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Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Adhisaya Pathu
« on: November 24, 2008, 11:52:44 AM »
There are two decads in Tiruvachakam, with similar looking names.
One is Adhisaya Pathu, Decad of Wonder.  "Adhisayam" is a happening
which takes place in a wondrous circumstances, but, all the same it
is worldly.  Adhbudha Pathu or Decad of Miracle, is another compostion.
"Adhbudham" here, means Miracle, which takes place under "other-
wordly circumstances.  For example, if your son comes suddenly to
your place from abroad, without any prior knowledge of you, it is
"Adhisayam."  If Bhagavan Ramana suddenly appears to you in your
bedroom, it is "Adhbudham", it is other-wordly!  Manikkavachagar
has written two separate decads under these names and Poet Muruganar
has also composed two such compositions.

Verse 6 reads as under:

I never think of your Holy Name, nor the Panchakashara, due
   to my ignorance,
I never approach Siva Jnanis, who are well lettered, seeking their
I am destined to die and become mud in the mud of the world,
O my Father, You took me and ruled me and placed me with your devotees,
    this is wondrous!

Verse 7 reads as under:-

This flesh of my body, a cave with worms and leaking roof, goes
I think this is permanent and suffer in ocean of  miseries and
   caught in a whirlpool,
O Effulgence! the Pearl, the Ruby, the Diamond and the Coral,
O my Father, you took me and ruled me and placed me with your devotees,
    this is wondrous!

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

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Miracles Do Happen
« on: November 24, 2008, 11:29:03 AM »
Once was in the Old Hall.  At that time the construction of the Old
Hall was not fully completed.  There was a thatched shed on the
front.  Bhagavan Ramana, after completing his bath, went in search
of his towel which was hanging on the bamboo roof.  As He was
removing the towel, the nest which was behind the bamboo roof
moved a bit, and a sparrow's egg fell on the ground.  The nest there
was not known to anyone.  Bhagavan Ramana became very sad and
took the egg on His hand.  The egg was a little cracked.  He exclaimed:
O the poor mother will be grief sticken, perhaps angry at me also,
since I have caused the destruction."  So saying, He carefully looked at
the egg with His graceful eyes.  He bandaged the egg with a wet cloth
and kept it back in the nest.  Every three hours, He went to nest, carefully picked up the ego, changed the wet cloth to a new wet cloth, gracefully
looked at the egg and then placed it back.  He repeated this 'treatment'
for a week.  One day, He found the egg totally healed, had a sigh of
relief and kept it there.  After another week, one fine morning,  the
egg had been hatched and there was a little sparrow in the nest!
With radiant eyes, He took the little one, stroked it and caressed it with
his lips. The bystanders were looking amazedly and all the inmates of
the Asram became very happy.  He brought life to an almost dead little
sparrow, with his grace.

(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 24, 2008, 11:14:45 AM »
Dear Matthias,

As you have said, the no-mind state is not dangerous.  Thoughtless
state is not dangerous.  The thoughless state is where the Self
operates with all its glory.  It does the work in office,  it eats the food,
it goes to cinema or watch TV.  This is the state where Brahma Jnanis
ever stay.

Dear srkudai,

Yes. Ego is the role playing Ravana, but the Self is the actor in the
real world.  When the play is over, you are the Self.

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Upadesha Saram
« on: November 24, 2008, 11:09:40 AM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

For most of us Ego is our master.  Bhagavan Ramana says control
the ego/mind and make it your servant.  Then the ego will be at
our service.  This state is called Pure Ego or Pure Mind, Suddha Manas.
All Brahmajnanis operate with this Pure Mind.  Bhagavan Ramana
says, it is like a burnt rope.  It does not harm others nor can it be
used for tying things.

Arunachala Siva.

Dear S. Subramanian,

When the mind is turned inwards, and if forms of empty space and/or
dim light is experienced, it is okay.  Do not try to investigate these
forms.  Allow them to continue.  Or, ask, for whom these forms?
If these forms are mental projections, then they would go away,
because you are not the mind.  But if these forms are appearing
wiithout any mental activity, it is absolutely good.  On constant
practice, the Space that you experience will be filled with the Light
of Infinite Effulgence.

Arunachala Siva.     

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: self-enquiry
« on: November 24, 2008, 10:59:48 AM »
Dear S. Subramanian and Matthias,

Turning the mind inward or turning the thoughts within are no
doubt actitvities.  But this one activity, is better than millions
of actitivies in the outside world.  Bhagavan Ramana says, in
Who am I?:  This single thought will also be burnt as the stick
that stirs the funeral pyre is also burnt at the end, after the
corpse is burnt.

