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Disciple's Questions:

Verse 48:

The disciple speaks:

Master, please listen to the question I am about to ask. I shall feel blessed if I may hear an answer
from your lips.

Verse 49:

What, in reality, is this bondage?  How did it begin?  In what is it rooted?  How is a man set free from it?
What is the non-Atman?  What is the supreme Atman?  How can one discriminate between them? 
Please answer me.

Congratulating the Disciple:

The Master speaks:

You are blessed indeed?  You are drawing near to the goal.  Through you, your whole family has become
purified, because you long to get free from bondage of ignorance and reach Brahman.


Arunachala Siva. 

General topics / Re: Sri Achuthanantha Adigal:
« on: January 08, 2016, 11:38:11 AM »
After a few days, when alone, as a result of his association with saints and the good deeds done selflessly
in the past, he started inquiring thus, 'Who am I?'  Who is my Lord?  Why does one got entangled with the
chain of births and deaths?  How can one get released?  From the study of scriptures, he realized that the
karmic actions are the seeds of birth and that the karmic cycle can end only with Self Knowledge, and not
by any other means.  He also realized that this Self Knowledge can come only through the grace of a Sadguru,
and he then approached several teachers, but was turned down by them all.  He became sad and despondent.

He then heard of a saint on a hillock called Kailasagiri near the village of Kadaamoor, near Polur. The Kailasagiri Swami was very ascetic in appearance, full of compassion and firm in Self abidance. On hearing about the qualities of this saint, Dasar, immediately went to Kadaamoor and saw the saint surrounded by a number of disciples.  Filled with joy he prostrated at his feet. Then rising, he pleaded, 'My father!  Give refuge
to this poor one and uplift him.'  On seeing his dispassion and spiritual ripeness, the saint gave him a
gracious look and asked him to be seated.


Arunachala Siva.   

General Discussion / Re: Channels of Grace - A Tribute:
« on: January 08, 2016, 11:26:25 AM »
Another incident I remember him narrating is flying a dead body from Jodhpur.  It was the body
of a member of royal Jodhpur family.  It was night and terrible weather with thunder, lightning
and awful turbulence. Baba was piloting the Dakota plane, so he asked the navigator to go behind
to check if the body was secured.  But the navigator was so petrified that he barely took two steps out
of the cockpit and stuttered that it was OK.  Fear and faith do not go together. They landed safely in
Agra.  I don't even remember Baba being frightened or nervous.  I asked him how he had felt when he
was carrying out his bombing  raids during the war. Significantly, he said, 'I did not feel - it was a job
to be done!'

He had an impeccable reputation.  He was nicknamed Panditji meaning 'priest', not because he was
a Brahmin, but because he succeeded in remaining a vegetarian teetotaller in the midst of the hard
drinking, meat eating 'Brylcream Boys.'  He was a stickler for correctness, sometimes annoyingly so.
When he got posted to Udhampur (Jammu and Kashmir) from Srinagar, on promotion, the new staff
car came to transport him there;  with star-plate, flag and all.  Yet we all had to bundle up in our
old Vauxhall car and my sister and I were squeezed into a corner at the back, because of our oversized
spaniel sprawled out, as usual.  The empty new staff car followed us all the way, because Baba insisted
that his official vehicle ought only to be used by him after he had taken his new appointment.


Arunachala Siva.                     

General Discussion / Re: Shadow and Substance -
« on: January 08, 2016, 11:12:22 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi explains this with His characteristic directness:

People would not understand the simple and bare truth - the truth of their everyday, ever present and
eternal experience.  That Truth is that of the Self. Is there anyone not aware of the Self?  They would
not even like to hear it (the Self), whereas they are eager to know what lies beyond -- heaven, hell,
reincarnation. Because they love mystery and not the bare truth, religions pamper them -- only to
bring them around to the Self.  Wandering hither and thither you must return to the Self only.  Then
why not abide in the Self even here and now?  (Talks 145)

Bottom line?  Empty your mind of all clutter.  Kick out your ego, which is a shadow, anyway, of the
Inner Being. Stick to the substance, the Reality, the Single Entity behind everything seen, unseen,
and yet to be seen.  Sankara warns those of us who are wasting our time in silly and childish pursuits
to wise up and live in that one Reality from the time we wake up until we go to bed, because death is
never far away.  (Vedantadindima 79.)


Arunachala Siva.       

