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Dear Dr. Raju,

Yes. Even if Bhagavan Ramana could give me a place in front of His shrine, as a cactus bush, I shall be happy.  Has not Siva,
Arunachalesvara, given liberation to a cactus bush, that was on
His way in the Hills, which He trampled my mistake?  ( as told
in Arunachala Mahatmyam.)

Arunachala Siva.

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / The Hall of Consciousness
« on: November 12, 2008, 10:50:56 AM »
We all know that Arunachala is the form of Siva Himself, representing
the Effulgence.  The Hills is Siva Linga.  Similarly, Chidambaram,
the dance hall of Nataraja is the Hall of Consciousness.  It is called
the Tiru Chitrambalam, or the Little Heart of Consciousness.  All
Tamil Saiva scriptures start with the writing of Tiru Chitrambalam
and ends with Tiru Chitrambalam.

Muruganar starts every song of Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, with
the words of Tiru Chitrambalam, and ends with the word of Tiru

The Kanaka Sabha or the dancing hall of Nataraja is called the Hall
of Consciousness. 

This Hall of Consciousness is not only the heart of the world but also
the Heart of the individual self.  It contains the secret, Rahasya,
the secret of the Self within the Heart!

No images are sheltered within this Hall.  The mystic secret purport
is that God alone exists, as one without a second, in the form of
Formless Space.  How to worship God who is present in every space,
of the expansive universe?  Hence it has been provided within the
body as Heart, for worship.  This Heart is called Dahara Akasa or
Dahara Pundarikam, the lotus flower. 

Despite its huge importance, little has been said about the construction
of this Kanaka Sabha in Saiva literature.  It is a massive plinth, topped
by walls, suporting pillars and roof made of gold plates. 

On the front space of this Chitrambalam, priests worship, a ruby
linga, and the image is called Ratna Sabhapathi.  All abulations,
flower garlanding, application of sandal paste are done only for this

(Source:  The dance of Siva, David Smith.  Cambridge University
Press, Cambridge, UK.)

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sri Ramana Aasai Pathu
« on: November 12, 2008, 10:29:38 AM »
Sri Ramana Aasai Pathu, Decad of Wishing is a composition of Muruganar
with 12 verses, in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.

It is on the lines of Tiruvachakam, Decad of Wishing.

Verse 1 reads like this:

You also took my life, as you had taken the life of the god of death,
O Siva with a flag mast of Bull*, the all powerful god Venkata!
O Siva with beautiful eye on the forehead, O my Lord, I want
To drown in your Grace and Love, this is my wish, please see my Lord!

(* The bull or Nandi is the flag mast as well as the vehicle of Siva.)

You took hold of me, who was loitering with a sugar cane bow*
You made me to live with you, O Venkata, with eye on the forehead!
O the Effulgence of Turiya, speading your light on all places,
I want to drown in that light, this is my wish, please see my Lord!

(* The bow of sugarcane symblizes the feelings of desire and lust,
as Manmatha, the god of love is having that bow and arrows of flowers.
See also Sri Soundarya Lahari.)

(Source:  Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, 1998 editon, Tamil, Muruganar.
Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.  Translation my own.)

Arunachala Siva.     

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Decad of Wishing
« on: November 12, 2008, 10:19:16 AM »
The decad of Wishing or Asai Pathu, is a compositon of 10 verses,
in Tiruvcahakam of Manikkavachagar.  This was sung in Tirup

Verse 1 reads like this:

You feet is not yet seen by the god with flag-mast of Garuda*
You gave that great Substance and took hold of me, O my non-
                                                                           punctured Ruby!
"You leave that darkeness and come to me, the Effulgence," You
                                                                           called me!
I want only your Grace, Please see my state, O my Lord!

(* The god with the flag-mast of Garuda - Vishnu.)

Verse 8 reads like this:

I want to pray you with my hands and hold your anklet-wearing
                                                          feet and place them on my chest,
I want to keep them on my head, and cry, O my Lord, O my Lord!
O my Lord! I want to cry only this and melt like a wax on fire!
I want only your Grace, my Lord of Tiruvaiyaru*, Please see my state!

(* Tiruvaiyaru is near Thanjavur, where Kaveri branches off into
five small rivulets.  Aaiyaru means in Tamil, five rivers.)

(Source:  Tiruvachakam, Saiva Siddhanta Book Publishing House,
Chennai.  Translation my own.)

Arunachala Siva.   

