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11686
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:30:26 AM »
Verse 262:



வம்புலா மலரலைய
    மணிகொழித்து வந்திழியும்
பைம்பொன்வார் கரைப்பொன்னிப்
    பயில்தீர்த்தம் படிந்தாடித்
தம்பிரான் மயிலாடு
   துறைவணங்கித் தாவில்சீர்
அம்பர்மா காளத்தின்
   அமர்ந்தபிரான் அடிபணிந்தார்.



In the Kaveri which carrying flowers and gems, shores up
On either bank golden dust, Sundarar plunged and bathed;
Then to Ambar-Makalam of flawless glory, he came,
And adored the feet of the Lord enshrined there.

Arunachala Siva.

11687
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:28:02 AM »
Verse 261:


தேனார்க்கு மலர்ச்சோலைத்
   திருப்புன்கூர் நம்பர்பால்
ஆனாப்பே ரன்புமிக
   அடிபணிந்து தமிழ்பாடி
மானார்க்குங் கரதலத்தார்
    மகிழ்ந்தஇடம் பலவணங்கிக்
கானார்க்கு மலர்த்தடஞ்சூழ்
   காவிரியின் கரையணைந்தார்.

He then came to Tiru-p-Punkoor girt with honeyed gardens,
Adored its Lord with exceeding love, and hymned Him in Tamizh;
He also visited many a shrine where abides willingly
The Lord whose hand displays a fawn, and reached
The bank of the Kaveri bounded by fragrant and flowery pools.

Arunachala Siva.


11688
Verse 7 of Tirup PaLLi Ezhuchchi:


அதுபழச் சுவையென அமுதென அறிதற்
    கரிதென எளிதென அமரரும் அறியார்
இதுஅவன் திருவுரு இவன்அவன் எனவே
    எங்களை ஆண்டுகொண் டிங்கெழுந் தருளும்
மதுவளர் பொழில்திரு வுத்தர கோச
    மங்கையுள் ளாய்திருப் பெருந்துறை மன்னா
எதுஎமைப் பணிகொளு மாறது கேட்போம்
    எம்பெரு மான்பள்ளி எழுந்தரு ளாயே.




``THAT is the taste of fruit;
THAT is Nectar;
it is Impossible to know THAT;
THAT is easy of access.
`` Thus wrangling the immortals know Him not.
``This is His sacred form;
this indeed is He.
That God indeed is He - come in the human form.
`` Thus are we blessed to speak of Him who,
ruling us,
Has deigned to come down here,
The One that abides at Uttharakosamangkai girt with meliferous groves.
O King of the sacred Perunturai rich in meliferous groves.
What indeed Is the way to serve You?
We will pursue that.
O our God !
Be pleased to arise from off Your couch and bless us

Arunachala Siva.

11689

The Self is revealing all the time.  At the waking level, at the dream level, and at the deep sleep level.
The Self reveals because that it is its nature.  The Self is eternal light.  It reveals the world, the body,
the senses and the mind.  Even in deep sleep, where the mind, senses, and the body are absent, the Self is still revealing.  It is like fire, where the burning capacity manifests when something flammable like a piece
of wood, is brought near it.  Fire burns only when something comes into contact with it. 

But unlike fire, the revelation of the Self is always manifest because it reveals not only the presence
of objects, as in the case of waking and dream states, but also the absence of objects, as in the case of
deep sleep.  The power of revelation of the Self is manifest in the presence as well as the absence
of objects.

It is the non-relational Self that becomes the Jiva, due to Avidya. The mind-sense-body complex is a
product of Avidya.  What is called the Jiva is the Self in association with or conditioned by the
mind-body complex.  The Jiva is the Self in the body.  Though the Self by its very nature is non-relational,
it becomes relational, as it were, with the mind sense body complex and gets involved in empirical
existence as the knower, agent and enjoyer.  The Self-in-itself, which is not involved in any empirical experience, is called Tuirya, or simply the Fourth.

This is the Self which is called Visva at the waking state, Taijasa at the dream state and Prajna in
deep sleep state.  When all the three states of experiences are transcended, when the Vyavaharika
is left behind, "That Beyond" where only the Self remains is called the Fourth or Turiya.   The Fourth
is beyond the three states of experiences.  There is no cognition, be it external or internal, and all
distinctions of knower, known and knowledge have faded into oblivion.  It is beyond Avidya.  It is,
therefore, said to be trans-empirical and trans-relational.

