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9901
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:48:48 AM »
Verse 270:


வானுற நீள்திரு வாயில் நோக்கி
   மண்ணுற ஐந்துறுப் பால் வணங்கித்
தேனுறை கற்பக வாச மாலைத்
   தேவா சிரியன் தொழுதி றைஞ்சி
ஊனு முயிரும் உருக்கு மன்பால்
   உச்சி குவித்த செங்கைக ளோடும்
தூநறுங் கொன்றை யான்மூலட் டானம்
   சூழ்திரு மாளிகை வாயில் புக்கார்.


In front of the sky-high tower he prostrated,
And the five limbs of his person touched the earth;
He then devoutly adored the Devasiriyan whence wafts
Fragrance as from honeyed Karpaka blooms;
This done, in love that melted his life and limb,
He moved to the beauteous mantapam
That girds the adytum of the Lord of Moolattanam,
The wearer of the pure KonRai blossoms

Arunachala Siva.

9902
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:45:48 AM »
Verse 269:


வந்தெதிர் கொண்டு வணங்கு வார்முன்
   வன்றொண்டர் அஞ்சலி கூப்பி வந்து
சிந்தை களிப்புற வீதி யூடு
   செல்வார் திருத்தொண்டர் தம்மை நோக்கி
எந்தை யிருப்பதும் ஆரூ ரவர்
    எம்மையு மாள்வரோ கேளீர் என்னும்
சந்த விசைப்பதி கங்கள்  பாடித்
   தம்பெரு மான்திரு வாயில் சார்ந்தார்.


It was Van-tondar who first paid obeisance
To the devotees that came there to welcome and hail him;
As they passed in delight great through the streets,
He addressed them thus: "Will our Father who is
At Aroor deem even me a devoted servitor"
"I beseech you to prevail with Him."
Thus in musical chhanda, singing divinely
He reached the entrance-tower of the Lord's temple.

Arunachala Siva.

9903
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:43:47 AM »
Verse 268:


மங்கல கீதம்பாட
   மழைநிகர்தூ ரியமுழங்கச்
செங்கயற்கண் முற்றிழையார்
    தெற்றிதொறும் நடம்பயில
நங்கள்பிரான் திருவாரூர்
   நகர்வாழ்வார் நம்பியைமுன்
பொங்கெயில்நீள் திருவாயில்
   புறமுறவந் தெதிர்கொண்டார்.

Auspicious psalms were hymned; loud roared
The drums like rumbling clouds;
Carp-eyed danseuses danced in each dancing-hall;
Thus came the devotees of the Lord of Tiruvaroor
To the forted entrance of Tiruvaroor.

Arunachala Siva.


9904
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:41:55 AM »
Verse 267:


சோதிமணி வேதிகைகள்
   தூநறுஞ்சாந் தணிநீவிக்
கோதில்பொரி பொற்சுண்ணங்
   குளிர்தரள மணிபரப்பித்
தாதவிழ்பூந் தொடைமாலைத்
   தண்பந்தர் களுஞ்சமைத்து
வீதிகள்நுண் துகள்அடங்க
   விரைப்பனிநீர் மிகத்தெளித்தார்.



The bright and beauteous pials were
With sandal-paste of pure fragrance, coated;
Flawless puffed-rice, fragrant gold-dust,
Pure-rayed pearls and gems galore, were
Spread and set in pulchritudinous patterns.
Pandals cool wrought of budding blooms,
Rich in pollen, were raised; scented rose-water
Was sprinkled over the streets to forfend
The floating of dust particles.

Arunachala Siva.

9905
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:39:49 AM »
Verse 266:



மாளிகைகள் மண்டபங்கள்
   மருங்குபெருங் கொடிநெருங்கத்
தாளின்நெடும் தோரணமுந்
    தழைக்கமுகுங் குழைத்தொடையும்
நீளிலைய கதலிகளும்
   நிறைந்தபசும் பொற்றசும்பும்
ஒளிநெடு மணிவிளக்கு
   முயர்வாயில் தொறும்நிரைத்தார்.


On tops of mantapams and mansions
They fixed many a long and lofty flag-pole;
Festoons were hung; severed areca trees leafy
Were planted; garlands of leaves were dangled;
Severed plaintain trees were fastened to pillars;
Golden pots filled with water were kept on pials
In serried order; lamps glowed beauteously;
Thus shone in splendor each threshold.   

Arunachala Siva.

9906
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:37:25 AM »
Verse 265:



தம்பிரா னருள்செய்யத்
   திருத்தொண்ட ரதுசாற்றி
எம்பிரா னார்அருள்தான்
   இருந்தபரி சிதுவானால்
நம்பிரா னாராவார்
   அவரன்றே யெனுநலத்தால்
உம்பர்நா டிழிந்ததென
   எதிர்கொள்ள வுடனெழுந்தார்.


