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Songs on the Holy Feet
« on: November 16, 2008, 01:26:06 PM »
Songs on the Holy Feet, Tiru Padam Kanda Tiran, is a brief composition
of 6 verses.  There is no comparable composition in Tiruvachakam.

Verse 1 reads like this:

On the day of Tiru Adirai* in the star of Punarvasu, the Vedanta
The Old Principle, you were born as a pious Brahmin, to purify my
You took hold of me, this destitute who was without any support,
   this Wonderous nectar of Wisdom,
Is like the wonder of mercury**, I see it as a day-dream!

(* Tiru Adirai, is the previous star.  On that day, at midnight, when
Punarvasu, the next star was the reigning star during the night,
Bhagavan Ramana was born in Tiruchuzhi.  ** In the olden days,
siddhas used to mix mercury with some herbs, and this compound,
would convert even the baser metals like copper and silver into gold!)

Verse 3 reads like this:

I am deluded with this mind but you came as hot iron to remove
     this water of body,
You came as a Sublime Principle, which is appearing within the Heart,
You shine as the Effulgence rising to the sky, and I keep this as my
I see this Siva Padam, the Source that is Siva, as honey within me!

(Source:  Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, Tamil, 1998 edition,
Muruganar.  Sri Ramansramam,  Tiruvannamalai. Translation my own.)

Arunachala Siva.