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Subramanian.R

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The Hall of Consciousness
« on: November 12, 2008, 10:50:56 AM »
We all know that Arunachala is the form of Siva Himself, representing
the Effulgence.  The Hills is Siva Linga.  Similarly, Chidambaram,
the dance hall of Nataraja is the Hall of Consciousness.  It is called
the Tiru Chitrambalam, or the Little Heart of Consciousness.  All
Tamil Saiva scriptures start with the writing of Tiru Chitrambalam
and ends with Tiru Chitrambalam.

Muruganar starts every song of Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, with
the words of Tiru Chitrambalam, and ends with the word of Tiru
Chitrambalam. 

The Kanaka Sabha or the dancing hall of Nataraja is called the Hall
of Consciousness. 

This Hall of Consciousness is not only the heart of the world but also
the Heart of the individual self.  It contains the secret, Rahasya,
the secret of the Self within the Heart!

No images are sheltered within this Hall.  The mystic secret purport
is that God alone exists, as one without a second, in the form of
Formless Space.  How to worship God who is present in every space,
of the expansive universe?  Hence it has been provided within the
body as Heart, for worship.  This Heart is called Dahara Akasa or
Dahara Pundarikam, the lotus flower. 

Despite its huge importance, little has been said about the construction
of this Kanaka Sabha in Saiva literature.  It is a massive plinth, topped
by walls, suporting pillars and roof made of gold plates. 

On the front space of this Chitrambalam, priests worship, a ruby
linga, and the image is called Ratna Sabhapathi.  All abulations,
flower garlanding, application of sandal paste are done only for this
Linga.   

(Source:  The dance of Siva, David Smith.  Cambridge University
Press, Cambridge, UK.)

Arunachala Siva.

ramanaduli

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Re: The Hall of Consciousness
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2008, 07:29:13 PM »
Dear Subramaniyan ji

I was told like this. The whole temple of Chidambaram is like our human body. Its garbhagraha is our Heart.
There in garbhagra  Lord Shiva is dancing, whereas in our Heart our consiousness is there. They say we should stay 3 days in a punya shetram so we can understand ourselves. But in this busy life  hardly we pay attention to learn
the inner meaning of the place,temple and God of the holy place. If people go like sight seeing there is no use. We have to go with the people who has same wave length. It is necessary to have read about the place before going. Otherwise we never be told anything by the priests also.

Ramanaduli

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Re: The Hall of Consciousness
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2008, 07:36:32 PM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

You are quite correct.

There are some old poems and Kunchitanghristavam which describe
Chidambaram, as our human body, and Nataraja's Sabha as our
Heart.  I shall write about these concepts in due course.

Arunachala Siva.