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Arunachala Pilgrimage -(4)
« on: September 17, 2008, 08:22:21 PM »
The peacocks and the monkeys in the Ashram continue to behave
friendlier than the humans.  They do not touch anything that is
not served to them.  When we gave plaintains to monkeys, they
were grabbing the fruits, without fighting with others.  The peacocks
were picking the roasted 'channa' seeds, with steady concentration,
thus teaching self enquiry of Bhagvan.

The Pali Tirtham, or Azhagamma Tirtham,  before Mother's Temple
and Sri Ramana Tirtham, after Bhagavan's Temple, two large wells,
aare still perennial, like Bhagavan's everflowing Grace.  They are
like that since 1922.

The heat in Tiruvannamalai is better than summer times.  But
power cuts in the town between 12 noon and 3 pm, make it
difficult to manage.  When I was sweating and fuming, I thought
I should practice, "I am not the body consciousness", much more
vigorously!

On the two mornings, I got up at 3 am, three hours before my
normal wake up time.  Upto 7 pm, I was able to manage without
coffee, telling prayers in the Morvi Guest House.  To walk inside
the Ashram, without footwear, which even Westerners do, is a
meditation by itself.

Arunachaleswara Temple in the town is well kept.  I could
see Gopura Subramnya Shrine and Kambathu Ilaiyanar Shrine,
inside the temple, where Bhagavan was staying in the initial months.
I was thinking about this young boy of 16, in 1896-1897, who had
practically one tumbler of rice porridge everyday and lived in the
everlasting presence of the Self. 

I went inside the Patala Lingam Shrine, where Bhagavan was
staying for about 30 days without food, without body consciousness,
with scorpions and jungle ants were eating His flesh.  Seshadri
Swamigal spotted Him inside the cellar and brought Him out with
the help of others.  The same Patala Lingam Shrine, in 1896,
was illkept, with broken pillars, spider webs and with no electricity.   The photograph of the Shrine around 1900, will make any Bhagavan's
devotee cry.

I could get one hold of one new book in Tamil, which gives all the
542 available Tamil poems of Guhai Namasivya, a great Siddha.
He lived in a Cave, which is called Guhai Namasivya Cave today.
A few separate posts on Guhai Namasivya's poems.

I went around the Hill by car, a poor apology for Giri Valam.  I
could see all the 8 Siva Lingams, around the Hill.

Arunachala Siva.