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Like the sixty three Tamizh Nayanmars, the Siva Sharanas of the 12th century were devotees of Lord Siva, who strove only for his love and grace and created a spiritual atmosphere wherever they went.  The period of the Sharanas is considered a period of great spiritual revolution.  People of all castes and creeds came together to attain the knowledge of bliss and were transformed into Maha Siva Sharanas.   They wrote about their spiritual experiences and their way of life in verses called Vachanas.

Allamma Prabhu was the first leader of the assembly (Shoonya Simhasanadheesha)
at the Anubhava Mantapa, the place where the Shiva Saranas met everyday and shared their spiritual experiences. He guided many devotees on the path of advaita. One of his Vachanas is as follows:

Karpuradha giriyamele aragina kambvidhuda kande,'
Angina kambadhamele hamsaviddudha kande,
Kamba bendhu, Hamsa haariththu noda, Guheswara.

Guheswara is his Ankitha Nama
The Lord of the great secret.
I found a pillar of wax on a mound of camphor,'
I found a swan on the pillar of wax,
The pillar burnt and the bird flew away, Guheshwara.


Arunachala Siva.

Role of Semantics in Vedanta:  A Boon or a Bane?

Words are indispensable at one level but need to be set aside at advanced stages of practice once they have served their purpose. However, they are a double edged knife which can cut both ways in the context of Vedantic dissemination because the same set of words can be interpreted in different ways.  For instance, consider the statement:
'There is no one like an enlightened person  - only Enlightenment remains.'  This can be insightful in only one correct sense but can also be understood incorrectly or argued wrongly in other ways which are banal. So, does the fault lies with words themselves per se or does it lie in the unprepared mind that receives it or worse still, does it lie with the teacher who handles the words clumsily in explicating paradoxical
and dicey assertions?


Arunachala Siva.           

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:32:50 AM »
Verse  11:

மல்லையார்மும் முடிமன்னர் மூக்கீச்சரத் தடிகளைச்
செல்வராக நினையும்படி சேர்த்திய செந்தமிழ்
நல்லராய்வாழ் பவர்காழி யுள்ஞான சம்பந்தன
சொல்லவல்லா ரவர்வானுல காளவும் வல்லரே.

The chaste Tamizh verses composed by Jnana Sambandhan, of a native Sirkazhi, where good people reside, which were offered to esteem as the Lord the god in Mukkeeswaram which was worshipped by the three kings who wore crowns and who were very strong, those who can recite (the verses) are definitely able to rule over heaven also.

Padigam on Tiru Mukkeeswaram concluded.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:28:41 AM »
Verse  10:

வெண்புலான்மார் பிடுதுகிலினர் வெற்றரை யுழல்பவர்
உண்பினாலே யுரைப்பார் மொழி யூனமதாக்கினான்
ஒண்புலால்வேன் மிகவல்லவ னோங்கெழிற் கிள்ளிசேர்
பண்பின்மூக்கீச் சரத்தடிகள் செய்கின்றதோர் பச்சையே.

Buddhist who cover their chests of white flesh, with a cloth and Jains who wander naked, Siva caused the words of those people who talk after eating, defective that is the rudeness committed by the god in Mukkeeswaram, which was reached by the great and exceedingly beautiful Killi, who is skilled in handling the bright Spear, to which flesh is sticking, to worship god. (Killi Chozhan).

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:24:48 AM »
Verse  9:

நீருளாரும் மலர்மேல் உறைவான் நெடுமாலுமாய்ச்
சீருளாருங் கழல்தேட மெய்த்தீத் திரளாயினான்
சீரினாலங் கொளிர்தென்ன வன்செம்பி யன்வில்லவன்
சேருமூக்கீச் சரத்தடிகள் செய்கின்ற தோர்செம்மையே.

Vishnu in company with Brahma, who dwells on a flower that grows in the water, Siva became truly a mass of fire, to search the famous feet (and head) the uprightness that is done by the god in Mukkeeswaram, where the Pandyan who is preeminent by his fame, Chozha and Chera gathered for worship .

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:19:59 AM »
Verse  8:

ஈர்க்குநீர்ச்செஞ் சடைக்கேற் றதுங்கூற்றை யுதைத்ததும்
கூர்க்குநன்மூ விலைவேல்வல னேந்திய கொள்கையும்
ஆர்க்கும்வாயான் அரக்கன் னுரத்தை நெரித்தவ்வடல்
மூர்க்கன்மூக்கீச் சரத்தடிகள் செய்யாநின்ற மொய்ம்பதே.

