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General topics / Re: Editorial - Mountain Path - April- June 2016:
« on: February 25, 2017, 11:03:10 AM »
There is a well known quote from Albert Einstein that say it best:

'The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science.  He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead, - his eyes are closed.  The insight into the mystery of life, coupled though it be with fear, has also given rise to religion.  To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty, which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their in their most primitive forms -- this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness.  (Einstein, Living Philosophies).

We are reminded of some photographs taken of Bhagavan on sacred Arunachala where He gazes up at the Hill in stunned awe.  The 108 verses of Aksharamanamalai
is a way of inscribing that feeling of wonderment in our hearts. It makes sense of the swirl of emotions we experience in Arunachala's divine presence when it casts off the
cloak of stone and reveals its majesty.

If ever we experience for a second that feeling of oneness it remains indelibly imprinted on our minds. It is always a beginning for there can be no possibility of accumulation and complacent satisfaction.  Bhagavan's grace is not a material we gather like some possession and hoard; it is a living presence.  Each day, each moment we dedicate our relationship with Bhagavan is a renewal of creative identification with His form and words.  Each day is a new creation and with it we are brought back each time to the present and the right place by a gentle and sometimes, if needed, sharp jerk on the rope of remembrance to sustain ourselves. Right thoughts, right emotions are vital if we are to successfully follow Bhagavan's instructions.  (Cf.  Thammapada, Trans. Sangharakshita. Ch.  1, Verses 1 & 2):

contd.

Arunachala Siva.
           
 

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:27:08 AM »
Verse 11:


கல்லின் மணிமாடக் கழுமலத்தார் காவலவன்
நல்ல அருமறையான் நற்றமிழ் ஞானசம்பந்தன்
எல்லி யிடைமருதில் ஏத்துபாட லிவைபத்தும்
சொல்லு வார்க்குங் கேட்பார்க்குந் துயரம்இல்லையே.


The master of the inhabitants of Kazhumalam, which has beautiful storeys built of granite, and Jnana Sambandhaṉ, who is an expert in good Tamizh and has learnt the good and abstruse Vedas, there will be no sufferings to those who recite these ten songs which were composed in praise of Idai Marutu at night and to those who hear them.

Padigam on Tiru Idai Maruthur completed.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:23:23 AM »
Verse  10:

சின்போர்வைச் சாக்கியரும் மாசுசேருஞ் சமணரும்
துன்பாய கட்டுரைகள் சொல்லி யல்லல்தூற்றவே
இன்பாய வந்தணர்க ளேத்துமேர்கொ ளிடைமருதில்
அன்பாய கோயிலே கோயிலாக வமர்ந்தீரே.


Buddhists who cover their bodies, Jains on whose bodies dirt is accumulated,
[while they] spread evil by speaking fabricated words which give suffering to devotees. In the beautiful Idai Marutu where lovable Brahmins praise you.
you desired to stay in the temple which is worthy of love as the temple fitting your greatness.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:19:20 AM »
Verse  9:


மறைமல்கு நான்முகனு மாலுமறியா வண்ணத்தீர்
கறைமல்கு கண்டத்தீர் கபாலமேந்து கையினீர்
அறைமல்கு வண்டினங்க ளாலுஞ்சோலை யிடைமருதில்
நிறைமல்கு கோயிலே கோயிலாக நிகழ்ந்தீரே.


You have a nature which the four-faced Brahma in whom the Vedas are flourishing, and Vishnu, could not find out.You have a neck that has dark black color.
You hold in your hand a skull.  It is in Idai Marutu which has gardens where the swarms of beetles which make a great noise hum. You were present in the temple where everything is complete and nothing is wanting, as the temple fitting your greatness.

Arunachala Siva.


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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:16:44 AM »
Verse  8:


சிலையுய்த்த வெங்கணையாற் புரமூன்றெரித்தீர் திறலரக்கன்
தலைபத்துந் திண்டோளு நெரித்தீர் தையல்பாகத்தீர்
இலைமொய்த்த தண்பொழிலும் வயலுஞ்சூழ்ந்த விடைமருதில்
நலமொய்த்த கோயிலே கோயிலாக நயந்தீரே.


You burnt the three cities by a cruel arrow discharged from a bow you crushed the ten heads and strong shoulders of powerful demon, you have a young lady as a half in Idai Marutu which is surrounded by fields and cool gardens where leaves are dense you desired the temple of abundant beauty as the temple fitting your greatness.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:12:44 AM »
Verse  7:


புனமல்கு கொன்றையீர் புலியினதளீர் பொலிவார்ந்த
சினமல்கு மால்விடையீர் செய்யீர்கரிய கண்டத்தீர்
இனமல்கு நான்மறையோ ரேத்துஞ்சீர்கொ ளிடைமருதில்
கனமல்கு கோயிலே கோயிலாகக் கலந்தீரே.

