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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 01, 2016, 09:09:38 AM »
Verse  43:


சென்றுதிரு வீரட்டா
   னத்திருந்த செம்பவளக்
குன்றை அடிபணிந்து
   கோதில் சிவசின்னம்
அன்று முதல்தாங்கி
   ஆர்வமுறத் தம்கையால்
துன்று திருப்பணிகள்
   செய்யத் தொடங்கினார்.

She hailed the Lord there, very like a hill
Of incarnadine coral; from that day
She wore the marks of Saivisim and with longing
Plied her hands in divine deeds of service.   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 01, 2016, 09:07:16 AM »
Verse  42:


பேராத பாசப்
    பிணிப்பொழியப் பிஞ்ஞகன்பால்
ஆராத அன்புபெற
   ஆதரித்த அம்மடவார்
நீராரும் கெடிலவட
   நீள்கரையில் நீடுபெருஞ்
சீராரும் திருவதிகை
   வீரட்டா னஞ்சேர்ந்தார்.


The matron who in love willed to free herself
From the ever-binding pasa, repaired
To Tiruvatikai Veerattanam -- great, glorious
And established in grace --, on the northern bank
Of the divine Gedilam.

Arunachala Siva.

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On 6th October 1945, it was reported to Bhagavan that somehow under covers of the leaves,
two mangoes had escaped the notice of the monkeys and had grown to quite a big size and that
they were discovered only that day.  One was taken away by the monkeys and the other left behind.
This made Bhagavan Ramana think of the expression under cover of leaves and by association of
ideas, He thought of a stanza in Prabhu Linga Leela, the 9th stanza in Marula Sanka Devar Gathi
and read out to us a few stanzas, where it is related that once Marula Sankara Deva was living like
a madman near the place, where leaf-plates, after eating were thrown away in front of a Math. 

Neither the head of the Math nor the disciples knew anything about this man.  But when Allamma
Prabhu went that way, Marula Sankara got up and prostrated himself at his feet and Allamma Prabhu
in turn took him up and embraced him. For each knew the other's worth.  Only a Jnani can recognize
a Jnani. One who indulges in charya, kriya or yoga can also be recognized by these activities which
he goes through. But in case of a Jnani there is no such external thing by which we can recognize him.

(Source: Arunachala's Ramana.  Boundless Ocean of Grace.
Volume 5. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: April 01, 2016, 07:43:09 AM »

Mother Sarada Devii's view point is also correct.  To have pain and sorrows, makes one show
compassion for other's pains and sorrows.  Saint Tayumanavar has sung in a composition:

I became parched and tired, whenever I see paddy plants
and trees are parched due to hot summer. 

This is compassion.  Sri Ramakrishna said it in some other way:  When he was having throat cancer
and could not eat anything, devotees asked him to pray to Kali.  He said Kali told him:  While you are
eating with sixty mouths, [meaning devotees], why should you eat?  This is Universal Consciousness.
Once Vivekananda had a restless sleep and next morning he told his devotees, that there might have
been something wrong in the world somewhere.  Next day morning papers informed that there was an earthquake in South America in midnight and many people had perished!

Arunachala Siva.

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Destiny takes its own course.  Bhagavan Ramana had the death experience, around mid-July 1896,
and He could not stay in that state for long.  Six weeks went with immense pains.  Everyday,
He went to Meenakshi Temple and cried before 63 Saints, how long, how long?  Destiny fixed it
as end August 1896.  The money came to Him, and He had to utter a lie.  He left Madurai and reached Tiruvannamalai on 1st September 1896.  He went inside the Arunachaleswarar Temple; It was around
10.45 AM. There were none [!] inside the Temple.  He went to Arunachala [linga], and embraced
him.  He found an all-engulfing Light. He said:  "O Father!  I have reported as per Your command!"  Arunachala took care of Him for 54 years!     

Then, think of His departure!  How can He depart?  The body had to go through a little of prarabdha.
He took upon Himself, a terrific disease, for which no medicine was available.  Devotees tried four
surgeries on Him.  He had to find an excuse for departure!  He left as a glorious light.  One sentence,
we should all remember.  He had said:  "Where can I go? I am here!"  Only His body disappeared. 
He is very much with us, once you repose faith in Him.

Arunachala Siva.     

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The question is often asked by newcomers to the Asramam:  Who is the teacher they can turn now
that Ramana Maharshi left this world in 1950?  The normal response is:  what need to look elsewhere
when Bhagavan is still here?  It is all very well for those who are convinced because of their own intimate
experience of Bhagavan's Grace but for the sceptics, more especially those who are in desperate need
of guidance, this is an unsatisfactory answer.