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Miracles do happen
« on: November 12, 2008, 10:04:36 AM »
When Bhagavan Ramana was on the Hills, Echammal used to send
food to Him.  She was doing for 40 years.  She would herself go on
some days and on other days, she used to send her foster daughter,
Chellammal for sending the food.  She used to fast on Kartikai day
of each month and also on several such days.  She insisted on Chellammal, the young daugher also to fast.  Once when Chellammal
went with food to Bhagavan Ramana, He asked whether she had
eaten.  Chellammal replied saying that she is fasting.  Bhagavan
Ramana's heart melted as He heard this.  Why a child should also
fast?  What is this practice?  Suddenly Chellammal gave some eats,
in a paper packet.  That paper contained a sloka saying that in
the presence of Jnani, in Sat Sangh, all these religious practices
are not necessary.  Bhagavan Ramana explained this sloka to that
little Chellammal and asked for to share the food with Him.  He
also told her to tell her mother not to insist on her fasting, as per this
sloka.  This is the famous Sloka which comes as Verse 4 of Ulladu
Narpadu, Sat Darsanam, Supplement!

"Sadhukkalavar Sahavasam nanninaal........."

(Source:  Various biographies of Bhagavan Ramana.)

Arunachala Siva.     

U.V. Swaminatha Iyer, affectionately called as Grandfather of Tamil,
lived in early 19th century.  He and one Thyagaraja Mudaliar were
studying Tamil, under Meenkashi Sundaram Pillai, in Tiruchirapalli.
Swaminatha Iyer has yeomen service to Tamil, by going to various
villages and towns in South India, searching for old Tamil palmyra
leaves, collecting them, and arranging them into various books and
works.  It was he who brought various Tamil epics, devotional literature
like Tevaram, Tiruvachakam, 4000 songs of Vishnu and other such
works, brought into books in his lifetime.  But for him, a good portion
of such literature would have been lost, with palmyra leaves eaten
by white ants and consumed by fire and water. 

Thygararaja Mudaliar, M. Raghava Iyengar and others are of the
same time.  When Raghava Iyengar formed a committee under
British Raj, for bringing out 20 volume Tamil Lexicon, our Muruganar,
was a member of that committee!  He was called at that time,
K. Subrahmanya Iyer. 

Once Thaygaraja Mudaliar was on the banks of Kaveri river, drying
his tuft hair, after bath.  A student of him and came and asked:
Can you not, Sir, write a commentary on Tiruvachakam?"  Shocked,
Thyagraja Mudaliar told the student, "Me?  You better ask me to
jump into Kaveri and drown myslef.  That will be easier to do for me!
Tiruvachakam is a Raja Sarpam, the King Cobra.  Only a baby-cobra
can go near that.  Not people like me!  You are asking me to write
a commentary on Tiruvachakam!"

Tiruvachakam is such a difficult book.  What I am writing or some
authors have written in books, are mere literal meanings for the songs.  Each song has got four layers of meaning!  On bhakti marga, raja yoga marga, karma marga and Jnana marga!  Nobody has so far understood
all these layers of meaning!           

Aruanchala Siva.

Saint Manikkavacahagar is one among the Great Four of the Saiva
Siddhanta.  But he is not one of the 63 saints of Siva doctrine. 
People who have researched the history of Tamil devotional literature,
could not find out the reasons for this.

We have seen stone sculptures and bronze images of these 63 saints
in various Siva temples.  But Manikkavachagar is not one among them.
He finds a place near the idol of Nataraja, on Siva's right side!
Sivakama Sundari, Siva's consort, occupies her position on the left
of Nataraja idol.  Why such a high pedestal for Manikkavachagar?

I was contemplating this for a long time and I checked up many
books and consulted a few scholars.  The reason given by one is

A householder always keeps his servants on the outer portals. 
He keeps his relatives and friends in separate rooms inside the house.
He keeps even his son in a room next to him.  But he keeps his wife
or a lady-love in his bedroom!  Siva keeps various devotees and
servitors like that.  Jnana Sambandha was his son, occupying one
of the interior rooms next to Siva. The other devotees like Tiru
Navukkarasar and Kannappa occupy different rooms.  His friend
Sundaramoothy is in another room.  But Siva keeps Manikkavachagar,
like Sivakama Valli, in his bedroom!  Manikkavachagar was his lady
love, who sang heart melting Tiruvachakam and Tiru Chitrambala Kovai,
in Nayaki-Nayaka bhava.  So his place is unique, in Siva's house!