You adorn yourself with the Koṉṟai flowers which grow abundantly in the forest tract.
You wear a tiger's skin.  You have a big bull of exquisite beauty and increasing anger.
You are red in colors, and you have a black neck. You joined in the temple on which clouds are on the increase, in the famous Idai Marutu where the groups of Brahmins well-versed in the four Vēdas worship.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:08:33 AM »
Verse  6:

சலமல்கு செஞ்சடையீர் சாந்தநீறு பூசினீர்
வலமல்கு வெண்மழுவொன் றேந்திமயானத் தாடலீர்
இலமல்கு நான்மறையோ ரினிதாவேத்த விடைமருதில்
புலமல்கு கோயிலே கோயிலாகப் பொலிந்தீரே.

You have red matted locks which is full of water.
You smeared yourself with holy ash as sandal-paste.
Holding a white battle-axe of increasing victory you dance in the cremation ground.
the Brahmins who are well-versed in all the four Vēdas and have their own houses which are in prosperous condition, to worship you with pleasure. You were shining in the temple which increases one's knowledge, in Idai Marutu as the temple fitting your greatness.

Arunachala Siva.


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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:04:13 AM »
Verse  5:

வருந்திய மாதவத்தோர் வானோரேனோர் வந்தீண்டிப்
பொருந்திய தைப்பூச மாடியுலகம் பொலிவெய்தத்
திருந்திய நான்மறையோர் சீராலேத்த விடைமருதில்
பொருந்திய கோயிலே கோயிலாகப் புக்கீரே.


The great sages who underwent physical sufferings, the celestial beings and other people having come there crowding. The people of the world having bathed in Pusam in the month of Thai which is appropriate to this shrine, to attain splendor.  The Brahmins who have learnt the four perfect Vēdas to praise you with distinction.
You entered into the temple in Idai Marutu where knowledge flourishes, as the temple fitting your greatness.

Arunachala Siva.

 

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 08:59:14 AM »
Verse 4:

பொல்லாப் படுதலையொன் றேந்திப்புறங்காட் டாடலீர்
வில்லாற் புரமூன்றும் எரித்தீர் விடையார் கொடியினீர்
எல்லாக் கணங்களும் முறையாலேத்த விடைமருதில்
செல்வாய கோயிலே கோயிலாகச் சேர்ந்தீரே.

Holding a dead skull which is ugly-looking, you dance in the cremation ground outside the village. You burnt the three cities with a bow (discharging an arrow from it), you have a flag on which the form of a bull is drawn. All the eighteen groups of celestial
beings and Siva Ganas to worship you in the proper manner. You dwelt in the wealthy temple in Idai Marutu as the temple fitting your greatness.

Arunachala Siva.


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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 08:55:44 AM »
Verse  3:

அழன்மல்கு மங்கையில் ஏந்திப்பூத மவைபாடச்
சுழன்மல்கு மாடலீர் சுடுகாடல்லாற் கருதாதீர்
எழின்மல்கு நான்மறையோர் முறையாலேத்த விடைமருதில்
பொழில்மல்கு கோயிலே கோயிலாகப் பொலிந்தீரே.

Holding fire in the palm of increasing beauty, when the Bhutas are singing, you perform a dance of increasing whirling you do not consider any other place than the cremation ground as your place. The beautiful Brahmins who have learnt the four Vēdas to worship you in the proper manner. You were shining in the temple which has flourishing gardens in Idai Marutu, as the temple fitting your greatness.

Arunachala Siva.




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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 08:51:48 AM »
Verse  2:

நீரார்ந்த செஞ்சடையீர் நெற்றித்திருக்கண் நிகழ்வித்தீர்
போரார்ந்த வெண்மழுவொன் றுடையீர் பூதம்பாடலீர்
ஏரார்ந்த மேகலையாள் பாகங்கொண்டீ ரிடைமருதில்
சீரார்ந்த கோயிலே கோயிலாகச் சேர்ந்தீரே.

You have  red matted locks, which is full of water of the Ganga.
You created the frontal eye. You have a white battle-axe which is well used in warfare. You have Bhutas which sing, you had on one half a lady wearing a jeweled girdle of 7 or 8 strands of exquisite beauty. You dwelt in the temple with great distinction as the temple fitting your greatness.


Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 08:47:53 AM »
Tiru Idai Maruthur:

Verse 1:

பொங்குநூன் மார்பினீர் பூதப்படையீர் பூங்கங்கை
தங்குசெஞ் சடையினீர் சாமவேத மோதினீர்
எங்குமெழிலார் மறையோர்கண் முறையாலேத்த விடைமருதில்
மங்குல்தோய் கோயிலே கோயிலாக மகிழ்ந்தீரே.

