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11. vayu rodhanaal liyate manah
      jaala paksivat rodha saadhanam.

The mind may be subdued by regulating the breath, just as the bird is restrained when caught in a net.
This practice controls the mind.

Breath restraint (vayurodhana) is effected in rather violent ways by hatha yogis, resulting in complete
stoppage or kumbhaka.  The Maharshi did not recommend such extremes and used the word kumbhaka
in the sense of 'regulation', to be accomplished by watching the intake and outflow of breath.  This causes
the rate of respiration to slow down and in turn to quiet the mind, which is then able to keep its attention
on the 'I' or the Self.  In any case, the Maharshi did not give breath control a high priority.  He said, 'One
need not attempt breath control; mind control is enough.  Breath control is recommended for the man who
cannot control his mind straight away.....  It may do as an aid but can never lead to the goal itself.....
A more advanced man will naturally go direct to control of mind without wasting his time in practicing
control of breath.  (Talks p. 418, 313, 134)


Arunachala Siva. 

Verse  310:

Therefore, after subduing this enemy of the ego, you should not give it any respite at all, by
thinking of the objects of senses, because that is the cause of its revival,  as water is the cause
of the revival of the lemon tree.

Verse 311:

He that remains in the body (as we are now - full of desires), how can he be purified of all desires?
Therefore, without seeking after the pleasures of senses  -- one must give that up. The seeking after
pleasure arises from the sense of separation from the Self.

Verse 312:

By selfish work, we increase the seed of desire and if we stop selfish actions, we stop the seed.
Therefore, one should stop all selfish action.

Verse  313:

By the increase of selfish work, one increases desires; and by the increase of desires, one increases
selfish work.  And that way the world by entanglement goes on.  It never ceases.

Verse 314:

Therefore, one who would like to do away with the bondage of the world must burn these two fully.
How?  By giving up internal thought and external work that are selfish in nature.


Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:20:12 AM »
Verse 140:

பணிந்தெழுந்து தனிமுதலாம் 
   பரனென்று பன்முறையால்
துணிந்தமறை மொழியாலே
   துதிசெய்து சுடர்த்திங்கள்
அணிந்தசடை முடிக்கற்றை 
   அங்கணரை விடைகொண்டு
தணிந்தமனத் திருமுனிவர்
    தபோவனத்தி னிடைச்சார்ந்தார்.

He hailed the Lord with the mantras of the Vedas
That affirm thus: "Lord Siva is the Ens Entium!"
He then took leave of the Lord whose matted hair
Sports the splendorous moon, and with a mind pacified
He repaired to the woods where he performed askesis.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:18:13 AM »
Verse  139:

பழுதுபுகுந் ததுதீரப்
   பவித்திரமாம் செயல்புரிந்து
தொழுதுபெறு வனகொண்டு
    தூயபூ சனைதொடங்கி
வழுவில்திரு மஞ்சனமே 
   முதலாக வரும்பூசை
முழுதுமுறை மையின்முடித்து
    முதல்வனார் கழல்பணிந்தார்.

He performed the expiatory rites of cleansing,
And bowed before the Lord; then with the articles of pooja
He commenced his holy ritual-worship as is his wont;
He completed in order the flawless ablutions of the Lord,
The recitation of mantras and the other rites of pooja.
At the end he hailed the feet of the First One.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:15:25 AM »
Verse  138:

பொருப்பிலெழுஞ் சுடர்க்கொழுந்தின் 
   பூசனையும் தாழ்க்கநான்
இருப்பதினி என்என்றவ் 
   இறைச்சியெலும் புடன்இலையும்
செருப்படியும் நாயடியும் 
   திருவலகால் மாற்றியபின்
விருப்பினொடுந் திருமுகலிப் 
   புனல்மூழ்கி விரைந்தணைந்தார்.

"What is it that I do here delaying the pooja
Of the Lord, the shoot of luster on the crest of this hill"?
Thus spake he, and swept away with the holy broom
The pieces of flesh, bones, leaves, prints of slippers,
And the foot-prints of a dog; then in love he hied
To the divine Mukali, performed his ablutions
And hastened back to the temple.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:12:56 AM »
Verse  137:

மேவநேர் வரஅஞ்சா
   வேடுவரே இதுசெய்தார்
தேவதே வேசனே 
   திருமுன்பே இதுசெய்து
போவதே இவ்வண்ணம்
   புகுதநீர் திருவுள்ளம்
ஆவதே எனப்பதறி 
   அழுதுவிழுந் தலமந்தார்.

