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Kaivalya Navaneetam - 1
« on: May 15, 2009, 12:37:13 PM »
Kaivalya Navaneetam, is an original Tamil work, on Advaita
and Bhagavan Ramana has recommended this for many seekers
for reading.  The work must have been written sometime around
15th and 16th century and the author is one Sri Tandavaraya
Swamigal.  This work has been published by Sri Ramanasramam,
with prose commentary by Sri Siva Deenanathan and Sri J.Jayaraman.

The work consists of seven benedictory verses and five prayer
verses, then 101 verses on description of advaita tattva and
180 verses on clarifying the various doubts of the disciple.
The work is in the form of a dialogue between guru and disciple,
like Viveka Choodamani. 

Kovilur Math has also published the work with prose commentary.
The work has been translated in many Indian languages, English and German.

Sri Tandavaraya Swamigal was called Sri Narayana Desikar in his poorvashrama and was born in Nannilam, a small village near
Thanjavur.  There is a samadhi for him in Iluppai Grove in

Verses 7 to 11 of Part I:

A disciple, who is eager for liberation, mumukshu, should go to
a guru, after suffering the three fold burns of world, body and
personal god and wanting relief.  The guru is like cool spring
water of Jnana in which he would bathe to heal his burns.  The
guru will examine such a person -- both his inner nature and outward suffering, may merely gaze at him, or, touch him, or
even merely think of his predicament and give him diksha. 

[Cf: Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai, Verse 63, "Nokkiye,
karudhi, mei thakkiye, pakkuvam akki enai nee arunachala."]

Verse 18:

The guru then gives his Jnana Upadesa step by step.  He will
enable the disciple to see the third day crescent moon of Jnana,
by first showing the tree, then the branch, then the leaf and then the moon at the tip of the leaf.

[The guru always shows the sthula objects, and then the subtle
object far away, which is not discernible to the disciple in the

(Source: As indicated above.  Translation my own.)

Arunachala Siva.