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Arunagiri Andati: contnues....

1. O Arunachala!  the One, who consumed the poison from
the milky ocean. It is our duty to pray to you.  If  I constantly
do this, I shall conquer my disease, senility and death, cross
the ocean of samsara,  and I am sure to merge in you golden feet.

2. O Arunachala, if one says, 'Yes, Sonagiri is my God and Guru",
and prays to him everyday, holding his golden feet and if Songiri
considers to grace us, O mind, all your sins and anxieties will

3. O Arunachala, unless I sing the glory of the great three*,
and sing their songs, how can such miracles like the child coming
out of the mouth of a crocodile, or a heavy stone floating on the
water, or a male-palmyra tree getting changed into a female-
palmyra and yielding fruits, happen?

*The great three, have been mentioned in my earlier post.
One new story here, is that when Jnana Sambandha went
to a place and found a devotee-farmer crying that his
palmyra trees have always been male in his grove as such and do
not yield fruits for his livelihood.  The saint poet sang in praise
of Siva and male trees had become female ones showing up
rich bulky palmyra fruits.)

4. O Arunachala!  Let me pray to you everyday and sing your
glory in the temple, lest I do loosen up in my body, my
teeth fall and eyes become blind and god of death stands at
my doorstep calling me!       

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.

Arunagiri Andati: continues....

1. O Arunachala!  When the poison started gushing from the
milky ocean, and when the gods and devas were running away
for their lives, you proclaimed:  "Why fear?  I am here".  If
such an assurance is always there for us, your devotees,
let the whole world know our greatness!

2. O Arunachala!  After the death of ten million Brahmas,
the lotus-eyed Vishnu, will go and sleep on a banyan leaf,
on the milky ocean.  When ten miiion Vishnus die out, you
will just smile and dance with your wife!

(The Siva Puranam, speaks about several Brahmas and
Vishnus and only Siva is One without a second.  The sakta
philosphy also maintains this.  One Brahma's life is four eons.
After the death of ten million Brahmas, that is after forty
million eons, Vishnu goes for Yoga Nidra.  After the death
of ten million of such Vishnus, Siva and Uma just smile and
dance!  Totally,  after four hundred million million years, the
universe is destroyed and recreated by Siva and Uma, and it
is their smile and dance.  In Tiruvachakam,  Saint Manikkavachagar,
gives the same idea, in Tiru thol nokkam,  a decad.  It is called
'Looking with love, the shoulders of Siva.  Muruganar has also
sung a Tiru thol nokkam on Bhagavan, in Sri Ramana Sannidhi
Murai.   Sankara in his famous Sri Soundarya Lahari, gives this
idea in Verse 26, "Virinchi Panchatvam.....")

3. O king of Annamalai, who shows a smiling deer on your hand,
you are the one who saves me from the pit of death and rebirth.
You are my Saviour, O Siva,  who else is there, for this lowly dog?

to be contd......

Arunachala Siva.         

Arnagiri Andati: continues....

1. Those devotees, O Lord of Arunagiri, who listen to the songs
of the great three* with great faith, such miracles that happened
in their lives* like a heavy stone floating on the ocean, the
crocodile giving out the child that has been eaten by it, and
the skeletons held in a pot, coming back to life as a young girl,
will surely happen.

(* The Great Three, are called Tirunavukkarasar, Sundaramurthi,
and Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.  The miracles were done by these
three saints.  In Tirunavukkarasar's life, when he was tied to
a heavy stone and thrown into ocean, by the Pallava King, who
was a Jaina, the stone floated and the poet did not drown!
In Sundaramurthi's case, he brought back to life, the son of
a devotee from the liver of a crocodile.  In Jnana Sambandhar's
life, he sang in praise of Siva, and brought back to life a girl,
whose skeletons were kept in a pot, by a devotee, awaiting the
saint's arrival to Mylapore, Chennai.   There are four great saints
of Siva, of which the above three are the first three.  The fourth
one is Saint Manikkavachagar.  The foursome are called the 'great
four'.  Bhagavan Sri Ramana is called an avatara of Jnana
Sambandha, by Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni, in Sri Ramana Gita.)

2. O Arunachala!  Only those who are devoted to you and fall
at your feet,  can have their tapas and sacrifices completed
successfully.  How can one forget Daksha, who did not pray to
you but tried to do the sacrifice and was killed or beheaded
and a goat's head was placed instead!