"The dare-devil hunters have wrought this;
O Lord of gods, could You suffer their trespass?
How could You permit this contamination"?
He cried and quaked and fell down grief-struck.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:10:35 AM »
Verse  136:

வந்துதிரு மலையின்கண்
   வானவர்நா யகர்மருங்கு
சிந்தைநிய மத்தோடும் 
   செல்கின்றார் திருமுன்பு
வெந்தஇறைச் சியும்எலும்பும்
   கண்டகல மிதித்தோடி
இந்தஅனு சிதங்கெட்டேன்
   யார்செய்தார் என்றழிவார்.

Having arrived at the Hill, as he neared
Poised in spiritual discipline, the Lord of gods,
He saw scattered pieces of bones and cooked flesh.
He jumped and leaped, and bounced
Away from them, and cried: "Woe is me!
What rank pollution! Who did this"? He wilted.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:08:29 AM »
Verse 135:

எய்தியசீர் ஆகமத்தில் 
   இயம்பியபூ சனைக்கேற்பக்
கொய்தமல ரும்புனலும் 
   முதலான கொண்டணைந்தார்
மைதழையுங் கண்டத்து 
   மலைமருந்தை வழிபாடு
செய்துவருந் தவமுடைய 
   முனிவர்சிவ கோசரியார்.

In unison with the laws expounded in the Agamas,
To perform his regular ritual worship,
With duly gathered flowers, holy water and other
Articles of pooja, thither came Sivagochariar,
The Muni of sacerdocy, blessed with the askesis
To adore the dark-throated Lord of the Hill
-- The Panacea great of all ills.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:06:38 AM »
Verse  134:

மொய்காட்டும் இருள்வாங்கி
   முகங்காட்டுந் தேர்இரவி
மெய்காட்டும் அன்புடைய
    வில்லியார் தனிவேட்டை
எய்காட்டின் மாவளைக்க
   இட்டகருந் திரையெடுத்துக்
கைகாட்டு வான்போலக்
    கதிர்காட்டி யெழும்பொழுதில்.

Chasing away the dense darkness, the sun
Rode his chariot revealing his visage;
As Thinnan whose form was that of true love
Was bent on his hunt unique, in the jungle,
As if to reveal the woodland beasts, he drew away
The black curtain and rose on high with his rays;
It looked as though he waved his hand to Thinnan.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:04:40 AM »
Verse 133:

ஏறுகாற் பன்றி யோடும் 
   இருங்கலை புனமான் மற்றும்
வேறுவே றினங்கள் வேட்டை 
   வினைத்தொழில் விரகி னாலே
ஊறுசெய் காலம் சிந்தித் 
   துருமிகத் தெரியாப் போதின்
மாறடு சிலையுங் கொண்டு
   வள்ளலைத் தொழுது போந்தார்.

He was an adept in hunting the big-bellied
And short-legged boars, huge stags, grazing deer
And other varieties of wild beasts; he contemplated
The hour to hunt them, and fared forth in that
Dim hour when forms appeared indistinct.
With his bow he marched on, after adoring
The munificent Lord.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 02, 2016, 08:02:39 AM »
Verse 132:

வருங்கறைப் பொழுது நீங்கி
    மல்கிய யாமம் சென்று
சுருங்கிட அறிந்த புள்ளின்
    சூழ்சிலம் போசை கேட்டுக்
கருங்கட லென்ன நின்ற 
   கண்துயி லாத வீரர்
அரும்பெறல் தம்பி ரானார்க்
    கமுதுகொண் டணைய வேண்டி.

With the passing of the watches of night, murk faded away;
He, the sleepless hero who was like a black sea,
Heard the pipe of the half-awakened birds
And was impelled by a desire to secure food for the Lord.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: March 02, 2016, 07:59:52 AM »
Verse 131:

செந்தழல் ஒளியில் பொங்கும்
    தீபமா மரங்க ளாலும்
மந்திகள் முழையில் வைத்த
    மணிவிளக் கொளிக ளாலும்
ஐந்தும்ஆ றடக்கி யுள்ளார் 
   அரும்பெருஞ் சோதி யாலும்
எந்தையார் திருக்கா ளத்தி
   மலையினில் இரவொன் றில்லை.

