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Guru Gita - 12
« on: July 17, 2009, 01:50:19 PM »
Some verses describe the worship of the Guru.  The disciple must
conduct a worshipful attitude towards the Guru at all times.

karmana manasa vacha sarvada' radhayed-gurum
dirgha-dandam namaskritya nirlajjo guru-sannidhau

                                                    -  Verse 51

One should, in thought, word and deed, always worship
the Guru with full prostrations placing the whole body flat
in front of the Guru.  He should never feel shy in doing such

Here the word dirgha-dandam is noteworthy.  It literally means
that the disciple should fall flat like a stick let down.  The disciple
should be free from shyness of all sorts.  He should be devoid of
ego.  He should prostrate thus in front of the gods also.  Some
feel shy to do full prostrations.  Such prostrations indicate that
the disciple is not yet free from egoism.

Bhagavan Ramana used to quote Ribhu Gita in this connection.
As we are aware, Bhagavan Ramana never wanted too many
prostrations to Him.  He once saw some lady devotees circumambulating the Old Hall many times, and also prostrating
at every quarter corner of the Hall.  This distracted the attention
of the others and this was not warranted too.  Bhagavan Ramana
chided Suri Nagamma once on this.  He then quoted Ribhu Gita:
I am prostrating the Brahman within me.  I am going round and
round the Brahman within me.  All the stars and the suns are
going round and round me within as I am Brahman."

Muruganar's story is also interesting.  He used to prostrate inside
the Hall, many many times, before start of his conversations with
Bhagavan and poem-writing.  But Bhagavan would start questioning
him on some matters, so that Muruganar would stop these excessive prostrations.  But Muruganar would not leave.  He would raise his
head and answer the questions of Bhagavan Ramana, but continuing the namaskarams!   The devotees called it:  Lizard Talk.  Like a lizard,
Muruganar would raise his head and talk to Bhagavan Ramana! ]

srinatha charana dvandvam yasyam disi virajate
tasyam disi namaskuryat bhaktya prati dinam priye.

                                                                        -  Verse 96

O dear (Parvati), in whichever direction shine the pair of the
feet of the Guru, to that direction should the devotee [turn and]
offer obeisance every day.

[Every devotee of Bhagavan Ramana prostrated to His feet in the
Old Hall and even later in the Jubilee Hall and Nirvana Room.
He kept silent but chided only when such prostrations became too much of a ritual.  Even today, I see in the Asramam devotees doing prostrations to Him in the Samadhi Hall and the Old Hall.  I have
seen one inmate, in the early morning, around 7.15 am before
breakfast, coming towards the pathway, and doing first namaskaram to the Hill, then to Matrubhuteswara and then to Ramaneswara
Mahalingam.   Guru Padam, which means both Guru's Feet and the
Source, is the holiest thing in Hindu theology.  Muruganar's
famous Padamalai, the Garland for the Feet, speak about Guru's
Padam as His Feet and also the Source, Brahman, Bhagavan.]

Arunachala Siva.