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Panilenivadu - 3
« on: May 10, 2009, 01:13:10 PM »
David Godman continues....

I believe that when Bhagavan composed this verse, He was
using the word "lazy" in its full and normal sense.  Why?
Because when Muruganar wrote his Tamil commentary on
Akshara Mana Malai, [Akshara Mana Malai Virutthi Urai] and
showed it to Bhagavan Ramana, Bhagavan added the following
verse from Tirumandiram [Book X of Siva Canons by Saint Poet
Tirumular], one of the canonical scriptures of Saivism, to the
section of Muruganar's manuscript that dealt with this verse.

"The place where the lazy ones dwell in pure Space,
The place where the lazy one rest in pure Space,
The consciousness of the lazy ones remain
In the place which the Vedas have abandoned
As beyond their scope.
The lazy ones have gained the state in which they are sleeping,
Totally unware of the Vedas."   

[The original Tami Verse of Tirumular [Edition by S.A. Bhaktavatchalam, Gudiyatham - 632 602], Verse No. 128
reads as under:

"Sombar iruppathu suddha veLiyile
Sombar kidapathum suddha veLiyile
Sombar unarvu suruthi mudinthidam
Sombar kaNdar ach suruthikkaN thookkame!"]

Sombar - one who is lazy.  suruthi - Struti; Vedas.

A few months ago, I (David Godman) posted my views on a blog
I had recently sarted (
One reader respondent by sending me the following very interesting comment:

"There is the fascinating anecdote in the book Drops from the Ocean written by Sri V. Ganesan.  He wrote that Sri Bhagavan's old devotee TPR told him he following story:  ----  Bhagavan would accept a new
pencil only when the old one was completely exhausted or totally
damaged.  He would then take a piece of paper and scribble a few
times with the the new one to see whether it was working properly.  Most of us, on similar occasions, sign our own names, write OM or
some God's name.  So I was very inquisitive to know what He scribbled.  Bhagavan Ramana permitted me to see what He wrote.
Even those who were close to Him did not know about it.  Either
He wrote, "Arunachala vasi" meaning, 'one residing in Arunachala' or
"Panilenivadu"  meaning, "one who without any work."

Panilenivadu is a Telugu term that is made up of three components:
Pani = work; leni = not there, non-existent;  vadu = a person.

(Source: As indicated in Part 1)

Arunachala Siva.