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General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:12:44 AM »
Verse  7:

புனமல்கு கொன்றையீர் புலியினதளீர் பொலிவார்ந்த
சினமல்கு மால்விடையீர் செய்யீர்கரிய கண்டத்தீர்
இனமல்கு நான்மறையோ ரேத்துஞ்சீர்கொ ளிடைமருதில்
கனமல்கு கோயிலே கோயிலாகக் கலந்தீரே.

You adorn yourself with the Koṉṟai flowers which grow abundantly in the forest tract.
You wear a tiger's skin.  You have a big bull of exquisite beauty and increasing anger.
You are red in colors, and you have a black neck. You joined in the temple on which clouds are on the increase, in the famous Idai Marutu where the groups of Brahmins well-versed in the four Vēdas worship.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:08:33 AM »
Verse  6:

சலமல்கு செஞ்சடையீர் சாந்தநீறு பூசினீர்
வலமல்கு வெண்மழுவொன் றேந்திமயானத் தாடலீர்
இலமல்கு நான்மறையோ ரினிதாவேத்த விடைமருதில்
புலமல்கு கோயிலே கோயிலாகப் பொலிந்தீரே.

You have red matted locks which is full of water.
You smeared yourself with holy ash as sandal-paste.
Holding a white battle-axe of increasing victory you dance in the cremation ground.
the Brahmins who are well-versed in all the four Vēdas and have their own houses which are in prosperous condition, to worship you with pleasure. You were shining in the temple which increases one's knowledge, in Idai Marutu as the temple fitting your greatness.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 09:04:13 AM »
Verse  5:

வருந்திய மாதவத்தோர் வானோரேனோர் வந்தீண்டிப்
பொருந்திய தைப்பூச மாடியுலகம் பொலிவெய்தத்
திருந்திய நான்மறையோர் சீராலேத்த விடைமருதில்
பொருந்திய கோயிலே கோயிலாகப் புக்கீரே.

The great sages who underwent physical sufferings, the celestial beings and other people having come there crowding. The people of the world having bathed in Pusam in the month of Thai which is appropriate to this shrine, to attain splendor.  The Brahmins who have learnt the four perfect Vēdas to praise you with distinction.
You entered into the temple in Idai Marutu where knowledge flourishes, as the temple fitting your greatness.

Arunachala Siva.


General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 08:59:14 AM »
Verse 4:

பொல்லாப் படுதலையொன் றேந்திப்புறங்காட் டாடலீர்
வில்லாற் புரமூன்றும் எரித்தீர் விடையார் கொடியினீர்
எல்லாக் கணங்களும் முறையாலேத்த விடைமருதில்
செல்வாய கோயிலே கோயிலாகச் சேர்ந்தீரே.

Holding a dead skull which is ugly-looking, you dance in the cremation ground outside the village. You burnt the three cities with a bow (discharging an arrow from it), you have a flag on which the form of a bull is drawn. All the eighteen groups of celestial
beings and Siva Ganas to worship you in the proper manner. You dwelt in the wealthy temple in Idai Marutu as the temple fitting your greatness.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 08:55:44 AM »
Verse  3:

அழன்மல்கு மங்கையில் ஏந்திப்பூத மவைபாடச்
சுழன்மல்கு மாடலீர் சுடுகாடல்லாற் கருதாதீர்
எழின்மல்கு நான்மறையோர் முறையாலேத்த விடைமருதில்
பொழில்மல்கு கோயிலே கோயிலாகப் பொலிந்தீரே.

Holding fire in the palm of increasing beauty, when the Bhutas are singing, you perform a dance of increasing whirling you do not consider any other place than the cremation ground as your place. The beautiful Brahmins who have learnt the four Vēdas to worship you in the proper manner. You were shining in the temple which has flourishing gardens in Idai Marutu, as the temple fitting your greatness.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 08:51:48 AM »
Verse  2:

நீரார்ந்த செஞ்சடையீர் நெற்றித்திருக்கண் நிகழ்வித்தீர்
போரார்ந்த வெண்மழுவொன் றுடையீர் பூதம்பாடலீர்
ஏரார்ந்த மேகலையாள் பாகங்கொண்டீ ரிடைமருதில்
சீரார்ந்த கோயிலே கோயிலாகச் சேர்ந்தீரே.

You have  red matted locks, which is full of water of the Ganga.
You created the frontal eye. You have a white battle-axe which is well used in warfare. You have Bhutas which sing, you had on one half a lady wearing a jeweled girdle of 7 or 8 strands of exquisite beauty. You dwelt in the temple with great distinction as the temple fitting your greatness.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 25, 2017, 08:47:53 AM »
Tiru Idai Maruthur:

Verse 1:

பொங்குநூன் மார்பினீர் பூதப்படையீர் பூங்கங்கை
தங்குசெஞ் சடையினீர் சாமவேத மோதினீர்
எங்குமெழிலார் மறையோர்கண் முறையாலேத்த விடைமருதில்
மங்குல்தோய் கோயிலே கோயிலாக மகிழ்ந்தீரே.

