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General topics / Re: Sri Achuthanantha Adogal:
« on: January 05, 2016, 12:29:14 PM »
In those days, at Kaspa near Vellore, there lived a learned Vaishnavite Saint called Venkatakrishna
Dasar, who was poetically skilled and blessed, through his deep devotion, with the grace of the Lord.
Abbaju, who was eager to have darshan of Sri Venkatakrishna Dasar,  went to see him.  Dasar was
very pleased to see Abbaju and welcomed him warmly with a pleasant face. Abbaju spent a few days
with him.

During their discussions, Dasar was impressed by Abbaju's pure heart, bright appearance, clear knowledge,
poetic gifts, refined intellect, and also his expertise in music and devotion to Lord Rama.  Dasar told him,
'Dear Sir, the Lord of Sri Lakshmi, always residing in my heart, gracefully commands that from today you
shall be called by the wonderful name, 'Achutha Dasar'.  Having received that graceful name, Abbaju
reluctantly left Venkatakrishna Dasar with his blessings  and returned to Polur to continue his normal
life as a school teacher. 

After a few years, at the request of some of his respectable relatives, he married Thayammal of Kasthampadi,
a virtuous and beautiful young girl belonging to a good family of the same caste and started living in her
family house.


Arunachala Siva.           

General topics / Re: The Self as a Gooseberry in the Palm of the Hand.
« on: January 05, 2016, 12:18:50 PM »
We may ask at this point that, if we are already realized, how come we don't know it.  We forget
that we are ever self realized owing to the illusion caused by the notion  'I am the body'.  It is our
nagging body-consciousness (dehatma buddhi) that obfuscates our real nature, the Self, which is
the reflection of Brahman.  False identification with the body binds us and makes us say: 'It is difficult
to realize the Self.'  Just as the pure crystal covered with a colored cloth appears colored, when the concept
of body and mind is superimposed on the Self, the jiva falls into the deep pit of illusion.  It is to rescue
us from the delusion that Bhagavan repeatedly instructed us to ask ourselves, 'Who am I?'. It is to
remove our cloud of ignorance and guide us to the path of Truth, that Bhagavan constantly advised us
to practice Self Inquiry (atma vichara) and taught us the Vicharamarga.  It was Bhagavan Ramana who told
us to shift the focus from the outside world of illusion to the inner world of Reality,  the Self within,
which is Eternal (nitya siddha), is Pure Consciousness (Chit) and is liberation (mukta).

The  Eternal Truth that we are ever self-realized was first revealed to mankind by the Vedic seers and
has since been reaffirmed myriad times by seers like Sankara, Hastamalaka, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa,
and Bhagavan Ramana.  It is like the gooseberry in our palm, if only our vision is clear.


Arunachala Siva.         

General Discussion / Re: The Law of Karma:
« on: January 05, 2016, 10:47:00 AM »
Though our Samskaras can momentarily impede our journey they can never, unless we allow it,
hold us indefinitely in their grip.  By our devotion to Bhagavan we have tasted a something that
elicits an immediate and unequivocal 'yes' which cannot be erased.  It is not a thought that engulfs
us -- it is a living entity within us glowing with with light that inexorably pulls us to its center.

That is why we listen to Bhagavan's words and study His life.  For here was someone who entered
that light and never came back, at least not as the lad called Venkataraman.  All our facts, all our
accomplishments, all our good and not so good deeds are reduced to irrelevancy.  And that is
because our intimate relationship with Bhagavan is valuable beyond compare.  Nothing else comes
close to that exquisite sense of satisfaction.  We cannot explain it. We can only live it.  If we remained
focused on that, nothing can defeat our purpose in life to be liberated. 

It seems we are all fools one way or another, for ignoring or rather forgetting again and again
our purpose.  The recognition of this is the beginning of our redemption, the turning round of our
attitude and the active purification of our minds and hearts.  The crucial question then is how?


Arunachala Siva.                   

General Discussion / Re: Shadow and Substance -
« on: January 05, 2016, 10:37:08 AM »
The Single Entity Theory:

There has got to be a source for all that exists.  There has got to be a power to run the show.   It is
plain common sense.  Why?  Because nothing emanates from nothing:  ex nihilo nihil fit.  They call
it the law of conservation of mass and energy.  I suppose they mean something like our Single
Entity by Energy with a capital E.  This Entity -- this source is unitary, and the unitary source is
present in everything that has ever existed and will ever exist.

