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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: December 19, 2015, 08:30:00 AM »
ALudaiya Pillaiyar Tiru Ulaa Malai:

திருந்திய சீர்ச்செந்தா மரைத் தடத்துச் சென் றோர்
இருந் தண் இளமேதி பாயப் பொருந்திய.....

(English rendering not available)

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: December 19, 2015, 08:23:32 AM »
ALudaiya Pillaiyar Tiru Mum Manik Kovai:

This is on Tiru Jnana Sambandhar by Nambi Andaar Nambi: 

திங்கட் கொழுந்தொடு பொங்கரவு திளைக்குங்
கங்கைப் பேரியாற்றுக் கடுவரற் கலுழியின்
இதழியின் மெம்பொ னிருகரை சிதறிப்
புதலெருக்கு மலர்த்தும் புரிபுன் சடையோன்
திருவருள் பெற்ற இருபிறப் பாளன்

முத்தீ வேள்வு நான்மறை வளர
ஐவேள் வுயர்த்த அறுதொழி லாளன்
ஏழிசை யாழை யெண்டிசை யறியத்
துண்டப் படுத்த தண்டமிழ் விரகன்
காழி நாடன் கவுணியர் தலைவன்

மாழை நோக்கி மலைமகள் புதல்வன்
திருந்திய பாடல் விரும்பினர்க் கல்லது
கடுந்துய ருட்புகக் கைவிளிக் கும்இந்
நெடும்பிற விக்கடல் நீந்துவ தரிதே. (1)

The Twice - born graced by Lord
With matted locks where bloom madar buds,
Where stays tender moon and surging serpent,
On the foamy Ganga in whose diluvial rush
Ruddy cassia are strewn over either bank
Sang the yaazh muri to crack the seven - noted
Yaazh freight airts to know with force got
By observance of triple - fire fostering, Vedas four -
Chanting, five-fold sacrifice given to six good acts
To swim the vast sea of birth beckoning all,
For consigning them to cruel woe - vortex
It is hard, unless one cultivates the psalms
Of the son of tender - mango - eyed
Mercy maiden of Mountain.

Arunachala Siva.

Today is the third day of Dhanur month:

Verse 3:

முத்தன்ன வெண்நகையாய் முன்வந் தெதிரெழுந்தென்
அத்தன் ஆனந்தன் அமுதன் என்று அள்ளூறித்
தித்திக்கப் பேசுவாய் வந்துன் கடைதிறவாய்
பத்துடையீர் ஈசன் பழ அடியீர் பாங்குடையீர்
புத்தடியோம் புன்மைதீர்த்து ஆட்கொண்டாற் பொல்லாதோ
எத்தோநின் அன்புடைமை எல்லோம் அறியோமோ
சித்தம் அழகியார் பாடாரோ நஞ்சிவனை
இத்தனையும் வேண்டும் எமக்கேலோர் எம்பாவாய்.

O One whose teeth are white as pearl !
You will daily Wake up before we bestir,
come before us And affirm thus:
``The form of our Sire is bliss;
He is The One ambrosial.
`` Thus,
even thus,
will you Utter words suffused with your salival sweetness.
open your door.
``You foster great love for our God;
Yours indeed is Hoary servitorship.
If you who are Established in the service of Siva,
do away with our ? The new servitors` littleness and rule us,
Will it spell evil?
`` ``Ha,
is your love deceptious?
Do we not all of us,
Know that your love is true?
Will not those Of chastened heart,
hymn and hail our Siva?
we who have come to wake you up,
Deserve all these,
Empaavaai !

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Our Bhagavan-Stories
« on: December 19, 2015, 06:57:43 AM »

In one of the recent comments it was stated that Bhagavan was an avatar of Subrahmanya,
the second son of Siva. This was a widely-held view in Bhagavan?s time, primarily because
Ganapati Muni had confidently made this assertion in the eighteenth chapter of Sri Ramana Gita.
Krishna Bhikshu, Bhagavan?s Telugu biographer, accepted this claim and devoted several pages
of his book (Sri Ramana Leela, chapter 49) to a series of examples and arguments which he said demonstrated that the claim was a genuine one.

