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He sings about his union with Siva, in Chidambaram, that is Thillai,
in another 20 verses called Tiru Thellenam.  Thellenam is what we
call as 'Kummi' a type of song, which is sung while the young girls
come round and round clapping their hands.  Satyamangalam
Venkatramaiar has sung one Kummi, in Sri Ramana Stutui Panchakam.
Bhagavan Ramana's Upadesa Saram in Malayalam is in the form
of Kummi!

One song runs like this:

His feet could not be searched even by Vishnu who went under
the earth as a boar!
To under His Form, He came as a Brahmin and took hold of us!
He has no name, he has no form, but he is sung with
    1000 names!
Let us sing His name and play this Thellenam!

Another one runs like this:

Even if the rains fail and the lands become dry!
Even if the earth, fire and water dry up,
He will not be lost, he never withers, be he does not know his greatness!
Let my body wither, let my soul wither, let my mind die!
I shall sing the death of 'I' in me, let us play Thellenam!

Arunachala Siva.     

Saint Manikkavachagar continues his songs in Chidambaram or
Thillai.  Here, is Tiruk Kothumbi, Sending the King Bee as a messenger
to Siva.  It consists of 20 verses.

The girl pines for her lover Siva, and sends the bee.

One song runs like this:

"Even after seeing Hunter Kannappa's incomparable love,
 If he has taken my love also into account, it shows his grace!
 He took over me, ruled me, he called me to his ornamental abode,
 He is the bliss of nectar, the wearer of Holy Ash , O Bee go and tell him!

Another one runs like this:

"He made to me to forget my wealth, women, children and caste
    and my learning!
  He made to forget this mad world that thinks of only birth and death!
  He made my Heart pure from all impurities and blemishes
  He is the juggler and king of devas, O Bee go and tell him!

Arunachala Siva. 

Dear Dr. Raju,

Yes. Krishna Bhikshu, in Sri Ramana Leela says that Bhagavan
Ramana began where Jana Sambandha had left.  He is an
avatara of Jnana Sambandha as per Sri Ramana Gita of Kavyakanata
Ganapati Sastri.  Arunachala Akshara Manamalai is in Nayaki-
Nayaka Bhava.

Arunachala Siva.

Dear Dr. Raju,

I have read this story of Ramadas.  Is it in Bhakta Vijayam?

Arunachala Siva.

The saint moved from Madurai, to various places of pilgrimage, as
mentioned above.  He sang a series of songs, about 10, thinking
himself as a maid and preparing several things for the bath of Siva,
and then sending cuckoo and other beings as messengers to Siva,
to inform his love for Him.

One such song is Tirup Porchunnam, a decad describing the pounding
of nice bathing powder for Siva's bath!  The bathing powder consists
of gold spangles, turmeric, sandalwood, kasturi, and what not?

One song runs like this:

We shall have a stone pit, bigger than this world!
And a thistle bigger than the straightened rainbow!
All devotees are offering to do the work of thistling!
All the world is waiting to see our work!
He is the One who takes care of the welfare of His devotees!
He is the One who gives his flowery feet for us to wear!
He is the son-in-law of the Mountain*
We shall sing and sing and thistle the Por Chunnam!

(* Son in law of Himavavan, Parvati's father!)

Another song is like this:

We shall take bath and wear the Holy Ash!
We shall spread the golden spangles all over our house!
We shall plant Karpaga trees in front of the house as a sign!
We shall hoist the flag of Effulgence as a mark of celebration!
He is the King of devas, he is the god of Brahma,
He is the protector of Vishnu on the sea bed!
He is the father of Great Velan*
He is going to rule us, he is our husband!
We shall thistle the Por Chunnam for his holy bath!

These were sung in Chidambaram, called Thillai.

Arunacahla Siva.

The other composition is Tiruvammanai, sung also in Tiruvannamalai.
This again explains the bliss of Siva and his 'body'.  Muruganar
has also composed Sri Ramana Tiruvammanai.

As told earlier, the ammanai, is a play by girl children, keeping stone
peebles or hard seeds and flinging them in front of them, up  and down.

This composition is also of 20 songs.  One song runs like this:

" I shall wear the bunch of Konrai flowers
And then embrace the mighty shoulders of Siva and then
    go into a trance!
   I shall quarrel with Him and then ask for His ruby red lips
    and the nectar oozing out from there!
I shall search for Him, melt in my Self and contemplate His feet!
I shall become tired after sex, and then ask for more!
I shall play Ammanai, singing the glory of His fire-bearing hand
   and dancing feet!

The 20th song runs like this:

I had Siva, who is rare to be had, the king of Tirup Perundurai!
He came on the royal horse, blessed the devotees.
After removing the defects of them, and then taking into account
   only their good deeds,
He shall take us, cut the knots of relatives and all that crap!
He shall snap the three handcuffs*
We shall only hold on to Him, the Primordial Connection,
And play Ammanai, with a bliss that cannot be described! 

