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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 22, 2016, 10:01:40 AM »
Verse 8:


உறையு ளாகிய மனைநின்றும்
    ஒருமைஅன் புற்ற
முறைமை யால்வரு பூசைக்கும்
   முற்றவேண் டுவன
குறைவ றக்கொண்டு மனைவியார்
   தம்மொடுங் கூட
இறைவர் கோயில்வந் தெய்தினர்
   எல்லையில் தவத்தோர்.

Taking with him, from his house, in integrating love
And without lack, all that is needed for the pooja
The servitor of limitless tapas fared forth
With his wife and reached the Lord?s temple.   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 22, 2016, 09:59:28 AM »
Verse 7:


ஆய செய்கையில் அமருநாள்
   ஆதிரை நாளில்
மேய பூசனை நியதியை
   விதியினால் முடித்துத்
தூய தொண்டனார் தொல்லைநீ
   டயவந்தி அமர்ந்த
நாய னாரையும் அருச்சனை
   புரிந்திட நயந்தார்.


As he thus lived, on an Adirai-Day
When he had duly completed his pooja to the Lord
The holy servitor desired to perform archana
For the Lord enshrined in hoary Ayavanti.   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 22, 2016, 09:57:15 AM »
Verse 6:


மெய்த்த ஆகம விதிவழி
   வேதகா ரணரை
நித்தல் பூசனை புரிந்தெழு
   நியமமுஞ் செய்தே
அத்தர் அன்பருக் கமுதுசெய்
   விப்பது முதலா
எத்தி றத்தன பணிகளும்
   ஏற்றெதிர் செய்வார்.


Duly would he daily perform the pooja unto the Lord-Author
Of the Vedas, as prescribed by the truthful Agamas;
Then would he undertake to do all service
For the servitors of the Lord, right from feeding them.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 22, 2016, 09:54:42 AM »
Verse  5:


வேத உள்ளுறை யாவன
   விரிபுனல் வேணி
நாதர் தம்மையும் அவரடி
   யாரையும் நயந்து
பாத அர்ச்சனை புரிவதும்
   பணிவதும் என்றே
காத லால்அவை இரண்டுமே
   செய்கருத் துடையார்.


He was blessed with the certain knowledge
That the true import of the Vedas
Was the adoration of the Lord in whose matted hair
Courses the flood, and the performance in love,
Of pada-pooja and worship to His servitors.
He was poised in this thought which bade him
Perform these two acts only, in devotion.


Arunchala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 22, 2016, 09:52:40 AM »
Verse 4:


சீலம் உய்த்தவத் திருமறை
   யோர்செழு மூதூர்
ஞாலம் மிக்கநான் மறைப்பொருள்
   விளக்கிய நலத்தார்
ஆலம் வைத்தகண் டத்தவர்
   தொண்டராம் அன்பர்
நீல நக்கனார் என்பவர்
   நிகழ்ந்துளார் ஆனார்.


In that ancient town where Brahmins thrived
Unswerving from the great and righteous way of life,
Flourished Neelanakkar whose life was
A living commentary of the four Vedas
Which indeed excel the greatness of earth itself.
He was a loving servitor of the Lord
Whose throat holds the poison.


Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 22, 2016, 09:50:19 AM »
Verse  3:


ஆய்ந்த மெய்ப்பொருள் நீறென
   வளர்க்கும்அக் காப்பில்
ஏய்ந்த மூன்றுதீ வளர்த்துளார்
   இருபிறப் பாளர்
நீந்து நல்லறம் நீர்மையின்
   வளர்க்கும்அத் தீயை
வாய்ந்த கற்புடன் நான்கென
   வளர்ப்பர்கண் மடவார்.



They concluded after due spiritual investigation
That the true import of Truth is the holy ash;
They fostered it and thrived under its protection;
These were the twice-born who tended the triple fire
In that town;
To the triple fire like unto dharma that helped one
Cross the sea of transmigration
Their women added a fourth -- their chastity,
And tended the fourfold fire.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 22, 2016, 09:47:15 AM »
Verse 2:


நன்மை சாலும்அப் பதியிடை
   நறுநுதல் மடவார்
மென்ம லர்த்தடம் படியமற்
   றவருடன் விரவி
அன்னம் முன்துறை ஆடுவ
   பாடுவ சாமம்
பன்ம றைக்கிடை யுடன்பயிற்
   றுவபல பூவை.


