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Gita Sara Thaalaattu
« on: November 18, 2008, 10:46:00 AM »
Gita Sara Thaalaattu is an abridgement of Srimad Bhagavad Gita,
in the form of a lullaby.  This was composed by one Tiruvenkata
Nathar.  It is in the form of a lullaby treating Krishna as a child.
This is one of the 16 books of Saiva Siddhanta Stotra Canons. 
Some of the other books are:  Siva Jnana Bodham, Sasivarna Bodham,
Kaivalya Navaneetham, Thugalaru Bodham, Jnana Vasishtam,
and Ozhivil Odukkam.

Tiruvenkata Nathar was a Siva Jnani.  His only daughter was married
at her very young age and she came back with early widowhood.  She
was living with him.  One day, after his pooja in the temple, he returned
early and he saw his daughter weeping.  On enquiry, she said:  I
was listening to the lullaby sung by the young mother next door, for
her child.  This lady was married off at the same time as me, and she
came back to her parents' house for delivery.  She gave birth to a
beautiful child and she is now singing happily with her child.  Whereas
I am leading a different life full of sorrow and agony."  On hearing
this, the father said:  'Why are you worried.  Krishna is your son.'
He purchased a silver doll of Krishna and asked his daughter to sing
lullabies.  He then, wrote this Gita Sara Taalaattu.

Once Isanya Mutt Swami, who met Bhagavan Ramana asked him
to come to his mutt and deliver a talk to the students.  Bhagavan
Ramana could not say no.  He went to the mutt and learnt that
Gita Sara Taalaattu was being taught.  He was given the book and
Bhagavan Ramana quickly glanced that book and continued the
lecture on Gita Sara Taalaattu!  The Swami and the students in
the mutt were overjoyed about  Bhagavan's versatality in teaching
that Saiva Siddhanta scripture!

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

Arunachala Siva.