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Perumal Swami's life was a classic example as to how the undying ego finally wins.  He was a great
attendant to Bhagavan Ramana. Later, he became somewhat embroiled in the infatuations to power
etc.,  There were many contenders to the Asramam manager-ship. Brunton, Swami Niranjananada
Swami, why even Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri and Perumal Swami.  They perhaps believed that
being a Manager or Sarvadikari, they could be 'close to Bhagavan' and will have the chance of
introducing themselves as Manager...  etc., to important foreign visitors and local Maharajahs.
Definitely finance was not the attraction.  Even Muruganar was  asked to take over, which he politely
refused.  The final selection was shortlisted to Kavyakanta and Swami Niranjananda. Bhagavan
did not give any 'opinion' in the matter.  Devotees selected Niranjananda Swami.  Even Kavyakanta
had some heartburn in this issue.  But his faith in Bhagavan was unflinching.  He came out of the
Asramam for sometime.

Now, coming back to Perumal Swami's further deeds of ego, he had earlier made a metal image
of Bhagavan while they were in the Hill.  He wanted the image to be taken as procession into the
streets of T'malai with people spitting on the image!  This was not supported by townspeople and
so he left it.  On another occasion, he got an Iyengar rowdy fully drunk, and made him speak all
foul words at the gates of the Old Hall.  Bhagavan Ramana did not move, even though He was
somewhat angry.  Then Annamalai Swami came to the scene and gave that Iyengar a nice slap
and sent him out and he also cautioned Perumal Swami of such a treatment, if he did not behave well.
Finally, Perumal Swami had given his savings to a person in T'mali and that person cheated him
and overnight he became a pauper.  He became sick.  He was lying on a stone bench on the
Chengam Road, asking for alms from people.  At that point of time, he came to Bhagavan Ramana
and sought His forgiveness saying that he would surely go to hell.  Bhagavan said: " I can forgive
you but I cannot forget you.  Even if you go to hell, I shall be there to support you."

Perumal Swami must have surely gone to hell.  But whether Bhagavan Ramana prayed to
Arunachleswara, to leave him back to a better birth quickly, is not known.  Bhagavan Ramana
surely might have done something to that effect.  Because, He never forsook anyone in life.
He Himself has said:  "I have come to grace people and not punish them.  If I start punishing
living beings, even a crow would not fly over the Asramam."       

His avatara as Skanda, is one of grace and not punishment even the villains. Skanda is said to have
converted the demons into his peacock and rooster so that they could always live beside him to
work out their way for liberation.

Now among the various contenders, destiny proved that Bhagavan's brother was the best choice.
Muruganar had no issues.  So the family trust might not have been created. Kavyakanta passed
away earlier than Bhagavan and his children, though spiritually oriented were not eager for the
trusteeship of the Asramam.  Perumal Swami, even if he had been good to Bhagavan throughout
his life, was a Sannyasi and thus there was no family tree after him.  Brunton himself had
not unflinching faith and his children were never heard about. Whereas, in case of Niranajananda, he had a son, who had also moved with Bhagavan right from his childhood years and hence proper orientation was there.  His son was married and he in turn had three male issues.  Hence, the family trust which was
finalized later, had no problems in later years.

Arunachala Siva.


உண்டொர் ஒண்பொரு ளென்றுணர் வார்க்கெலாம்
பெண்டிர் ஆண்அலி யென்றறி யொண்கிலை
தொண்ட னேற்குள்ள வாவந்து தோன்றினாய்
கண்டுங் கண்டிலேன் என்னகண் மாயமே.

All those that realize that there is indeed
A peerless and radiant Ens,
know not if You are Female,
Male or Sexless.
You appeared before me ? Your servitor -,
even as You truly are;
I beheld You.
Yet I do not behold You.
What ocular witchery is this?

Arunachala Siva.


This decade is called 'Kaimmaru Kotuthal'.  Kaimmaru means giving some fees for the help
rendered by another.  Here the poet says that he cannot give any fees to the Paramatman
as a Jivatma.

இருகை யானையை ஒத்திருந் தென்னுளக்
கருவை யான்கண்டி லேன் கண்ட தெவ்வமே
வருக வென்றுப ணித்தனை வானுளோர்க்
கொருவ னேகிற்றி லேன் கிற்பன் உண்ணவே.

I am like a two-trunked tusker;
I have not Beheld the Ens of my being;
I but know misery;
O second-less One of the supernals !
You bade me Welcome;
yet I cannot reach You;
I exist only to eat.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Abhirami Andati - verses and meanings:
« on: June 09, 2016, 11:24:46 AM »
Verse  47:

47: வாழும்படி ஒன்று கண்டு கொண்டேன், மனத்தே ஒருவர்
வீழும்படி அன்று, விள்ளும்படி அன்று, வேலை நிலம்
ஏழும் பரு வரை எட்டும், எட்டாமல் இரவு பகல்
சூழும் சுடர்க்கு நடுவே கிடந்து சுடர்கின்றதே.

