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Decad on Guru
« on: November 02, 2008, 10:18:09 AM »
Poet Muruganar came to Bhagavan Ramana, in the late 1920s.
He was a great Tamil scholar, particularly well versed in Siva
literature like Tevaram and Tiruvachakam.  He was sent to Bhagavan
Ramana, by his father in law Dandapani Swami.  Muruganar's
name is Subramania Iyer.  He composed a decad on Guru, wrote
down on a paper and came to see Bhagavan Ramana.  After seeing
Ramana for a few minutes, during which he started trembling, he
composed himself and started the song, Desika Padigam, Decad
on Guru.  He could not proceed beyond the first two lines, he became
speechless before the Silence of Guru.  Bhagavan Ramana asked:
"Why?  You are not able to read?  Give the paper and I shall read."
So saying, He Himself read out the ten songs.  This is the famous
Desika Padigam, the first ever made composition of  Muruganar,
which forms part of Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.

The first verse reads like this:

O Siva, once you left the company of great kimburars, the
musicians, from the large peak of Kailash,

And came down like a Sun to Tiru Perundurai, to listen eagerly
the songs of Manikkavachakar! 

You have come down now to Tiruvannamalai, to listen
 to this uselsss words of this lowly blinking poet!

O my Great Guru!  Sri Ramana Deva, I am grateful to your Grace!   

The same Muruganar with his proflic poetic talents, made more fertile
with the rain of Bhagavan' Grace, composed 30000 verses on
Bhagavan Ramana's Life and Teachings!

(Source:  Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, 1998 Tamil edition -
   Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.  My own translation.)

Arunachala Siva.