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General topics / Re: Ardra Darsanam - 02.01.2018
« on: January 02, 2018, 12:16:22 PM »
Ignorance crushed:

Unification takes place the Yogi's heart and brings about the cessation of all activities
of the mind.

Nataraja literally means the Lord of the Stage. The idea is that the world is a stage,
a puppet show which presents the vision of life and activity through the power of all
pervading  Atman or God, the unseen Lord of the Stage.  The Atman or Self being the real teacher of the human mind.  Nataraja is meant to represent the Guru, unseen but to foster growth from within.  When we see the eyes of Nataraja we are reminded of the Shambavi Mudra of Yoga in which the eyes are open but the vision is turned inward. 

The little drum holds the cause of the world, i.e. the sound (Shabdha Nishtam Jagad -
through sound the world stands) in his hand. The deer on the one side is the mind
that jumps from one thing to another.  Nataraja wears the skin of a tiger, standing for
ahankara or egoism.  On his head He wears the  Ganga, symbolizing Chit Shakti or wisdom which is most refreshing and the moon represents the ethereal light.  One foot crushes Maha Maya, the endless illusion which is the cause of birth and death.
Ignorance due to bondage with the world is like a demon that has to be crushed and that is what the Lord does in His Nritta.

Symbol of Wisdom

The Mayalaka or Apasmara at the feet of the Lord personifies this truth.  The other foot is raised upward and represents the Turiya state, which is beyond and above the three states of waking, dream and dreamless sleep,  overcoming Maya. The right
hand represents the idea of peace and blessing indicates the glorious privilege of wisdom.   In one of the hands, is held Agni (fire), i.e the purifying flame of Truth.   
The left hand gracefully flows across the right giving the place for Shakti in the dance duet. 

The place of dance, the theater, is Tillai Vanam or the body of the individual as well as of the cosmos referred to as a forest on account of the multitude of its components.
The platform in that theater is the cremation ground, the place where all passions and the names and forms that constitute the vision of the world have been burnt away; Pure consciousness devoid of attachment. He holds the serpent (Kundalini Power) showing that He is the Master of Yoga.  The Vayus are in perfect harmony. The Chakras are in total balance.

Contemplating on this magnetic image, the unification takes place in the Yogi's heart and when it does, it brings about the complete cessation of all activities of the mind.
Nataraja indicates the mystery of transcendence of that harmonious state with the dancing posture.  " I shall show the highest vibrating Cosmic Self and take you there,"
proclaims Nataraja with His anklets...


Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Ardra Darsanam - 02.01.2018
« on: January 02, 2018, 10:55:47 AM »
Lord Nataraja and Goddess Sivakami would bless devotees with Arudra Darsanam and enter Kanaka Sabha - Golden Sabha.  Tiruvachakam hymns of Tiru Empaavai by Mankkavachagar are chanted.  Sambandhar had sung in the Tevaram about how
Tiru Adirai was celebrated at the Kapaleeswara Temple.  Appar wrote 10 hymns in
Tevaram  in the name of Tiru Adirai Padigam which describes the importance and celebrations of Tiru Adirai.  On the day of full moon, the chariot procession takes place.
The Arudra Naivedyam made for Lord Nataraja on this day is Tiru Adirai Kali, made of
rice, jaggery, moong dal, coconut, cardamom and ghee to go with Thalagam or Ezhu Koottu, made out of seven vegetables including root vegetables primarily. In Kerala,
Tiru Adirai Kali group dance is performed by women on this day.

Out of 27 Nakshatras, Tiru Adirai (Arudra) is dear to Siva, and Tiru Onam (Sravana) to Vishnu.  Both Vaikunta Ekadasi in honor of Vishnu and Arudra Darsanam in honor
of Siva (Nataraja) signify an integration of Saivism and Vaishnavism, both occurring closely one after the other in Margazhi.


Arunachala Siva.             