You have on your chest a bright and attractive sacred thread.
have an army of Bhutas.
have  red matted locks, on which the shining Ganga stays.
You chanted Sāma Vēdam.
The beautiful Brahmins to worship you in the proper manner everywhere.
You rejoiced in dwelling in the temple in Idai Marutu which touches the clouds, as the fitting temple for you.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Maha Sivaratri - 24.02.2013:
« on: February 24, 2017, 12:25:29 PM »
Tiru Jnana Sambandhar says in his first Padigam:

தோடுடையசெவி யன்விடையேறியோர் தூவெண்மதிசூடிக்
காடுடையசுட லைப்பொடிபூசியென் னுள்ளங்கவர்கள்வன்
ஏடுடையமல ரான்முனை நாட்பணிந் தேத்தவருள்செய்த
பீடுடையபிர மாபுரமேவிய பெம்மானிவனன்றே.

The Lord has an ear on which a lady's ear-jewel is worn.
He rides on a bull. He having worn a spotlessly pure white crescent moon of a single phase, has  smeared himself with the ash in the cremation ground which has the nature of a forest. The thief who has captivated my mind. This person is really the great one who resides gladly in Sirkazhi, possessing greatness, This is where the Lord bestowed his grace on Brahma, who is seated in a (lotus) flower having petals, who bowed to him and worshiped him, in the distant past.

Here the saint poet says that Siva has stolen his heart. He is staying in the Heart.
If that be the case, where is the question of prayer to Him?  The job is complete
with the Lord staying in the Heart.  That is Mukti. That is the purpose of life.  So,
where is the question of prayers?

Thus the saint poet says that with the Lord staying in the Heart, the Liberation is
achieved which is the purpose of life.

Arunachala Siva.

Notes: [Sirkazhi has twelve name of which Piramapuram is one; as Brahma worshiped the Lord, with his consort, the goddess of learning it got the name of Piramapuram.]
[Piramāpuram: the long letter is used to suit the meter.
The fact that Brahma worshiped the Lord in Sirkazhi is mentioned in other decades of Tiru Jnana Sambandhar. [Many scholars have written elaborate commentaries on this one stanza. The circumstances in which this Padigam was sung is described in detail in Periya Purāṇam, Tiru Jnana Sambandhar Purāṇam, verses 53-80].

41.  The confidential, the mantra, the quality, the scripture, the truth, he ear, the body,
death, birth, effect, cause, the sanctified, the auspicious,

42. lust and anger, covetousness and delusion, pride, jealousy, the defect of duality,
fear, sorrow -- all are indeed non existent, always.

43. 'This' is verily naught, indeed naught. All pleasures are non existent. The reflection
'this is Brahman', the contemplation 'I am Brahman',

44. The reflection 'I am Brahman', the knowledge 'you are Brahman, the imperishable', the reality of Brahman is wisdom.  The concept of the unreal can never cause any affliction.

45.  The self is verily supreme, the one and the only. Being one is to be devoid of burden.  All is Brahman, always Brahman.  That Brahman am I.  There is no doubt of this.

46.  The form of the individual self the concept of individual self and the words 'the individual self' - the triad of these are naught.  The form of Isvara, the universal self,
the concept of Isvara, the word Isvara - are but fanciful.

47.  There are no letters, nor the entire, no word, nothing said, nor any subject; not even an iota of the heart, mantra, tantra, mind or intellect.

48. There is none who is dull, wise, with discrimination or even pure.  Determination, tara the Pranava (Omkara), this Self, Guru and disciple,

49. quiescence, stillness, supreme tranquility, silence, or the concept of silence, the radiating, the discrimination between the self and the non self,

50.  the yoga of meditation, the Raja Yoga, the eight limbed Yoga, -- all are Brahman.
There is no doubt of this.  That Brahman am I.  There is no uncertainty about this.


Arunachala Siva.                 

General topics / Re: Editorial - Mountain Path - April- June 2016:
« on: February 24, 2017, 10:24:06 AM »
Each time we open a page of His writing, verses or songs, there is an opportunity
for affirmation.  We believe that by reading or chanting we engage with the same truth
He endowed on those who surrounded Him in the days of His physical presence.  But words of Bhagavan wrote or said are not dead if we allow them to enter us.  With our
breath we make sounds that create anew the truths He revealed.  With our intention we make it fresh in the heart the words which empower us. It does not matter how many explanations, commentaries, anecdotes are available, they count for nothing if we fail to capture their intent and spirit.

What we are doing in fact is engaging in an inner adventure of wonder and participation.  By this act of remembrance we are not repeating by mindless rote but are giving birth in ourselves to a sense of wonder, joy and a profound mystery.  Because in the end, we do not find the 'answer' but rather, engage in a perpetual mystery. Those who think there is a magic pill that solves all our misery are mistaken.
There is however a growing inner confidence that Bhagavan's Grace will carry us forward though we are blind to the next step.  We learn to trust that all will be well.
Did He not say that if we take but one step then, He will take the other nine?


