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General Discussion / Re: Two Lovers, One Beloved - Margaret Laulor:
« on: March 21, 2017, 01:35:04 AM »
Before examining their respective spiritual lives and teachings, it is important to consider certain characteristics of mysticism in general.  Common to the mystical state is an experience of God, a practical experience of the most intense and personal form.
Mysticism is simultaneously an act of the highest love, an act of surrender and an act of supreme perception.  Mysticism is not to be seen as a religion in itself; but rather that which is most vital in all religions, and which revolts against merely formal and lethargic religion.  It is not a philosophical system, although it subscribes to a scheme of things. It is an entirely spiritual activity which transcends the world of senses, yet it entails a definite psychological experience.

To achieve the unitive experience, the mystic must pass from the finite to infinite, from a lower reality to the highest Reality, from a sense of the personality or ego self to being Being itself.  'Mysticism claims that the soul can undertake this tremendous journey and pass from that which is temporal to that which is Eternal, and it bases its claims on certain postulates.' (The Way of the Mystics, Margaret Smith, Oxford University Press, New York.)               

The first one states that 'the soul can see and perceive by a spiritual sense... that
inner sense which is called intuition.'  In this state one receives direct revelation and knowledge of God. 'Mysticism, then, asserts.... that knowledge is not attained only by the sense or intellect or the normal processes of consciousness, but that the highest knowledge is attained... by this spiritual sense of intuition.

Secondly, mysticism maintains that the soul, in order to know God, must itself be a partaker of the Divine Nature. In this context it can be said that there is an inward light or divine spark which seeks to reunite with Eternal Flame.

The third point makes it clear that unless the soul is 'stripped of the veils of selfishness and sensuality' it cannot attain to the knowledge of God. The act of purification requires the seeker to surrender self will, self seeking, and also to still the

Finally, mysticism sees love as the guiding principle and inspiration of the soul journeying to God.  'The mystics, throughout the ages, have conceived of the Object of their search as the Beloved, and it is as lovers that they seek for the communication of their love in union with the One.'


Arunachala Siva.         

"Do we not love the Castle of the Franks (Europeans or Westerners) that looms large on a mound near Homs?' Uncle Noah had asked theoretically. And do we not consider the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus a poem in stone, or perhaps a whole symphony? Why would anyone try to desecrate these treasures?  Is there no civilization left in the world today?'  He said that those who reduce every discussion to the limited sphere of political or religious dogmas 'are like the governor who asks the frog why it croaks and how it can find peace on a mere pond.  Or like someone who stands in the midst of an ancient forest and can find nothing of worth in it.'

A vital, authentic spiritual tradition, according to Noah, is not the imposition of dogma by force, but the memory of a sacred past and recognition of its beauty and pathos within ourselves.  Truth cannot be imposed on man by force and remain authentic: it must be given  freely, as an infinitely precious gift, like water that is given to the thirsting Earth when it falls from the passing clouds.


Arunachala Siva.           

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:59:02 AM »
Verse  11:

புந்தியார்ந்த பெரியோர்கள் ஏத்தும் புகலூர்தனுள்
வெந்தசாம்பற் பொடிப்பூச வல்லவிடை யூர்தியை
அந்தமில்லா அனலாட லானையணி ஞானசம்
பந்தன்சொன்ன தமிழ்பாடி யாடக்கெடும் பாவமே.

In Pukalūr which is praised by great people of wisdom, on Siva, who smears fine powder of well-burnt ash and who has a bull as his vehicle, who dances in the fire and does not know death, sins will perish if one sings the beautiful Tamizh verses composed by Jnana Sambandhan, and dances out of joy.

Padigam on Pukalur completed.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:54:18 AM »
Verse 10:

வேர்த்தமெய்யர் உருவத் துடைவிட் டுழல்வார்களும்
போர்த்தகூறைப் போதிநீழ லாரும் புகலூர்தனுள்
தீர்த்தமெல்லாஞ் சடைக்கரந்த தேவன்திறங் கருதுங்கால்
ஓர்த்துமெய்யென் றுணராது பாதந்தொழு துய்ம்மினே.

