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When I became united with the feet of the Sadguru, my worldly ties were cut away through the practice
of absorption in His abiding Selfhood, with no longer any need to acquire empirical knowledge,
and the lofty knowledge of Sivam ripened within me as the vast Supreme.


The wise declare that the beautiful light of pure Sivam that is free of objective traits, is simply
shining forth of the Reality, that is consciousness.  If the base, fraudulent and delusional 'I'
of the defective mind is eliminated, the incorporeal nature of the Self, shining as all that is,
will be revealed.


When the light of His holy feet, that tranquil shore that is so hard to reach, wondrously caused
my heart to blossom, the ghostly  dance of the 'I' with its wild antics subsided in the state of
divine silence, an existence, whose glorious nature is impossible to describe.         


As the divine experience that is life at the grace-bestowing feet that ruled me became ever more
intense, within my heart final liberation, a vision worthy to behold, granted in grace by true knowledge,
flared up consuming all in the oneness of a single nature, so that the world became the supreme
realty itself.


Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: The Past is Past, Now, be here:
« on: January 15, 2016, 12:32:53 PM »
Every time I had a question in my mind as how to approach or deal with relating to Sri Ramana to
Advaitic philosophy, I would drive to the Asramam and, sit in Sri Ramana's shrine or on the slopes
of Arunachala, and contemplate.  I was given nine months with which to complete the book and
thus I was extremely focused during that time.

In the beginning I had the thought that Sri Ramana had called me to write the book.  After it was
completed, I understood that Sri Ramana did not need another book written about Him and that
it was really Arunachala that was calling me, not by book.

Since 1973, my sister, Farion, had made numerous trips to Sathya Sai Baba. She would fly into Bangalore,
taxi to Puttaparthi, and / or Whitefield, and then fly out of Bangalore back to California.  This visit
she asked me if I would take her to Tiruvannamalai.

After spending a few days in Puttaparthi, my sister and I drove together to Chennai. Along the drive
we had a rather deep discussion about the nature of Reality and whether Advaita presented an accurate
description of It.  There are most definitely any number of philosophical theories. All are true and all are false.
There are those who say, 'Take the one that most appeals to you.'


Arunachala Siva.         

General Discussion / Re: Narasinh Mehta: An Introduction:
« on: January 15, 2016, 12:18:26 PM »
She has learned or heard that as a reward for good deeds and sacrifice we mortals will be given a
place of comfort in the coils of the eternal serpent, who cradles Vaikunth, the abode of Vishnu. And
she realizes, that even more remarkable than such a heaven is her own place her temple, as it were,
where God visits her.  The reversal of the normal, devotees go to the temple and here God comes to
the devotee, causes her much wonder.

The Vedic Puranic scriptures declare
  Proclaim him devotee lover, I say,
Well met are You, Narasinh's Lord,
 Granting me grace, knowing me frail.

At last she begins to understand. All the holy texts, the Vedas, and Puranas, always describe God as
one who loves those who love Him.  Well then, it is only natural.  Thus she is able to say, in that case,
Narsinh's Lord, I am glad you came to meet me.  You knew that I am the weak one and it is appropriate
that you should be gracious towards my effort at love.


Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Sri Achuthanantha Adigal:
« on: January 15, 2016, 12:09:29 PM »
On the eleventh day, a Wednesday afternoon at three O'clock, he called another disciple, Sri
Mandiramoorthy Pillai, a Siddha doctor, and told him about some rare medicinal systems.  He
completed the Sanmarkka Darpanam that the same day late in the night, at three a.m. and
commanded his disciple, Sri Vaithilingam Pillai, 'Sir!  Print this book and distribute it.'  Soon after
4 am.  he felt unwell and Sri Mandiramoorthi Pillai, who was among those nearby, said that he
would provide the necessary treatment.  Achuthananda Swamigal smiled and said, 'Dhanvantri!
My time is up.  The body is waiting to fall off.  What can you do?'  Then he went to the nearby river
Naganadhi and took his bath.  On his way back he stopped for a while at an open space near where
he was staying and told himself, 'It seems, all that is to happen further will happen here', and returned

Later, Achutananda Swamigal drank some liquid food, made all his disciples sit before him and
explained clearly to them the ephemeral nature of the body, advising them not to waste life but
to utilize it for practicing samadhi.  At that time, one of his very close disciples and his sister-in-law's
son, named Muthukrishna Naidu, came, prostrated and requested him to come back to Kasthambadi.


