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Please read the second (27) as (28):

Sithu Venba - Siva's magics - continues.....

!. O Arunachala, the magician of the Hill!  You can, if I pray to
you, remove all the poisons of my mind, make it totally restful
and then disappear.  You will burn up all the karmas of my life.
How can I describe your magic, the five-headed god, of the Hill?*

(* Siva is said to have five heads, four in four directions and the
looking towards the Space.  These are called, Esana, Ahora, Sadasiva
Vamadeva, Satyojata,etc.,)

2.  O Arunachala, the great magician of the Hill!  You have punished
Yama, who punishes everyone, by kicking at him.  You were not
able to found out by Brahma and Vishnu, the consort of Lakshmi.
How can I describe your magic?

3.  O Arunachala, the great magician of the Hill!  Brahma and
Vishnu are still searching for your top and feet!  Where do you
eat?  In which town do you eat? What do you eat?  From whom do you eat?  In what vessel you eat?  What is that you eat?  No one knows.
What is your magic, O Siva!

to be contd.....

Arunachala Siva.

Guhai Namasivaya's Poems:

Part 4:  Sithu Venba - "Siva's magics"

1. O Arunachala!  How can I describe your magics?  You changed
a herd of foxes into ferocious horses, and again later made thm
into foxes!*  I pray to you, the concorporate of Unnamualai,--
Apeeta Gujambal, with shoulders like slender sugarcanes.

(* This story is from Tiruvilaiyadal Puranam.  Saint Manikkavachagar,
was the minister of Pandya King in Madurai. The king sent him for
fetching good Arabian horses, from the seacoast of Tirupperundurai.
Manikkavachagar 'saw' Siva and became a devotee in that town
near the seashore.  He spent all the king's money for building a
temple.  The Pandyan army, who came in search of the saint,
caught him and took him to the king.  In the meantime, Siva appeared
before Pandya King and handed over the horses.  The horses kept in
the sheds became foxes (they were really foxes only!) at night
broke open the sheds and went away howling.  The king wanted to
punish Manikkvachagar and made him to stand on the hot sandy
riverbed, with a load of bricks on his head.  Siva again appeared before
the king and took away Manikkachagar.  The poet-saint mentions
this magic in various poems of Tiruvachakakam.  In Tiruppandi
Padigam, Decad on the Pandya kingdom, the poet-saint sings:
"O the magician! you made a magic of converting the foxes into
horses and then the horses into foxes, O the ruler, of Tirupperundurai!"

2. O Arunachala, I shall every pray to your golden feet.  You have
given me this lowly dog your golden feet, O King.  How can I decribe
your magics?  You have asked the devotee to make a curry of human
flesh of his own son, and after the flesh has been served, you called
the boy, Seeralan, who came to you from backyard!*

(* This story of Seeralan son of Siruthondar, a siva devotee has
already been narrated under some other poem.)

3. O Arunachala, the great magician!  You enter me through my
eyes and stay in my Heart.  You are unthinkable, rare for everyone.
You can give anything that your devotee wants, with your incredible

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.

Parikala Venba - Glory of Siva's devotees: continues.....

1. O sinners, do not steal away the few belongings of the
devotees of Arunachala, the great benefactor of Tiruvannamalai.
If you try to do that, the king will catch you, beat with sticks
and your wealth will be lost as the burnt wood.

2. O sinners, do not steal any of Arunachala's belongings!
You know, He is the one who burnt the Tripura.  He will
take away all your properties, lands and the country that
are encircled by the ocean, in a jiffy and you may have
to beg alms with a mudplate on your hands.

3. You know, sinners, what happened to Narasimha when
the bird Sarabha engulfed him and squeezed him?  If you
try to thieve any of the belongings of Arunachala, you shall
have the same fate.

4. You know sinners, what happened to Brahman and Vishnu,
who tried to find out the top and feet of Arunachala? (They
lost their ego and suffered.)  If you try to do harm to the
devotees of Arunachala, you shall be severed and thrown away
into a pit of salt and there will be more such punishments!

5. O Arunachala, one has to pay off his debts only through his
earnings.  No one else can pay off my debts.  I shall therefore
pray to you, the god with the matted locks, Ganga and crescent
moon, and pay off my karmas.  This is your justice.


Parikala Venba - concluded.

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.

