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General topics / Re: Editorial - Mountain Path - April- June 2016:
« on: February 26, 2017, 11:12:13 AM »
Bhagavan's poetry embraces us all.  Though the original is in Tamizh, even if we chant
the verses with little initial understanding, we can soon enter the thrust of the verses till they throb in our veins.  Poetry starts in silence, the silence of expectation, and it ends in another silence, -- if it speaks the truth - a fullness without measure. From out of our solitude we read or speak or chant till, in a subtle way we cannot explain, we are joined with something greater than whom we think we are, with our fixed memories, desires and fears.  The walls dissolve and we experience fullness (Purna).  We are reminded of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad:  'That is full, this is full.  Fullness gushes forth fullness. Even after the full has been fully drawn upon this full remains full. (Brihad. 5.1.1.).

Our understanding of Bhagavan is mediated through words. His words are the vessel to express our longing, heart ache, love and joy towards that which we know in our heart of hearts to be true.  It is the way of connecting when all our own collection of carefully accumulated words to describe the world and ourselves fail.  It is an act of reciprocity and brings us into the right relationship with Arunachala.  One way to strengthen this relationship is to set aside time and listen each day to the Asramam recording of Tamizh Parayana.

This remarkable aspect of these songs is that they resonate and give us the gift of belonging to something far greater than we normally expect, hindered as we are with our unconscious vasanas or tendencies.  It is an intimacy that is both private and participatory.  It is a family feeling of belonging. Bhagavan joked that He left His family in Madurai and renounced the world and yet look at the family He now has at Arunachala. This is the paradox of Ramana Maharshi:  a Sadhu absorbed in Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi yet a keen participant in the lives of those who came for solace.
Nobody is left out who comes with a sincere heart.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.               

4427
General topics / Re: Editorial - July - September -2016:
« on: February 26, 2017, 10:55:13 AM »
When people came to Bhagavan either out of devotion or curiosity, they were treated with great courtesy.  Once someone has decided that Bhagavan is their Guru and is accepted on some mysterious level of existence invisible to others, then the obligation to behave correctly and meticulously follow instructions begins.  Bhagavan may be a benign grandfather who cares for his family, but he is also a strict master who expects, no, demands the very best from a Sadhaka.  There are no excuses, no evasions.  If we do our best, more cannot be expected and any weaknesses will be forgiven out of the bounty of His compassion. But try we must. Bhagavan knows us much better than we know ourselves and he also knows that we are capable of much more than we realize. If we were lost at sea and felt we could not swim another stroke so must drown, Bhagavan would give us the courage and endurance to carry on until we reached land;  we would however have to make the initial effort to reach the shore. (Sri Ramana Jnana Bodham, volume 8, verse 192, quoted in  Padamalai.)

Ananda Mayi Ma was asked why do we forget (pramada) what is good for us?  Why do we forget our higher purpose, God and Guru?  In an expansive gesture with arms wide open indicating this entire world that surrounds us she exclaimed, 'This is the kingdom of forgetfulness, that surrounds us she exclaimed, 'This is the kingdom of forgetfulness, therefore you forget!'  She was emphasizing the essential need for Sadhana as the remedy for the human condition of forgetfulness.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.       
               
   

4428
General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:46:25 AM »
Verse  11:

கொந்தணவும் பொழில்புடைசூழ் கொச்சைமேவு குலவேந்தன்
செந்தமிழின் சம்பந்தன் சிறைவண்புனல்சூழ் திருநல்லூர்ப்
பந்தணவு மெல்விரலாள் பங்கன்றன்னைப் பயில்பாடல்
சிந்தனையா லுரைசெய்வார் சிவலோகஞ்சேர்ந் திருப்பாரே.


Sambandhan, an authority on chaste Tamizh and the great chief in Kochai* surrounded on all sides by gardens where there are bunches of flowers, those who recite with meditation the verses on Siva who has a lady who holds in her fingers a ball, as his half, in Tiru Nallūr surrounded by plenty of water which has dams on it.
will stay permanently in the world of Siva.

*another name for Sirkazhi, the birth place of Jnana Sambandhar.

Padigam on Tiru Nallur completed.

Arunachala Siva.


4429
General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:42:23 AM »
Verse  10:

பொல்லாத சமணரொடு புறங்கூறுஞ் சாக்கியரொன்
றல்லாதா ரறவுரைவிட் டடியார்கள் போற்றோவா
நல்லார்க ளந்தணர்கள் நாளுமேத்துந் திருநல்லூர்
மல்லார்ந்த கோயிலே கோயிலாக மகிழ்ந்தீரே.

