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21. Self Knowledge is like the knowledge of the Self alone.  Anything like Self Knowledge never was and never shall be.

22. Knowledge of the Self is the supreme mantra.  Knowledge of the Self is the supreme penance.  Knowledge of the Self is verily Vishnu.  Knowledge of the Self is Siva, the supreme.

23. Knowledge of the Self is the supreme Creator.  Knowledge of the Self is amenable to the Self.  Knowledge of the Self is itself the merit. Knowledge of the Self is the great sanctification.

24.  Knowledge of the Self is the great holy waters.  Knowledge of the Self is tranquility etc., Knowledge of the Self is the loving mantra.  Knowing of the Self is self purifying.

25.  What is called the knowledge of the Self?  It is the certitude 'I am Brahman'.  It is the faith that 'I am Brahman'.  Knowledge of the Self is the great emanation.

26-28:  The Knowledge of the Self is the disposition 'I am Brahman'. I am eternal. I am the accomplished. I am bliss, the supreme joy.  I am pure, the ever undiminishing.
I am of the form of the expanse of consciousness, the eternal Being Awareness Bliss. I am changeless. I am the peaceful. I am everywhere, continuous. I am always of the form of bliss, bereft of all defects.  I am devoid of all thoughts.  I am always myself.'

29.  Read silently to yourself regarding the experience that all is Brahman. The merits that result from a crore of horse sacrifices are obtained in a trice.

30.  Being with the certitude 'I am Brahman', one attains the fruit of giving the Mount Meru in charity. Compared to the abidance of 'I am Brahman', the offering of all the land in charity is only infinitesimal.


Arunachala Siva.                 

Bhagavan silently summons us every year.  We, a group of ten to fifteen, come once or twice a year and stay for three to four days in Sri Ramanasramam under His divine care. Bhagavan takes us into deep meditation, immersing our karmic minds in the divine waters of the invisible Ganga, eliminating all obstacles and washing out the impurities of the mind, to realize only 'I'.  In the twenty five years that we have made our annual journey to Tiruvannamalai we became acquainted with Sri Ramanasramam, Arunachala Hill, the Arunachala Temple, the Giri Pradakshina route and the railway station which brings us to Him.  Beyond these places we never felt the need to go, as the whole world lies within Sri Ramanasramam.

For many years we traveled by bus from Bangalore to Tiruvannamalai. About two years ago, we were pleasantly surprised to hear that a train from Kurla to Yeshwantpur would continue on to Pondicherry, through Tiruvannamalai.  It seemed that Ramana Himself had organized a train from Davangere to Tiruvannamalai.  Is not this a true example of Bhagavan's affection and grace towards His devotees?                   

Sri Allamma Prabhu, the great Siva Sarana (devotee of Lord Siva) of the 12th century in Karnataka and Nijaguna Shivayogi of the 15th century, were masters and Jnanis and were praised and loved by Sri Ramana.  Bhagavan read the writings of these two
great personalities and sometimes guided His devotees by narrating instances about them.     


Arunachala Siva.

Bhagavan was nuanced in His reply when someone asked Him if He condemns outright all scholastic pursuit in the realm of spiritual sadhana.  He said His view is not to condemn Sastra Vichara per se but only the Vidyaabimaana (Talks No. 253 and Talks No. 565) that usually creeps in a subtle manner.  This tempts the seeker and propels him outward to win recognition, fame and all attendant blandishments, (Viveka Chudamani Verse 60) that make external life addictively enjoyable.  One could then lose focus on what really matters.

The Upanishads (Katha Upanishad Verse 1.3.14.) liken this path to walking on razor's edge because nothing outside is an impediment by itself but our own lack of alertness and vigilance to avoid falling for temptations, gross as well as subtle.  Jesus said words to the effect that one should be ready to lose all understanding. 'For what is a man profited if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?' (Matthew 16.26).

Sage Ashtavakra exclaims with sarcasm that people who are very intelligent, eloquent and industrious in a spiritual lore shun the deeper pursuit of Self Knowledge,  (Ashtavakra Gita, Verse 15.3), as they fear it would make them 'dumb, inert and lazy'
thus foiling worldly enjoyments like name, fame and prosperity which hold them in fascination.  All Jnanis have their own unique way of revealing the enlightened state but achieve consensus in Silence,' (Praudaanubhutih Verse 5.) beyond all doctrinal disputations.               


Arunachala Siva.

General Discussion / Re: Two Lovers, One Beloved - Margaret Laulor:
« on: March 25, 2017, 08:05:26 AM »
We turn now to an examination of the lives of the two saints as each one passed through the three stages of the Mystic Way.  The first one, the Purgative Life, is purification from the fetters of sin, represented by sensuality and self will. A life of strict asceticism, prayer and self discipline was seen as the way to purge oneself of sin or weakness. 

