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11611
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:36:59 AM »
Verse 294:



பேர்பரவை பெண்மையினில்
   பெரும்பரவை விரும்பல்குல்
ஆர்பரவை யணிதிகழும்
   மணிமுறுவல் அரும்பரவை
சீர்பரவை யாயினாள்
   திருவுருவின் மென்சாயல்
ஏர்பரவை யிடைப்பட்ட
   என்னாசை யெழுபரவை.


"Ha, her name is Paravai! If her womanliness
Be contemplated, even celestial danseuses
Coveted by the immortals, should hail her
As their deity; her rows of teeth -- mullai-buds --,
Excel even the pearls of her nose-ring;
Her beauty is such as is even to be praised by Lakshmi;
My love for her, caught and tossed and drawn
By her soft mien and divine bearing
Is immense as the seven ocean-streams."


Arunachala Siva.



11612
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:34:10 AM »
Verse 293:



வன்றொண்ட ரதுகண்டுஎன்
   மனங்கொண்ட மயிலியலின்
இன்றொண்டைச் செங்கனிவாய்
   இளங்கொடிதான் யாரென்ன
அன்றங்கு முன்நின்றார்
   அவர்நங்கை பரவையார்
சென்றும்பர் தரத்தார்க்குஞ்
   சேர்வரியார் எனச்செப்ப.


Beholding this, Van-tondar queried thus:
"Who is this beauty -- a bird of Paradise,
Red-lipped and liana-like --, that hath my mind captivated"?
To him they that were there replied thus:
"She is called Nangkai Paravaiyar who is
Not to be attained even by the celestial beings."


Arunachala Siva.

11613
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:32:02 AM »
Verse 292:



பாங்கோடிச் சிலைவளைத்துப்
   படையனங்கன் விடுபாணம்
தாங்கோலி யெம்மருங்கும்
   தடைசெய்ய மடவரலும்
தேங்கோதை மலர்க்குழல்மேல்
   சிறைவண்டு கலந்தார்ப்பப்
பூங்கோயி லமர்ந்தபிரான்
   பொற்கோயில் போய்ப்புகுந்தாள்.


Nathless the encircling obstruction of darts
Of Manmata who wielded them from all sides,
Paravaiyar from whose melliferous garlands
Bees buzzed, moved into the golden temple
Of the Lord enthroned in the Flower-Temple.

Arunachala Siva.

11614
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 15, 2016, 08:48:35 AM »
Verse 291:


அண்ணலவன் தன்மருங்கே
   அளவிறந்த காதலினால்
உண்ணிறையுங் குணநான்கும்
   ஒருபுடைசாய்ந் தனவெனினும்
வண்ணமலர்க் கருங்கூந்தல்
   மடக்கொடியை வலிதாக்கிக்
கண்ணுதலைத் தொழுமன்பே
   கைக்கொண்டு செலவுய்ப்ப.


Though by reason of her measureless love for the noble one
Her inly virtues four were a trifle unhinged,
They yet infused her of perfumed locks,
With strength, and prodded her to move on steadfast
Holding firm to the love adoration
For the Lord who has an eye in His forehead.


Arunachala Siva.

11615
General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 15, 2016, 06:56:01 AM »


Man's desire for wealth is limitless.  Saint Tayumanavar says:  "Even if one is given to rule the
entire land, he would desire to conquer the oceans!"  Once a devotee prayed to Siva intently for
wealth.  Siva appeared before him and asked: What do you want?"  He answered.
Then Siva pointed his index finger towards the house.  The whole house turned into a golden palace!
The Siva entered his house.  What more do you want?"  The devotee grinned and showed the
wooden cupboards, steel cupboards, stainless steel vessels, etc.,  Siva waved his index finger towards
these objects.  All turned into gold.  The devotee was still grinning at him with expecting something
more.  Siva was amused, and he asked him:  "Anything else?"  He said unashamedly:  "I want your
index finger!"

Siva already lost half his body to Uma.  If someone asked him the index finger... What is the end?
He disappeared!

Arunachala Siva.

11616



Most of us are used to image worship, because it is ingrained in our blood due to the religion
that we adopt.  Bhagavan Ramana never criticized image worship.  He only said that one has
to go past the names and forms.

Arunachala Siva.

11617
General topics / Re: Poems from Mountain Path - 2015 onwards.
« on: January 14, 2016, 03:34:04 PM »
(The following poem also appeared in Mountain Path, Jan. - Mar. 2016.)

