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46471
The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sri Ramana Ko Thumbi
« on: November 20, 2008, 11:49:20 AM »
Sri Ramana Ko Thumbi, Songs of the Holy Royal Bee, is a composition
of Muruganar, with 32 verses, and this is modelled on Tiru Ko Thumbi,
of Manikkavachagar.  This is in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.

Verse 2 reads as under:

He made me to come, with a lot of vengence in His mind,
On my coming He pierced his spear like looks into my Heart,
He is not a simple guy, this Venkata, he is the murderer,
O Holy Royal Bee, go and hum to his lotus like feet with love!

Verse  5 reads as under:

Without knowing me, what is the use of knowing all tattvas,
And a hundred crores of books, what is the use?
He taught me the Real I-I, and ruled over me, this Venkata,
O Holy Royal Bee, colourful from the Hills,  go and hum to this
                 Venkata and to his feet with love!

(Source:  Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, 1998 edition, Tamil, Muruganar.
 Sri Ramansramam, Tiruvannamalai.  English rendering my own.)

Arunachala Siva.

46472
Dandi Adigal was an agriculturist who was living in Tiruvarur.  He
was born blind.  Everyday he used to go to the Siva Temple with
his staff guiding his way and chanted Panchashara, in the temple.
One day, he was told that Jainas had occupied the west bank of
the famous tank Kamalalayam, near the Siva temple, pulled out the
water to make the tank shallow and muddy, so that water could
not be taken for Siva pooja in the temple.  The local chieftain also
could not say anything, since the King was with them.  Dandi
Adigal went to the tank himself, tied a rope on both ends of the tank,
and holding the rope, he went into the tank, removed the mud shovel
by shovel, praying at the same time for rains to come to fill fresh water.
The Jains came and threatened him.  They cut off the rope and Dandi
Adigal fell into the mud.  They said laughingly:  Do not fall into the mud.
The fish there would die.  Dandi Adigal rose up with great difficulty.
He challenged the Jainas:  Tomorrow, I shall in the king's presence
fall into this muddy water and remain there till my death, or till I get
my eyesight.  If my eyesight is restored by Siva, you have pluck out your
eyes!  The Jainas agreed and did night long prayers.  Dandi Adigal went
to Siva temple and chanted Panchakshari till morning.  Siva appeared
in his dream and said:  I shall be with you.  Please proceed to the tank.

In the presence of king, the saint dived into the muddy water and remained.  Suddenly he was the light in his eyes.  He rose up with
full eyesight.  The Jainas accepted their defeat and wanted to pluck
their eyes.  Dandi Adigal said:  Do not worry to pluck your eyes. Please
go out of this town without any further  mischief, and pray to Siva
for your salvation.

Dandi Adigal continued to chant Siva Panchakshari everyday and
remained in Tiruvarur and at a ripe age, he merged with Siva
effulgence in the Temple.

(Source:  Periya Puranam, Tamil Verses.  Saiva Siddhanta Book
Publishing House, Chennai.  Prose rendering mine.)

Arunachala Siva.         

46473
Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Skandar Andati
« on: November 20, 2008, 11:24:04 AM »
The Verse 69 of Skandar Andati is also a beauty.

This verse reads as under:

Jeevan-asatturu -  This jiva is 'asat', unreal and so even while
     I am alive, let my heart melt for you and let me avoid further birth,

Jeevana-satturu, For the devas to be alive, Siva, gave birth to you
     as an effulgence and you were carried by Agni who has got a
     goat as his vehicle and left at Ganga,

Jee-vana-satturu, She has got fine shining red lotus as her seat,
     she is of red complexion, she is Mahalakshmi, and you are her
     son-in-law*

Jeevan-asatturu, This Jivan, instead of leaving this body which is
     asat and holding on to You who is Sat, when can I attain that
     state, without all these futile thoughts about this world and deeds?

(Source:  Skandar Andati - Tiruppgazh.  Tiruppugazh Devotees Group,
  New Delhi.  Translation my own.)

Arunachala Siva.
     

46474
Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Prarthanai Pathu
« on: November 20, 2008, 11:07:37 AM »
Prarthanai Pathu, Decad of Prayer, was composed by Manikkavachagar,
in Tiruvchakam, and it was composed in Tiru Perundurai.  Actually it
contains eleven verses.

Verse 2 reads as under:

Some devotees prayed to you and got your grace abundantly,
With no such devotion, I am suffering with this foul-smelling
   corpse like body, without any end,
O Siva, kindly snap my prarabdha, and give your ocean of bliss,
My Master, please melt my mind, with your grace without any
   interruption!