(* The cuffs of ego, karma and maya)   

Arunachala Siva.

The first of the two compositions sung in Tiruvannamalai was
Tiruvembavai.  It is the early morning song, before bath, when
each maiden wakes up another and then all go for a river bath.
It is the early morning, before the redness of dawn appears on the
eastern sky.   This song is full of praise on Siva's Feet.  This reminds
of Muruganar's Pada Malai.  The feet always represent the Sivahood.

One song runs like this:

Your flowery feet go beyond the seven nether worlds.  Vishnu as
a boar failed to reach them!  These are beyond any words.  But
they remain at my head ever present and easy to reach!  This is
to where all the Vedas fail to fathom and are beyond reach.  They
say that Brahma and Vishnu and all devas and all the brahmins in the
world daily pray to these feet.  But these are available to us in
Tiruvannamalai temple.  He is our 'man' in the temple.  He is the
'boy' in our temple.  Blemishless and our petboy!  Who is His name?
What is His town? Who is His close relative?  Who is far away from Him?  What are the ways to sing His glory?

One another song in Tiruvembavai, runs like this:

"He is Annamalai!  The devas in countless numbers come and prostrate  Him.  The rubies on their crowns have lost their redness near His
ruby feet!  How is this?  It is like, stars losing their lustre, at the
red dawn before the sunrise!  He is a woman, he is a man, he is a neuter, he is the Space, he is the earth, He is not any of these but something
different!  His feet are Nectar for our eyes.  O girls!  Please drown
in the river waters joyfully and sing, drown in such a way that the
cool waters in the tanks of Tiruvannamalai, further inflate your breasts which are already brimming with bliss!

The 20th song in the composition is a diamond.  It runs like this:

Glory to His primordial flowers like feet!
Glory to His endless flowers like feet!
Glory to His golden feet, which cause the beginning of the lives!
Glory to His golden flowery feet, which is the Bliss for all lives!
Glory to His golden feet which are the Abode of all lives!
Glory to His lotus feet, which are yet to be seen by Brahma and Vishnu!
Glory to His golden feet, which is ruling and taking in the end, all the lives!
Glory to His feet, let us bathe in this cool Margazhi morning!

The Tiruvembavai songs were being sung in the Asram at around 4 am,
when Bhagavan and all the devotees finish their bath and sit in the
Old Hall.  This practice even today continues in the Margazhi months.
Bhagavan Ramana used to sit and listen to these songs in a state
of all pervading Grace!

Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Chandrasekara Sarasvati was the  one who
was responsible for spreading Tiruppavai and Tiruvembavai, singing
the glory of Vishnu and Siva, amongst all young boys and girls in
Tamil Nadu.  He distributed the small books of these songs free of charge
in all places.

Arunachala Siva.

Dear Matthias,

Please pursue.  Give a fright to that fear of losing mind or death.
The fear will run away.  Be angry with anger, anger will run away.

Arunachala Siva.

Dear Matthias,

Looking at Bhagavan Ramana's photo intently with love and devotion,
is itself a sadhana, that cleanses the non-self and the subjective
experiences.  There is one photograph of Him, taken during the time
of Virupaksha Cave, when He was just 21.  He had written down
answers to Siva Prakasam Pillai at that time and that is Who am I?
Look at His eyes in that photograph, the eyes that gives you "Peace,
that passeth understanding!"   

Arunachala Siva.

Saint Manikkavachagar then went on pilgrimage to several Siva
temples in Tamil Nadu.  The entire Tiruvachakam is his description
of Siva's glory in various temples.   He wrote 51 songs under
Tiruvachakam, covering 7 places of his visit.  These places are:

1. Tirup Perundurai - in Ramanathapuram distrcit.
2. Thillai - Chidambaram - in Cuddalore district.
3. Thirut Tonipuram or Sirkazhi - in Thanjavur district.
4. Tiru Aroor - in Nagapattinam district.
5. Tiruvannamalai - in Tiruvannamalai district.
6. Tiruk Kazhu Kundram - in Kanchipuram district.
7. Uttarakosa Mangai - in Ramanathapuram district. 

His songs are in Nayaki-Nayaka bhava, treating him as a woman
pining with love of her paramour, Siva.  While Jana Sambandhar
spoke in pitru-bhava, like a son to father, Tiru Navukkarasar,
spoke in putra-bhava, like a father to son and Sundramoorthy
Swami, in sahodara-bhava, like a friend to a friend.  The songs
of Manikkavachagar are full of 'bhavas', and these would melt
one's heart.  His other poem of Tiru Chitrambala Kovaiyar, will
put even Kama Sutra into shame!  This poem of 400 verses,
is full of love exploits between a girl and a man! 

