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Arunagiri Natha's Tiruppugazh song on the Skanda of Tiru Nagesvaram,
sings the glory of Skanda as the Guru of Siva, his father.

The sinners who do not have any duties of birth but merely prattle
   about atheism,
Those who do not take care of their parents but merely scold them,
Those who take the flesh of the cows, without any love for the cows,
Those who ogle at neighbour's women and do all adultery,
Those who always make treacherous plants for the ill of others,
Those who are passionate and angry at all times and at all people,
Those who take away the possessions of others with least shame,
Those who speak ill of others and make scandals on their neighbours,
Those who do not give alms but merely keep their wealth beneath
   the earth,
These will give many births again and again as dogs and lowly animals,

You found the mango tree, the form in which
Surpadma was hiding in the ocean,
You chased him into the ocean and split the tree into two,
Uprooting its trunk and roots, you are so valourous,
One who speaks of your glory and worship you as king of Vayalur,
You become a slave to them, and snap their karmas,
And confer the upadesa of Jnana, O the Sadguru,
Who are the Master who taught Siva, your father, Nagesvara,
You are adored by Siva as the Paramaguru, O Lord of Tirunagesvram!

(Source: Tiruppugazh, Arunagiri Natha. Tamil Songs. Tiruppugazh
Devotees' Group, New Delhi.  Prose rendering my own.)

Arunachala Siva. :-       

Enathi Nayanar was a great Siva devotee who was living in a village
called Aiyanoor in Chozha Kingdom.  He was a great sword fighter
and because of his prowess, he was even asked to train the soldiers
and king's kith and kin in swordfight.  He used to carry flowers to
Siva temple every morning, chant Panchakshara and then return
to the training hall to train the disciples in sword fight.  Once in a
war, he helped the king, by killing several enemy soldiers singlehandedly.

One Athisooran, who was also a great sword-wielder, became jealous
of Enathi, and teased him for a dual-fight.  As usual, Enathi Nayanar
went to Siva temple, did worship and returned to the hall for fight.
Athisooran, was wearing a mask and started fighting.  The fight
continued for a while, whereafter Enathi Nayanar had the upperhand.
He cornered Athirsoonran and with his sword at  Athisooran's neck,
he removed the mask to see him.  He found Athisooran having Holy
Ashes on his forehead.  Enathi Nayanar became bewildered for a while,
and then thought how can he fight a Siva devotee having holy ashes
on his forehead.  He threw away the sword, but picked it up again
so that even if Athisooran killed him, he should not have the blame
of killing an unarmed opponent.  He did not wield his sword any further. Athisooran then pierced the chest of Enathi Nayanar and killed him.

Lord Siva was pleased at Nayanar's Sivabhakti and appeared before
Him at the time of his leaving the body.  He took Enathi Nayanar into
the Effulgence and disappeared. 

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

Arunachala Siva.


Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Sivananda Lahari
« on: November 25, 2008, 11:17:09 AM »
Verse 15 of Sivananda Lahari reads as under:

O Pasupati  Unless you do have dislike for me, how can I not have
interest in meditation upon you and store all bad desires in my mind?
How come, are you not  cancelling the words on my head* written by  Brahma? Unless you have that power, how else could you have snapped one of the heads of Brahma with your delicate fingers?

Verse 16 of Sivananada Lahari reads as under:

Let Brahma live with a long life.  Let his remaining heads be safe
without being snapped!  Is it not he, who wrote words on my head?
But I shall no more worry about them.  O blemishless God!  Please
grace through the corner of your eyes and it is that graceful look,
which is saving devotees in this world.

(Source:  Sivananda Lahari.  Sanskrit-Tamil Verses. Sri Ramakrishna
Ashram, Chennai.   Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.   

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Adhbuda Pathu
« on: November 25, 2008, 11:05:10 AM »
Adhbuda Pathu or Decad of Miracles, in the twin-composition with
Decad of Wonders.  This comprises ten verses.  This was composed
in Tiru Perundurai, by Manikkavachagar.

Verse 1 reads as under:

With delusion, I am caught in this ocean of samsara of this
With passion for women and am caught in the whirlpool
    upside down.
You showed me the Grace, by showing your golden feet,
     and I left all falsity,
O the Truth who shows the Space of Jnana and stands before
     me.  What a miracle is this?

Verse 3 reads as under:

I never prayed to you with a large bunch of chosen flowers,
I went upside down onto the women, with sandal paste
    on their breasts,
You showed the Grace, by showing your golden feet, and
    left them without much misery,
O the King who shows the Space of Jnana who stands before
      me.  What a miracles is this?