Verse 10 reads like this:

O the concorporate of the woman with deer like eyes,
    O the ripe fruit of bliss,
Without melting in my heart, if I remain like an unpunctured
    pot-gord*, how can I get your grace and live?
Knowing  your ocean of grace that has entered my body and
    melting my heart,
When can I live in that state of bliss, O my King, when can
    this sinning soul merge with you?

(Source:  Tiruvachakam, Tamil Verses.  Saiva Siddhanta Book
Publishing House, Chennai.  Translation and  Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.   

46475
Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Swamimalai Tiruppugazh
« on: November 20, 2008, 10:57:34 AM »
Swamimalai is a small village near Kumbakonam, in Tamil Nadu.
There is a Skanda Temple, here, where Skanda is called Swami Natha.
Swami in Sanskrit Amarakosa refers always to Skanda, as Swami
is the name of Vivekananada in SRK Math usage.  He is the Master,
Natha for Siva, because, it is here Skanda explained the Pranava
mantra to Siva!  Skanda is here, without Valli and Deivayana, two
consorts.  He is wearing a codpiece and holding a staff, as an asectic.
It is here and in Pazhani, Skanda is in this form.  There is no natural
mountain in Swamimalai.  The small Hills here is man-made, done
by Kulottunga Chozha II. 

The song reads like this:

There are women on the streets, who are gossiping with full
   venom about me,
The otherwise cool moon, is red, above the ocean and is
   burning me with its Sun-like rays!
The god of love, with his sugarcane and flower arrows is
    always aiming at me,
My mind is getting agitated and my breasts are swelling with
    expectations,
O Skanda with a Spear that pierces the Krouncha Hills into two parts,
O Skanda, the god of Tiru Erakam*, shining with Effulgence!
O the Poet who knows all the Vedas and the Tamil scriptures!
O the god who removed the handcuffs of Hari, Brahma and others!**

(* Tiru Erekam is a classical name for Swamimalai.  This name is
found even in ancient Tamil poems like Tiru Murugatrupadai, 2 c.AD.
** Hari, Brahma and other devas were imprisoned by Sura Padma,
and after killing him, Skanda released them from prisons.)

(Tiruppugazh - Tamil Verses - Tiruppugazh Devotees Group,
New Delhi.  Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.     

46476
The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Miracles Do Happen
« on: November 20, 2008, 10:32:03 AM »
Once there was one Sankaranada Bharati, who was a Skanda
bhakta.  He was meditating in the Himalayas, in a cave, on Skanda,
keeping a Skana image as the Ascetic in Pazhani, with a staff in his
hand and wearing a codpiece.  His friend-sadhu came to him and
gave a photograph of Bhagavan Ramana, and said:  He is Skanda
avatara living in Tiruvannamalai.  You can pray to Him.  Bharati
did not agree readily, but received the photograph and kept it
along with Skanda.  When he was meditating, he suddenly saw
Bhagavan Ramana in Skanda's image and vice versa.  Soon in his
vision, both became a single image.  Sankarananda Bharati became
nervous but continued his meditation.  The same miracle re-appeared.
He soon came to Tiruvannamalai and saw Bhagavan Ramana and
prostrated to Him.  He spent a few months with Bhagavan Ramana.
He has also made one Ashottara - 108 Holy Names, on Bhagavan Ramana.  It starts:  Om Sri Sonaparvata dheesa, Sri Kumarmsa Sambhava!
He also mad a poetic composition beginning as 'Himachala Nivasinam,
Nata janardhi vicchedakam, Kumaram Analotbhavam....'

Arunachala Siva.

46477
The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Upadesha Saram
« on: November 20, 2008, 10:22:55 AM »
This thyladhara is called the silent meditation, the brahamakara vritti.
Like til oil flowing without noise, without splashing, this flows.

This is very difficult.  Poeple have complained to Bhagavan Ramana that
they are not able to do meditation and office work simultaneously.
When one is attended, the other stops.  Constant practice helps one
to do meditation in work.  There, the mind as oil flowing does the work!
It is brahmakara vritti which is doing the work.

Once Muruganar was asked to do pooja in Mathrubhutesvara Temple.
He had to chant mantras or Tamil song, ring the bell from the left hand
and raise the arti with the right hand.  He just stayed looking at the
Siva Linga, chanting mantras, but the bell could not rung and the
arti could not raise the arti.  When he rang the bell, he had to stop
the other two activities.  When the arti was raised, the remaining two
could not be proceeded with.  Bhagavan Ramana smiled at him and said:
Why are you not able to do all the three?  He then showed how these
should be done!

