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General Discussion / Re: Articles,Interviews,News
« on: January 09, 2016, 09:15:57 AM »
Chakkiya Naynar:

Date of Liberation:  Margazhi - Pooradam:
The Lord whom the people following all the six religions associated with SanAthana dharma reach finally, that Siva had one of the 63 great devotees from one other religion, namely Budhdhism (Chakkiyam). The people who seek the real truth, whatever be the religion they belong to if they do an impartial analysis of Saivism, explore that it is the path of worshipping Siva that is ultimate.

In the place Thiruchchanga Mangai where people had the generous mind like the mother earth, Nayanar was born in a family which had agriculture as their profession. He learnt lots of philosaphy, not for useless debating or grazing to boast as a scholar, but to find out the truth. Hence he had love for all the creatures in this world. He was determined to come out of the birth-death cycle. (reincarnation). He reached the city Kanchi , which had lots of scholars and was synonymous with knowledge, out of his quest for the truth. He accepted the path of Buddhism. There he had the opportunity to explore the principles of Buddhism and other religions. He read the scriptures of his religion and other religions analysed them with unbiased thirst for truth. Our Lord always leads people in the correct way if they are truthful and have quest for Him. By His grace he established for himself that it is the path of Siva that is the ultimate truth.

He found out, "There are four basic elements. The deed, doer, its effect and the controller of the effect. Only Saivam has this excellent principle, and others don't. And Siva is the Truth". His conclusion was based on his analysis. It was beyond doubts. It was the fact explored. He was sure, "Whatever be one's state, whatever be the form and outside appearance the right thing to do is not forgetting the holy feet of Sankara ." So he didn't change his appearance of a Buddhist monk, but was always enjoying the sweet feet of Lord Siva in his heart. It is only the people who do not realize or do not wish to realize that Omnipresent Almighty Isha is the God, blaspheme due to their dependence on other religions. But our Nayanar flowed in the path of love for the God whom he found out to be the right.

Common for the invisible formlessness and the visible different forms is the symbol of the Lord called Sivalingam (symbol of Siva). That stands for both form and formless. Sivalingam appeared when Vishnu and four headed brahma tried to find out the head and feet of the God. It is the symbol of that immeasurable unique in-explainable Almighty. Realizing these concepts he everyday went to see the Sivalingam, and when seen he forgot the world, became the wax that saw the fire, his heart blossomed, eyes expanded in bliss, tears of joy appeared as pearls. He didn't know what to do. He took a stone and threw it on the Lord without the knowledge of what he is doing but with great devotion. The Lord was happy with the deed of His devotee, like the kid that feels good when the elders out of the love violently embrace it. In his routine he arrived the next day as well. He then remembered that he had thrown a stone on the Lord. Thinking that that happened only as a blessing of the Lord he took that as his service to that Easily pleased. That day on wards everyday he throws a stone at the Sivalingam and worship the God in the saffron cloth of the Buddhist monks.

Is it right to throw stone on the Lord and worship ? Won't it lead to misinterpretations ? How did the Lord then accept such a worship ? It was not the stones themselves the Lord accepted. It was the devotion behind that deed he accepted. So one can not argue that, "I too will throw stones and call it worship". Whether it is the stone throwing of Chakkiya Nayanar or Kannappa Nayanar's putting the footwear on the Sivalingam's head, it was not the actions but the unimaginable peaks of love that was accepted by the Lord as flawless. Others see only the stones, but the hara takes that as flower.

One day he forgot to do his duty of stone worship and went to have his food. That time he realized, "Oh! How did I forget my Love ? How can I go ahead with my food without worshipping Him ?". He rushed to the three eyed Lord's abode with flood like love and speed. He took a stone and offered it to the feet of God. To bless the devotee who forgot his food, rushed in anxiety to do the service he undertook without any break, the eight armed sugarcane - Sambu - appeared in the horizon on the holy Bull with the Goddess who has the best knowledge of the Agamas. The devotee prostrated, praised the Lord with the folded hands on his head. God offered him the coveted post of being His slave in the Sivaloka. Let the quest for the Absolute and the love that is beyond explanation stay in the mind.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 09, 2016, 09:10:20 AM »
Verse 240:

வன்னி கொன்றைவழை சண்பகம் ஆரம்
   மலர்ப்ப லாசொடு செருந்திமந் தாரங்
கன்னி காரங்குர வங்கமழ் புன்னை
   கற்பு பாடலம் கூவிள மோங்கித்
துன்னு சாதிமரு மாலதி மௌவல்
   துதைந்த நந்திகர வீர மிடைந்த
பன்ம லர்ப்புனித நந்தனவ னங்கள்
   பணிந்து சென்றனன் மணங்கமழ் தாரான்.