With perspiring bodies, Jains, who wander naked and the Buddhists who sit under the Peepul tree and who cover their bodies, well considering what they talk about, the god who is in Pukalūr, and who completely concealed the water (of Ganga) knowing that to be not true, save yourselves by worshipping his feet.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:49:52 AM »
Verse  9:

நேமியானும் முகநான் குடையந்நெறி யண்ணலும்
ஆமிதென்று தகைந்தேத்தப் போயாரழ லாயினான்
சாமிதாதை சரணாகு மென்றுதலை சாய்மினோ
பூமியெல்லாம் புகழ்செல்வம் மல்கும் புகலூரையே.

Vishnu, who has a discus and Brahma of four faces who has the right conduct,
Siva rose as a great column of fire of unbearable heat for them to say these are the feet; this is the head apparently catching hold of them. The father of Swami (Murugaṉ) is the object which is our refuge. Worship lowering your head Pukalūr where wealth which is praised by all the people, is increasing.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:45:22 AM »
Verse  8:

உய்யவேண்டில் எழுபோத நெஞ்சேயுயர் இலங்கைக்கோன்
கைகளொல்கக் கருவரை யெடுத்தானை யோர்விரலினால்
செய்கைதோன்றச் சிதைத்தருள வல்லசிவன் மேயபூம்
பொய்கைசூழ்ந்த புகலூர் புகழப் பொருளாகுமே.

My mind!  If you want to save yourself, start to go to Pukalūr. Having destroyed by a single toe the King of superior Lanka, who lifted the great mountain, for his hand to sustain injury, and destroyed him, that act to appear permanently in him, you will attain true spiritual wisdom, if you praise Pukalūr, surrounded by natural tanks and in which Siva, who was able to grant boons to Ravanan, desires to dwell.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:41:31 AM »
Verse  7:

ஆணும்பெண்ணும் மெனநிற்ப ரேனும்அர வாரமாப்
பூணுமேனும் புகலூர்தனக் கோர்பொரு ளாயினான்
ஊணும்ஊரார் இடுபிச்சை யேற்றுண்டுடை கோவணம்
பேணுமேனும் பிரானென்ப ரால்எம்பெரு மானையே.

Though Siva is half male and half female, though he adorns himself as garlands cobras, he is a treasure for Pukalūr.  Eating as food receiving the alms given by the people of the village, though he desires the loin-cloth as his dress, wise people say that our god is the master.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:37:36 AM »
Verse  6:

குலவராகக் குலமிலரும் மாகக்குணம் புகழுங்கால்
உலகினல்ல கதிபெறுவ ரேனும்மலர் ஊறுதேன்
புலவமெல்லாம் வெறிகமழும் அந்தண்புக லூர்தனுள்
நிலவமல்கு சடையடிகள் பாதம் நினைவார்களே.

Let people be of noble birth or of low birth, if they praise the eight attributes of Siva, they will obtain good higher stage of existence though they are such people. In cool and beautiful Pukalūr, where divine fragrance spreads in all the places by the honey which springs in flowers will fix their thoughts on the feet of the god on whose matted locks, a crescent moon is flourishing.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:32:59 AM »
Verse  5:

அன்னங்கன்னிப் பெடைபுல்கி யொல்கியணி நடையவாய்ப்
பொன்னங்காஞ்சி மலர்ச்சின்ன மாலும்புக லூர்தனுள்
முன்னம்மூன்று மதிலெரித்த மூர்த்திதிறங் கருதுங்கால்
இன்னரென்னப் பெரிதரியர் ஏத்தச் சிறிதெளியரே.

In Pukalūr,  where the male swans walk with beautiful gait, embracing the youthful female swans and make a noise in the petal-pieces of the river portion which has yellow flowers, if we think about the nature of Siva who has a beautiful form and who in the distant past burnt the three forts, it is very difficult to define him as such and such a person of having a nature and attributes, it is a little easy to praise him.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:29:12 AM »
Verse  4:

பூவுந்நீரும் பலியுஞ் சுமந்து புகலூரையே
நாவினாலே நவின்றேத்த லோவார்செவித் துளைகளால்
யாவுங்கேளார் அவன்பெருமை யல்லால்அடி யார்கடாம்
ஓவும்நாளும் உணர்வொழிந்த நாளென் றுள்ளங்கொள்ளவே.

