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General topics / Re: Sri Achuthanantha Adigal:
« on: January 06, 2016, 11:48:05 AM »
One day, having heard of Vengamaiyar, a reputed saint in the nearby village of Poththarai, in  Polur
district, Achutha Dasar went to see her.  The distinguished Ammaiyar welcomed Dasar with a motherly
affection and delighted in their discussions about spiritual matters.  Dasar stayed with Ammaiyar for
little over a year, and was thoroughly instructed in great yoga practices before he returned to the house
of his in-laws.  He stayed in a separate room and continued his yoga practices. It was said that after
continuing these yogic practices without interruption he gained several siddhis (powers) notably the
power of levitation. 

During this period of intense practice Achutha Dasar's young wife reached puberty.  Her parents performed
all the obligatory social and religious ceremonies every day, and on the ninth day, the Manjal Neerattu,
a special purificatory bathing ceremony was performed and that evening further ceremonies were
performed preparatory to the nuptial night.  Meanwhile Dasar went into his room bolting it from the
inside and did his usual yogic practices. When all the ceremonies were completed, in order to leave his
young bride with Achuyta Dasar, they went to his room to leave his young bride with Achyutha Dasar,
they went his room and asked him to open the door.       


Arunachala Siva.

General Discussion / Re: The Law of Karma:
« on: January 06, 2016, 11:28:55 AM »
There are two ways:  the gradual and the sudden.  To use a metaphor, a 'piece of karma' is like
a concrete block.  We are stuck with it.  It weighs us down and affects our outlook and behavior.
It is an impediment that skews our judgement and which causes further ill-advised action.  By
sanctioned ritual, prayer such mantra, pranayama, healthy living, positive thoughts, meditation
we can gradually whittle away the block.  It is a slow gradual process that erases the burden of
ignorance or tamas with purifying action. 

The second method is to find the origin of the inert density, to seek the thread that caused it in the
first place. By seeing how it arises one cuts off the fuel that causes it to exist. To do that Bhagavan
offers us self inquiry: 'To whom does this thought arise?'  By this sharp and powerful probe we disengage
from that which we previously assumed was ours and let it go by no longer feeding it with our time
and energy.


Arunachala Siva.       

General Discussion / Re: Channels of Grace - A Tribute:
« on: January 06, 2016, 11:19:54 AM »
On this first visit Baba also climbed to the peak of Arunachala.  At the peak he was not sure of the
exact summit spot, and was looking around.  He felt a tap on his shoulder and saw a hand pointing
to the spot.  He turned around to thank the person, but there was no one there.....  The last time he
climbed to the peak was at the age of 82, and the last pradakshina he did was at 83.  He has also
flown around the peak while still in service.

Baba in Service:

In 1947, after independence, the R.I.A.F became the I.A.F.  Baba had been one of the first Indians
to be directly commissioned as an officer and pilot in the R.I.A.F. After independence the I.A.F.
started the process of acquiring planes directly from U.K. so senior I.A.F. pilots used to go there to
fly them over. Baba was one of them.  In the Second World War, Baba had been a dive bomber in  the
jungles of Burma.  The R.I.A.F pilots were both British and Indian.  They were nicknamed 'the Brylcream
Boys' because of their glamorous, hard drinking life style.  It is quite incredible that Baba, in their midst,
remained a vegetarian, a strict teetotaller, and a believer with his faith intact - despite the fact that their
were rations were mainly comprised of tinned meat and units of liquor!  His photograph those days,
striding along by his aircraft with his parachute bag on his back, is hanging in the Air Force Museum
in Delhi.


Arunachala Siva.         

General Discussion / Re: The Written Word:
« on: January 06, 2016, 11:08:24 AM »
Since Paul Brunton's time note taking in the Old Hall in front of Bhagavan was absolutely forbidden
by Chinnaswami.  Various devotees who reported Bhagavan's words did do so  to the best of their
memory either when they got home that evening or perhaps, once a week or longer.  Bearing this
in mind it becomes clear that the gospel of Sri Ramana's teachings must be filtered through the veil
of human memory.  Sayings could be attributed to him without the benefit of complete accuracy.
This continues to this day, with writers and any number of devotees blithely quoting Bhagavan in order
to bolster an idea that they they feel he would have approved of it only He had thought of it.  Hence,
the importance of the veracity of Bhagavan's own writings.