Again, once Muruganar was with Bhagavan Ramana, while the latter
was boiling a thyla on a big vessel near the cowshed.  The thyla was
prepared for bath or as an oil for massaging.  When the boiling was
over, Bhagavan Ramana put out the fire and asked Muruganar to
transfer the oil from the vessel to smaller bottles with a ladle.  Muruganar
was looking at Bhagavan Ramana and was transferring the oil.  He
kept on pouring the oil into the bottles.  He was doing continually,
that the oil overflowed and fell on the ground!  Without knowing that,
Muruganar was looking at Bhagavan Ramana.  A good amount of oil
was already on the ground. Bhagavan Ramana as usual smiled at him
and said:  What is that you are doing?  The oil is spreading on the floor!

The story does not end here.  Bhagavan Ramana then said:  Take the
oil and apply on your head, do not waste it.  Muruganar was still looking
at Bhagavan Ramana and kept on rubbing the oil from the floor and
applying it on his head.  Soon, he was found that he was applying even
mud on his head.  Again, Bhagavan Ramana said:  You cannot do two
things simultaneously.  Alright, now go and have a bath and remove
both the oil and the mud!   
   
Verse   7: in Tamil.

Vittu karuthalin* naru nar nei veezchi** pol,
Vittidathu unnale*** undhi para,
visedam**** am munnave undhipara!

(*Vittu karuthalin - intermittant meditation.
** naru nar nei veezchi - the continuous meditation, like the nice smelling oil.
*** vittidathu unnale - continuous meditation. 

**** visedam - Vishesham - better, special.

Arunachala Siva.                                                           

46478
Dear Dr. Raju, srkudai, Ramanaduli and others,

There is a beautfiul name under the 108 Holy Names of Bhagavan
Sri Ramana Maharshi.  This was composed by Visvanathaswami.

The name is:

Name: 43: Om Rachitachala Thandavaya Namah:

One who dances as the Hills.  How the Hills, which is achala, non-
moving, can dance?  Visavanathasvami explains, that He is the Hills,
non-moving Self, but is full of Effulgence.  The glittering effulgence,
the vibrating rays of the light dance!  The Non-moving Self, which is
not the mind, dances, all activities take place!  The mind's agitation,
we always know, this is the mind's dance, day in and day out.  If
one remains as the Witness, then the Witness's Effulgence dances,
and this is called Sakti-nipatam, the dance of Uma in Siva. This is
explained  in Name 16.  This is the touch of the untouch!  This is the
dance is of the non-moving!  This dance stops all the other dances,
the mind's agitation.

Arunagiri Natha says in one Tiruppugazh, when I am tossing in the
oceans of samsara, you come as a boatman!  When the boatman,
the Self, takes you and moves with his boat, your "tossing" is no longer there.  This is agaiin further explained in another Name No. 93, Om Samsararnva-tharakaya Namah.  Visvanathaswami explains this name
with the particular reference to this Tiruppgazh.

Arunachala Siva.

46479
Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Skandar Andati
« on: November 19, 2008, 02:58:03 PM »
Skandar Andati, of Arunagiri Natha, has got many verses with
word play.  Andati itself demands a lot of grammatical structure
and form.  This is Yamaga Andati, the most difficult where every
first word or words of each line are the same, but with different
meaning.  I have not yet come to that verse, which clean bowled
Villiputtarar.  I am trying to translate that into English.  This verse,
No. 38 reads as under:

Chitrambalathai,  You are the Space of Jnana in Chitrambalam,
    the Heart Cave,
Chitrambalam, this is my lamp,  where I place a wick of scripture,
 pour ghee of devotion and light the lamp of Wisdom.
Chitrambalam, such devotees, are given the prize Siva Saujya, the same
     Form as Siva, in Chitrambalam, O king of Tiruchendur!
Chitrambalam, your sharp arrows, killed the demons, but your
     kadamba garland*, has hurt my breasts.*

(*  Kadamba or Neelorpala garland is symblic of the Self and the
breasts are symblic of the individual soul, suffering in this world.
This is in Nayaki-Nayaka bhava.  The maiden-love says that she
is not hurt by the sharp arrows of Skanda, but His kadamba garland,
on embrace had hurt her breasts! This represents union of the individual
soul with the Oversoul.)

