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Dear ushanpri,

God is only a witness.  Prarabdha has to be gone through.  Our
prayers will confer only strength to put up with prarabdha.
But one can strive to achieve the Self and go beyond Prarabdha.

Arunachala Siva.

The next decad is called Adaikkala Pathu, Decad of Surrender.
There is a story about this decad.  One Jesuit father of a diocese,
in Southern Tamil Nadu, who liked Tiruvachakam very much,
went on reading this book and it became more important for him,
than even the Bible.  He preferrred this Decad for constant reading.
While on his death bed, he asked his assistant to sing the Verse 8 and
after hearing it, he shed profuse tears and passed away peacefully!

Verse 8:

O god with a maid, having eyes like split unripe mangoes,
  who is concorporate Uma,
Either you call me for liberation or throw me into hell,
   I do not know your idea,
I am suffering like a shuttle that goes hither and thither
    in a weaving machine,
O I am lost, my Ruler, I surrender to you!

Verse 1:

Your feet are like two good red lotuses, and aiming them,
The ripe devotees have gone, and I am a sinner,
With a body full of worms, useless earthly knowledge, and no
I am full of a dirty mind, O Ruler,  I surrender to You!

Arunachala Siva.   

The Saint-Poet then sings a decad called Settilap Pathu, which
means, Decad of Not-yet Dying.  This explains his state of not
being able to bear the bliss of Siva and his eagerness to leave
the body.  This was composed in Tirup-Perundurai.

Verse 4:

There are devotees, there are people of great penance,
There are Brahma and Vishnu and there are those,
Who melt in their bones, there are many such persons,
Leaving all them, how come you have taken hold of me?
I have a mischievous mind like a dry tree,
My eyes are like wood and my ears are harder than iron!
O Ruler of Sivaloka, the resident of South Parai thurai!*
King of Tirup Perundurai! O Siva!

(* South Parai thurai is a town near Tiruchirapalli.)

Verse 5:

I shall overcome the prescriptions of three gods*
I shall always in your path of grace!
O Being, which is rare for the earth-gods** who seek you!
You showed me your anklet wearing feet and your form,
And please cancel my this maya of my body and bless me!
O God of the mischief mongering gods***
O King of Tirup Perundurai, O Siva!

(* Three gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra, who prescribe
     brith, sustenance and death.
** The earth gods are Brahmins who do yagna and yaga.
*** The mischief mongering gods are others like Indra, Varuna,
      Agni, Vayu etc.,)

Arunachala Siva.       

General topics / Re: The Human body is a blessing or cursing
« on: October 28, 2008, 10:13:49 AM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

Human body is the vehicle for a person to attain liberation.  As
Gangajal said, it is a blessing.  At the same time, if you understand
the stages of a human being, birth, growth, disease, senility, and
decay, then it is a curse.  It is left to us to convert the curse into

Arunachala Siva. 

General Discussion / Re: What is the heart center like?
« on: October 28, 2008, 10:09:29 AM »
Dear kde,

Heart Centre, has been prescribed by Bhagavan Ramana, so the
sake of seekers, even though the Self or the Heart is all pervading.
This Heart Centre is within the chest of a person, two digits right
to the midchest.  It is described in 'sastras' as in the form of
inverted lotus, with six colours.  Kindly see the Reality in Forty
Verses of Bhagavan and the Supplement. 

The Self is not an emptiness.  It is Existence-Knowledge-Bliss.  Buddhists
called it Sunya or emptiness, or Void.

Arunachala Siva. 

General Discussion / Re: imprtance of Sat sangha
« on: October 28, 2008, 10:04:20 AM »
Dear ushanpri,

I have mentioned, what Bhagavan Ramana said about Sat-Sangh
on some occasions.  But sat-sangh can also mean what you are
saying, that is, the meeting of  people, who are eager to realize
the Self, by removing the non-self.

Arunachala Siva.

