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1951
I was sent to the Thinnai School of my village, (Thinnai is the raised veranda, open to
the streets, forming the entry to traditional South Indian street houses. In small villages, children were sent to this single class, single teacher 'school', that functioned on the thinnai of one of the larger houses of the village. They would be taught the alphabets and basic arithmetic tables. During Kunju Swami's childhood all that most children got was their 'schooling' at the thinnai school, which would generally last just a year, or two at the most.) when I was nearing six where, to some extent, I managed to learn to read my vernacular Malayalam and to write it on palm leaves. From my seventh year on, my father used to take me with him daily to bathe in the village pond.  There, I would see Vedic Brahmins bathing in the adjacent ghats (the pond's shoreline earmarked into exclusive bathing segments for the various social groups of the village), chanting mantras while standing waist deep in water. Their sight kindled in me a keen desire to do it like them.

The desire persisted and soon turned into an obsession hen one night Lord Siva appeared in a dream.  With matted tresses of hair, body smeared all over with sacred ash, and wearing a string of Rudraksha beads (A sacred seed that forms a part of Siva's costume, literally meaning 'Siva's eye'.  These roundish beads are strung and worn around the neck by devotees of Siva as a mark of their devotion to Him, and would also double as a rosary.).

He pronounced the Panchakshari (the five syllabled) na-ma-si-va-ya mantra) in my ears, three times in succession. On waking up, however, I was unable to recall the syllable, being too young to remember it.  The whole of next day I felt grieved, as though I lost a treasure that I had obtained.  I went to bed that night overcome by disappointment and longing.  The Lord came again that night in my dream and repeated the mantra!  This time I listened with attention and, from then on, I took up ceaseless mental chanting of the Panchakshari Mantra.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                       

1952
The first four chapters of the above titled book are given below:

A blessed bee am I, to hover, ever in close proximity of the lotus that is verily the twin feet of Lord Annamalai, and drink deep the nectar therein.  Twice blessed indeed, to partake of the ambrosial grace of my Bhagavan, Guru Ramana, who, ever abiding as the Atman-Self, also led others on the path of deliverance.  It is my fortunate lot to have thus been twice blessed.

Endowed At Boyhood with God's Gracious Gifts:

I am the third child to my parents, Raghavan and Ponnukutti, of a middle class farming community, born in January 1897, in the village of Cherakodu that lies between Palakkad and Chittur towns in the Kerala region.  Until my third year I grew
up like any other child, showing nothing to mark me as being different from other children.

After that I would, it seems, sit quiet in some place, neither joining other children
of my age in play nor crying or throwing those childish tantrums.  This uncharacteristic behavior of mine naturally puzzled my father who then showed my horoscope to my maternal uncle, an expert astrologer.  My father wanted him to divine the planetary influences that would account for my odd behavior. 

On perusing my horoscope this uncle of mine was struck with wonder and delight! He said to my father, 'To beget a child such as this one, so full of wealth of divinity, is more than what our family of modest standing deserves!  Therefore, in bringing up this child, you should show every care in matters of food and ceremonial cleanliness.'
My father was much pleased to hear this pronouncement. He was well learned in Vedantic texts such as Kaivalya Navaneetham.  On the one hand, he evinced a keen interest in philosophic texts such of Vedanta and, on the other, held a deep faith in God.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                     
     

1953
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Verse 11:


கானமர் சோலைக் கபாலீச் சரமமர்ந்தான்
தேனமர் பூம்பாவைப் பாட்டாகச் செந்தமிழான்
ஞானசம் பந்த னலம்புகழ்ந்த பத்தும்வல்லார்
வானசம் பந்தத் தவரோடும் வாழ்வாரே.


In the form of songs addressed to the lady who is like a portrait, wearing flower, in which there is honey, with reference to Siva, who dwells with desire in Kapālīcharam which has fragrant gardens, those who are able to recite all the ten verses which praised the festivals conducted in Mayilai, by Jnana Sambandhan, who has good knowledge of refined Tamizh, will be live along with those who have attained salvation.

Padigam on Tiru Mylapore completed.

Arunachala Siva.
 

1954
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Verse  10:


உரிஞ்சாய வாழ்க்கை யமணுடையைப் போர்க்கும்
இருஞ்சாக் கியர்க ளெடுத்துரைப்ப நாட்டில்
கருஞ்சோலை சூழ்ந்த கபாலீச் சரத்தான்றன்
பெருஞ்சாந்தி காணாதே போதியோ பூம்பாவாய்.

Jains, who lead a life having stripped off their cloths, and the black Buddhists, slander loudly. Siva who dwells with desire in Kapālīcharam surrounded by dark gardens in the country, do you go without seeing the great bath at the end of the festival?