When thus graciously commanded, the divine devotees
Met one another and shared the message.
"If the Lord Himself should grace us thus
Surely Aroorar is Tiruvaroorar" they concluded.
Up they rose to receive him, and it looked as though
The heavenly world itself thither thronged.

Arunachala Siva.

9907
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:34:51 AM »
Verse 264:



தேராரும் நெடுவீதித்
   திருவாரூர் வாழ்வார்க்கு
ஆராத காதலின்நம்
   ஆரூரன் நாமழைக்க
வாராநின் றானவனை
   மகிழ்ந்தெதிர்கொள் வீரென்று
நீராருஞ் சடைமுடிமேல்
    நிலவணிந்தார் அருள்செய்தார்.


To the devotees of Tiruvaroor who dwell
In its beauteous streets through which cars ply,
The Lord graciously proclaimed thus:
"On our bidding, Our loving devotee Nambi Arooran
Hither comes; gather ye all, to receive him in joy."
Thus spake He who sports on His matted hair
The flood and the crescent.

Arunachala Siva.

9908
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:32:54 AM »
Verse 263:


மின்னார்செஞ் சடையண்ணல்
   விரும்புதிருப் புகலூரை
முன்னாகப் பணிந்தேத்தி
   முதல்வன்தன் அருள்நினைந்து
பொன்னாரும் உத்தரியம் பு
   ரிமுந்நூ லணிமார்பர்
தென்னாவ லூராளி
   திருவாரூர் சென்றணைந்தார்.


He proceeded to Tiru-p-Pukaloor where the Lord
Of ruddy and bright matted hair, abides in love,
And hailed Him; with his thought set on His grace
The Lord of southern TiruNavaloor, the one decked with
Golden vestments and sacred thread, reached Tiruvaroor.

Arunachala Siva.

9909
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:30:26 AM »
Verse 262:



வம்புலா மலரலைய
    மணிகொழித்து வந்திழியும்
பைம்பொன்வார் கரைப்பொன்னிப்
    பயில்தீர்த்தம் படிந்தாடித்
தம்பிரான் மயிலாடு
   துறைவணங்கித் தாவில்சீர்
அம்பர்மா காளத்தின்
   அமர்ந்தபிரான் அடிபணிந்தார்.



In the Kaveri which carrying flowers and gems, shores up
On either bank golden dust, Sundarar plunged and bathed;
Then to Ambar-Makalam of flawless glory, he came,
And adored the feet of the Lord enshrined there.

Arunachala Siva.

9910
General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: January 12, 2016, 08:28:02 AM »
Verse 261:


தேனார்க்கு மலர்ச்சோலைத்
   திருப்புன்கூர் நம்பர்பால்
ஆனாப்பே ரன்புமிக
   அடிபணிந்து தமிழ்பாடி
மானார்க்குங் கரதலத்தார்
    மகிழ்ந்தஇடம் பலவணங்கிக்
கானார்க்கு மலர்த்தடஞ்சூழ்
   காவிரியின் கரையணைந்தார்.

He then came to Tiru-p-Punkoor girt with honeyed gardens,
Adored its Lord with exceeding love, and hymned Him in Tamizh;
He also visited many a shrine where abides willingly
The Lord whose hand displays a fawn, and reached
The bank of the Kaveri bounded by fragrant and flowery pools.

Arunachala Siva.


9911
Verse 7 of Tirup PaLLi Ezhuchchi:


அதுபழச் சுவையென அமுதென அறிதற்
    கரிதென எளிதென அமரரும் அறியார்
இதுஅவன் திருவுரு இவன்அவன் எனவே
    எங்களை ஆண்டுகொண் டிங்கெழுந் தருளும்
மதுவளர் பொழில்திரு வுத்தர கோச
    மங்கையுள் ளாய்திருப் பெருந்துறை மன்னா
எதுஎமைப் பணிகொளு மாறது கேட்போம்
    எம்பெரு மான்பள்ளி எழுந்தரு ளாயே.




``THAT is the taste of fruit;
THAT is Nectar;
it is Impossible to know THAT;
THAT is easy of access.
`` Thus wrangling the immortals know Him not.
``This is His sacred form;
this indeed is He.
That God indeed is He - come in the human form.
`` Thus are we blessed to speak of Him who,
ruling us,
Has deigned to come down here,
The One that abides at Uttharakosamangkai girt with meliferous groves.
O King of the sacred Perunturai rich in meliferous groves.
What indeed Is the way to serve You?
We will pursue that.
O our God !
Be pleased to arise from off Your couch and bless us

Arunachala Siva.

9912

The Self is revealing all the time.  At the waking level, at the dream level, and at the deep sleep level.
The Self reveals because that it is its nature.  The Self is eternal light.  It reveals the world, the body,
the senses and the mind.  Even in deep sleep, where the mind, senses, and the body are absent, the Self is still revealing.  It is like fire, where the burning capacity manifests when something flammable like a piece
of wood, is brought near it.  Fire burns only when something comes into contact with it. 