You felt happy in dwelling in the most elegant temple in Tiru Nallūr when the good-natured Brahmins praise you everyday and other devotees who have turned a deaf ear to the religious instructions of the Buddhists who always slander together with the wicked Jains who are not worthy of regard, praise you without ceasing.

Arunachala Siva.


4430
General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:38:05 AM »
Verse 9:

போதின்மே லயன்றிருமால் போற்றியும்மைக் காணாது
நாதனே யிவனென்று நயந்தேத்த மகிழ்ந்தளித்தீர்
தீதிலா அந்தணர்கள் தீமூன்றோம்புந் திருநல்லூர்
மாதரா ளவளோடு மன்னுகோயில் மகிழ்ந்தீரே.

You granted your grace with joy when Brahma who is on a lotus flower, and Vishnu, could not see you and praised with piety `He is the master!'.  You felt happy in staying permanently in the temple along with the lady, at Tiru Nallūr where the Brahmins who do not commit sinful acts maintain the three fires. [The three fires are spoken in Puṟam also].

Arunachala Siva.

4431
General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:33:48 AM »
Verse 8:

காதமரும் வெண்குழையீர் கறுத்தவரக்கன் மலையெடுப்ப
மாதமரு மென்மொழியாண் மறுகும்வண்ணங் கண்டுகந்தீர்
தீதமரா வந்தணர்கள் பரவியேத்துந் திருநல்லூர்
மாதமருங் கோயிலே கோயிலாக மகிழ்ந்தீரே.

You wear a white ear-ring in one ear. When the demon lifted the mountain with anger,
you felt joy to make the lady with lovable soft words, bewilder. You felt happy in the beautiful temple at Tiru Nallūr where Brahmins who disliked evil acts, praise you in the second person and third person, as the temple fit for you.

Arunachala Siva.

4432
General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:30:13 AM »
Verse  7:

ஊன்றோயும் வெண்மழுவு மனலுமேந்தி யுமைகாண
மீன்றோயுந் திசைநிறைய வோங்கியாடும் வேடத்தீர்
தேன்றோயும் பைம்பொழிலின் வண்டுபாடுந் திருநல்லூர்
வான்றோயுங் கோயிலே கோயிலாக மகிழ்ந்தீரே.


Holding a white battle-axe soaked in flesh, and fire, You have a form with which you rise high and dance to fill the sky in which there are stars, to be witnessed by Uma.
You felt happy in dwelling in the temple which touches the sky, at Ttiru Nallūr where in the gardens which have honey, bees hum like music, as the temple fit for you.

Arunachala Siva.

4433
General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:26:46 AM »
Verse  6:

கார்மருவு பூங்கொன்றை சூடிக்கமழ்புன் சடைதாழ
வார்மருவு மென்முலையாள் பாகமாகு மாண்பினீர்
தேர்மருவு நெடுவீதிக் கொடிகளாடுந் திருநல்லூர்
ஏர்மருவு கோயிலே கோயிலாக விருந்தீரே.

The golden and fragrant matted locks hangs low because of wearing beautiful Koṉṟai flowers which blossom in winter. You have the greatness of a lady of soft breasts wearing a bodice, as a half. You dwelt in the beautiful temple at Tiru Nallūr where in the long streets where cars are drawn, flags are waving, as the temple fit for you.

Arunachala Siva.

4434
General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:23:14 AM »
Verse  5:

நிணங்கவரு மூவிலையு மனலுமேந்தி நெறிகுழலாள்
அணங்கமரும் பாடலோ டாடன்மேவு மழகினீர்
திணங்கவரு மாடரவும் பிறையுஞ்சூடித் திருநல்லூர்
மணங்கமழுங் கோயிலே கோயிலாக மகிழ்ந்தீரே.

Holding a trident of three blades which is partial to the fat of enemies, and fire.
You have beauty, and desire dancing with songs wished by the lady who has curly tresses of hair. Wearing the cobra which takes out the life by its poison, and crescent.
moon you were happy to dwell in the temple at Tiru Nallūr from where fragrance spreads, as the temple fit for you.

Arunachala Siva.

