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By now a few months had gone by since my stay at Pudupalayam.  I decided to return home and continue my practice back there, so took leave of the Swami. Back home,
observing silence, I practiced rigorously but could make no progress. I continued in a state of limbo for a couple of years, losing my earlier poise, but not gaining any new ground. While so, my guru, after undertaking a tour of several places in Tamizh Nadu, now returned.  In his entourage came some wealthy, influential persons, and with them the Gounder of Pudupalayam too.  The Swami now made a pronouncement that he shall enter into Jeeva Samadhi (entombment while alive) on a particular day of a particular month a year from hence.  He added that these wealthy folk had come to erect, in advance, a cave like tomb at the proposed samadhi site.

The building of a large tomb was afoot, at a site three miles from my village.  The Swami, obtaining my father's permission, took me to be with him. There he declared that I was his prime disciple and that after his Jeeva Samadhi, I would succeed as the head of his mutt. I was put off by all this ostentation and publicity mongering. My mind was restless.  A few months passed and I could no longer stand it.  In anguish,
I blurted out to the Swami, 'So much time has gone by but I am unable to experience Self realization. Are there no realized souls living today, like the Maharishis of yore who had lived during the ancient times of the Yoga Vasishtam?'

To my query, the Swami replied, 'Oh, yes! There lives a sage in Tiruvannamalai whose name is Ramana Maharshi. He attained the experience of Jnana at the age of sixteen and abides ever in that state. I visited Him and had His darshan.'  I was amazed at this news, and felt as though struck by a surge of electric current. It was an exhilaration the likes of which I had never before felt.  So excited was I, I wanted to fly to Tiruvannamalai at once.

Instantly I sought permission to proceed there, much to his annoyance. 'I shall be entering Jeeva Samadhi six months from now.  You ought to be present here to take care of things then.  After that, you are at liberty to go where you please,' he admonished me.  I was in a state of despair when a friend of mine from my neighboring village came to see me. His name was Ramakrishna, a year or two older than me.  He had a special affection and regard for me on account of my spiritual disciplines, which he too was after.  He was of a wealthy family and arrangements by his elders were to conduct his wedding.  But he was least inclined towards matrimony and one day he came to me to seek a way out of this immediate tangle.

I immediately told him, 'I hear there is a sage in Tiruvannamalai known as Ramana Maharshi. I myself feel an intense longing to go to Him but I am tied up for the next six months by my guru's orders.  Therefore, you set out forthwith for Tiruvannamalai.
Later on I shall join you.  As soon as you reach there write to me all about the sage and the spiritual teaching you receive from him.'

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                                             

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:46:40 AM »
Verse  11:


இந்து வந்தெழு மாட வீதியெ ழில்கொள் காழிந் நகர்க் கவுணியன்
செந்து நேர்மொழியார் அவர்சேருந் திருக்களருள்
அந்தி யன்னதொர் மேனி யானை அமரர் தம்பெரு மானை ஞானசம்
பந்தன் சொல்லிவை பத்தும்பாடத் தவமாமே.


In Tiruk Kaḷar where the ladies whose words are like chendu, on Siva the god of the immortals, who has a form like the evening sky. Jnana Sambandhan, who was born in the Kavuṇiya Gōthram in the city of beautiful Sirkazhi, which has streets having storeys where the moon stays and rises. If one sings all the ten verses composed by him, it is equal to penance.

Padigam on Tiruk Kalar completed.

Arunachala Siva.


2928
General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:42:42 AM »
Verse  10:


பாக்கி யம்பல செய்த பத்தர்கள் பாட்டொ டும்பல பணிகள் பேணிய
தீக்கியல் குணத்தார் சிறந்தாருந் திருக்களருள்
வாக்கின் நான்மறை யோதி னாயமண் தேரர் சொல்லிய சொற்க ளானபொய்
ஆக்கி நின்றவனே யடைந்தார்க் கருளாயே.


In Tiruk Kaḷar where the Brahmins who perform religious rites in the consecrated fires, who do many services with love are everywhere prominent along with the songs of the devotees who had done good acts. You chanted the Vēdas by your speech.
Siva who stood unperturbed having made the words of the Jains and Buddhists as falsehood. [see 1st verse].

Arunachala Siva.


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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:38:56 AM »
Verse  9:


பண்ணி யாழ்பயில் கின்ற மங்கையர் பாட லாடலொ டார வாழ்பதி
தெண்ணி லாமதியம் பொழில்சேருந் திருக்களருள்
உண்ணி லாவிய வொருவ னேயிரு வர்க்கு நின்கழல் காட்சி யாரழல்
அண்ண லாயவெம்மான் அடைந்தார்க் கருளாயே.


In Tiruk Kaḷar where the moon of bright light reaches the gardens, and which is the place where the young girls who practice playing on the Yazh which is attuned to the notes, to be satisfied fully with songs and dances. The unequaled god who dwells inside every being! Our Lord who assumed the form of fire in which it was difficult to obtain a vision of your feet and head to both Vishnu and Brahma! [see 1st verse].