But unlike fire, the revelation of the Self is always manifest because it reveals not only the presence
of objects, as in the case of waking and dream states, but also the absence of objects, as in the case of
deep sleep.  The power of revelation of the Self is manifest in the presence as well as the absence
of objects.

It is the non-relational Self that becomes the Jiva, due to Avidya. The mind-sense-body complex is a
product of Avidya.  What is called the Jiva is the Self in association with or conditioned by the
mind-body complex.  The Jiva is the Self in the body.  Though the Self by its very nature is non-relational,
it becomes relational, as it were, with the mind sense body complex and gets involved in empirical
existence as the knower, agent and enjoyer.  The Self-in-itself, which is not involved in any empirical experience, is called Tuirya, or simply the Fourth.

This is the Self which is called Visva at the waking state, Taijasa at the dream state and Prajna in
deep sleep state.  When all the three states of experiences are transcended, when the Vyavaharika
is left behind, "That Beyond" where only the Self remains is called the Fourth or Turiya.   The Fourth
is beyond the three states of experiences.  There is no cognition, be it external or internal, and all
distinctions of knower, known and knowledge have faded into oblivion.  It is beyond Avidya.  It is,
therefore, said to be trans-empirical and trans-relational.

Arunachala Siva.

9913
Verse 61:

When a man has been bitten by the snake of ignorance, he can only be cured by the realization of
Brahman.  Of what use are Vedas and scriptures, charms and herbs?

Need for Self Experience:

Verse 62:

A sickness is not cured by saying the word 'medicine'.  You must take the medicine.  Liberation does
not come by merely saying the word 'Brahman.'  Brahman must be actually experienced.

Verse 63:

Until you allow this apparent universe to dissolve from your consciousness -- until you have experienced
Brahman -- how can you find liberation just by saying the word 'Brahman'?  The result is merely a noise.

Verse 64:

Until a man has destroyed his enemies and taken possession of the splendor and wealth of the kingdom,
he cannot become a king by simply saying: 'I am a king.'

Verse 65:

A buried treasure is not uncovered by merely uttering the words: 'Come forth.'  You must follow the
right directions, dig, remove the stones and earth, from above it, and then make it your own.
In the same way, the pure truth of the Atman, which is buried under Maya and the effects of Maya,
can be reached by meditation, contemplation and other spiritual disciplines such as a knower of
Brahman may prescribe   - but never by subtle arguments.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.       

9914
General Discussion / Thank You God
« on: January 11, 2016, 12:31:25 PM »
(The above article appears in Mountain Path, Jan. - Mar. 2015. It is by Mithin Aatchi)

I am a Joint Replacement Surgeon by profession.  Having heard that Arunachala fulfills all desires
to those who circumambulate the It with devotion, I had circumambulated It once with fervor and
devotion praying for a good practice despite my young age.  I also took part in the rare seva of
Lord Venkateswara called Vastrabhishekam where the Lord is washed with scented oils over for an hour.
In my heart brimmed with the desire for a good income and practice.

By God's Will and a fulfillment of faith my practice picked up.  I was happy with my materialistic advancement
and life moved on.  By the good times did not last long.  Slowly the vagaries of Destiny caught up and my
practice floundered. I had put in more effort just to make  both ends meet. Day in and out I struggled
to achieve decent income.

I experienced a dull phase in my practice and was wondering when it will pick up.  I thought it is by
God's Will that I had good practice and now by His Will only my practice is down.

I decided to take solace in the presence of my Guru Sri Jinnuru Nannagaru.

One day when I went to meet him he was telling a devotee, 'Man thinks that by his effort he has become
successful.  But he does not know that it is by God's Will that everything happens."

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.       

9915
General Discussion / Re: Channels of Grace - A Tribute:
« on: January 11, 2016, 11:06:35 AM »
Spiritual Encounters:

Baba and Amma attracted spiritual encounters with great souls.  On a picnic in Rishikesh in the late
1950s we came across a big man in a huge overcoat.  He called us over and began chatting with Amma
and Baba, and then invited us to cross the Ganga in his boat.  He turned out to be Swami Sivananda.
He got himself photographed with us and later signed the picture.

While posted in Bangalore, in the late 1970s, Satya Sai Baba came to their house for lunch.  Amma
had a goitre on her neck.  Sai Baba looked at it and told her never to put a knife to it, thus settling the
question of whether to operate or not.  The goitre subsided.

On a posting in Dehradun in the 1960s we were regular visitors to Ma Anandamayi at her ashram.
Sometimes Baba would drive his car from one ashram to another.  Amma was part of Ma Anandamayi's
inner circle in Dehradun. So much so, that she once threw a tantrum, when she felt that poorer people
were not being given prompt darshan, verses those arriving with large hampers and gifts.  That night
she had the most excruciating headache and the first thing she did the following morning was to go and beg
Ma's forgiveness for walking out in a huff.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.   

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