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Upadesha Saram
« on: November 23, 2008, 06:44:30 PM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

How to run the ego with Witness?  Keep the Witness as a stick
and drive the donkey of ego till it comes back home, which is
again Witness! 

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Upadesha Saram
« on: November 23, 2008, 06:39:14 PM »
Dear srkudai,

Be a Witness.  Wonderful words.  Observe from where you sprang up.
Observe from which you sprang up.  This is the essence of the Witness,
and the Upadesa Saram.  One Narayana Guru, a famous Social reformer
and a Jnani and head of Varkala Math, Kerala.  He went all the way
to Skandrsramam to see Bhagavan Ramana.  He looked at Him and
Bhagavan Ramana gazed at him.  No exchange of words!  Later
he dined with Bhagavan Ramana and then wrote a five verse composition
called Nivrtti Panchakam.  Later after retrurning to Kerala, he wrote
another five verses titled Municharya Panchakam.  No exchange of
words, and Narayana Guru understood Him.  No words, no emotions,
no prostrations, no taking leave etc., etc., as you said Silence is the
most powerful thing, since it does not have any emotions.  Kavyakanta
Ganapati Sastri said:  After realization, Buddha established a religion,
Sankara wrote Brahmasutra Bhashyam, and Christ went around meeting
people in Sinai Desert.  But Bhagavan Ramana just remained in the Self.
He is the Jnani who swallowed a mountain of emotions, words, tours,
and preaching.

Arunachala Siva.

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Tayumanavar Songs
« on: November 23, 2008, 05:09:36 PM »
Tayumanavar belongs to 18th century Tamil Saiva poets.  Remember,
he is not one of the 63 saints.  He was born to a couple of Siva devotees,
as the only son and his name is Tayumanvar, or Matrubhutesvarar, the
Siva of Tiruchirapalli.  He was engaged in Siva worship and Siva
meditation right from the young age.  His Guru is one Mouna Guru,
who never spoke any words in his lifetime and he also initiated Tayumanavar in silence.  Tayumanavar has done a lot of miracles even
in his young age.  One day, when he was on meditation, he suddenly
took out his upper garment and put out the light in the pooja room.
When questioned, he said:  Akhilandesvari's, (the goddess of Tiruvanaikka,
the Siva temple, one of the panch bhuta sthala near Tiruchirappalli)
sari had caught fire and he was putting out the fire!  News soon came,
that there was a fire accident in that temple in Mother's precincts and
it was put out with some difficulty.  On another day, a nice woolen shawl
was presented to him, by a rich devotee and next day, he gave it to
a beggar woman, who was shivering in cold, not having any clothes.
He gave that to that beggar woman and when asked, Tayumanavar
said that Akhilandesvari is suffering from cold winds in the temple!

He wrote exquisite poems on Siva of Tiruchirappalli temple and also on
Siva and Uma of Jambukesvara, the Siva at a jambu tree.  His poems
are almost entirely available now.  Swami Chidbhavananda, who was
for sometime, in Sri Ramakrishna Math and later went out criticizing
the Brahmin superiority of SRK, started his own Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam, near Tiruchirapalli, has published the poet's poems at
a very moderate price. 

Bhagavan Ramana used to praise Tayumanavar's poems.  Devaraja
Mudaliar used to sing these songs and Bhagavan Ramana appreciated
them very much and picked up some of the songs of Tayumanavar,
particularly Anandakalippu, the Ecstasy of Bliss, Paraparakanni, Small
verses on the Highest.

I shall post some of Tayumanavar's verses later.

Arunachala Siva. 

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Upadesha Saram
« on: November 23, 2008, 04:21:52 PM »
Verse 10 continues...

How is this Vichara Marga simple?

Because, it only needs a withdrawing and crouching in the Self.
Where is this Self?  Bhagavan Ramana says:  Utitha Idathil....
The Place from where it rose or sprang up?  For the seekers who
want to know the place, Bhagavan Ramana said: "It is on the
right side of the chest, two digits away from midchest.  It is
called Heart Centre.  This concept is revolutionary.  Never anyone
prior to Him had said that the Heart Centre is on the right side of
the chest, not even Sri Sankara and Gaudapada.  But Bhagavan
Ramana said it out of His own experience.  This is experiential
and not to be shown or perceived.  Once some over-anxious devotees
wanted to test it!  Bhagavan Ramana agreed enthusiastically!
They touched His chest on its right side and found three beats at
an interval!  So, 'from where' means Heart Centre.