அன்னையே!அபிராமித் தாயே! நீ கடல்களுக்கும் ஏழ் உலகங்களுக்கும், உயர்ந்த மலைகள் எட்டினிற்கும் அரிதில் எட்டாதவள். மேலாக உள்ள இரவையும், பகலையும் செய்யும் சந்திர சூரியர்க்கு இடையே நின்று, சுடர்விட்டுப் பிராகாசிக்கின்றவள்!.

O Mother Abhirami!   You cannot be reached by the seas and seven worlds, and high mountains which
are eight.  You shine, in between Moon and the Sun - which cause night and day.


Arunachala Siva.

8.  The Lord Umapati, consort of Uma, alone is the cause of the universe; the illuminator of the insentient
world and the sole cause of joy.  For that great Lord Isvara, thee is no action or the need of instrument
in shaping the worlds. He, the destroyer (Hara) Himself is the cause of that.

9.  The immovable 'Sthanu' Mahesvara in His Campaign against the Tripurasuras - the demons called
'The Triad'  -- is equipped thus: Vishnu is the arrow, the Mount Meru which supports the earth is the bow;
Vishnu's son Brahma is the charioteer; the Vedas which are the emanations from that charioteer's
(Brahma) face are the horses.  The sun and the moon which are the two eyes of the Rathi -- the one
who is seated in the chariot, Siva -  are the two chariot wheels.  That rathi, the seated one, is the One
to be known by the  'end' of the Vedas (Vedanta - Upanishads) which became the horses, the bearers
of the vehicle.  Serpent Vasuki. the Lord's crown band is the bow string.  The targets of the weapon
are the Tripuras, traversing the space i.e triads having no firm ground.

May the dust of that Sthanu, the immovable great Lord protect us.

10. Then, Ribhu addressing Nidagha, said thus:  I shall give you the exegesis of the the Self -
not found in the three periods of time.


Arunachala Siva.                 

284.  The Sages (Buddhas) call that the State of Right Awareness, in which there is neither knowledge
nor ignorance.  That is the Highest State, wherein there is nothing other than the Self, whether
sentient or insentient.

285.  The illiterate, the literate and the 'Knower of the Self'  are all three equally ignorant.  The third one
also is ignorant, because for him there is nothing knowable, other than the Self.

286. That One, who has become established in his own Natural State, is adorable by all, whether men
or angels.  As he is not distinct from the Supreme Being, he is also fit to be adored as God, by the seekers
of Deliverance.

287. Not knowing that this worldly knowledge is only ignorance, some ask:  'Let ignorance come to an
end in the Supreme State, but why should knowledge also cease?' 

288.  In the Supreme state there is nothing to be known, neither a knower, nor knowledge of objects.
Just as pairs of opposites are absent in that State, so the triads, are also absent.

289.  In the Supreme State that Self shines alone, free from both knowledge and ignorance.  Since
He is there as Pure Consciousness, without change, how can that State be a void?


Arunachala Siva.               

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: June 09, 2016, 09:26:42 AM »
Verse 127:

அருமையாற் புறம்பு போந்து
    வணங்கிஅங் கமரும் நாளில்
திருமுல்லை வாயில் எய்திச்
    செழுந்தமிழ் மாலை சாத்தி
மருவிய பதிகள் மற்றும்
    வணங்குவார் மறையோர் ஏத்தத்
தருமலி புகலி வந்து
    ஞானசம் பந்தர் சார்ந்தார்.

With great reluctance he moved out of the temple;
While he sojourned there adoring the Lord
He visited Tirumullaivaayil and decked its Lord
With his garland of goodly Tamizh verse.
He left the place and adored at other shrines;
Hailed by the Brahmins, Jnaanasambandhar
Then came back to Pukali.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: June 09, 2016, 09:23:37 AM »
Verse  126:

மெய்ப்பொரு ளாயி னாரை
    வெண்காடு மேவி னாரைச்
செப்பரும் பதிக மாலை
    கண்காட்டு நுதன்முன் சேர்த்தி
முப்புரம் செற்றார் பாதம்
    சேரும்முக் குளமும் பாடி
ஒப்பரும் ஞானம் உண்டார்
    உளமகிழந் தேத்தி வாழ்ந்தார்.   

With a joyous heart, he that was fed on peerless Gnosis
Hailed the Lord of Venkaadu, the True Ens,
In an ineffable garland of verse beginning thus:
"Kann kaattu nuthal?"*
He also sang of the triple tanks of the Lord
Who destroyed the triple fortresses of the demons.   

(*Tirumurai 2. Padigam 48.)

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: June 09, 2016, 09:21:49 AM »
Verse  125:

முத்தமிழ் விரகர் தாமும்
    முதல்வர்கோ புரத்து முன்னர்ச்
சித்தநீ டுவகை யோடும்
    சென்றுதாழ்ந் தெழுந்து புக்குப்
பத்தராம் அடியார் சூழப்
    பரமர்கோ யிலைச்சூழ் வந்து
நித்தனார் தம்முன் பெய்தி
    நிலமுறத் தொழுது வீழ்ந்தார்.

