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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 29, 2016, 09:21:15 AM »
Verse  12:



இவ்வகைய திருநாட்டில்
   எனைப்பலவூர் களுமென்றும்
மெய்வளங்கள் ஓங்கவரும்
    மேன்மையன ஆங்கவற்றுள்
சைவநெறி ஏழுலகும்
   பாலிக்குந் தன்மையினால்
தெய்வநெறிச் சிவம்பெருக்குந்
   திருவாமூர் திருவாமூர்.

In this land divine, there are many cities
Of lofty greatness poised in truth and foison;
Among them is Tiruvamoor; it is so called, as it fosters
The divine way of Sivam in all the seven worlds.

Arunachala Siva.   

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Prabhavati Devi got married not long ago.  It must have been a year back. For about two years
before her marriage, she was staying in the Asramam.  She was a girl from Maharashtra, good
looking and cultured.  She wanted to be a great bhakta like Saint Meerabhai and so used to sing
and dance and say that she would never marry, and she would don ochre robe. She behaved like
a naughty child before Bhagavan.  Bhagavan knew that her naughtiness would not leave her until
she got married.  As last, somehow, she did get married.  Immediately after the wedding, the bride
and the bridegroom came in the wedding attire to the Asramam, with their relatives and offerings
of fruits and flowers, and bowed down before Bhagavan Ramana. After a stay for two or three days,
she came to Bhagavan one morning at 8'O clock with her husband seeking Bhagavan's
blessings before leaving to set up home in her husband's place.  Squirrels were playing about
Bhagavan's sofa and peacocks were wandering outside the Hall. There were not many people.
It was calm and quiet in the Hall.  The young man bowed down to Bhagavan with awe and respect,
took leave of Him and stood waiting on the side of the doorway. With downcast looks and bubbling
shyness and tearful eyes, the child of the Asramam while waiting there for Bhagavan's permission,
looked like Shakuntala trying to tear away from the Kanva Maharshi's Ashram.  Bhagavan nodded
His head in token of approval and then she bowed down to Him. No sooner had she crossed the threshold, Bhagavan remaked looking at Suri Nagamma, "It was only yesterday, she had the chapter of Krishnavatar
in Bhagavatam, copied out by Sundaresa Iyer."  I said with delight, "She will come with a child in her
arms, when she comes here next year."

Meanwhile, she began to sing in a full throated song full of devotion and voice as sweet as a nightingale
while going round the Hall in Pradakshina.  Bhagavan Ramana was so evidently moved and like Kanva
Maharshi himself, He said: "Do you hear the hymn from Mukundamala?"  My eyes were filled with tears.

(Source: Suri Nagamma, Letters from Sri Ramanasramam,
24th November 1945.)

Arunachala Siva.   

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Bhagavan Ramana and several other yogis and Jnanis who had lived in Arunachala had a vision
of Arunagiri Siddhar and a Cave having all treasures of the world.  Ordinary mortals cannot have
such experiences.  But people have strange experiences in Arunachala.  Once a Keralite, Sukumaran,
told me, that while in a room, he had a sudden call from Ramana in the early morning around 2 am.,
[not in dreams] to go round the Hill immediately to have his problems solved.  He took his bath and went around the Hill immediately.

Arunachala Siva.   

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Sri Bhagavan's Teachings:

Not to desire anything extraneous to oneself constitutes Vairagya (dispassion) or Nirasa (desirelessness).
Not to give up one?s hold on the Self constitutes Jnana (knowledge). But really Vairdgya and Jnana are one and the same.

Arunachala Siva.

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The women refer to Ravana's arrogance on account of the boons he received, his not heeding the wise
counsel of his brother, Vibhishina and Kumbhakarna to return Sita whom he forcibly abducted, and
his unawareness of the omens that presaged complete destruction by a force called Rama.  Mandodari
gets a clear glimpse of this force.  First she considers her husband's death by Rama, a human being,
as destiny and then dismisses this. Next, she considers him being killed by Indra, the Lord of the gods,
but dismisses this again - her husband being more powerful than the celestial beings.  Then with
riveting awareness, she pronounces, 'Assuredly it was that great Yogi, the Supreme Soul,the Eternal
Spirit who was your slayer.  He has no beginning, middle or the end, the most High, greater than Mahat
(Cosmic Intellect), the Support of Nature,...'  She finally sees Rama this force manifested, the force of
everlasting Vishnu who carries the conch, the discuss and the mace and to whom prosperity belongs.