*

The Lap of Love

(Anna Ramana)

*


Let me, O God, be most intimate with my own heart.
Relieve me of the crust congealed in crevices.
Lure me into the lap of love
Where you and I abide as One.
And always have.

Why do I resist?
Who is it hides from her real home?
What dream of me keeps me from your truth?
Don't let me stray like a wild dog,
Gnawing on the bone of illusion.

My one wish is for you ---
To fall into your arms, O my Beloved,
To rest in the quiet of your charms.
What is this dream of life but a chance to die
Into the light of your Pure Being?

Let me live as That, while breath still courses through.

I lay my head at your lotus feet,
O Holy Master.
One gaze from you and I am free.
I close my eyes now
That I may truly see.


***

Arunachala Siva.       

11618
General topics / Re: Poems from Mountain Path - 2015 onwards.
« on: January 14, 2016, 03:24:53 PM »
The following poem appeared in Mountain Path, Jan. - March 2016.  This is by Upahar:

*

Notes to Self:

Inestimable form of things;
 time, and the whirling stars;
these dancing, dying bodies; children of earth,
 our clamor and cry;
river of thought in the shadowland of dream  ---
 Love, none of this can veil you.


Invisible the root of this appearing,
 unthinkable the flower;
within, without; belonging still to no one,
  and yet most gladly, marvelously here.

Knowing, unknowing; the empty heart mysteriously
  abounding;a moon through clouds, a blossoming --
Love, all of this reveals You.


*

Arunachala Siva.     

11619
The above article giving some excerpts of the book Guru Ramana Prasadam, is available in
Mountain Path, April -June 2007)

*

5.  Through the joyous power of the true love, that took as its goal the feet of my Guru, a life
lived in the vast space of the Self that shines fearlessly within the heart burgeoned forth within me,
as the unfailing awareness that it is divine silence became ever more intense.  Birth's suffering was
abolished, and my eye became fearless, as I obtained the vision of Grace.

7. His true glance, the pellucid knowledge dispensed by the Guru's Grace, is the medicine to cure
the disease that is the illusion of worldly bondage, inflicted upon us by the vagaries of the objective ego
mind whose nature is to look at that which is alien to itself. How strange it is that we wander in this world
illusion,instead of availing ourselves of that glance to go and win salvation at the feet of the true Lord
who shines within the heart.

205. Destroying the dark void of base ignorance, the light of the grace-bestowing feet of my Guru
and Master, whose nature is of the form of shining self knowledge, revealed to me my true self,
driving out entirely the degrading confusion of that false, delusional state,in which I wandered weeping
and fretting over 'I' and 'mine'.

334. Reality, the Supreme and unique nature of the Self, is nothing other than the Heart in which the
power of the mind to generate its false creations has died.If the aggressive ego is eliminated as its
source, a joy will arise that the sorrows of the mind cannot touch.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.               

11620
General Discussion / Re: Siddha - Siddhi.
« on: January 14, 2016, 02:09:37 PM »
Dear Ravi

The article says "like Sri Ramakrishna..."
The error in typing is profoundly regretted.

Arunachala Siva.

11621
General topics / Re: The Past is Past, Now, be here:
« on: January 14, 2016, 01:29:03 PM »
All the books on this Series, have philosophical format.  The first chapter is a short history of the
philosopher's life.  The second chapter is an overview of what will follow.  Then come chapters on
epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, spiritual practices, jivan mukti, and an evaluation vis a vis the
philosopher being covered.

What an incredible time I had writing the book.  From Sri Ramana Maharshi's perspective, there
is no teacher, no taught, no birth, no death, no enlightened individual, no unenlightened individual,
no path to enlightenment, there is no knower, no known, and no means of knowledge.   Obviously
Sri Ramana was not a philosopher in the traditional sense of the word.

As Sri Ramana said, 'I was indeed fortunate that I never took to philosophy. Had I taken to it, I
would probably nowhere, but my inherent tendencies led to directly to inquire, 'Who am I?'
How fortunate!'  What is astonishing is Sri Ramana's teachings emerged spontaneously as the fruit of
his Great Awakening and only subsequently, almost by accident, did He learn of the ancient Upanishadic
and philosophical teachings. Even more astounding is that His words are almost, word for word, identical
with those found in the Scriptures.                     

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.