Carrying flowers waster and offerings of food, people who do not cease praising always with the tongue Pukalūr only. As the devotees think that the days when they cease to think of Siva, are days when consciousness is lost, they will not hear by the holes of their ears anything else except his greatness.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:24:59 AM »
Verse  3:

மடையின்நெய்தல் கருங்குவளை செய்யமலர்த் தாமரை
புடைகொள்செந்நெல் விளைகழனி மல்கும்புக லூர்தனுள்
தொடைகொள்கொன்றை புனைந்தானொர் பாகம்மதி சூடியை
அடையவல்லவர் அமருலகம் ஆளப்பெறு வார்களே.

In Pukalūr,  where fields in which superior red variety of paddy of enlarged size, beautiful lotus flowers in the fields and blue Nelumbo flowers and white Indian water-lilies in the field sluices are flourishing. Having adorned himself with a garland of Koṉṟai, those who are able to approach Siva, who wears a crescent moon on his head.
will rule the world of the immortals.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:20:23 AM »
Verse  2:

வாழ்ந்தநாளும் இனிவாழு நாளும்இவை யறிதிரேல்
வீழ்ந்தநாளெம் பெருமானை யேத்தாவிதி யில்லிகாள்
போழ்ந்ததிங்கட் புரிசடையி னான்றன் புகலூரையே
சூழ்ந்தவுள்ளம் முடையீர்கள் உங்கள்துயர் தீருமே.

If you know these: i.e. the years you lived and the years you have to live, those days in which you did not praise our Lord are days passed away without any benefit.
People who have no good fortune!  you who have your minds always thinking of Pukalūr only which is the abode of Siva who wears on his twisted matted locks, a segment of the moon (a crescent moon), your sufferings will be removed.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 21, 2017, 12:16:38 AM »
Tirup Pukalur:

Verse  1:

வெங்கள்விம்மு குழலிளைய ராடவ்வெறி விரவுநீர்ப்
பொங்குசெங்கட் கருங்கயல்கள் பாயும்புக லூர்தனுள்
திங்கள்சூடித் திரிபுரம்ஒர் அம்பால்எரி யூட்டிய
எங்கள்பெம்மான் அடிபரவ நாளும்இடர் கழியுமே.

In Pukalūr, where the water is combined with fragrance as the young girls who have tresses of hair full of honey which is desired by all and where the bright black carp fish with red eyes leap. Wearing a crescent moon, to praise the feet of our god who set fire to the three cities by a single arrow, daily, sufferings will begin to cease.

Arunachala Siva.

The above article is by Swami Tanmayananda Saraswati.


The Magnificence of Pratyabhijnaa, the Experiential Awakening.


In the last issue, we saw how Bhagavan Ramana in His dialogues with seekers in Talks
with Sri Ramana Maharshi shed light on the real nature of the so called Enlightenment
and the principal means to unravel its mystery.  We discovered the paradoxical truth that though He was recognized as a great Sage of modern times who perpetually
dwelt in the Sahaja Samadhi, He was consistently engaged in demystifying the nature of spiritual Awakening, called Pratyabhijnaa.

Rendered as 'Recognition of the Self', this accurate translation does simplify the meaning of the term in the linguistic sense.  Lest we construe this recognition as merely an intellectual appreciation of the higher Truth as revealed in the Upanishads,
we would do well to recall an anecdote in Lord Buddha's life.


Arunachala Siva.     


General Discussion / Two Lovers, One Beloved - Margaret Laulor:
« on: March 20, 2017, 09:20:08 AM »
(A Study in the Mysticism of Rabi'a of Basara and St. Teresa of Avila:)

There is a deep rooted kinship which exists between the souls of East and West.  As Rudolph Otto has pointed out, 'There are strong primal impulses working in the human soul which as such are completely unaffected by differences of climate, of geographical position or race,  There are show in their similarity an inner relationship of types of human experience and spiritual life which is truly astonishing.  (Otto, Rudolph, Mysticism East and West, New York  The Macmillan Co. 1932.)

When we examine the spiritual experiences of mystics like Sufi saint Rabi's of Basra and St. Teresa of Avila we discover similarities. It is the purpose of this study to present these two saints from the perspective of their practical mysticism of divine love, that our own vision and understanding may be enhanced.


Arunachala Siva.           

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