Saint Manikkavachagar meets Siva as an old Brahmin Guru, in
Tiruk Kazhu Kundram.  This is the third appearance of Siva to him.
He had seen him as Effulgence in Uttara Kosa Mangai, as a Siva
linga in Tirup Perundurai and as a Brahmin guru in Tiruk Kazhu

Saint Manikkavachagar has sung two compositions in Tiruvannamalai.
These are early morning songs as sung by maidens in the winter month
of Margazhi, December-January,   These maidens get up early and
go for bath in the river and each one wakes up the other from sleep.
They all go and take bath and pray to Siva, to get suitable Siva devotees
as their husbands!  Only Manikkavachagar wants Siva Himself as
his husband.  These two compositions are called:

Tiruvembavai -  Wake up song
Tiruvammanai - Playing with small pebbles or seeds by throwing them
                               up and catching.

Arunachala Siva.

When Saint Manikkavachagar was thus spending days in
his newly built temple in Tirup Perundurai, the secret messengers
from the Pandyan King found him out and observed that the minister
Manikkavachagar had spent all the money given by the king for
building the temple and no horses were purchased.  They arrested
him and took him to Madurai.

In Madurai, the Pandyan King, punished him in several ways.
He made him, to walk on the hot summer sands of Vaigai river,
with hot bricks on his head and shoulders!  He made him to roll
on those hot sands of the river.  He imprisoned him and did not
give him food for many days.

Suddenly, he found one day, a well dressed horse trader coming
to him and telling him that the horses would come next day!
The king and the saint were flabbergasted.  The king released
the saint.  Next day, the horse trader came with 1000 horses
and exchanged the whip of the horses, as a mark of sale.  The
horse trader did not take any money saying that he had already
been given money!  The saint was released and the horses were
kept in the stable.  Manikkavachagar did not know what was this
all about? 

That night, there were terrific howling sounds from within the stable.
The security staff opened and found that there were only jackals!
The jackals came out with fierce anger from the stable and howled,
went around Madurai City and disappeared into the jungles!  The
King became doubly angry and again sent word for Manikkavachagar.
By the time, the saint came, Siva appeared before the King in all
effulgence and said:  " I am Somsaundara!  Siva in  Madurai temple!
Manikkavachagar is my devotee.  Do not touch him.  I did not take
any money from you.  So no need to pay anything back to you."
The King prostrated before Siva and also told Manikkavachagar to
forgive him and requested him to assume the minister's post.

Manikkachagar said to the King:  What is there for me?  I am
only to serve Siva's court.  Not yours any longer!"

So saying, the saint-poet went away to various towns of Siva

Manikkavachagar sings in Tiruvachakam, Keerthi Tiru Ahaval,
The Song of Siva's Glory like this:

Nariyai Kuthirai Akkia thanmaiyum.....

How can I sing your jugglery of making the jackals as horses....!
Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Naraka Chaturdasi
« on: October 27, 2008, 08:50:03 AM »
Deepavail or Naraka Chaturdasi is celebrated today.

Once on a Deepavali Day, Bhagavan Ramana explained the
significance of the festival to the devotees who were with Him.
He sang two verses.

The day that Narayana grinds to death the
Naraka-Ego, in the quest of Knowledge, inquiring
Whence the narkaka-I rises to rule the naraka-world
That day is sthe light festival of Naraka-Chaturdasi.

To search and stay the sinner, the naraka-ego,
Corrupted by the thought that one is he naraka-form,
The false body-tenement, and to shine as
The True Self, this is Deepavali indeed!

(Translation by Aruthur Osborne.)

Let us read and contemplate on these verses of Bhagavan Ramana

Arunachala Siva.   

Dear Ramanaduli,

Death is always living in thoughts about the past and the future.
Living is being in the present moment.  A cricket batsman, if he
keeps on thinking about the last ball he had faced, which he did not
play well, he is ruined.  If he also thinks always about the next ball,
which is yet to be bowled, even here, he is ruined.  If he plays only
the ball that is currently knowledge, and plays well that ball, he
is successful.  Living in the present moments is a great joy.

T.S. Eliot has sung:

Time Past and Time Future are the in the Time that is present.

Arunachala Siva.     

Dear Ramanaduli,

Why everyone wants a long life?  As Dr. Raju said, we are all
afraid of death.  Death means to most of us, leaving the things
known and going into the Unknown.  This death will become
immortality, that is, one gets a deathless life, by constantly praying
to the God outside, then, later praying to him within ourselves.
The God within or the Self or Brahman, takes you into Its fold.
And that is immortality.

Arunachala Siva.

Dear Ramanaduli,

Read the Forum posts everyday, once or many times.  These
are all part of Sadhana.  But like the girls spinning round and
round the pillar, without leaving the hold on the pillar, please
keep the Self always with you, because you are the Self and
after all the spinning in this maya world, you become the Self.

Arunachala Siva.