Your kind post.  The instructions have been noted for strict
adherence.  I was myself feeling that my posts are more than
50% of all the rest and that I should reduce my number of posts.
Hence, I consider this as Bhagavan's advices to me. 

Thank you,

R. Subramanian   

Dear Ramanaduli,

I appreciate your new insight.  It is really good.  Tiruchuzhi draws
its name from a story.  When there was pralayam, the great floods,
all places were immersed and it came to Tiruchuzhi also.  Siva
wanted to give protection to people, so He made a chuzhi or a
hole, in that place and and all the waters got into that hole and
people in and around were saved from the deluge.  This is called
Avartha Puri in Sanskrit.  Siva is called Avartha Purisvarar or
Tirumeni Nathar.

Arunachala Siva.   

The next of the twin compositions is Kovil Tirup Padigam,
Decad on Kovil, Chidambaram, (the younger one!).This was
also composed in Chidambram.

Verse 7:-

You graced me today, like the Sun
 which drives the darkness, and rises on the Eastern Sky
I thought about your effulgence, without any thoughts!
I know now, only you alone are!
Approaching, approaching, like an atom I dwindled
And United with you, the King of Tirup Perundurai!
You are the Only One, One without a second! Where am I?
  I am in You!  Who can understand you and still stand away from you?

Verse 10:-

O, you have given you to me and then taken me from me!
   Who is wiser than the two?
I got the limitless Bliss, what have you got from me, this lowly dog!
You have taken my Heart as your Temple, O my Master,
   the King of Tirup-Perundurai!
O my father, you have occupied my body as your abode,
     what gratitude  can I give to you?

Arunachala Siva.

Dear Dr. Raju,

Thanks for your post.  Annamacharya's songs, a few of them,
I have heard in M.S. Subbalakshmi's melodious, matchess voice.
Some old audio cassttes are still with me.  Any nayaki nayaka
bhava, which ends in union with godhead, must be Advaita,
because, there is no two in union of a man and a woman.  In
fact some of Nammazhwar's songs, in nayaki nayaka bhava,
in Tiru Voi Muzhi (The Great songs) are pure Advaita, even though
he again, belongs to Sri Vaishanvism.  Bhagavan Ramana used to
say that Nammazhwar is an Advaitin!

You should read to believe such sentiments in Manikkavachagar's
another great composition of 400 verses called, Tiru Chitrambala
Kovaiyar, entirely on Thillai, Chidambram, Nataraja. Vatsayana's
Kama Sutra and Arabian Nights should hang their heads in shame!

Arunachala Siva. 

Dear Ramanaduli,

Thanks for enjoying the post.  I should check up with Sri
Sankara Vijayam, which tells about the parrot speaking the

Arunachala Siva.

The Saint then moves to Thillai, Chidambaram, the Goal.  Here,
he sings two songs, the first is called Kovil Mootha Tirup-Padigam,
the Elder Decad on Kovil.  This is easily one of the best pieces of
entire Tiruvachakam.

The Siva Sakti Concorporateness:

Verse 1:-

You keep your wife within you.  Your are within your wife!
But both of you are within me*!
O you bless me to be within the company of your ardent devotees!
O Lord of Golden Court,**  Please you fulfil my union with you,
   the primordial and endless!

(* Both are within me, Brahman and maya!
** Chidambaram, is called Ponnambalam in Tamil, the Golden
      Court, because the sanctum sanctorum is roofed with golden
      tiles, by King Anabhaya Kulothungan in 3rd Century A.D.)

Verse 5:

O King, the Lord of the Golden Court, I always seek Your Grace!
I am waiting like a stark waiting at the bank of the river to
   pick a fish to pick you!
You had come and shown your effulgent form to all devotees,
But to me, you are silent like the butter in the set curds and milk!*

(* Look at the imagery.  Brahman is a silent Witness, like the
 butter inside the setting curds.  He reveals only when He chooses
 to reveal to you!)

No doubt Bhagavan used to shed profuse tears whenever
Tiruvachakam was sung in melodious music, with all words
properly pronounced!

Arunachala Siva.

