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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sri Ramana Tiru Ammanai
« on: November 03, 2008, 03:08:02 PM »
Ammanai is a song sung by young girls, clapping their hands
and coming round and round in a circle.  Saint Manikkavachakar,
has sung a Tiru Ammanai, in Tiruvannamalai, and this is a composition
of 20 verses.  Sri Ramana Tiru Ammanai is from Murugnar in the same
style.  It is of 33 verses, with variations like one, two and three girls

Verse  1:  (One girl)  reads like this.

O like placing a golden shawl on a lowly dog,
You have placed your unreachable lotus feet upon my head,
It is a gift even beyond the gods, who are not seen and
  who have done virtuous acts,
O Your greatness, I shall sing, Venkata Ramana
Of Pondy Kingdom, Tiru Chuzhi,
I shall sing your glory and play Ammanai!

Verse 14: (two girls) reads like this:

He is the life of each one's life, this Venkata Ramanan,
His nature is beyond the sight, let us play Ammanai,
He is seen by everyone, as One without a second,
But each one sees it differently and are nonplussed, let us
   play Ammanai!

Verse 32: (three girls) reads like this:

He has taken charge of many like me, Venkatan,
To the close devotees, He is a good Brahmin, O Ammanai,
Yes, He is full of love, a great Brahmin, O Ammanai,
He is ferocious, that is what people say, O Ammanai,
Because He was ferocious towards the love-god and burnt him,
              O Ammanai.

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

Arunachala Siva.

Sri Ramana Tirup Palliezhuchi, is a composition with 10 verses,
by Muruganar. It is styled like Saint Manikkavachakar's Tiru Palliezhuchi,
sung in Tirup Perundurai, on Siva.  Tirup Palliezhuchi, is a early
morning song through which women wake up their Masters or Husbands,
for bath. 

Verse 5 reads:

The lotuses have bloomed, the Sun has risen,
The honey dews have disappeared, along with songs,
the conchshell, drums have started sounding,
And with these sounds, the bogus sastras have withered,
Everywhere, there is the humming of yazh, and veena,
From all directions devotees have come and are waiting for you,
Please open your eyelids and wake up, Tiru Venkata Ramana,
Please wake up and bless us!

Verse 9 reads:

The Sun has risen, at the summit of the hills,
The all pervading darkness has been driven away in the world,
The Truth that lies like a unripe fruit amidst leaves,
Amongst the various religions and philosphies.
You are that Truth, I keep my head on your lotus feet,
The Primordial Substance of all tattvas,
O, the Truth that is beyond the imaginations of all artistes,
Venkata Ramana, pleasse wake up and bless us!

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

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sri Ramana Tiruvembavai
« on: November 03, 2008, 02:41:57 PM »
Tiruvembavai, is one of the two compositions sung by Saint
Manikkavachagar in Tiruvannamalai.  These songs are being
sung right from Bhagavan Ramana's times in the Asram, on the
early mornings of Margazhi, Dec-Jan.  Sri Ramana Tiruvembavai,
is a composition by Muruganar, in adoration of Ramana.  It contains
33 verses, (Manikkavchagar's contain 20 verses), in the same
vein as Saint's work.   It is imaged like women singing glories of
Siva, and asking each other to wake up in the early morning to take
bath in tanks or rivers and then going to Siva, for worship. 

The Verse 7 reads:

" O He is of eight forms, he has got attire of eight directions,
He knows eight siddhis, He is eight of characteristics,
He is staying in eight temples* in the form of Angry pose, He
  is Annamalai,
He is also in the Heart of the devotees, He is Venkata Ramana,
If we come under His rule and get His cool looks,
If we stay at His feet, whose face is like moon,
We can get mindless state and fulfil our purpose, O come!"

(* There are eight temples, in which Siva stays after annihilation
of opponents like, god of death, Manmatha, Daksha and others.)

Verse 19 reads:

O Venkata Ramanan is full of bliss of limitless nectar,
His smile is like limitless nectar,
His benign looks are like limitless nectar,
His cool words are like limitless nectar,
His ancient Feet are like limitless nectar,
His great qualities are like limitless nectar,
His ocean of conduct is like limitless nectar,
Let us bathe in that nectar, O come!"     
(Source: Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, Murganar, 1998 Tamil
edition. Translation, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Bhajans in Tiruvannamalai
« on: November 03, 2008, 02:28:02 PM »
During the ravage of plague, Tiruvannamalai was almost totally
deserted.  Only the Health Staff were camping and spraying insecticides
in all parts of the town and were living in a camp.  The devotees of
Bhagavan like Ramanatha Brahmachari also contracted plague.
After about 6 months, when the difficulties were over, the Health
Staff wanted to celebrate with nightlong bhajans.  They invited
Bhagavan Ramana who was on the Hills.  The district collector,
the Tahsildar and other officials and general public had gathered.
Bhagavan Ramana agreed and went.  He was seated on a dais
and was garlanded!*  Sweets, cool drinks, soda, and other eats
were arranged.  Bhagavan did not take anything for eating or drinking. After the nightlong bhajans, Bhagavan Ramana was escorted to the
Hills and left with profuse gratitude! 