Both women followed a celibate life, and each was cloistered in her own way.  Rabi'a went into solitude for a number of years in  the remote desert.  It was physical suffering which helped Teresa to make the decision to leave her comforts behind, and to enter a religious order, troubled as she was about the condition of her soul.  For a long time, Teresa was pulled towards the world, as she admits in her autobiography.   

'When I was in the midst of worldly pleasures, I was distressed by the remembrance of what I owed to God; when I was with God, I grew restless because of worldly affections. This is so grievous a conflict that I do not know how I managed to endure it for a month, much less for so many years.' (Life p.109).

Prayer was not easy for her; she persevered for fourteen years before she experienced facility of prayer. We are able to follow her journey in prayer because, out of obedience to her confessor, she recorded her life, as well as a classic on mystical theology, Interior Castle, and a practical guide to prayer for her nuns in The Way of Perfection, books that have to guide others in their own journeys because of the authentic spiritual life of the writer.                     


Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 25, 2017, 12:17:09 AM »
Verse 11:

கந்தநாறும் புனற்காவிரித் தென்கரைக் கண்ணுதல்
நந்திசேருந் திருநாகேச் சரத்தின் மேன்ஞானசம்
பந்தனாவிற் பனுவல் லிவைபத்தும் வல்லார்கள்போய்
எந்தையீசன் இருக்கும் உலகெய்த வல்லார்களே.

On Nāgēswaram, in which Nandi who has an eye on the forehead stays, which is on southern bank of the Kāveri whose water spreads a sweet smell, those who are able to recite these ten verses that were in the mouth of Jnana Sambandhan, will go, after death, and are capable of reaching the world where our father Siva dwells. (Siva Lōkam).

Padigam on Tiru Nageswaram completed.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 25, 2017, 12:12:34 AM »
Verse  10:

தட்டிடுக்கி யுறிதூக்கி யகையினர் சாக்கியர்
கட்டுரைக்கும் மொழிகொள்ளலும் வெள்ளி லங்காட்டிடை
நட்டிருட்கண் நடமாடிய நாதன் நாகேச்சுரம்
மட்டிருக்கும் மலரிட் டடிவீழ்வது வாய்மையே.

People of this world, do not accept the fabricated words of the Buddhists, and of [the Jains] who carry in their hands a network of ropes suspended by a cord from the hand, in which is placed the ascetic's pitcher, and taking under their arms mats to sit upon, it is an ever-truthful act to fall at the feet of the master in Nāgēswaram, who danced at the dead of night in the cremation ground where there are funeral biers, by placing flowers in which there is honey.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 25, 2017, 12:07:26 AM »
Verse  9:

கரியமாலும் மயனும் மடியும்முடி காண்பொணா
எரியதாகிந் நிமிர்ந்தான் அமரும்இட மீண்டுகா
விரியின்நீர்வந் தலைக்குங் கரைமேவு நாகேச்சரம்
பிரிவிலாதவ் வடியார்கள் வானிற் பிரியார்களே.

The shrine of Siva, who shot up as a column of fire and whose feet and head the black Vishnu and Brahma, could not find out, the devotees who do not leave Nāgēswaram, which is on the bank on which the increasing flood of the Kāveri is dashing will not leave heaven. [They will always be in heaven.]

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 25, 2017, 12:03:31 AM »
Verse  8:

இலங்கைவேந்தன் சிரம்பத்தி ரட்டியெழிற் றோள்களும்
மலங்கிவீழம் மலையால் அடர்த்தா னிடமல்கிய
நலங்கொள்சிந்தை யவர்நாள்தொறும் நண்ணும் நாகேச்சரம்
வலங்கொள்சிந்தை யுடையார் இடராயின மாயுமே.

The place of Siva, who pressed down with the mountain the ten heads and twenty shoulders of the king of Lanka, to fall distressed, the sufferings of those who have the mind to go from left to right Nāgeswaram, which is approached daily by those who have the mind for increasing self denial.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 24, 2017, 11:58:53 PM »
Verse  7:

வேயுதிர்முத் தொடுமத்த யானை மருப்பும்விராய்ப்
பாய்புனல்வந் தலைக்கும் பழங்காவிரித் தென்கரை
நாயிறுந்திங் களுங்கூடி வந்தாடு நாகேச்சரம்
மேயவன்றன் அடிபோற்றி யென்பார் வினைவீடுமே.

