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Sri Ramana Tiru Ammanai
« on: November 03, 2008, 03:08:02 PM »
Ammanai is a song sung by young girls, clapping their hands
and coming round and round in a circle.  Saint Manikkavachakar,
has sung a Tiru Ammanai, in Tiruvannamalai, and this is a composition
of 20 verses.  Sri Ramana Tiru Ammanai is from Murugnar in the same
style.  It is of 33 verses, with variations like one, two and three girls

Verse  1:  (One girl)  reads like this.

O like placing a golden shawl on a lowly dog,
You have placed your unreachable lotus feet upon my head,
It is a gift even beyond the gods, who are not seen and
  who have done virtuous acts,
O Your greatness, I shall sing, Venkata Ramana
Of Pondy Kingdom, Tiru Chuzhi,
I shall sing your glory and play Ammanai!

Verse 14: (two girls) reads like this:

He is the life of each one's life, this Venkata Ramanan,
His nature is beyond the sight, let us play Ammanai,
He is seen by everyone, as One without a second,
But each one sees it differently and are nonplussed, let us
   play Ammanai!

Verse 32: (three girls) reads like this:

He has taken charge of many like me, Venkatan,
To the close devotees, He is a good Brahmin, O Ammanai,
Yes, He is full of love, a great Brahmin, O Ammanai,
He is ferocious, that is what people say, O Ammanai,
Because He was ferocious towards the love-god and burnt him,
              O Ammanai.

(Source:  Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, Muruganar, 1998 Tamil edition,
      Translation, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.