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Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai
« on: November 15, 2008, 12:04:42 PM »
Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai, was composed by Bhagavan Ramana,
when He was in the Hills.  This was one of the first compositions of
Bhagavan Ramana.  As happened in cases of many of His songs,
this was written for the sake of Pazhaniswami and other devotees
to be used by them when they go for alms on the streets of Tiruvannamalai.  Since most of the sadhus were singing Tevaram and
Sivapuranam, in Tiruvachakam, while going for alms, Pazhani Swami
wanted a new song to exlusively identify the inmates of Virupakshi
Cave, Ramana's devotees, to the householders in the town and hence
this song. 

This song is a rapturous flood of devotional mysticism, and at the
same time, telling the advaitic principles.  Such songs are seen in
the compositions of Tayumanavar, Manikkavachagar and Sri
Ramalinga Swamigal and Nammazhwar and Arungiri Nathar.   

This is a bridal song, with the maiden calling for her lover, to come
swiftly to marry her or elope with her!   But this has been sung by
Bhagavan Ramana after the Self Realization.  How come?  Why should
an individual soul, already merged with Effuglence, call for Godhead
to unite with her?  We have only to take, that these are for various
melting devotees seekkng union with Siva and not for Bhagavan Ramana
Himself.  But He comes down to the level of devotees and seek the
coming of Siva, as Manikkavachagar has done in many of his songs,
in Tiruvachakam and Tiru Chitrambala Kovai.  It is like Arunagiri Natha
pining for Muruga, saying, 'Come fast.  The cool moon is burning me!
The roaring waves of the ocean are pouring molten iron into my ears.
The jasmine flowers irritate my nostrils.  The milk is sour.  The sight
of union of cuckoo birds is harming my eyes.  The silk cotton bed is
like a fireplace!'
This sort of bridal mysticism is prevalent in Andal also.  (Amukta Malyata
heroine).  But she is by nature, a woman.  Waiting for wedding.  Hence
it was natural for her to ask Vishnu to come as a bridegroom.  But
for Manikkavachagar, Arunagiri Natha and Bhagavan Ramana, it is
contrived through a nayaki nayaka bhava, the ultimate resonance
of the individual soul seeking union with the Self.

There are many interesting aspects in Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai.
We shall see a few of them.)

Arunachala Siva.