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It is not unreasonable or fanciful to compare the relationship of Tattuvaraya and Sorupananda with one
that existed between Muruganar and Bhagavan.  Tattuvaraya and Muruganar came to their Gurus,
who both liked to teach through silence, and realized the Self soon afterwards.  They both subsequently
composed thousands of verses that either praised their respective Gurus, or recorded some aspect of
their teachings.  Tattuvaraya's poems in praise of his Guru and Sivaprakasa Swami, his Guru's Guru,
include Venba Antadi (100 verses), Kalitturai Antadi (100 verses),  Irattai Mani Malai (20 verses),
Nanmanimalai (40 verses), Jnana Vinodan Kalambagam (101 verses),  Kali Madal (232 verses), Ula (393 verses), and many many more. Then there was the Bharani that Bhagavan mentikoned; a 493 verse poem,
(Ajnavatai Bharani, on the annihilation of ignorance by the 'hero' Sorupananda.  Mokavatai Bharani was
another 850  verse Bharani on the killing of delusion that includes in its text 110 songs in which a goddess
instructs her followers in Vedanta. These 110 songs are often published independently as a Tamizh primer
on Vedanta under the title Sasivanna  Bodham.  That is the work that Tattuvaraya composed while
Sorupananda was having his meal.  Selected translations of one Tattuvaraya's works on  Vedanta
(Amrita Saram) will appear in the next issue of the Mountain Path.


Arunachala Siva.         

The explanation is that the world is Mithya. Just as we our waking selves are unaffected by any suffering
that might take place in our dreams, so the non dual reality is unaffected by apparent suffering in the world.
The dream is pratibhasa; the gross universe is vyavahara; the reality is Paramartha.  A metaphor encountered
in the scripture is that of a person in the bright sunlight casting a shadow.  The shadow might 'collide' with a
wall or 'fall into' water but the person casting it as well as the shadow itself, is totally unaffected by it.

Creation according to the scripture:

Having briefly looked at the sort of theories that are usually considered in respect of creation of the universe,
Gaudapada now begins his demolishing process by seeing what the scriptures say.  His own methods are
primarily to use reason and logic so that there can be no argument.  Traditionally, however, especially with
respect to aspects that are outside of our own direct experience, teachers refer to what is said in the scripture.
This source is believed to contain answers to those questions which cannot be answered by recourse to
perception and inference.  The scriptures contain truths which were 'revealed' to ancient sages and have
been passed down from teacher to disciple ever since.


Arunachala Siva. 

219. That Grace of God will not desert any one, she will surely lead all to Deliverance. Some will be
delivered soon, others after a long time.

220. The devotee may think, 'I am practicing devotion to God by my own efforts'; but this is not true,
because it is God who pursues the deluded soul, who is wandering blindly in this forest of Samsara,
and takes hold of him by His Grace.

221. The extent of God's Grace is so much, that He gives Himself to devotees;  for when by His Grace,
the ego is destroyed, then the aspirant obtains the State of Non difference from Him.

222.  God is that kind of magnetic mountain which draws the souls to Himself, makes them motionless
and consumes them like food and ever after safeguards them in the Supreme State which is one of
Endless Bliss, which is His own State.

223, 224: As the river, born by the rains of the clouds rising from the sea, returns to its source,
the sea, and the bird, wandering for a long time in the sky, obtains rest by returning to its home in
earth, so the soul, which has originated from the Supreme One, after wandering in this Samsara for
immense period, returning in the reverse direction, rejoins that Supreme One, from whom he originated.


Arunachala Siva.             

Chapter 3:

1,2: Suta:

Ribhu thus became enlightened by Siva's teaching in the form of aphorisms.  Saluting Mahadeva in submission,
he praised the Lord of Kailasa in extemporaneous hymns of devotion. Later, he shared this knowledge
obtained from Siva Mahadeva, with other sages.

Kumara, the son of Girija, narrated Ribhu's hymn to Siva, to Jaigishavaya the great one who conquered
the six foes.

3.  Skanda:

Ribhu hymned Isana, who is with Amba the universal mother and obtained knowledge of the Self. 
That great Sivayogi then praised Hara who revels in the octonary form (the five elements, the sun,
the moon and the Self.

4. Ribhu:

I salute the Lord -

who vanquished the demon  element Gajasura and wrapped the shining hide over His shoulders
covering also the matted locks resembling groups of honey bees flocking onto a rutting elephant's
cheeks wetted by the odrorous secretions, who resembles the fierce lion tearing open the crowns
of elephants with its sharp claws while slaughtering evil forces, the blood trickling  from whose nails
(that resemble incisive knives) is indeed marvelous sight,

whose effulgence envelopes the Vindhya range of hills and who is a great purifier and the embodiment
of purity,

who penetrates the entire universe which is but an emanation from Him,

who is revealed by the Vedas and whose feet are extolled in devotional verses of diverse meters, and who
is the best doctor for the disease called the world arising from the heart.  Protect me, O Sambhu!