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

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Miracles Do Happen
« on: November 25, 2008, 10:49:07 AM »
Once,  one Naryana Iyer, who was Bhagavan Ramana's devotees,
who was in Madras, suffered from unstoppable hiccoughs and he
became weak and restless due to this.  He wrote to Bhagavan Ramana,
and asked for His grace for cure.  Bhagavan Ramana, on reading the
letter, told the inmates to prepare some mixture with ginger powder,
cardomom and jaggery and send to Narayana Iyer on the same day.
When the mixture was ready for despatch, he took a pinch of that
and put into his mouth.  The medicine was then sent to him.  A letter
from Naryana Iyer, next day, reached the Asram, even before the
medicine was received by him, stating that the hiccoughs stopped
from around 1 pm, that day, the exact time at which Bhagavan Ramana
took the medicine!

There is one Tamil proverb, which means:

When the gypsy wife was suffering from labour pains,
The gypsy husband took the medicine
And the wife delivered the baby!

Bhagavan Ramana was mother, father and husband of the devotees!

Saint Manikkavachagar sings in Tiruvachakam, Sivapuranam,

"O the Substance, which is dearer than my mother!"

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

Arunachala Siva.       

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Upadesha Saram
« on: November 25, 2008, 10:39:56 AM »
Dear Dr. Raju and srkudai,

One Siddhar has made a two line verse:

If the "neecha", the mind. the lowly vanishes,
The mind is itself Isa, Siva.

Arunachala Siva.

Dear Matthias,

All questions, activities, emotions etc., are of the mind-ego complex.
The standard answer given by Bhagavan Ramana is:  Ask, to whom
these questions, emotions, activities occur.   Bhagavan Ramana says
that with this question, the mind will withdraw into its birth place, viz.,
the Self.  If the questions etc., persist, pursue the question.  Like the
soldiers from the enemy fortress, these will be annihilated one by one,
and at the end, the fortress will be in your hands.

Arunachala Siva. 

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Upadesha Saram
« on: November 24, 2008, 05:13:43 PM »
Dear Dr. Raju,

I agree with you.  The No-mind and no-thought concepts confound
most of us.  Basically we are all afraid that no-mind state is a
fractured mind state of a schizophrenic.  No-mind state gives rise
to Pure Mind, Suddha Manas, and no-thought state gives rise
to Pure Thought.  It is from the Self, that gives rise to activities
that help others for a Jnani.  Sankara composed great Vedantic
literature and Bhagavan Ramana composed Atma Jnana literature
from this Pure Mind. I was only clarifying Matthias' views regarding
'dangerousness of the thoughts after thoughtless state.

Arunachala Siva.   

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Upadesha Saram
« on: November 24, 2008, 04:09:17 PM »
Dear Matthias,

I saw your clarification.  In the No-mind state (it is not thoughtless
state, because the term would be self contradictory), thoughts do
arise, for the purpose of doing good things, helping others, guiding
the disciples and for routine activities like bathing, nature calls, eating
food etc.,  These are good.  Jnanis in 'no mind' state did all the work
of preaching and writing books.

Your second paragraph.  Such thoughts are not dangerous.  Because
it does no harm, like a burnt rope or a killed snake.

Arunachala Siva.

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Tayumanavar Songs
« on: November 24, 2008, 03:45:04 PM »
We shall see the songs of Tayumanava in a few posts:
This is from a composition titled :  "There is a desire"

Verse 11 reads as under:

With sparkling studs on the ears, and with nose that looks fllowers,
And with eyes like spears and blue lilies, when shall I leave their delusion?
He is the consort of the daughter of the Himalayas, the only Godhead,
He is my refuge, he is prayed to by Rama at the Sethu bridge.

Verse 12 reads as under:

He is in atom, he is in cosmos, he is the life in the all lives, but
Who has seen him, who has heard him?  How can I see the one,
Who has not been seen by Vishnu with tulsi garlands and his son,
He is in the lotus of the heart, he is in Chidambaram, he is dancing
   in silence, let us seek him.

(Source:  Tayumanavar Songs.  Tamil Verses. Sri Ramakrishna
Tapovanam, Tiruparai thurai, near Tiruchirapalli.  Translation
and Prose rendering, mine.)

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sri Ramana Adhisaya Pathu
« on: November 24, 2008, 01:17:48 PM »
Sri Ramana Adhisaya Pathu, Decad of Wonder, contains 10 verses,
in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, and is modelled on Adhisaya Pathu,
of Manikkavachagar, in Tiruvachakam.

Verse 1 reads as under:-

I fell on the looks of young girls with eyes like split unripe mangoes,
Daivasikamani, who loves the service of devotees, consort of Paraparai
Devi, concorporate  Siva, the god with red matted locks, Venkata,
He ruled my soul and placed me with his devotees, how wondrous!

Verse 2 reads as under:-

I never went to the satsangh of your great devotees with a lot of penance,
    I never plucked fragrant flowers and garlanded you,
I get deluded with women and am ready for the fearsome hell,
Venkata, who sets right the deluded minds of those who come to Him,
Took care of me, and placed me with his devotees, how wondrous!