Ganapati Muni?s conviction that Bhagavan was an avatar of Subrahmanya arose from an incident
that occurred in March 1908 when he was with Bhagavan at Pachiamman Koil, a temple of the
outskirts of Tiruvannamalai. Early one morning he saw a bright light appear and touch Bhagavan?s
forehead. The light enveloped Bhagavan, and within that glowing effulgence Ganapati Muni discerned
six stars of different colors which eventually merged into a single light.

Subrahmanya was created from light that came out of Siva?s third eye. Siva gathered this light in
his hands and passed it on to Vayu, the god of wind. The power of the light was too much for Vayu,
so he gave it to Agni, the god of fire, who deposited it in the Ganges. Ganga, the goddess of the Ganges,
was also unable to bear the power so she carried it to a small pond and left it there. In this pond the
light transformed itself into six babies. Parvati subsequently joined the babies together in a form that
had one trunk, twelve arms and six faces. This is Lord Shanmukha, ?The Lord with Six Faces?.
His name Skanda means ?the joined one?, a reference to the way Parvati amalgamated his bodies.
The six visible stars of the Pleiades are known as ?Karthika? in India; Karthikeyan is another of
Subrahmanya?s names. When Ganapati Muni saw six stars merge into one in Ramana Maharshi?s
form, he naturally came to the conclusion that Bhagavan was a manifestation or avatar of the God.

A few years before Seshadri Swami had also come to the conclusion that Bhagavan was Subrahmanya, although there appears to be no record of how he came to that conclusion. Seshadri Swami identified
himself with Parvati, Siva?s consort and decided that Bhagavan was ?her? son, Subrahmanya.

Proponents of the avatar theory have drawn up long lists of facts and coincidences to demonstrate the validity of their belief. For example, Bhagavan?s occasional references to Arunachala as his ?father? are taken to be proof that he must be one of Siva?s sons. For those who are interested, there is a list in chapter 49 of Sri Ramana Leela, and an even more exhaustive compilation in an article by Ra Ganapati that appeared in a 1984 edition of The Mountain Path.

Since the original claim can be traced back to Ganapati Muni?s vision, I should like to make a few comments about the nature of jnanis and visions. Bhagavan appeared on several occasions to devotees in forms that they desired. He had the power both to grant visions (see, for example ?Bhagavan gives Rama darshan? by T. K. Sundaresa Iyer) and to manifest in a different form. The following story is narrated by K. Vithoba Kamath:

I used to sit in the hall in the last row. One day an idea flashed that I should see Lord Krishna. I intently looked at Bhagavan and saw a dark cloud engulfing him and within that emerged the Lord. I was at my wit?s end. I thought it was a hallucination and a projection of my own mind. I wanted to try again. This time I thought of Gandhiji. Ramana was nowhere, but in his place there was Gandhiji. Being bewildered, I looked at Bhagavan. There! He was looking straight at me with a benign smile on his face. I felt highly blessed. (Arunachala?s Ramana, Vol. V, pp. 114-123)

(David Godman's Compilation)

Arunachala Siva. 

General Discussion / Re: Bhagavan, Now and to Come
« on: December 18, 2015, 11:27:47 AM »
There is a delicate balance between respecting Sri Ramana and venerating Sri Ramana as the Guru.
He was in this world yet not of it.  He was a very normal human being whose naturalness struck
many who later wrote of their experiences.  At the same time, He was an uncommon individual
who had transcended the boundaries of humanness.  He demonstrated in His everyday life simplicity,
clarity and compassion. It is hard to credit that the human form veiled a presence so radiant that none
could dare approach it in its naked magnificence.  Bhagavan was a raging fire of Jnana.

To see Him properly is a matter of our perception. We create our own history of Bhagavan and whether
the official or the spurious versions coincide is irrelevant.  The litmus test is if it works and we see Bhagavan
not as historical figure subject to the vagaries of fashion and opinion but an exhilarating and devastating
force that takes us out of time.  He was always transcendent for those who had the eye to see and even
if they did not know exactly how, they recognized it but could not put into words.  This was apparent
from the way He was venerated by everyone from the simple bullock cart driver, to the sophisticated
Sanskrit scholar.


Arunachala Siva.             

General Discussion / Re: The Alchemy of Sri Bhagavan:
« on: December 18, 2015, 11:11:43 AM »
There are numerous sayings of Bhagavan, which set me thinking and helped me change my attitude
towards life.  I will mention two of them.