5.  Thou has arisen with Thy powerful arms resembling the trunks of ferocious elephants, and lifted
the Mount Meru as bow and punished the invincible Tripurasuras.  In that campaign Thou hast
expanded Thy form to fulfill the great expanse when the moon and stars appeared as ornaments on
Your crown.  When thou hast administered the great bow ambidextrously, it reflected the dazzling
luster of Thy cheeks.

Protect me, Sambhu, who chastised Yama, the death god, with Thy feet.


Arunachala Siva.         

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 29, 2016, 09:35:07 AM »
Verse 12:

விடுசுடர்நீள் மணிமறுகின்
    வெண்சுதைமா ளிகைமேகம்
தொடுகுடுமி நாசிதொறும்
    தொடுத்தகொடி சூழ்கங்குல்
உடுஎனும்நாண் மலர்அலர
    உறுபகலிற் பலநிறத்தால்
நெடுவிசும்பு தளிர்ப்பதென
    நெருங்கியுள மருங்கெல்லாம்.   

The white-washed mansions of the gem-paved streets
Unfurl into the clouds their pennants from the poles;
Above these at night the stars of the sky twinkle;
These are like the many-hued flowers that un-petal
During the day.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 29, 2016, 09:33:04 AM »
Verse 11:

வேள்விபுரி சடங்கதனை
    விளையாட்டுப் பண்ணைதொறும்
பூழியுற வகுத்தமைத்துப்
    பொன்புனைகிண் கிணியொலிப்ப
ஆழிமணிச் சிறுதேரூர்ந்து
    அவ்விரதப் பொடியாடும்
வாழிவளர் மறைச்சிறார்
    நெருங்கியுள மணிமறுகு.   

Even in the muddy play-field they imitate
The rituals of the Yaga;
Their golden anklets tinkle as they ply through dust
Their tintinnabular toy-cars;
Thus thrive the Brahmin-children in the serried streets.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 29, 2016, 09:30:32 AM »
Verse  10:

புனைவார்பொற் குழையசையப்
    பூந்தானை பின்போக்கி
வினைவாய்ந்த தழல்வேதி
    மெழுக்குறவெண் சுதையொழுக்கும்
கனைவான முகிற்கூந்தல்
    கதிர்செய்வட மீன்கற்பின்
மனைவாழ்க்கைக் குலமகளிர்
    வளம்பொலிவ மாடங்கள்.

With golden ear-pendants dangling
And saree-ends tucked behind
They coat with cow-dung the sacred pit of fire
And draw comely Kolam;
Their hair is dark like the rain-cloud
And they are constant as the Northern star.
The mansions in that city are therefore
Passing rich with the peerless help-meets.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 29, 2016, 09:28:01 AM »
Verse 9:

காமர்திருப் பதியதன்கண்
    வேதியர்போற் கடிகமழும்
தாமரையும் புல்லிதழும்
    தயங்கியநூ லுந்தாங்கித்
தூமருநுண் துகளணிந்து
    துளிவருகண் ணீர்ததும்பித்
தேமருமென் சுரும்பிசையால்
    செழுஞ்சாமம் பாடுமால்.   

In that beauteous city, like the Brahmins,
The fragrant and petalled lotuses are endowed
With the sacred thread, their stems;
Their holy ash is their pollen;
They are also tear-bedewed;
They chant Sama hymns through the humming bees.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 29, 2016, 09:25:50 AM »
Verse  8:

வேலையழற் கதிர்படிந்த
    வியன்கங்குல் வெண்மதியம்
சோலைதொறும் நுழைந்துபுறப்
    படும்பொழுது துதைந்தமலர்ப்
பாலணைந்து மதுத்தோய்ந்து
    தாதளைந்து பயின்றந்தி
மாலையெழுஞ் செவ்வொளிய
    மதியம்போல் வதியுமால்.   

As the sun dips into the western main
The white moon rises in the night
And skims through the groves and gardens
Tinct with pollen and laden with honey.
So, the moon in that city for ever looks ruddy
When it rises incarnadine in the evening.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 29, 2016, 09:23:35 AM »
Verse  7:

பரந்தவிளை வயற்செய்ய
    பங்கயமாம் பொங்கெரியில்
வரம்பில்வளர் தேமாவின்
    கனிகிழிந்த மதுநறுநெய்
நிரந்தரம்நீள் இலைக்கடையால்
    ஒழுகுதலால் நெடிதவ்வூர்
மரங்களும்ஆ குதிவேட்கும்
    தகையவென மணந்துளதால்.

Into the fire of the blown lotuses that grow
In the vast and crop-filled fields of that city,
Drip continuously from the tips of the leaves,
The ghee of honey from the burst fruit
Of the mango-trees that grow on the ridges;
Thus in that city, from time immemorial
The trees too are performing yagas.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 29, 2016, 09:21:15 AM »
Verse 6:

உளங்கொள்மறை வேதியர்தம்
    ஓமதூ மத்திரவும்
கிளர்ந்ததிரு நீற்றொளியில்
    கெழுமியநண் பகலுமலர்ந்
தளந்தறியாப் பல்லூழி
    யாற்றுதலால் அகலிடத்து
விளங்கியஅம் மூதூர்க்கு
    வேறிரவும் பகலும்மிகை.   