Al of us who are devotees of Bhagavan know there is a subtle radiance ever available if one but remains
still and listens quietly with an open heart and mind.  The fact that people come again and again is ample
proof that they do 'get' something so fulfilling that they eagerly want to return.  What is this grace that
satisfies the heart and quietens the mind.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva. 

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An instance of this love is more valuable than anything previously experienced, as in this union of the
third night His beauty is the soul beauty and the soul's beauty is His.

Saint John makes it clear again and again that the spirit can only be known through love, and not
through mere knowledge, as no amount of knowledge can make us feel love. The joy of final union
is felt by Saint John when he describes, 'The beloved as the silent music and the sound of solitude',
and speaks of the lover (amadeo) transformed into the Beloved (Amado).

Each one of us is a center of life and however close we are to other human beings, our inner life has to
be lived alone, and similarly, we have to die alone.  None can do it for us.  The spiritual quest is a great
adventure, a great discovery .  If we can realize the essence of our life, we would then know ourselves
and know God.  Until we reach the top of the mountain in our spiritual journey we cannot fully realize
the beauty that lies beyond.  However, glimpses of light illumine the path and give us faith to continue
the climb.  The greatest prayers have been for light and love.

Hence Saint John like Jesus says, 'Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all things shall be added unto
you'.   Thus only when one sees by the inner light and love, like the mystics, can one say with Isaiah,
'The sun shall be more the light by day, neither for brightness shall moon give light unto thee, but the
Lord shall unto thee an everlasting light and thy God thy glory.'

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.       

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General topics / Re: Abhirami Andati - verses and meanings:
« on: March 31, 2016, 12:30:03 PM »
Verse  13:


13: பூத்தவளே, புவனம் பதினான்கையும். பூத்தவண்ணம்
காத்தவளே. பின் கரந்தவளே. கறைக்கண்டனுக்கு
மூத்தவளே. என்றும்மூவா முகுந்தற்கு இளையவளே.
மாத்தவளே. உன்னை அன்றி மற்று ஓர் தெய்வம் வந்திப்பதே?

உலகம் பதினான்கையும் பெற்றவளே! எப்படிப் பெற்றாயோ, அப்படியே உலகத்தைக் காப்பவளே! பின்பு ஏதோ ஒரு காரணம் கருதி, உலகத்தை உன்னில் அடக்கிக் கொண்டவளே! கறைக் கண்டனுக்கு (ஆலகால விஷத்தை உண்டதால் கறை எனப்பட்டது) மூத்தவளே! (ஆதி சக்தியிலிருந்தே சிவன், பிரம்மா, விஷ்ணு முதலானோர் தோன்றினார்கள் என்பது வரலாறு) என்றும் சீர் இளமை பொருந்திய திருமாலுக்குத் தங்கையே! அருந்தவத்தின் தலைவியே! அபிராமி அன்னையே! உன்னையன்றி மற்றொரு தெய்வத்தை வணங்கேன்.

O Abhirami!  Who gave birth to these fourteen worlds!  The One who protects all these (fourteen) worlds!
Afterwards, for some reason best known to you, you keep all these fourteen worlds within you!  You are
even older to Siva who has got hala hala poison within his throat!  (It is said that only from Adi Sakti -
Siva, Brahma, and Vishu appeared.)  You are the younger one for Tirumal (Vishnu) who is ever said to be
young and beautiful.  You are the result of hard tapas! O Mother Abhirami,  I shall not pray to any god
other than you!       

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.

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198.  He that would deserve God's Grace ought not to kill any living being for any reason.  Since he has
not the skill to revive what is dead.

199.  That alone is right action, which is done with a peaceful and pure mind;  all action is sinful, which
is done with an agitated mind or from desires.

200.  What have they to gain by practicing tapas, who act with mind at peace, without attachment to
(objects in) this illusory world, and with the mind activities stilled?

201.  The most powerful tapas consists in the Sadhaka maintaining peace of mind, resigning all his
worldly burdens to God.

202.  As the grains that are close to the pivot of a hand mill (are not crushed), so those that have taken
refuge with God are unaffected by the severest of afflictions.

203.  Those that have minds fixed with love on God, as the magnetized needle points always fixedly to the
north, never swerve from the straight path through ignorance.

204.  Never worry thinking, 'when shall I attain this state?'; this state transcends both space and time
and is neither far nor near.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.     

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Verse 133:

The supreme reality is not known (objectively), since, when you become pure consciousness, and then
become the One that makes this consciousness known, both of these come to an end.  Wicked wretches!
How then can you hope to experience that reality through the false understanding in which you grasp it
for a while with ego consciousness, then let it go again?