In that goodly town of foison, women of fragrant foreheads
Bathe in the tanks of soft-petaled flowers;
With the damsels dance the swans in the fords;
A good many starlings chant the Sama Veda
With the throngs of boys who chant the Vedas
And even instruct them.   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 22, 2016, 09:44:30 AM »
Tiru Neela Nakka Nayanar Puranam:

Verse  1:



பூத்த பங்கயப் பொகுட்டின்மேற்
   பொருகயல் உகளும்
காய்த்த செந்நெலின் காடுசூழ்
   காவிரி நாட்டுச்
சாத்த மங்கைஎன் றுலகெலாம்
   புகழ்வுறுந் தகைத்தால்
வாய்த்த மங்கல மறையவர்
   முதற்பதி வனப்பு.


In the ponds of Satthamangkai carps leap over blown lotuses;
The town is girt with fields rich in ripe paddy crops;
It is in the land fed by the Kaveri and is world-famous;
It is the queen of towns where reside auspicious Brahmins.


Arunachala Siva.

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Once Devaraja Mudaliar observed that a devotee who had come to the Asramam lose his bag
containing money, plantain fruits and some clothes.  The monkeys had taken them when he had
left the bag near the office.  He became very said since he had lost all money and there was not
even any money for his return journey. All devotees took pity on him.  Devotees were asking among themselves why these miseries when a devotee had come for Bhagavan's darshan.  This was informed
to Bhagavan also.  Bhagavan, as usual, kept quiet.

After some time, the monkeys which had taken only the fruits threw away the bag and the devotee
picked it up with great joy.

Devaraja Mudaliar (who was never tired of asking questions to Bhagavan), asked Bhagavan Ramana: "Bhagavan!  Why these miseries first come about and why these miseries go away after a period of
anxiety and sorrow.  If God had been kind, why should the miseries happen at the first instance?"

Bhagavan Ramana replied, after some silence:  "Unless such miseries happen and then go away,
the human beings will not think about God and his grace!"  Devaraja Mudaliar was pleased
with the answer.

*

Without a seed, You shall grow grains and harvest them.
You shall make and unmake the worlds at your sheer will.
You have made this lowly dog, stand at the gates
of Your Temple like a man in frenzy.
You made this wastrel to be loved by all your great devotees.
Will You ( a gardener) cut off the tree that he has grown,
Just because it produces poisonous fruit?
I am also like that, O my Lord.

  - Tiruchadakam, Holy Hundred. Verse 10.6.  Tiruvachakam.
    Manikkavachagar.

(Source:  My reminiscences - Devaraja Mudaliar.)

Arunachala Siva.

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Sri Narayana Iyer, who was a Sub Registrar for long years, with good career record, was suddenly
transferred to Tiruchy, by his senior officer, who had some for no reason, developed some grudge
against him.  Devotees were wondering why Narayana Iyer should have this misfortune for no fault
of his.  Devaraja Mudaliar asked Bhagavan:  "Bhagavan!  Why should such things happen even to
your ardent devotee?  How can you keep quiet?" Bhagavan, as usual, kept silent.

Devaraja Mudaliar decided to sing the famous Vel Vaguppu, of Arunagiri Nathar next morning in the
Hall.  This song sings about the glories of Vel, the Javelin of Skanda, in removing the obstacles of
the devotees.  He wanted to sing to invoke the grace of Bhagavan for Narayana Iyer. 

When Devaraja Mudaliar was singing in the Hall, the famous lines from Vel Vaguppu:

"When a devotee prays to you with intense love,
And if anyone wants to harm such a devotee,
You shall vanquish him along with his lineage.
You are ever my support..."     

As he was singing this line, Narayana Iyer suddenly appeared in
the Hall to leave for Tiruchy.  He prostrated to Bhagavan and left
with heavy heart.  But Devaraja Mudaliar found this as good omen.

After a few days, Narayana Iyer returned to the Hall, with happy
news that his transfer had been cancelled after he reached Tiruchy!
He quickly visited the temples in and around Tiruchy and returned
to Tiruvannamalai, for rejoining his job.

*

You have taken hold of this slave, with your love,
This dog, lowlier than lowly dog, at Your own will,
This birth, which is Maya is ever in your control.
Who am I to investigate?  What is my right?
You give me another birth or place me
At Your anklet-wearing feet, O Lord with eye on the forehead!

  -  Kuzhaitha Pathu, Decad on Melting, Verse 8, Tiruvachakam.
    Manikkavachagar.

