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These Samadhi states did not give him a full and permanent experience of the Self.  When his mind re-
asserted itself, he went to Sri Bhagavan for advice:

Once, while I was on my way to see Bhagavan, I prayed for His grace.

On my arrival at Virupakasha Cave, He asked, 'Do you like Saguna Upasana (meditation or worship of form),
or do you like Nirguna Upasana (meditation or worship of the formless)?'

I replied, 'I only want Nirguna Upasana.'

Bhagavan then told me, 'Fix the mind in the Heart. If you keep your attention at the source from where
all thoughts arise, the mind will subside at the source and reality will shine forth.'

I had already come across similar teachings in Maharaja Turavu and Sukar Kaivalyam.  I had seen these
instructions in several other books.  I took a firm decision that this was the way for me.  After this meeting
with Bhagavan I had no further doubts about this. No doubts at all.

In 1914, shortly after Mastan had become a devotee, he and Akhilandamma decided to open a Math
in the village of Desur that would function as a choultry, a place where visiting Sadhus and pilgrims
could be accommodated and fed.  Many of the Sadhus from Sri Ramanasramam came to stay there,
particularly when they were sick and needed someone to look after them.

When the building was completed, Mastan regularly did Parayana of Bhagavan's works there.  By this
time Mastan had more or less abandoned his career as a weaver, although he did go back to work occasionally
to weave cloth that was used to make Bhagavan's Kaupinas.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                 
 

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39.  The experience that He is seated in the heart is corroborated by the scriptural utterances.  Tradiitonally
three levels of proof are respected as the authority - hearing (Sruti); reasoning or discrimination (Yukti)
and experience (Anubhuti). Firm faith that all these are true is required.

40.  The aspirant after experiencing spiritual beatitude realizes its absence in the object, as it lacks any
affinity to the Lord or His essential glories of knowledge, happiness and peace.  Its presence is within,
though transcending the body.

41. In this respect texts of various strata are invariably unanimous.  The variations in the scriptural lore
are limited to secondary details such as cosmic creation.  True appreciation of the primary principles grant
us fruit, knowledge of the Self, which is stainless, undecaying, devoid of body and pure consciousness.
Siva, the Self, penetrating everything in His wake, lodges Himself in the animate and the inanimate, and
wields scepter over the whole universe.  He is the causeless cause of all actions.

42.  He is the One remembered, meditated upon, loved, sought after, longed for and realized -- thus
proclaim all the scriptures viz., Sruti, Smrti, Purana, Itihasa, Veda and Upanishad.  In matters worldly,
He is unattached and beyond compare.  Even for want of knowledge through direct realization, He is
the one unequivocally established  by all forms of authority.  That is, even to be able to deny His existence
He is.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                   

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125:  The world is a totality of the five kinds of sensations, namely sounds and the rest and nothing else.
All these are only mental impressions and hence the world is nothing but the mind.

126.  If the world were other than the mind, why does it not appear in deep sleep?  Therein is the
Real Self, who is consciousness and by whose consciousness-Light, the mind is mind!

127. Only then does the world appear to men, when their minds are functioning.  Therefore the
world is mental, in waking, as it is in dream.

128.  Just like the waking world, the dream world seems real during the dream.  Also, just like the
waking world, the dream world, in its own time, is serviceable for the purpose of life.

129.  Just as the dream-world is not other than the mind of the dreamer, so the world of things, seen
in waking, is not other than the mind of the seer.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.             



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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:58:00 AM »
Verse 30:


பாங்ககன்று மனைவியார்
   பணியணிவார் தமைப்பரவி
ஈங்கிதளித் தருளீரேல்
   என்னுரைபொய் யாம்என்ன
மாங்கனியொன் றருளால்வந்
   தெய்துதலும் மற்றதனை
ஆங்கவன்கைக் கொடுத்தலுமே
    அதிசயித்து வாங்கினான்.


The great wife moved away, adored the Lord whose jewels
Are snakes and prayed thus: "If you deign not to grace me
With it now, my words will be deemed false."
Lo, by His grace a mango reached her and she placed it
Into his palm which he received, wonder-struck.   

Arunachala Siva.

9290
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:56:00 AM »
Verse 29:


ஈசனருள் எனக்கேட்ட
    இல்இறைவன் அதுதெளியான்
வாசமலர்த் திருவனையார்
    தமைநோக்கி மற்றிதுதான்
தேசுடைய சடைப்பெருமான்
    திருவருளேல் இன்னமும்ஓர்
ஆசில்கனி அவனருளால்
   அழைத்தளிப்பாய் எனமொழிந்தான்.


The lord of the house who was told that it was by the grace
Of the Lord, was not convinced; addressing her who was
Like the goddess on lotus, he said: ?If it be by the divine
Grace of the effulgent Lord of matted hair, call forth,
By His grace once again a flawless fruit and give it to me.?