You have on your chest a bright and attractive sacred thread.
have an army of Bhutas.
have  red matted locks, on which the shining Ganga stays.
You chanted Sāma Vēdam.
The beautiful Brahmins to worship you in the proper manner everywhere.
You rejoiced in dwelling in the temple in Idai Marutu which touches the clouds, as the fitting temple for you.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Maha Sivaratri - 24.02.2013:
« on: February 24, 2017, 12:25:29 PM »
Tiru Jnana Sambandhar says in his first Padigam:

தோடுடையசெவி யன்விடையேறியோர் தூவெண்மதிசூடிக்
காடுடையசுட லைப்பொடிபூசியென் னுள்ளங்கவர்கள்வன்
ஏடுடையமல ரான்முனை நாட்பணிந் தேத்தவருள்செய்த
பீடுடையபிர மாபுரமேவிய பெம்மானிவனன்றே.


The Lord has an ear on which a lady's ear-jewel is worn.
He rides on a bull. He having worn a spotlessly pure white crescent moon of a single phase, has  smeared himself with the ash in the cremation ground which has the nature of a forest. The thief who has captivated my mind. This person is really the great one who resides gladly in Sirkazhi, possessing greatness, This is where the Lord bestowed his grace on Brahma, who is seated in a (lotus) flower having petals, who bowed to him and worshiped him, in the distant past.

Here the saint poet says that Siva has stolen his heart. He is staying in the Heart.
If that be the case, where is the question of prayer to Him?  The job is complete
with the Lord staying in the Heart.  That is Mukti. That is the purpose of life.  So,
where is the question of prayers?

Thus the saint poet says that with the Lord staying in the Heart, the Liberation is
achieved which is the purpose of life.

Arunachala Siva.

Notes: [Sirkazhi has twelve name of which Piramapuram is one; as Brahma worshiped the Lord, with his consort, the goddess of learning it got the name of Piramapuram.]
[Piramāpuram: the long letter is used to suit the meter.
The fact that Brahma worshiped the Lord in Sirkazhi is mentioned in other decades of Tiru Jnana Sambandhar. [Many scholars have written elaborate commentaries on this one stanza. The circumstances in which this Padigam was sung is described in detail in Periya Purāṇam, Tiru Jnana Sambandhar Purāṇam, verses 53-80].

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41.  The confidential, the mantra, the quality, the scripture, the truth, he ear, the body,
death, birth, effect, cause, the sanctified, the auspicious,

42. lust and anger, covetousness and delusion, pride, jealousy, the defect of duality,
fear, sorrow -- all are indeed non existent, always.

43. 'This' is verily naught, indeed naught. All pleasures are non existent. The reflection
'this is Brahman', the contemplation 'I am Brahman',

44. The reflection 'I am Brahman', the knowledge 'you are Brahman, the imperishable', the reality of Brahman is wisdom.  The concept of the unreal can never cause any affliction.

45.  The self is verily supreme, the one and the only. Being one is to be devoid of burden.  All is Brahman, always Brahman.  That Brahman am I.  There is no doubt of this.

46.  The form of the individual self the concept of individual self and the words 'the individual self' - the triad of these are naught.  The form of Isvara, the universal self,
the concept of Isvara, the word Isvara - are but fanciful.

47.  There are no letters, nor the entire, no word, nothing said, nor any subject; not even an iota of the heart, mantra, tantra, mind or intellect.

48. There is none who is dull, wise, with discrimination or even pure.  Determination, tara the Pranava (Omkara), this Self, Guru and disciple,

49. quiescence, stillness, supreme tranquility, silence, or the concept of silence, the radiating, the discrimination between the self and the non self,

50.  the yoga of meditation, the Raja Yoga, the eight limbed Yoga, -- all are Brahman.
There is no doubt of this.  That Brahman am I.  There is no uncertainty about this.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                 
                   

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General topics / Re: Editorial - Mountain Path - April- June 2016:
« on: February 24, 2017, 10:24:06 AM »
Each time we open a page of His writing, verses or songs, there is an opportunity
for affirmation.  We believe that by reading or chanting we engage with the same truth
He endowed on those who surrounded Him in the days of His physical presence.  But words of Bhagavan wrote or said are not dead if we allow them to enter us.  With our
breath we make sounds that create anew the truths He revealed.  With our intention we make it fresh in the heart the words which empower us. It does not matter how many explanations, commentaries, anecdotes are available, they count for nothing if we fail to capture their intent and spirit.

What we are doing in fact is engaging in an inner adventure of wonder and participation.  By this act of remembrance we are not repeating by mindless rote but are giving birth in ourselves to a sense of wonder, joy and a profound mystery.  Because in the end, we do not find the 'answer' but rather, engage in a perpetual mystery. Those who think there is a magic pill that solves all our misery are mistaken.
There is however a growing inner confidence that Bhagavan's Grace will carry us forward though we are blind to the next step.  We learn to trust that all will be well.
Did He not say that if we take but one step then, He will take the other nine?

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.               

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