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Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai
« on: November 16, 2008, 06:31:55 PM »
I have posted various aspects of Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai
of Bhagavan Ramana.  About the meaning and purport of these
verses, I have already written, that Bhagavan Ramana had said
that He did not write them with a pre-meditated plan and the whole
thing was an inspired composition.  He has told devotees, that whatever
meaning they understand from these verses, it is alright, according
to one's own bhava.  Muruganar has later made a commentary and this
was got approved by Bhagavan Ramana.  This commentary is a
wonderful book of about 100 pages and contains the meaning,
more than one meaning for certain verses.  This reminds me of
Tiruvachakam.  After its completion, before even Manikkavachagar
had gone to Chidambaram, for merging in the effulgence of Siva-
Nataraja, the priests of the temple came to know about the book
and they wanted to know its meaning.  The Chozha king who came
to know about the composition, got the verses engraved on golden
plates and was waiting for the saint poet to come to Chidambram,
to understand its meaning!

When Manikkavachagar arrived in Chidambram, he was taken into
the temple and further into the Goldern Court of Nataraja, after
proper respects from the king and the priests.  Then with all
humility, they asked the saint poet about the meaning of Tiruvachakam,
from the first poem, Siva Puranam.  Manikkavachagar thought for a
while, tears flowed profusely from his eyes, and he pointed to Nataraja, and told the king and the priests:  " For this, the meaning is He only!"
Then, he disappeared into the Effulgence, that engulfed the whole
temple!  The King was horripilated and told the priests, "Please
have these gold plates, kept under the three steps that lead to
the inner sanctorum, from the left and let them remain there with
Siva-Natraraja and the saint poet permanently!"  Accordingly,
the steps were removed, and underneath the gold plates containing
the inscriptions of Tiruvachakam were kept in a pit and the steps
were refixed.  These steps are even today called in Tamil, "Tiruvachaka
Padi"  - Steps of Tiruvachakam!

Perhaps, if devotees had pestered for the meaning of Arunachala
Akshra Mana Malai, Bhagavan Ramana would have either shown
His Heart or the Hills and merged into it.  We would have lost
further years of His Presence and teachings, in Upadesa Saram,
Arunachala Stuti Panchakam, remaining four verses and the great
Sad Darsanam.

(Source:  The age of Manikkavachagar and Tiruvachakam, Swami
Vedachalam.  (an old book)

Arunachala Siva.