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Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Tayumanavar Songs
« on: December 09, 2008, 11:11:31 AM »
We shall continue to see certain other verses in Sukavari, the Ocean
of Bliss, of Tayumanavar, the compositon which Bhagavan Ramana
liked very much.

Verse 9 reads as under:

The different religions  which have different ideas and concepts,
Will not speak the same thing, and there will be quarrel.
The sages who are ascetics, will not speak anything to others,
The learned yogis due to Nirivikalpa Samadhi, will not speak.
O my Primordial Guru! with three eyes! I shall take only what you
             have spoke to me!
The One who has neither going nor coming, what can you speak
              with words, excepting in Silence?
The Yogis on attainment will speak with doubts the various methods
               of yoga,
Hence I decide to stay without any company, without speech,
But if you activate the maya of my mind, how can I attain bliss?
O the Nirguna, the Primordial God,  the great Effulgence!
O the ocean of Bliss, please grace me in Silence with no-mind!       

(Source: Tayumanavar Songs.  Tamil. Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam,
Tiru Paraithurai, near Tiruchirappalli.  Translation and Prose
rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.

Muruga Nayanar was born in a pious Brahmin family of Siva devotees,
in a coastal town called Kaveri Poom Pattinam, the place where river
Kaveri merges in the Bay of Bengal.  His home was reverbrating with
Panchakshara Mantras, that even the doves perched on the trees,
outside his house also repeated Panchakshara Mantras.  Muruga was
always praying to Siva and was going to the Siva temple in the town,
three times a day.  He was given the work of making garlands for Siva.
He collected nice flowers like lotus, konrai, champaka, jasmine and made
fragrant garlands for Siva, every day.  He was praying to Lord Vardhamanesvara, Siva of the temple without break.  To his good
fortune, he deveoped the friendship of Jnana Sambandhar, when the
latter came to his town. 

On the occasion of Jnana Sambandha's wedding, to which he was
invited in a place called Tiru Nallur Perumanam, he also entered
the blazing effulgence, that took away Jnana Sambandha, his wife and
his relatives and also the persons who attended the wedding!

(Source: Periya Puranam, Sekkizhar. Book XII of Saiva Canons.  Saiva
Siddhanta Book Publishing House, Chennai.  Translation and Prose
rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.       

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sivananada Lahari
« on: December 09, 2008, 10:11:48 AM »
The Verse 34 of Sivananda Lahari, speaks about the dissolution of
the universe by Siva.

O Pasupati!  How can I describe your glorious courage?  O Sambu!
Who else has got this courage?    Who can get this state of Atma?
How can others get this?  The devas are trembling, the Sages are
shivering in fear, the universe is dissolving.  In that catastrophe,
you simply stand fearlessly, simply watching this great dissolution,
and dance with bliss!

(See here, also Sri Soundarya Lahari.  26. Brahma is dying.  Vishnu
is lost. Yama dies. Kubera embraces death. All the Indras close their
eyes in death.  In this great dissolution, O My Mother Lalita!  Your
Sadasiva is playing with you!)

The Verse 35, shows about the self surrender and bhakti within.

O the bearer of the burden of protecting and saving the beings.
You are the one who thinks of doing good for the devotees, in this
birth and hereafter.  You are the Guru, showing the way of liberation.
You are within and without.  You are all knowing. You are all prevalent.
You are all present at all the time.  You the god of grace, what can
I request to you?  O the conferer of Bliss!  You are the one who confers
bliss by closing staying with in me!  I am contemplating only on this!

(Source: Sivananada Lahari. Sanskrit-Tamil. Sri Ramakrishna Math.
Chennai. Translation and Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.   

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Miracles Do Happen
« on: December 09, 2008, 10:00:04 AM »
T.K. Sundaresa Iyer, in May 1933, on his 36th birthday, after bath
and usual prayers, sat in Bhagavan Ramana's presence in a pensive
mood, thinking within himself that he had not experience of the Real
as yet and prayed to Bhagavan Ramana that he should have on that
special day the touch of His Grace.  Handing over a slip of paper a Tamil
song where in he had mentioned these thoughts, to Bhagavan Ramana,
he prostrated before Him. 