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:35:34 AM »
Verse  8:


குன்ற டுத்தநன் மாளி கைக்கொடி மாட நீடுயர் கோபு ரங்கண் மேல்
சென்ற டுத்துயர்வான் மதிதோயுந் திருக்களருள்
நின்ற டுத்துயர் மால்வ ரைத்திரள் தோளி னாலெடுத் தான்றன் நீள்முடி
அன்றடர்த் துகந்தாய் அடைந்தார்க் கருளாயே.


In Tiruk Kaḷar, where the perfect mansions which resemble hills, the very tall towers and the storeys having flags rise high and seem to come into contact with the moon that shines in the sky, you became great by pressing in the distant past, the tall crowns of the demon who lifted with his globular shoulders the big and high mountain standing and approaching it. [see 1st verse].

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:32:00 AM »
Verse  7:


தம்ப லம்மறி யாத வர்மதில் தாங்கு மால்வரை யாலழ லெழத்
திண்பலங் கெடுத்தாய் திகழ்கின்ற திருக்களருள்
வம்ப லர்மலர் தூவி நின்னடி வானவர் தொழக் கூத்து கந்துபேர்
அம்பலத் துறைவாய் அடைந்தார்க் கருளாயே.


You destroyed the firm strength with the low of a mountain which supports the world as linch pin, the forts of the demons who did not know their strength, to catch fire.
in eminent Tiruk Kaḷar. You dwell in a big public hall where you rejoiced in dancing, for the celestial beings to worship your feet with joined hands scattering flowers spreading fragrance. [see 1st verse].

Arunachala Siva.


2932
General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:27:23 AM »
Verse  6:


கோல மாமயில் ஆலக் கொண்டல்கள் சேர்பொ ழிற்குல வும்வ யலிடைச்
சேலிளங் கயலார் புனல்சூழ்ந்த திருக்களருள்
நீலம் மேவிய கண்ட னேநிமிர் புன்ச டைப்பெரு மானெ னப்பொலி
ஆல நீழலுளாய் அடைந்தார்க் கருளாயே.


in Tiruk Kaḷar which is surrounded by water which has abundance of Karnatic carp, young carp in the eminent fields and gardens in which clouds which have drawn water, reach, causing the beautiful big peacocks to dance spreading their tails; The Lord in whose neck there is the blue color, Siva, who is under the shade of the flourishing banyan tree to be praised as the great one who has ruddy matted locks! [see 1st verse].

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:24:05 AM »
Verse 5:


கொங்கு லாமலர்ச் சோலை வண்டினங் கெண்டி மாமது வுண்டி சைசெயத்
தெங்கு பைங்கமுகம் புடைசூழ்ந்த திருக்களருள்
மங்கை தன்னொடுங் கூடிய மண வாள னேபிணை கொண்டொர் கைத்தலத்
தங்கை யிற்படையாய் அடைந்தார்க் கருளாயே.


The swarms of bees work into the flowers and drink abundant honey in the flower-gardens from which fragrance spreads, to hum like music. In Tiruk Kaḷar surrounded on all sides by coconut trees and green areca-palms, the bridegroom who is united with a lady is holding a deer in one hand. He has a battle-axe in the other beautiful hand! [see 1st verse].

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:20:47 AM »
Verse  4:

அம்பி னேர்தடங் கண்ணி னாருடன் ஆட வர்பயில் மாட மாளிகை
செம்பொ னார் பொழில் சூழ்ந்தழகாய திருக்களருள்
என்பு பூண்டதோர் மேனி யெம்மிறைவா விணையடி போற்றி நின்றவர்க்
கன்பு செய்தவனே அடைந்தார்க் கருளாயே.

In Tiruk Kaḷar where in the storeyed mansions males are crowded with ladies who have big and sharp eyes like the arrow, and which is surrounded by gardens which have flowers golden in color Lord who reciprocated the love to your devotees who praised your feet addressing you as our Lord who has a body adorned with bones!
[see 1st verse].


Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:16:29 AM »
Verse  3:

பாட வல்லநன் மைந்த ரோடு பனிம லர்பல கொண்டு போற்றிசெய்
சேடர்வாழ் பொழில்சூழ் செழுமாடத் திருக்களருள்
நீட வல்ல நிமல னேயடி நிரைக ழல்சிலம் பார்க்க மாநடம்
ஆடவல் லவனே அடைந்தார்க் கருளாயே.


In Tiruk Kaḷar which has wealthy houses and is surrounded by gardens, where great people who praise Siva with many cool flowers joining with good-natured youths who are able to sing, live the immaculate Siva who has been there since time immemorial.
who is clever to perform the big dance to make the lady's anklet and rows of Kazhal make a big sound. [see 1st verse].

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:12:40 AM »
Verse  2:


தோளின் மேலொளி நீறு தாங்கிய தொண்டர் வந்தடி போற்ற மிண்டிய
தாளினார் வளருந் தவமல்கு திருக்களருள்
வேளி னேர்விச யற்க ருள்புரி வித்த காவிரும் பும்ம டியாரை
ஆளுகந் தவனே அடைந்தார்க் கருளாயே.