4435
General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:19:16 AM »
Verse 4:


கூனமரும் வெண்பிறையும் புனலுஞ்சூடுங் கொள்கையீர்
மானமரு மென்விழியாள் பாகமாகு மாண்பினீர்
தேனமரும் பைம்பொழிலின் வண்டுபாடுந் திருநல்லூர்
வானமருங் கோயிலே கோயிலாக மகிழ்ந்தீரே.

You have the nature of wearing a white and curved crescent moon and water.
You have the greatness of having as a half a lady whose eyes are like the deer's looks.
You felt happy in dwelling in the temple which is worshipped by Devas, in Tiru Nallūr where in the verdant gardens having honey-combs bees him, as the temple fit for you.

Arunachala Siva.

4436
General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:15:47 AM »
Verse  3:

குறைநிரம்பா வெண்மதியஞ் சூடிக்குளிர்புன் சடைதாழப்
பறைநவின்ற பாடலோ டாடல்பேணிப் பயில்கின்றீர்
சிறைநவின்ற தண்புனலும் வயலுஞ்சூழ்ந்த திருநல்லூர்
மறைநவின்ற கோயிலே கோயிலாக மகிழ்ந்தீரே.

Having worn the white crescent moon whose deficiency is never filled up.
You practice dancing desiring it along with songs set to measure of time by drums, which are played on a high pitch, when the cool and golden colored matted locks  hangs low. You rejoiced [for having] as your temple, the temple where Vēdas are chanted always, in Nallūr surrounded by fields and cool water with dams across it.

Arunachala Siva.

4437
General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:11:32 AM »
Verse  2:

அலைமல்கு தண்புனலும் பிறையுஞ்சூடி யங்கையில்
கொலைமல்கு வெண்மழுவு மனலுமேந்துங் கொள்கையீர்
சிலைமல்கு வெங்கணையாற் புரமூன்றெரித்தீர் திருநல்லூர்
மலைமல்கு கோயிலே கோயிலாக மகிழ்ந்தீரே.

Wearing the crescent moon and the cool water which has increasing waves,
you have the principle of holding in your palm a white battle-axe which has the nature of killing, and fire you burnt the three cities with the hot arrow which was flourishing in the bow. You rejoiced in dwelling in the temple which has the appearance of a hill as the temple appropriate to you [This temple is described as the temple comparable to Kailash which is white in color like silver;] [The name of the goddess in Giri Sundari].

Arunachala Siva.

4438
General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 26, 2017, 08:08:05 AM »
Tiru Nallur:

Verse 1:

பெண்ணமருந் திருமேனி யுடையீர் பிறங்குசடைதாழப்
பண்ணமரும் நான்மறையே பாடியாடல் பயில்கின்றீர்
திண்ணமரும் பைம்பொழிலும் வயலுஞ்சூழ்ந்த திருநல்லூர்
மண்ணமருங் கோயிலே கோயிலாக மகிழ்ந்தீரே.

You have a holy body in which a lady stays. When the glittering matted locks is hanging low, you are practicing dance singing the four Vēdas in which there are melody-types. In Tiru Nallūr which is surrounded by fields and verdant gardens of great strength, you are rejoicing in dwelling in the temple which is desired by the people of this world.

Arunachala Siva.

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51.  The discussion on existence, the discussion relating to non existence, the self of the form of the fifty letters, the self of sixty four arts -

52.  all are Brahman.  There is no doubt of this.  I am that Brahman.  There is no uncertainty about this.  Brahman alone am I, the serene self.  Brahman alone am I, the inexhaustible consciousness.

53.  I am removed from the scholarship of the scriptures; aloof to the wisdom of the Vedas.  All that is uttered is the supreme Brahman.  There cannot be an iota of doubt about this. 

54. Brahman indeed am I. There is no doubt of this.  That Brahman am I. There is no uncertainty about this. Brahman alone am I, the serene self. Brahman indeed am I,
the  non diminishing awareness.

55. Such is Brahman which is just 'That'. Because of that, this becomes adorable to you.  'All is Brahman.  There is no doubt about this' -  the mortal who always realizes thus, who hears this regularly, becomes verily consciousness and blemish free.

56.  The multifarious transformations of the world, though parts of one whole such as the limbs of the body, can cause disturbance by generating endless doubts.  Those who do not soil their hearts by transcending this delusion attain liberation from body by the gracious glance of Siva.

Thus concludes chapter 30 entitled 'The topic of the demonstration of the unitary nature of Brahman' in the sixth amsa called Sankara of Sri Siva Rahasyam.

concluded.

Arunachala Siva.

         

4440
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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