The first is what young Venkataraman told His mother,  who came in 1898, to beg Him to return home:

'The Ordainer controls the fate of all souls, in accordance with their past deeds  -- their prarabdha karma ...'
For all practical purposes this may be taken as the first Upadesa of the future Sadguru; one which has got
eternal validity. Is it not true that all the conflict and suffering in life is due to our inability to accept the
facts as they are and our propensity to resist them?  Pondering over this and trying to implement this
Upadesa gives great peace.


Arunachala Siva.         

General Discussion / Re: Sleep and Recuperation -
« on: December 18, 2015, 11:00:10 AM »
The other portion of the life energy (the balance of 25%) goes for performing the mental functions
such as thinking, feeling, analyzing, understanding, calculating, emotions, enjoyments etc.,  If for
some reasons, the life energy is not adequate, they may be just enough for the maintenance of the
metabolic routine and the result is short supply for the mind.  This is what happens at the end of the
busy day in office.  Your body and mind become tired and you need to rest.

Sleep is the gift of God to make the body and mind and rest and regenerate.  Only when the mind
goes to sleep, the system can work on the body because of more life energy will be available for
the metabolic functions.  So much of repair work is done in the body when  we sleep.  The dead cells
are removed and new cells are produced.  There is growth of bones, digestion, waste product removal
etc., going on when we sleep.  Without proper sleep, there will not be enough energy for such functions
which are vital for or survival.  That is why Nature puts up to sleep so that it can work on the body.


Arunachala Siva. 

General Discussion / Re: Laghu Vasudeva Mananam:
« on: December 18, 2015, 10:48:55 AM »
The answer continues...

They experience Brahmananda in all the three periods of time, past, present and future.
So the happiness of deep sleep, which is not way different from Brahmananda, is proved.

The three characteristics of Brahmananda - unlimitedness, unsurpassableness, and eternaltiy
-- are present in us also.  From experience it can be found that blissfulness is also present in us.
Thus from Sruti, reasoning and experience it is found that the characteristics of Sat, Chit and
Ananda are present in us.  So we have to conclude that the Self in us is also inherently Brahman,
the Sat Chit Ananda.


Arunachala Siva.     

General Discussion / Re: Laghu Vasudeva Mananam:
« on: December 18, 2015, 10:42:15 AM »
Ananda in this case is the cause.  Vrittis are the effects of it. How can these mental modifiicatiions
which are effects, hide their cause, namely, Ananda?

The sun his hidden by clouds.  Smoke is hidden by fire.  The rope is hidden by the snake which,
through superimposition, has the effect of the rope.  In all these cases,  the effects bide the cause.
In the same way, the mental modifications, though they are effects, hide Brahmananda.  In the eyes
of ignorant children, the sun is hidden by clouds and fire is hidden by smoke and ashes.  It appears
as not only hidden, but also as non existent. But those who have the power of discrimination do
not see them as hidden but as existing even when hidden.  In the same way, it is the ignorant
men who are extroverts, who do not experience the happiness of deep sleep, in the waking
and dream states. Not so in the case of wise men who are introverts, as such wise men have realized
identity of all the states with Brahmananda.


Arunachala Siva.         

Today is the second day of Dhanur month.   The Tiruvembavai song of day is given below:

Verse  2:

பாசம் பரஞ்சோதிக் கென்பாய் இராப்பகல்நாம்
    பேசும்போ தெப்போதிப் போதா ரமளிக்கே
நேசமும் வைத்தனையோ நேரிழையாய் நேரிழையீர்
    சீசி யிவையுஞ் சிலவோ விளையாடி
ஏசு மிடமீதோ விண்ணோர்க ளேத்துதற்குக்
    கூசு மலர்ப்பாதந் தந்தருள வந்தருளுந்
தேசன் சிவலோகன் தில்லைச்சிற் றம்பலத்துள்
    ஈசனார்க் கன்பார்யாம் ஆரேலோ ரெம்பாவாய். (2) 

In Our confabulation during night as well as day,
You would say:
``My love is for Siva,
the supernal Flame.
`` Lo,
did you now transfer your love to your flower-strewn bed,
O you be-jewelled belle?
fie on you,
O ye be-jewelled?
Are these a few of your denigrating remarks?
Is this the time To sport and make fun?
He whose form is Light,
Has deigned to come down to grace us with His lotus-like feet which shy away when the celestials Hail them.
He is the Lord of Siva-loka;
He is The Lord-God of the ChitRambalam at Thillai.
Who indeed are His loving devotees?
Who indeed are we,
Empaavaai !