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Verse 81:

A spoilt intellect will try to go through the path of the objects of the senses, and dies at every step.

He only succeeds who follows the instruction of the kind, wise teacher, along with the use of his own
intuition and discretion.

Verse 82:

If you have desire for liberation, give up like poison from a long distance the objects of senses;
and takes to contentment, kindness, forgiveness, straightforwardness and peace.   

Attachment to the Body denounced:

Verse 83:

One who tries to make this body the all all - to have pleasure in it -- kills himself by the act.

Verse 84:

One who wants to gratify the body and still see the Atman, is like he man who takes hold of a
crocodile to cross a river, thinking it a log, and is thus destroyed.

Verse 85:

For the aspirant, this body is the great object of delusion. One who can conquer that, attains to
liberation.

Verse 86:

Kill this deadly attachment to the body, wife, children and others.  The seers who have overcome
it go to that high dwelling place, of Vishnu, the all pervading.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.     

11623
General topics / Re: Sri Achuthanantha Adigal:
« on: January 14, 2016, 01:01:22 PM »
Achutahananda's book of songs is aptly titled Advaita Kirtana Ananda Lahari (The Blissful Wave of
Advaitic Songs).  His songs are well known even today among Tamizh bhaktas.

He spent several years traveling and giving lectures until 1902.  In that year, the year called Subhakrithu,
from the Tamizh month of Aavani until the month of Aippasi, he visited his disciples and advised them,
'Oh, the most loved sons!  Don't waste precious time. Seek Atamanubhava (direct experience of the Self)
and attain eternal bliss.' He also added, 'This is my final visit.'

In the second day, of Karthika month, he came to the house of his disciple Sri Arangasami Mudaliar,
in Vallam village in Vellore district and started writing a book on Jnana Sastra titled Sanmarga
Darpanam (The Mirror Revealing the Direct Methods of Attaining the Eternal Self.)

(It was at Bhagavan's explicit command that the book was published with a commentary by Swamigal's
disciple, Sadhanapani Ramachandra Guruswamigal. The book was published in 1926.  A copy was kept
in Bhagavan's revolving book case in the Old Hall..  Now it is in Asramam archives. 

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.             

11624
General Discussion / Re: Channels of Grace - A Tribute:
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:47:54 PM »
Then aged 93, he would walk to the dining hall for his meals and to Samadhi Hall for the evening
parayana, and aarti..  For three of us (Amma, Baba, and myself) our days at the Asramam were
pure perfection and complete harmony.  We would sheepishly admit to each other, 'There is no one
and nothing that we miss!' This was our home, and our time away from it was simply marking time
until we could return.

I bow my head in eternal gratitude to our parents who inculcated the Divine in us.  They enabled
us to meet spiritual luminaries like Swami Sivananda, Swami Chidananda, his successor, whose room
in Dehradun was filled with the pictures of Bhagavan and Arunachala, Ma Ananda Mayi, the Dalai Lama,
Satya Sai Baba, Mother Terasa, and many other spiritually evolved beings who frequented our home,
including Miss Merston from Ramanasramam and an American devotee called Freddy, in saffron
robes, also from Ramanasramam.

They finally anchored us, till the fourth generation, as Blessed Arunachala.

Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya.

concluded.

Arunachala Siva.             

11625
General Discussion / Re: Siddha - Siddhi.
« on: January 14, 2016, 12:21:09 PM »
Moreover what are these powers for?  The would-be occultist (siddha) desires to display the siddhis
so that others may appreciate him.  He seeks appreciation, and if it is not forthcoming he will not be
happy.  There must be others to appreciate him.  He may even find another possessor of higher powers.
That will cause jealousy and breed unhappiness.  The higher occultist (siddha) may meet a still higher
siddha and so on until there will come one who will blow up everything in a trice.  Such is the highest
adept (siddha) and He is God or the Self.

Which is the real power?  Is it to increase prosperity or bring about peace?  That which results in peace
is the highest perfection (siddhi).  (Talks $ 20)

This is obviously true from one perspective.  However, there is another perspective to consider.
Bhagavan stated in the Sri Ramana Gita, compiled by Ganapati Muni, 'The glory of the siddhas is
beyond imagination.  They are equal to Siva. Indeed they are the very forms of Siva.  They have the
power to grant every prayer.' (Sri Ramana Gita, ch. XVIII, VERSE 26)

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.       

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