The Adept of the triple Tamizh, with a mind full of joy,
Went before the First One?s tower and bowed low:
Up he rose and went round the Lord?s shrine
In the holy company of the servitors;
Then he came to the presence of the Everlasting
And prostrated on the floor in adoration.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: June 09, 2016, 09:19:45 AM »
Verse  124:

பொன்னிதழ்க் கொன்றை வன்னி
    புனலிள மதியம்நீடு
சென்னியர் திருவெண் காட்டுத்
    திருத்தொண்டர் எதிரே சென்றங்
கின்னதன் மையர்க ளானார்
    எனவொணா மகிழ்ச்சி பொங்க
மன்னுசீர்ச் சண்பை யாளும்
    மன்னரைக் கொண்டு புக்கார்.

The devotees at Tiruvenkaadu of Lord Siva
Who is decked with Konrai blooms of golden petals,
Agni, Ganga and the young crescent
Came before the Prince of Sanbai of everlasting fame;
Their overflowing love transformed them into a state
Which they themselves could not know;
They took him with them to their town.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: June 09, 2016, 09:17:30 AM »
Verse  123:

சீரினில் திகழ்ந்த பாடல்
    திருக்கடைக் காப்புப் போற்றிப்
பாரினில் பொலிந்த தொண்டர்
    போற்றிடப் பயில்வார் பின்னும்
ஏரிசைப் பதிகம் பாடி
    ஏத்திப்போந் திறைவர் வெண்கா
டாருமெய்க் காத லோடும்
    பணிவதற் கணைந்தா ரன்றே.   

He sealed his glorious decade with his hymn
Of benediction and stood praying;
Again, he, the cynosure and object of praise
Of all the glorious servitors on earth,
Sang a decade of beauty married to melody,
And prayed again;
Impelled by true love he fared forth at once
To adore the Lord of Venkaadu.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: June 09, 2016, 09:14:45 AM »
Verse  122:

வானள வுயர்ந்த வாயில்
    உள்வலங் கொண்டு புக்குத்
தேனலர் கொன்றை யார்தம்
    திருமுன்பு சென்று தாழ்ந்து
மானிடந் திரித்தார் தம்மைப்
    போற்றுவார் மண்பு கார்என்
றூனெலாம் உருக ஏத்தி
    உச்சிமேற் குவித்தார் செங்கை.

Passing through the sky-high entrance,
He completed his sacred circumambulation;
Then he came to the presence of the Lord who wears
The honey-laden Konrai blooms and sports the fawn
On His left hand, he bowed low and hailed Him
In a decade that would melt all flesh, thus:
"Maan pukaar Vaan Pukuvar?"
As he hymned, he kept his roseate hands
Folded above his head.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: June 09, 2016, 09:12:34 AM »
Verse  121:

பன்னகப் பூணி னாரைப்
    பல்லவ னீச்ச ரத்துச்
சென்னியால் வணங்கி ஏத்தித்
    திருந்திசைப் பதிகம் பாடிப்
பொன்னிசூழ் புகாரில்நீடு
    புனிதர்தம் திருச்சாய்க் காட்டு
மன்னுசீர்த்தொண்ட ரெல்லாம்
    மகிழ்ந்தெதிர் கொள்ளப் புக்கார்.   

At Pallavaneeccharam, bowing low his head,
He adored the Lord decked with serpents
And hailed him in redeeming numbers.
Greeted by the devotees of ever-during renown
He adored the Holy One of Tirucchaaikkaadu
Near Pukar circled by the Kaveri.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: June 09, 2016, 09:09:53 AM »
Verse  120:

கறையணி கண்டர் கோயில்
    காதலால் பணிந்து பாடி
மறையவர் போற்ற வந்து
    திருவலம் புரத்து மன்னும்
இறைவரைத் தொழுது பாடும்
    கொடியுடை ஏத்திப் போந்து
நிறைபுனல் திருச்சாய்க் காடு
    தொழுதற்கு நினைந்து செல்வார்.   

In loving devotion he adored and hymned
The Lord whose throat holds the poison,
And came out hailed by the Brahmins;
Then at Tiruvalampuram he hailed the Lord
With a decade beginning thus: "Kodiyudai..."
As he moved out of the temple he desired
To adore the Lord of Tirucchaaikkaadu
And fared forth thitherward.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: June 09, 2016, 09:07:22 AM »
Verse  119:

திருமறை யோர்கள் சூழ்ந்து
    சிந்தையின் மகிழ்ச்சி பொங்கப்
பெருமறை ஓசை மல்கப்
    பெருந்திருக் கோயில் எய்தி
அருமறைப் பொருளா னாரைப்
    பணிந்தணி நற்சங் கத்தில்
தருமுறை நெறியக் கோயில்
    சார்ந்தமை அருளிச் செய்தார்.

Holy men well-versed in the Vedas fore-gathered
Surrounding him; each, in delight great
Recited the Vedas the sound of which spiraled up;
It was thus he reached the great and sacred shrine
And adored Him-- the import of the rare Vedas;
Then he hymned a divine decade celebrating
The Lord enshrined in the temple, built
In the shape of a beauteous Valampuri shell.

Arunachala Siva.   

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