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1. O Arunachala, who is the  controller of god of death (Yama)
and god of passion, (Manamatha),  why should people run around
for all sorts medicines and herbs.  You are the Medicine for all
our great ailment of this birth and death.

(The conviction that the Arunahcala Hill  or the Arunachala Lingam
in the temple, is the greatest medicine, is held by all poets and
Jnanis.  Bhagavan also calls the Hill, as "malai-marunthu", the
Hill Medicine in His works.) 

2. O fellows, I am telling you, if you hold on to the feet of
Arunachala, before your joints loosen up, bones break up,
before you have a non-stop coughing that shall smother
your body, before you take a stick even to walk, you are
saved.  If you do not care to do that, you are a sinner and
you are doomed for ever!

3. O fellows!  What is the use of bathing in Ganga and a hundred
other such rivers?  If you listen intently to Arunachala's name,
contemplate on the Hill or visit Arunachala once, all your sins
will be washed away and you shall attain liberation.  Go, go to
Arunchala and play your Conch Shell and cry: Arunachala!

(To see the Hill, or to even think of it from afar, Arunchala will]
confer liberation -  Arunachala Mahatmyam.)

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.     

Vidu Thiru Namam:  Chanting Siva's names:  (continues...)

1. In the dense forest, you gave milk to a baby-pig, which
was crying in hunger and could not even open its eyes. O
Siva!  I bow to you, who comes from Kailash swiftly to take
care of the hunger and thirst of devotees!  Arunachala, when
you are there ever willing to come swiftly, why should I ask
for food from others?

(In Tiruvilaiyadal Puranam, depicting the 64 plays of Siva,
there is a story, where a pig was hunted by a tiger, and the
baby-pig was crying without milk.  Siva came from Kailash,
as mother pig, and fed the baby-pig with its breasts. 

This story is also narrated by Saint Manikkavachagar, in his
Tiruvchakam.  The Tiruvilaiyadal Puranam, is a book liked by
Bhagavan Ramana, very much.  This book has been published
by Sri Ramanasramam.)

2.  O Arunachala, the One who has no desire and hatred, if
I garland with you Bhilva leaves on every Monday and pray
to you, Liberation will be conferred upon me swiftly.

(Monday is the most auspicious day for Siva.  People fast on
Mondays, place Bhilva leaves on Siva's image or Lingam in
their home altar and pray to Siva on Mondays.)

3.  People go to forest to fetch rare herbs and go to traders to
buy medicines, to cure their illness and lengthen their life span.
What avail?  Is it not adequate to pray to Arunachala everyday,
so that the greatest ailment of this birth and death  will be
cured by him?

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva. 

Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: September 20, 2008, 10:44:05 AM »
Dear Billbill,

I am glad you are visiting Sri Ramansramam, in a week's time.
A few tips, since I have gone there, in the beginning of this week.

1. Stay is possible in Asram's guest houses, (inside and outside
Asram) only with prior written request and their written permission.
Further, no one can stay beyond three days in guest houses.  For
a longer stay, you choose a hotel, (there are many with different
levels of comforts), the charges will be around Rs 400 per day
for a double room.  Only vegetarian food will be available on
extra payment.

2. There is no rain in T. Malai right now. The temperature is around
35 degrees celsius.

3. Regarding self enquriy practices:-  People are quite busy in
Asram.  You may have to patiently request them and wait for their
convenience.  You may also ask fellow pilgrims.

4. You can eat inside the Asram.  Their timings are:-

7.00 am - Coffee/tea
11.30 am - lunch
4.00 pm    - tea
7.30 pm  - dinner

Arunachala Siva.   

General topics / Re: "Let there be Peace."
« on: September 20, 2008, 10:32:06 AM »
Dear Mark,

Thank you.  I am a small pond, reflecting the Sun, Bhagavan Sri
Ramana, the son of Siva, matchless after Sankara.

Arunachala Siva.

General Discussion / Re: Indian Cuisine
« on: September 20, 2008, 10:29:15 AM »
Dear Non duel,

Today's receipe is Kattharikai-kara-kari. It is brinjal-heavy masala-

Please take about 1 kg of violet or green brinjals.  Cut them into
small pieces, after throwing away the 'head cap'  portion, which is
quite hard and is not tasty.  While cutting, cut the vegetable into
vertical pieces like you potato finger chips. 

In the pan, pour generous quantity of oil, and after it is heated,
add heavy quantity of garam masala.  Transfer the cut brinjals
into the oil base, keep on stirring it, till the vegetable is nicely
fried.  Put off the burner.

Take a smaller pan.  Pour a little oil, put a spoon of uddhin dhal,
two or three red chillies and mustard, fry it.  Mix this, to the
fried vegetables and further stir it. 