Receiving the water that drags every thing in the red matted locks and kicking the god of death and the idea of holding on the ride side a sharp and good trident of three blades are the strong acts of the extremely angry and strong god who crunched the chest of the demon, who roared loudly opening his mouth, and who dwells in Mukkeeswaram.

Arunachala Siva.


General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:15:05 AM »
Verse  7:

அரையிலாருங் கலையில்ல வனாணொடு பெண்ணுமாய்
உரையிலாரவ் வழலாடு வரொன்றலர் காண்மினோ
விரவலார்தம் மதின்மூன் றுடன்வெவ்வழ லாக்கினான்
அரையன்மூக்கீச் சரத்தடிகள் செய்கின்ற தோரச்சமே.

Siva has no dress that is worn on the waist, being both male and female, dances in the fire which is full of fame and has many forms you please understand this (people of this world!) destroyed by the hot fire the three forts of the enemies simultaneously is a dreadful act which is committed by the god in Mukkeeswaram built by Chenkat Chozhan.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:10:18 AM »
Verse 6:

வெந்தநீறு மெய்யிற் பூசுவராடுவர் வீங்கிருள்
வந்தெனாரவ் வளைகொள்வதும் இங்கொரு மாயமாம்
அந்தண்மா மானதன்னேரியன் செம்பிய னாக்கிய
எந்தைமூக்கீச் சரத்தடிகள் செய்கின்ற தோரேதமே.

Siva will besmear all over his body well-burnt sacred ash; will dance in the dense darkness.  It is a deceptive act to take away my beautiful and rare bangles coming to my place, what our father and god who dwells in Mukkeeswaram, built by beautiful and kind Chozha, who rules over Neri, and destroys the pride of his enemies, who do  a faulty act.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:06:02 AM »
Verse 5:

விடமுனாரவ் வழல்வாய தோர் பாம்பரை வீக்கியே
நடமுனாரவ் வழலாடுவர் பேயொடு நள்ளிருள்
வடமன்நீடு புகழ்ப்பூழி யன்றென்ன வன்கோழிமன்
அடன்மன்மூக்கீச் சரத்தடிகள் செய்கின்ற தோரச்சமே.

Having tied an angry cobra having poison in it, in the waist, will dance in the dense darkness in company with the ghosts, in the midst of fire it is a dreadful act the god in Mukkeeswaram, which was built by the strong king who is the Lord of Cock, Pāndyan and Chera, whose fame lasted for a time in the North.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 26, 2017, 09:01:36 AM »
Verse  4:

அன்னமன்னந் நடைச்சாய லாளோ டழகெய்தவே
மின்னையன்ன சடைக்கங்கை யாள்மேவிய காரணம்
தென்னன்கோழி யெழில்வஞ்சியும் ஓங்கு செங்கோலினான்
மன்னன்மூக்கீச் சரத்தடிகள் செய்கின்ற தோர்மாயமே.

To appear beautiful with a lady of tender nature and the gait of a swan the reason for Ganga, to stay in the matted locks, which is like lightning is a wonderful act done by the god in Mukkeeswaram, built by the King whose impartial rule was supreme in the beautiful Vanchi Kozhi, and who ruled over the Pandyan country also.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 26, 2017, 08:57:34 AM »
Verse  3:

மருவலார்தம் மதிலெய்த துவும்மான் மதலையை
உருவிலாரவ் வெரியூட்டி யதும்உல குண்டதால்
செருவிலாரும் புலிசெங் கயலானை யினான்செய்த
பொருவின் மூக்கீச்சரத்தெம் அடிகள் செயும்பூசலே.

Discharging an arrow on the forts of the enemies and setting fire to the body of Manmatha, have been known to the world, are the battles that our god in Mukkeeswaram,  which has no comparison and built by the King who had exercise of sovereign power and who had the banners of tiger and red carp fish which are held high in battles.

Arunachala Siva.


General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 26, 2017, 08:52:56 AM »
Verse  2:

வெண்டலையோர் கலனாப் பலிதேர்ந்து விரிசடைக்
கொண்டலாரும் புனல்சேர்த் துமையாளொடுங் கூட்டமா
விண்டவர்தம் மதிலெய்தபின் வேனில் வேள்வெந்தெழக்
கண்டவர் மூக்கீச்சரத்தெம் அடிகள் செய்கன்மமே.

