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Meditation on Brahman:

Verse 250:

Giving up the unreal notion - what you have taken as your own self -- take instead that what is
real, self evident, beyond all argumentation.  'I am Brahman' - by this pure thought, know thine
own Self, which is indivisible consciousness.

Verse  251:

As a pitcher and other things made of earth are nothing but earth, likewise, all this is from the Atman,
the real.  Therefore, everything is real. 'Thou art That' - quiet, free from the blemish, One, Brahman
alone, the Supreme.   As there is no other than Atman  - the only real thing - therefore, thou art That -
quiet, pure, One without a second, the Supreme.

Verse 252:

As the places and things that you see in dream are unreal, so is this wakeful state.  There is no difference
between them (waking and dream).  As in dream, the mind creates, so Maya creates everything  -
this body, senses, pranas, and ego.  Everything is unreal.  So thou art That -- quiet, pure, One without
a second, the Supreme.         

Verse  253:

Because of delusion, you may mistake one thing for another.  But, when you know its real nature, then
that nature alone exists, there is nothing else but that.  When the dream breaks, the dream universe
has vanished.  Does it appear, when you wake, that you are other than yourself?

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.   

12347
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 17, 2016, 09:18:06 AM »
Verse  42:


தம்பெருமான் சாத்தும்
   திருநீற்றுச் சார்புடைய
எம்பெருமான் ஏனாதி
   நாதர் கழலிறைஞ்சி
உம்பர்பிரான் காளத்தி
   உத்தமர்க்குக் கண்ணப்பும்
நம்பெருமான் செய்தபணி
   நாம்தெரிந்த வாறுரைப்பாம்.




I adore the feet of our deity -- Yenati Nathar --,
Whose sole support was nought but the holy ash,
And proceed to narrate the service of our Lord Kannappar
Unto the noble Lord of Kalatthi
As it lies within my humble knowledge.

Arunachala Siva.

12348
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 17, 2016, 08:42:49 AM »
Verse  41:


மற்றினிநாம் போற்றுவதென்
   வானோர் பிரானருளைப்
பற்றலர்தங் கைவாளால்
   பாசம் அறுத்தருளி
உற்றவரை யென்றும்
   உடன்பிரியா அன்பருளிப்
பொற்றொடியாள் பாகனார்
   பொன்னம் பலமணைந்தார்.



How can we ever hail the grace of the God of gods?
He had the 'Pasa' of his servitor snapped
By the foe's sword, and graced him with eternal life
Linked to His very presence.
Then the Lord concorporate with his golden consort vanished.   


Arunachala Siva.

12349
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 17, 2016, 08:41:02 AM »
Verse  40:


அந்நின்ற தொண்டர்
   திருவுள்ளம் ஆரறிவார்
முன்னின்ற பாதகனும்
   தன்கருத்தே முற்றுவித்தான்
இந்நின்ற தன்மை
   யறிவார் அவர்க்கருள
மின்னின்ற செஞ்சடையார்
   தாமே வெளிநின்றார்.


Who can ever divine the heart of the servitor
Who stood thus? The base one achieved his purpose;
The Lord whose ruddy matted hair is like lightning
Knew well his servitor divine, and appeared before him
To bestow grace on him.

Arunachala Siva.


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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 17, 2016, 08:38:59 AM »
Verse  39:


கைவா ளுடன்பலகை
   நீக்கக் கருதியது
செய்யார் நிராயுதரைக்
   கொன்றா ரெனுந்தீமை
எய்தாமை வேண்டும்
   இவர்க்கென் றிரும்பலகை
நெய்வா ளுடனடர்த்து
   நேர்வார்போல் நேர்நின்றார்.


His first thought was to throw away his sword and shield;
He would not do it as he later thought thus:
"The stigma of killing an unarmed warrior
Should not attach him." So he held
His powerful shield and shining sword, as though
He would fight, but stood fully exposing himself.

Arunachala Siva.