Sundarar of fragrant garland adoringly crossed
The many-flowered and hallowed gardens galore
Flourishing with vanni, konrai sura-punnai,
Shanbhaga, aram, murukku, serunti, mantara, kura,
Punnai fragrant, parijata, patiri and vilwa trees
And dense-growing jati, mallikai and mullai
And nandhyavarta and alari plants.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 09, 2016, 09:08:18 AM »
Verse 239:

நாக சூதவகு ளஞ்சர ளஞ்சூழ்
   நாளி கேரமில வங்க நரந்தம்
பூக ஞாழல்குளிர் வாழை மதூகம்
   பொதுளும் வஞ்சிபல வெங்கு நெருங்கி
மேக சாலமலி சோலைக ளாகி
   மீது கோகில மிடைந்து மிழற்றப்
போக பூமியினு மிக்கு விளங்கும்
   பூம்பு றம்பணை கடந்து புகுந்தார்.

They glowed with greater glory than even the celestial realms
-- The fields, the groves and the gardens without Thillai --,
Sundarar crossed these which were thick with
Stately trees: jambolan, mango, makizh, saralam,
Coco-palm, clove, citron, areca, kumkum, plantain cool,
Iluppai and Vanchi dense; in the lofty groves
That touched the cloud-mandalas, cuckoos warbled.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 09, 2016, 09:05:39 AM »
Verse 238:

தேம லங்கலணி மாமணி மார்பில்
   செம்ம லங்கயல்கள் செங்கம லத்தண்
பூம லங்கவெதிர் பாய்வன மாடே
   புள்ள லம்புதிரை வெள்வளை வாவித்
தாம லங்குகள் தடம்பணை சூழுந்
   தன்ம ருங்குதொழு வார்கள்தம் மும்மை
மாம லங்களற வீடருள் தில்லை
   மல்ல லம்பதியி னெல்லை வணங்கி.

The Lord of Thillai does away with the triple malas
Of devotees who hail Him, and grants them Heaven.
Thillai is girt with tanks where red-lotuses wave their heads
As carp-fish dart across them, and bees and waterfowls
That wing nearby, hum and chirp;
From the tank, wave-tossed conches and malanku fish
Pass into fields and fill them.
Sundarar on whose chest dangle gemmy garlands
And garlands of honied lotuses,
Reaching the border of Thillai, stood there, adoring it.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 09, 2016, 09:03:27 AM »
Verse 237:

பரம்பொருளைப் பணிந்துதாள்
   பரவிப்போய்ப் பணிந்தவர்க்கு
வரந்தருவான் தினைநகரை
    வணங்கினர்வண் டமிழ்பாடி
நரம்புடையாழ் ஒலிமுழவின்
    நாதவொலி வேதவொலி
அரம்பையர்தங் கீதவொலி
   அறாத்தில்லை மருங்கணைந்தார்.

He hailed there the Supreme Lord and adored His feet:
Then he came to Tirutthinai nakar and there hailed the Lord
Who grants boons to them that worship Him.
Having hailed Him in Tamil verse, rich and great,
He left the town and reached the outskirts of Thillai
Which is ever full of the music of stringed Yazh,
The beat of muzhavu, the chanting of the Vedas
And the melodic lilt of celestial damsels.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 09, 2016, 08:58:18 AM »
Verse 236:

அங்கணரை அடிபோற்றி அங்ககன்று மற்றந்தப்
பொங்குநதித் தென்கரைபோய்ப் போர்வலித்தோள் மாவலிதன்
மங்கலவேள் வியிற்பண்டு வாமனனாய் மண்ணிரந்த
செங்கணவன் வழிபட்ட திருமாணி குழியணைந்தார்.

Having hailed the feet of the Lord there, he took leave of Him
And moved on the southern bank of the divine river
And reached Tiru Manikuzhi, where red-eyed Vishnu,
Who, of yore, begged of the martial emperor Maha Bali
In his sacrifice, to gift him with that much of land
Which he could cover by taking three steps;
Here in the shrine Nambi adored the Lord.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 09, 2016, 08:56:22 AM »
Verse 235:

பொன்றிரளும் மணித்திரளும்
   பொருகரிவெண் கோடுகளும்
மின்றிரண்ட வெண்முத்தும்
   விரைமலரும் நறுங்குறடும்
வன்றிரைக ளாற்கொணர்ந்து
   திருவதிகை வழிபடலால்
தென்திசையில் கங்கையெனுந்
   திருக்கெடிலம் திளைத்தாடி.