Bhagavan Ramana bade him to sit down and gazed steadily at him.
All of a sudden, Iyer lost his body-consciousness and was absorbed
in Maharshi.  He was turned inward, and the voice of Bhagavan bade
him see whatever he had desired.  He felt that he could have the darshan
of Rama, his life would have been fruitful.  He had immediately had
darshan of Rama, with Sita, Lakshmana, Bharata, Satrughna and Hanuman!  The ecstazy of the vision was beyond description!  He
simply sat on, without knowing that Bhagavan Ramana was gazing at
him.  Two hours might have passed in pin drop silence, lost in vision,
Sundaresa Iyer continued to sit, till the vision vanished.  He prostrated
at the feet of Bhagavan Ramana, with tears of ecstazy in his eyes and
his hairs stood on end.  To Bhagavan Ramana's enquiry, he replied
that he had vision of Sri Rama!

Bhagavan Ramana then asked him to fetch a book of Sri Dakshinamoorthy Ashtottaram.  He showed him the fifth name from the last, which said:
Om Yogi Pattarabhiramaya Namaha.  Bhagavan said:  Rama is Dakshinamoorthy and Dakshinamoorthy is Rama.  He continued:
You, know where Ayodhya is?  It is in the Sun, according to Vedas.
Arunachala is the Sun, Ashtachakrapuri, with eight corners and
is also navadvara devanam Purayodhya, with nine gates, (Ayodhya is).
Lord Arunachala is Rama as well as Dakshinamoorthy.  One need not
go the Sun to see Ayodhya or Rama, it is here and now!

(Source: Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace. Volume 2.
Sri Ramansramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.             

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Zen Stories
« on: December 08, 2008, 04:59:07 PM »
A philospher asked the Buddha: "Without words, without the wordless,
will you tell me the Truth?"

The Buddha kept silence.

The philosopher bowed and thanked the Buddha, saying:
"With your loving kindness, I have cleared away my delusions
and entered the True Path."

After the philospher had gone, Ananda asked the Buddha, what
he had attained.

The Buddha replied:  "A true horse runs even at the shadow of the whip!"

Mumon's Comments:

Ananda was the disciple of the Buddha.  Even so, his opinion did not
surpass that of outsiders.  I want to ask you monks: How much difference
is there between disciples and outsiders?

To tread the sharp edge of a sword,
To run on smooth-frozen ice,
One needs no footsteps to follow.
Walk over the cliffs with hands free!

(Source: Gateless Gate - Nyogen Senzaki.  Penguin, London.)

Arunachala Siva. 

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Zen Stories
« on: December 08, 2008, 04:47:39 PM »
A monk asked Boso: "What is Buddha?"

Baso said: "This mind is not Buddha!"

Mumon's comments:  If anyone understands this, he is a graduate
of Zen.

If you meet a fencing-master on the road, you may give him your sword.
If you meet a poet, you may offer him your poem.
When you meet others, say only a part of what you intend.
Never give the whole thing at once!

(Source: Gateless Gate. Nyogen Zenaski. Penguin, London.)

Arunachala Siva. 

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sivananda Lahari
« on: December 08, 2008, 03:56:01 PM »
The verse No. 63 of Sivananda Lahari glorifies Hunter Kannappa
Nayanar and describes the total devotion, which makes up everything
else in life.

O Siva!  Kannappa's old sandal-ware becomes the pure 'koorcham'
that is placed on your head, before abulations.  The water kept in
his mouth becomes a sublime abulations, that were made by devas
after Tirpura Samhara.  The bit of roasted  flesh, partly tasted by the
hunter and given to you, becomes the newly made offerings. O
wonder!  The hunter living in the forest becomes the greatest bhakta!
What can not be achieved by total devotion?  What can it not make up
for other deficiency?

Hunter Kannappa has been glorified by all the Siva poets after him.
Starting from Sankara, Manikkavachagar and others, and right up to Muruganar, everyone speaks of the glory of Kannappa's devotion, which gave him liberation in just six days!

Tirumoolar sings:  (Book X of Siva Canons.)

Love is Sivam, if one understands this,
He will become Sivam, the form of Siva!