12351
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 17, 2016, 08:35:59 AM »
Verse 38:


கண்டபொழு தேகெட்டேன்
   முன்பிவர்மேற் காணாத
வெண்திருநீற் றின்பொலிவு
   மேற்கண்டேன் வேறினியென்
அண்டர்பிரான் சீரடியார்
    ஆயினார் என்றுமனங்
கொண்டிவர்தங் கொள்கைக்
   குறிவழிநிற் பேனென்று.

As he beheld the holy ash, he cried:
"Woe is me! I now behold on him
The blazing beauty of the holy ash which I haven't
Hitherto seen; what else can I do now,
He has become the glorious servitor of the Lord of gods!
Let me so act that he may his wish fulfill."   

Arunachala Siva.

12352
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 17, 2016, 08:34:15 AM »
Verse  37:


அடல்விடையே றென்ன
   அடர்த்தவனைக் கொல்லும்
இடைதெரிந்து தாள்பெயர்க்கும்
   ஏனாதி நாதர்
புடைபெயர்ந்த மாற்றான்
   பலகை புறம்போக்கக்
கடையவன்தன் நெற்றியின்மேல்
   வெண்ணீறு தாங்கண்டார்.

Yenati Nathar advanced like a puissant bull
And gained the strategic position to kill his foe.
When he moved his feet, to smite him, he too moved
And removed his shield; it was then the devotee eyed
The holy ash on the forehead of the base one.   

Arunachala Siva.

12353
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 17, 2016, 08:32:27 AM »
Verse 36:


வென்றி மடங்கல்
   விடக்குவர முன்பார்த்து
நின்றாற் போல்நின்றார்
   நிலைகண்டு தன்னெற்றி
சென்று கிடைப்பளவும்
   திண்பலகை யால்மறைத்தே
முன்தனிவீ ரர்க்கெதிரே
   மூண்டான் மறம்பூண்டான்.

He saw the hero who stood there
Like a triumphant lion awaiting its prey;
He neared him screening his forehead
With his shield, and thus the deceiver
Stood before the peerless hero, for the duel.   

Arunachala Siva.

12354
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 17, 2016, 08:30:26 AM »
Verse  35:


வெண்ணீறு நெற்றி
   விரவப் புறம்பூசி
உண்ணெஞ்சில் வஞ்சக்
   கறுப்பும் உடன்கொண்டு
வண்ணச் சுடர்வாள்
   மணிப்பலகை கைக்கொண்டு
புண்ணியப்போர் வீரர்க்குச்
   சொன்னவி டம்புகுந்தான்.


He then wore stripes of the holy ash on his forehead
While his heart concealed the murk of evil;
With his bright sword and be-jeweled shield
He came to the field where he was to fight
With the holy soldier of God.   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 17, 2016, 08:28:31 AM »
Verse  34:


தீங்கு குறித்தழைத்த
   தீயோன் தீருநீறு
தாங்கிய நெற்றியினார்
   தங்களையே எவ்விடத்தும்
ஆங்கவருந் தீங்கிழையார்
   என்ப தறிந்தானாய்ப்
பாங்கில் திருநீறு
   பண்டு பயிலாதான்.


The evil one who contemplated nothing but evil
Knew that the great devotee would never harm one
Whose forehead bore stripes of the holy ash;
Never before had he worn the holy ash.   

Arunachala Siva.

12356
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 17, 2016, 08:26:36 AM »
Verse  33:


சுற்றத்தார் யாரும்
   அறியா வகைசுடர்வாள்
பொற்பலகை யுந்தாமே
   கொண்டு புறம்போந்து
மற்றவன்முன் சொல்லி
   வரக்குறித்த அக்களத்தே
பற்றலனை முன்வரவு
   பார்த்துத் தனிநின்றார்.



He fared forth to the field armed with
His bright sword and be-jeweled shield;
None of his kin knew of this engagement;
He arrived thither and awaited his foe.   


Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 17, 2016, 08:24:27 AM »
Verse  32:


இவ்வாறு கேட்டலுமே
   ஏனாதி நாதனார்
அவ்வாறு செய்த லழகி
   தெனவமைந்து
கைவாள் அமர்விளைக்கத்
   தான்கருதும் அக்களத்தே
வெவ்வாள் உரவோன்
   வருகவென மேற்கொள்வார்.

When thus informed, Yenati Nathar said:
"It suits me ideally." He accepted the challenge.
He added: "Let him come to the field armed
With his fierce sword for the duel."   

Arunachala Siva.

12358
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: February 17, 2016, 08:22:41 AM »
Verse 31:


சேட்டாருங் கங்குல்
   புலர்காலைத் தீயோனும்
நாட்டாரைக் கொல்லாதே
   நாமிருவேம் வேறிடத்து
வாட்டாயங் கொள்போர்
   மலைக்க வருகவெனத்
தோட்டார்பூந் தாரார்க்குச்
   சொல்லி வரவிட்டான்.


When the long night ended and day broke
The evil one sent a message to him,
The wearer of garlands, which said:
?Let not others perish in our fight;
To decide our right we two will fight
In the appointed place.?   

Arunachala Siva.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 17, 2016, 06:54:32 AM »



Arthur Osborne writes in the above book:

I had been a great meat-eater all my life, taking meat daily, often, in one form or another,
three times a day, morning, noon and night, except for a short period at Oxford when I had been
a vegetarian as a result of reading Leonardo da Vinci's saying that we are all cematries of dead
animals.  At Tiruvannamalai, we ate less meat than ever before but did not completely renounce it.  By the time, we moved to Madras we had given up cooking meat at home, but every Tuesday I used to go into town at lunchtime to lay my weekly stock of tobacco and I could eat meat at a restaurant.  One Tuesday, I ordered a chicken pulav but when it arrived I felt I could not just face the thought of eating it.  It was
not any theoretical objection or even feeling of compassion for this chicken, just an inner revulsion.
So I sent it back and ordered for fried fish instead.  Next Tuesday, I repeated this order, but I had
the same feeling about that also and sent it back.  I never ate meat or fish again.

The meditation sets up a finer vibration and to in some ways makes one more sensitive to food and environment.  The point had been reached when vegetarianism had become a necessity.

I soon gave up smoking too.  I felt that smoking is also a sort of undercurrent so I felt that it was a
spurious imitation, an actual impurity once the meditational vibration was awakened.  I had twice
before in my life given up smoking.  Both times, I started again about six months later.  This time,
however, it was final.  I gave it away with the remaining tobacco in my pouch and all my pipes
to a journalist, who fancied himself as a pipe smoker.

Arunachala Siva.

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(The first part appeared in Mountain Path, October - December 2015.  I am not able to trace where I posted
that article. Here is the Part  II, from  January - March 2016 issue of Mountain Path.)

*

In the first part of this article, we saw that Alan Chadwick was a priest who missed his vocation then,
went aimlessly wandering the world, as if forever, in search of the treasure he had lost.  On 1st
November 1935, he finally found it.  Once he had entered the Old Hall and set eyes on Ramana Maharshi,
his wanderings were over. If the beginning of his life had been one enormous question, then now his great
thirst for spiritual answers was finally to be satisfied.  A few of his early conversations with Bhagavan were
public events which have found their way into the Asramam literature, but most were private affairs of
which no record remains.  All we can say for certain is that, having found the great fount of spiritual certainty
he had been seeking all those years, Chadwick drank his fill.       

All this, of course, was just what most people go through on first encountering Bhagavan and His teachings.
All of us come to Him with some baggage carried over from our former lives, and there is usually some
last intellectual business to be transferred before we can settle down to work under His guidance.  Like
Chadwick, we all start off by asking questions.  Then like him, we fall silent.


contd.,

Arunachala Siva.   

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