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Sri Guru Ramana Prasadam - 1
« on: April 25, 2009, 03:43:59 PM »
After Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai and Guruvachaka Kovai, Muruganar
continued composing poems.  There is a group of three works titled
Sri Ramana Anubhuti - Part I (later titled as Sri Guru Ramana Prasadam), Sri Ramana Anubhuti - Part II and Sri Ramana Anubhuti Venba.  These inter alia consist of about 3500 verses.  Then came
Sri Ramana Jnana Bodham, under which Padamalai forms a part.

Sri Ramana Anubhuti Part I (Sri Guru Ramana Prasadam) has been
rendered into English with notes, by Robert Butler.  This consists
of 1039 verses.  A part of this was earlier rendered in English Robert Butler himself, under the title Sri  Ramana Anubhuti, The Bliss tide
of Nondual consciousness and this was published by Ramana Maharshi Centre of Learning, Bangalore.  Robert Butler has revised
the entire translation and also covered all the verses, under a new edition called Sri Guru Ramana Prasadam.  The book is from Butler's
own publication and Sri Ramanasramam is also selling the books for Indian readers. 

Padamalai (most of the verses) has been translated  by David
Godman and published last year.

The first part of SGRP is titled Sri Guru AruL Prasadam, the Prasad
of Guru's Grace.  This comprises 303 verses, which includes 8 verses of invocation.

I shall give a few verses.

Introductory Verse (one of the eight):

That embodiment of divine love, who appeared in the noble form
of the Sage Manikkavachagar, spoke to the Lord with a true
and single-minded devotion, praising him with words of surpassing
sweetness saying, "Shall I bow down to other gods, shall I praise
them, or think of them a refuge for me? I beg you, speak*. Jewel
among Gurus, it was through your grace that I experienced, welling
up within my heart, the upsurge of such single-minded true devotion
towards you!

[* Tiruvachakam, Vazha Pathu.  3rd line of verse 10]

Verse 9: Though my pure and righeous devotion I, a woman all
alone, uttered groans and grew delirious like a crazed deluded
demoness.  Godhead from whose brow an eye gazes forth!  May
you clearly reveal to me your flawless form which is pure knowledge, pervading heaven and earth.

Verse 11:  Through the love of my dear Husband, who rules with
the eye of the Self that sees without seeing, I have ceased to crave for other pleasures.  Blessed by the world, transforming my desire into a longing for him alone, like one possessed, I have abandoned myself as a prey to him.

Verse 15:  Lion amongst men seated upon the lion-throne of the heart radiating light in all directions, graciously bestowing boundless Mauna -- great Prince and holy Brahmin, my Guru Ramana, you abolished completely all my maidenly decorum.*

[* The maidenly decorum is a metaphor for the imaginary ego-mind whose pretensions were swept away by the grace of Ramana's presence.]

Verse 21:  The Lord filled me with the radiance of his own Self, established within my heart, so that I was left quite without the
power of thought.  For me, there iss neither union with him, nor
separation from him.  Such is the nature of the profound wisdom
that exists as my own nature.

(Source:  Muruganar's Tamil work and Robert Butler's English
rendering with notes.)

Arunachala Siva.