Collecting alms having the white skull as the begging bowl having become united with the water which was received in the loosened matted locks, and being united with Uma, after having discharged an arrow on the forts of the enemies He caused the spear, who has spring as his season, to be well-burnt these are the acts done by our god in Mukkeeswaram.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: March 26, 2017, 08:49:04 AM »
Tiru Mukkeeswaram:

Verse  1:

சாந்தம்வெண்ணீ றெனப்பூசி வெள்ளஞ்சடை வைத்தவர்
காந்தளாரும் விரலேழை யொடாடிய காரணம்
ஆய்ந்துகொண்டாங் கறியந் நிறைந்தாரவ ரார்கொலோ
வேந்தன்மூக்கீச் சரத்தடிகள் செய்கின்றதோர் மெய்ம்மையே.

Besmearing the white sacred ash like sandal-wood paste, Siva who kept the floods of the Ganga on the matted locks, the reason for dancing along with the lady whose fingers are like the petals of the red variety of Malabar glory lily, he pervades everywhere which can be known only by intuitive knowledge who is capable of knowing the true purpose of the actions done by the god in Mukkeeswaram which was built by a king.

Arunachala Siva.

21. Self Knowledge is like the knowledge of the Self alone.  Anything like Self Knowledge never was and never shall be.

22. Knowledge of the Self is the supreme mantra.  Knowledge of the Self is the supreme penance.  Knowledge of the Self is verily Vishnu.  Knowledge of the Self is Siva, the supreme.

23. Knowledge of the Self is the supreme Creator.  Knowledge of the Self is amenable to the Self.  Knowledge of the Self is itself the merit. Knowledge of the Self is the great sanctification.

24.  Knowledge of the Self is the great holy waters.  Knowledge of the Self is tranquility etc., Knowledge of the Self is the loving mantra.  Knowing of the Self is self purifying.

25.  What is called the knowledge of the Self?  It is the certitude 'I am Brahman'.  It is the faith that 'I am Brahman'.  Knowledge of the Self is the great emanation.

26-28:  The Knowledge of the Self is the disposition 'I am Brahman'. I am eternal. I am the accomplished. I am bliss, the supreme joy.  I am pure, the ever undiminishing.
I am of the form of the expanse of consciousness, the eternal Being Awareness Bliss. I am changeless. I am the peaceful. I am everywhere, continuous. I am always of the form of bliss, bereft of all defects.  I am devoid of all thoughts.  I am always myself.'

29.  Read silently to yourself regarding the experience that all is Brahman. The merits that result from a crore of horse sacrifices are obtained in a trice.

30.  Being with the certitude 'I am Brahman', one attains the fruit of giving the Mount Meru in charity. Compared to the abidance of 'I am Brahman', the offering of all the land in charity is only infinitesimal.


Arunachala Siva.                 

Bhagavan silently summons us every year.  We, a group of ten to fifteen, come once or twice a year and stay for three to four days in Sri Ramanasramam under His divine care. Bhagavan takes us into deep meditation, immersing our karmic minds in the divine waters of the invisible Ganga, eliminating all obstacles and washing out the impurities of the mind, to realize only 'I'.  In the twenty five years that we have made our annual journey to Tiruvannamalai we became acquainted with Sri Ramanasramam, Arunachala Hill, the Arunachala Temple, the Giri Pradakshina route and the railway station which brings us to Him.  Beyond these places we never felt the need to go, as the whole world lies within Sri Ramanasramam.

For many years we traveled by bus from Bangalore to Tiruvannamalai. About two years ago, we were pleasantly surprised to hear that a train from Kurla to Yeshwantpur would continue on to Pondicherry, through Tiruvannamalai.  It seemed that Ramana Himself had organized a train from Davangere to Tiruvannamalai.  Is not this a true example of Bhagavan's affection and grace towards His devotees?                   

Sri Allamma Prabhu, the great Siva Sarana (devotee of Lord Siva) of the 12th century in Karnataka and Nijaguna Shivayogi of the 15th century, were masters and Jnanis and were praised and loved by Sri Ramana.  Bhagavan read the writings of these two
great personalities and sometimes guided His devotees by narrating instances about them.     


Arunachala Siva.

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