Arunachala Siva.

11690
Verse 61:

When a man has been bitten by the snake of ignorance, he can only be cured by the realization of
Brahman.  Of what use are Vedas and scriptures, charms and herbs?

Need for Self Experience:

Verse 62:

A sickness is not cured by saying the word 'medicine'.  You must take the medicine.  Liberation does
not come by merely saying the word 'Brahman.'  Brahman must be actually experienced.

Verse 63:

Until you allow this apparent universe to dissolve from your consciousness -- until you have experienced
Brahman -- how can you find liberation just by saying the word 'Brahman'?  The result is merely a noise.

Verse 64:

Until a man has destroyed his enemies and taken possession of the splendor and wealth of the kingdom,
he cannot become a king by simply saying: 'I am a king.'

Verse 65:

A buried treasure is not uncovered by merely uttering the words: 'Come forth.'  You must follow the
right directions, dig, remove the stones and earth, from above it, and then make it your own.
In the same way, the pure truth of the Atman, which is buried under Maya and the effects of Maya,
can be reached by meditation, contemplation and other spiritual disciplines such as a knower of
Brahman may prescribe   - but never by subtle arguments.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.       

11691
General Discussion / Thank You God
« on: January 11, 2016, 12:31:25 PM »
(The above article appears in Mountain Path, Jan. - Mar. 2015. It is by Mithin Aatchi)

I am a Joint Replacement Surgeon by profession.  Having heard that Arunachala fulfills all desires
to those who circumambulate the It with devotion, I had circumambulated It once with fervor and
devotion praying for a good practice despite my young age.  I also took part in the rare seva of
Lord Venkateswara called Vastrabhishekam where the Lord is washed with scented oils over for an hour.
In my heart brimmed with the desire for a good income and practice.

By God's Will and a fulfillment of faith my practice picked up.  I was happy with my materialistic advancement
and life moved on.  By the good times did not last long.  Slowly the vagaries of Destiny caught up and my
practice floundered. I had put in more effort just to make  both ends meet. Day in and out I struggled
to achieve decent income.

I experienced a dull phase in my practice and was wondering when it will pick up.  I thought it is by
God's Will that I had good practice and now by His Will only my practice is down.

I decided to take solace in the presence of my Guru Sri Jinnuru Nannagaru.

One day when I went to meet him he was telling a devotee, 'Man thinks that by his effort he has become
successful.  But he does not know that it is by God's Will that everything happens."

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.       

11692
General Discussion / Re: Channels of Grace - A Tribute:
« on: January 11, 2016, 11:06:35 AM »
Spiritual Encounters:

Baba and Amma attracted spiritual encounters with great souls.  On a picnic in Rishikesh in the late
1950s we came across a big man in a huge overcoat.  He called us over and began chatting with Amma
and Baba, and then invited us to cross the Ganga in his boat.  He turned out to be Swami Sivananda.
He got himself photographed with us and later signed the picture.

While posted in Bangalore, in the late 1970s, Satya Sai Baba came to their house for lunch.  Amma
had a goitre on her neck.  Sai Baba looked at it and told her never to put a knife to it, thus settling the
question of whether to operate or not.  The goitre subsided.

On a posting in Dehradun in the 1960s we were regular visitors to Ma Anandamayi at her ashram.
Sometimes Baba would drive his car from one ashram to another.  Amma was part of Ma Anandamayi's
inner circle in Dehradun. So much so, that she once threw a tantrum, when she felt that poorer people
were not being given prompt darshan, verses those arriving with large hampers and gifts.  That night
she had the most excruciating headache and the first thing she did the following morning was to go and beg
Ma's forgiveness for walking out in a huff.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.   

11693
General Discussion / Re: Shadow and Substance -
« on: January 11, 2016, 10:55:55 AM »
Now we are talking substance -- as opposed to shadow. This is what we call the Single Entity Theory,
the One Source of it all. 

Sankara sums up nicely:

The wise should always think with great care of the invisible, the visible and everything else, as his own
Self which is consciousness itself. 