This awareness comes early in her address.  Yet the heart of her soliloquy reveals a woman who is
attached to her husband physically, emotionally and through the fatalism of fortune.  She refers to
his charming eyebrows, brilliant complexion and arched nose;  to his beauty, splendor and radiance
which rivaled the moon, the lotus and the sun.  She speaks of how they sported together on famous
mounts and woods and the gardens of gods in a chariot of incomparable magnificence, beholding
innumerable countries 'whilst now I am deprived of all pleasures and enjoyments by your death,
'O hero!'  She feels transformed as if into another, condemned by the fluctuations of the fortunes of kings
to widowhood as the final period of her life. Her grief is rendered through the images of comparison:
'Having rested on sumptuous couches, O  King of the Titans, how is it that you are now sleeping on the
earth, the dust your coverlet?

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                             

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First comes negative purification, next positive purification, or character adjustment.  Saint Paul's
'I live yet not I' is what the mystics say.   There are three factors in this struggle:  1) the Changeless
Eternal Reality; 2) the web of illusion which confuses and allures the soul;  3)  the self always changing,
moving and struggling, aware of the real and unreal, and growing conscious of the contrast between them.

The mystical experience begins with the process of purification by which the finite slowly approaches the
nature of its Infinite Source. Movement is from the unreal to the Real, as one rids oneself of the self-
love and all other superficial interests.  Everything may change but the goal remains the same.  Every
single desire has to be surrendered in order to be united with the God.  Saint John of the Cross
illustrates this point in the following lines: "It makes little difference whether, a bird can be held by a
slender thread or by a rope, the bird is bound and cannot fly until the cord is broken." When the bird
has broken the string and without any thought, fearlessly soars high into the sky, come what may,
only then will it be united with God.

According to Saint John of the Cross, all voluntary desires, great or small, are in the way of union
because communion is the transformation of the will into the will of God.  The smallest desire is division
or separation.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.         

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: March 28, 2016, 10:56:37 AM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

Yes, prayers in the presence of Guru is the most important thing, to have our problems vanquished
and also to attain the state of Mukti.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: What makes Ramana so great
« on: March 28, 2016, 10:53:34 AM »
Bhagavan Ramana's greatness lies on the fact that He was in Sahaja Nirvikalpa Samadhi ever for 54 years!

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Abhirami Andati - verses and meanings:
« on: March 28, 2016, 10:51:38 AM »
Verse  10:


10: நின்றும் இருந்தும் கிடந்தும் நடந்தும் நினைப்பது உன்னை,
என்றும் வணங்குவது உன் மலர்த் தாள்.-எழுதாமறையின்
ஒன்றும் அரும்பொருளே. அருளே. உமையே. இமயத்து
அன்றும் பிறந்தவளே. அழியா முத்தி ஆனந்தமே.

அறிதற்கரிய பொருளே! அருளே உருவான உமையே! அக்காலத்தில் இமயமலையில் பிறந்தவளே! என்றும் அழியாத முக்தி ஆனந்தமாக விளங்குபவளே! உணர்தற்கரிய பெருமை வாய்ந்த வேதப் பொருளில் ஒன்றிய பொருளே! நான் நின்றாலும், இருந்தாலும், கிடந்தாலும், எந்நிலையில் இருப்பினும் நின்னையே நினைத்து தியானிக்கின்றேன். நான் வணங்குவதும் நின் மலர் போன்ற பாதங்களையே யாகும்.

O Abhirami, the Substance which cannot be known easily, O Mother, who is the embodiment of Grace!
O the One who was born on those days in Himachal.  O the One who is embodiment of the Mukti which
is nothing but great Ananda!  O the One who is the purport of Vedas, not easily understandable and
experienced.  Whether I stand, or sit or lie down, in whatever state I am, I shall only meditate on You.
I shall also only pray to your flowers like feet!

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.   

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177.  Bhagavan Ramana has stated that the belly curses those that eat without giving time for it
to rest and recuperate.