General topics / Re: Ardra Darsanam - 02.01.2018
« on: January 02, 2018, 10:39:44 AM »
The festival of black paste called Krishna gandha utsavam is held which is unique on this day.  'Kriyakramadyotika'  by Aghora Shivacharya us a ritualistic text, most popular in Tamizh Nadu and followed by a large number of temples.  The Karanaagama gives the process and purpose of this practice.  Sandal paste and the herb Agaru's paste is mixed with jaggery proportionately.  To the heated up and burnt mixture is added cow's ghee and made into a black paste for use in the festival.  It is be believed in Saiva Siddhanta doctrine which has given the famous dictum - Anbe Sivam or God is Love, that all living beings are covered with three kinds of Malas or impurities namely, Anava / finiteness, Karma / past deeds and May /illusory actions,  further classified into gross and subtle impurities.  The gross impurity is placed at the feet of Adi Guru Nataraja.  The black paste represents the impurities which are obliterated while the dance assumes the Aghora form.  After the removal of black paste, the deity is given a bath, all as part of of the Nritta festival.  Nataraja is called
Nritta Nayaka.  The Nritta performed by the Lord is called the Aghora dance.

The holy bath given on this day to the deity is the most meritorious among the six days in a year that they are performed.  In Thillai i.e.Chidambaram, a ten day festival is held during Tiru Adirai.  On the tenth day, at dawn, Maha Abhishekam is done to Lord Nataraja and goddess Sivakamasundari at Raja Sabhai. A special Tiru Abharanam - Sacred Jewels Alankaram, with nine precious gems is done to Sri Nataraja's Pancha Murti. 

The abhishekam of Nataraja in the thousand pillared hall is a great event. It denotes
creation (Srishti). The food offering is preservation (Stithi), Sandal as Krishna Gandham smeared on Him is dissolution (Samhara).  A black cow is brought before Him as obscuration (Tirobhava) and finally the Dipaaradhana Arti which all people witness  is grace (Anugraha).  These separately considered, are the activities of the deities Brahma, Vishnu, Rudra, Maheswara and Sadasiva.


Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Ardra Darsanam - 02.01.2018
« on: January 02, 2018, 09:17:13 AM »
Iyal,Isai Natakam - form the three fold components of the most ancient languages of Tamizh.  In temple rituals, Geeta (music), Vadya (instrumental music) and Nritya (dance) were the three prominent Upasanas at the culmination of the sixteen Upacharas. Since all festivals were religion based, music and dance had been important factors in the celebrations.  Skanda Purana describes that when the sun shines in the Dhanur constellation, the day of Tiru Adirai Vrata arrives for which Rudra is the Devata.
It is in conjunction with the full moon, Poornami. One gets up early in the morning on this day to worship the dancing Lord.

The worship on Tiru Adirai is of the southern face of Siva Lingam by Abhishekam,
offerings and ghee lamps.


Arunachala Siva. 

General topics / Re: Ardra Darsanam - 02.01.2018
« on: January 02, 2018, 09:03:53 AM »
Among the five elements, the subtlest space whose essence is sound, is represented
by the Akasa Lingam in the temple dedicated to this concept, Chidambaram.  Lord
Nataraja personifies the descent from the subtlest as an act of creation and also the
ascent from the grossest as an act of dissolution.  Ananda Tandavam- the Blissful dance - is the dance of Nataraja of Chidambaram.  Tirumoolar in his Tantra Tirumandiram refers to it as 'Nadanta' posture-  the pinnacle of meditative bliss - even beyond the realm of unheard sound or Shiva Vyapti, the ultimate!  The dance hall is Chit Akasha, the hall of Supreme Consciousness.   

On this holy day, one extols Lord Siva, performing five most important functions to keep the world spinning in rhythmic tandem.  They are creation, protection, dissolution, veiling the truth and showering of grace.  Lord Nataraja's cosmic dance with his consort Sivakami represents these Pancha Kriya dances.  Arudhra or Tiruvadirai is considered the favorite star of Lord Nataraja, though the Lord never takes birth.  He appeared to the holy saints Patanjali and Vyagrapada on this day.  Maha Vishnu asked Adi Sesha to go to Chidambaram for tapas.  The Lord appeared on Tiruvadirai day and danced in Chidambaram.