(In this poem, Daksha is said to have had a goat's head,
when he was beheaded.  It is also said in the case of Brahma)

to be continued.....

Arunachala Siva.       

Arunagiri Andati: continues....

1. I was not able to see the form of king of Annamalai, but
suddenly, he appeared before me as my Guru, a form that
is unknown to me hitherto.  What is this form, O God, who
has got poison in his throat and who burnt Manmatha. I am

2. O Arunachala, I do not know, this poor me, what penance
I had done in the past. You, three eyed god, who could not
be even fathomed by three Vedas, is seen by me, has been
searched out be me and is praised by my poems everyday,
O Guru!

3. O the Guru of Annamalai, we have got the dividends for
our birth, we are able to clean up our mental dirt, we have
driven away the tossing karmas.  O Guru, how can we
describe your generosity and your gifts?

4. O Arunachala!  Those who constantly contemplate on you,
their wishes will be fulfilled, their strength will increase,
they will have immense wealth, they will have mental
stamina, and eventually they will attain atma jnana.
This is the conviction of every devotee, including me.

5. O Arunachala!  Those who contemplate your golden feet,
and always do meditation, they will not be bothered by the
gruesome destiny, which chases all beings and burns them.

to be contd.....

Arunachala Siva.

Arunagiri Andati: continues....

1.  O Arunachala, without stifling me, these two karmas and three 'malams', (ego, karma (prarabdha) and maya), do they not go
away today?  If I think constantly about you, ever grateful for my devotion, O Annamalai, who is beyond the reach of Naryanana.

2.  O Arunachala, if I meditate on your form, without any break,
you shall remove all my attachments in life, and even the god
of death will be afraid to come near me.  You are the Primal
Cause, the god who consumed the poison.

3. O the Primal Arunachala, I fold my hands, and pray to you,
with a melting heart and tears flooding eyes.  You are sure to
give all gifts that I want.  What act of gratitude I can show to
you, Annamalai?

4. O Arunachala, the king of Annamalai, you destroyed all
the plans of Daksha, who did not give respect you and
killed him, even before his sacrifice started.  Please grant
me to visit your temple, and pray to you, on all the days,
till my eyes become feeble with cataract, O the god
with red matted locks, with Ganga.

5. The form of Sonagiri is wonderful.  He has got the white
holy ash all over his body, he has got serpents and crescent
moon on his head.  He has a garland of skulls of Brahma.
What is not clear to me, is his weapon, which destroys my
two karmas!

to be contd...

Arunachala Siva.

Arunagiri Andati -  100 pomes on Arunachala.

(A word, about 'Andati'.  It is usually a compostion of 10, 50
or 100 songs, where the last word of the previous song is used
as the first word of the second song and so on.  It is a difficult
composition and the the last, 10th or 50th or 100th verse ends
with the word, by which the 1st verse begins!  Very few poets
have attempted this.  Bhagavan Sri Ramana has done this in
Arunachala Padigam.  Saint Arunagiri Natha has done it in
Kandar Andati.  Saint Manikkavachagar has done it in 'Neethal
Vinnappam", a 50 song composition, titled 'Request for leaving
the desires and the body'. A few Vaishnava Saints have also
composed poems on Naryana. Abhirami Bhattar has made a
Abhirami Andati, 100 poems on Abhirami, the presiding goddess
of Thiruk kadaiyur, where Siva kicked Yama.  In the Andati,
for devotees who want to memorize, it is easy to remember the
last word of the first verse, and begin the next verse.

1. Invocation to Ganesa:

I seek the blessings of Ganesa, with elephant face, the son of Siva,
who vanquished the lion-faced Narasimha.  Please give me siddhi,
the supernatural powers, intellect that will enquire into the Self,
the mind that shall be devoted to golden hued Arunachala Hill,
and at the end the great atma-jnana, the liberation.

2. O Arunachala, who can describe your glory?  Even the cloud
coloured Vishnu and gold coloured Brahma, could not reach
you feet and head.  Please give me your grace to praise, O
the king of Annamalai.

3. O Arunachala!  How can you find a way to grace me, this lowly
dog, who do not place fllowers to you in the morning and pray
with devotion, O the Guru of Annamalai, who took the poison
as if it is a fruit on your palm, please turn your eyes on me.

4. O Arunachala, who else is there for me?  There is no place
other than your mind, O killer of Manmatha, the consumer of
poison, O Guru.

