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He alone is qualified to seek Brahman who has discrimination, whose mind is turned away from
all enjoyments, who possesses tranquility and the kindred virtues, and who feels a longing for


In this connection, the sages have spoken of four qualifications for attainment.  When these are
present, devotion to the Reality will become complete. When they are absent, it will fail.


First is mentioned discrimination  between the eternal and the non eternal. Next comes renunciation
of the enjoyment of the fruits of action, here and hereafter. Then comes the six treasures of virtue,
beginning with tranquility.  And last, certainly, is the longing for liberation.


Brahman is real; the universe is unreal.  A firm conviction that this is so, is called discrimination between
the eternal and the non eternal.


Renunciation is the giving up of all the pleasures of eyes, the ears, and the other senses, the giving
up of all objects of transitory enjoyment, the giving up of the desire for a physical body as well as
for the highest kind of spirit-body of a god.


Arunachala Siva.

General Discussion / Shadow and Substance -
« on: January 02, 2016, 11:14:30 AM »
(An article by I.S. Madugula in Oct. -Dec. 2015 issue of MShntain Path)

Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more.

- Macbeth, V.v. 24-27.

Shadow is the opposite of substance.  The longest life is yet insubstantial.  It is but a hallucination.
It is just as Shakespeare says:

All the world is a stage
And all the men and women merely players
They have their exits and their entrances
And one man in his time plays many parts.

(As You Like It, II, viii.)

But where there is shadow, there has got to be a substance in  some way, shape, or form --
or even in a totally formless manner.

The Shadow:

A definition of shadow is 'something insubstantial or fleeting.  Insubstantial means that it lacks
substance, reality, though it looks real in some ways.  Shadow also refers to something that attaches
itself to something real.  No matter how you look at it, shadow is unreal, with no existence of its own.
Thus it is not worth paying attention to because, if you do, then you are losing track of the substance
and wasting your time on a useless pursuit. 

Examples in life are aplenty. Just about every activity we engage in seems futile in an ultimate sense,
though there might appear to be an immediate justification.  Not only that, some activities could be
disastrous even in the short run.  As humans, we tend to follow a routine from the time we are born.
Education, marriage, children, job, retirement, -- then the end.  Things are never uniformly nice.
There is failure, disease, desperation.  Even when all goes well, what do we have to show for our lives?
Have we found the 'meaning of life', whatever it means?


Arunachala Siva.         

General Discussion / Channels of Grace - A Tribute:
« on: January 02, 2016, 10:50:38 AM »
(This is an article by Neelam Dewan in Mountain Path,  April-June 2015.)

Introducing Baba and Amma:

I would like to pay tribute to my parents Air Marshall Gian Dev Sharma and Mrs.  Kamla Sharma, while
at least one of them is alive.  Amma passed on in 2012 at the age of 91.  In February 2012, we were
here at the Asramam as usual and by June she was gone.  Baba, my father completed 93 years in
September 2014  by His grace, and is still visiting the Asramam. 

They have been regular visitors to Sri Ramanasramam since 1950, arriving just a few months after
Maharshi left His body.  Their introduction to Arunachala are stories themselves.  It was Mr. Bose
- 'Dadu' - (of Bose Compound opposite the Asramam) who made them aware in Bangalore of His
Divine Presence.  Baba was posted there at the time.  Mr. Bose was a dear friend and through him
they read a lot of Maharshi Ramana's teachings and were greatly influenced.


Arunachala Siva.     

General Discussion / Re: The Written Word:
« on: January 02, 2016, 10:39:59 AM »
In order to understand Bhagavan's teachings, we first should be sure of our intention.  If it is academic
or theoretical because we want to accumulate knowledge so that we can complacently think we know,
then that is one possibility.  If we want to understand Bhagavan's teachings with all our heart so that
we too may be liberated, that is an entirely different prospect.  We should not confuse the two. Our
fundamental intention is crucial if we are to absorb correctly what Bhagavan has written or said.  It is that
primary attitude of humility which will color and direct our acquisition of knowledge. Unless which will
color and direct our acquisition of knowledge.  Unless we use Bhagavan's teachings to further our own
dates and stories that serve no other purpose than to bolster our self esteem and keep existential anxiety
at bay.  If we truly want to know then we are first obliged to give up our preconceptions and begin anew.
To receive the teaching we are to empty ourselves of all that is irrelevant and contradictory. We must,
in short, become simple. That is, open, direct and eager to learn.


Arunachala Siva.   

