with elephants, bears,
Tigers, lions and other wild beasts.
Woe?s me!" Thus he cried and grieved sore.   

Arunachala Siva.

11497
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:44:13 AM »
Verse  106:


நெடிதுபோ துயிர்த்து நின்று 
   நிறைந்தெழு மயிர்க்கால் தோறும்
வடிவெலாம் புளகம் பொங்க 
   மலர்க்கண்ணீர் அருவி பாய
அடியனேற் கிவர்தாம் இங்கே 
   அகப்பட்டார் அச்சோ என்று
படியிலாப் பரிவு தானோர்
   படிவமாம் பரிசு தோன்ற.

Sighs he heaved for a long time; the hair
On his body stood erect as he felt thrilled
In every pore of his; his eyes rained tears.
"Ha! I, the servitor, have here found my Lord!"
It was as though peerless love assumed his form.

Arunachala Siva.
.

11498
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:41:56 AM »
Verse  105:


மாகமார் திருக்கா ளத்தி 
   மலையெழு கொழுந்தா யுள்ள
எகநா யகரைக் கண்டார் 
   எழுந்தபே ருவகை அன்பின்
வேகமா னதுமேற் செல்ல 
   மிக்கதோர் விரைவி னோடு
மோகமா யோடிச் சென்றார் 
   தழுவினார் மோந்து நின்றார்.


He beheld the unique deity that blazed like a shoot
On the crest of the sky-high Tirukkalatthi Mountain;
Great love spiraled in him and bore him up;
Swiftly and with speed he ran passionately;
He hugged Him; ha, he kissed Him.   


Arunachala Siva.

11499
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:39:53 AM »
Verse  104:


திங்கள்சேர் சடையார் தம்மைச் 
   சென்றவர் காணா முன்னே
அங்கணர் கருணை கூர்ந்த 
   அருள்திரு நோக்க மெய்தத்
தங்கிய பவத்தின் முன்னைச் 
   சார்புவிட் டகல நீங்கிப்
பொங்கிய ஒளியின் நீழல் 
   பொருவில்அன் புருவம் ஆனார்.



Even before he beheld the Lord whose matted hair
Sports the crescent, His looks of grace were cast on him;
All the fetters of his life slipped away;
Under the shade of His lustrous light he was wrought
Into the form of very love.

Arunachala Siva.

11500
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:38:09 AM »
Verse  103:


நாணனும் அன்பும் முன்பு
   நளிர்வரை ஏறத் தாமும்
பேணுதத் துவங்க ளென்னும்
   பெருகுசோ பானம் ஏறி
ஆணையாம் சிவத்தைச் சார 
   அணைபவர் போல ஐயர்
நீணிலை மலையை ஏறி 
   நேர்படச் செல்லும் போதில்.



His love and Nanan preceded him and Thinnan ascended
The cool hill; he climbed the immense flight of steps
-- All the graded tattwas > (six and thirty) --, as though
He would attain Siva whose form is Sakti.
Thus he plied his steps on the straight path of the lofty hill.

Arunachala Siva.

11501
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:36:19 AM »
Verse  102:


முன்புசெய் தவத்தின் ஈட்டம் 
   முடிவிலா இன்ப மான
அன்பினை எடுத்துக் காட்ட 
   அளவிலா ஆர்வம் பொங்கி
மன்பெருங் காதல் கூர வ
   ள்ளலார் மலையை நோக்கி
என்புநெக் குருகி உள்ளத்
    தெழுபெரு வேட்கை யோடும்.


Limitless love welled up in him by reason
Of the fruition of his askesis in his past incarnations;
Boundless longing transformed into devotion deep;
As he moved toward the hill, his bones melted
And a great yearning possessed him.

Arunachala Siva.

11502
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 28, 2016, 08:33:41 AM »
Verse  101:

கதிரவ னுச்சி நண்ணக்
    கடவுள்மால் வரையி னுச்சி
அதிர்தரு மோசை ஐந்தும் 
   ஆர்கலி முழக்கங் காட்ட
இதுவென்கொல் நாணா வென்றார்க் 
   கிம்மலைப் பெருந்தேன் சூழ்ந்து
மதுமலர் ஈக்கள் மொய்த்து 
   மருங்கெழும் ஒலிகொல் என்றான்.


The sun was in the mid-most heavens;
On the top of the divine hill were resounded
The five celestial tuntupis; they roared like sea.
When Thinnan asked Nanan, what it was, he said:
"Perhaps, it is the loud buzzing of bees which circle
Round the great honey (-combs) in the hill, sip the nectar
Of flowers in swarms and fly
With the hiss of rustling wings."

Arunachala Siva.

11503
The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: February 28, 2016, 07:02:00 AM »

K.K. Nambiar writes in his reminiscences:-

A couple of visits to Bhagavan Ramana made me devoted to Him and I wished that I should have
darshan of Him often.  Fortunately, my brother-in-law Sri P.C. Nambiar got transferred to
Tiruvannamalai as the Chief of the hospital there.  P.C. Nambiar had absolutely no faith in
Bhagavan and he did not even like his wife Madhavi Amma (my sister) visiting Bhagavan Ramana
frequently.  She was visiting the Asramam, a few times much against the liking of her husband.
He had even thrown away the fruits and flowers kept ready for her Tiruvannamalai visit.

Once my brother in law was asked to visit Bhagavan for His tooth ache.  P.C. Nambiar went to
the Hall and told Bhagavan in Malayalam, in singular:  "Open your mouth!"   Bhagavan Ramana
opened His mouth and he extracted the tooth. After this visit, P.C. Nambiar became thoroughly
a changed person.