178.  The rule regarding taking food is that one should allow time enough for the belly (i.e. the stomach
and other organs of digestion) to recuperate, and after that, when hunger comes, should eat mesured
and Sattvic food.

179.  Meditation on a Name or Word, worship of the forms of God and the like do help in the practice
of the Quest, by rooting out the old taints of the mind.

180.  As the restlessness of the elephant's trunk is checked by a chain held by the elephant, so the
restlessness of the mind is corrected by meditation on Names and Forms.

181.  Never does desire for enjoyment abate by indulgence.  On the other hand it waxes more and more,
as fire does with oblations.  Remembering this one should be wary.   

182.  So long as the ego is not dead, humility alone is good for a Sadhak; acceptance of obeisance
from others is not good.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.   

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Nature of Prarabdha:

Verse  445:

The scriptures say, even the meditative are conscious of the externals, because of prarabdha, the result
of past actions.

Verse  446:

As long as one feels pleasure and pain, so long prarabdha remains.

Verse 447:

But 'I am He, I am Brahman' -- this knowledge does away with all past actions done in millions
and millions of births.

Verse 448:

Whatever one does  -- good or bad - in the state of dream, which is the result of ignorance, does that affect
him when awakened?

Verse 449:

One who has seen his own Self, which is always free from all contact, indifferent to everything --
knowing Him, he is never attached by action, whether past, present, or future, as the sky is
never attached to anything.

Verse  450:

In a pitcher of wine, the sky is not affected by the smell of that wine. So the Atman is not affected
by name and form or by their actions.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.     

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 28, 2016, 09:13:47 AM »
Verse  11:


மறந்தருதீ நெறிமாற
   மணிகண்டர் வாய்மைநெறி
அறந்தருநா வுக்கரசும்
   ஆலால சுந்தரரும்
பிறந்தருள உளதானால்
   நம்மளவோ பேருலகில்
சிறந்ததிரு முனைப்பாடித்
   திறம்பாடுஞ் சீர்ப்பாடு.

It is the land where Tirunavukkarasu and Alala Sundara
Were born, and caused the sinful paths turn
Into righteous ways of blue-throated Siva.
Is it in our power to sing the glories of Tirumunaippadi,
The city par excellence in this wide and great world?

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 28, 2016, 09:10:46 AM »
Verse 10:


எயிற்குலவும் வளம்பதிகள்
   எங்குமணந் தங்கும்வயல்
பயிர்க்கண்வியல் இடங்கள்பல
   பரந்துயர்நெற் கூடுகளும்
வெயிற்கதிர்மென் குழைமகளிர்
   விரவியமா டமும்மேவி
மயில்குலமும் முகிற்குலமும்
   மாறாட மருங்காடும்.

Cities are girt with forts; paddy heaps mark
Grain-fragrant fields; with resplendent
Ear-pendants comely chits gather in cornices;
Thither arrive nimbi and peacocks fronting each other   
And there they dance their merry dances.


Arunachala Siva.   

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 28, 2016, 09:08:37 AM »
Verse 9:


மொய்யளிசூழ் நிரைநீல
   முழுவலயங் களின்அலையச்
செய்யதளிர் நறுவிரலிற்
   செழுமுகையின் நகஞ்சிறப்ப
மெய்யொளியின் நிழற்காணும்
   ஆடியென வெண்மதியை
வையமகள் கையணைத்தால்
   போலுயர்வ மலர்ச்சோலை.


With circling beetles as sapphire-bangles,
Red shoots as fingers, well-grown buds as nails,
With lofty groves as hands, Lady-Earth reaches
For the Moon -- the mirror --, to behold her image.   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 28, 2016, 09:06:18 AM »
Verse  8:


மருமேவு மலர்மேய
   மாகடலின் உட்படியும்
உருமேகம் எனமண்டி
    உகைத்தகருங் கன்றுபோல்
வருமேனிச் செங்கண்வரால்
   மடிமுட்டப் பால்சொரியுங்
கருமேதி தனைக்கொண்டு
   கரைபுரள்வ திரைவாவி.

Like clouds descending into the black ocean
The black buffaloes descend into tanks, to graze
Scented flowers; huge red-eyed fish big as calves,
Dash against their udders whence flows milch profuse;
As the buffaloes move and roll, the waves roll onto the shore.,   

Arunachala Siva.

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