Arunachala Siva.               

General topics / Re: Editorial - July - September -2016:
« on: February 24, 2017, 10:12:56 AM »
Is Bhagavan a person?  We would like to think so but tremble when we pull aside the veil that separates us from the fire of his eyes which see us all clearly.

It is said that home is where our heart is.  We expect home to be where everything is understandable and in its place.  For many of us, home is Arunachala and the Asramam, for there there is in that Hill and collection of buildings a sense of belonging we cannot fully articulate.  We feel that there is where we should be.  But unfortunately, more often than not, it is impossible for most of us to actually remain there due to family obligations, employment commitments, health considerations or even the fact that the very air we breathe is fighting us as though in summer one were being melted into an oven.  We envy those who have the good fortune tor reside there.  Many feel that being at Arunachala would be the ideal solution for their restlessness, for everything seems to stop in that sacred atmosphere and rest in a sense of harmony.  Our worries, our fears, our desires, pale in significance in the presence of that power.  We dream of being at Arunachala where everything will be perfect.

This is not so.  Firstly, Tiruvannamalai is far from an idyllic place to live for reasons anyone who has stayed for any length of time will whatever from it may assume, we are because that is the best place to learn.  Once we have established that Arunachala is our Sthala, our place, our home, it is our responsibility to keep it spotless. And by that, one means the heart and mind.  We are no longer careless tourists.


Arunachala Siva.                 

General topics / Re: Maha Sivaratri - 24.02.2013:
« on: February 24, 2017, 09:55:01 AM »
Saint Manikkavachagar sings in Koil Tiruppadigam:

தந்ததுன் றன்னைக் கொண்டதென் றன்னைச்
    சங்கரா ஆர்கொலோ சதுரர்
அந்தமொன் றில்லா ஆனந்தம் பெற்றேன்
    யாதுநீ பெற்றதொன் றென்பால்
சிந்தையே கோயில் கொண்டஎம் பெருமான்
    திருப்பெருந் துறையுறை சிவனே
எந்தையே ஈசா உடலிடங் கொண்டாய்
    யான்இதற் கிலன்ஓர்கைம் மாறே. 

It is Yourself You gave to me and received from me,
mine O Sankara !
Who is the cleverer one?
From You I received unending Ananda.
What did You receive from me at all?
My God,
who made my mind Your temple !
O Siva abiding at sacred Perunturai !
O my Father !
O Lord-God !
You abide in my body.
How can I requite You for this?

When Siva is in our mind / heart, where is the question of any sadhana, puja etc.,

Arunachala Siva. 


General topics / Maha Sivaratri - 24.02.2013:
« on: February 24, 2017, 09:53:08 AM »
Today is Maha Sivaratri.  The night of Siva.  The God who has no night and day, we
celebrate His day as Siva Ratri.  Today in Sri Ramanasramam there will be special pujas almost every time, that is about 6 times on this day.  In all Siva temples, the day is celebrated with six times abhishekam, alankaram and arti for Siva Linga.

Siva is dancing in the cremation ground, with fire on one hand and hand drum on the other, on the body of the demon.  He applies Vibhuti from the burnt corpse.

Today is the day of completed fasting.  People who cannot fast the whole day takes
gruel etc., on this day.

Arunachala Siva.     

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 24, 2017, 08:40:08 AM »
Verse  11:

நளிரும் புனற்காழி நல்லஞான சம்பந்தன்
குளிருந் தலைச்சங்கை யோங்குகோயின் மேயானை
ஒளிரும் பிறையானை யுரைத்தபாட லிவைவல்லார்
மிளிருந் திரைசூழ்ந்த வையத்தார்க்கு மேலாரே.

On Siva, who dwells in the tall temple in cool Thalai Chankai, and who wears a cool crescent moon,  Jnana Sambandhaṉ of good qualities who is a native of Sirkazhi, of cool water those who are capable of reciting these verses composed (by him) will become Devas, to the people of this world which is girt by the sea having waves rolling up and down.

Padigam on Tiruth Thalai Chankadu completed.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Saiva Canon 1 - Tiru Jnana Sambandhar.
« on: February 24, 2017, 08:35:54 AM »
Verse  10:

அலையாரும் புனல்துறந்த அமணர்குண்டர் சாக்கியர்
தொலையாதங் கலர்தூற்றத் தோற்றங்காட்டி யாட்கொண்டீர்
தலையான நால்வேதந் தரித்தார்வாழுந் தலைச்சங்கை
நிலையார்ந்த கோயிலே கோயிலாக நின்றீரே.

Jains who do not bathe in water which has waves, and Buddhists, the low people spread slander without being exhausted, you admitted me into your grace showing me your divine form. You stayed for ever in the temple with many floors in Thalai Chankai where Brahmins who Vedas, in mind, all the four important Vedas, as the temple fitting your greatness.

Arunachala Siva.

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