He started permitting his wife to visit and have darshan of Madhavi Amma.  He also started
visiting the Asramam, to sit in the Hall and do meditation.  Though he never asked any questions
to Bhagavan, the fact remained that he had become a changed person, after seeing Bhagavan
Ramana opening His mouth for dental extraction.

*

1. One cannot but think here, though it is not mentioned explicitly, what P.C. Nambiar 'saw'
in Bhagavan Ramana's mouth.  We are reminded of Srimad Bhagavatam, where mother Yasoda asked
Krishna to open his mouth to see whether he had consumed sand. She saw in Krishna's mouth,
all the universe and became dumbfounded!

2. Madhavi Amma was one of the ardent devotees of Bhagavan Ramana.  She had said once:
If I were to be a man, I would have never allowed any other attendant to touch and massage
Bhagavan's legs!  She was in fact, allowed to do some fomentation to Bhagavan's legs with piece
of cloth, soaked in boiling water. She was a doctor's wife.  She knew the business.  She used to
do the fomentation, by keeping the hot and wet cloth very near to Bhagavan's legs but without
touching them with her hands or with that cloth.

*

(Source:  Guru Ramana Tiruvadi Vazhvu  - reminiscences of
Bhagavan's devotees, in Tamil.  K.K. Nambiar's chapter.)

Arunachala Siva.   

11504
The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: February 28, 2016, 06:55:50 AM »

About the year 1938, the Asramam received a letter from His Holiness Sri Sankaracharya of
Puri Math, expressing his desire to pay a visit to Bhagavan and to get certain doubts cleared.
Incidentally, the letter categorically mentioned the doubts and asked that they may be solved
in a reply letter.  The letter contained the reference to certain Agamic texts: "Hara Gowri
Samyogat....avacchayah yoga..."  The Sankaracharya wanted to know what exactly the
Avacchayah Yoga.

When T.K. Sundaresa Iyer placed this letter at the feet of Bhagavan, and asked what answer
should be sent to him, Bhagavan simply laughed and said that the questioner knew it
all himself and needed no fresh light, but he would know it better when he came in person. 
A reply was accordingly sent on these lines.

After some days, the Acharya visited the Asramam.

Bhagavan Ramana was seated in the Golden Jubilee Hall on the granite sofa.  Quite near to
Bhagavan's sofa, a dais was arranged, with a deer's skin for the Pontiff to sit on. On entering
the Pontiff did greeting with his staff (dhanda namaskaram) and finding that there was a dais
for him, said:  "I would rather sit on the floor on the deer's skin!" It was accordingly arranged.

After a preliminary talk, the Acharya repeated the question about the Avacchayah yoga.

Bhagavan Ramana simply gazed at him with all Grace and was silent and the Pontiff was all
receptive.  No words were exchanged for about half an hour.

Then Bhagavan smiled and remarked:  "What is there to explain? You know it already. 
This text represents only the essence of Divine Knowledge.....*

The Pontiff seemed to have received the new Light and Life.  He was all joy.  He said that he i
n all his wandering throughout the country, he had tried to be enlightened  upon this mystery.
But it was only in the Bhagavan's Presence, that he got the secret and the truth of Light as
explained in the texts of Vedanta! 

The Puri Acharya was so grateful, that he visited the Asramam again at the time of
Mathrubhuteswara Temple consecration and personally supervised all the rituals and Yagasalas
sacrificial halls) and saw to it that everything went off correctly as per scriptures.

*

* Avacchayah Yoga - When Nature (Sakti) unites with Person or Purusha (Siva), then all the
visible in the world become shadows.  It is like the cinema show in the screen, where the All-Self
is seen as shadows.  The One Being Consciousness projects into Itself, sustains and then withdraws
it again into Itself.  Having swallowed all the shadows of this world, Itself dances as the Ocean of Bliss,
the Reality or Substratum of all that is, was and shall be.  Then It is "I-I"

*

(Sakti is Chaya.  Siva is Avam.  It is the union of Sakti and Siva.  Sakti (the Jiva) curling up into
the Self (Sivam).   It is what Yogis experience in Sahasrara. See Sri Soundarya Lahari.  This is also
what is described by Bhagavan Ramana in Sri Arunachala Pancharatnam, Verse 2 and 5.

*

(Source:  Only the anecdote portion -  At the feet of Bhagavan, Sri T.K. Sundaresa Iyer.)

Arunachala Siva. 

11505
General topics / Sundaram Iyer's Day - 2016:
« on: February 27, 2016, 03:01:40 PM »
Sundaram iyer, father of Sri Bhagavan was a pleader in a local court.  He was known for his honesty
and taking up only the rightful cases for pleading their cause.  He had a house in Tiruchuzhi where one
portion was kept vacant for the visitors. His wife Alagmmal was a nice lady serving all including the
visitors with good and tasty food.

The couple had three sons and a daughter.  Nagasami, aged 14; Venkararaman (Bhagavan was 12),
and Nagasundaram 6. The daughter Mangalam was still younger.  At this time, in 1892, Sundaram Iyer
attained Siva-padam. 

Once the kriyas for the father were over, Venkaraman and Nagasami lived with their uncle at Madurai.
The other brother, the daughter and mother Alagamma were living with another uncle.

At this juncture Venkataraman left for Tiruvannamalai.

Now the question is whether Sundaram Iyer attained Mukti.  Yes.

Because:

1. He himself was a great Siva bhakta and lived rightful life.

2. He son Venkatraman (Bhagavan) was also instrumental in Sundaram Iyer attaining Mukti.

The date is today, as per tithi:


Arunachala Siva.     

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