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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 20, 2016, 08:16:25 AM »
Verse 344:


தன்னையா ளுடைய நாதன்
   தானருள் செய்யக் கேட்டுச்
சென்னியால் வணங்கி நின்ற
   திருமுனைப் பாடி நாடர்
இன்னவா றின்ன பண்பென்
   றேத்துகேன் அதற்கி யானார்
பன்னுபா மாலை பாடும்
   பரிசெனக் கருள்செய் யென்ன.

When thus his Ruler, the Lord-God commanded him in grace,
He that hailed from the land of Tirumunai-p-padi
Bowed low his head, and meekly said:
"Wherefore can I hymn and in what way"
Who am I my Lord" Do deign to grant in grace
The valiance to hail them in hymn and psalm."

Arunachala Siva.


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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 20, 2016, 08:13:45 AM »
Verse 343:


நாதனா ரருளிச் செய்ய
   நம்பியா ரூரர் நானிங்கு
ஏதந்தீர் நெறியைப் பெற்றேன்
   என்றெதிர் வணங்கிப் போற்ற
நீதியா லவர்கள் தம்மைப்
   பணிந்துநீ நிறைசொன் மாலை
கோதிலா வாய்மை யாலே
   பாடென வண்ணல் கூற.

Thus instructed by the Lord, Aroorar said:
"I have attained the flawless way" and stood
Adoring in front of the Lord; then the Lord spake:
"Poised in piety, pay obeisance to them and hail them
In verse-garlands wrought of Truth flawless.".

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 20, 2016, 08:10:59 AM »
Verse 342:



பெருமையால் தம்மை ஒப்பார்
   பேணலால் எம்மைப் பெற்றார்
ஒருமையால் உலகை வெல்வார்
   ஊனமே லொன்று மில்லார்
அருமையாம் நிலையி னின்றார்
   அன்பினா லின்ப மார்வார்
இருமையுங் கடந்து நின்றார்
   இவரைநீ யடைவா யென்று.



"As for glory, they alone are their equals; by their servitorship
They own Me; being one with Me they have won the world;
Absolutely flawless are they; they are uniquely poised;
By reason of their love, they are immersed in bliss;
They've beyond duality; I bid you join them."

Arunachala Siva.   

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 20, 2016, 08:08:51 AM »
Verse 341:



இன்னவா றேத்து நம்பிக்
   கேறுசே வகனார் தாமும்
அந்நிலை யவர்தாம் வேண்டும்
   அதனையே அருள வேண்டி
மன்னுசீ ரடியார் தங்கள்
   வழித்தொண்டை உணர நல்கிப்
பின்னையும் அவர்கள் தங்கள்
   பெருமையை அருளிச் செய்வார்.


To Aroorar who hailed Him thus, the Rider of the Bull
Desiring to confer on Him that which he sought,
Blessed him with the knowledge to comprehend
The traditional servitorship of the immortal devotees;
Eke did He in grace explain to him their glory.

Arunachala Siva.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 20, 2016, 06:49:14 AM »



By any of those curious squirks of history, there is a connection between the ancient philosophy of India
and a group of American citizens of the mid 19th century, who came to be known as Boston Brahmins!  Among this distinguished clan were two individuals who more than any others resonated to the call of
India and wrote exceptional works that made a deep impact on the generations that followed.  These were Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau.  Particularly the latter's work WALDEN is still read today
for its common sense and wonderful descriptions of nature.  He wrote this masterpiece, staying as
a guest to Emerson, during his short life of 43 years.  Thoreau's short article On the Duty of Civil Disobedience, inspired Mahatma Gandhi and later Martin Luther King.

People, particularly Westerners who had felt that one must 'do something', often asked Bhagavan Ramana, what He was doing to 'help' the world.  Bhagavan always smiled and asked: "Who is there, other
than oneself in this dream world?"  If the questioner could not grasp this statement, He would come
down to their level and say in effect:  "How do you know I am not helping?" Bhagavan Ramana's very Presence was sufficient to influence anyone in he world, whose mind and heart is open, to a higher
realm of understanding.  Spiritual truths are not inhibited by time and space as anyone who has come
into contact with Bhagavan Ramana's grace today knows. 

Bhagavan may have been a historical figure but it would be foolish to think that it all ended in April
1950, when His physical body died.  If anything, His influence has only grown with the passing years and particularly in the last two decades, when His face and words are so readily available in innumerable books and on the world wide web.

There was the special charisma which Bhagavan naturally displayed for how many stories have we read or heard about someone who was utterly transformed by one piercing look from His eyes! 
Balakrishna Menon, later Swami Chinmayananda had said that His one piercing look was enough to 'understand' everything, and all his six years of spiritual training in Uttara Kasi later, were only
repetitions!].