Arunachala Siva.               

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:52:41 AM »
Verse 300:

பந்தம் வீடு தரும்பர மன்கழல்
சிந்தை யார்வுற உன்னுமென் சிந்தையை
வந்து மால்செய்து மானென வேவிழித்து
எந்தை யார்அருள் எந்நெறிச் சென்றதே.

"His ankleted feet control bondage and release;
My mind for ever contemplates His feet;
Her fawn-like looks have my senses unhinged;
Which way did she -- my Father's grace --, go?"   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:49:41 AM »
Verse 299:

உம்பர் நாயகர் தங்கழல் அல்லது
நம்பு மாறறி யேனை நடுக்குற
வம்பு மால்செய்து வல்லியின் ஒல்கியின்று
எம்பி ரானரு ளெந்நெறிச் சென்றதே.

"I knew not, and trusted not, aught
But the feet of the Lord of gods;
I stand awe-struck by her
Who hath forcibly confounded me;
She swayed like a creeper and moved away;
Which way did she -- my Lord's grace --, wend her way."

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:47:09 AM »
Verse 298:

பாச மாம்வினைப் பற்றறுப் பான்மிகும்
ஆசை மேலுமொ ராசை யளிப்பதோர்
தேசின் மன்னியென் சிந்தை மயக்கிய
ஈச னாரரு ளெந்நெறிச் சென்றதே.

"To snap the bond of Karma, swells in me a love
To serve the Lord; but now I am afire with a new desire
Which in sooth subdues even that love;
It hath eke bewildered my steadfast mind;
She is sure the grace of God; whither has she gone."

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:44:46 AM »
Verse 297:

அவ்வாறு பணிந்தேத்தி
   யணியாரூர் மணிப்புற்றின்
மைவாழுந் திருமிடற்று
   வானவர்பால் நின்றும்போந்து
எவ்வாறு சென்றாள்என்
   இன்னுயிராம் அன்னமெனச்
செவ்வாய்வெண் நகைக்கொடியைத்
   தேடுவா ராயினார்.

Having thus prayed before Him, Aroorar
Returned from the shrine of the blue-throated Lord
That abides at the Ant-Hill.
"O whither did she go
The swan, dear as my life?"
He wondered and commenced his quest
After the liana-like damsel
Of ruddy lips and bright and white teeth.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:42:45 AM »
Verse 296:

பரவையார் வலங்கொண்டு
   பணிந்தேத்தி முன்னரே
புரவலனார் கோயிலினின்
   றொருமருங்கு புறப்பட்டார்
விரவுபெருங் காதலினால்
   மெல்லியலார் தமைவேண்டி
அரவின்ஆ ரம்புனைந்தார்
   அடிபணிந்தார் ஆரூரர்.

Even before he entered the temple, Paravaiyar
As was her wont, had completed her sacred round;
She hailed and adored the Lord, and departed
Through a different way; he bowed at the feet
Of Him who wears snakes for garlands;
Driven by love, great and compelling, he prayed
Unto the Lord to gift her to him.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:40:05 AM »
Verse 295:

என்றினைய பலவுநினைந்
   தெம்பெருமான் அருள்வகையான்
முன்றொடர்ந்து வருங்காதல்
    முறைமையினால் தொடக்குண்டு
நன்றெனையாட் கொண்டவர்பால்
   நண்ணுவனென் றுள்மகிழ்ந்து
சென்றுடைய நம்பியும்போய்த்
   தேவர்பிரான் கோயில்புக.