(Source:  My reminiscences.  Devaraja Mudaliar.)

Arunachala Siva.

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After the visit with Ganapati Sastri, I went again to see the Master in the Cave.  The Master smiled
at me and asked one most private question about my life.  I immediately understood that with His
very look, He would read anyone like an open book!

He then gave me some fruits, cooked rice and ghee.  He also gave me a spoon-like implement
made out of coconut shell!  He then gave me some milk out of desiccated coconut.  As I was eating,
He described me very important details of my past life.  He has seen hundreds of people in His life.
But I understood that with His Wisdom-insight, He reads every one like an encyclopaedia.

I sat with Him for over three hours and He talked to me many many things. 

I realized that He is a complete Master of Wisdom.

(Source: Glimpses of Life and Teachings of Sri Ramana Maharshi,
Frank H. Humphreys.  Translated by me from Tamil Version, Guru
Ramana Tiruvadi Vazhvu.)

Arunachala Siva.

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I think the books we have of Sri Bhagavan's spoke words pretty well cover everything He said IN WORDS.
Of course over the many years, He resided at His earthly abode He spoke in ample measure, but from this
accumulation of words His central message and who He is can be missed. He is the silent teacher, indeed
the Self, Arunachala.  He Himself told of Sri Dakshinamurty, the silent guru, who actually started teaching
in words but finally resorted to silence to convey the highest truth.  It is as though he might be saying,
"Let them have some words to draw their minds here, and then they can received This essential teaching
in silence."

As a Christian and a devotee of Lord Jesus I felt him guiding me to India as a companion and friend.
I believe he called me for a higher learning, a final path.  It was revealed to me that no greater soul
than Sri Bhagavan has ever occupied a physical body.

Bhagavan showed us a direct path to the clear, unmistakable goal. In the stillness of our being we can that
happiness we long for, the peace that surpasses all understanding.  He showed by His life and His teachings
and by His Divine Presence how it is possible to do so and He assures us it is right at hand, it is always and
already there.

Love consists in sharing
What one has
And what one is
With those one loves.

Love
ought to show itself
In deeds
more than in words.

-  Ignatius of Loyola.

concluded.

Arunachala Siva.       

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I awoke from the dream thrilled at having received His personal direct blessing and I absorbed His
instruction:  That way of showing off limited knowledge by preaching to others was not the way.
A little knowledge and a little understanding does not make a man a Guru, nor does preaching bring
us closer to our goal, rather the opposite, it fans the flames of the ego.  I had thought that by copying
what I had seen others do meant I was doing well, but He was telling me not to go down that path,
but rather be quiet and absorb the truth inwardly.

How my view on spiritual life changed as a result of absorbing Sri Bhagavan's teachings and coming under
His influence is the most important lesson I can pass onto others. From this perspective one can see that
Bhagavan's teachings are not an intellectual exercise. So many devotees, I later discovered, get together
in what way they call Satsangh, to discuss the philosophy of Bhagavan as an intellectual exercise.  Many
people especially Westerners, seem to need some intellectual satisfaction.  In the beginning I suspected
that self inquiry was for those who lacked devotion to God but over time and perhaps with some maturity,
I realized that a balanced intellectual understanding illuminates the true import of the teachings.   However,
too much intellectualism can create a supeflous barrier of concepts. Why confound the mind with mental
gymnastics when elimination of the mind by letting thoughts subside is what Bhagavan prescribed?
At first I too failed to recognize the sublimity of the goal, and indeed the supremacy of Bhagavan Himself.         

So many books of Bhagavan's words are produced that it is easy to miss the fact that He was mostly silent.
One might get the impression that He sat all day, every day, expounding teachings.  This was not His way.
At the end of the Gospel of St. John it is written that if the Evangelist could have written everything out
Lord Jesus said, it would cover the world with books.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.             

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 21, 2016, 11:49:45 AM »
Today is also the Full Moon Day, Pournami.  There  will a lot of crowd in Arunachala for giri pradkashina.

People will brave the hot sun and go for giri valam.

Arunachala Siva.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 21, 2016, 11:44:51 AM »
Today is Vaikasi (Baishaki) Visakam star day.  This day is supposed to be great for Muruga worship.

In several temples in Tamizh Nadu, there will be special abhishekam , alankaram and arti for Muruga.
In some temples of Muruga there will be procession of Muruga deity and also chariot movement with
Muruga and His consorts.   

Arunachala Siva.

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