Having reduced the visible to the invisible, the wise should think of the universe as one with Brahman.
Thus alone will he abide in eternal felicity with the mind full of consciousness and bliss.  (Aparokshanubhuti
141-142.)

Once you are face to face with this Single Entity, you are a changed person.  You are free from all criteria
of bondage and liberation.  This is elaborated toward the end of Vivekachudamani:

He who knows the Atman is free from every kind of bondage.

He is full of glory.  He is the greatest of great.

The things perceived by the senses cause him neither grief nor pleasure.  He is not attached to them.
Neither does he shun them.  Constantly delighting in the Atman he is always at play within himself.
He tastes the sweet, unending bliss of Atman and is satisfied....

The man of contemplation walks alone.  He lives the desireless amidst the objects of desire.  The Atman
is his eternal satisfaction.  He sees the Atman present in all things....

He acts, yet is not bound by his actions.  He reaps the fruit of past actions, yet is unaffected by them...

He dwells in the body, but he regards it as a thing apart from himself -- like the cast off skin of a snake...

The illumined soul lives eternally consciousness of his oneness with Brahman.  He tastes continually
the joy of the Atman, the one without a second....

There is neither birth or death, neither bound nor aspiring soul, neither liberated soul nor seeker after
liberation -- this is the ultimate and absolute truth.  (Vivekachudamani Verse 535ff._

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                       

11694
General Discussion / Re: Narasinh Mehta: An Introduction:
« on: January 11, 2016, 10:37:56 AM »
Mehta's autobiographical works are jhari na pad, about an incident when he thought Krishna appeared
in the Mohini form to slake his thirst at a  kirtan; putravivah na pad, describing his rescue from social
embarrassment at his son's marriage to a king's minister; mamera na pad, in which he gets aid for
social awkwardness at his daughter's expectancy ceremony; hundi na pad, which tells of a promissory
repaid by divine intervention; and harsame na pad, the largest group describing a night-long kirtan
praying for Krishna to answer the doubts of a king, Ra Mandlik, that the stories of Krishna coming to
his rescue are fakes.  One pair of poems tell his willingness to pray with untouchables, facing community
insults, and maintaining his belief that his true supporters are Vishnu followers.

Mehta's narrative poems include chaturi, sudamacharit, and danlila.  The first set is more lyrical than
strictly narrative, illustrating Radha-Krishna love in myriad moods, separation, longing, joyous union.
The second two are early examples of the medieval narrative poetic genre called, akhyan, telling the story
of Sudama, Krishna's childhood friend, forced to visit him at Dwarka's court, because of total poverty.  The
royal friend divines the need and affectionately rewards his tongue tied comrade.  The third item, more a   
cluster than a sequence, shows Krishna playing at demanding a tax from the Gokul milkmaids when
they go to sell their wares in town.  Narsinh's authorship of the third and some other pieces is now in doubt.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                           

11695
General topics / Re: Sri Achuthanantha Adigal:
« on: January 11, 2016, 09:48:46 AM »
Achuthananda took his leave from Nijanandar with a heavy heart and returned to Sampathgiri.  It is
said that he remained in the state of Nirvikalpa Nishta for six months.  Then he went to Kasthambadi and
stayed in a beautiful garden where for six months he continued to be in this nishta (state).  Nijanandar,
the Sadguru would join him at times and clear his doubts. He declared to Achuthanandar, 'Oh, gem of a
student!  You have crossed the ocean of samsara.  You now shine as a Jivan Mukta having nothing more to
attain.'  Saying this Nijanandar returned to Kailasagiri.

Having attained the substratum, namely the Akhandakara Siva Swaroopam (the infinite form of Lord Siva),
Adigalar stayed in a forest in the vicinity of Padaiveedu for some time.  (It was at  Padaiveedu that Ganapati
Muni performed penance in the vicinity of the Renuka Devi Temple).  Then he traveled through North Arcot
and South Arcot, Salem, Chittoor and Chengalpet, expounding the incomparable Advaitic truth to seekers.
During this period he offered spiritual knowledge to more than two thousand students.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.           

