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« Last post by Balaji on April 09, 2020, 04:30:52 PM »
70th Aradhana of Bhagavan Sri Ramanarshi

Monday April 20th 2020

Sri Bhagavan's Aradhana day falls on Monday 20th April 2020. As part of the fight against Corona Virus Pandemic, the Central & State Governments are enforcing Social Distancing.

In this unprecedented situation, it is decided by the Ashram management to keep this Aradhana a very simple function with austere Puja. Also, mass public feeding, music programme and all other related activities stand cancelled.
General topics / Re: Tiruvachakam -further songs:
« Last post by Subramanian.R on April 09, 2020, 08:09:49 AM »
தொண்டர்காள் தூசிசெல்லீர்
    பத்தர்காள் சூழப்போகீர்
ஒண்டிறல் யோகிகளே
    பேரணி உந்தீர்கள்
திண்டிறல் சித்தர்களே
    கடைக்கூழை சென்மின்கள்
அண்டர்நா டாள்வோம்நாம்
    அல்லற்படை வாராமே.  /two/

O Servitors,
form the front line;
O Bhaktas,
proceed Encircling;
O splendorous and puissant Yogis,
lead The main army;
O doughty and mighty Siddhas,
form the rear-guard.
we will rule over the celestial domain,
Forfending the onslaught of the army of worries.

Arunachala Siva.
General topics / Re: Tiruvachakam -further songs:
« Last post by Subramanian.R on April 09, 2020, 08:01:31 AM »
Tirup  Padai, Ezhucchi:

The rise of the Holy Army.

ஞானவாள் ஏந்தும்ஐயர்
    நாதப் பறையறைமின்
மானமா ஏறும்ஐயர்
    மதிவெண் குடைகவிமின்
ஆனநீற் றுக்கவசம்
    அடையப் புகுமின்கள்
வானஊர் கொள்வோம்நாம்
    மாயப்படை வாராமே. /one/

Drum the Pranava-Drum of Him - the sublime One who wields the sword of Gnosis.
Over the crown of Him,
The sublime One that rides the great and glorious charger,
Hold the unfolded,
moon-white umbrella.
Encase Yourselves in the protection of the Holy Ash.
let us capture the celestial city for-fending the onslaught of Maya's army.

Arunachala Siva.
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Narayana Guru

There is a profound beauty in the sequence of how things openly unfolded so gracefully in Bhagavan's presence. This was an obvious divine play that unraveled itself gracefully. By participating in it, we realize that it is not merely external. This pattern begins to enjoin us too. This is the beauty of being in satsang with a sage or learning about their life. It brings one's attention back to the here and now.

Bhagavan stayed at Skandashram, higher up on the hill, between 1916 and 1922, during which time serious spiritual aspirants slowly started streaming in. It was in this period that Bhagavan, with a single glance of grace (Darshan), was able to establish each one in Arunachala, the spiritual Heart. During this time there lived a saint in Kerala called Narayana Guru, who was so renowned that even Mahatma Gandhi thought it a privilege to spend a few moments with him. This sage rarely went anywhere. In fact, other saints came to him to pay respects. Yet he visited Bhagavan at Skandashram along with his disciples, where Bhagavan cordially received him and invited him to share lunch. Narayana Guru replied gladly, ―Oh yes! I will share the Maharshi's prasadam.

Bhagavan then bestowed his glance of grace on Narayana Guru, and for a long time they both sat and shared ecstatic silence. When it was time for him to leave, Narayana Guru, absorbed in Bhagavan's state of sahaja Samadhi, prayed to him, ―Let this state be bestowed on me also. Bhagavan graciously granted this wish. Right there, he wrote five verses in Sanskrit extolling the state of the Sahaja Nishta. When he went back to Kerala, he was so captivated with Bhagavan that he wrote another five verses?the first was called Nirvriti Panchakam, and the second, Municharya Panchakam.
When descending the hill along with his disciples, Narayana Guru was in ecstasy. He turned to his disciples and declared joyfully, ―Maharshi is a raja sarpam, a king cobra. In the Hindu religious and spiritual parlance, saints are often referred to as sarpam or cobras. Narayana Guru, a saint himself, did not categorize Bhagavan as yet another cobra; instead he gave Bhagavan the exalted status of ―king cobra. This Truth emanated from his Heart. He summoned two of his disciples, one a wealthy man and the other an erudite scholar, and said these beautiful words:

Maharshi's spiritual state is such that even a single glance from him is enough to liberate anyone. Now he remains unknown to the world, like a lamp hidden in a pot. He should be recognized, so that this spiritual treasure is plundered by many aspirants. You both should stay here for six months and make necessary arrangements for food and accommodation for visiting pilgrims, thus letting many visit the Maharshi every day and benefit spiritually. Allow Maharshi's awakening to be known in the circles of scholars and earnest aspirants by going to them and speaking about the awakening.