Parikala Venba - Glory of Siva's devotees: continues.....

1. As a compensation for yesterday's lapse, you have given
twice the quanity of rice today, O Arunachala, with a third
eye and feet with the fragrance of lotus, I am blessed.  I
shall pray your feet everyday and clean up all my prarabdha

2. O Arunachala, the concorporate of Unnamulai, you have
called me to your feet, in this birth, I shall never forget your
name and there is no death and further birth for me!

3. O Arunachala, those who do not care for your instructions
and run about seeking worldly pleasures, they will die with
a lot of diseases that consume their body and the king shall
confiscate their wealth.

to be contd.....

Arunachala Siva.     

Parikala Venba - Glory of Siva's devotees: continues.....

1. O Arunachala, it is your bounden duty to bring the devotees
ashore from the ocean of samsara and protect them ever at
your lotus feet.  It is your promise from the time immemorial
and if you fail, it will be an injustice to them.

2. O Arunachala, you are having a third eye on your forehead.
O, who created this world, it is your duty to use that third eye
and burn the lives of those fellows,  who do not give alms to
your devotees and also prevent others from giving alms.

3. O mighty Arunachala, who is having matted red locks and
an eye on the forehead, how come today, the daily alms of
four mini-measures* of rice, are reduced to two mini-measures?

(* In Tamil, the word 'naazhi' is used here.  One 'naazhi' roughly
comes to one handful or about 50 grams of grains.)

4. O Arunachala, you are giving one handful of rice per day and
the townsfolk give one more handful of rice.  How come to day,
you have given your quota of rice to your retinue and make us
go without rice?

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva. 

The third group of Guhai Namasivaya's Poems is called "Parikala
Venba."  It means "Glory of Siva's devotees."

1. All the devotees who praise the glory of Arunachala, and become
His relatives.  They have conquered their ego and self respect as
burnt charcoal and apply the sacred ash daily.  It is they who
conquer death and attain Siva's lotus feet.

2. O Arunachala, who is birthless and deathless, those who wait
at your Presence and pray daily to you, how can they have diseases.
Do not please ever show your anger to them.

3. Those devotees who come to Unnamuali and Annamalai and
pray are ever fearless.  If anyone wants to do harm to them,
shall die with his roots uprooted, after suffering incurable diseases.

4. If anyone wants to punish your devotees, he will become punished
by the king and confined in prison, like the snake imprisoned by a snake charmer.

5. Those who do not give alms to your devotees in any place, such
rascals will be punished by Arunachala, who wears a three digit
crescent moon,  lose their respect and die in a second.

to be contd.....

Arunachala Siva. 

Please read the second 21 and 22.

Vidu Thiru Namam: continues....

1. The leopard gives birth to five babies at a time.  The cat
gives three at a time.  The cow delivers only one.  Our karmas
like leopard's babies ( large in number) will perish and our
dharmas like the calf (even if small in number) will save us
from rebirth, O Aruncahala!

2.  O Arunachala! You shall confer us all our wants and our
families will be happy at your grace.  O Arunachala, the consort
of Unnamulai, the god who burnt Tripura, why should we care about anything, when you are with us and for us?

3. O Arunachala, the consumer of poison from the milky ocean!
If you do not give your "konrai" garland, the moon coming in
the evening sky will burn me, the dark nightfall will kill me.
Come soon! *

4. I have got the never failing grace of Arunachala, who has
removed all my fears.  With great love, I shall chant his name
and compose poems everyday, at the gates of all houses in
Tiruvannamalai.  If  the chaps in some houses, are not fit for
liberation, I shall not open my mouth, but merely walk further.


Arunachala Siva.

(*This is a poem of bridal mysticism.  The poet considers himself
as a maid and seek her lover's arrival with a garland.  This is
called Nayaki Nayaka bhavam in poetry.  All the poems
in Saint Manikkavachakar's book, Tiru Chitrambala Kovai, are
expressions of bridal mysticism.  Bhagavan Ramana's Arunachala
Akshara Mana Malai, is also a poem of bridal mysticism.)


Vidu Thiru Namam: continues......

1. O Arunachala, you kicked the swift approaching Yama, the
god of death, when he came to seize Markandeya, who loved
you and was holding your Linga.  For the devotees who love
him, he will shower grace, and their opponents come to trouble
them, even the crescent moon on your matted locks, will spew fire
and drive them.