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / The art of Self Enquiry
« on: November 12, 2008, 09:34:27 AM »
I received a book from a friend, a few weeks back under the title,
The art of Self Enquiry.

He says in that book:

The Evolution is in the field of the limited only.  The whole creation
is in the domain of imagination only.  Any imagination is limited,
so the creation is also limited.  When there is limitation there is
duality.  When there is duality, there is always a conflict.  When there
is duality, thought arises.  Thought arises from memory and memory
is always limited.  So the action and observation of thought is always
limited and incomplete, leaving some residue of non-understanding.
With the limited observation of thought, there is conflict, misery.

When thought understands all this, it stops trying to correct the
psychological problems of relationship, with others.  When thought
subsides, there is still mind with the pure spark of the ego.  The still
mind is filled with reflected consciousness only, that is, passive
awareness.  Reflected consciousness in the still mind has the capacity
to identiy its source, that is Pure Consciousness, and becomes one with
its Source, just as an image made of salt when thrown into the sea,
immediately dissolves in the sea.  Then, the pure spark of the ego
posits itself in Pure Consciousness and we act from that conscious
centre, which is called the spiritual heart.  ....  Searching this source
of the mind is true enquiry.

This woderful little book, sent by my friend, who is also the author of this and many other books, is none other than our friend in the Forum, Dr. P.V.S. Suryanarayana Rao, who is known as DRPVSSRAJU. 
Thanks, doctor!

Arunachala Siva.       

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Miracles do happen
« on: November 11, 2008, 03:15:58 PM »
There were also miracles in Bhagavan Ramana's daily life.  These
were concerned about His own essential needs. 

Once when Bhagavan Ramana was having constipation, He felt
some amount of dry grapes would release the bowels.  Perhaps,
someone was asked to fetch and he had forgotten.  Ramana did
not puruse.  Suddenly, on an early night, a devotee came with a
packet of dry grapes.  On being asked whether someone had told
him, he said, 'No', but said:  I was coming to the Asram and it
was early night.  No fruits were available.  Then I saw a provision
shop and asked him, what he could give as gifts.  He said, Sir, new
dry grapes have come and he gave a packet of dry grapes.  So I
brought them, instead of usual fruits!"  Bhagavan took some of them
and He got relieved.

On another occasion, for a similar problem, He had been asking for
some kadukkai, Indian myrobalan and it was not fetched.
Suddenly a devotee brought a large bag of Indian myrobalan.  He
said:  I was coming on the Chengam road.  There were leaking from
gunny bags, these nuts of kadukkai.  I picked them as they were
scattered on the road and I brought them.

Bhagavan Ramana picked some good nuts and returned the remaining nuts in the bag, back to the devotee!

(Source:  Various biographies of Bhagavan Ramana.)

Arunachala Siva.         

The Song of the Great Word, Perutta Vachana Vaguppu, continues....

The Great Word fills up the enriched Upanishads, and stay beyond them,
The Great Word is beyond the five elements of fire, earth, the Space,
   air and water, and makes these elements,
The Great Word, stops the thoughts that are thought, and the
  thinker who thinks, and rules this land and make him stay in
  the great land of liberation,
The Great Word removes the delusion of the devotees, and
  make them stand in pride and enjoy the great wealth,

The Great Word, Murugan's Great Word!

The Great Word makes the Self stay in you happily, it removes
    the mind and its activities,
It is the Light of the light, the Space of the space, the Life of the lives,
The Great Word travels on the peacock and make the demons hide
   away, it is the word of the Great Warrior Muruga,
It is the word given by Him, who marries the huntress who wear
   attire made up of jewels and leaves, It is the Word of the Six
   faced Lord.

It is the Great Word, Murugan's Great Word.

(Source:  Tiruppugazh, Tiruppugazh Devotees Group, New Delhi.
   Translation, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.     

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / The Song of the Great Word
« on: November 11, 2008, 11:54:17 AM »
Saint Arunagiri Natha, has composed a Song of the Great Word.
What is the Great Word?  It was given to him, by Muruga, in
Tiruvannamalai.  That is:  Summa Iru, in Tamil.  Be Still.