The devotees who smear on their shoulders bright sacred ash to come near you and praise your feet. In Tirukkaḷar where penance is increasing by many folds and where Siva whose feet are crowded by devotees, is flourishing. Able god who granted your grace to Vijayaṉ who can be compared to Murgaṉ, who desired to admit as your protege the devotees who love you ardently. [see 1st verse].

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 11, 2017, 08:08:32 AM »
Tiruk Kalar:

Verse 1:


நீரு ளார்கயல் வாவி சூழ்பொழில் நீண்ட மாவய லீண்டு மாமதில்
தேரினார் மறுகில் விழாமல்கு திருக்களருள்
ஊரு ளாரிடு பிச்சை பேணும் ஒருவ னேயொளிர் செஞ்ச டைம்மதி
ஆரநின் றவனே அடைந்தார்க் கருளாயே.


In Tiruk Kaḷar, which has tanks having plenty of water with carp fish, surrounding gardens, long and big fields, great walls of fortification that are close together, increasing festival in the streets where temple cars are drawn, the unequaled Siva who obtains with desire the alms given by the residents of the village! Who stood, for the crescent moon to stay in the glittering red matted locks! Bestow your grace on devotees who approach you.

Arunachala Siva.

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51.  The horrendous sin of millions of births is reduced to ashes. This is the truth. This is the truth. Again and again, this is the truth.  Everything shall perish. Liberation dawns immediately.  There is no doubt of this.  There is neither auspiciousness nor inauspiciousness.

52.  For the one who has realized the unifying wisdom of the crest of the Vedas, the Upanishads, where is the appearance of variance, and where sorrow and delusion in the heart?  Even as the world is an emanation from Him, that Mahesa alone is its Life. He alone is its Life.  He alone abides in it just as the cobweb in the spider.

Thus concludes chapter 32 entitled 'Topic of the determination of the illusory nature of all', in the sixth amsa called Sri Sankara of Sri Siva Rahasyam.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.       

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I began memorizing the verses even during my walk back home. When my father asked me what had happened I reported everything to him and then recited those verses from memory.  I could in this way learn a hundred verses by heart within a fortnight of attending 'class'. My father pointed out that memorizing the verses was not enough and advised me to learn their meaning too from my master.  Thus I learnt the entire text of Kaivalyam along with its meaning.     

A visitor came to see my Swami during the time.  He was Rangaswami Gounder, known as Samiar Gounder, from the village of Pudupalayam in the Pollachi Taluk (an administrative sub division of a district within a state).  Seeing me with my guru and coming to know from my father of my spiritual leanings, he took me, along with my guru to his home in Pudupalayam, where we remained for a period as his guests.  One day there, I asked my guru while he was alone, 'I am unable to experience yet the Samadhi state that is described in Yoga Vasishtam. Should I just go on with my reading of texts on Vedanta, or is there something more that I should do?'  The Swami replied that reading and understanding those texts was not enough, and that I would have to start practicing certain disciplinary mental exercises. He instructed me how to practice it those drills.  Accordingly, I started practice of meditation exercises, simultaneous with listening to Vedanta lessons.  Sometime went by in this manner but I could still not get any spiritual experience. Again, I asked the Swami what I had to do. He advised me to continue with more intensity and by maintaining silence of speech. He assured me that I would certainly be rewarded with exalted states.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.               

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Kaivalya Navaneetham:

Prologue:

2. I worship ever shining Pure Consciousness, which manifests as Brahma, Vishnu, or Mighty Shiva, according as He creates, preserves or withdraws (the universe), and also as the countless individual beings; yet It remains ever free and perfect,as the blazing sun over the ocean of Bliss. 

6. All the ancient sages drew from the boundless ocean of milk, namely Vedanta and filled their pitchers, their works. I boiled them all (on the fire of the Master's words),
and churned them (with the churn of inquiry into the Self) and I present this Cream of Emancipation to all.

The Exposition of the Truth:

8. The sages say that there are four prerequisites for realization of the Truth:

1. Viveka: discrimination between the temporary (therefore unreal phenomena) and the permanent (therefore the Reality), i.e. the noumenal);

2. Indifference to the enjoyment of pleasures here or hereafter;

3. The group of six qualities and

4. The longing for Liberation.

The six qualities are sama, dama, uparati, titiksha, samadhana and sraddha. Of these,
sama is control of mind; dama is control of the senses; uparati is cessation of activities (relating to caste, creed, family etc.,); titiksha is control of passions, and includes endurance; samadhana, according to the sages, the settling down of the mind
to reflect on the Truth, as revealed (by the scriptures and the sages); sraddha denotes faith in the Master and the scriptures. Such are the meanings of the six terms of this category.

11. No one can achieve anything in the world without being properly equipped for the task.  For the same reason, only those who are equipped with these four categories of prerequisites can gain illumination. A novice cannot get it so readily. If so gained, it follows that the person has been successively purified in countless incarnations in the past.

(Kaivalya Navaneetam: The Cream of Emancipation. An ancient Tamizh classic by Tandavaraya Swami. Tr. Swami Ramananda Saraswati).                                           

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.

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