General Discussion / Re: The Finger Pointing to the Moon:
« on: January 08, 2016, 11:00:39 AM »
The English philosopher John Locke opined that the mind at birth was a tabula rasa (clean slate) on
which the moving finger of experience writes. That has a modicum of truth in that most of our knowledge
seems to originate in sense experience, though we go on to refine it into the ever-widening conceptual
knowledge by the operations of our minds, or by thinking.  Even the truths of logic and mathematics,
which are seemingly derivable through pure thought without any experience per se, as the rationalists
are wont to claim, on closer examination would prove not to be the case even their basic axioms and
concepts have at least an initial basis in experience.

It is a different matter that our minds take the raw data of the senses and spin out far more complex
knowledge than seems to be residing in the sense experience. This the German philosopher Immanuel
Kant was quick to point out by saying that our minds supply the categories, under which we classify
the sense data that is streaming into our minds from the world, and go on to derive the various relations
between the sense data.


Arunachala Siva.     

General Discussion / Re: Narasinh Mehta: An Introduction:
« on: January 08, 2016, 10:51:20 AM »
Once, his critics misled some pilgrims so that he was obliged to write a promissory note to be redeemed
in Dwaraka, Krishna's capital.  Though he had no commercial ties, a merchant called Shamal Sheth,
one of Mehta's many names for Krishna, fulfilled the bond and repaid the pilgrims.  The last life event
described in his poems is a socio-religious political dilemma when the king, Ra Mandalik the Third,
incited by his courtiers, demanded public proof of Krishna favors to Mehta.  After Mehta spent a long night
singing bhajans under guard, the audience witnessed the temple garland appear on his neck.  He is
believed to have lived in the southern coastal town of Mangrol, home of a religious uncle for another two

Religion, literature, and society, are important.  A groundswell of Vedic beliefs in southern India around
the ninth century displacing Buddhism and Jainism reached Northern India at the end of the first millenium.
Brahmin supremacy revived Sanskrit literature at the cost of creating a distance between religion and
common people. Almost simultaneously, there was an indigenous counter current from which the sacred
texts became available in local languages. At its center was a resurgence of the idea of bhakti, or devotion
drawn from much earlier philosophies.   The purpose of bhakti, an intellectual concept discussed in ancient
texts, evolved in parallel with devotion as an approachable means of attaining religious salvation.


Arunachala Siva.   

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 08, 2016, 10:02:54 AM »
Verse 230:

வரிவளர்பூஞ் சோலைசூழ்
   மடத்தின்கண் வன்றொண்டர்
விரிதிரைநீர்க் கெடிலவட
   வீரட்டா னத்திறைதாள்
புரிவுடைய மனத்தினராய்ப்
   புடையெங்கு மிடைகின்ற
பரிசனமுந் துயில்கொள்ளப்
    பள்ளியமர்ந் தருளினார்.

At the matam girt with flowery gardens where hum
Speckled honey-bees, fixing his thought on the feet
Of the Lord enshrined in Veerattanam which is
Washed by the waves of the river Gedilam,
He with his loving devotees slid into sleep.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 08, 2016, 10:00:52 AM »
Verse 229:

உடையவர சுலகேத்து
    முழவாரப் படையாளி
விடையவர்க்குக் கைத்தொண்டு
   விரும்புபெரும் பதியைமிதித்
தடையுமதற் கஞ்சுவனென்
   றந்நகரிற் புகுதாதே
மடைவளர்தண் புறம்பணையிற்
   சித்தவட மடம்புகுந்தார்.

?Our Lord, Tirunavukkarasar, the wielder
Of uzhavaram hailed by all the world,
Here abode rendering with all his heart manual service
To the Lord, the Rider of the Bull; I dare not
Set foot in the holy town.? Thus he thought
And did not enter the town but up at the matam
Called Siddhavatam, without the town and beyond the fields.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:59:04 AM »
Verse 228:

மலைவளர்சந் தகில்பீலி
   மலர்பரப்பி மணிகொழிக்கும்
அலைதருதண் புனற்பெண்ணை
   யாறுகடந் தேறியபின்
இலகுபசும் புரவிநெடுந்
   தேர்இரவி மேல்கடலிற்
செலவணையும் பொழுதணையத்
   திருவதிகைப் புறத்தணைந்தார்.

When he crossed and reached the southern bank
Of the cool Pennai that flows carrying on its waves
Sandal and agalloch trees swept from the mountain,
And also flowers, feathers of peacock and gems,
The day-star with his steed and mighty car dipped
Into the western main, and Aroorar had by then
Arrived at the outskirts of Tiruvatikai.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:57:10 AM »
Verse 227:

திருத்துறையூர் தனைப்பணிந்து
   சிவபெருமான் அமர்ந்தருளும்
பொருத்தமா மிடம்பலவும்
    புக்கிறைஞ்சிப் பொற்புலியூர்
நிருத்தனார் திருக்கூத்துத்
   தொழுவதற்கு நினைவுற்று
வருத்தமிகு காதலினால்
   வழிக்கொள்வான் மனங்கொண்டார்.