On his return, Narayana Guru fell ill, and coming to know of that, Bhagavan sent Kunju Swami with a lemon, saying, ―Go and give this to him. Narayana Guru received it gratefully, put it on his eyes, head, and chest, and was in tears that Bhagavan had sent this Prasad for him. Whenever he had a visitor from Tamil Nadu, he would ask, ―Have you had Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi's Darshan? If the answer was no, he would raise his voice and say, ―Why did you come here? You must go back and have Darshan there. He is the raja sarpam, king cobra. We are all ordinary snakes. Why did you come, leaving the raja sarpam? Bhagavan offered Kunju Swami not only the lemon, but knowing that Narayana Guru was to attain mahasamadhi, he also gave instructions about how Narayana Guru's body should be preserved. Narayana Guru was a jnani, a realized saint, and Bhagavan wanted his tomb to be built accordingly. Kunju Swami was to give Bhagavan a report on whether the Samadhi was built satisfactorily. When the news of Narayana Guru's death reached Bhagavan, he said, ―Narayana Guru is a purna, a fully blossomed one.

General topics / Re: Tiruvachakam -further songs:
« Last post by Subramanian.R on April 08, 2020, 08:13:26 AM »
புரள்வார் தொழுவார் புகழ்வாராய்
    இன்றே வந்தாள் ஆகாதீர்
மருள்வீர் பின்னை மதிப்பாரார்
    மதிஉட் கலங்கி மயங்குவீர்
தெருள்வீ ராகில் இதுசெய்மின்
    சிவலோ கக்கோன் திருப்புயங்கன்
அருள்ஆர் பெறுவார் அகலிடத்தே
    அந்தோ அந்தோ அந்தோவே. /ten/

You roll not on holy ground;
adore not;
praise not;
And do not,
this very day.
become His servitors.
you are bewildered.
Who will ever esteem you?
O ye who are perplexed as your minds are agitated !
If you seek saving clarity,
do this:
"Become His devotees."
Alas !
Alas !
Who in the world can at all come by the grace of the Sovereign of Sivaloka whose jewels are serpents?

Arunachala Siva.\

Ten verses of Yathirai Pathu competed.

General topics / Re: Tiruvachakam -further songs:
« Last post by Subramanian.R on April 08, 2020, 08:06:07 AM »
சேரக் கருதிச் சிந்தனையைத்
    திருந்த வைத்துச் சிந்திமின்
போரிற் பொலியும் வேற்கண்ணாள்
    பங்கன் புயங்கன் அருளமுதம்
ஆரப் பருகி ஆராத
    ஆர்வங் கூர அழுந்துவீர்
போரப் புரிமின் சிவன்கழற்கே
    பொய்யிற் கிடந்து புரளாதே.  /nine/

O ye who know no satiety having abundantly quaffed the nectar of divine grace,
conferred by our God whose jewels are serpents and who is concorporate with Her whose eyes gleam like the martial spear !
Do not slip into the phenomenal ways and wallow in falsity.
Keep straight your mind And constantly contemplate the ankleted feet of Siva with a view to gaining them.

Arunachala Siva.
General topics / Re: Tiruvachakam -further songs:
« Last post by Subramanian.R on April 06, 2020, 07:30:33 AM »
பெருமான் பேரா னந்தத்துப்
    பிரியா திருக்கப் பெற்றீர்காள்
அருமா லுற்றுப் பின்னைநீர்
    அம்மா அழுங்கி அரற்றாதே
திருமா மணிசேர் திருக்கதவந்
    திறந்த போதே சிவபுரத்துத்
திருமா லறியாத் திருப்புயங்கன்
    திருத்தாள் சென்று சேர்வோமே.  /eight/

O ye who are for ever established in the ever-during Bliss of God !
do not later on,
get sunk In delusion and cry hoarse.
let us fare forth and reach the sacred feet of the holy God whose jewels are serpents and who is Unknowable to the divine Vishnu,
Even as the hallowed and divine and gem-inlaid doors of Siva-Puram are flung open.

