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Navaratri (Dasara) Celebrations in the Asramam
« on: September 24, 2009, 12:20:26 PM »
On Wednesday, the Day 5, the Asramam has adorned Devi
in Rishabha Vahana, the vehicle of Bull.  There is a 3 minute
video which one can see from the Asramam website.

Uma is having different vehicles for her.  While on war with
Mahishasura, she has the vehicle of Lion, Simha vahini.  In
calm, peace times, she mounts Swan, Hamsa vahini.  With
Siva, she shares Rishabham, the Bull.

Uma has got equal form as Siva.  She has got a crescent moon
on her forehead, she mounts a Bull also, and she has got three
eyes, like Siva.  She is Ardhanari, half woman and half man,
the concorporate tattva, principle of Arunachalam. 

Pagam pen uru aanai potri.... says Tiruvachakam.  She is having
half man form and Siva has got half woman form.

Rishabha or the Bull is symbolic of dharma, duties of a human
being in the world.  The world lives on dharma, on the duties
of the men living in the world.  When dharma wanes, the world
comes to an end.

Saint Tiru Jnana Sambandhar in his first verse prays to this
concorporate form.  He puts in very indirectly in the song.

"O, He is having an earstud*; he mounts a bull, he wears a white
pure moon, he has got white holy ashes all over his body, he has
robbed my mind!   

Ear stud, Thodu in Tamil indicates the ear-ornament of women.
Kuzhai is the word for ear ornament of men.  (This ear ornament
for men is again coming into fashion.  I see boys wearing this,
in one of their ears, perhaps symblic that they are all Sivas!)

By saying that he is wearing an ear-stud, the saint poem indicates the man-woman form of Arunachaleswara.  He also indicates that
it is Uma who gave her breast-milk to him in Sirkazhi on the
tank bank.

Bhagavan Ramana used to point out, that by this song, the saint-
poet has conveyed his ego-destruction.  He says:  "He has robbed
my mind!" The saint has lost his ego-sense at the age of 3
and has become a self-realized person!   

Arunachala Siva.