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Subramanian.R

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Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai
« on: November 15, 2008, 01:39:03 PM »
Bhagavan Ramana has taken great pains to explain personally
the meaning and purport of His Sad Darsanam, to a few devotees.
Lakshmana Sarma, Who, and Muruganar had this fortune.  But,
He never wanted to explain the meaning and purport of Arunachala
Akshara Mana Malai.  One reason is that the literal meaning is quite
simple but there are allegorical and esoteric meanings for some of the
verses, as we have seen in Tiruvachakam of Manikkavachagar.
Arthur Osborne had written two or three meanings for some of these
verses in his English translation. 

Whenever, devotees asked for the meaning of the verses, Bhagavan
Ramana has said:  "Please interpret  them as you find suitable. Like
you, I must also think over the meaning before giving it to you.  If
I had had conscious cerebration before writing them, I could elucidate
them at once.  All of a sudden, spontaneously, they poured forth."

This is the essence of ecstatic mystic poetry, like Valli calling Skanda,
'O my Lord!' and not in so many precontemplated words decribing
Muruga's valour, his Spear, his Peaccok, his Rooster flag and so on
and so forth.

But Muruganar before writing his commentary in Tamil, on
Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai, has sought Bhagavan Ramana's
clarifications on certain points and got his translation verified by Him.

The name Akshra Mana Malai itself gives out two or three interpretations.

a.  This is a bridal or marital garland for the Arunachala. 'mana'
      means in Tamil, wedding.

b.   A garland of unceasing fragrance, by Ramana.  Aksha, means not
      ending.

c.   A marital garland woven in Tamil alphabets, akshara, means letters.

d.  The Rosary of Ramana, aksha-mala, rosary.

The poem is also in some places, Ninda Stuti, adoring in the garb of
scolding.  Like when Siva took away one of the eyes of Sundara Murthy,
in Tiruvottiyur, near Chennai, he sang:  " O, O, you live, you live,
with three eyes!"

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

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai
« Reply #1 on: November 08, 2012, 07:58:53 PM »
At Arunachala there are many opportunities for sadhus and sannyasins to eat at various Shrines and Ashrams, throughout the day. During Poornima (Full Moon) many Temples and Shrines offer free food not only to sadhus but also to the huge number of visiting pilgrims. Its fascinating to know that Saints too sometimes have to skillfully organise themselves to ensure God remembers to feed them each day.

In this respect Ramana Maharshi once described how they used to go about begging in the streets for food and bring it up the Hill. Each day when leaving their cave, they would blow on their conches as an announcement to the people in town that Bhagavan's party was coming on their begging mission. The group would blast on a conch two more times on their way to Town so by the time they entered, residents would be ready with food as the group marched along singing Siva songs, collecting food offerings. The food gathered was ample for all (including monkeys and dogs) at the cave with Bhagavan.

Ramana Maharshi's famous poem 'Marital Garland of Letters' at link:
http://www.arunachalasamudra.org/ramanahymns1.html was specially composed for use by the begging party. Bhagavan once humorously remarked, 'Martial Garland of letters' fed us for many years.

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

Om Namo Bagavathe Sri Ramanaya

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Re: Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2012, 07:36:11 AM »
Arunachala Akshra Mana Malai ( AAMM) is the first work of Bhagwan that I have started to study seriously . . In the past I have studied the teachings of Bhagwan based on the English Works ( i.e talks , dialogues , stories etc ) published by Ramana Ashtram and David Godman Books but  only now started to study the Tamil Works of Bhagwan seriously and started with AAMM .  I have decided to Memorize first the Tamil Poems one by one and internalize them before I study their meaning and have started off with AAMM . I am having for reference the explanation  by Kanakammal and Sadhu Om .Will post my doubts here ,if I come across .

Om Peace .
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Re: Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2012, 01:44:28 PM »
Dear atmavichar100,


Aksharamana Malai and the other four poems of Stuti Panchakam are worth reading/memorizing and they are full of bhakti rasam.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2012, 03:54:50 PM »
After completing a round of daily chanting of Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai AAMM) , now I have started to chant the complete Arunachala Stuti Panchakam . I hope to maintain this as my daily Parayanam for the coming few weeks .Have downloaded Nochuru's 3 talks on AAMM and listening to them now .

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However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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Re: Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2012, 04:30:44 PM »
Dear atmavichar100,


What is the web link for Nochur's discourse on AAMM?  I checked up for CDs in the Asramam, but they are not available.


Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2012, 04:36:01 PM »
Subramaniam Sir

Here is the link

http://sumukam.wordpress.com/discourses/brahma-sri-nochur-venkatarama/

There is Akashra Mana Malai( 3 talks )  and Arunchala Pancharatnam (17 talks )
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Re: Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2012, 04:38:37 PM »
Dear atmaviichar100,

Thank you very  much. Pancharatnam cassettes - I have already got.

Arunachala Siva.