(Skandar Andati, Tiruppugazh, Tamil verses.  Tiruppugazh Devotees'
Group, New Delhi.  Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.   


46480
Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Tiruttani Tiruppugazh
« on: November 19, 2008, 02:40:08 PM »
Tiruttani is one of the six abodes of Skanda.  This is where Skanda
is said to have married Valli, the hunter girl.  Arunagari Natha
has composed many songs on Tiruttani Skanda.  One of them reads
as under:

I am simply getting drowned in this shoreless ocean of Samsara,
   I am talking all nonsense as if they are the real thing in life,
I am everyday toiling in this world, talking ill-words to the elders,
   and am not thinking and serving you,
I get all illnesses, due to the disease of this birth, my restless mind
   goes mad, and am struggling,
And getting further birth after death. Please grace me, to snap
  my further birth, and spend the time, thinking about you now,
You are the beloved husband of Valli, seeking her hand for wedding.
   and played with her in the millet fields,
I now seek you with all my prayers, please take me to your feet,
   and have the everlasting bliss, this is your debt!
The devotees who pray to you many times on a day, let them
   chant this Tiruppugazh on every step of Tiruttani Temple!*
This is the Abode of You and Siva Loka of devotees, O Physician!
   please cure this disease of my birth!     

(* How prophetic is Arunagiri Natha's words!
*Tiruttani Temple is the first temple, where the chanting of Tiruppugazh
songs started.  The devotees use to chant, one song every step,
totally about 400 songs before reaching the Temple on the Hills.
The bhajan would commence at 7 pm and close at 4 am next morning.
This practice was started by Vallimalai Swamigal, a devotee of Bhagavan
Ramana, who saw Bhagavan Ramana as Skanda, in his vision.  It
was first started on 31st December night and the New Year was celebrated
next morning by the devotees in the Temple.  This practice is now followed
in many Skanda temples, on many days in a year.  Tiruttani Bhajan
is usually done on 31st Dec-1st January. There is one more interesting
anecdote. Visvanathasvami, in his 108 Holy Names of Bhagavan has
comosed a name called Bhavaroga Bhishakvarya Namah.  O the Physician
for this disease of birth!  This is commented by Visvanathasvami, giving
this Tiruppugazh in detail.)

(Tiruppugazh, Tamil Songs.  Arunagiri Natha.  Tiruppugazh Devotees
Group, New Delhi.  Prose rendering, mine.)

Arunachala Siva.     

46481
Tiru Nalai Povar, was an agricultural labourer, a low caste peasant.
He was living in a village near Chidambaram. He was a great Siva devotee. One day, he wanted to go to Tiru Pungur, a Siva temple town, nearby.
So he went there and prayed to Siva.  As an outcaste, he was not permitted
to go inside the temple, but he prayed from the outer street.  He found
the Nandi, the Big Bull of Siva, hiding the Siva lingam.  He prayed intently
to Siva, requesting Him to keep the bull a little away.  Siva told Nandi,
"Keep a little away for some time, my devotee wants to see Me."
Nandi parted the way and the saint could see Siva.  His fame spread
after this incident.  Then the saint wanted to go to Chidambram.  But
rules were more strict in Chidambaram, where the three thousand brahmins priests were guarding the temple, and only brahmins were
allowed inside.  Tiru Nalai Povar, however went upto the outer wall
of Chidambram temple and it was night and so he slept, not knowing
what to do further!  In the dream Siva, asked him:  "Why are you
worried about your caste?  Are you ready to enter the fire, purfiy yourself,
and then come and see Me?"  The saint said yes.  The same dream had
come to the brahmins of the temple and they were keeping a fire ready.
Tiru Nalai Povar prayed to Siva, raised his folded hands and entered the
fire, chanting Siva Siva...  From the other side, he came out with
resplendent effulgence, with sacred thread and holy ashes all over the
body!  The priests fell at his feet and asked for pardon.  Siva appered
before Tiru Nalai Povar and took him to His Abode!

(Nandanar is the saint's real name.  Tiru Nalai Povar, is the name
given by the author Sekkizhar of  Periya Puranam.  Nalai Povar  means,
"I shall go tomorrow!"  Since Nandanar was telling everyday that he
would go tomorrow to Chidambram, that became his name.  One
Gopala Krishna Bharatiar later in 19th century has composed an opera
called Nandanar Charitram.  This became famous because of the
national Harijan temple entry movement at that period.)

(Periya Puranam, The stories of 63 Siva Saints, Sekkizhar, Tamil
Verses.  Prose rendering, my own.)