2. O Arunachala!  Your feet will always be near for protection
of devotees, even while they are in bed with women with breasts
like an ocean.

3. When the poison came out from the milky ocean, like the
ocean of enemy army, and when all the gods were running to
you and cried:  O Siva, save us, you merely  took it on your
palm and consumed it, as if it were a fruit.  O Arunachala, you
saved the gods and the worlds by your grace.

to be contd....

Arunchala Siva.

Vidu Thiru Namam: continues....

1. O Arunachala, you held the Mount Meru as bow,  Narayana
as an arrow, had the earth as your chariot and went to war
with Tripura*.  But you burnt the Tripura, without using bow
and arrow and by merely smiling at it.    How come, then the
three gods, Indra, Vishnu and Brahma, survived to rule the

(* Here there is a pun on the word Tripura.  It means both the
three cities of the demons as also the three worlds, which Indra,
Vishnu and Brahma rule over.)

2. O Arunachala, what if the rain clouds fail? Or Mount Meru
crumbles? Or the oceans dry up.  We have got Arunachala, his
protection and grace.  Let anyone go and let anyone come.

3. The god of Tiruvannamalai, Arunachala, shall give us wealth,
milk, ghee and rice and a pure mind to merge in his feet.  He is
not like other gods who will give only a porridge and rice cakes
on prayer.

to be contd.....

Arunachala Siva.

Vidu Thiru Namam:

1. You have kept the cow-herdess* as your consort on the left
side.  And you were the master of all the cows in the universe.*
O Arunachala, you sure to destroy our birth, caste and death.
But how come you are called a Cowherd?

(This is a beautiful piece. * Narayana is the cowherd in Krishanavatara.
Hence, Uma, who is his sister is called a cow-herdess!  Siva
being her husaband, is also a cowherd then!  But he is the master
of cows, because he is Pasu-pati, (pasu - jivas; pati-master, Brahman).
There is a pun on the word pasu in Tamil, which means both cow and
the jiva.  How come Siva, who is uncared about the jivas' caste and
creed to confer liberation, you have become a cowherd?)

2. O Arunachala Siva.  My mind is always going for the well
ornamented breasts of women.  When there will be a day,
when my mind shall consider the breasts of women also as
Siva linga?  O Arunachala, when I shall see your form as Guru,
and then kill my mind to get liberated?

3. O Arunachala!  the king of the flower-studded Hill!  When, we
your devotees become like tamarind fruits*, then, even if we live
with women, we shall remain aloof and meditate only on you.

(* The tamarind fruits, on ripening, become disjointed with the
outer cover, and  stay separate inside the skin and make noise
when the fruits are shaken.)

4. O Arunachala, had you not taken the poison from the milk-ocean,
the heavanly gods, Indra, Brahma and Vishnu, would have perished,
and there will only be grass on the places, they had fallen down.   
O What a grace you have showered upon them.

to be contd.....

Arunachala Siva.

Vidu Thiru Namam: continues....

1. On a particular time, once in every twelve years* people
flock to Kumbakonam to take bath in that tank.  Why should
you go there, when everyday your grace is flowing perennially
in Tiruvannamalai?

(* In Kumbakonam, once in twelve years, there is a tank, where
all the rivers, like Ganga and Yamuna, are said to flow into it.
In fact, the water in that tank swells to a great volume on that day.
People go in lakhs and take bath in that tank and pray to
Kumbesvara, Siva on that day.  The bath has to be taken at a
particular 'muhurtham', period on that day.  But people take
bath from sunrise to sunset.  This is called Maha maham, the
day of Maha star in the month of Maha, (February-March).
During last Maha maham, about 1.2. million people took bath.)

2.  People block their nine gates, (two eyes, two nostrils, two ears,
the mouth, the anus and the urinary orifice) and do tapas.
Some others control their breath and some more, punish the
body by staying in fire.  What avail?  If they cannot melt their
hearts and sing your glory, O Arunachala!

to be contd.....

Arunachala Siva.   

Vidu Thiru Namam: continues...

1. O Arunachala, the very form of Vedas, the king of silvery
snow capped Himalayas, the snake charmer, who catches
the snake of birth, the wearer of the defective (three digit)
moon, You made me a servant of yours and robbed me of  my
birth (or chastity), by a dance that angels wait to see.

