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                                                       ....பார்வைசேர்
1.  நாமுலகங்  காண்டலா னானாவாஞ் சத்தியுள
    வோர்முதலை யொப்ப  லொருதலையே--நாமவுருச்
    சித்திரமும் பார்ப்பானுஞ் சேர்படமு மாரொளியு
    மத்தனையுந் தானா மவன்...



Because  we, who are joined with sight, see the world, accepting one principle ( or ' first thing') which has a manifold power is indispensable.   the picture of names and forms, the seer, the co-existing screen and the pervading light--all these are He, who is Self.

Explanatory paraphrase:  Because we, the ego or individual, whose adjunct-nature is the faculty to see things as other than ' I' see this world of multiplicity, it is indispensable for us to accept the existence of one first principle which has a power to appear as many.  This world-picture, which consists merely of names and forms, the seer of this picture, the screen or supporting base upon which h this picture appears, and the pervading light which illumines this picture- all these are only He, that one first principle, who is none other than the real Self.

Explanatory Note:  The link-words at the beginning of this verse are parvai ser, which literally mean ' who are joined with sight and which imply and the faculty of seeing is not natural to us but is only an adjunct which we have appended on ourself and from which we can consequently detach ourself.

The  words or mudalai, which mean ' one principle' or ' one first thing ' denote the one Reality which underlies the appearance of both the world and the seer.   The entire appearance consisting of the world, the seer, the screen and the light are not  other than that one first principle, which is affirmed in the last line of this verse to be the real Self.   But  so long as we experience a difference between ourself, the seer, and the world which we see, that one first principle still be experienced by us as God, a third  separate entity who is endowed with unlimited qualities such as Omnipotence and Omniscience and who governs the entire  world and all the souls in that world.

The words  nanavam sakti, which literally mean ' a manifold power' or ' a power which is many ' denote the power of Maya or delusion which is the cause of the appearances of all manyness and which is the same as the wonderful power ( adisaya sakthi) mentioned in verse 6 of Arunachala Ashtakam. Though in absolute truth, this power is not other than the' first principle the real Self, it seems to be something different from the real Self when it gives rise to this appearance of manyness.  Since manyness could not appear to exist if this power did not exist, and since there is nothing other than this power which could appear as many it is sometimes said that this power itself has become many.   However , its becoming many is not actually a real becoming but only a seeming becoming because even when manyness is seen, all that manyness is in truth only the one first principle, which is the non-dual real Self.   The act of becoming many or seeming to become many is postulated only because we see the world.   but even when we see this world of duality and  multiplicity should be understood to be merely an unreal appearance.

The words ' the pervading light ('aroli') here mean the mind-light , which is a reflection of the real light of self-consciousness and which is the limited light by which we see the entire picture of names and forms.

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: September 02, 2014, 11:08:38 AM »
Early in the morning on the 1st of September, 1896, young Venkataramana reached Arunachala temple after an epic journey from his home in Madurai. From the railway station he went direct to the Temple. Strange to say, untypically even at that early hour all the temple doors, including those of the Sanctum Sanctorum were wide open, as it were, for the Father to receive His Son immediately upon his arrival in Tiruvannamalai. Unhindered, unnoticed and unhesitating the youth ran in and reported himself to his Father thus:-

O Lord, obedient to Thy call, here have I come, deserting all. No boon I ask, no loss bemoan, Take me in and make me Thine own.   That very moment all physical and mental excitement disappeared, and he felt perfect peace and bliss unalloyed.

One Hundred and eighteen years later, his gracious presence continues to capture sincere seeker's heart and guides them to their final destination of Arunachala, the Divine Self in the Heart of all.
Celebrations of this event were held today, 1st September, with the traditional morning Mahanyasa puja, special abhishekam at the big temple, and the Ramana Mandiram group visiting us from Madurai. Further Mr. Mervin Alexander, Postmaster General, Chennai City Region attended a special function in the ashram honoring the release of the permanent pictorial cancellation.

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 31, 2014, 12:04:07 AM »
Sri Nataraja and Goddess Sivakami at Ramanashramam

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 31, 2014, 12:00:59 AM »
Arunachala Hill

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:54:46 PM »
Arunachala Temple Gopuram

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:41:02 PM »
Ramanashramam

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:39:21 PM »
Bhagavan

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:36:26 PM »
Devotional Magazines at Ramanashramam Library

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:35:07 PM »
Old Ramanashramam Book Depot

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:33:02 PM »
Old Dispensary

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:29:57 PM »
Old Skandashramam

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:28:26 PM »
 a young priest

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Arunachala / Re: Photos of Bhagavan and Arunchala Temples
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:26:12 PM »
Young Bhagavan

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: August 30, 2014, 11:10:56 PM »
Ashram has designed an android App to teach how to chant Aksharamanamalai. You can download the App here
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ramana.learntochantaksharamanamalai

Akshramanamalai was born in the supreme divine Love that Ramana Maharshi experienced in an extremely intense and spontaneous way towards Arunachala, This hymn embodies the potent grace of Ramana Maharshi and is a very rare gift bestowed on humanity. Everyone who chants this hymn will be filled with joy and overcome mental delusions and sorrows. Since not knowing Tamil is a barrier for most people in chanting this hymn, this app will patiently teach English and Tamil speakers how to chant the verses one by one. The meaning of each verse is included so that the prayer behind each verse is clear. The time spent in learning this hymn is well worth it. Arunachala Siva's grace will operate on those who learn and chant even a single verse correctly. Regular chanting of the hymn is a spiritually rewarding experience leading to freedom.

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Ashrams / Re: Ramana Ashram
« on: August 30, 2014, 01:09:57 AM »
Navarathiri at Ramanashramam

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