5. O Arunachala, one who prevents a birth again to those who
speak about you.  Guru of Annamalai, stainless god of the Hill.

6. O Arunachala, if you do not look at me, who is there to support
me, this lowly dog.  O Guru, you are my only refuge to remove
the birth and death today, the god of excellent head gear!

to be contd.....

Arunachala Siva.       

Thiru Arunai Thani Venba. continues.....

1. O Arunachala!  King of fields that grow paddy on all directions.
I am hearing the blow of the conch in your temple everyday.
This conch blow will call the devotees: Come, come!  Will drive
away the sinners, 'Go, go!  The conch shall show the pathway
to Liberation.  It is the Truth, it is the Truth.

2. O Arunachala!  What more happiness I want in this world?
I pray Siva, then wearer of poisonous serpents, I am ever
living in his Grace.  I am taking alms, eating and sleeping at
the gates of his temple!

3. O Arunachala!  You only created me, you should only protect
me.  What responsibility, I have got, this lowly dog? O King
of Annamalai, where Vedas pray to you everyday!  Wlll the
trees ask for water?  Is it not the duty of the planter to give
water to the trees?

Thiru Arunai Thani Venba concluded..

to be continued.....

Arunachala Siva.     

Thir Arunai Thani Venba:  continues.....

1. O Arunachala!  Is it not adequate that we get less handpound
rice, (due to famine).  Are we to get even less than fifty betel
leaves, for half a paisa?

2. O Arunachala!  There are towns where there are sinners;
where there are fellows who do not pay heed to good words.
where there are good young men, who cry on ill treatment
meted out to them.  But these towns will die away.  Annamalai
will ever live in all its glory without annihilation.

( I am not very sure about this translation, since there are
some difficult words.  I shall check up with others and if there
are corrections, I shall let the readers know.)

3. O Arunachala!  I need a thousand eyes, to place garlands
to you, to write poems on you everyday.  To chant these
poems everyday in your temple.  And to see your great form,
daily, give these thousand eyes to this lowly dog.

4.  O Arunachala, my five senses are always crying, give me,
give me.  I am not able to control them with my mind.  Unless
I destroy my mind, my senses will not die.  Please favour me.

to be continued.....

Arunachala Siva.     

Thiru Arunai Thani Venba:  continues.....

1. O Arunachala!  Why delay?  You have got the trident,
the fire, pick axe a terrific poison on your throat.  Added
to these, you have the third eye, why delay O Arunachala?

(This song was sung when people asked Guhai Namasivaya
to pray to Siva to drive out the robbers/foreign king.)

2. O Arunachala, the Father of Tiruvannamalai, we have taken
refuge in your feet.  We shall conquer the great ocean of birth
and death.  We do not care for the creator, Brahma, who sits
on a louts.  We do not care, either for the god of death who
comes on a black oxen.

3. O Arunachala!  Your three eyes, have they gone to sleep?
Have you lost your trident, your pick axe, and your fire?
Have you lost your support to the devotees?  Are they to die
with your curse?

(This song was again composed to drive out the robbers/
foreign king.) 

4. For those who do not know the Guru, who rules them,
his wife Uma, the fisherwoman, would trap them to send
them to Siva Guru.  She is  the concorporate of Siva, the
queen who is praised in all eight directions, and who is
the knower of all arts, Chandra kala.

to be continued.....

Arunachala Siva.     

Thiru Arunai Thani Venba: continues....

1. O Arunachala! If your grace could fall on me, even the sand
will become gold, the opponents will give way and run away.
All my tapas will bear fruit. Let me sing your glory, that is adored
by gods, I seek your grace for ever.

2. O Arunachala!  O Guru, please give me your grace and rule me.
O Guru Namasivaya!  Guru of Arunachala, the king of Annamalai.
Do not forsake me, saying I am a sinner, shameless liar.  A man
without melting heart, with poor intellect, do not curse me.

3. O Arunachala!  One who was searched by Brahma and Vishnu,
to find the head and feet.  I shall praise you like this.  O effulgence
of Justice, with a form and abode,  that is not seen even by devas,
even after long search.

4. O Arunachala!  Those who praise you in this world with great
tapas, their sins of killing various lives will be forgiven.  Their
poor intellect will be set right.  Their caste will be erased.  Even
the god of death will disppear from their presence. 

