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General topics / Re: Editorial - July - September -2016:
« on: February 27, 2017, 10:57:09 AM »
We are faced with a world full of distractions that our mind is only too willing to indulge
in if given the opportunity. After all, that is what the mind is composed of: a mass of thoughts and feelings with no fixed center.  Our task is to center our thoughts into one continuous flow of pure thought (Aham Vritti). If we our home as being exclusively Arunachala Ramana, well and good because we can easily focus our attention just by the remembrance of physically being there.

Memory is a powerful tool that can immediately make us watchful.  The senses of smell and sound are particularly strong in this respect, the waft of Agarbathi or Jasmine all mixed up with the sounds of peacocks calling or the notes of Vedic chanting or Tamizh Parayana takes us there. That is why in part we publish so many photos of the Asramam precincts in the magazine.

For in the mind there is no distance. In one leap we can transcend all barriers.  We use the energy of memory to fuel one pointedness.  In sadness, in joy, in any strong emotional expression we have a potent instrument to bridge the gap between where we are and where we would like to be.  Above all, is the heartache of longing for the Beloved.

The mind is like a smooth plate; its purpose is to contain things.  Thoughts are like
knives, forks and spoons.  They are knobby and generally unstable especially when you carry them on an empty, flat plate.  It requires concentration to keep them from tumbling off.  Have you ever noticed a skilled waiter who carries plates through a crowded restaurant?  He is mindful and his progress through the room is like a ballet of consistent, premeditated motion. We should be like that waiter: aware of where we are going and at the same time fully mindful of what we carry.


Arunachala Siva.                           

General topics / Re: Editorial - Mountain Path - April- June 2016:
« on: February 27, 2017, 10:36:17 AM »
When we read or speak the words they should come out of our body and mind.  When
we recite a verse we inhabit it.  Through direct intention we bring the words alive and they leap out of our hearts.  We become its speaker, its instrument.  We let its heart-
beat pulse through us as embodied experience. We now engage in a mutual participation with Bhagavan who is the precipitator of the verse.  The words are the catalyst which breaks down the doors of separation for we have called from one side of the door to the other side and there is a response if we but listen, uplifts us.

Have you noticed that we cannot control the words once we start reciting them?  They control and guide us if we but let go and trust.   One cannot technically say Bhagavan's words are mantras but His hymns to Arunachala can have the same mesmeric effect.  Even Bhagavan was profoundly affected when He composed Akshara
Mana Malai as if a dam had burst and a surge of divine inspiration overwhelmed Him
with a torrent of graciousness.

The problem, if it can be called that, is Arunachala is no meek mass of weak pity             
and saccharine empathy.  It is a raw, remorseless power that buries itself in stone.
It is not for the fainthearted.  There is a mythic element to its presence which no reasoning ir conceited explanations can subdue.


Arunachala Siva,.     

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:50:31 AM »
Verse  11:

நளிர்பூந் திரைமல்கு காழிஞான சம்பந்தன்
குளிர்பூங் குடவாயிற் கோயின்மேய கோமானை
ஒளிர்பூந் தமிழ்மாலை யுரைத்தபாட லிவைவல்லார்
தளர்வான தானொழியத் தகுசீர்வானத் திருப்பாரே.

Jnana Sambandhan, of Sirkazhi, which has cool water having beautiful waves,
on the king who dwells with desire in the temple in cool and beautiful Kuṭavāyil,
those who are capable of reciting these garlands of shining Tamizh verses, composed by him, will dwell in the heaven of fitting fame as the sufferings caused by depression of spirits, leave them.

Padigam on Tiruk Kudavayil completed.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:44:11 AM »
Verse  10:

தூசார்ந்த சாக்கியருந் தூய்மையில்லாச் சமணரும்
ஏசார்ந்த புன்மொழிநீத் தெழில்கொண்மாடக் குடவாயில்
ஆசாரஞ் செய்மறையோ ரளவிற்குன்றா தடிபோற்றத்
தேசார்ந்த கோயிலே கோயிலாகச் சேர்ந்தீரே.