The smoke that issues from the homas
Performed by the Brahmins poised in the Vedic way of life
Mantles the city in darkness like night;
Bright stripes of the holy ash dazzle like day-light;
This is so, for numberless aeons;
The hoary city therefore is in need
Of neither natural day nor night.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 29, 2016, 09:18:56 AM »
Verse 5:

வளம்பயிலும் புறம்பணைப்பால்
    வாசப்பா சடைமிடைந்த
தளம்பொலியும் புனற்செந்தா
    மரைச்செவ்வித் தடமலரால்
களம்பயில்நீர்க் கடன்மலர்வ
    தொருபரிதி யெனக்கருதி
இளம்பரிதி பலமலர்ந்தாற்
    போல்பஉள இலஞ்சிபல.   

It is but a single sun that rises
From the dark ocean; but in this city,
From the leafy greenery of the tanks that lie
Amidst the fragrant and fertile fields,
Burgeon very many petalled lotuses, all red;
It looks as though that a myriad
Young suns have risen.

Arunachala Siva.   

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 29, 2016, 09:16:24 AM »
Verse 4:

அரிஅயனே முதல்அமரர்
    அடங்கஎழும் வெள்ளங்கள்
விரிசுடர்மா மணிப்பதணம்
    மீதெறிந்த திரைவரைகள்
புரிசைமுதல் புறஞ்சூழ்வ
    பொங்கோதம் கடைநாளில்
விரிஅரவ மந்தரஞ்சூழ்
    வடம்போல வயங்குமால்.   

The floods that drown even Vishnu and Brahma
With their mountainous billows,
Dash against the shining, gem-set buildings
And leave spirals of watermarks
On the walls of the fortified city;
These are like the twinings of the Serpent
On Mount Mandara when the Milky Ocean was churned.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 29, 2016, 09:14:15 AM »
Verse  3:

அப்பதிதான் அந்தணர்தம்
    கிடைகள்அரு மறைமுறையே
செப்பும்ஒலி வளர்பூகச்
    செழுஞ்சோலை புறஞ்சூழ
ஒப்பில்நகர் ஓங்குதலால்
    உகக்கடைநாள் அன்றியே
எப்பொழுதுங் கடல்மேலே
    மிதப்பதென இசைந்துளதால்.

In that city bounded by the areca-groves
The Brahmin-boys chant the Vedas as ordained, in groups;
As the city rises aloft peerless, not only
On the day of the Great Deluge, but for ever,
It is like a perpetual float on the ocean-stream.

Arunachala Siva.

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 29, 2016, 07:56:29 AM »

There are some verses extolling the guru-bhakti and surrender.
I am giving only English translations.

Verse 178:-  Having drunk to the full Brahmarasa and satisfied
in the Paramatman, the Sages of realization consider Indra
as a mere straw and then what to speak of ordinary kings of the

Verse 179:-  The seekers after libration should at all times develop
Guru bhakti, because by following the path shown by the Guru,
one attains the Supreme auspiciousness and the state of Kaivalya.

Verse 180:-  'I am one and one alone without a second'  --
whoever thus practices constant meditation as a result of the
advice of the Guru with a firm determination, need not take recourse
to the forest for hard penances.

Verse 189:-  O Devi!  this is the advice in the path of Guru-marga
which is capable of bestowing mukti.  Therefore, Guru bhakti
should be practiced by all with great devotion and faith.

Verse 192:-  One may be engaged in Siva Puja or deeply immersed in Vishnu Puja,
but if he is without a knowledge of the Guru tattva, all his learning is a mere waste.

Verse 193:-  If worship of Siva is done without knowing the real
nature of Guru, that worship is for the mere name's sake.  My
dear Parvati, it is like a lamp drawn on a paper [which will not
light the house].

Verse 194:-  By the glory and efficacy of Guru-diksha, all your
actions bear fruit.  By the attainment of a Guru, one attains
everything.  One without a Guru is a mere fool.

Verse 195:-  Since on does not understand the nature of Siva
and one's own Self by himself, one without a Guru can be said
to be a mere animal, worm or a firefly.

Verse 196:-  Therefore discarding all kinds of contacts with
people, by all possible means, giving up all comforts of the
scriptures, one should depend on the Guru only.

The Guru Gita thus shows what it means to surrender to a Higher Power. It puts in perspective Bhagavan Ramana's words: "Surrender appears easy because people imagine that, once they say with their lips 'I surrender'....., they can be free and do what they like.  But the fact is that you can have no likes and dislikes after you surrender and that your will should become completely non-existent."  [Devaraja Mudaliar, Day by Day, entry dated 2nd Jan 1946).

Arunachala Siva.     

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