(Source:  Arunachala's Ramana, the Boundless Ocean of Grace -
Volume 1.)

* Regarding garlanding of Bhagavan Ramana, there are two versions.
In one, it is stated that He did not accept garlanding.

Arunachala Siva.   

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Siva Jnana Bodham
« on: November 03, 2008, 02:07:59 PM »
Siva Jnana Bodahm is a small 12 verse, Sutra, on Saiva Siddhanta.
It was composed by Meikandar.  One Siva Jnana Muni, wrote a
commentary on that.  In the Saiva-canon, there are a group of
prayer books called Stotras, starting from Tevaram, Tiruvachakam,
Tiru Mandiram etc., These are more popular.  But there are 14 books,
dealing only with Siva Jnana Sastram.  These are canons of philosophy.
These are less popular and only people who want to study the Siva
philosophy go for these.  Saivism in ancient times, developed mainly
in two places.  One is Kashmir and that was called Kashmiri Saivism
and the other is from Tamil Nadu called Dravida Saivism.  Meikandar's
Siva Jnana Bodham, is the canon of Siva philosphy.  I shall write more
in detail about it later.

Once Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri, who was a learned scholar in
Sakti Tantras, was asked by some persons in Tiruvannamalai, to
come to the Temple and speak about Saiva Siddhanta.  Sastri
could not say no, even though he did not much know about Saiva
Siddhanta.  Having told yes, he came to Bhagavan Ramana and
requested for help.  Bhagavan Ramana, then explained to Sastri
the twelve verses of Siva Jnana Boddham, which He had read from
books brought by Pazhaniswami in the Hills.  He also explained the
meaning and purport.  Sastri took the information immediately,
thanked Bhagavan and went for the speech the next evening.
He gave a wondrous speech, giving Sanskrit Verses, extempore,
on Saiva Siddhanta and people praised him.  He came to Bhagavan
Ramana and said politely, "What did I speak?  I did not speak
anything.  It is You who spoke!"

(Source: Partly from Arunachala's Ramana, the Boundless Ocean
of Grace, Volume 1. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.       

Ashrams / Re: Living in tent in/near the ashram?
« on: November 03, 2008, 01:57:30 PM »
Dear S. Subramanian,

You are correct.  The Self is within and Bhagavan Ramana is
ever present.  But for many people, a visit to the Asram and looking
intently at the Hills helps, because the Power of the Presence is more.
However, this is not obligatory.  It depends upon one's convenience,
health, money etc.,

Arunachala Siva. 

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Re: Getting angry with God
« on: November 03, 2008, 01:54:13 PM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

Siva in the form of Nataraja, is showing both Abhaya Mudra,
the Hand that Protects and Vara Mudra, the Hand that Gives.
Siva, in the form Dakshinamoorthy, is showing only the Chin
Mudra, the Hand that shows the liberation.  All gods and goddesses,
invariably show these mudras.  Sri Lalita Tripura Sundari, does not
show any of these mudras.  She has got in four hands, the Ankusam,
the punishing weapon, the Pasam, the imprisoning weapon, the
sugar cane and the arrow made of flowers.  She is Kamesvari,
one who attracted Siva, Kamesvara.  But Sankara says in
Sri Soundarya Lahari, "What if she does not show her hands,
her legs would suffice to give protectioin and attraction!"  I don't
think, any other poet other than Sankara could write like this!

Arunachala Siva. 

Dear Ramanaduli,

Pattinathar was a Siva Raja Yogi.  He spoke of Advaita only.  He
lived somewhere near Karaikal, in Pondycherry.  He is a Siddha,
who wrote a lot of Advaitic Tamil poems.  I shall write about him

Arunachala Siva.

Translations and Commentaries by Forum Members / Re: I want to become......
« on: November 03, 2008, 01:46:19 PM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

Liberation, Moksha, Maha Nirvanam  are all one and the same,
that is Self realization.  Kaivalyam, as I had written earlier, is
said to be a state very near to Brahman.  This implies duality.
This is called Salokam, Sameepam, Sarupyam, that is being in
the same place with Godhead, being very near to Godhead and
having the same form of Godhead respectively.  All implies duality
and these are only concepts.

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sri Ramana Ashtakam
« on: November 02, 2008, 02:44:57 PM »
One day, when Bhagavan Ramana and Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri,
were sitting in Pachaiamman Kovil in the Hills, suddenly Ganapati
Sastri found Six Stars were descending from the sky, touching
Bhagavan Ramana's head and then leaving Him.  He was thrilled
immediately and became speechless.  The Maharshi also realized
the event.  Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri then respectfully submitted:
"Bhagavan Ramana !  Now I have understood that you are Skanda
son of Siva!"  Bhagavan Ramana did not say anything.

