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General Discussion / Re: Narasinh Mehta: An Introduction:
« on: January 21, 2016, 12:24:23 PM »
I choose to end this article with this particular poem to offer a true spectrum of Mehta's worldview.
Here he speaks at Parvati, Siva's consort.  She has caught the ascetic bringing home another woman,
the River Goddess Ganga, concealed in his matted locks.  Her fond teasing illustrates the poet's complete
understanding of his own early revelation.

What the ascetic Siva loved best was joyous union that Krishna exemplified in his life and so the boon
meant taking this human supplicant to the Life Preserver, Vishnu, in his incarnation as the Symbol
of Love, Krishna. Mehta's lightly amused language portrays the kind of deep comprehension that forgives
foibles with affection as only an enlightened soul or the Supreme can.  Appropriately, he chooses the
enlightened souls or the Supreme can.  Appropriately, he chooses the Mother of the Universe, the Female
Energy, to voice this Total Love.

This is the same laughing loving spirit animating the lyrical voice of Yasoda, Krishna's mother and Radha/
Rukmini, the soul as the confident lover beyond social norms and the equally confident consort who
bemoans in one poem that, if one were merely married one could discard the husband, but how to get
rid of one you chose to worship in your heart?


Arunachala Siva.         

The line highlights the subtle point of contact between Emptiness -- the dew -- and the fleeting world
of human affection.  On the one hand, life is a dream, a world of dew, and when the dream is seen
through, the tangible pain of life in a world of attachment is reduced.  On the other hand, even the enlightened
ones still move in the human realm.  So when the enlightened say,  'Every day is a good day', where does 
the suffering fit in?  Has it vanished altogether?

'Good' here may mean what Aristotle called 'Eudaimonia', flourishing of one's life and wholeness even in the
midst of suffering and loss.

It means above all awakening to Emptiness, to the mystery that is graciousness.  This is liberation, coming
home to the Unborn and Deathless.  Awakening is awakening to Emptiness as the Self, as your very Self.
In this dimension the world is your Self and you embrace all the world.  The sufferings and joys, births and
deaths, are all embraced in your Self.

You may remember Thich Nhat Hanh's poem  'Call Me by My True Names'  where the poet is not only the
frog but also the snake which eats the frog, not only the butterfly but also the bird which eats the butterfly,
not only the starving child in Uganda but also the arms merchant who sells arms to the murderers of the
children, and not only the girl who was raped and dies but also the heartless sea pirate.  The poem ends
with the following lines:

Please call me by my true names, so I can hear all my cries and my laughs at once, so I can see that my
joy and pain are one.  Please call me by true names, so I can wake up, and so the door of my heart can be
left open, the door of compassion.  (Nhat Hanh, Thich. 2005  Being Peace, Berkeley, CA.Parallax Press.).


Arunachala Siva.         

General topics / Re: The Bliss of No Want - Vasko Kohlmayer:
« on: January 21, 2016, 10:37:55 AM »
"Sri Ramana: Happiness is your nature"

When asked about happiness Sri Ramana gave a seemingly startling answer.  He insisted that there is no
need to embark on an outward-bound pursuit of happiness, because happiness is already our nature.
All we need to do to experience it fully is to turn within.

"In order to gain that happiness which is one's nature and which is experienced in the state of deep sleep
where there is no mind, one should known one's self.  For that, the path of knowledge, the inquiry of the
form of 'Who am I?' is the principal means."  (Who am I?. Sri Ramana).

Sri Ramana said, 'Happiness is inherent in man and is not due to external causes.  One must realize the
Self to open the store of unalloyed happiness."  (Talks No. 3). He told those who came to Him for guidance,
'As the Self is not outside but inside you, you are asked to dive within, instead of going without.'  (Devaraja
Mudaliar, Day by Day, 8.10.1946.)

Regrettably, only relatively few people have been able to benefit from the sagacious advice.  This is
not surprising, because Bhagavan's assertion is so sharply at variance with the way we normally think
that it seems nearly impossible to believe that what He says may be true.

Nevertheless, it would be wise to at least give Sri Ramana the benefit of the doubt.  After all, he does
not ask ask us to blindly accept His words on faith.  He only asks us to look and see for ourselves.
Regardless of how improbable His words may seem, if we summon the courage to follow His counsel
we may yet discover that what He says is indeed true.


Arunachala Siva.     

Verse 303:

Divine silence, the fullness of the Self whose lofty nature is the Real, consciousness itself, is simply to be
immersed in love.  Other than by knowing consciousness through consciousness itself, the life that is the
experience of love through divine silence, consciousness itself, will not come into being.