The Buddhists who covers their bodies with a yellow cloth called sivaram, and the Jains, who have no purity, leaving the insulting slanderous words of those two people,
in Kuṭavāyil which has beautiful storeys. The Brahmins who have proper conduct to praise your feet without any decrease in the quality of their devotion, you have become attached to the glorious temple as your favorite temple.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:43:07 AM »
Verse  9:

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Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:37:39 AM »
Verse  8:

கொங்கார்ந்த பைங்கமலத் தயனுங்குறளாய் நிமிர்ந்தானும்
அங்காந்து தள்ளாட வழலாய் நிமிர்ந்தீ ரிலங்கைக்கோன்
தங்காதன் மாமுடியுந் தாளுமடர்த்தீர் குடவாயில்
பங்கார்ந்த கோயிலே கோயிலாகப் பரிந்தீரே.

Brahma, who is seated in a fertile lotus which has abundant honey, and Vishnu who rose tall, being a dwarf at first, to waver in mind with a gaping mouth out of wonder, you rose high as a column of fire you crushed the feet and the big crown of the king of  which he prized very much, Ravanan, you declared the temple in Kuṭavāyil which occupies a portion of the village, as your favorite temple [Note: In this verse the anecdotes of Vishnu and Brahma, and Ravanan are clubbed together.]

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:33:25 AM »
Verse  7:

பாடலார் வாய்மொழியீர் பைங்கண்வெள்ளே றூர்தியீர்
ஆடலார் மாநடத்தீ ரரிவைபோற்று மாற்றலீர்
கோடலார் தும்பிமுரன் றிசைமிழற்றுங் குடவாயில்
நீடலார் கோயிலே கோயிலாக நிகழ்ந்தீரே.

You have words containing truth in the songs of the Vēdas. You have a vehicle of a white bull which has greenish eyes. You performed the dance by name Akātāṇṭavam.
You have the power which is praised by the lady, Uma, in Kuṭavāyil where the superior variety of bee, Tumpi which settles on the white Malabar glory, lily hums and sings music. You were present in the temple which has been in existence since a distant past as your favorite temple.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:30:19 AM »
Verse  6:

அரவார்ந்த திருமேனி யானவெண்ணீ றாடினீர்
இரவார்ந்த பெய்பலிகொண் டிமையோரேத்த நஞ்சுண்டீர்
குரவார்ந்த பூஞ்சோலை வாசம்வீசுங் குடவாயில்
திருவார்ந்த கோயிலே கோயிலாகத் திகழ்ந்தீரே.

You bathed in white sacred ash got from a cow on your holy body on which you wear cobras profusely. Receiving the alms that are put into the bowl of a skull, which you get by begging, you consumed the poison to be praised by the celestial beings who do not wink. In Kuṭavāyil where the beautiful gardens which have common bottle flower trees, spread their fragrance, you were shining in the beautiful temple as your favorite temple.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:27:10 AM »
Verse  5:

இழையார்ந்த கோவணமுங் கீளுமெழிலா ருடையாகப்
பிழையாத சூலம்பெய் தாடல்பாடல் பேணினீர்
குழையாரும் பைம்பொழிலும் வயலுஞ்சூழ்ந்த குடவாயில்
விழவார்ந்த கோயிலே கோயிலாக மிக்கீரே.

Having a men's loin-cloth woven with yarn and a strip of cloth used as a waist band as beautiful dress holding on the shoulder a trident which never misses its aim, you linked singing and dancing, in Kuṭavāyil surrounded by beautiful gardens full of tender leaves, and fields. You were great in the temple which has never-ceasing festivals as your favorite temple.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:24:11 AM »
Verse  4:

மறியாருங் கைத்தலத்தீர் மங்கைபாக மாகச்சேர்ந்
தெறியாரு மாமழுவு மெரியுமேந்துங் கொள்கையீர்
குறியார வண்டினங்கள் தேன்மிழற்றுங் குடவாயில்
நெறியாருங் கோயிலே கோயிலாக நிகழ்ந்தீரே.