General Discussion / Re: The Law of Karma:
« on: January 02, 2016, 10:29:13 AM »
The universe is composed of consciousness of which the material world is a compelling facade.  Matter
responds to the power of our thoughts.  Our will (iccha) directs energy.  If we are to walk the path
Bhagavan shows us, it requires steely determination and commitment.  The deeper our dedication,
the more energy there is that influences our destiny.  And the greater consequently, will be the impact
on material events.  For no action we initiate is an isolated occurrence.  It summons a reply from the
universal ground of energy which corresponds precisely to the dynamism of the energy behind our
original thought.

The thread which binds action and reaction in our existence is what we term the ego, or ahankara.
By definition ahankara means the concept of individuality.  The consciousness of the ahankara ensures
that a person's actions will entail personal consequences, whether sooner or later is according to the
vigour of the energy involved. 

It is imperative that we are aware of our intentions, our thoughts and emotions. We should appraise
carefully the reply of Swami Yogananda Paramhansa to the following comment:  'It seems unfair',
a disciple lamented, 'that we should be punished for mistakes that we made unintentionally, without
realizing they were wrong.'

'Ignorance',  replied the Master, 'does not alter the law. If a person drives his car absently-minded
into a tree, his resulting injuries won't be fewer because he was absent minded.

'You must learn to adapt your actions to the law. As Sri Yukteswarji remarked once to me, 'The cosmos
would  be fairly chaotic if its laws could not operate without the sanction of human belief.'


Arunachala Siva.             

General Discussion / Re: Bhagavan is everywhere.
« on: January 02, 2016, 10:15:25 AM »
It is 'automatic divine action' which happens because we are receptive.  For a moment we are in tune
with this stillness and are not identified with any thought or feeling.  There is no sense of opposition
or separateness.  There is no desire, no fear.  This simple step is the beginning.

We slowly come to understand that Bhagavan is not bound by time or space nor our concepts as to
who 'He' is.  Once that indelible revelation is given to us through an unmistakable encounter at the
Samadhi, or a dream, or an instant of recognition when we see His photograph or a sentence in His
teachings, we are joined to His Name.  We begin to realize that Bhagavan is everywhere and wherever
any of us gather in His Name, He is there; wherever any of us prays to Him, He is there; whenever
any one contemplates Him, He is there. For each one of us, we only need to remember Him any time
and in any place, He is always there.

We may not always be aware of Bhagavan but Bhagavan is certainly aware of us.


Arunachala Siva.             

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 02, 2016, 08:39:45 AM »
Verse 170:

நிறைகுடந் தூபம் தீபம்
   நெருங்குபா லிகைக ளேந்தி
நறைமல ரறுகு சுண்ணம்
   நறும்பொரி பலவும் வீசி
உறைமலி கலவைச் சாந்தின்
   உறுபுனல் தெளித்து வீதி
மறையவர் மடவார் வள்ளல்
   மணமெதிர் கொள்ள வந்தார்.

Brahmins and housewives came with
Poorna-Kumbhas, censers breathing incense
And Palikais galore; they strewed honeyed flowers,
Aruku-grass, gold dust and puffed rice on their way
And sprinkled rose water scented with sandal powder;
Thus they welcomed the wedding party.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 02, 2016, 08:37:16 AM »
Verse 169:

நெருங்குதூ ரியங்கள் ஏங்க
   நிரைத்தசா மரைகள் ஓங்கப்
பெருங்குடை மிடைந்து செல்லப்
   பிணங்குபூங் கொடிக ளாட
அருங்கடி மணம்வந் தெய்த
   அன்றுதொட்டு என்றும் அன்பில்
வருங்குல மறையோர் புத்தூர்
   மணம்வந்த புத்தூ ராமால்.

Many a musical instrument, one vying with the other,
Was played; chamaras were wafted in serried order;
Parasols were held lifted; many beauteous banners
Wafted in the wind in close rivalry;
Thus the wedding party arrived at Putthoor;
From that day Siva-Brahmins hail it
With the name, "Manam-vanta-Putthoor."   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 02, 2016, 08:35:21 AM »
Verse 168:

அருங்கடி எழுந்த போழ்தின்
   ஆர்த்தவெள் வளைக ளாலும்
இருங்குழை மகரத் தாலும்
   இலங்கொளி மணிக ளாலும்
நெருங்கிய பீலிச் சோலை
   நீலநீர்த் தரங்கத் தாலுங்
கருங்கடல் கிளர்ந்த தென்னக்
   காட்சியிற் பொலிந்த தன்றே.