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

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sivananada Lahari - 7
« on: November 24, 2008, 01:08:04 PM »
Verse 64 of Sivananda Lahari reads as under:

The god of death, Yama, who has got iron-like chest, got kicked by your
foot.  The stubborn Apasmara, the sign of ignorance, is pressed by your
feet.  You are constantly walking on the Hills, thun tiring your feet.
The headgears of devas, when they do namaskarams are hurting your
feet with their sharp ruby studded headgears.  Please take my mind,
as a diamond-studded foot wear and walk without pains.

Verse 62 of Sivananada Lahari reads as under:

O Mahadeva!  The mother of bhakti, bathes me with tears of ecstasy,
and gives be bliss in every pore of my skin. She dresses me with a
crystal mind, and with the words of sliver conchshell, she feeds
me milk of your stories and fills my stomach.  She then confers
protection to me with holy ashes and holy beads.  She places me
in the cradle of meditation and makes me sleep.  O Siva who is my
mother, protect me!

(Source: Sivananada Lahari, Sri Sankara. Sanskrit-Tamil verses.
Sri Ramakrishna Ashram, Chennai.  Prose rendering, mine.)

Arunachala Siva.

Athipattha Nayanar, was living in the coastal town of Nagapattinam,
near Thanjavur, and he was a fisherman by birth.  He came to be
called Athi-patthar, the chief of the fishermen folk.  He was a great
Siva devotee, and will visit Siva temple, in the evening, after the
fishing work is over.  He always used to throw back the first catch of the
fish into the sea, as an offering to Siva. 

During a period, for many days, he could not get fish at all.  He felt
sad that he could not offer anything to Siva, not worrying about his
own misery and hunger without food.  Nevertheless, he had staunch
faith in Siva.  After this, he got only one fish from the sea.  He threw
it back into the sea and came back empty handed.  He did not lose
his faith in Siva.  After such long drought, next morning, he felt
the net is heavy and drew it swifly only to find a golden fish.  This
golden fish would have given a lot of money.  But this was the only
fish of that day, and that too, the first catch.  He remembered his vow,
and threw it back into the sea and returned home, without any attachment.

On his way, suddenly flowers fell from the sky.  Siva appeared in the
sky on his bull and said Athiapatha: "O my devotee, you have passed
the test.  Please come with me."  He took him to his Abode.

Arunachala Siva.

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Tiruchendur Tiruppugazh
« on: November 24, 2008, 12:23:04 PM »
In Arunagiri Natha's Tiruppugazh, there are more than 75 songs on
Tiruchendur.  The following is one such verse, which reads as under:

"They are beyond comparison, even to Lakshmi and Indrani,  They
         are having sandal pastes and perfumes on their breasts,"  so saying,
         I am spending time with them morning and evening,
They know all the trickery, they know Kamasastra, they are vengeful,
          o mind, do not fall a victim to their eyes and moonlike faces,
Keep the mind without blemish, learn the truth of life, after reading
          dharma, artha and kama sastras, seek His grace,
O Muruga, please give your anklet sounding feet, let me know the
         truth through Your Grace only!
She is Kali, Kumari, Bhaynakari, Sankari, Gowri, Neeli, Para-parai,
         Ambika, Kudilai, Yogini, Chandini, Kundali, my Mother,
She is faultless, Uma, Mandhari, Andhari, Sundari of Agamas,
         she gave birth to you, O Kumara!
You are praised by Ganapatiraya, mounting on the mouse, he
         is wearing poisonous snakes at his waist, and by your father
O Lord of Tiruchendur, where plantains, turmeric and ginger
         grow in plenty and you are the King of that town!

(Source:  Tiruppugazh, Arunagiri Natha.  Tamil Verses.  Tiruppugazh
Devotees' Group, New Delhi.  Prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Skandar Anubhuti
« on: November 24, 2008, 12:04:57 PM »
Verse 62 of Skandar Andati reads as under:

Thilamum - Thylamum..... Like the til seed and the oil therein,
         you are existent everywhere, as Antaryami,

Thila-mundhu-ayilamum....O god of Tiruchendur, with the Spear
          on your hand, without uttering your name like this, how
          can I be saved?

Thilam-undhu-ayil..... With pearl like teeth and red lips, Deivyanayaki,
            your consort is kissing you on the coastal town of Tiruchendur.

Thilam-mundha-il ......How can your devotees suffer the effect of
            karmas, are we not yours, like our forefathers?

In  Skandar Alankaram, a composition of 100 verses, Arunagiri Natha
has said:  Only your name is the support for us and your Spear is
the guide for us on our way.

(Source:  Skandar Andati, Tiruppugazh, Arunagiri Natha.  Saiva Siddhanta Book Publishing House, Chennai.  Translation and prose rendering mine.)

Arunachala Siva.