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When we read accounts of Arthur there is no doubt that he was a gentleman of the old school.  He was
emotionally undemonstrative but naturally polite and reserved, not out of arrogance but more out of respect
for whatever he was with.  He never uttered a word more than necessary and was content to remain
perfectly quiet for any length of time, much to the discomfort of those who came to seek his company and hoped for a string of wise statements from him.  He had no small talk.  This was apparently quite a contrast to his younger University days when he was gregarious;  a member of a debating team and various other societies which were part of the normal activities available at Oxford.  But he always retained his wit and an unexpectedly delightful dry sense of humor.

Unless one knew it from his writings or his acquaintance, his placid demeanour would disguise his powerful
and unrelenting dedication to the teachings of his guru.  Arthur did not believe in half measures and though
he was married and had three children, his heart and soul was dedicated to the quest for truth.  Like an
Arthurian Knight, once he had committed his life, there was no slackening nor turning back.   


Arunachala Siva.

The World, I and God:

Who is asking questions, and formulating answers?  I AM.  Who has the need to know?  I HAVE.   There
are three entities, no more and no less.  The world, I and God.  This God is a word, a concept, a postulate
-- but necessary to complete the cosmic inquiry, because creation inevitably brings up the reference to
a creator.   When finally resolved, the word God may change to Absolute, or to Reality, or even to Unified
Theory of Everything.  The point is this:  the created world of matter asks no questions and needs no answers;
God should have no problems, and in any case is not asking questions.  It is I, this person somewhere in-
between the two, with the gift or curse of a mind.  Mind is conscious faculty that makes me more than matter
but less than God, and this mind is posing the questions and is restless for answers.

Every thought arises as a nascent whisper of sound within me, and is shaped by words that constitute my
language.  I have lived and learnt and communicated with these words always and these same words must
now carry me to the new frontiers I dare to explore.  And of these words, time, space and causation are the
irreducible datum that circumscribes every event.  Any happening is in space at some time and due to some
cause.  Where, when and why or how are the questions that are always involved.  All these seems to be OUT
THERE, but the knowledge of it, the perception and the formulation is IN HERE, in me. In my vocabulary the
orbiting worlds are dead, while I am alive.  What makes the difference?


Arunachala Siva.                   

46.  On the other hand the Advaitic state has NOT been attained by one who, knowing the substance
of the sacred lore, as a doctrine by his intellect alone, is satisfied with it without striving to win actual
experience of the Self.

47.  Such a one has not dissolved the world appearance by remaining in the true state of the Self as
the Supreme Reality.  He that knows the Self by understanding the substance of the books has not got
rid of his false notion that the body is the Self!

48. It has been stated by Guru Sankara that such a one is really not different from the brutes.  Brute-
hood is defined by Sages as that by which one regards the Self as limited to the body.

49.  Hence for him that just knows the sacred lore, the belief that the world is real as such (in its own
sight), does not cease.  Deluded by this false belief he ever wanders helplessly in samsara like all the rest.

50.  It is said (by Sri  Bhagavan) that the knower of the sacred lore whose mind has not subsided
in Peace, (of the Supreme State) is just like a gramophone.  It is also said (by Sri Bhagavan) that he is
even worse off than the man without learning, because unlike the latter, he is overwhelmed by moods
of pride and so on.

51.  This theoretical knowledge is styled inferential knowledge (as of a thing absent).  But the Self
is never absent.  How can inferential knowledge of one that is ever present be true Knowledge?


Arunachala Siva.               

8.  Sri Shanmukha:

Hearken to the ocean of knowledge imparted in Kailasa to sage Ribhu by Sankara Himself, the consort
of Parvati.

9.  Once the brahmana sage Ribhu, son of Brahma, saluted Siva who is omnipresent, bestower of
auspiciousness and the great Lord;  and then extolled His virtues in a state of ecstasy:

10.  Ribhu:

Salutations to Siva glowing with the sun, the moon and the fire (as the three eyes), with a forehead
aglow with the triple stripes of sacred ash;  serpent decked;  with the matted locks tied up as jatajuta
shining with the crescent moon and the one who wraps the elephant hide around his waist as garment.

11.  Protect me O Lord, with eye on the forehead; who punished Daksha in the fire sacrifice;  who has
the great bull gleaming white for mount;  who grants the imperishable fruit of knowledge;  who is with
sacred ashes smeared all over the body and wearing rudraksha (sacred bead) garlands and venomous
snakes on the spacious chest;  who has the dire poison for food; whose lotus feet are worshipped
by the holy mendicants.

12.  O wearer of the Ganga and the moon on the crest; consort of Parvati who is the daughter of the
Himalayas that support the earth!  Grant me the impeccable love for Your lotus feet that removes
pain.  Blessed with the bliss obtained by pleasing Siva, I care not for the celestial beings like Brahma,
Vishnu, Indra and those in the heaven who are all subject to the downfall. Such is my conviction!