As to those who use Bhagavan's name to bolster their own so called authority, their motives speak of
themselves.  The name Ramana has a brand name not unlike Apple, Rolls Royce, Samsung, Gucci,
Siemens and a host of other brands that instantly elicit a positive response.  The words 'Ramana Maharshi'
connote authenticity, purity, irreproachable authority, in other words, a name one can trust.  The
consequence of this usage is that Bhagavan apparently subscribes to all sorts of opinions that in His
physical lifetime He would reject as less than sufficient explanation of Advaita's subtleties or of the
challenges and travails a seeker experiences on the path.  And as to new age gurus who purloin the
name 'Ramana' and His statements taken out of context the less said the better.


Arunachala Siva.           

General Discussion / Re: Shadow and Substance -
« on: January 06, 2016, 10:55:51 AM »
I guess I am just sharing my thoughts on the subject with you, how I try to understand it, and how
it all makes sense of me, at this stage of my life.  It is a sort of culmination of my personal journey.

This 'theory' is backed by millennia of thinking and experimentation.  If T.S. Eliot's  J. Alfred Prufrock
can sing a 'love song'  on an evening stretched like a patient etherized on the table while growing
old with the bottoms of his trousers rolled, I can make up an esoteric theorem while being fully in 
possession of my faculties.  Besides, literary critics probably have missed the point that Prufrock's
problem is not just isolation and not being wanted by the person he wants.  He really does not know
what his problem is, and he does not dare ask:

Or, do not ask, 'what is it?'

He has already asked the formidable question. 'Do I dare disturb the universe?'  Experience has taught
him, "measuring out my life with coffee spoons",  after having known 'the evenings, mornings, and afternoons.' to let things be.  If there is an echo here of Sankara's dina yaminyau sayam pratah /
sisira vasanatau punarayatah, the relentless passage of time, then it should follow that Prufrock and
we are wasting our time in meaningless pursuits, instead of using it to decipher the meaning of life.
The simple answer to this age-old question is: the meaning of life consists in discovering the meaning
of life beyond the shadow cast by superficial existence.  The purpose of life is to 'find out the purpose of
life'.  Eliot who was enormously influenced by Eastern thought, might be laughing at his Prufrock who,well
past his prime, is moping around feeling dejected, instead of making something out of his life.


Arunachala Siva.                   

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:51:33 AM »
Verse 210:

திருமிகு மறையோர் நின்ற
   செழுமறை முனியை நோக்கி
அருமுனி நீமுன் காட்டும்
   ஆவணம் அதனில் எங்கள்
பெருமைசேர் பதியே யாகப்
   பேசிய துமக்கிவ் வூரில்
வருமுறை மனையு நீடு
   வாழ்க்கையுங் காட்டு கென்றார்.

Then the learned Assembly of Brahmins
Addressing the saintly Brahmin said: "O rare Brahmin,
The deed that you showed us describes you as one
Native to our glorious town; if it be so,
Show us your house of hoary lineage."   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:48:28 AM »
Verse 209:

நான்மறை முனிவ னார்க்கு
   நம்பியா ரூரர் தோற்றீர்
பான்மையி னேவல் செய்தல்
   கடனென்று பண்பின் மிக்க
மேன்மையோர் விளம்ப நம்பி
   விதிமுறை யிதுவே யாகில்
யானிதற் கிசையே னென்ன
   இசையுமோ வென்று நின்றார்.

The judges addressing Nambi Aroorar said:
"You've lost your case against the Brahmin-Muni;
"It is your duty to serve him dutifully."
"If this be the verdict" said Aroorar,
"Decreed by law, can I demur?"   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:45:52 AM »
Verse 208:

திரண்டமா மறையோர் தாமுந்
   திருநாவ லூரர் கோமுன்
மருண்டது தெளிய மற்ற
   மறையவ னெழுத்தால் ஓலை
அரண்டரு காப்பில் வேறொன்
   றழைத்துடன் ஒப்பு நோக்கி
இரண்டுமொத் திருந்த தென்னே
   யினிச்செயல் இல்லை யென்றார்.

The court agreed to the course suggested.
To dispel the bewilderment of Arooran
They sent for the document signed by his grand-father,
Kept in safe custody, and compared the signatures.
Both the signatures were identical;
Thereupon the Court declared:
"Nothing now remains for us to do."

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:43:14 AM »
Verse 207:

அந்தணர் கூற வின்னு
    மாளோலை யிவனே காண்பான்
தந்தைதன் தந்தை தான்வே
   றெழுதுகைச் சாத்துண் டாகில்
இந்தவா வணத்தி னோடு
   மெழுத்துநீ ரொப்பு நோக்கி
வந்தது மொழிமின் என்றான்
   வலியஆட் கொள்ளும் வள்ளல்.