Manikkavachagar sings in Tiruvachakam, Tiru Thol Nokkam.

More than the poojas that are done with all other things,
His sandal ware and the water held in his mouth,
Were preferred by you.  He became cool with the bliss of Siva,
And got your Abode, let us sing Siva's shoulders!

(Source: Sivananda Lahari. Sanskrit-Tamil. Sri Ramakrishna Math.
Chennai.  Prose rendering and translation, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sivananda Lahari
« on: December 08, 2008, 03:37:10 PM »
The Verse 80 of Sivananda Lahari, is as under:

O Sambu! You gave me a human birth, hoping that you could dance on
the hard stone-like Heart of mine.  But you have also decided to save me,
so you had practised walking on the hard rocks of Himalayas.  O Siva!
how can your feet which have walked and danced on the homes of devotees, flower decked beds, and beautiful stages* decide to dance
on my stony heart, unless it is for conferring grace to me?

(* the dance stages are the five Sabhas, (Courts) of Siva, like the
golden court of Chidambaram etc.,)

The Verse 81 describes the state of Jivan Mukti.

O Mahesvara with Uma!  Let me place flowers on your golden feet sometimes, let me meditate in samadhi sometimes, let me do prostrations
to you sometimes, let me listen to your divine stories sometimes, let me
visit your temples sometimes, let me chant mantras sometimes, and with
all these, let me surrender to you always and thus attain the state of
Jivan Mukti.

(See Srimad Bhagavad Gita. 5.28)

(Source: Sivananda Lahari.  Sri Ramakrishna Math. Chennai.
Translation and Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sivananda Lahari
« on: December 08, 2008, 03:23:58 PM »
The Verse 89 of Sivananda Lahari, describes the glory of Arjuna and Sakkiya Nayanar, and this is a Nindha-Stuti, adoring in the
form of scolding.

O the Ruler of the world!  You are not pleased as much with prostrations,
woships, and meditation in samadhi, as you are pleased with stones thrown at, and arrows that sprang from the bow. Can I hit with pounding log?
Please tell me how I can do poojas to you that are most dear to you.

(Arjuna was doing tapas towards Siva, for obtaining Pasupatastra. Siva
went as a hunter and picked up quarrel with him.  Arjuna sent arrows
towards his head and Siva rose skywards.  Arjuna caught hold of His
feet and Siva became pleased to give him, Pasupatastra.  Sakkiya Nayanar threw stones at Sivalinga, instead of with flowers,  to avoid punishment
from Jains.  Sankara asks whether he can hit him at least with pounding log, instead of with bow and arrow and stones.)

The verse 90 describes Siva pooja with antharkaranas.

O Siva!  I am not learned in various sublime yoga-margas.  Let me
use my tongue to speak your divine plays that did good for the world.
Let my mind always contemplate on your holy form.  Let me prostrate
before you, for allround welfare.

(Source: Sivananda Lahari. Sanskrit - Tamil. Sri Ramakrishna Math,
Chennai.  Translation and Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.     

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Zen Stories
« on: December 08, 2008, 01:39:37 PM »
Daibai asked Baso: "What is Buddha?"

Baso said: "The mind is Buddha!"

Mumon's Comments:  If anyone wholly understands this, he is
wearing Buddha's clothing.  He is eating Buddha's food. He is
speaking Buddha's words.  He is behaving as Buddha.  He is Buddha.

This anecdote, however, has given many a pupil, the sickenss of
formality. If one truly understands, he will not wash out his mouth
for three times a day, saying the word Buddha.   He will not close
his ears and flee, after hearing, "The mind is Buddha."

Under blue sky, in bright sunlight,
One need not search around.
Asking what Buddha is,
Is like hiding loot in one's pocket and
Decaring oneself innoncent!

(Gateless Gate:  Nyogen Senzaki.  Penguin, London.)

Arunachala Siva.

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Zen Stories
« on: December 08, 2008, 01:28:36 PM »
Two Zen monks were arguing about a flag, on a windy night.

One said: "The flag is moving!"

The other said: "No. The wind is moving!"

The Zen Master Ryutan who happened to be there.
He told them: "Not the wind, not the flag. The mind is moving!"