Arunachala Siva.
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« Last post by Subramanian.R on April 06, 2020, 07:20:05 AM »

நிற்பார் நிற்கநில் லாவுலகில்
    நில்லோம் இனிநாம் செல்வோமே
பொற்பால் ஒப்பாந் திருமேனிப்
    புயங்கன் ஆள்வான் பொன்னடிக்கே
நிற்பீர் எல்லாந் தாழாதே
    நிற்கும் பரிசே ஒருப்படுமின்
பிற்பால் நின்று பேழ்கணித்தாற்
    பெறுதற் கரியன் பெருமானே.  /seven/

Let them here abide that so desire;
we will not abide in this un-abiding world. This very moment we will proceed to the auric feet of Him ? the Ruler whose jewels are snakes and whose beautiful and divine frame is but like unto it alone.
we will fare forth.
All ye that here abide,
be minded to fore-gather without doubts.
If you unduly abide here,
your regret will be of no avail.
our God is hard to gain.

Arunachala Siva.
Om Namo Bhagavate Sri Ramanaya

Sri Niranjananandaswami (Chinna Swami) IV

In 1966, I was given the sole responsibility of completing the construction of Sri Bhagavan?s Samadhi Shrine. Suddenly, there erupted many problems obstructing its completion. Almost insoluble situations were encountered. I was deeply worried. One day, Mrs.Teleyarkhan patted me on my back and asked, ―Why are you worried, Ganesan? She also said that all these problems could be solved. Pleasantly surprised, I asked her, ―How? She replied, ―Last night, Sri Bhagavan appeared to me in a dream and commanded me: Go. Tell Ganesan to take up the construction of Chinna Swami?s Samadhi also, simultaneously. Everything will be all right. I was thrilled! The fact was that Chinna Swami?s Samadhi construction was ignored and left uncared for. I arranged for taking up the proper construction of the Samadhi building of Chinna Swami, along with that of Sri Bhagavan. The completion of both Sri Bhagavan?s and Chinna Swami?s samadhis was successfully carried out. The consecration ceremony, Kumbhabhishekam, was performed in 1967, to all the three Shrines of the Mother, Sri Bhagavan, and Chinna Swami. I will record here, in this connection, another absorbingly interesting incident. When completed, I felt Chinna Swami?s Samadhi should have a tablet. The stone tablet could not be done locally and would have to be engraved in Bangalore. I wrote the inscription for the stone tablet in English: Sri Niranjanananda Swami, Date of Death: 29-01-1953. When I received the engraved tablet, I was surprised and thrilled! It read:

Sri Niranjanananda Swami Absorbed in Arunachala 29-01-1953

Let us pay our homage by quoting the holy words of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi adoring his Heart-guru Arunachala:

Oh! Arunachala, in you the picture of the universe is formed, has its stay and is dissolved. This is the sublime Truth. You are the inner Self who dances in the Heart as I-I. Oh! Lord, Heart is your name.

General topics / Re: Tiruvachakam -further songs:
« Last post by Subramanian.R on April 05, 2020, 07:56:05 AM »

புகழ்மின் தொழுமின் பூப்புனைமின்
    புயங்கன் தாளே புந்திவைத்திட்
டிகழ்மின் எல்லா அல்லலையும்
    இனியோர் இடையூ றடையாமே
திகழுஞ் சீரார் சிவபுரத்துச்
    சென்று சிவன்தாள் வணங்கிநாம்
நிகழும் அடியார் முன்சென்று
    நெஞ்சம் உருகி நிற்போமே.  /six/

Extol Him;
adore Him;
adorn Him with flowers;
Installing only the feet of Him whose jewels are snakes in your minds,
ignore all worries.
To be rid henceforth of any trouble,
we will reach splendorous Siva-Puram,
adore Siva's feet,
Proceed to the presence of His servitors that dwell there and thither thrive with melting hearts.

Arunachala Siva.
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