After the Decad of Cuckoo, Kuil Pathu, we have to presume
that Manikkavachagar's union with Siva is complete.  He is from
20th compsition, sings about her husband, Siva.  Tirup Palli Ezhuchi,
is the Decad of Waking up Siva, in the early morning.  This is
also sung in houses and temples during Margazhi month, Dec-Jan.
Muruganar has also sung such poems on Bhagavan Ramana.  This
has been composed in Tirup Perundurai.  Now this, waking up,
what is this waking up?  Is Siva sleeping to wake Him up?  No, it
is only Jivas, we are sleeping and Siva is waking us upto the Self!

Verse 1:-

Glory to you, the first principle of my life!
The day is breaking.  I am seeing you two flowers like feet,
  with my flower like eyes!
We adore you, you may please show your face which is like lotus!
We shall pray to your feet, with a smile on our faces!
This is the town, where the lotuses bloom from out of the muddy ponds,
 as if greeting you from the cold paddy fields!
O the King of Tirup-Perunthurai! O Siva!
O you are having a flag of the Bull, you are having us!
O my Master, please wake up and bless us!

Verse 3:-

The cuckoos are cooing, the cocks are croacking!
The starks are singing and the conch shells are blowing!
The stars are fading and the Sun is rising!
This is the time when we are quite happy!
O god of gods, please show us your anklet wearing feet!
O the King of Tirup-Perunthurai! O Siva!
You are not known by gods, but you are so easy to us!
O my Master, please wake up and bless us!

(Here the allegory is metaphysical.  Very few authors have mentioned
this.  The cuckoo is totally black in colour like our ignorance and tamas.  The cocks are black and red in colour.  There is an improvement
towards tamas-rajas combination.  Then, there are starks, red
and white, rajas-sattva combination.  Then there are conch shells,
totally white, pure sattva.  Then the stars fade, and there is effulgence of the Self, total illumination of the Sun!)

Arunachala Siva.           

The next composition is Tirut-Dasangam, that is Ten Characteristics
of Siva.  I have already posted you one such composition, by
one K.V. Ramachandra Iyer, in 1930s on Bhagavan Ramana.
The ten characteristics are usually those that are attributed to
a king, like his name, his town, his country, his river, his mountain,
his weapon, his army etc.,  Muruganar has also composed one such
Tirut-Dasangam, on Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.

I shall give the summing up of the entire composition, since
I cannot leave one characteristic and take up another.

1. Siva's name - He is the Red, he is not seen by the god who
    sits on white, (Brahma, on lotus), or by the god who lies
    on Milky Ocean, He is the god of gods.
2. His country is Pandya kingdom.
3. His town, Uttara Kosa Mangai.
4. His river, the river of Bliss.
5. His mountain, the mountain of Liberation.
6. His animal to travel.  It is the horse called the  Space.
7. His weapon.  The trident that dries up the three karmas
    and three defects, namely, ego, karma and maya.
8. His war drum. The drum of Pranava.
9. His garland.  The garland of konrai flowers.
10.His flag.  The flag of Nandi, the Bull.

Arunachala Siva.

The next one was composed in Chidambaram, Thillai and it
is called Kuil Pathu, A Decad on the Cuckoo, the messenger to Siva.
The maiden, that is Manikkavachagar sends the cuckoo, to go to
Siva and tell him about her pangs of love.

Verse 5 is like this:

O the beautiful and happy Cuckoo, Please make a song or whistle
to Siva.
He is like the Sun shining from the Space and removing the
 darkness of desires in duties.
He is not known to the three, he is the beginning, the middle
  and the end.
He is having a feet red like chintoor, please whistle and call my

Verse 10 is like this:

O Cuckoo, who whistles in the garden with humming bees and
   beat, please listen,
He came as a Brahmin and showed his handsome feet
And then told everyone, "He is my man," and took charge of me!
He is Siva, with a form of red hot effulgence, he is the god of gods,
   please call Him, my Master!

Arunachala Siva.