Arunachala Siva.

1955
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Verse  9:

நற்றா மரைமலர்மே னான்முகனு நாரணனும்
முற்றாங் குணர்கிலா மூர்த்தி திருவடியைக்
கற்றார்க ளேத்துங் கபாலீச் சரமமர்ந்தான்
பொற்றாப்புக் காணாதே போதியோ பூம்பாவாய்.

Brahma of four faces who is seated on a beautiful lotus flower and Narayana,
Siva who has a form, and whose holy feet both of them had no ability to know completely and who dwells in Kapālicharam praised by learned people do you go without seeing the golden swing festival.

Arunachala Siva.

1956
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Verse  8:

தண்ணா வரக்கன்றோள் சாய்த்துகந்த தாளினான்
கண்ணார் மயிலைக் கபாலீச் சரமமர்ந்தான்
பண்ணார் பதினெண் கணங்கடம் மட்டமிநாள்
கண்ணாரக் காணாதே போதியோ பூம்பாவாய்.

Siva had a foot which became great and with which he broke off the shoulders of the demon, who was low, dwells in Kapālicharam which is captivating the eye, with desire.
do you go without seeing the eight day of the fortnight (light or dark) to the complete satisfaction of the eyes, when the eighteen classes of celestial hosts who are well-versed in seven swara music worship Siva.

Arunachala Siva.


1957
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Verse  7:


மலிவிழா வீதி மடநல்லார் மாமயிலைக்
கலிவிழாக் கண்டான் கபாலீச் சரமமர்ந்தான்
பலிவிழாப் பாடல்செய் பங்குனி யுத்தரநாள்
ஒலிவிழாக் காணாதே போதியோ பூம்பாவாய்.


The god who remained at the temple Kapālicharam witnessing the festival of bustle in the large Mayilai where young innocent ladies crowd in the streets full of festive activities. Do you go without seeing the festival of bustle in the star Uttaram in the month of Paṅguṉi, when songs pertaining to the festival of offerings of food to god are sung. (Paṅguṉi Uttaram is the main annual festival celebrated even today).

Arunachala Siva.

1958
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Verse  6:


மடலார்ந்த தெங்கின் மயிலையார் மாசிக்
கடலாட்டுக் கண்டான் கபாலீச் சரமமர்ந்தான்
அடலானே றூரு மடிக ளடிபரவி
நடமாடல் காணாதே போதியோ பூம்பாவாய்.

Siva who witnessed the bath in the sea during the month of Masi, which is proximate to Mayilai which has coconut tree full of flat leaves, dwells with desire in Kapālicharam. Do you go without seeing the dancing of the devotees who sing in praise of the feet of the Lord who rides a strong bull capable of killing.

Arunachala Siva.

1959
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Verse  5:


மைப்பூசு மொண்கண் மடநல்லார் மாமயிலைக்
கைப்பூசு நீற்றான் கபாலீச் சரமமர்ந்தான்
நெய்ப்பூசு மொண்புழுக்க னேரிழையார் கொண்டாடும்
தைப்பூசங் காணாதே போதியோ பூம்பாவாய்.


Siva who dwells with desire in Kapālīcharam and who is in the form of the sacred ash, in the great Mayilai, where beautiful ladies who coat their bright eyes with collyriyum gather together.  Do you go without seeing the festival in Poosam, in the month of Thai, when ladies wearing suitable jewels celebrate the festival with white rice soaked in ghee?

Arunachala Siva.

 

1960
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Verse  4:

ஊர்திரை வேலை யுலாவு முயர்மயிலைக்
கூர்தரு வேல்வல்லார் கொற்றங்கொள் சேரிதனில்
கார்தரு சோலைக் கபாலீச் சரமமர்ந்தான்
ஆர்திரைநாள் காணாதே போதியோ பூம்பாவாய்.

In the streets where people who are well-versed in wielding the sharp spear, gain victory over their opponents in the great Mayilai, where the crawling waves move about. Do you go with out seeing the festival on the star Ardra of Siva, who dwell in Kapālicharam which has gardens as cool as clouds;

Arunachala Siva.



1961
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Verse  3:


வளைக்கை மடநல்லார் மாமயிலை வண்மறுகில்
துளக்கில் கபாலீச் சரத்தான்றொல் கார்த்திகைநாள்
தளத்தேந் திளமுலையார் தையலார் கொண்டாடும்
விளக்கீடு காணாதே போதியோ பூம்பாவாய்.


In the streets of unbounded liberality of the residents in the great Mayilai, where beautiful ladies wearing bangles in their hands gather, dwelt with desire in Kapālīcharam which has does not know quaking, in the festival of the star of Karttikai which is ancient. Do you go without seeing the lighting of lamps in the evening of Tiruk Kārttikai by the young ladies who have rising breasts on which they have smeared white sandal paste?

