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Bhagavan and Thayumanavar
« on: April 01, 2009, 12:30:40 PM »
Thayumanavar was poet-saint who lived in Tiruchirapalli, between
1705 to 1742 AD.  He had a guru who taught him in mouna, in silence and this guru he cites as Mouna Guru.  Thayumanvar's poems are
highly devotional.  The saint-poet has done a lot of miracles in his
liftetime.

Bhagavan Ramana had read a bit of Tayumanvar's poems along with
Tevaram and Periyapuranam, even during His Madurai days.  Further,
He has quoted portions of Thayumanavar's poems on many occasions.  Devaraja Mudaliar mentions about these poems in his
Day by Day and also his Recollections.

"Bhagavan Ramana while reading some of these poems, would get choked with high emotions that He could not continue but would lay
aside the book,"  says Devaraja Mudaliar in his entry dt. 12th Dec.1945.

I have given my own translations of some of the verses of Tayumanavar in the past.  Robert Butler and others have selected the verses, partly or fully mentioned by Bhagavan Ramana, and have given excellent translations, in their article in Mountain Path.

I shall mention a few of them.

In Parapara KaNNi, Thayumanavar sings:

For those, who, in the prescribed manner,
have embarked upon the path,
of divine images, holy shrines and holy tanks,
a Sadguru too, will come
to speak one unique word,*
O Supreme of Supremes!

(* This one word could mean Summa Iru, Be still.)

In Udal Poyyuravu, (The false relationship with body), the poet sings:

Remain still, mind in the face of everything!
This truth that was taught to you,
where did you let it go?
Like wrestlers, bent upon their bout,
you raised your arguments,
Where is your judgement?  Where, your wisdom?
Begone!

Bliss will arise if you remain still,
Why, little sir, this involvment still
with yoga, whose nature is delusion?
Will (this bliss) arise
through your own objective knowledge?
You need not reply, you who are addicted to 'doing'!
You little baby, you!

(The full text of Saint-Poet Thayumanavar's poems are available
from Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam, Tiru Paraithurai, near Tiruchirapalli.  Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam, is not part of SRK Order
or Maths.)

(Source:  Mountain Path, Deepam, 2004, An article by Robert Butler and others.)

Arunachala Siva.

Nagaraj

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Re: Bhagavan and Thayumanavar
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2009, 12:36:08 PM »
Dear Subramanian,

These verses are excellent. Could you explain further this line given below:

"Remain still, mind in the face of everything!"

Thank you

Nagaraj

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Bhagavan and Thayumanavar
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2009, 12:42:23 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Thanks for your post.  It helped to make a correction.  The line should read:  "Remain still, mind, in the face of everything."  The poet
addresses the mind to remain still.  Summa Iru maname.... is Tamil.

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Re: Bhagavan and Thayumanavar
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2009, 12:54:58 PM »
:)  I should have presumed that one! Din't strike to me that one comma !!

Have you come across any work on being "Still" what it is to be "Summa Iru"

Has Thayumanavar written anything about this topic. I feel this "Summa Iru" is Tricky!!

Nagaraj
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Bhagavan and Thayumanavar
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2009, 03:11:44 PM »
Saint-Poet Thayumanavar has been initiated into Silence by his
Mouna Guru.  He has extolled this silence, in many of his poems.
The more famous ones are:

Anandamana Param
Payap Puli
Malai VaLar Kathali
Udal Poyyuravu
Chinmaynanda Guru
Parapara KaNNi

Arunachala Siva.