He bowed before the Lord of Tiru-th-Turaiyoor,
Took leave of Him and fared forth
To many a shrine where abides in grace Lord Siva,
And hailed Him in adoring love; his thought
Then hovered on the Divine Dance enacted by the Dancer
At golden Puliyoor which he desired to adore.
Impelled by saddening love he set his mind on his journey.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:55:19 AM »
Verse 226:

புலனொன்றும் படிதவத்திற்
   புரிந்தநெறி கொடுத்தருள
அலர்கொண்ட நறுஞ்சோலைத்
    திருத்துறையூர் அமர்ந்தருளும்
நிலவுந்தண் புனலுமொளிர்
   நீள்சடையோன் திருப்பாத
மலர்கொண்டு போற்றிசைத்து
   வந்தித்தார் வன்றொண்டர்.

The Lord granted him in grace the life of tapas
Which prevents the senses from misleading.
Thus blessed, Van-tondar folding his hands
In loving adoration of Siva?s beauteous feet
Hymned and performed Siva Pooja at Tiru-th-Turaiyoor
Girt with flowery gardens fragrant, where the Lord
That sports on His long matted hair
The Ganga and the crescent, is enshrined.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:53:24 AM »
Verse 225:

சிவனுறையுந் திருத்துறையூர்
   சென்றணைந்து தீவினையால்
அவநெறியிற் செல்லாமே
   தடுத்தாண்டாய் அடியேற்குத்
தவநெறிதந் தருளென்று
    தம்பிரான் முன்னின்று
பவநெறிக்கு விலக்காகுந்
   திருப்பதிகம் பாடினார்.

He then left for Tiru-th-Turaiyoor where Siva bides,
And arriving at His Presence, hymned thus:
?You did prevent me from treading the evil path;
Deign to grant Your slave the righteous path of tapas.?
Thus he sang the decade divine that annuls
The cycle of birth and death for mankind.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:49:57 AM »
Verse 224:

நாவலர்கோன் ஆரூரன்
   தனைவெண்ணெய் நல்லூரின்
மேவுமருட் டுறையமர்ந்த
   வேதியராட் கொண்டதற்பின்
பூவலருந் தடம்பொய்கைத்
   திருநாவ லூர்புகுந்து
தேவர்பிரான் தனைப்பணிந்து
   திருப்பதிகம் பாடினார்.

After his enslavement by the Lord of Vennai Nalloor
Enshrined at Tiru-Arul-Turai, Nambi Aroorar
Came to Tiru Navaloor dight with vast flowery tanks,
And hailed the Lord of gods in psalms and verse.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:47:29 AM »
Verse 223:

அயலோர்தவ முயல்வார்பிற
    ரன்றேமணம் அழியும்
செயலால்நிகழ் புத்தூர்வரு
   சிவவேதியன் மகளும்
உயர்நாவலர் தனிநாதனை
    யொழியாதுணர் வழியிற்
பெயராதுயர் சிவலோகமும்
   எளிதாம்வகை பெற்றாள்.

Others would perhaps pursue external paths
Of askesis; the marital life of the daughter
Of the Putthoor Brahmin ended on the very day of her wedding;
Poised in the meditation of her peerless lord for ever,
And thus oned with him, she easily gained
Sempiternal Sivaloka at the end of her life on earth.

Arunachala Siva.   

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 08, 2016, 09:45:19 AM »
Verse 222:

சொல்லார்தமி ழிசைபாடிய
   தொண்டன்தனை இன்னும்
பல்லாறுல கினில்நம்புகழ்
   பாடென்றுறு பரிவின்
நல்லார்வெண்ணெய் நல்லூரருட்
   டுறைமேவிய நம்பன்
எல்லாவுல குய்யப்புரம்
   எய்தானருள் செய்தான்.

Listening to the dulcet decade of Tamizh
Melodiously rendered by His devotee, the Lord said:
?May you continue to hymn our manifold praise.?
Thus the Lord, the Smiter of the triple sky high cities,
Enshrined in Tiru-Arul-Turai of Vennai Nalloor
Graciously commanded him in compassion true
That all the worlds might be blessed with His redemptive grace.   

Arunachala Siva.

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