Arunachala Siva.


General topics / Ardra Darsanam - 02.01.2018
« on: January 02, 2018, 08:38:04 AM »
Today is Ardra Darsanam.  Today,  Nataraja performs His Cosmic Dance. It is celebrated
in all Siva Temples where Nataraja is there.  It is also celebrated in the Asramam where there is Natraja idol in the Mother's temple.

The form of Nataraja - the supreme dancer - has been hailed as the highest concept of

Angikam bhuvanam yasya
Vachikam sarva vangmayam
Acharyam chandra taradi
Tam namah satvikam Sivam.

Whose limbs are the universe, Whose word is the essence of all language. Whose
ornaments are the moon and stars - To that Virtuous Shivam, we bow down!

Saivagama Tantras, the ritualistic sacred texts of Sadhana or devout single pointed
worship, devised an artistic form in which all human devotion can be directed - Nataraja,  the supreme dancer.  The form of Nataraja has been hailed  as the highest
concept of art.  Ancient Saivites were known to practice a dance drama at the famous Nataraja Temple of Chidambaram.  In the holy month of Margazhi (December - January) in Tamizh Nadu, on the day with the asterism Tiru Adirai, the Arudra festival is especially important to Lord Nataraja in all temples, particularly Chidambaram.


Arunachala Siva.   

Tiru Avaduthurai:

Verse  1:

மாயிரு ஞால மெல்லா மலரடி வணங்கும் போலும்
பாயிருங் கங்கை யாளைப் படர்சடை வைப்பர் போலும்
காயிரும் பொழில்கள் சூழ்ந்த கழுமல வூரர்க் கம்பொன்
ஆயிரங் கொடுப்பர் போலும் ஆவடு துறைய னாரே.

All the people of the big and wide world will bow before the lotus feet, he will place the big and rushing Ganga, in his spreading matted locks,  the Lord in Avaṭutūṟai will give one thousand gold coins to Jnana Sambandhan, whose birth-place is Kazhumalam surrounded by big gardens bearing fruits.

Arunachala Siva.

Verse 10:

வாளெயி றிலங்க நக்கு வளர்கயி லாயந் தன்னை
ஆள்வலி கருதிச் சென்ற வரக்கனை வரைக்கீ ழன்று
தோளொடு பத்து வாயுந் தொலைந்துட னழுந்த வூன்றி
ஆண்மையும் வலியுந் தீர்ப்பா ரவர்வலம் புரவ னாரே.

Laughing to make the bright teeth to shine, pressing down close under the mountain, the demon who went to uproot it thinking of his valor and strength, to make his twenty shoulders and all the ten mouths to perish Siva in Valampuram will remove his valor and strength.

Padigam on Tiru Valampuram completed.

Arunachala Siva.

Verse  9:

கருவரை யனைய மேனிக் கடல்வண்ண னவனுங் காணான்
திருவரை யனைய பூமேற் றிசைமுக னவனுங் காணான்
ஒருவரை யுச்சி யேறி யோங்கினா ரோங்கி வந்து
அருமையி லெளிமை யானா ரவர்வலம் புரவ னாரே.

Even Vishnu, who has the color of the sea and has a big body like the block mountain, could not find him sea is compared to the color and the mountain for the big body and Brahma too who has four faces and who is seated in a lotus flower as big as a beautiful mountain, could not find him.  Siva rose high climbing up the peak of a mountain Kailash, having risen high and descending low [the] god in Valampuram, became easy of access in the midst of his preeminence. 

Arunachala Siva.

Verse  8:

அருகெலாங் குவளை செந்நெல் அகலிலை யாம்ப னெய்தல்
தெருவெலாந் தெங்கு மாவும் பழம்விழும் படப்பை யெல்லாம்
குருகினங் கூடி யாங்கே கும்மலித் திறகு லர்த்தி
மருவலா மிடங்கள் காட்டும் வலம்புரத் தடிக ளாரே.