By reason of the blaze of the Jyoti Vrikshas,
The luster of pearls kept in caves by monkeys
To serve as lamps thither at night,
And the rare effulgence immense that issues
From holy men who have quelled the senses five,
There is nought as night in the hallowed Hill
Of our Father, the Lord of Tiru-k-kalatthi.   

Arunachala Siva.


There is no detailed account about Ramaswami Pillai in David Godman's Power of the Presence.
There are a few instances related to him, in Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of
Grace volumes.

Once a party came to have darshan of Bhagavan Ramana.  On their way, their motor-car met
with a minor accident, where an old lady was badly bruised.  They could not much help the situation.
They admitted her into a nearby dispensary and left some money for the expenses and proceeded.
As soon as they came to Bhagavan Ramana, they narrated this incident.  Bhagavan Ramana was
not quite happy about the visitors' indifference, but did not say anything.

He must have given some instructions to Ramaswami Pillai.  Sri Pillai rushed to the hospital in
his cycle, checked up with the doctors and came to know that the old lady's bruises were not
serious and she had been given necessary cleaning up of the injuries, along with medication and
she had been discharged.  Sri Pillai became peaceful.  He rushed back in cycle.  He informed Bhagavan Ramana and also the 'visitors' concerned, who had a sigh of relief.  He had bicycled  about 20 miles in
about 2 hours and he was quite tired but did not show any indication of his pain in his legs and

On a similar occasion, as there was already some delay to proceed to the station and catch the train,
the visitors quickly took leave of Bhagavan Ramana and left the Asramam.  The evening supper
consisting of Tiruchuzhi dosas, could not be taken by them.  Bhagavan Ramana asked Ramaswami
Pillai to take the packet of Tiruchuzhi dosas and go to the station to deliver it to the visitors
if possible.

Sri Pillai rushed to the station and to his relief found that the train had not yet then left.  He checked
up for the compartment quickly and handed over the packet of Tiruchuzhi dosas.   The visitors
joyfully accepted the gift of Bhagavan Ramana.  Sri Pillai also became very happy and reported
the incident when he had returned to the Asramam.

(Source:  Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace,
Volume 4)

Arunachala Siva.


'Namam' as is called in Tamizh means Trisurnam, which Sri Vaishnavties apply on their foreheads.
They mark red vertical line at the midpoint of the eyebrows and then mark two white lines on either side.
This is like applying Vibhuti by Saivites and Advaitins.

Once a devotee asked Bhagavan Ramana whether he could mark a Namam on His forehead.
Bhagavan Ramana said: Why not? But ask Nayana (Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni) to have it first.
Accordingly, the white and red sticks were placed along with a mirror beside Nayana when he
was sitting for lunch.  Nayana saw them and without murmur applied the Namam on his forehead.
Bhagavan Ramana on seeing him, applied Namam to His forehead also.

After a minute, Nayana looked at Bhagavan Ramana and asked:

"Bhagavan!  What is this new Vesham, (adornment) today? Bhagavan Ramana laughed and said: 
You have marked.  "So also I have." 

Nayana was wonderstruck.  He picked up the mirror and looked at his face.  There was a Namam,
which he had marked without even thinking about it!

Everyone laughed!   Bhagavan Ramana and Nayana also joined the devotees in hearty laughter.

In the end, there will be time,
When everything looks alike!

                - T.S. Eliot.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Poems from Mountain Path, Jan.-Mar. 2016:
« on: March 01, 2016, 04:14:02 PM »
The Lap of Love  -  Ana Ramana.

Let me, O God, be most intimate with my own heart.
Relieve me of the crust congealed in crevices.
Lure me into the lap of love
Where you and I abide as One,
And always have.

Why do I resist?
Who is it hides from her real home?
What dream of me keeps me from your truth?
Don't let me stray like a wild dog,
Gnawing on the bone of illusion.

My one wish is for you --
To fall into your arms,  O my Beloved,
To rest in the quiet of your charms.
What is this dream of life but a chance to die
Into the light of your Pure Being?

Let me live as That, while breath still courses through.

I lay my head at your lotus feet,
O Holy Master.
One gaze from you and I am free.
I close my eyes now
That I may truly see.


Arunachala Siva.

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