Arunachala Siva.

1962
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Verse  2:


மைப்பயந்த வொண்கண் மடநல்லார் மாமயிலைக்
கைப்பயந்த நீற்றான் கபாலீச் சரமமர்ந்தான்
ஐப்பசி யோண விழாவு மருந்தவர்கள்
துய்ப்பனவுங் காணாதே போதியோ பூம்பாவாய்.


Siva who is in the form of the sacred ash which immediately grants its fruits in the great Mayilai where beautiful ladies who coat their bright eyes with collyrium.
He dwells with desire in Kapālīcharam.  Do you go without witnessing the festival on the star Oṇam in the month of Aippasi, the feast enjoyed by the devotees who have done severe penance?

Arunachala Siva.

1963
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Tiru Mylapore:

Verse 1:


மட்டிட்ட புன்னையங் கானன் மடமயிலைக்
கட்டிட்டங் கொண்டான் கபாலீச் சரமமர்ந்தான்
ஒட்டிட்ட பண்பி னுருத்திர பல்கணத்தார்க்
கட்டிட்டல் காணாதே போதியோ பூம்பாவாய்.


Siva dwells permanently in the beautiful Mayilai which has a sea-shore garden of mast-wood trees which pour honey;  [Mayilai is the corruption of Mayilāppūr] desired Kapālīcharam [Mayilāppūr is the name of the place; Kapalicharam is the name of the temple].  Do you go without witnessing the food cooked and served to the groups of many Saivaite devotees who are united with Siva non dually beautiful lady like a portrait!

Arunachala Siva.

1964
11.  The attained, the attainable, and the means thereof, destruction, the disposition
as Brahman - are all illusory.  There is no doubt of this. I am only Brahman.  There is no uncertainty about this.

12. Knowledge of the Self is the function of the mind - where from can it arise in the absence of mind?  All are illusory. There is no doubt of this. I am only Brahman.  There is no uncertainty about this.

13. Ignorance too is a function of the mind - where from can it arise in its absence?  All are illusory.  There is no doubt of this. I am only Brahman.  There is no uncertainty about this.

14. Control of mind and control of senses are functions of mind - in the absence of which where from can they arise?  All are illusory.  There is no doubt of this. I am only Brahman.  There is no uncertainty about this.

15.  Bondage and emancipation are a function of the mind.  In its absence where from do they arise?  All are illusory.  There is no doubt of this. I am only Brahman.  There is no uncertainty about this.

16. All is illusory.  The world is illusory. The body is illusory due to insentience. All are illusory.  There is no doubt of this. I am only Brahman. There is no uncertainty about this.

17.  The realm of Brahman is ever illusory. It is only a form of intellect.  All are illusory. There is no doubt of this.  I am only Brahman.  There is no uncertainty about this.

18.  The sphere of Vishnu is ever illusory.  It is always auspicious indeed.  All are illusory.  There is no doubt of this.  I am only Brahman.  There is no uncertainty about this.

19. The region of Rudra is ever illusory.  It is of the nature of egoism.  All are illusory.
There is no doubt of this. I am only Brahman.  There is no uncertainty about this.

20.  The plane of the moon is ever illusory.  It is the fabricated form of the mind. All are illusory.  There is no doubt of this.  I am only Brahman.  There is no uncertainty about this.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.               

1965
Interestingly, while in Skandasramam, my sister remarked that the energy in the Cave began vibrating in a horizontal manner. In the Cave I remarked that the energy seemed to start vibrating in a vertical manner.  In Virupaksha Cave, our experiences reversed with my sister feeling the energy vibrating horizontally, with blue light, and myself horizontally.  Except in these two instances, the force field vibrated in all directions, simultaneously. 

We remained in this force field for two days.  As we drove away from Arunachala and back to Chennai, the force field gradually dissipated. 

Bhagavan Sri Ramana sang a song about Arunachala in His Eight Stanzas to Sri Arunachala, verse one:

Look, oh, great wonder!  There it stands as if insentient. Mysterious is the way it works, beyond all human understanding. From my unthinking childhood the immensity of Arunachala had shone in my awareness, but even when I learned from someone that it was only Tiruvannamalai, I did not realize its meaning.  When it stilled my mind and drew me to itself, and I came near, I saw that it was the Immovable, stillness absolute.

For 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, mainly because Sri Ramana highly recommended people to do it.

By luring me, again and again, as I worked on the Sri Ramana's 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 gave instruction?  It is from the state of ignorance?' If this were so, the mind would not have been dissolved, the threefold 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.  It is the body that is the obstacle to Supreme Knowledge?  Is there even a 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 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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