5. O Arunachala!  If I say, "O Songairi King, my Father, my Guru,
whose feet are not yet found by Vishnu," all my sins of mind,
words, actions, looks, will vanish.  My death and birth and all the
diseases in this birth, will be erased.

to be contd.....

Arunachala Siva.

Part 11: Miscllaneous Poems:  Triuvannamalai Thani Venba:

1. O Arunachala!  Giver of adequate wealth and gold.  Even
if I be born again, shall I get your Presence, shall I get
your grace and union?

2. O Arunachala!  Give me nice rice, sugar, honey, ghee and
milk everyday.  You also give me a hundred years of life
for praying to you and confer liberation at the end.

3. O Arunachala!  We have wasted our time with a lot of
desires, for ornaments, women, children, relatives, food
and other wealth.  Please save us at least now.

4. O Arunachala!  What is the use of daily telling prayers
without love for you?  What is the use of resisting food and
sleep.  What is the use of ignoring women?  Unless I have
got a limitless love for you, these resistances are of no avail.

5. O Arunachala!  When shall I leave this mad search for
food, clothes, rulership over the country, amassing wealth.
Let me leave all these and contemplate only on you.

to be continued.....

Arunachala Siva.       

Pal kathamba Venba: continues....

1. O Bull, the king of Tiruvannamalai!  Please gift me to
keep your golden feet in my mind.  Please give me oil,
to light then lamps at all time, so that I can do uninturruped

2. O Arunachala!  The cosmic dancer!   You have given your
head and golden feet, which could not be found by Brahma
and Vishnu, to me for my contemplation in my Heart.

3. O Arunachala!  You are the Ruler, ruler of all the worlds.
Ruler of all living creatures.  Ruler of your devotees.  O Guru,
rule over me and snap the roots of my seven births and
confer liberation!

4. Sonagiri!  Sonagiri!  Sonagiri!  Sonagiri!  Sonagiri!  I
always chant your name, for ever and for ever.  I shall
not hesitate to do that chanting.  I shall only hesitate
to open my mouth and speak to the fellows who speak
ill of you.  I shall always be in Peace.

Pal kathamba Venba - concluded.

to be continued....

Arunachala Siva.

Pal kathamba Venba continues....

1. O Arunachala!  Please give me the gift, to rise from bed
before the sunrise, take a bath, apply holy ash all over my
body, and pray to your golden feet.

2. O Arunachala!  Please gift me a healthy life, to do Siva
pooja every morning and contemplate your golden feet.
O consort of Uma, adorned with all nice golden ornaments,
O, the wearer of crescent moon, please give me that gift.

3. O Arunachala, the consort of Unnamulai!  Please give
me that gift, to pray to your on every morning and every
night, with contemplative mind.  O Siva,  give me your grace,

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva. 

Part 10:  Miscellaneous Poems:  Pal kathamba Venba:

1. Invocation to Ganesa:

O Ganapati, the son of the destroyer of Tripura, Siva.  Please
protect this poem, a miscellaneous set of poems on Unnamulai-
Annamalai, who confer all that gifts that we want.

2. O Arunachala!  Give us the gift of doing daily pooja to you
in several ways, chant the poems of your glory, keep your
name in my mind, to see you everyday in the temple.  Please
fulfil my wishes.

3. O Arunachala! Give us the gift of chanting your names several
times, keeping your form in the mind,  doing daily poojas with
sincerity.  O Guru, give this gift for ever.

4. O Arunachala!  To do penance without diversion, to merge
in your golden feet, to overcome the samsara, to contemplate
Siva-hood, and live a happy life in this world till I get liberation,
please give me that gift.

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.   

Thiru manjana Venba continues.....

1. O Mother Unnamulai!  Your holy bathing waters shall confer
a royal life, remove the karmas, annihilate further births, and
render salvation.  It shall make me not to come back to this
world again, give me a protect me from death and give me
great afterlife.

2. O Mother Unnamulai!  Your holy bathing waters, on seeing
shall remove my sins.  If I take them on my hands and drink,
it shall give me the great happiness of salvation.  It shall keep
me in the company of your holy devotees and give me liberation.

3. O Mother Unnamulai!  Your holy bathing waters are there.
What is there to fear, o dirty mind?  The Mother who killed
Mahishasura, after piercing him with her trident, is always there
for us and her holy bathing waters are the medicine for the
illness of this life.  Let us trust it and be liberated.

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.