When the disciple comes to realize  that his nature is pure consciousness, the realization arises within
him that he is also the source of that consciousness, that the two are not different.  At this point the
house cards which is the triad of knower, known, and knowledge collapses, discriminating knowledge
ends and he remains as the non dual Self.  How then can the concept of the Self or Sivam remain?
Therefore, if even those who have realized the Self are themselves quite incapable of experiencing that
state as something separate from themselves, how ludicrous is it that those who have not known
the Self should claim it to be able to do so?

In the latter part of the verse, what is being referred to are the phenomena experienced sometimes
as a result of prolonged spiritual practices, and sometimes spontaneously, in the form of vision of gods
and saints, heightened visual, mental and emotional experiences and so on.  Such experiences are
never permanent, in spite of attempts to prolong them and regain them after they are lost. On these
grounds alone they are therefore known not to be the experience of reality which is being sought.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.             

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Verse  464:

This Atman fills all.  Beginning-less, endless, that which cannot be measured, changeless, and One
without a second -- is Brahman.   There are not many in this world. 

Verse 465:

The consolidation of existence, of knowledge, the eternal essence of blissfulness, without actions, and 
One without a second is Brahman.  There are not many in this world.

Verse 466:

Always uniform, ever full, endless, omnipresent, and One without a second is Brahman.  There are not
many in this world.

Verse 467:

Unavoidable, superlative, it cannot be handled;  and without any receptacle (being the receptacle of all)
and One without a second is Brahman.  There are not many in this world.

Verse 468:

Attribute-less, part-less, ever free, subtle, changeless, spotless, and One without a second is Brahman.
There are not many in this world.

Verse 469:

You cannot ascertain any form of Brahman.  Beyond mind and speech and One without a second is
Brahman.  There are not many in this world.

Verse 470:

Reality Itself, established in its own glory, pure, intelligent, incomparable, and One without a second
is Brahman.  There are not many in this world.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.               

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 31, 2016, 09:42:03 AM »
Verse 41:



அந்நெறியின் மிக்கார்
   அவரொழுக ஆன்றதவச்
செந்நெறியின் வைகும்
   திலகவதி யார்தாமும்
தொன்னெறியின் சுற்றத்
   தொடர்பொழியத் தூயசிவ
நன்னெறியே சேர்வதற்கு
    நாதன்தாள் நண்ணுவார்.


Whilst he flourished as a Jain eminent,
Tilakavatiyar firm-rooted in the ancient way of tapas
To snap all nexus with kith and kin, resolved to tread
The pure way of the Lord's and took to the adoration
Of the Lord's hallowed feet.   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 31, 2016, 09:38:37 AM »
Verse  40:

அத்துறையின் மீக்கூரும்
   அமைதியினால் அகலிடத்தில்
சித்தநிலை அறியாத
   தேரரையும் வாதின்கண்
உய்த்தவுணர் வினில்வென்றே
   உலகின்கண் ஒளியுடைய
வித்தகராய் அமண்சமயத்
   தலைமையினில் மேம்பட்டார்.


With his mastery of Samana doctrines
And easy valiance in disputation,
He vanquished the Buddhists who knew not
Aught about Mind, the inner senses
Thus he shone in splendor as the greatest Jain.   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 31, 2016, 09:36:19 AM »
Verse 39:



அங்கவரும் அமண்சமயத்
   தருங்கலைநூ லானவெலாம்
பொங்கும்உணர் வுறப்பயின்றே
   அந்நெறியிற் புலன்சிறப்பத்
துங்கமுறும் உடற்சமணர்
   சூழ்ந்துமகிழ் வார்அவர்க்குத்
தங்களின்மே லாந்தரும
   சேனரெனும் பெயர்கொடுத்தார்.


To the study of all Jain works rare and great
He applied himself, heart and soul, and thus
Became in due time their supreme exponent;
The nude fraternity of the fat Jains, was
Over-joyed at his superiority and conferred
On him the title "Dharmasena par excellence."

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 31, 2016, 09:33:37 AM »
Verse  38:


பாடலிபுத் திரமென்னும்
   பதிஅணைந்து சமண்பள்ளி
மாடணைந்தார் வல்லமணர்
   மருங்கணைந்து மற்றவர்க்கு
வீடறியும் நெறியிதுவே
   எனமெய்போல் தங்களுடன்
கூடவரும் உணர்வுகொளக்
   குறிபலவுங் கொளுவினார்.



To Pataliputra he repaired and found
His way into the assembly of the Jains;
Him the sly Jains strong in chicanery
Surrounded, and lulled him into thinking
That "the way to liberation was here",
By deft glimpses projected bright as truth, but all false;
These they did to win him over to their fold.

Arunachala Siva.

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