Add some curry leaves, powdered cordamom and clove pieces.
Heat it further for a minute or two. 

The kathari-kara-kari is ready.  This can be taken with rice, along
with fried papds or potato chips.  This can be taken as a side dish
for bread or chappati also.

Arunachala Siva.

Dear Gangajal and srkudai,  To add a few things.  Consciousness
is called "Witness", it is not expressible.  It does not 'see' in the
ordinary palance of the term.  It merely IS.  There is a typical
example in Tamil literature.  There is a theft at home, when nobody
is there.  But a lamp was burning at the house.  The Lamp is the
Witness.  The lamp does not 'see'.  Likewise Brahman is the Witness.
In the villagers, people often say that the god is the witness, when
there is no one else to prove their point.  When people who have
self realized, either with or without reading the books, they can
only express it in negative terms.  Neti  Neti, it is not this; it is not
this.  Because they cannot express it what is experiential.

I just now posted an example given by Tayumanavar, a 17th century
Tamil poet.  It is like a bride after the nuptial night coming out and
going to her mother straight, without telling anything to anyone. 
Even to her mother, she merely 'looks' at her and does not say anything.

What then, all the scriptures point out?  They point out the 'way'
only and not the 'destination'.  Words go and come back failing.....

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: "Let there be Peace."
« on: September 19, 2008, 11:25:58 AM »
Dear Mark,  Wonderful!  Yes, the experience can never be reduced
into words.  Lao Tse has said:  Those who speak, know not; Those
who know speak not.  In Tamil, they say:  'Kandavar Vindilar;
Vindavar Kandilar', meaning, those who have seen, cannot express;
those who express have not seen.'

Again, one Tamil Saiva Saint, called Thayumanavar, who lived in
17th century has said a beautiful example.  In the morning after
the nuptial night, the bride comes out of the room and she is
unable to express anything to any one.  Even to her mother, she
is not able to say anything and she merely, 'looks' at her mother!

Arunachala Siva.

Dear Raju,  During Daksha's sacrifice, Daksha invited every god
but not Siva and His consort Uma, who is also called Daakshayani,
she being the daughter of Daksha.  The quarrel between Daksha
and Siva arose, because, Siva married Daksha's daughter, who is
none else than Uma, in disguise as a Sannyasi.  Hence Daksha did
not invite Siva couple.  Uma pleaded to Siva, that she may be allowed
to go, because Daksha was her father, in that avatara.  Siva knew
that Daksha would insult her, but allowed to have her way.  When
Uma went to the sacrifice, she and Siva were insulted in the presence of other gods, by Daksha's act of not giving the preliminary obalations.
Uma, Dakshayani, dived into the sacrificial fire, killed herself,
and completed her avatara, and came back to Kailash.  Siva on
knowing the insult, and when even other gods were also there,
without telling the dharma to Daksha, came as Veerabhadra and
punished every god.  He killed Daksha, beheaded one head of Brahma
(and a goat's head was placed on his trunk! ).  He cut the nose of Sarasvati, the consort of Brhama,beat the moon, knocked out the teeth
of the sun, and broke the leg of Saturn.  He spared Vishnu-Lakshmi,
OUT OF GRACE, because Vishnu, earlier, while doing Siva Pooja, with 1000 lotuses , found one flower short and he had plucked his eye, (He is the lotus eyed god), placed it on the feet of Siva and completed the pooja!  Siva therefore is called Hari Netra Arpana Siva. (The god to
whom Hari gave an eye for lotus for pooja!)   Uma after coming to
Kailash, wanted to do penance for her misdeed, came to Arunachala,
did penance and got her merged onto the left side of Siva.  She is the Ardanareswari,half-woman, on the left of Siva, who is Ardanari.  This story is in Arunachala Purana and in Arunachala Mahatmyam.   

Bhagavan has shed tears while reading this Purana for His devotees!
Unnamulai and Annamalai, in Tiruvannamalai, are called, Arda
Nari and Arda Narisvara.  Saint Manikkavachagar sings in

Glory to Siva, who is half woman!  (Potri Tiru Ahaval - Glory to
Siva in Tiruvachakam)

Saint Manikkavachagar has also narrated this story of Daksha
sacrifice, in a poem called Tiru Undiyar (Clapping hands in
praise of Siva).  Bhagavan's Upadesa Undiayar or Upadesa
Saram, was composed at the request of Muruganar, on the lines of
Tiru Undiyar.  The metre is called Kali-Thazhisai, a type of three line
poem, in Tamil.

Arunachala Siva. 

Please read the second post titled (5) as (6).

Vidu Thiru Namam,  continues....

1. I may wear some attire.  I may leave it.  I may sleep on
a nice cotton bed. Or I may sleep on the hard floor.  If
I chant your name, Arunachala Siva, then there is no need
for this difficult austerities.

