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Tiruvachakam - 1
« on: December 27, 2008, 01:15:35 PM »
Tiruvachakam, Holy Writing, is a collection of poems sung by Saint
Manikkavachagar.  This book has been praised by Bhagavan Ramana
on many occasions.  He has expressed a few times:  How nice, would
it be if some one in a group could sing Tiruvachagam, in a good tune,
in this Hall?  Sivapuranam is the first song in Tiruvachakam.  Many
devotees have sung this poem in the presence of Bhagavan Ramana.
When Mother Azhagamma attained Mahanirvana, the entire Tiruvachakam comprising of 658 verses, have been sung by group of devotees from
night till early morning.  Muruganar's Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai, is
modelled on Tiruvachakam.  In fact, Muruganar was Manikkavachagar
for Ramana Siva.  The songs of Tiruvachakam have been sung in various
places like Tiru Perundurai, Uttarakosa Mangai, Sirkali, Tiruvarur, Tiru
Kazhukundram, Tiruvannamalai and Thillai, Chidambaram.

Saint Manikkavachakar when he came to the east coast he saw Siva
as Effulgence and he followed him along the coast and he found Him
as a Siva Linga in Tiru Perundurai, Avadaiyarkoil being the present name
and wanted to construct a big temple for him for Siva.  He remained there
and after the temple was built, he visited various places mentioned above,
after being caught by Pandya King and punished for misusing the money
given to him for buying horses on the east coast.  In Tiruvannamalai,
he composed Tiruvambavai and Tiruvammanai.  He merged in the Effulgence into the Golden Court of Thillai Nataraja. 

Various commentaries have been written on Tiruvachakam in Tamil.
Commentaries are available in describing the poems as simple bhakti
bhava, esssence of raja yoga, and Jnana Yoga.  Dr. G.U. Pope
has written a commentary in English in early 20th century. Dr. Vankmika
Nathan has written commentaries in Tamil and English.  Ilayaraja has
sung some of the songs with Hungarian Orchestra, in Western music
in Budapest.

I thought I could write the meaning of Sivapuranam, the first song,
composed in Tiruperundurai after Manikkavachakagar has found the
Effulgence as Siva Linga in that coastal town.

Long live the glorious Namasivaya.
Long live the feet of my Master.
Long live his feet  which do not leave my Heart even for a wink of eyelid.
Long live the feet  of the King of Tiruperundurai, my Guru who is Ruby.
Long live the Agamas which speak of His feet and His grace and proximity.
Long live the One, long live the Many, long live my God's feet.

Victory to the King who banished my mental speed and turbulence.
Victory  to the King with headgear and His feet which banish my births.
Victory to His lotus feet which are far beyond for others.   
Victory to His feet which are in the Heart of those who fold their hands.
Victory to His feet which take over those who bend their heads and pray.

Arunachala Siva.