The poem reads like this:

That Word has got all the tastes of the world, where the Sun
The Word controls all the three mental phases and makes the
  world disappear,
The Word is past the foolish arguments and prattles of all the
  logicians of the six religions,
The Word removes all the dirt of three types, ego, karma and maya,
  and makes one go beyond all these bad ways,
The Word is the Guru of the god who wears erukku, Indian labumnum,
  who is our God and Guru,
The Word gives an answer to the question of two deeds of good and
   bad and the dirt ridden body's activities,
The Word is more than equal to and beyond comparison to
    the Rig Veda and other arts,
The Word gives way to the Natural State, which is beyond the
   reach of Yama and his messengers!

It is the Great Word, It is Muruga's Great Word!

to be contd.....

(Source: Perutta Vachana Vaguppu, Tamil, Tiruppugazh,
Tiruppugazh Devotees Group, New Delhi.  Translation my own.)

Arunachala Siva.     

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Decad of Fear
« on: November 11, 2008, 11:40:49 AM »
Acha Pathu, Decad of Fear, (actually 11 verses), by Muruganar
is in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, and is on the same lines as that
of Manikkavachagar.

Verse 4 reads like this:

I am not afraid of wakefulness and sleep,
I am not afraid of forgetfulness and remembrance,
I am not afraid of the drops of sweat on the foreheads
Of women with eyes like those of forest deers,
I am only afraid of those who have no mind to devotion,
To the Holy Being of Venkata, who has no going and coming

Verse 9 reads like this:

I am not afraid of the mad angry elephant,
I am not afraid of the fearful eyes of tigers,
I am not afraid of the sweet words of women,
Whose feet are softer than the silk cotton,
I am only afraid of those who are not staying in the lotus feet of Venkata,
Whose eyes will correct the errors of His holy devotees, for their

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

Arunachala Siva.

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Acha Pathu
« on: November 11, 2008, 11:30:24 AM »
Acha Pathu, Decad of Fear, is a composition of 10 verses in
Tiruvachakam, by Manikkavachagar.  This was sung in Chidambaram.

Verse 1 reads like this:

I am not afraid of the sword like serpent in the moles,
I am not afraid of the lies of the liars,
I am afraid only of seeing the ignorant fools,
Who are not taking refuge in the god with eye in the forehead,
And matted locks, my Master,
And go after other gods, thinking they are really there.

Verse 5 reads like this:

I am not afraid of all the diseases come to this body,
I am not afraid of the birth and the death,
I am afraid only of those who do not apply the Holy Ashes on
   their foreheads,
And pray to the Holy Feet of the One, who is wearing the crescent moon,
And whose feet are not seen by gods who have split the earth
And went to the nether world in search of them. 

(Source: Tiruvachakam, Tamil verses, Saiva Siddhanta Book
  Publishing House, Chennai. Translation, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.

The  Song of Holy Word to Sri Ramana, is a composition by Muruganar
on the same lines as that of Manikkavachagar in Tiruvachakam.  But
it is not a decad but consists of 37 verses.

Verse 1 reads like this:

In the far away creamation ground, with the group of devils
   dancing like night lilies, He is also dancing in the midnight,
   with fire on His hand, He is the god of gods our Ramanesan,
   our Lord,
He is confering all the wealth of the holy land of liberation,
   to those who listen to Him and have them in their Hearts,
   He is in the seat of my dead mind, He, my Lord knows this.

Verse 30 reads like this:

He is the embodiment of all the desirable virtues, He is
   the one who is the Sun of Wisdom,
He is the Remaining Thing, He is Siva, the angels of the heavens
   call Him as their Lord, Ramanesan,
Even those wastrels who have no praiseworthy character,
They too  praise His glory , the Lord of the alms-takers, He is our Lord!

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

Arunachala Siva.    

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Decad of Holy Word
« on: November 11, 2008, 10:07:59 AM »
The decad of Holy Word, or Tiru Varthai, from Tiruvachakam
of Saint Manikkavachagar, consists of 10 verses, saying about
the Holy Word of Siva.  Muruganar has also composed a decad
with the similar title.

He, with the crown of many precious stones, the Lord of Devas,
The dancer of the cosmic dance, which the six types of religions,
Pray and do service in their own ways,
The heavens and the earth adore Him,
He is curing the illness of my birth, the Lord of Tirup Perundurai,
He is the great giver of grace, he liked the woman,
And as a fisher man spread the net for fishing,*
He knows how to fish, He is my Lord! 

(* In one of His divine plays, Siva came as a fisherman in
Madurai and married the fisher-woman Meenkashi.)

(Source:  Tiruvachakam, Manikkavachagar, Saiva Siddhanta Book
Publishing House, Chennai.  Translation, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.