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Tiru Chazhal - Song of Scolding
« on: November 02, 2008, 11:22:35 AM »
I have already written about Manikkavachakar's Tiru Chazhal in
Tiruvachakam.  It is a composition, where girls in two groups,
sing each two lines, the first group, pointing out the deficiency
of Siva, and the second group, making the same deficiency as
a merit!  Muruganar's Tiru Chazhal is also based on the same
theme. The compositon contains 31 verses and form part of
Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.

Verse 1 reads:

O How come Siva, who is wearing honey laden Indian labumnnum,
  has come here in a human body, what a shame!

O He has come here in a human body, to vanquish the body-
consciouness of devotees, like the hunter keeps a deer in a
pit and catches another deer in the forest!  Don't you know?   

Verse 12 reads:

O How come Venkata* who generously gives away all that
  devotees need, should himself go for alms, what a shame!

O Though He always takes the alms as a good food, because,
   if He does not take alms, how come the houses** of devotees
   become rid of the dirt?  Don't you know?

(* Venkata - Venkatraman, Bhagavan Sri Ramana.
** houses - the minds get purified by throwing out the
      'dirt or food' of thoughts!)

Verse 25 reads:

O Venkata, first advised Ganapati* and other great persons*!
    How come He can advise such great scholars?  What a shame?

O if He does not advise the court of great persons starting from
    Ganapati, all the great persons of this world, will think all sorts
    of things instead of self enqiry.  Don't you know?

(* Sri Ramana Gita to Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri.
     Who am I? to Sivaprakasam Pillai
     Vichara Sangraham to Gambiram Sesha Iyer.)

(Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, 1998 Tamil edition -
  Sri Ramansramam -  my own translation.)

Arunachala Siva.