Verse 307:

The pure and noble nature of the Self can be perceived only through the gaze of Him who, abiding as
'I am that', possesses the eye of grace. (Am kannan; the Fair Eyed One. An epithet to describe Siva as
the bestower of grace. To Muruganar, there is no difference between Siva and Ramana). It is quite impossible for anyone to perceive and attain it through his own eyes, which are blind, being overspread by the distorting
cataract (that creates the illusion) of worldly bondage.

Verse 308:

Whatever comes through knowledge gained by study, unless the reality that is unalloyed pure consciousness
shines in one's heart, so that the whirl of deluded desire, the knowledge that is caught up in mental imagination, is ended, the non dual state of divine silence, the wondrous state of total knowledge,
will not be attained.


Arunachala Siva.     

Verse 128:

Even if Jnana is attained through actions, it will not endure, just as all things that are born from a womb
are destined to destruction.  Your thoughts of grasping the Cause of all things (through your actions) is
like trying to roll up ten million suns in a blanket of darkness.

Here it is stated that, even if a degree of Jnana is obtained through ritual actions, it will not be permanent
and will disappear again in time.  Thus it is suggested that, though the paths of Chariyai, Kiriyai, and
Yogam are necessary for the disciple to attain sufficient maturity to be able to find a teacher who can
bestow Jnana, they cannot by themselves bestow that Jnana.  The Jnana that arises through actions
must necessarily pass away, just as all creatures born from the womb are destined to die.


Arunachala Siva.   

Sattva Guna:

Verse 117:

Sattva is pure.  It becomes useful for liberation.  Therein is reflected the shadow of the Atman.  Sattva
manifests the Atman, as the sun manifests the whole of the universe.  It is light.  Light, scattering,
and darkness are the three qualities of sattva, rajas, and tamas.

Verse 118:

Sattva becomes mixed with rajas and tamas, and the traits of mixed sattva are as follows  - declining
to take anything upon oneself (absence of pride),  denial of things (yamas), observance of the niyamas
(purification, mortification, study, contentment, and worship of God), control of the organs, faith, devotion,
desire for liberation, a divine nature, and cessation from things that are not good, for self purification,
harmlessness, truthfulness, freedom from greed, continence, and absence of acquisitiveness. 
Verse 119:

Pure sattva is blissfulness, realization of Self, supreme peace of attainment, cheerfulness, and an
abiding quality in the Self, by which one becomes ever-blissful.


Arunachala Siva.   

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 21, 2016, 08:48:34 AM »
Verse 1 of Tiru Neela Kantar Puranam:

வேதியர் தில்லை மூதூர்
    வேட்கோவர் குலத்து வந்தார்
மாதொரு பாகம் நோக்கி
   மன்னுசிற் றம்ப லத்தே
ஆதியும் முடிவும் இல்லா
   அற்புதத் தனிக்கூத் தாடும்
நாதனார் கழல்கள் வாழ்த்தி
   வழிபடும் நலத்தின் மிக்கார்.

He was born in the potters' clan, at hoary Thillai
Sanctified by the Brahmins; the Lord, here
Dances His unique dance wondrous which is
Beginningless and endless, in ChiRRambalam,
Witnessed by His Consort; well did he flourish
Hailing the ankleted feet of the Lord-God.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 21, 2016, 08:45:37 AM »
Verse 10:

அகலிடத் துயர்ந்த தில்லை
    யந்தண ரகில மெல்லாம்
புகழ்திரு மறையோ ரென்றும்
    பொதுநடம் போற்றி வாழ்க
நிகழ்திரு நீல கண்டக்
   குயவனார் நீடு வாய்மை
திகழுமன் புடைய தொண்டர்
   செய்தவங் கூற லுற்றாம்.

May the glorious Brahmins divine of sublime Thillai
Hailed by all the world, flourish well in this wide world;
Hailing the gracious dance of our Father in Thillai's Court
We now narrate the tapaswic life
Of the glorious potter Tirunillakantar,
The truthful devotee of loving-kindness.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 21, 2016, 08:43:24 AM »
Verse 9:

இன்றிவர் பெருமை எம்மால்
   இயம்பலா மெல்லைத் தாமோ
தென்றமிழ்ப் பயனா யுள்ள
   திருத்தொண்டத் தொகைமுன் பாட
அன்றுவன் றொண்டர் தம்மை
    யருளிய ஆரூர் அண்ணல்
முன்திரு வாக்காற் கோத்த
   முதற்பொரு ளானா ரென்றால்.