11696
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 11, 2016, 08:29:20 AM »
Verse 260:


இருக்கோல மிடும்பெருமான்
    எதிர்நின்றும் எழுந்தருள
வெருக்கோளுற் றதுநீங்க
   ஆரூர்மேற் செலவிரும்பிப்
பெருக்கோதஞ் சூழ்புறவப்
   பெரும்பதியை வணங்கிப்போய்த்
திருக்கோலக் காவணங்கிச்
   செந்தமிழ்மா லைகள்பாடி.


As the Lord hailed by the Rg Veda appeared before him
And anon vanished, Sundarar was struck with awe;
Calm he became ere long, and as Tiruvaroor lovingly
Beckoned him he paid obeisance to sea-girt Puravam
And came to Tiru-k-Kollakka where he hailed Him
With his garlands of hymns wrought of Tamizh great.

Arunachala Siva.

11697
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 11, 2016, 08:26:45 AM »
Verse 259:


மண்டியபே ரன்பினால்
   வன்றொண்டர் நின்றிறைஞ்சித்
தெண்டிரைவே லையின்மிதந்த
   திருத்தோணி புரத்தாரைக்
கண்டுகொண்டேன் கயிலையினில்
   வீற்றிருந்த படியென்று
பண்டருமின் னிசைபயின்ற
    திருப்பதிகம் பாடினார்.



In soaring love swelling, Van-tondar adored Him.
"In the great deluge that ends all the worlds
Floats Tiru-th-Tonipuram on waves (undamaged);
He abides here even as He is in Kailash enthroned;
Him I beheld."
Thus he hymned the decade divine, tuneful and melodic.

Arunachala Siva.

11698
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 11, 2016, 08:23:43 AM »
Verse 258:



பிள்ளையார் திருவவதா
    ரஞ்செய்த பெரும்புகலி
உள்ளுநான் மிதியேனென்
    றூரெல்லைப் புறம்வணங்கி
வள்ளலார் வலமாக
   வரும்பொழுதின் மங்கையிடங்
கொள்ளுமால் விடையானும்
   எதிர்காட்சி கொடுத்தருள.



"Into great Pukali* where came to be divinely born
The son divine, I dare not set foot." Thus resolved,
Standing at its outskirts he hailed the city
And as he circumambulated it, with His consort
Seated on the Bull, the Lord gave him darshan.   

(* one of the names of Sirkazhi)

Arunachala Siva.

11699
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 11, 2016, 08:21:45 AM »
Verse 257:


புறந்தருவார் போற்றிசைப்பப்
   புரிமுந்நூல் அணிமார்பர்
அறம்பயந்தாள் திருமுலைப்பால்
   அமுதுண்டு வளர்ந்தவர்தாம்
பிறந்தருளும் பெரும்பேறு
    பெற்றதென முற்றுலகிற்
சிறந்தபுகழ்க் கழுமலமாந்
    திருப்பதியைச் சென்றணைந்தார்.



Hailed by His devotees, Sundarar, the wearer of the sacred thread,
Fared forth and reached the outskirts of Kazhumalam,
The city divine, the one most glorious in all the worlds,
Which merited the avatar of him who grew and throve,
Fed by the nectarean milk from the divine breasts
Of Her, the bestower of all dharmas.

Arunachala Siva.

11700
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 11, 2016, 08:19:40 AM »
Verse 256:


நின்றுகோ புரத்தை நிலமுறப் பணிந்து
   நெடுந்திரு வீதியை வணங்கி
மன்றலார் செல்வ மறுகினூ டேகி
   மன்னிய திருப்பதி யதனில்
தென்றிரு வாயில் கடந்துமுன் போந்து
   சேட்படுந் திருவெல்லை யிறைஞ்சிக்
கொன்றைவார் சடையா னருளையே நினைவார்
    கொள்ளிடத் திருநதி கடந்தார்.

He tarried without the tower, and fell prostrate
On the ground with his limbs touching the earth;
Then he rose up and reached the inner street
Which also he adored; he walked through
The opulent streets and crossed the southern entrance
And reached the outskirts of the city
Where he paid obeisance to the southern bourne;
With his mind hovering on the grace of the Lord
Who wears KonRai blooms on His matted hair
He crossed the sacred river Kollidam.

Arunachala Siva.

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