Thus he thought of her in manifold ways;
Bound in love with her by hoary Providence
And by the grace of the Lord, he mused thus:
"I'll anon go to my Lord who rules me
As His good servitor." With a joyous heart, Nambi
Hied and entered the temple of the God of gods.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:36:59 AM »
Verse 294:

பேர்பரவை பெண்மையினில்
   பெரும்பரவை விரும்பல்குல்
ஆர்பரவை யணிதிகழும்
   மணிமுறுவல் அரும்பரவை
சீர்பரவை யாயினாள்
   திருவுருவின் மென்சாயல்
ஏர்பரவை யிடைப்பட்ட
   என்னாசை யெழுபரவை.

"Ha, her name is Paravai! If her womanliness
Be contemplated, even celestial danseuses
Coveted by the immortals, should hail her
As their deity; her rows of teeth -- mullai-buds --,
Excel even the pearls of her nose-ring;
Her beauty is such as is even to be praised by Lakshmi;
My love for her, caught and tossed and drawn
By her soft mien and divine bearing
Is immense as the seven ocean-streams."

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:34:10 AM »
Verse 293:

வன்றொண்ட ரதுகண்டுஎன்
   மனங்கொண்ட மயிலியலின்
இன்றொண்டைச் செங்கனிவாய்
   இளங்கொடிதான் யாரென்ன
அன்றங்கு முன்நின்றார்
   அவர்நங்கை பரவையார்
சென்றும்பர் தரத்தார்க்குஞ்
   சேர்வரியார் எனச்செப்ப.

Beholding this, Van-tondar queried thus:
"Who is this beauty -- a bird of Paradise,
Red-lipped and liana-like --, that hath my mind captivated"?
To him they that were there replied thus:
"She is called Nangkai Paravaiyar who is
Not to be attained even by the celestial beings."

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 15, 2016, 11:32:02 AM »
Verse 292:

பாங்கோடிச் சிலைவளைத்துப்
   படையனங்கன் விடுபாணம்
தாங்கோலி யெம்மருங்கும்
   தடைசெய்ய மடவரலும்
தேங்கோதை மலர்க்குழல்மேல்
   சிறைவண்டு கலந்தார்ப்பப்
பூங்கோயி லமர்ந்தபிரான்
   பொற்கோயில் போய்ப்புகுந்தாள்.

Nathless the encircling obstruction of darts
Of Manmata who wielded them from all sides,
Paravaiyar from whose melliferous garlands
Bees buzzed, moved into the golden temple
Of the Lord enthroned in the Flower-Temple.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 15, 2016, 08:48:35 AM »
Verse 291:

அண்ணலவன் தன்மருங்கே
   அளவிறந்த காதலினால்
உண்ணிறையுங் குணநான்கும்
   ஒருபுடைசாய்ந் தனவெனினும்
வண்ணமலர்க் கருங்கூந்தல்
   மடக்கொடியை வலிதாக்கிக்
கண்ணுதலைத் தொழுமன்பே
   கைக்கொண்டு செலவுய்ப்ப.

Though by reason of her measureless love for the noble one
Her inly virtues four were a trifle unhinged,
They yet infused her of perfumed locks,
With strength, and prodded her to move on steadfast
Holding firm to the love adoration
For the Lord who has an eye in His forehead.

Arunachala Siva.

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: January 15, 2016, 06:56:01 AM »

Man's desire for wealth is limitless.  Saint Tayumanavar says:  "Even if one is given to rule the
entire land, he would desire to conquer the oceans!"  Once a devotee prayed to Siva intently for
wealth.  Siva appeared before him and asked: What do you want?"  He answered.
Then Siva pointed his index finger towards the house.  The whole house turned into a golden palace!
The Siva entered his house.  What more do you want?"  The devotee grinned and showed the
wooden cupboards, steel cupboards, stainless steel vessels, etc.,  Siva waved his index finger towards
these objects.  All turned into gold.  The devotee was still grinning at him with expecting something
more.  Siva was amused, and he asked him:  "Anything else?"  He said unashamedly:  "I want your
index finger!"

Siva already lost half his body to Uma.  If someone asked him the index finger... What is the end?
He disappeared!

Arunachala Siva.

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