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Tayumanavar Songs
« on: December 16, 2008, 04:34:24 PM »
Saint Tayumanavar has composed 59 verses under the title, Paya
Puli, The Rushing Tiger.  Bhagavan Ramana used to like this
composition, and Devaraja Mudaliar has sung these songs in His

The Verse 1 reads as under:

In front of a rushing tiger,  as the deer shows its calf, to save its own
life, have you kept me, as a sacrifice, towards the you?  In
whatever way you do, O Mother like Master, who graces jivas, I am
at your disposal, O the Primordial God!

(The mother-deer keeps the calf in front of the tiger, to save itself.
But God is keeping himself, as a tiger, to kill the mind, the calf of the
jiva to save the individual self.)

The Verse  2 reads as under:

You are the One who is happy with yourself.  You stand as the Effulgence! You dance in my Heart.  O the Primordial, who is adored by the lotus
seated Brahma and Vishnu, my melting their hearts!  You powder the stone
of my mind, with a sharp steel saw, and give me your Grace, with your
rain clouds of Mercy which can also melt the stone of my mind!   

(The mind is powdered by Atma Nature, which is a steel saw and Atma's
Grace is melting the stone of a mind!)

(Source: Tayumanavar Songs.  Tamil Verses.  Sri Ramakrishna
Tapovanam, Tiru Paraithurai, near Tiruchirapalli.  Translation and
prose rendering, my own.)

Arunachala Siva.