2.  You are my mother and father.  You are also the father
of Vishnu, who is the father of Brahma.  If I do not love you,
then, my mind can as well be made in iron.  If I do not see
your holy feet, then my eyes can as well become blind with
cataract.  O Arunachala Siva!

3. Where would the devas in the heaven have gone?  Where
would be Indra?  Where would Brahma?  Where would be
his father, Naryana.  If you had not taken the poison on the
historic occasion, all these gods would have been dead and gone!
O Arunachala Siva!

4. I pray to you, Arunachala, everyday!  You are giving several
vegetable dishes, with oozing ghee!  You are giving nice rice,
ghee, milk everyday.  You are giving sandal paste to my chest!
It is adequate, if I sing your glory in nice poetry, with a roaring

5. O Siva coming on a white ferocious bull!  You know my mind,
when will you end this life, where everyday, I sleep with tricky-
eyed women, get old and fall?

6. Who can equal you in valour, O Arunchala?   You snapped
the head of Daksha, left Krishna out of your grace, took poison,
fathered the mountain-like Ganesh, crushed the moon, broke
the teeth of the sun and the leg of Saturn!

to be contd.....

Arunachala Siva.

2. Vidu Thiru Namam - Chanting the Holy Name of Siva:-

1. O Arunachala Siva, Poets say that you have only several
arrows and one bower*. I do not believe.  You have got
only one arrow*** but several bowers in Chidambaram, Kumbakonam, 
Sri Rangam and Karuvur!

This is a poem of excellent imagery.  Siva has got several arrows
and one bower, that is, back-sack for holding arrows.  But
Guhai Namasivaya says, he has got only one arrow, but
several bowers, which is unnatural.  But that is the Truth.
Vishnu is the only arrow, in Tripura Samhara.  (Even that he
did not use.  He simply smiled at Tripura and it  was burnt.)
But the bowers are many.  The bowers are here several Vishnu
temples, such as Chidambaram, Kumbakonam, Sri Rangam and

2. O Siva, one knows that you are creating several worlds,
Brahma, Vishnu, the sun and the moon and billions of living
creatures.  Then knowing this,  why should he kill a living being,
for his daily food?

3. The spider and the elephant* prayed to day and night.
Even after knowing this truth, if one does not  pray to you,
what future would await him, O Siva!

(* In a town called Tiruvanaika, in Siva temple, a spider and
an elephant were praying to Siva daily.  Both were two kings
in the previous births.  The spider used to make a web around
the Siva Lingam and thus gave shadow.  The elephant, on seeing
the web, got angry everyday and smashed up the web and placed
a lotus on the Siva Lingam.  One day, the spider went into the
elephant's trunk, bit it and killed and in the process, it also got
killed.  Both were blessed by Siva.)

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.

1. Arunagiri Malai - Garland to Arunachala:-

1. O Siva, you could not be reached by the swan and the
pig, which went up and down to search your head and feet.
But you have got a son, (Ganapati), who collected tax from
the robbers, and he is the one at the gates of your temple,
ever vigilant.  I bow to that Ganapati to get into your abode.

2. You kicked Yama, god of death and burnt, god of love,
with the eyes on your forehead!  But you ever protect us
the devotees, who think of you and who remember your
holy feet, O Arunachala.

3. One shall drink milk, another shall drink water in the Hill,
One another drank only the air.  How can one can get anything,
unless you ordain it for us, O Arunachala, who had the Trident
and Vishnu as his arrow?

4. The great good Arunachala, if he punishes us, it is only to
make us good and remove our dirt of sins.  If a washerman
hits the clothes against the stone slab, it is only to remove
the dirt in the clothes and not to tear them off!*

(* This poem has been cited by Bhagavan, in one of his talks,
vide Day by Day of Devaraja Mudaliar. )

5. Arunachala is there ever present, to give to the each living
being food for its eating.  Why are you always thinking about
your food, clothing and shelter?  Do not fear, quieten the mind.

6. O Siva, who is going to live in this world for ever?  Who can
live without your grace?  If I understand that You are the one,
who is birthless and deathless and pray for your grace, then
I shall live without death and birth.

7. O Siva, concorporate of Unnamulai!  In the tanks of Annamalai,
there are lotuses, in the fields are paddy grains, in the streets are
pearls.  How come, you burnt the god of love, who came with
flowers, sugarcane and pearls?

8. O Arunachala, what is the use of closing the nose and doing
breath-control?  What is the use of throwing water on all the
three occasions, (it means the sun worship of Brahmins)?  What
is the use of developing oratory?  If one does not say, 'Arunachala
Siva', even once in a day, he is doomed for ever!

to be contd...

Arunachala Siva.     

