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General topics / Re: Editorial - Mountain Path - Jan Mar 2017:
« on: February 18, 2017, 11:56:36 AM »
There was a great Theravada monk Ajahn Chah (1918-1992), in the Thai Forest
Tradition.  In one of his talks 'Understanding Vinaya', he related that after he had begun to practice meditation, he went to the most revered master of the time, the Venerable Ajahn Mun.  He was perplexed and had reached a dead end after reading numerous and detailed Buddhist texts on how a man should act.

He told Ajahn Mun that it was impossible to remember every single rule. Ajahn Mun replied that this was true if one took into account every single rule but, 'If we train this mind to have a sense of shame and a fear of wrong doing, we will then be restrained, we will be cautious.'

'This will condition us to be content with little, with few wishes, because we can't possibly look after them all.  When this happens our Sati (Remembrance) becomes stronger. We will be able to maintain Sati at all times.  Wherever we are, we will make effort to maintain through Sati. Caution will be developed. Whenever you doubt don't act on it.  If there is anything you don't understand, ask the teacher. Trying to practice every single training rule would be indeed burdensome, but we should decide whether or not we are prepared to admit our faults. Do we accept them?'

'This teaching is very important. It is not so much that we must know every single training rule, it is more that we should know how to train our own minds.

'All that stuff that you have been reading arises from the mind; rather than doubting
al the time... be composed in mind. Whatever arises that you doubt, just give it up.
For instance, if you wonder, 'Is this wrong or not?' but if you are not really sure, then
don't say it, don't act on it, don't discard your restraint.'

(Food For The Heart.  The collected teachings of Ajahn Chah. Wisdom Publications,
Boston, 2002.)

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Editorial - Mountain Path - October -December 2016:
« on: February 18, 2017, 11:33:32 AM »
It has happened to all of us that even an event which seems to forebode disastrous
consequences, turns out in later years to be beneficial in ways we could not imagine.
Conversely, it can also occur that what appears to have been exciting turns out later as too good to be true. We were lured by an inviting dream that became a nightmare because we forgot there would always be a cost. We met someone for example whose promises are laced with delusion and alarm bells go off in our mind, but we do not
know as yet why.  We face it daily for instance on a mundane scale with advertising
that promises to fill us with contentment if we only use some product whose very
existence we were unaware of until then!

Because of our limited minds, we cannot see the bigger picture. How can we evaluate the effect of that which is happening right now when we are ignorant of what may  happen in the next moment, let alone next week or year? Like blind mice we grope our way along.  Gratitude is the right attitude which affirms our faith that the guru is teaching us though we may not immediately see it.  We trust that in everything that happens to us there is the possibility of good. We may not see it now but with Sraddha (faith) we affirm the possibility and thereby open ourselves up to the action
of Grace.  A closed heart will never bring us closes to the light of Bhagavan's Grace.


Arunachala Siva.       


General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:56:03 AM »
Verse  11:

கலமார் கடல்சூழ் தருகா ழியர்கோன்
தலமார் தருசெந் தமிழின் விரகன்
நலமார் தருநா கேச்சுரத் தரனைச்
சொலமா லைகள்சொல் லநிலா வினையே.

The chief among the residents of Sirkazhi which is surrounded by the sea in which ships sail, Jnana Sambandhan clever in chaste Tamizh which spreads throughout Tamizh Nadu, karmas will not remain with us if we recite the garlands of words which were composed (by him) in praise of the god in Nagechuram where all good things are available in plenty.

Padigam on Tiru Nagechuram concluded.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:52:25 AM »
Verse  10:

மலம்பா வியகை யொடுமண் டையதுண்
கலம்பா வியர்கட் டுரைவிட் டுலகில்
நலம்பா வியநா கேச்சுர நகருள்
சிலம்பா வெனத்தீ வினைதேய்ந் தறுமே.

Leaving the fabrications of sinful persons who eat from an earthern vessel using it as a plate, with their hands which is full of dirt, evil karmas will diminish and disappear
completely if we praise, one who is seated in the mount Kailash and who is in the city of Nāgechuram where many good things spread out.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:49:05 AM »
Verse  9:

நெடியா னொடுநான் முகன்நே டலுறச்
சுடுமா லெரியாய் நிமிர்சோ தியனே
நடுமா வயல்நா கேச்சுர நகரே
இடமா வுறைவா யெனஇன் புறுமே.

The effulgent light which rose as the great burning fire when Brahma searched for you along with tall Vishnu, the pleasure of this world and the next world will reach us of their own accord if we praise you who dwells in the city of Nāgechuram which has big fields in which seedlings are transplanted.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:43:31 AM »
Verse  8:

ஓயா தவரக் கனொடிந் தலற
நீயா ரருள்செய் துநிகழ்ந் தவனே
வாயா ரவழுத் துவர்நா கேச்சுரத்
தாயே யெனவல் வினைதா னறுமே.

The demon who did not decrease in his cruelty, to roar, his body having been broken,
you become prominent by bestowing upon him abundant grace the irresistible karmas of people who praise him to the complete satisfaction of their tongue as the mother in Nagechuram will leave them.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:38:07 AM »
Verse  7:

முடையார் தருவெண் டலைகொண் டுலகில்
கடையார் பலி கொண் டுழல்கா ரணனே
நடையார் தருநா கேச்சுர நகருள்
சடையாவென வல்வினை தானறுமே.