13.  I shall have the holy sight of the Lord in the company of mother Uma, whose dance of transcendence
keeps in sway the matted locks and the ornamental half moon encircled by the stars thereof, whose lotus
feet are antagonistic to the wheel of transmigratory existence, which are insuperable and which elevate
the worlds;  which are fatal to the vicious and bestow boons upon the pious.


Arunachala Siva.             

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 28, 2016, 09:44:20 AM »
Verse 322:

திருவா யிலினைப் பணிந்தெழுந்து
   செல்வத் திருமுன் றிலைஅணைந்து
கருவார் கச்சி ஏகம்பர்
   கனக மணிமா ளிகைசூழ்ந்து
வருவார் செம்பொன் மலைவல்லி
   தழுவக் குழைந்த மணிமேனிப்
பெருவாழ் வினைமுன் கண்டிறைஞ்சிப்
   பேரா அன்பு பெருகினார்.

He prostrated before the Temple-Tower and rose up;
He moved into the opulent yard divine;
He made his sacred round of the beauteous shrine
Of Ekampa Nathar, the Lord of Genesis,
The Ruler of Kanchi; he beheld the Lord
Of Vita Immortalis whose golden frame grew supple
When the daughter of roseate and auric Himavant
Hugged Him; he adored Him and stood poised
In steadfast devotion.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 28, 2016, 09:41:53 AM »
Verse 321:

எதிர்கொண் டிறைஞ்சுஞ் சீரடியார்
   தம்மை இறைஞ்சி எழுந்தருளி
மதில்கொண் டணிந்த காஞ்சிநகர்
   மறுகுட் போந்து வானநதி
குதிகொண் டிழுந்த சடைக்கம்பர்
   செம்பொற் கோயில் குறுகினார்
அதிர்கொண் டலைநேர் மணிமிடற்றார்
   ஆண்ட திருநா வுக்கரசர்.

He paid obeisance to the glorious servitors
Who adored and received him; Tirunavukkarasar,
The one ruled by the Lord whose beauteous neck
Is dark like the rumbling cloud, moved into the city
Of Kanchi girt with a fort, and reached
The temple of the Lord on whose matted hair
The celestial river descended in smashing leaps.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 28, 2016, 09:39:36 AM »
Verse 320:

தொண்டர் ஈண்டி எதிர்கொள்ள
   எழுந்து சொல்லுக் கரசர்பால்
கொண்ட வேட்கைப் பொலிவினொடுங்
   குலவும் வீதிப் பணிசெய்யும்
அண்டர் அறிதற் கரியதிரு
   அலகு முதலாம் அவையேந்தி
இண்டை புனைந்த சடைமுடியார்க்
   கன்பர் தம்மை எதிர்கொண்டார்.

They blazed in their habit of serivitorship divine;
They thronged to receive the lord of language on his way;   
They had with them brooms divine and other
Serving tools -- unknown even to the celestial beings --, plied
In the service of the streets divine; these devotees of the Lord
Whose matted hair is decked with Indai-chaplets,
Received him in their strength.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 28, 2016, 09:37:27 AM »
Verse  319:

மாட வீதி மருங்கெல்லாம்
   மணிவா யில்களில் தோரணங்கள்
நீடு கதலி யுடன்கமுகு
   நிரைத்து நிறைபொற் குடந்தீபம்
தோடு குலவு மலர்மாலை
   சூழ்ந்த வாசப் பந்தர்களும்
ஆடு கொடியு முடனெடுத்தங்
   கணிநீள் காஞ்சி அலங்கரித்தார்.

In the streets dight with mansions and in all
Beauteous entrances they planted festoons;
Long-leaved plantains and bunches of areca
Were fastened; rows of pots filled with water
And blazing lamps were everywhere; they reared
Fragrant bowers where hung garlands woven with
Petaled flowers; streamers that wafted
In the wind were hoisted; thus they decked
The vast and beauteous city, Kanchi.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 28, 2016, 09:34:29 AM »
Verse  318:

ஞாலம் உய்யத் திருவதிகை
   நம்பர் தம்பேர் அருளினால்
சூலை மடுத்து முன்னாண்ட
   தொண்டர் வரப்பெற் றோமென்று
காலை மலருங் கமலம்போற்
   காஞ்சி வாணர் முகமெல்லாம்
சால மலர்ந்து களிசிறப்பத்
   தழைத்த மனங்கள் தாங்குவார்.

For the redemption of the world, him
The Lord of Tiruvatikai, by His great grace, afflicted
With a dire ache of stomach and straightway claimed;
"We are graced with his arrival." Thus the citizens
Of Kanchi whose visages bloomed in joy
Like lotuses that burgeon in the morn,
Felt delighted in their minds.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 28, 2016, 09:32:09 AM »
Verse  317:

செய்ய ஐயர் திருவோத்தூர்
   ஏத்திப் போந்து செழும்புவனம்
உய்ய நஞ்சுண் டருளும்அவர்
   உறையும் பதிகள் பலவணங்கித்
தையல் தழுவக் குழைந்தபிரான்
   தங்குந் தெய்வப் பதியென்று
வையம் முழுதும் தொழுதேத்தும்
   மதில்சூழ் காஞ்சி மருங்கணைந்தார்.

