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Sarana Thiru Ahaval
« on: November 07, 2008, 03:45:12 PM »
Sarana Thiru Ahaval -- is a long poem running into 1622 lines,
on the lines of Manikkavachagar's Siva Puranam, Keerthi Thiru
Ahaval, Tiru Andap Pahuthi, Potrit Tiru Ahaval, which are the first
four poems of Tiruvachakam.  This poem and Saranap Pallandu,
are later works of Muruganar, after Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai and
Guru Vachaka Kovai.  This did not become popular during Bhagavan
Ramana's stay in Tiruvannamalai, in His body, but was recited in
the Hall sometimes.  Later Prof. K. Swaminathan, included this
in his 9 volume, Sri Ramana Jnana Bodham.  A part of Saranap
Pallandu is available in Sri Ramana Anubhuti of Sri Ramansramam.

Saranap Pallandu ends with 'Sarnam...Saranam', after every 2 or
4 or 6 lines.  This poem was at the behest of Devaraja Mudaliar,
about which he has mentioned in his Recollections.

A few passages read like this:

A cool moon rose from the ocean of Silence,
Your eyes project the nectar, for the devotees, Saranam..
Your bright eyes with sword like sharpness,
Break the knot of the heart, Saranam..Saranam...

When the mind is killed in meditation and contemplation,
You dance in that burial ground, and be happy, Saranam...Saranam...
When the Heart reveals the Self,
You dance in the Heart, Saranam...Saranam....
When there is no 'upadhi' in the ego,
You remain as the Space, where there is no argument, Saranam,

You held your looks as the diksha,
And saved me, O Master, Saranam.. Saranam...
Even with eyes fully open, I fall into the pit,
Don't treat me like a mud and remember me, Saranam...Saranam...

Unless you grace me to pray to you,
How can this dog prey to you, who am I? Saranam....Saranam...
You raised Vani* from me
O great poet, the Truth, Saranam....Saranam....

(* Vani -Sarasvati, the poetic talents.)

With great interest Devarayan*
Made me to sing this, He is happy, Saranam....Saranam...

(* Devarayan, Sri A. Devaraja Mudaliar.)

(Source: Sri Ramana Jnana Bodham, Volume 9, Tamil.
  Sri Ramana Kendra New Delhi. Translation, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.