For many when they first read something by Bhagavan Ramana, are struck by the truthfulness of the statements.  They are self evident and resonate deep in the heart far away from the crowded world of explanations, in which our normal mind indulges. With Thoreau, there is a similar timbre in his descriptions
of nature and observations about human nature. These simple words, by a man who was admired by
a small circle of contemporaries who were nonetheless puzzled by his lack of seeming purpose, have
come down to us today as treasures which we reflect on and which nourish us.

(Source: Editorial, Mountain Path, July-Sep 2008)

Arunachala Siva.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 19, 2016, 04:12:08 PM »
Dear atmavichar,

I did as per your guidance and moved the photo of Bhagavan/Hill as a wall paper on my computer.

Thank you very much.


Arunachala Siva. 

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General topics / The Bliss of No Want - Vasko Kohlmayer:
« on: January 19, 2016, 03:27:15 PM »
(This article is from Mountain Path, Jan-Mar. 2016)

When you ask people what they want from life, most respond with something along the line, 'I just want to
be happy.'

Desire for happiness is without question a universal psychological instinct.  It is the most intensely felt
of all human aspirations.  Regardless of our culture, race, or gender, the ultimate goal of our lives is
fundamentally the same:  We all want to be happy.

This fact has been noted by some of the greatest thinkers across the ages. Some 2300 years ago, the
Greek thinker Aristotle stated, 'Happiness Theis the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end
of human existence.'  (Nicomachean Ethics, Book I).
More than two thousand years later,  the great German philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote, 'Happiness,
though an indefinite concept, is the goal of all rational beings.'  (The Cambridge Edition of the Works of
Immanuel Kant:  Practical Philosophy, 1996.)

The French scientist and mystic Blaise Pascal observed, 'All men are in search of happiness.   There is
no exception to this, whatever different methods are employed.'  (Blaise Pascal, Pensees and Other
Writings, 2008).

Happiness is the overriding aim of human existence and its attainment the central mission of our lives.
It is the desire for happiness that actuates most of our actions. Almost everything we do is intended
-- in one way or another -- to bring us closer to this goal.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.

             

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General topics / Re: The Past is Past, Now, be here:
« on: January 19, 2016, 11:45:40 AM »
For some thirty five years I had been visiting Tiruvannamalai solely for Sri Ramana and Sri Ramanasramam.
I came to sit in Sri Ramana's shrine and to absorb Sri Ramana's teachings.  I paid little attention to the Hill.
It is true that I had performed many a pradakshina around Arunachala.  However, I did this, because
Sri Ramana highly recommended people to do it.

By luring me, again and again, as I worked on the Sri Ramana book, and by the good fortune of having a sister
whose presence was required, I eventually had Arunachala's darshan.  As Sri Ramana sang,

The mountain is mysterious and mysterious in the way it works.  It is not just an insentient pile of earth and
rocks. It is Lord  Siva, the One Self, standing there in all its glory for those who are given eyes to see.

At times seekers ask the question: 'How does the Sage give instruction?  Is it from the state of ignorance?
If this were so, the mind would not have been dissolved, the three fold differentiation of the knower,
knowledge, and the known could not have been merged. So what would the Sage be able to give you?
Where could He lead you?  But there is a stage where this question does not arise.  Is it the body that is
the obstacle to the Supreme Knowledge?  Is there even question of whether the body exists or not?
At a certain level this question is simply not there. On the plane where this question arises, one is not in the
state of pure Being, and one thinks this question can be raised and also replied to.  But the answer lies where
there is no such thing as questioning and answering, where there are no 'others', no divisions - only
the Self, Sri Ramana, Arunachala.

concluded.

Arunachala Siva.       

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387:

Through the miracle of grace that penetrated me in the form of true, all embracing consciousness,
so that the ghostly charade created by the evil ego was abolished,  I perceived that there was nothing
that I needed to learn employing the intellect.  Learned as I was, that unique nature, wherein I acted
like an untutored simpleton, one who uses a mark to sign His name, became my own.

373:

Through the glory of a nature that is not even aware  of its own greatness, through a compassion
whose nature it is to not even see my own unworthiness, He abolished all differentiation, transmuting
all into His own Self, so that all my deeds, possessing a unique divine quality, excelled as His own.

194:

The state  in which one attains and becomes permanently established in limitless space, the pure state
of grace, the exquisite supreme bliss whose nature is delight, is none other than the holy feet of the guru,
the tender flame of true knowledge that ever watches over those devotees whose love is true.

393:

You shone within my heart, beyond duality, as my own self, and I, with a true love flaring up within me,
worshipped You in a variety of ways, so that to others, my worship appeared dualistic. Forgive me,
I beg You, and do not reject me!

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.           

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General Discussion / Re: Narasinh Mehta: An Introduction:
« on: January 19, 2016, 11:14:42 AM »
Awakening:


(First line in Gujarati reads:  Jagine Joun To Jagat Dise Nahi.)

Awakening, I look and cannot see the world
In sleep checkered delights appear.
Intellect and Soul are engrossed in entertainment
The supreme spirit flirts with the supreme spirit.