For others who are already advanced, did not want any such thing.
They all understood that the Self is everywhere, and there is no
need to seek it within.  But remember, this is only for advanced
souls, and not for most of us!  Then, the Uthitha Idathil.... means
"from which" and not "from where".  They spring from the Self,
all these dualities, with mind and ego complex.  And after proper
self enquiry, where mind is controlled or annihilated, then the mind-
less soul merges into from which it sprang, that is the Self, Brahman,
the Oversoul.

Verse 10 in Tamil, Upadesa Undiar:

Uthitha Idathil, odungi irutthal,
Adu Kanmamum*, bhaktiyum, Undhi para,
Adu Yogamum, Jnamum, Undhi para!

(* Kanmam - Karmam.)

Arthur Osborne's translation:

Absorption in the Heart of Being,
Whence we sprang,
Is the path of action, of devotion,
Of union and of knowledge.

Osborne uses excellent words. He does not openly say, either
'from where' or 'from which'.  He leaves it to the seekers.

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Upadesha Saram
« on: November 23, 2008, 04:02:34 PM »
Verse 10 continues....

Several types of persons came to Bhagavan Ramana.  Pure "karma
margis" came to Him. Annamalai Swami, Kunju Swami, several
kitchen assistants, Mudaliar Patti.  They all found that their karmas
by themselves would not lead to Atma Jnana.  But Bhagavan Ramana
corrected their paths, once they had attained the maturity to pursue
self enquiry.

Several "bhakti margis", devotees of Siva, Vishnu, Uma came to Him.
Muruganar wrote poems, in fact, he came with a poem, Desika Padigam.
G.V. Subbaramiah wrote beautfiul Telugu peoms like Thaamboola
Vaibhavam. Pazhaniswami and Sivaprakasam Pillai were Ganapati
devotees, even though they were not poets at that time. Sivaprakasam
Pillai later wrote poems on Bhagavan Ramana. Papaji and Krishnapremi
were great Krishna bhaktas.  All these bhaktas were asked to continue
their devotion but later, at an appropriate time, directed them to
vichara marga.

Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri, was a great mantra japa speciailst
and Raja Yogi. He could bring rain drops on his head, when he came
out of the cave after chanting Sri Lalita Sahasranama.  But he found
that this would not give him peace and liberation.  Bhagavan Ramana
had to correct his path and put him into Atma Jnana vichara.

There were pure Jnanis who came to Bhagavan Ramana.  They started
right earnest at the beginning itself and found the Ramana Way the
same, but it needed some refinements and Bhagavan Ramana gave
those refinements.  Lakshmana Sarma, (Who), Sri Sadhu Om, Wolter
Kiers are examples of this type.

So, every path is good in itself.  But Jnana Marga, which is the simplest,
is the most sublime.  People who were pursuing  other paths, came to
know its simplicity and refined themselves.

Okay, What is this Vichara Marga, how is it simple?

Arunachala Siva.    

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Upadesha Saram
« on: November 23, 2008, 03:42:14 PM »
Dear Dr. Raju and others,

Excellent explanation. Verse 10 of Upadesa Saram is the epitome of
entire Upadesa Saram.

1. It is like Mount Everest, when all the verses are like different
peaks of Himalayas, like Annapoorna, Ganjanjanga and K2.  It is
Mount Everest, the tallest and the most sublime.

2. This is the essence of entire Ramana Way, and all His works
are only commentary on it.

3. It is the womb from where the Ulladu Narpadu, the Reality on 40
verses, Sad Darsanam took birth.

4. It is like the 3rd Law of Thermodyanamics, where which the entire
Newtonian Physics was further developed.

5. It is like the general theory of realativity, of Einstein, from which
the bomb of Hiroshima, the entire Atma Jnana, exploded.

6. One day, a devout seeker would write a 300 page book on this verse.
There is a book by a Tamil Vidwan who wrote a full book on the first
two line verse of Tirukural of Tiruvalluvar.  One great Sivaraja Yogi,
Mahavidwan Dhandapani Desikar of Tiruneveli, wrote a 2000 page
book on the 566 verses of Tiruvachakam.

7.  Like Bradley wrote on Shakespearian tragedies, one day such
a book will come and it shall cover the entire path of Bhagavan Ramana.  We should ever, ever thank Poet Muruganar for this phenomenon.  