There is nothing revolutionary in this approach.  It was declared millennia ago:  Ekam Sat, Vipra
Bahudha Vadanti.  (Rg.Veda, 1.164.146).  There is just this One Thing, whatever it is.  Everyone
--the self styled rationalist, the combative evolutionist, the atheist, and everyone in between --
just has to agree that there is something that is responsible for the cosmic show - whether that One
is gravity, electricity, consciousness, the primordial protein, the God's Particle.  This is true even if the
show is self perpetuating.  That there is 'nothing' is a logical absurdity and an insult to our intelligence.
Understood along these lines, there is no mystery at all.


Arunachala Siva.                 

General Discussion / Re: Channels of Grace - A Tribute:
« on: January 05, 2016, 10:23:14 AM »
In 1949, while Baba was posted in Bangalore, he read and was deeply affected by Paul Brunton's
account of Maharshi Ramana in his  A Search in Secret India.  Baba was able to get in touch with
Paul Brunton through his publishers in the U.K.  They corresponded and arranged to meet in London
on Baba's forthcoming visit.  But, unfortunately, when Baba reached London, Paul Brunton was
out of town.

However, when Maharshi left His body in April 1950, Brunton wrote to Baba that he would be visiting
Bangalore and that they could go to Ramanasramam together.  So Baba drove him down and they
stayed in Mr. Bose's house.  Paul Brunton wanted to pay his last respects at Maharshi's Samadhi and
was carrying a flower offering.  So the two of them went see Chinnaswami (Maharshi's younger brother,
Swami Niranjanananda Swami), the Asramam manager.  Brunton had a falling out with the Asramam,
so Chinnaswami's cursorily took the flower offering and said he would do the needful.  But Brunton
took back the offering and walked away.  He privately told Baba that they would return to the dead of
night to the Samadhi so that he could personally pay homage to Maharshi  -- and that is exactly what they
did with their flower offering and sat next to Samadhi, in perfect silence, for a long, long time....


Arunachala Siva.       

General Discussion / Re: The Written Word:
« on: January 05, 2016, 10:11:44 AM »
There is Talks with Sri Ramana Maharshi and Maharshi's Gospel, which provides an authentic record
of Bhagavan's responses to questions.  There is Day by Day with Bhagavan and Letters from Sri
Ramanasramam about life around Bhagavan during His physical lifetime.  There is Guru Vachaka Kovai
and Ramana Darsanam, that are major reliable sources of insight by senior devotees.  We have the
histories written by B.V. Narasimh Swamy and Arthur Osborne.  There are smaller books like Guru
Ramana, Crumbs From His Table and The Path of Sri Ramana which contain nuggets of wisdom.

Why should we seek elsewhere to know and understand Bhagavan's teachings when there are texts
already available?  One old devotee was heard a remark some years ago that he did not believe anything
that was written and published after Bhagavan's Mahasamadhi.  This may be a harsh yardstick but it
does give us a handy criterion by which to discriminate between what is of value and what is waffle.
Once we have that discrimination well established we can read later literature and distinguish that
which is true and of lasting value.  That old cliche - 'Too many cooks spoil the broth' is so true.


Arunachala Siva.           

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:26:45 AM »
Verse 200:

அனைத்துநூல் உணர்ந்தீர் ஆதி
   சைவனென் றறிவீர் என்னைத்
தனக்குவே றடிமை யென்றிவ்
   வந்தணன் சாதித் தானேல்
மனத்தினா லுணர்தற் கெட்டா
   மாயையென் சொல்லு கேன்யான்
எனக்கிது தெளிய வொண்ணா
   தென்றனன் எண்ணம் மிக்கான்.

"O ye learned judges that know me to be an Adi-Saiva,
Should this Brahmin assert that I am his slave,
It is indeed maya that lies beyond the pale of mentation;
What can I say? I canst not con what he means."
Thus he, sunk in a malebolge of despondency.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:24:06 AM »
Verse 199:

இசைவினா லெழுது மோலை
    காட்டினா னாகி லின்று
விசையினால் வலிய வாங்கிக்
   கிழிப்பது வெற்றி யாமோ
தசையெலா மொடுங்க மூத்தான்
   வழக்கினைச் சாரச் சொன்னான்
அசைவில்ஆ ரூரர் எண்ணம்
   என்னென்றார் அவையின் மிக்கார்.

Addressing Aroorar, the learned judges said:
"Would it spell success for you, if you violently tore
The deed embodying a voluntary agreement?
The one that is so old that all his flesh
Is shrunk, hath truly presented
The quintessence of his case; how do you counter it?"   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:21:25 AM »
Verse 198:

அந்தண ரவையின் மிக்கார்
   மறையவ ரடிமை யாதல்
இந்தமா நிலத்தி லில்லை
   யென்சொன்னாய் ஐயா வென்றார்
வந்தவா றிசைவே யன்றோ
   வழக்கிவன் கிழித்த வோலை
தந்தைதன் தந்தை நேர்ந்த
   தென்றனன் தனியாய் நின்றான்.