Fundamental elements five, born of the Supreme,
Atom to atom each stays clinging.
Flowers and fruits know to be of the tree,
Nor is the branch separate from the trunk.

Vedas assert this, proved in heard and memorized texts,
Between gold and ear rings no incongruity exits.
Shapes get formed, only then names become diverse,
Gold ultimately is always gold.

Life and Joy emerged by their own desire
Creating fourteen universes, differences they made.
Says, Narasaiyo, you should understand straight;
Recollecting this, so many sages have been saved.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.
 

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The two adults were no longer alive.  Their tongues hung swollen, blue tinged. But the third rope was
still moving; being so light, the child was alive.... For more than half an hour he stayed there, struggling
between life and death, dying in slow agony before our eyes.  And we had to look him full in the face.
His tongue was red, his eyes were not glazed.  Behind me, I heard  (a)... man asking: 'Where is God now?'
And I heard a voice within me answer him:  'Where is He?  Here He is, -- He is hanging here on the gallows..."

In the harrowing narrative of Night, everything is inverted, every value destroyed.  "Here there are no
fathers, no brothers, no friends, everyone lives and dies for himself alone', a Jewish functionary of the Nazis
tells Wiesel.  Wiesel comments, " I wanted to show the end, the finality of the event. Everything came to an
end, -- man, history, literature, religion and God.  There was nothing left. And yet we begin again with
night."

Tell me, was it a good day for the boy?  Or for Wiesel?  Or for you today in the midst of the tragedies
and horrors of the world?  Wiesel says, "Yet we begin again with the night'. Who is there to begin again?
The boy is no more.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.       
 

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Verse 126:

Will even those who travel the heavens as will require a support?  Are the heavens like the deep ocean
to them, that they need to navigate it like a helmsman on a ship?  What work do time and space perform?
Similarly, can there be deeds performed by a perfected Siva Yogi?


One has mastered the eight siddhis can travel to wherever he wishes in space through the power of his mind.
He would have no need of any support to aid him.  Similarly the Siva Yogi who has attained oneness with
the Self has no need for aids such as rituals and puja to attain that which is already his.

Expanding the previous analogy, unlike the captain of a ship upon the ocean, the siddha yogi would have
no need to plot a course through the heavens and use a set of instruments to get his destination.  Similarly
the Siva Yogi has no need to form some concept of Sivam and then set about trying to attain That which
he already is.  In any case, he no longer requires, nor possesses, the instruments furnished by the tattvas
in the relative world, the senses, and the organs of thought, and action, which are the attributes of the ego
consciousness.

Just as time and space provide the unmoving ground for all the phenomena that unfold in the manifest world,
the Jnani, as the Self, provides the unmoving ground for the whole of the apparent creation, including time
and space.  TCS glosses:  The faculties operate in the mere presence of that Siva Yogi, who is united with
the fullness of reality. He himself does not engage with any of the faculties to perform any kind of work.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.     

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Maya:

Verse 108:

There is One - undifferentiated and undivided. Nobody  can define what it is, but it has the power of God.
Beginningless and, yet, also called ignorance, it has three qualities: sattva, rajas, and tamas.  It cannot
be understood except by its activities and that, only by the illumined ones. It has created all this universe
- produced it all.  It is Maya.

Verse 109:

If you ask of its form, it cannot be stated.  It is beyond description.  It is neither real nor unreal;
neither is it is the mixture of the two.

Is it separate  from the Atman?  It is neither separate, nor yet non separate; nor part of the Atman,
yet neither can you say it is not part.  It is not the body. It is most wondered and beyond all description.

Verse 110:

It is real and unreal; unreal because it changes, and not unreal because it is. It is not separate, because
you see Atman alone (if separate, there must be two) and you cannot say not separate (as you cannot say
that the snake is not separate from the rope).

Knowledge of Brahman, -- the One, pure, without a second -- destroys it, as the illusion of the snake
in the rope is destroyed when the nature of the rope is known.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                 

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 19, 2016, 08:35:43 AM »
Verse 340:


வேத வாரண மேற்கொண் டிருந்தன
பேதை யேன்செய் பிழைபொறுத் தாண்டன
ஏத மானவை தீர்க்க இசைந்தன
பூத நாதநின் புண்டரீ கப்பதம்.


"They are enthroned on the tusker, the Vedas;
They forgive my sins -- a fool --, and rule me;
They promise to forgive my sins in future too,
Your lotus feet, my Lord and God of Bhootas!"

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 19, 2016, 08:33:33 AM »
Verse 339:


நீதி மாதவர் நெஞ்சிற் பொலிந்தன
வேதி யாதவர் தம்மைவே திப்பன
சோதி யாயெழுஞ் சோதியுட் சோதிய
ஆதி மாலயன் காணா வளவின.



"They blaze in the hearts of tapaswis poised in piety;
They set even the nescient straight;
They soar as light and are the inner light of light;
They are beyond the ken of Vishnu, the primal boar,
And Brahma too."

Arunachala Siva.

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