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Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai -3
« on: November 15, 2008, 01:18:06 PM »
Akshara Mana Malai, the bridal song, as already posted, starts with
'a' of the alphabets, and ends with the 'va' last letter and continues
further.  It is like a rosary, beads after beads and when the final bead ends, you start with first bead to continue again.  There is also one
more reason, that the devotees and singers can easily remember the
next verse, by keeping in mind the next alphabet in Tamil.  This
is the reason, why this cannot be translated in the same form as in
Tamil.  Tamil has got only one 'ka', one 'cha', one 'ta' and one 'pa'
and there is elaborate grammar as to how each place, it should be
pronounced.  This is not known to the present  day Tamilians and that
is why there is difficulty in pronouncing 'ka' in different places, and
there is difficulty in pronouncing Sanskrit Verses.   Further, as in
nursery rhymes, and number songs, the reason is to remember the
order of verses correctly.   There are Tamil songs like Tiruvezhu
Kootrirukkai, by Arunagiri Natha, where the each number, one, two
and three are written to characterize one quality or characteristic
of Skanda.  This is called Rata Pandham in Sanskrit.  This particular
verse is inscribed in marble slab in Patala Lingam Temple, in
Tiruvannamalai.  I shall post my poor translation of this song later.

As mentioned earlier, the song is in the manner of a lady-love singing
for her lover or a married young wife awaiting her husband's arrival
from outside and singing ecastatice songs about seperation.  There
are lines to indicate both the aspects in Arunachala Akshara Mana
Malai.  This is both the panting of the individual soul for union with
Brahman or the song of ecstasy after consummation.  This is called
an epithalamium or 'hymnal chant' on a consummation that is over.
Or the prothalamium, where Bhagavan Ramana steps down to the
level of devotees or a lady love waiting for godhead or a lover.  There
are twenty verses, in the former type and twenty five verses in the
latter type, as per the researchers of the 8 volume book, Arunachala's
Ramana, the Boundless Ocean of Grace.

(Source:  Arunachala's Ramana, the Boundless Ocean of Grace,
Volume 1, Sri Ramansramam, Tiruvannamalai.) 

Arunachala Siva.