Is it in our power to inscribe the limits of their glory?
Did not the Lord of Aroor who commanded Van-tondar
To compose the Tiru-th-Tonda-th-Tokai -- the fruit and fruition
Of the Tamizh tongue that reigns in the south --,
Grace him with words divine to commence his hymn,
And these, the very subject of His words?

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 21, 2016, 08:41:38 AM »
Verse 8:

செம்மையால் தணிந்த சிந்தைத்
   தெய்வவே தியர்க ளானார்
மும்மைஆ யிரவர் தாங்கள்
    போற்றிட முதல்வ னாரை
இம்மையே பெற்று வாழ்வார்
   இனிப்பெறும் பேறொன் றில்லார்
தம்மையே தமக்கொப் பான
   நிலைமையால் தலைமை சார்ந்தார்.

They are the divine Brahmins whose intellect
Hath been by Siva clarified; they are
Three thousand strong who have in this very life
Gained the Lord-God for their adoration.
What other beatitude are they in need of?
They alone are their equals; unique is their glory.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 21, 2016, 08:39:35 AM »
Verse 7:

ஞானமே முதலா நான்கும்
   நவையறத் தெரிந்து மிக்கார்
தானமுந் தவமும் வல்லார்
   தகுதியின் பகுதி சார்ந்தார்
ஊனமேல் ஒன்றும் இல்லார்
   உலகெலாம் புகழ்ந்து போற்றும்
மானமும் பொறையுந் தாங்கி 
   மனையறம் புரிந்து வாழ்வார்.

Flawless is their mastery of Charya, Kriya, Yoga and Jnana;
They are great in munificence and ascesis;
They are ever-poised in righteousness;
They lack nothing; poised in patience and honor
They live as householders hailed by the whole world.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 21, 2016, 08:37:54 AM »
Verse 6:

 மறுவிலா மரபின் வந்து
   மாறிலா ஒழுக்கம் பூண்டார்
அறுதொழி லாட்சி யாலே
   யருங்கலி நீக்கி யுள்ளார்
உறுவது நீற்றின் செல்வம்
   எனக்கொளும் உள்ளம் மிக்கார்
பெறுவது சிவன்பா லன்பாம்
   பேறெனப் பெருகி வாழ்வார்.

They descend of a flawless race and are impeccable
By their sovereign acts sixfold, they have chased Kali away;
They deem as wealth true, only the Holy Ash;
Love of Siva is all that they seek after; thus they thrive.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 21, 2016, 08:35:42 AM »
Verse 5:

வருமுறை எரிமூன் றோம்பி
   மன்னுயி ரருளான் மல்கத்
தருமமே பொருளாக் கொண்டு
   தத்துவ நெறியிற் செல்லும்
அருமறை நான்கி னோடுஆ
   றங்கமும் பயின்று வல்லார்
திருநடம் புரிவார்க் காளாந்
   திருவினாற் சிறந்த சீரார்.

Poised in dharma, they cultivate and master the four Vedas
And their six components of radiant truths;
They tend the Triple Fire that lives may thrive in grace;
They are rich in their servitude divine
Of the great Lord of the Grand Dance.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 21, 2016, 08:34:02 AM »
Verse 4:

பொங்கிய திருவில் நீடும்
   பொற்புடைப் பணிக ளேந்தி
மங்கலத் தொழில்கள் செய்து
   மறைகளால் துதித்து மற்றுந்
தங்களுக் கேற்ற பண்பில்
   தகும்பணித் தலைநின் றுய்த்தே
அங்கணர் கோயி லுள்ளா
   அகம்படித் தொண்டு செய்வார்.

With beauteous ornaments rich beyond reckoning
They deck the Lord and perform the auspicious rites;
They hail the Lord with the words of the Gospels;
They render gloriously all other service, befitting them;
Service within the Lord?s temple and shrine is theirs.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 21, 2016, 08:31:46 AM »
Verse 3:

போற்றிநீள் தில்லை வாழந்
   தணர்திறம் புகல லுற்றேன்
நீற்றினால் நிறைந்த கோல
   நிருத்தனுக் குரிய தொண்டாம்
பேற்றினார் பெருமைக் கெல்லை
    யாயினார் பேணி வாழும்
ஆற்றினார் பெருகும் அன்பால்
   அடித்தவம் புரிந்து வாழ்வார்.

Hailing (the feet of the Dancer) I'll narrate
The glories of the Brahmins of Thillai eternal.
They are blessed with the beatific right to serve
The beauteous Dancer, the Wearer of the Holy Ash;
All glory is contained by them; they are firm-rooted
In the service of worship; with ever-increasing love
For the Lord?s feet, they flourish as tapaswis great.

Arunachala Siva.

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