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:53:32 AM »
Verse 28:


செய்தபடி சொல்லுவதே
   கடனென்னுஞ் சீலத்தால்
மைதழையுங் கண்டர்சே
   வடிகள்மனத் துறவணங்கி
எய்தவருங் கனியளித்தார்
   யார்என்னுங் கணவனுக்கு
மொய்தருபூங் குழல்மடவார்
   புகுந்தபடி தனைமொழிந்தார்.



"My duty is to relate what I have done." Thus she resolved
Prompted by virtue; she adored the feet of the Lord
Enshrining Him in her mind; to the husband?s question:
"Who was it that gave you the fruit?" she of perfumed locks
Decked with flowers, narrated how the fruit came to be.

Arunachala Siva.

9292
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:51:06 AM »
Verse 27:


அவ்வுரைகேட் டலும்மடவார்
   அருளுடையார் அளித்தருளும்
செவ்வியபேர் அருள்விளம்புந்
   திறமன்றென் றுரைசெய்யார்
கைவருகற் புடைநெறியால்
   கணவன்உரை காவாமை
மெய்வழியன் றெனவிளம்பல்
    விடமாட்டார் விதிர்ப்புறுவார்.

When thus confronted, she would not disclose it to him
Thinking thus: "This grace of Grace should not be divulged."
Neither would she, poised in chastity, deem concealment
From her husband the true way; she quaked in fear.   

Arunachala Siva.

9293
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:48:05 AM »
Verse  26:


மற்றதனைக் கொடுவந்து
   மகிழ்ந்திடலும் அயின்றதனில்
உற்றசுவை அமுதினுமேற்
   படவுளதா யிடஇதுதான்
முன்தருமாங் கனியன்று
   மூவுலகிற் பெறற்கரிதால்
பெற்றதுவே றெங்கென்று
   பெய்வளையார் தமைக்கேட்டான்.

She served it to him in joy; he ate it, found it to be
More delicious than nectar, and said: "This is not
The mango that I gave you; this rarity, is not to be found
In all the three worlds; whence did you get this?"
Thus he queried the bangled beauty.   


Arunachala Siva.



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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:46:00 AM »
Verse  25:


அம்மருங்கு நின்றயர்வார்
   அருங்கனிக்கங் கென்செய்வார்
மெய்ம்மறந்து நினைந்துற்ற
   விடத்துதவும் விடையவர்தாள்
தம்மனங்கொண் டுணர்தலுமே
   அவரருளால் தாழ்குழலார்
கைம்மருங்கு வந்திருந்த
   ததிமதுரக் கனியொன்று.


She moved away dismayed; what could she do?
How could she get at the unavailable fruit? Oblivious
Of herself, with all her mind she meditated the feet
Of the Lord who comes to the rescue when devoutly invoked,
Behold the marvel! A delicious fruit par excellence came
Into the palm of her of dangling plaited hair
By the grace of Grace.   

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:43:17 AM »
Verse 24:


மனைவியார் தாம்படைத்த
   மதுரமிக வாய்ந்தகனி
தனைநுகர்ந்த இனியசுவை
   ஆராமைத் தார்வணிகன்
இனையதொரு பழம்இன்னும்
    உளததனை இடுகவென
அனையதுதாங் கொண்டுவர
    அணைவார்போல் அங்ககன்றார்.

The garlanded merchant that felt insatiate having
Tasted the sweetness of the exceedingly delicious fruit
Served by his wife, said: "There is one more of this kind;
Get me that too." She moved out as if to secure it.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:40:57 AM »
Verse 23:


இன்னடிசில் கறிகளுடன்
   எய்துமுறை இட்டதற்பின்
மன்னியசீர்க் கணவன்தான்
   மனையிடைமுன் வைப்பித்த
நன்மதுர மாங்கனியில்
   இருந்ததனை நறுங்கூந்தல்
அன்னமனை யார்தாமும்
   கொடுவந்து கலத்தளித்தார்.


She provided him with tasty food and curried dishes;
Then she of fragrant hairs secured and served
On his leaf the sweet-smelling mango, one of the two
That remained (uneaten) and sent to her
That day by her ever-glorious husband.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:39:04 AM »
Verse 22:


மற்றவர்தாம் போயினபின்
   மனைப்பதியா கியவணிகன்
உற்றபெரும் பகலின்கண்
   ஓங்கியபேர் இல்எய்திப்
பொற்புறமுன் நீராடிப்
   புகுந்தடிசில் புரிந்தயிலக்
கற்புடைய மனையாருங்
    கடப்பாட்டில் ஊட்டுவார்.


After he left, the merchant and lord of the house
Entered the spacious mansion when the sun was
In the meridian, and had his bath; he desired
To have his meal; his chaste wife attended to that duty.