Having adored the Lord of the effulgent matted hair
Of Tiruvotthoor, he took leave of Him; thence
He visited the many shrines of the Lord
Who for the prosperous redemption of the worlds
Devoured venom, and adored Him there;
He then reached the outskirts of Kanchi
Girt with a great rampart and hailed by the whole world
As the shrine divine where the Lord grew lissom
When His Consort hugged Him close.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 28, 2016, 09:29:45 AM »
Verse  316:

செக்கர்ச் சடையார் திருவோத்தூர்த்
   தேவர் பிரானார் தங்கோயில்
புக்கு வலங்கொண் டெதிர்இறைஞ்சிப்
   போற்றிக் கண்கள் புனல்பொழிய
முக்கட் பிரானை விரும்புமொழித்
    திருத்தாண் டகங்கள் முதலாகத்
தக்க மொழிமா லைகள்சாத்திச்
   சார்ந்து பணிசெய் தொழுகுவார்.

The matted hair of the Lord glows crimson
Like the crepuscular sky; He is Lord of the celestial beings
Abiding at Tiruvotthoor; into His temple he entered,
Made his sacred round, adored Him before His
Divine presence; hymned and rained joyous tears;
He decked the Lord of triple eyes with divine Tandakams
And other fitting garlands of words,
And stood poised in His service.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 28, 2016, 09:27:49 AM »
Verse  315:

காதல் செய்யுங் கருத்தினுடன்
   காடும் மலையும் கான்யாறும்
சூத மலிதண் பணைப்பதிகள்
   பலவுங் கடந்து சொல்லினுக்கு
நாதர் போந்து பெருந்தொண்டை
   நன்னாட் டெய்தி முன்னாகச்
சீத மலர்மென் சோலைசூழ்
   திருவோத் தூரில் சென்றடைந்தார்.

Borne by a love to render service, he crossed
Hills and dales, forests and jungle-rivers, and many towns
Rich in mango-groves and cool fields;
The lord of logos thus reached the great Tondai-Nadu
Where he first visited Tiruvotthoor girt
With gardens rich in cool and soft blossoms.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 28, 2016, 09:25:33 AM »
Verse  314:

பணியார் வேணிச் சிவபெருமான்
   பாதம் போற்றிப் பணிசெயுநாள்
மணியார் கண்டத் தெம்பெருமான்
   மண்மேல் மகிழும் இடமெங்கும்
தணியாக் காதல் உடன்சென்று
   வணங்கித் தக்க பணிசெய்வார்
அணியார் தொண்டைத் திருநாட்டில்
   அருளால் அணைவார் ஆயினார்.

He hailed the feet of the Lord of matted hair
Whose jewels are snakes; when thus he served
Hailing him, he desired, in unabated love,
To adore and render fitting service for the Lord
In all His shrines on earth where He abides in joy;
Impelled by grace he moved onward
Towards the beauteous Tondai-Nadu divine.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 28, 2016, 09:23:20 AM »
Verse  313:

அண்ணா மலைமேல் அணிமலையை
   ஆரா அன்பின் அடியவர்தங்
கண்ணார் அமுதை விண்ணோரைக்
   காக்கக் கடலில் வந்தெழுந்த
உண்ணா நஞ்சம் உண்டானைக்
   கும்பிட் டுருகுஞ் சிந்தையுடன்
பண்ணார் பதிகத் தமிழ்பாடிப்
   பணிந்து பரவிப் பணிசெய்தார்.

Him who is like a beauteous hill on a hill inaccessible --
The One who is like unto nectar
To beholding devotees steeped in insatiable love,
The One who devoured the uneatable venom
Of the main to save the celestial beings --,
He worshipped with a melting a mind and hymned
Melodious decades of dulcet Tamizh; he hailed Him,
Extolled Him and rendered service unto Him.   

Arunachala Siva.


There were some posts on ego/dislikes etc., Muruganar says in Sri Guru Ramana Prasadam:

Verse 198:-

My natural duty, as I perceive, is to dwell without thought upon
those feet that abide in Holy Silence, flooding my consciousness
with bliss.  This is the state of liberation, the holy silence in which
the ego that thrives on the mind's confusion is rendered powerless
and disappears completely.

Verse 204:-

He caused a flower of light to unfold in the state of pure consciousness, so that the
disastrous error of a body-mind ego faded.  That radiance grew ever brighter with my love
until I realized the flawless knowledge of the Self manifesting as the unbroken awareness I, I,
within my heart.

Verse 213:-

Drawn by his magnetic charm I have sought shelter at the lotus
feet of Sri Ramana whose teaching is eternal, so that the murky
twilight of the illusory world, created by the trickery of the senses,
has faded in the clear light of dawn like turmeric left out in the sun.*

(*  Turmeric loses its colour when exposed to sunlight, and becomes

Arunachala Siva.

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