The origin of all things who wanders holding a white skull which gives out an offensive odor, and receiving alms in the entrances of houses in the world. To praise him as the god having matted locks in the city of Nagechuram where people conduct themselves in the right path, irresistible karmas will leave us.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:34:26 AM »
Verse 6:

குரையார் கழலா டநடங் குலவி
வரையான் மகள்கா ணமகிழ்ந் தவனே
நரையார் விடையே றுநாகேச் சுரத்தெம்
அரைசே யெனநீங் குமருந் துயரே.

The warriors anklet which can make a sound when moving. One who rejoiced in bending his leg in dancing to be witnessed by the daughter of the mountain to praise him as the King in Nāgechuram, riding on a spotless white bull. Our great sufferings which will not leave us otherwise will leave us.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:31:17 AM »
Verse  5:

கலைமான் மறியுங் கனலும் மழுவும்
நிலையா கியகை யினனே நிகழும்
நலமா கியநா கேச்சுர நகருள்
தலைவா எனவல் வினை தா னறுமே.

Siva in whose hands the young stag, fire and battle are held permanently!
To praise him as the master in the city of Nagechuram, where auspicious actions are taking place, the irresistible Karmas will be cut at their root.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:27:10 AM »
Verse  4:

நகுவான் மதியோ டரவும் புனலும்
தகுவார் சடையின் முடியாய் தளவம்
நகுவார் பொழில்நா கேச்சுர நகருள்
பகவா எனவல் வினைபற் றறுமே.

Siva who has in his fitting long matted locks coiled into a crown, water, a cobra, and a shining bright crescent moon are there. To praise as the one who has the six attributes and dwells in the city of Nāgēchuram which has long gardens in which red Arabian jasmine blossoms. The grip of the irresistible Karmas will be completely destroyed.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:23:31 AM »
Verse  3:

கல்லால் நிழல்மே யவனே கரும்பின்
வில்லான் எழில்வே வவிழித் தவனே
நல்லார் தொழுநா கேச்சுர நகரில்
செல்வா எனவல் வினைதேய்ந் தறுமே.

Siva who is seated under the shade of the banyan tree known as Kallāl!
[Kallāl - the banyan tree without aerial roots.], one who opened the frontal eye to burn the beauty of Maṉmathaṉ (Cupid) who has sugar-cane as his bow!
To praise him as the god in the city of Nagechuram which is worshipped by good people! Irresistible Karmas will gradually decrease and disappear.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:19:35 AM »
Verse  2:

சிறவார் புரமூன் றெரியச் சிலையில்
உறவார் கணையுய்த் தவனே உயரும்
நறவார் பொழில்நா கேச்சுர நகருள்
அறவா எனவல் வினையா சறுமே.

Siva who discharged a long arrow having fixed it in the bow to burn the three cities of the enemies who had no merit. To praise as the god in the city of Nagechuram which has tall gardens in which there is plenty of honey.
The irresistible karmas will quickly leave us.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 18, 2017, 08:14:10 AM »
Tiru Nagechuram:

Verse  1:

பொன்நேர் தருமே னியனே புரியும்
மின்நேர் சடையாய் விரைகா விரியின்
நன்னீர் வயல்நா கேச்சுர நகரின்
மன்னே யெனவல் வினைமாய்ந் தறுமே.

Siva who has a brilliant body like the gold!
Who has twisted matted locks  like the lightning!
And who is the Lord in the city of Nagechuram which has fields fed by the fertile water of the swift-flowing Kāviri.
to utter the above-mentioned names.
the irresistible karmas will vanish and completely leave us.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Editorial - Mountain Path - October -December 2016:
« on: February 17, 2017, 03:55:28 PM »
His son was pleased with the new mare and would often ride it for pleasure.
One day while cantering out on the pastures she slipped, fell and rolled on the
young man's leg, which was shattered.  From then on he walked with a severe limp.
Again the neighbors came to the old man's house to offer sympathy for the bad luck
that had crippled his son.  He again said, 'May be. May be not.' It was suggested that the old man sell the mare because it was obviously ill omened, and others advised that he should slaughter the animal in revenge.  The old man did neither.  He suggested that they should not feel sorrow, for his son, nor anger towards the mare.  It was an accident that could not be predicted, and there was nothing he or they could do to change it.  The neighbors were convinced that the old man was a fool.

Some years later a large enemy force invaded the country, and an order was decreed
by the emperor that all young men were to be drafted into the army to defend their country. Because the old man's son was seriously disabled, and in fact, was a liability
he was not compelled to join in the fighting.  The war was savage and many warriors died.  Many young men of the village were killed, but the crippled son was spared.  The neighbors were envious of the old man who was free from sorrow that infected the village, and told him so. With equanimity undisturbed by either good or bad luck,
he replied:  'May be.  May be not.'


Arunachala Siva.


General topics / Editorial - Mountain Path - Jan Mar 2017:
« on: February 17, 2017, 01:05:54 PM »

Restraint is not a word one often hears these days.  It is more likely that we hear about excess, indulging oneself. Restraint is not restriction, rather it is positive self control. We restrain ourselves because we reflect that we can act in a better way. For example, we restrain ourselves from spending our hard earned salary on a new enticing mobile phone because we want to save money to visit Arunachala. We evaluate, we discriminate between what is of value and what is not.

Restraint can have the implication of deprivation, that one is deliberately missing out on something. But what are we missing out on?  Quite often it is something we do not
need. For example, we restrain ourselves from a second helping of food because we are satisfied and any more would just be greed. But how do you know when to be restrained in our behavior or thoughts, especially when we are surrounded by endless
array of advertisements or social peer pressure to acquire, do,acquiesce or compromise our beliefs and values for the sake of something new or inviting?
Temptation is a powerful intoxicant. And lastly, how do we restrain ourselves in the
face of long enterenched habits that we know are not helping us?


Arunachala Siva.       

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