Arunachala Siva.

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General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: May 13, 2016, 09:36:57 AM »
Verse  21:


மூப்புறும்அத் தளர்வாலும்
   முதிர்ந்துமுடு கியவேட்கைத்
தீப்பசியின் நிலையாலும்
   அயர்ந்தணைந்த திருத்தொண்டர்
வாய்ப்புறுமென் சுவையடிசில்
   மாங்கனியோ டினிதருந்திப்
பூப்பயில்மென் குழல்மடவார்
    செயலுவந்து போயினார்.


The divine servitor who came there befuddled, bent with age,
And fatigued by fiery hunger that clamored
For immediate appeasement, ate the timely meal,
Soft and toothsome, relishing it with the mango sweet;
He admired the service of the wondrous woman of soft
And perfumed locks, and went his way.

Arunachala Siva.   

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General Discussion / Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« on: May 13, 2016, 07:47:57 AM »


We have seen Sankara's Siva Manasa Puja and from then on about various devotees who did
pujas of a different kind.

We shall see Pooslar Nayanar today.  Poosalar was a poor brahmin, who was living in a town
called Tiru Nindravoor. This town comes in the Madras - Arkonam broad gauge line.
He suddenly desired to build a temple for Siva.  He was poor and so he went to several rich
landlords for money, but without success.  Then he decided to build a temple for Siva in his mind!

On an auspicious day, he started.  He visualized that he was getting stones and boulders, chunam
and other materials. He made the four walls first, then the inner portals.  He then built a bali peetam
and dwaaja sthambam.  Then the inner shrine.  He installed a nice Siva Linga.  Over the building,
he constructed a nice tower, with 9 golden cones called kumbhas.  Then only prana-pradishta and kumbhabhishekam remained.  He then prayed to Siva to come and bless the inauguration of the
temple!  Siva agreed and a date and a muhurtam, a good time, were fixed!

In the meantime one Varman, who was ruling in Kanchipuram, which is near Tiru Nindravoor,
had really constructed a big temple for Siva in Kanchipuram.  He then asked Siva to come
and bless the occasion of opening the temple.  Siva came and told him in the dream, that the
date contemplated by the king would not suit, since He had to go to Tiru Nindravoor to bless
Poosalar's temple!  The king was surprised.  Is there any other temple for Siva coming up nearby? 
He then rode in his horse and went to Tiru Nindravoor.  He asked the townsmen where was the
temple of Poosalar?  The people were laughing and said that there was no such new temple in
 Tiru Nindravoor, but there was one Poosalar, a poor Brahmin living in the nearby street.  The king
rushed there and saw the brahmin in Siva meditation, stood before him and prostrated.  Then he
told him that he had come as per Siva's information to him in the dream and he would like to visit
Poosalar's temple first.  The poor brahmin was horripilated.  He shed profuse tears and told the king:
O King, shame on me.  I have only built a temple in my mind and Siva had agreed to come.  There is
no temple outside.  I am sorry for the inconvenience.  The king also stood dumbfounded.  He then once
again prostrated to Poosalar and said:  Your temple is greater than mine.  It is your own work.
Every stone and wood have been procured by you single handedly and temple completed.  Where am I? 
I am using all my money power to construct a temple, without any effort on my own part.
Both hugged each other.  Siva then appeared before them with His consort and said:  "I appreciate
both your efforts.  But Poosalar's effort stands higher.  I shall visit the king's temple and then take
Poosalar to my Abode.  "Varman, you do service to me and then come to me in due course."

Poosalar did manasa puja like this.  He went one step more than Sankara in building a temple itself
to Siva in his manas.

Arunachala Siva.   

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Thoughts are product of sin.  Here, the sin means ego, which is the first principle, that divides
man and godhead. This thought can be good or bad.  Bad thoughts, we all agree create bad actions.
Even these bad actions are called bad according to circumstances.  A soldier can kill any number of
soldiers of enemy camp, and get appreciation.  But if he kills a civilian on the road, he is punished. 
A king can marry any number of girls and bring them to his harem.  A citizen cannot marry
many girls.  So all good thoughts also produce evil.  Take atom bomb.  It came out of a detailed
experiment in science, whose basic laws of relativity and thermodyanamics are quite good for peaceful purposes.  But the same principles created an atom bomb and killed lakhs of people. 

Now to bad thoughts, bad thoughts apparently produce bad actions which are sin.  But there could
be some bad thoughts [very rare indeed], which can produce good results.  Like the rishi who
 decided to bluff to the hunter who had come chasing a deer, saying that there was no
deer on that side.  The deer was saved.  All said, it is a lie.

That is why, Bhagavan Ramana said:  Summa Iru, Be Still, Be thoughtless.  But it is quite difficult
for most of us.

Arunachala Siva.

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