By the side of the village, there is blue Nelumbo flowers, and crops of paddy and lilies of broad leaves, and white Indian water-lilies that blossom in midst of that crop, coconut trees and mango trees are growing tall in all the streets.  In the gardens, fruits fall having become fully ripe.  Flocks of birds gather there, flap their wings and dry them.  The god is in Valampuram which contains, such places frequented by birds.

Arunachala Siva.

Verse  7:

செங்கயல் சேல்கள் பாய்ந்து தேம்பழ மினிய நாடித்
தங்கயந் துறந்து போந்து தடம்பொய்கை யடைந்து நின்று
கொங்கையர் குடையுங் காலைக் கொழுங்கனி யழுங்கி னாராம்
மங்கல மனையின் மிக்கார் வலம்புரத் தடிக ளாரே.

Fish like red Kayal and Sēl, searching for sweet fruit which are tasty to eat, having gone leaving their tanks reaching the extensive big natural tank, the god who is in Valampuram, when ladies plunged and bathed in the water, felt pity for the plump fruits where in the houses auspicious things are in abundance.  (The meaning of the first three lines is not as clear as it should be.)

Arunachala Siva.

Verse 6:

நினைக்கின்றே னெஞ்சு தன்னா னீண்டபுன் சடையி னானே
அனைத்துடன் கொண்டு வந்தங் கன்பினா லமைய வாட்டிப்
புனைக்கின்றேன் பொய்ம்மை தன்னை மெய்ம்மையைப் புணர மாட்டேன்
எனக்குநான் செய்வ தென்னே யினிவலம் புரவ னீரே.

Siva who has  long and tawny matted locks,  the one who is in Valampuram!
I am thinking of you in my mind.  Bathing you properly with love bringing all things that are used for bathing, I increase falsehood, I am unable to be associated with truth.  What can I do now for my uplift? 

Arunachala Siva.

Verse  5:

சுருளுறு வரையின் மேலாற் றுலங்கிளம் பளிங்கு சிந்த
இருளுறு கதிர்நு ழைந்த விளங்கதிர்ப் பசலைத் திங்கள்
அருளுறு மடிய ரெல்லா மங்கையின் மலர்க ளேந்த
மருளுறு கீதங் கேட்டார் வலம்புரத் தடிக ளாரே.

Scattering the white rays like crystal which are moving on the ridges which are curved,  the devotees who desire the grace of the god in Valampuram, who wears a tender crescent moon of mild rays which penetrate into the ears of corn in the darkness of night, listened to the music known as Maruḷ, when they were holding flowers in their palms to worship him. (The meaning of the first two lines is not clear).

Arunachala Siva.

Verse  4:

முளையெயிற் றிளநல் லேனம் பூண்டுமொய் சடைக டாழ
வளையெயிற் றிளைய நாகம் வலித்தரை யிசைய வீக்கிப்
புளைகயப் போர்வை போர்த்துப் புனலொடு மதியஞ் சூடி
வளைபயி லிளைய ரேத்தும் வலம்புரத் தடிக டாமே.

Wearing the tusk of a hog which is young and strong, the crowded matted locks to hang low, having securely tied fittingly in the waist seizing a young cobra of curved teeth, covering himself with the upper garment got from an elephant adorning himself with water and a crescent moon, Siva is the god in Valampuram where ladies wearing many bangles, praise him.

Arunachala Siva.

Verse  3:

தேனுடை மலர்கள் கொண்டு திருந்தடி பொருந்தச் சேர்த்தி
ஆனிடை யஞ்சுங் கொண்டே யன்பினா லமர வாட்டி
வானிடை மதியஞ் சூடும் வலம்புரத் தடிக டம்மை
நானடைந் தேத்தப் பெற்று நல்வினைப் பயனுற் றேனே.

Laying the flowers with honey to reach the perfect feet, bathing the god with love to please him, with the five products of the cow, I, who am in every way low, got the fruit of my virtuous acts by reaching and praising the god in Valampuram who wears a crescent moon that shines in the sky.

Arunachala Siva.

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