Guhai Namasivaya was doing Siva worhsip in his Cave everyday,
went for begging and after food, wrote poems and slept on the
slopes of the Hill.  He used to go to the Temple, and from the
entrance, just say 'Hello' to Siva and go away.

One day, one another Siva devotee saw the yogi and thought
that he is disrespecting Siva.  He became angry and when the
yogi came next day, he beat the yogi on his head from back.
The Yogi turned back, thought for a while, understood his folly.
From next day, the yogi went inside the temple everyday, took
holy ash and sandal paste from the priest, prostrated to Siva and
came back, after circumambulating.

After a hundred years of life, Guhai Namasivaya prayed to Siva,
to take him to his abode.  Siva appeared before the yogi and
told him to sing a song per day for another hundred years.
Thus the folklore says that the yogi lived for 200 years and
on a day, he merged with Siva, during his Nirvikalpa Samadhi.
His Samadhi is still there on the Hill and Bhagavan Ramana was
living inside that Cave, and during that time only, He picked up
the palmyra leaves and copied about 540 poems of the yogi.

Now, about the poems.

to be continued....

Arunachala Siva.   

On an another occasion, a highway robber, was plundering
the wealth and belongings of pilgrims and traders on the
hilly roads of T. Malai.  Even the king could not capture the
robber, who was hiding with a good army and elephants.
The king and the people came to Guhai Namasivaya and requested
him to call Siva.  Out of mercy, Guhai Namasivaya sang to Siva:

O Siva! Your devotees sing that
you have got trident and fire on your hands,
A terrfiic poison on your throat,
And eye on the forhead that burnt the god of love into ashes!
We wonder now, what is the use of all these?
Why this delay and torture for us, O Siva!"

That night, Siva sent his son, Ganesh, who went in the form
of a rowdy elephant, shattered the robber's army and his
elephants, seized back all the treasures and returned.
The robber pleaded for his life and gave away all the remaining
elephants as his tax, to this opponent and ran away.

This Ganesa, who is there on the Siva temple, after the Northern
Tower, is now called 'the Ganesa who collected tax.'

Once, it appears a cotton yarn weaver, made fun of this Yogi
and took away his begging bowl.  Guhai Namasivaya cursed him
and he was burnt into ashes immediately.  He also gave a curse,
saying that weavers can never do business henceforth in T.malai.
Even today, there is no one doing weaving or weaving business
in Tiruvannamalai!

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.

It is said that Guhai Namasivaya lived for 200 years, writing one
poem on Arunachala each day.  After 100 years, the story goes
that Siva bade him to live for another 100 years to write poems on Him.

The poet had terrific power in his poems.  Once there was a 'foreign'
king, perhaps Portugese, who came to T.Malai, occupied the temple,
started vandalizing the temple and also plundering wealth from locals
and molesting young women.  The people had no defence.  They
came to Guhai Namasivaya and requested him to call Siva.

Guhai Namasivaya sang:

O Siva, Have your three eyes gone to sleep?
Have you lost the trident and the fire on your hands?
Do you not care for your devotees?
Are we cursed to die like this?

Siva sent the trident which came and pierced the foreign king
on his back, that he developed an incurable wound on his back
and died out of that wound.

One the day of his death, people in T.malai took a special bath,
wore new clothes and had a good dinner and also fed Guhai
Namasivaya with nice dinner with sweets.

to be contd...

Arunachala Siva.

Guhai Namasivya lived in Tiruvnnamali and attended Videha
Kaivalyam there.  His period is after Saint Arunagiri Natha, who
wrote Tiruppugazh on Murugan, about 6 centuries ago.  Guhai
Namasivaya is said to have lived in T. Malai, about 5 centuries ago.
Guhai Namasivaya is a Kannada by birth, and moved to T. Malai
to do Siva Pooja and Siva Samadhi Yoga.  He was a man of great
power and wisdom and he has composed one song per day during
his 200 years of living!  He was living on alms, had no home and
was staying in the Hill. 

Bhagavan Ramana was living in Guhai Namasivaya Cave, for
some time.  During this period, He chanced to notice some old
palmyra leaves inside the cave, which contained poems of Guhai
Namasivyah.  This was around 1900-1910.  He read this palmyra
leaves, and copies about 540 poems in a note book with pencil.
This note book remained with Him and was not further noticed by
anyone.  Later, with other manuscripts of Bhagavan Ramana, this
was also placed in the Archives.  After about 40 years, that is
around 1990s, the Ashram authorities with the help of Dr.
Venkata Subramanian, David Godman and others studied these
manuscripts and brought out a compendium of Guhai Namasivaya's
poems.  These poems were studied, for metrical mistakes etc.,
and now they have brought a Tamil books containing 542 songs
of Guhai Namasivaya, duly arranged into several headings.

About Guhai Namasivya's life and his poems, in the subsequent

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.