The spokesman of the tribunal spake thus: "Sir,
This wide world knows not of a Brahmin's enslavement!"
Thereto the Brahmin that stood apart, replied thus:
"This case stems from consent; the deed
That he tore, was executed by his father's father."

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:19:19 AM »
Verse 197:

வேதபா ரகரின் மிக்கார்
   விளங்குபே ரவைமுன் சென்று
நாதனாம் மறையோன் சொல்லும்
   நாவலூர் ஆரூ ரன்றான்
காதலென் அடியான் என்னக்
    காட்டிய வோலை கீறி
மூதறி வீர்முன் போந்தா
   னிதுமற்றென் முறைப்பா டென்றான்.

Appearing before the court of the worthy Brahmins
The Brahmin-Chief preferred his complaint thus:
"Arooran of celebrated Navaloor, tore the deed
Which testified his willing servitude to me.
He is now before you for being adjudged."

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:17:28 AM »
Verse 196:

செல்லுநான் மறையோன் தன்பின்
    திரிமுகக் காந்தஞ் சேர்ந்த
வல்லிரும் பணையு மாபோல்
   வள்ளலுங் கடிது சென்றான்
எல்லையில் சுற்றத் தாரு
   மிதுவென்னா மென்று செல்ல
நல்லவந் தணர்கள் வாழும்
   வெண்ணெய்நல் லூரை நண்ணி.

Like iron by magnet drawn, hied in great speed
Aroorar after the Brahmin; him followed
His numberless relations anxious to know the result;
All of them eventually arrived at Vennai Nalloor,
The habitat of Brahmins poised in piety.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:15:00 AM »
Verse 195:

வேதிய னதனைக் கேட்டு
   வெண்ணெய்நல் லூரி லேநீ
போதினும் நன்று மற்றப்
   புனிதநான் மறையோர் முன்னர்
ஆதியின் மூல வோலை
   காட்டிநீ யடிமை யாதல்
சாதிப்ப னென்று முன்னே
   தண்டுமுன் தாங்கிச் சென்றான்.

Hearing this the Brahmin said: "Well, if you
Choose the forum of Vennai Nalloor, it but suits me;
There, before the tribunal of holy Brahmins,
I will exhibit the original deed, the primary document,
And prove to the hilt your state of servitude."
Then he walked ahead supported by his staff.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:11:58 AM »
Verse 194:

குழைமறை காதி னானைக்
   கோதிலா ரூரர் நோக்கிப்
பழையமன் றாடி போலு
   மிவனென்று பண்பின் மிக்க
விழைவுறு மனமும் பொங்க
   வெண்ணெய்நல் லூரா யேலுன்
பிழைநெறி வழக்கை யாங்கே
   பேசநீ போதா யென்றார்.

Looking at Him that wore the concealed ear-rings,
Blemish-less Aroorar concluded that He was indeed
A veteran-barrator, and impelled by
Spiraling love that had dawned in him already, said:
"If Vennai Nalloor be your place of residence,
Go with me to prosecute your false case there."

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:09:30 AM »
Verse 193:

என்றலும் நின்ற ஐயர்
   இங்குளேன் இருப்புஞ் சேயது
அன்றிந்த வெண்ணெய் நல்லூர்
   அதுநிற்க அறத்தா றின்றி
வன்றிறல் செய்தென் கையில்
   ஆவணம் வலிய வாங்கி
நின்றிவன் கிழித்துத் தானே
   நிரப்பினா னடிமை யென்றான்.

Thus questioned He said: "I am only here and my dwelling
Isn't far away; it is in Vennai Nalloor;
Be that as it may; this lad wrenched from me
Most illegally the deed and tore it
And thus proved conclusively the fact of his slavery."

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 05, 2016, 08:06:32 AM »
Verse 192:

அருமறை முறையிட் டின்னும்
   அறிவதற் கரியான் பற்றி
ஒருமுறை முறையோ என்ன
   உழைநின்றார் விலக்கி இந்தப்
பெருமுறை உலகில் இல்லா
   நெறிகொண்டு பிணங்கு கின்ற
திருமறை முனிவ ரேநீர்
   எங்குளீர் செப்பு மென்றார்.

He who is yet to be apprehended even by the rare Vedas
Which wailed aloud and quested after Him,
Held Aroorar tight and cried: "Is this fair?"
The nearby kin interceded and separated them.
They said: "You wrangle on the basis of a strange lies;
O saintly Brahmin, pray tell us where you are from."   

Arunachala Siva.

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