On the southern bank of the ancient Kāveri whose flowing water comes and erodes the bank, having in it mixed the tusk of the rutting elephant and pearls that fall from the bamboos [pearls are produced in bamboos in a poetical convention.] the Karmas of those who say, 'Let the feet of the god who is in Nāgēswaram where the sun and the moon come and bathe joining together, protect us' will perish.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 24, 2017, 11:54:24 PM »
Verse  6:

காளமேகந் நிறக்கால னோடந்தகன் கருடனும்
நீளமாய்நின் றெய்தகாமனும் பட்டன நினைவுறின்
நாளுநாதன் அமர்கின்ற நாகேச்சர நண்ணுவார்
கோளுநாளுந் தீயவேனும் நன்காங் குறிக்கொண்மினே.

If one remembers the sufferings undergone by Yama(god of death) who has the color of the sable cloud, Antakāsuraṉ, Karudaṉ, and Manmathan, who discharged arrows on Siva, standing at a distance, even if the planets and stars happen to be bad, they will do good to those who approach Nāgēswaram where the master always stays.
(people of this world!) fix this firmly in your minds.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 24, 2017, 11:50:22 PM »
Verse  5:

வம்புநாறும் மலரும்மலைப் பண்டமுங் கொண்டுநீர்
பைம்பொன்வாரிக் கொழிக்கும் பழங்காவிரித் தென்கரை
நம்பன்நாளும் அமர்கின்ற நாகேச்சர நண்ணுவார்
உம்பர்வானோர் தொழச் சென்றுடனாவதும்உண்மையே.

Situated on the southern bank of the ancient Kaveri, which washes away by its waves, carrying in large quantities flowers which spread new fragrance, and articles found in the mountain, and pure gold, those who approach Nāgēswaram, where Siva always stays, reaching Sivalōkam worshipped by the celestial beings, who are in the upper world, and becoming one with god is true.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 24, 2017, 11:46:11 PM »
Verse  4:

கூசநோக்காதுமுன் சொன்ன பொய்கொடு வினைகுற்றமும்
நாசமாக்கும் மனத்தார்கள் வந்தாடு நாகேச்சரம்
தேசமாக்குந் திருக்கோயி லாக்கொண்ட செல்வன்கழல்
நேசமாக்குந் திறத்தார் அறத்தார் நெறிப்பாலரே.

Without caring for shyness, lies which were spoken, cruel actions and other faults those who are determined to destroy these foregoing things, Nāgeswaram, to which they come and bathe in the holy tanks, those group of people who cherish with love the feet of the god who has as his brilliant temple (Nāgēswaram) follow the path of righteousness and prepare themselves to attain eternal bliss.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 24, 2017, 11:41:39 PM »
Verse  3:

குறவர்கொல்லைப் புனங்கொள்ளை கொண்டும் மணிகுலவுநீர்
பறவையாலப் பரக்கும் பழங்காவிரித் தென்கரை
நறவநாறும் பொழில்சூழ்ந் தழகாய நாகேச்சரத்
திறைவர்பாதந் தொழுதேத்த வல்லார்க்கிட ரில்லையே.

Plundering completely the produce of the cultivated farm which lay fallow previously and belongs to Kuṟavar, situated on southern bank of the ancient Kāveri, whose water in which precious stones are shining, spreads to make the birds to make a loud noise,
to those who are able to worship with joined hands and praise the feet of the god in Nāgeswaram, which is beautiful by being surrounded by gardens where honey spreads its fragrance, there will be no sufferings.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 24, 2017, 11:37:56 PM »
Verse  2:

பெண்ணொர்பாகம் அடையச் சடையிற் புனல்பேணிய
வண்ணமான பெருமான் மருவும் இடம்மண்ணுளார்
நண்ணிநாளுந் தொழுதேத்தி நன்கெய்து நாகேச்சரம்
கண்ணினாற் காணவல்லா ரவர்கண் ணுடையார்களே.

The lady being in one half, the beautiful god who desired the water (of Ganga) to stay in his matted locks, reaching his dwelling place those who are able to see with their eyes Nāgēswaram, which the people of this world reach, and obtain all auspicious things by worshipping and praising it are really to be considered to possess eyes.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 24, 2017, 11:32:35 PM »
Tiru Nageswaram:

Verse  1:

தழைகொள்சந் தும்மகிலும் மயிற்பீலி யுஞ்சாதியின்
பழமும்உந்திப் புனல்பாய் பழங்காவிரித் தென்கரை
நழுவில்வானோர் தொழநல்கு சீர்மல்கு நாகேச்சரத்
தழகர்பாதந் தொழுதேத்த வல்லார்க் கழகாகுமே.

Pushing the fruits of nutmeg, feathers of peacock, eagle-wood trees, and sandal-wood that grows luxuriantly on the southern bank of the old Kāeri, in which the water flows,
beauty will come to those who can worship with joined hands and praise the feet of the beautiful god in Nāgeswaram of increasing eminence which grants boons to the celestial beings, who are not slack in worshipping god. (As Siva is beautiful he grants beauty to his worshippers.]

Arunachala Siva.

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