2.  O Arunachala, You were wearing an elephant's skin as
an upper cloth in Daruka forest and were happy.  Who do
you now want in Tiruvannamalai, flowers, sandal paste,
nice perfumes and mruga matha (kasturi) daily in these days?

3. O Arunachala, the swallower of the venomous poison from
the milk-ocean, when devas and demons were fighting for
nectar, how can these gods who take nectar and still die, be
equal to you?  You are the puppeteur and they are the puppets
on your strings.

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.   

Vidu Thiru Namam:  continues.....

1. O Arunachala, for You, who burnt Tripura, beat Narasimha,
burnt Manmatha, and kicked Yama, the god of death, was it
a great work to kill your father-in-law?*  O fools, why waste
time, and get lost,  without praying the Arunachala, the Hill with
dense honeycombs?

(The burning of Tripura, Manmatha and kicking of Yama and
killing Daksha is known to all readers.  The beating of Narasimha,
has happened in a place called Tiru bhuvanam, in Tamil Nadu.
Narasimha, after tearing of Hiranya Kashyap and drinking his
blood, did not become cool, and was still raging with anger. Siva
appeared before the man-lion in Tiru bhunvanam, as a huge
bird called Sarabha, and embraced and beat the man-lion to
make his anger retreat.  The sculpture of Sarabha can be seen
in Tiru bhuvanam temple, and Siva there is called Sarabesvara.)

2. O Arunachala, when shall I conquer my lust for gold, lands,
flower like women and rich food with six tastes?  Please grace
me to do tapas on the Hill and spend time fruitfully to gain

3.  If a person nicely eats animal flesh and comes to Arunachala
to tell your name, O Arunachala, it is like spewing fire on me
and you!

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.     

Vidu Thiru Namam: continues.....

1.  I am a great sinner, showing my teeth to the harlots, who
do not care for me but are only eyeing my wealth.  O Arunachala,
when I shall stop these sins and only look at you only and pray
everyday, O the king of Tiruvannamalai!

2. O Arunachala!  Even though you are the king of Madurai,
a city protected by eight elephants, (ashta gajam), you were
craving for the sweet dish, 'pittu' of the old woman.
After taking the 'pittu', when you were asked to dig some sand
and throw on the banks of Vaigai, but you did not do that and
got a beating from the king!*

(*  This is again a story from Tiruvilaiyadal Puranam, the 64 plays
of Siva in Madurai.  There were floods in Vaigai river and the king
asked every citizen of Madurai, to dig out some sand and throw
it on the banks of Vaigai, so that the floods may not gush into the
city.  There was an old lady, who was a seller of sweetdish, who
could not do her portion of the job.  Siva appeared before her as
a poor boy, took the sweetdish from the old lady as a wage for
the work, but did not do the work.  The Pandya King came for
inspection and on seeing the boy, beat him with his stick, for
non obedience.  The blow of the stick, was felt by everyone in
the city including the king!  The king knew the boy as Siva and
prayed to him and the floods receded!)

to be continued......

Arunachala Siva.

Vidu Thiru Namam:  (continues.....)

1. Like a fire burning atop a golden mountain, O Arunachala,
your matted locks glow red.  If I pray to your golden feet, even
god of death, Yama, with all his weapons and messengers, will be
afraid to come near me. 

2. When, You went as a Kapali, with a garland of skulls, the
sages of Daruka forest, were enchanted by your handsomeness
and their well-ornamented wives, were coming behind you.
When the sages got angry and sent their 'maya' (the tiger
and the elephant), you vanquished them*, O the Hill Medicine!
let my see your handsomeness with a thousand eyes all over
my body!

(* In Daruka forest, the sages were doing sacrifices thinking
such "karmas" - actions,  will confer them liberatiion and after vanquishing the tiger and the elephant (and wearing their skins
as His lower garment and upper cloth), Siva advised them on
Jnana-marga, the way of wisdom or self enquiry.  This is described
in Muruganar's Upadesa Undiyar, in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai,
the Poem of Sri Ramana Presence.  The last thirty couplets, were
rendered by Bhagavan Himself, (on self enquiry) and this is the
famous Upadesa Undiyar or Upadesa Saram.).  The English rendering
of Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, has been done by Prof. K.

to be contd......

Arunachala Siva.