It looked as though the black main was afoot
As, when the wedding-guests marched onward
White bangles of shells jingled,
Fish-like ear-pendants dangled,
Gems from jewels, in effulgence, blazed
And peacock feathers blue waved from crests.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 02, 2016, 08:32:26 AM »
Verse 167:

மங்கல கீத நாத
   மறையவர் குழாங்க ளோடு
தொங்கலும் விரையுஞ் சூழ்ந்த
   மைந்தருந் துவன்றிச் சூதும்
பங்கய முகையுஞ் சாய்த்துப்
    பணைத்தெழுந் தணியின் மிக்க
குங்கும முலையி னாரும்
   பரந்தெழு கொள்கைத் தாகி.

With the assemblages of Brahmins hymning the holy Vedas,
Men  perfumed, garlanded and decked in gold --,
And women whose swelling kumkum-dyed breasts
That excelled lotus-buds and dice --,
Proceeded in all jubilee.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 02, 2016, 08:30:37 AM »
Verse 166:

இயம்பல துவைப்ப எங்கும்
    ஏத்தொலி எடுப்ப மாதர்
நயந்துபல் லாண்டு போற்ற
    நான்மறை ஒலியின் ஓங்க
வியந்துபார் விரும்ப வந்து
   விரவினர்க் கின்பஞ் செய்தே
உயர்ந்தவா கனயா னங்கள்
   மிசைக்கொண்டார் உழைய ரானார் .

Musical instruments resounded; words of praise
Filled the air; auspicious women showered blessings;
The Vedas were chanted; beholders were struck with wonder;
In delight gathered many; thus, even thus, the kith and kin
Mounted their vehicles palanquins befitting them.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 02, 2016, 08:28:43 AM »
Verse 165:

மன்னவர் திருவுந் தங்கள்
   வைதிகத் திருவும் பொங்க
நன்னகர் விழவு கொள்ள
   நம்பியா ரூரர் நாதன்
தன்னடி மனத்துள் கொண்டு
   தகுந்திரு நீறு சாத்திப்
பொன்னணி மணியார் யோகப்
   புரவிமேற் கொண்டு போந்தார்.

The princely Brahmin-lad, splendorous to behold,
Invoked in his mind the divine feet of the Lord
And wore the sacred ash -- the holy of holies.
The goodly town wore a festive appearance;
Through this he fared forth, mounted
On a stately steed decked in gold.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 02, 2016, 08:26:15 AM »
Verse 164:

தூமலர்ப் பிணையல் மாலை
   துணரிணர்க் கண்ணி கோதை
தாமமென் றினைய வேறு
   தகுதியால் அமையச் சாத்தி
மாமணி யணிந்த தூய
   வளரொளி இருள்கால் சீக்கும்
நாமநீள் கலன்கள் சாத்தி
   நன்மணக் கோலங் கொண்டான்.

Various garlands woven with flawless flowers
He wore; with jewels and chains of gold and gems bright
He was decked; their luster could chase murk away;
Thus he blazed with splendor for the wedding ceremony.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 02, 2016, 08:23:57 AM »
Verse 163:

தூநறும் பசுங்கர்ப் பூரச்
   சுண்ணத்தால் வண்ணப் போதில்
ஆனதண் பனிநீர் கூட்டி
   யமைத்தசந் தனச்சே றாட்டி
மான்மதச் சாந்து தோய்ந்த
   மங்கலக் கலவை சாத்திப்
பான்மறை முந்நூல் மின்னப்
   பவித்திரஞ் சிறந்த கையான்.

Gold-dust tinct with odoriferous camphor
Was dissolved in flowery dew; the sandal-paste
Thus concocted and the perfumed powder mixed with musk
Were applied on his frame; he then wore
The sacred thread on his chest and the pavitra
On the annular, ritualistically.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 02, 2016, 08:22:03 AM »
Verse 162:

அகில்விரைத் தூப மேய்ந்த
   அணிகொள்பட் டாடை சாத்தி
முகில்நுழை மதியம் போலக்
   கைவலான் முன்கை சூழ்ந்த
துகில்கொடு குஞ்சி ஈரம்
   புலர்த்தித்தன் தூய செங்கை
உகிர்நுதி முறையில் போக்கி
   ஒளிர்நறுஞ் சிகழி ஆர்த்தான்.

He was then dressed in silken vestments
Perfumed with the smoke of eagle-wood;
An expert attendant plied a white towel
Through his tuft of hair and gently dried it;
It looked like the passing of the moon into the clouds;
With his clean finger-nails, the attendant
Untangled the twists in his tuft.

Arunachala Siva.

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