Immediately Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri composed eight stanzas
called Sri Ramana Ashtakam.  These eight verses were later incorporated
into Sri Ramana Chatvarimsat, Forty Verses in Praise of Sri Ramana.

(Source:  Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace, Volume 1.)

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Yatirai Pathu
« on: November 02, 2008, 01:56:17 PM »
Dear Dr. Raju,

Yes. The Pilgrimage to the Self is staying within the Self.  We are
running here and there to stay where we are!

Arunachala Siva.

Dear Dr. Raju,

You are right.  Padam means Source and also the feet.  Guru's
Padam is conferer of Brahma Jnana.

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Yatirai Pathu
« on: November 02, 2008, 12:42:13 PM »
Yatirai Pathu or Decad of Pilgrimage, is another composition of
Muruganar in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.  It describes the
pilgrimage to the Self Realization.  Manikkavachakar has also
written a Yattirai Pathu, singing the glory of pilgrimage to Siva Loka.
But only two verses are available in this composition.

Muruganar says in Verse 8:

To abandon the death and the disease of birth,
He has shown us His Grace, the guru, Venkata, of Tiruchuzhi
   in Pandya Kingdom,
Please meditate on his anklet wearing feet,
There is not much time left, directly take the path of liberation!

Muruganar says in Verse 9:

He had come as a dwarf Brahmina and pushed Mahabhali into
   the earth, making him to rule the nether world,
He has come now steer the useless guys  like me into liberation,
Please meditate on his feet, you lowly people,
The Sivaloka is not far away, it is just before you!

(Source: Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, 1998 edition, Tamil,
   Sri Ramansramam - my own translation.)

Arunachala Siva.

I have already written about Manikkavachakar's Tiru Chazhal in
Tiruvachakam.  It is a composition, where girls in two groups,
sing each two lines, the first group, pointing out the deficiency
of Siva, and the second group, making the same deficiency as
a merit!  Muruganar's Tiru Chazhal is also based on the same
theme. The compositon contains 31 verses and form part of
Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.

Verse 1 reads:

O How come Siva, who is wearing honey laden Indian labumnnum,
  has come here in a human body, what a shame!

O He has come here in a human body, to vanquish the body-
consciouness of devotees, like the hunter keeps a deer in a
pit and catches another deer in the forest!  Don't you know?   

Verse 12 reads:

O How come Venkata* who generously gives away all that
  devotees need, should himself go for alms, what a shame!

O Though He always takes the alms as a good food, because,
   if He does not take alms, how come the houses** of devotees
   become rid of the dirt?  Don't you know?

(* Venkata - Venkatraman, Bhagavan Sri Ramana.
** houses - the minds get purified by throwing out the
      'dirt or food' of thoughts!)

Verse 25 reads:

O Venkata, first advised Ganapati* and other great persons*!
    How come He can advise such great scholars?  What a shame?

O if He does not advise the court of great persons starting from
    Ganapati, all the great persons of this world, will think all sorts
    of things instead of self enqiry.  Don't you know?

(* Sri Ramana Gita to Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri.
     Who am I? to Sivaprakasam Pillai
     Vichara Sangraham to Gambiram Sesha Iyer.)

(Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, 1998 Tamil edition -
  Sri Ramansramam -  my own translation.)

Arunachala Siva.


The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Sri Ramana Ucchishtam
« on: November 02, 2008, 11:02:30 AM »
In the Asram, after Bhagavan Ramana has finished His meal,
any devotee on any devotee would love to eat on the same leaf
plate, taking even the left overs. (There won't be any left overs
mostly.)  This is usually a practise in Hindu customs, to eat on the
same leaf plate of Guru.  After Bhagavan Ramana observed this
practice, He stopped it forthwith, by taking the leaf plate Himself
and throwing it in the dustbin.  Till that time, that practise of
eating on the same leaf plate was continuing.  One day Muruganar,
wanted to eat on the same leaf plate, but authorities forbade him,
saying that Mudaliar Patti's (a non Brahmin), rice had been served
there, and so, it was not proper to eat!  What a custom!    Muruganar
left bad about this prohibition and was sad about his misfortune.
So, he composed a poem on that occasion.  This verse called Sri
Ramana Ucchishtam, runs like this:

O it is the birth, a birth of a lowly dog given by Brahma, who
   does neither know the Vedas, nor the art of creation!

This body wanted eagerly your left overs, and I prayed your
golden feet, full of merit!

Even that, this body could not get, and it should have been better
born as a dog than a brahmin!

O What a sad birth is this?
Arunachala Siva.