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: December 18, 2015, 09:14:01 AM »
Verse 11:

பாலித்த கொங்கு குவளைகள்
    ளம்பொழில் கீழ்ப்பரந்து
வாலிப்ப வாறதே றுங்கழ
    னிச்சண்பை யந்தமுந்து
மேலிட்ட புண்டலைக் குஞ்சரத்
    எண்டலைக் குந்தலைவன்
கோலிட்ட வாறு விடந்திளைக்
    கும்அர வல்குலையே. (11)

Sanbai land-rich water-rich
Grove - girt is the site holy
Where in eons of deluge
Showed up Siva, as He willed,
With His consort Uma
Of Venom?d cobra hooded fore-laps,
Wearing the destroyed tusker's
Hyde; which Sambandan guards ever.


(Tiruch Sanbai Virutham- concluded.)

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: December 18, 2015, 09:08:30 AM »
Verse 10:

விடந்திளைக் கும்அர வல்குல்மென்
    கூந்தல் பெருமணத்தின்
வடந்திளைத் குங்கொங்கை புல்கிய
    மன்மதன் வண்கதலிக்
கடந்திளைத் துக்கழு நீர்புல்கி
    யொல்கிக் கரும்புரிஞ்சித்
தடந்திளைக் கும்புனல் சண்பையர்
    காவலன் சம்பந்தனே. (10)

He is the Sambandan of Sanbai
Who guards the fertile watered
Lands where sugarcane stalks
Drink the lush of plantain grove-silt;
Is not He, so beautiful, & ravishing
Manmatha like  that mind churner
That haunts the venom'd cobra hood-of-
Genita, soft locks, bosoms indulgent on conjugation.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: December 18, 2015, 09:05:46 AM »
Verse 9:

ஆறுமண் டப்பண்டு செஞ்சொல்
    நடாத்தி யமண்முழுதும்
பாறுமண் டக்கண்டு சைவ
    சிகாமணி பைந்தடத்த
சேறுமண் டச்சங்கு செங்கயல்
    தேமாங் கனிசிதறிச்
சாறுமண் டும்வயல் சண்பையர்
    காவலன் சம்பந்தனே. (9)

Sambandan of Sanbai once left out
The leaves in river Vaigai that swam
Up the river; He bade, by indirection.
The vultures to peck at the mutinous
Flesh of Samanas. He is the adorned crest of Saivam.
He guards the lands girt with fields
Green where slush fertile, chanks,
Red fish and coconuts and mangoes succulent abound.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: December 18, 2015, 09:03:34 AM »
Verse 8:

எண்டலைக் குந்தலை வன்கழல்
    சூடியெ னுள்ளம்வெள்ளங்
கண்டலைப் பத்தன் கழல்தந்த
    வன்கதிர் முத்தநத்தம்
விண்டலைப் பத்தியி லோடும்
    விரவி மிளிர்பவளம்
தண்டலைக் குங்கடற் சண்பையர்
    காவலன் சம்பந்தனே. (8)

He is the sovereign of all eight aits.
Wearing his holy feet, on my crest, my heart
Flooded with joy, is palpitant. He has offered
His feet to my hands. He is Sambandan
Of Sanbai where luminous conches
Run amuck thrown up by waves rapid;
Where Seas beat on sea-side spread climbers
Studded with lustrous coral spray overspread.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: December 18, 2015, 08:39:24 AM »
Verse 7:

புண்டலைக் குஞ்சரப் போர்வையர்
    கோயிற் புதவடைக்கும்
ஒண்டலைத் தண்டமிழ்க் குண்டா
    சனியும்பர் பம்பிமின்னுங்
கொண்டலைக் கண்டுவண்
    டாடப் பெடையொடுங்
தண்டலைக் குண்டகழ்ச் சண்பையர்
    காவலன் சம்பந்தனே. (7)

He sang Tevaram songs to close
The threshold gates of the temple
In Tiru Maraikkaatu where abides lord
Wearing the wounded-templed tusker-hyde;
He struck down, lightning like, all Samanas.
Seeing the in-gathering clouds aflash,
Beetles dance, storks she and He in stupor
Of joy in groves near mosts remain at Sanbai, He guards.

Arunachala Siva.

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