7. It is like Maandukya Upanishad, just 12 verses, and Sri Sankara
elaborated Vivekachoodamani of 600 verses.  Vyasa wrote Brahma
Sutram from out of that Upanishad.

8. I believe that Who am I? and this verse of Upadesa Saram are
sufficient for the seekers.  

Arunachala Siva.

Sri Ramana Tiru Padai Ezhucchi, is a compositon of 10 verses, in
Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, and is modelled on Tiru Padai Ezhucchi,
of Saint Manikkavachakar.  The tile means Song of rising the holy army.

Verse 5 reads like this:

O listen, Haran, Brahma, and Hari have come to the hold of,
The Paraparan, the Enlightened Master Ramana!
Hold the five senses under the rein as the guardsman,
And become the seed for growing into a tree under Ramana!

Verse 7 reads as under:

O listen, become the true devotee of Venkata, and he will
With his sword of Jnana snap this dry tree of birth which is our enemy,
Cross the ocean of misery, O devotees, if you go to Him,
He will confer the land olf pure bliss, without any army of misery
  confronting us!

(Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, Muruganar, 1998 editon. Tamil Verses.
Sri Ramansramam, Tiruvannamalai.  Prose rendering, mine.)

Arunachala Siva. 

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Skandar Andatii
« on: November 23, 2008, 12:39:11 PM »
The Verse 55 of Skandar Anbhuti, reads as under:

Theetho-maranam.....  Not only bad things, even death will also
be avoided, by chanting his names!

Theethom-aran-am,  On the ocean, inside a large fortress, the
Surapadma was staying with his enormous army,

Thee-thomara-nam, O Skanda with firelike Spear, to whom
the Brahmins in large numbers pray everyday, as Agni,

The-ethu-omarana,  O pearlike God of the Hills,  these Brahmins give you
the offerings in the sacrificial alter, and pray to you to ward off the
bad things and death.  Why not I too pray?

(Source:  Skandar Andati, Tiruppugazh, Tamil Verses, Arunagiri Natha.
Tiruppugazh Devotees' Group, New Delhi.  Prose rendering mine.)

Arunachala Siva.

Tiru-Neela Nakka Nayanar, the devotee of Blue-throated Dancer,
Siva, was born in a Brahmin family, in a village called Satthamangalam,
on the banks of Kaveri river.  He was well trained in Vedas, and Tamil
literature.  He always prayed to Siva as a benefactor of devas, by
consuming the poison and remaining with a blue throat!  Hence, his
name. Once he was praying to Siva in the temple in a place called
Ajavanti, with his wife.  While praying, suddenly they saw a spider
falling on Sivalinga.  His wife immediately went near the Sivalinga and
blew her breath to drive out the spider.  Tiru-Neela Nakka Nayanar,
became angry with his wife for her polluting behaviour by blowing the
breath on Sivalinga and soon they returned home.  In the night, Siva
appeared in his dream and showed his form, where there were full of
boils and the only that part where Nakka Nayanar's wife blew her breath
was without boils.  Nayanar immediately understood that her wife's
falutless action should not have been criticised.  He apolized to his

After a few days, Tiru Jnana Sambandhar, the son of Siva, arrived
at the village.  Nakka Nayanar welcomed him with all honours and took
him to his house for food and stay.  With Tiru Jnana Sambandahr was a
low-caste player of Yazh ( a violin like instrument).  Jnana Sambandhar
asked Nakka Nayanar, whether the Yazh player could also stay in his
house.  The Yazh player was also a great Siva devotee called Yazhpanan
Nayanar.  Nakka Nayanar, without hesitation agreed and all the guests
were staying in his house after food.  At night, suddenly Nakka Nayanar
found that the Agnihotra Fire, was about to get doused.  Nayanar could
not find the fuel immediately.  This fire, in a brahmin's house should never
extinguish.  He was looking helpless.  Suddenly, the Yazhpanan Nayanar
played his Yazh and the fire glowed more brilliantly without any fuel!
Nayanar understood the Yazhpanan's greatness!

After a few months, Tiru Janana Sambandhar's wedding was fixed
in a town called Tirumanam-jeri.  Jnana Sambandhar invited Nakka
Nayanar's family.  They all attended the wedding happily.  At the time,
when Jnana Sambandha was going around the sacrificial fire, with his
wife, a large effulgence arose, and engulfed not only Sambandhar and
his wife, but all those who had come for the wedding.  They all attained
liberation by merging into the Light.

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

Arunachala Siva.