When thus the judges ruled, the voluntary Redeemer
Of souls, said: "Is this fellow competent
To adjudge the genuineness of the signature
If there be any other of his grand-father's
You may kindly compare that with this, and pass the verdict."

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:40:49 AM »
Verse  206:

வாசகங் கேட்ட பின்னர்
   மற்றுமே லெழுத்திட் டார்கள்
ஆசிலா வெழுத்தை நோக்கி
   யவையொக்கு மென்ற பின்னர்
மாசிலா மறையோர் ஐயா
    மற்றுங்கள் பேர னார்தந்
தேசுடை எழுத்தே யாகில்
   தெளியப்பார்த் தறிமின் என்றார்.

hey examined the signatures of the attestors
And found them to be true; addressing Aroorar
The flawless judges said: "Sir, you now examine
The signature said to be your grand-father's
And find out if it is truly his."   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:38:13 AM »
Verse 205:

அருமறை நாவல் ஆதி
    சைவனா ரூரன் செய்கை
பெருமுனி வெண்ணெய் நல்லூர்ப்
   பித்தனுக் கியானும் என்பால்
வருமுறை மரபு ளோரும்
   வழித்தொண்டு செய்தற் கோலை
இருமையா லெழுதி நேர்ந்தேன்
   இதற்கிவை யென்னெ ழுத்து.

"This deed of an Adi Siva Brahmin -- Arooran Of Navaloor --, witnesseth as follows:
I and all those that come in my line, shall serve
Peru Muni alias Pitthan of Vennai Nalloor,
From generation to generation; this deed is
By me executed willingly and voluntarily;
In witness where of I have set my signature."

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:35:55 AM »
Verse 204:

இருள்மறை மிடற்றோன் கையி
   லோலைகண் டவையோ ரேவ
அருள்பெறு கரணத் தானும்
   ஆவணந் தொழுது வாங்கிச்
சுருள்பெறு மடியை நீக்கி
   விரித்ததன் தொன்மை நோக்கித்
தெருள்பெறு சபையோர் கேட்ப
   வாசகஞ் செப்பு கின்றான்.

When He who had concealed His blue throat, showed the deed,
The court-clerk received it in deferential reverence;
As ordered by the judges he retrieved it from its cover,
Found it to be an ancient scroll and read aloud
Its contents that all in the assembly might hear it clearly.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:32:27 AM »
Verse 203:

வல்லையேற் காட்டிங் கென்ன
   மறையவன் வலிசெய் யாமற்
சொல்லநீர் வல்லீ ராகில்
   காட்டுவே னென்று சொல்லச்
செல்வநான் மறையோர் நாங்கள்
   தீங்குற வொட்டோ மென்றார்
அல்லல்தீர்த் தாள நின்றார்
   ஆவணங் கொண்டு சென்றார்.

The judges said: "Show us then your deed."
The Brahmin replied: "I will, if you be pleased
To order him not to indulge in destruction as before."
Thereupon the judges said: "We will permit no evil here."
The Redeemer then approached the judges with His deed.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:29:45 AM »
Verse 202:

ஆட்சியில் ஆவ ணத்தில்
   அன்றிமற் றயலார் தங்கள்
காட்சியில் மூன்றி லொன்று
   காட்டுவா யென்ன முன்னே
மூட்சியிற் கிழித்த வோலை
    படியோலை மூல வோலை
மாட்சியிற் காட்ட வைத்தேன்
   என்றனன் மாயை வல்லான்.

They added: "For proof, you should cite
One of these three: custom, document or oral evidence."
Thus addressed, the One well-versed in Maya said:
"The one torn in wrath was but a copy; I have with me
The original to be exhibited before this Honorable Court."   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 06, 2016, 09:27:14 AM »
Verse 201:

அவ்வுரை யவையின் முன்பு
    நம்பியா ரூரர் சொல்லச்
செவ்விய மறையோர் நின்ற
   திருமறை முனியை நோக்கி
இவ்வுல கின்கண் நீயின்
   றிவரையுன் னடிமை யென்ற
வெவ்வுரை யெம்முன் பேற்ற
   வேண்டுமென் றுரைத்து மீண்டும்.

When Nambi Aroorar replied thus in the Court,
The holy Brahmins addressing the Vedic Muni said:
"The onus is heavily on you to prove your phenomenal case,
Claiming in this world the lad as your slave,"   

Arunachala Siva.

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