(The Gateless Gate. Nyogen Senzaki. Penguin. London.)

Arunachala Siva.

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Zen Stories
« on: December 08, 2008, 01:12:56 PM »
A Zen Master named Gettan lived in the latter part of the Tokugawa
era.  He used to say: "There are three kinds of disciples.  Those who
impart Zen to others and keep the lamp burning.  Those who maintain
the temples and shrines.  And those who are the rice bags and the coat

Gasan, another Zen Master expressed the same idea.  When he was
studyi8ng under Tekisui, his teacher was very severe. Sometimes,
he even beat him. Other pupils would not stand this kind of teaching
and quit.  Gasan remained saying: "A poor disciple utilizes the teacher's
influence. A fair disciple admires the teacher's kindness. A good
disciple grows under the teacher's tough discipline!"

(Source: Zen Flesh and Zen Bones.  Paul Reps. Penguin, London.)

Arunachala Siva.

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Zen Stories
« on: December 08, 2008, 01:06:34 PM »
Zen Masters gave personal guidance in a secluded room.  No one
else entered the room while the Master and the pupil were together.

Mokurai, the Zen Master of Kennin Temple, in Kyoto, used to enjoy
talking with mercahnts and newspapermen, as well as with his pupils.
A certain tub-maker was almost illiterate.  He would ask foolish questions
to Mokurai, have tea, and then go away.

One day while the tub-maker was there, Mokurai wanted to give
personal guidance to a disciple. So he asked the tub-maker to wait
in another room.

The man protested, saying: "I understand you are a living Buddha.
But even the stone Buddha at the temple never refuses the numerous
persons who come together before him.  Why then should you I
be excluded?"

Mokurai smied at him and went outside to instruct his disciple!

(Source: Zen Flesh and Zen Bones. Paul Reps. Penguin, London.)

Arunachala Siva.

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Zen Stories
« on: December 08, 2008, 12:37:47 PM »
Ikkyu, the Zen master, was a very clever even as a boy.  His teacher
had a precious tea cup, a rare antique.  Ikkyu, one day happened to
break this tea cup due to negligence, and he was greatly perplexed.
Hearing the footsteps of his teacher, he held the pieces of the cup,
behind him. 

When the master appeared, Ikkyu asked him: "Master! why do people
have to die?"

The Master replied: "This is natural.  Everything gets old and has to
die and has just so long to live."

Ikkyu, producing the shattered tea cup, said: "Master!  It was
time for your tea cup to die today!"

(Source: Zen Flesh and Zen Bones.  Paul Reps. Penguin, London.)

Arunachala Siva. 

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Tayumanavar Songs
« on: December 08, 2008, 12:25:59 PM »
The Verses 7 and 8 of Sukavari of Tayumanavar Songs speak about
the ideas of bliss, sahaja samadhi etc.,

O the priceless gold!  The Ruby!  O my love,
That springs as Knowledge in my knowledge,
O the floods of bliss -- like these I am singing.
I am dancing, I am seeking you for ever,
I called you, I got angry, I shouted again,
With folded hands, with horripilation,
I shed tears like the clouds from the sky!
I got dejected, I became tired.
Even if I am a thief with iron heart,
Have I ever gone away from you?
I am always your slave, I do not know anything else,
I am like a straw. Nevertheless,
How can you leave me, keep me with your devotees!
O the Pure Nirguna Para devata!
O the Effulgence, the Ocean of Bliss!

O the One who keeps all the universes in your Space!
You showed me the Truth in the Space!
You showed me the mindless Space, and
You showed me, my real nature in the Space!
Let me always stay in that mindless state,
in Sahaja Nishta, the state of Bliss beyond bliss!
Where else can I go?
Like the dark clouds in crores of numbers,
Raining on the land, you rained on me,
The Floods of Bliss, in the Pure Space!
O the Ocean of Bliss, with rains of grace,
Please keep me with your devotees!
O Pure Nirguna Paradevata!
O the Effulgence, the Ocean of Bliss.

(Source:  Tayumanavar Songs. Sri Ramakrishana Tapovanam,
Tiru Paraithurai, near Tiruchirappalli.  Translation and Prose
rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.