You hold a young deer in your hand. You have an idea of holding fire and a big battle-axe which can be thrown on enemies and are united with a lady of distinction as one half, in Kuṭavāyil where the swarms of bees hum sweetly like honey with the idea of opening the petals of buds. You were present in the temple built according to Agama rules, as your favorite temple.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:20:41 AM »
Verse  3:

கழலார்பூம் பாதத்தீ ரோதக்கடலில் விடமுண்டன்
றழலாருங் கண்டத்தீ ரண்டர்போற்று மளவினீர்
குழலார வண்டினங்கள் கீதத்தொலிசெய் குடவாயில்
நிழலார்ந்த கோயிலே கோயிலாக நிகழ்ந்தீரே.

Siva who wears anklets, in the feet which are as soft as flower. You have in your neck the heat as a result of consuming the poison which rose in the ocean which has waves.
you grant your grace according to the intensity of devotion when celestial beings praise you, you were present in the temple which has splendor in Kuṭavāyil where the swarms of bees hum melody types resembling music produced by flute, as your favorite temple.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:17:24 AM »
Verse  2:

அடியார்ந்த பைங்கழலுஞ் சிலம்புமார்ப்ப வங்கையில்
செடியார்ந்த வெண்டலையொன் றேந்தியுலகம் பலிதேர்வீர்
குடியார்ந்த மாமறையோர் குலாவியேத்துங் குடவாயில்
படியார்ந்த கோயிலே கோயிலாகப் பயின்றீரே.

The golden anklets and the anklets that are worn on the feet to make a sound.
You collect alms wandering in the world, holding in the palm a white skull having the stench of flesh. You resided in the temple which can be compared to other temples, in Kuṭavāyil where Brahmins of noble lineage praise you with delight as your favorite temple.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 27, 2017, 08:13:03 AM »
Tiruk Kudavayil:

Verse  1:

கலைவாழு மங்கையீர் கொங்கையாருங் கருங்கூந்தல்
அலைவாழுஞ் செஞ்சடையி லரவும்பிறையு மமர்வித்தீர்
குலைவாழை கமுகம்பொன் பவளம்பழுக்குங் குடவாயில்
நிலைவாழுங் கோயிலே கோயிலாக நின்றீரே.

Siva who has a stag in the beautiful hand! Who has red matted locks on which the waves of the Ganga, who has tresses of hair in which there is fragrance, are full.
Who made the cobra and the crescent moon to stay there.  You stayed as your favorite temple which is permanent, Kuṭavāyil where plaintain trees bear ripe fruits resembling gold color and areca-palm fruits resembling coral in color.

Arunachala Siva.

General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: February 26, 2017, 01:18:43 PM »
Today is Kochengat Chozha Nayanar Liberation Day.

Masi month, Sadhaya star day.

I have given the detailed life history of Kochengat Chozha in my serial post on
63 Saiva Saints.

Arunachala Siva.

Chapter 31:

1. Ribhu: I shall tell you the most confidential matter which directly illumines one about
Brahman.  It is the core of all the Upanishads, hard to obtain in all worlds.

2. 'Prajnanam Brahma' (the immanent awareness is Brahman). Active certitude in the utterance which is a compound of two words. It is one of the four great aphorisms present in the Vedas such as Rik, Yajur, and Sama.

3. My awareness alone is Brahman. Brahman am I. This world is only knowledge.  The whole world is indeed knowledge. Nothing else there is, other than knowledge.

4. After the attainment of knowledge everything is seen as the form of knowledge. What is the wisdom and of Brahman is verily my own, not different.

5. The import of prajnana is the individual self and that of Brahman is Isvara, the Lord.  Their union is the undivided meaning, the one undivided all pervasive essence.

6. Being in the undivided nature is referred to as Jivan Mukti - the state of liberation while living.  Reality is the one undivided essence.  The divestment of body is called Liberation.

7.  Brahman alone am I, not of the cycle of birth and death.  I am Existence Consciousness Bliss. I am attribute-less. I am part-less. I am supremely blissful.

8.  I am eternal. I am without wavering. I am consciousness.  I am Consciousness, always, The mind which abides in Brahman as the self is defined as being in the undivided mode.

9.  As salt in water becomes indivisibly one with it, so is the one undivided Essence, I shall describe the features of liberation out of the body.

10. forsaking the word Prajna, and indeed the word Brahman, leave out the expressions 'I am', 'I am the great', 'I am the accomplished';


Arunachala Siva.                 

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