 
Arunachala Siva.
 

46482
Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Tiru Ko Thumbi
« on: November 19, 2008, 01:49:11 PM »
Thumbi is a butterfly or a bee.  Ko Thumbi, means Royal Butterfly
or Bee.  Tiru Ko Thumbi, Song of the Holy Royal Bee, is a composition
of twenty verses in Tiruvachakam of Manikkavachagar.  The maiden
love is sending the Royal Bee as the messenger to Siva. 

Verse 1 reads like this:

The lotus seated Brahma, Indra, the goddess of white lotus
              Sarasvati,
Narayana, the four great Vedas, and the devas cannot see
That Great Effugence riding on the bull,
O Royal Bee, go to His lotus feet and hum!

Verse 2 reads like this:

Who am I?  What is my mind?  What is my wisdom?  Who can save me?
Unless the god of the gods, take hold of me, O Royal Bee!
Drunk with your own honey, go and hum to His honey like feet,
He is dancing in the golden court, eating in the flesh covered skull of
                                    Brahma!   

(Source:  Tiruvachakam, Tamil Verses.  Saiva Siddhanta Book
Publishing House, Chennai.  Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.

46483
The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Miracles Do Happen
« on: November 19, 2008, 01:36:32 PM »
Once, one Ramaswami Pillai, who was reading in Tiruvannamalai,
who was spiritual by nature, was going to Bhagavan Ramana often
in the Hills and Bhagavan Ramana by His 'looks' was always flowing
His grace upon him.  Later he went to Madras for college studies,
but was visiting Bhagavan Ramana whenever he was in Tiruvannamalai.
Once he went at the night and Bhagavan Ramana was alone with a
few devotees. Ramaswami Pillai chanted Sri Arunachala Akshara Mana
Malai.  It was around 8 pm and Pillai had to take leave.  At that time,
rains started pouring.  Bhagavan Ramana asked him, whether he should
eat something.  He added that they do not eat at night, so Pillai also
had to fast, since there is nothing at the cave to eat.  Suddenly Ramanatha
Brahmachari came with some sweet pongal and half a coconut.  Bhagavan
said: Ramanatha, boil some water and pour the sweet pongal and coconut
descicated, and we shall make a sweet gruel and drink by sharing.  Pillai
was quite happy.  Again around 9 pm, two students came in the torrential
rain.  They were from Coimbatore.  They said that they have come to see
Him, on their way back to Coimbatore after the educational tour.  They
had brought a large packet of sweet candies and plenty of plantains!
Bhagavan said:  "O we have sweet candies and plantains too.  Mix
these also in the gruel and serve.  Pillai and others had a sumptuous
supper!  Bhavgvan Ramana said:  "O Pillai, I was fasting for the last
364 days without eating at night. In your presence, I am breaking the
night time fasting tonight!"  He also took the gruel and became quite
pleased with the developements.  Pillai became doubly happy since
he was responsible for Bhagavan Ramana's gruelling one session
for 1 year, being broken at that night!

Arunachala Siva. 

46484
The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Upadesha Saram
« on: November 19, 2008, 01:23:53 PM »
Verse 6:

I forgot the Tamil version.  Here it is:

Vazhutthalil vaikkucha vaikut japathil,
Vizhuppa manathu undhi para,
Vilambum dhyanam idhu undhi para.  (Verse 7)

Arunachala Siva.

46485
The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Upadesha Saram
« on: November 19, 2008, 01:20:30 PM »
To add to Dr. Raju,

In prayer,  it is better to chant the names and do the japa, within
the mouth, and it is called mantra dhyanam.  Better the low voiced
than the loud.  But the best is meditation within the mind.

Better than hymns of praise,
Is repetition of the name,
Better low-voiced than loud,
But best of all,
Is meditation in the mind.  

Once a queen was doing a lot of mantra japa but the king was
busy with his royal work.  However, he found that his wife is
advancing in spiritual field than he, who is spending his time
in the worldly work of a king.  So, he decided to do mantra japa
at night while sleeping.  Since sounds will distrub his wife, he
wanted to do it within the mouth and in due course, it became
a meditation in mind.  One early morning, the queen found her
husband mumbling something and she asked for the reason.  The
king did not want to reply but on persistence from the wife, he
told the truth.  The queen became very happy and said he can
continue this meditation and she would look after the work relating
to the king.  The king went to the forest and continued his practice.

A story from Yoga Vasishta as told by Bhagavan Ramana.

Arunachala Siva.