With delight great he bathed in the divine Gedilam
-- The Ganga of the South --, that bears on its waves
Gold, gems, ivory white, pearls flashing like lighting,
Fragrant flowers and sandal of sweet scent,
And with these as offering, adores the shrine of Tiruvatikai.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 09, 2016, 08:53:07 AM »
Verse 234:

செம்மாந்திங் கியானறியா
   தென்செய்தே னெனத்தெளிந்து
தம்மானை யறியாத
   சாதியா ருளரே யென்று
அம்மானைத் திருவதிகை
   வீரட்டா னத்தமர்ந்த
கைம்மாவி னுரியானைக்
   கழல்பணிந்து பாடினார்.

"O what have I done in my prideful folly?"
He rued his conduct, and was anon becalmed;
Hailing the feet of the Lord, the One who peeled off
The hide of the tusker and wore it, the Lord
Of Veerattanam enshrined in Tiruvatikai,
Sundarar hymned the decad beginning thus:
"Can there be a race that knows not its leader"?   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 09, 2016, 08:51:03 AM »
Verse 233:

அங்குமவன் திருமுடிமேல்
   மீண்டுமவர் தாள்நீட்டச்
செங்கயல்பாய் தடம்புடைசூழ்
   திருநாவ லூராளி
இங்கென்னைப் பலகாலும்
   மிதித்தனைநீ யாரென்னக்
கங்கைசடைக் கரந்தபிரா
   னறிந்திலையோ எனக்கரந்தான்.

Even there He stretched His feet and touched
Again and again, the head of the lord of Navaloor which is
Girt with fecund fields where leap ruddy carp galore.
He then addressed Him thus: "You've been pressing
My heard repeatedly with your feet; who are you"?
Then the Lord whose matted hair conceals the Ganga, said:
"Don't you know?"  And He vanished on a sudden.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 09, 2016, 08:47:32 AM »
Verse 232:

அந்நிலைஆ ரூரனுணர்ந்
   தருமறையோ யுன்னடியென்
சென்னியில்வைத் தனையென்னத்
   திசையறியா வகைசெய்தது
என்னுடைய மூப்புக்காண்
   என்றருள அதற்கிசைந்து
தன்முடியப் பால்வைத்தே
   துயிலமர்ந்தான் தமிழ்நாதன்.

Aroorar, woke up and said: "O holy Brahmin!
Your feet are resting on my head.?"To this He replied:
"It is my dotage that bewilders my sense of direction."
Satisfied with the reply, Aroorar, the lord of Tamizh,
Resting his head elsewhere, began to sleep.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 09, 2016, 08:45:14 AM »
Verse 231:

அதுகண்டு வீரட்டத்
   தமர்ந்தருளும் அங்கணரும்
முதுவடிவின் மறையவராய்
   முன்னொருவ ரறியாமே
பொதுமடத்தி னுட்புகுந்து
   பூந்தாரான் திருமுடிமேற்
பதுமமலர்த் தாள்வைத்துப்
   பள்ளிகொள்வார் போல்பயின்றார்.

As he invoked His feet, before he closed his eyes in slumber,
The Lord of Veerattanam took the form of an old Brahmin,
Entered the matam unseen, and placing His lotus feet
On the crown of Aroorar, lay as though He slept.

Arunachala Siva.

Verse 4:

இன்னிசை வீணையர் யாழினர் ஒருபால்
    இருக்கொடு தோத்திரம் இயம்பினர் ஒருபால்
துன்னிய பிணைமலர்க் கையினர் ஒருபால்
    தொழுகையர் அழுகையர் துவள்கையர் ஒருபால்
சென்னியில் அஞ்சலி கூப்பினர் ஒருபால்
    திருப்பெருந் துறையுறை சிவபெரு மானே
என்னையும் ஆண்டுகொண் டின்னருள் புரியும்
    எம்பெரு மான்பள்ளி எழுந்தரு ளாயே.

Player of sweet-voiced Veena on one side;
Strummers of Yaazh on one side;
reciters of Vedas And praying devotees on one side;
the holders of densely-woven flower-wreaths in their hands,
On one side; adorers,
weeping devotees and those That wilt, on one side;
those that joined their hands over their heads, in worship,
on one side;
it is thus The devotees had fore-gathered.
O Lord Siva abiding at sacred Perunturai !
O our God who redeemed even me and grants me Sweet grace,
be pleased to arise from off your couch and grace us.

Arunachala Siva.

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.                     

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