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Tonsuring the head
« on: November 15, 2009, 11:24:30 AM »
In India, devotees go to temples like Tirupati and Pazhani and
tonsure their heads, take bath and then pray to God.  Tonsuring
the head means sacrificing the beauty and also sacrificing the ego.
The Ascetics in India, used to tonsure their heads, symbolic of
sacrificing their egos. 

Bhagavan Ramana in Tiruvannamalai, after vising the temple and
embracing Siva lingam, came out.  One barber providentially asked
Him whether he could tonsure His head.  He agreed.  (Of course,
the hairs grew fast and during Patalalingam temple days, He again
had long hairs.  The tonsuring of head, He started again after some
years.  The Ascetics used to tonusre their heads, on Full Moon
Days, and Bhagavan Ramana also had this practice.

He mentions in Sri Arunachala Aksharamanamalai, Verse 85:

Mottai adittu enai
vetta veliyil nee
nattam adinai
en arunachala!

Stripping me bare of all attachments of "I" and "mine", thus
rendering me pure, You in joyous bliss, dance in the transcendent
expanse of my Heart, Your soverign right.  What a wonder is this,

The mind that, by grace of Arunachala, has been rid of all its
possessions and all its latent impressions, expanding as an
infinite space of Pure Consciousness and extending everywhere,
is full of Itself as Space of Consciousness.  The individual self
that comes in the way of totality has been shaved off.  The
ever-victorious Arunachala exults over the successful completion
of His work of stripping off - His soverign right -- and performs
an ecstatic dance in that Supreme Space.  (Vetta Veli is supreme
                        (Tr. and Commentary by T.R. Kanakammal)

Nattam - ecstatic dance.

Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman says it is Bhagavan's Rasa-lila
(the sensuous dance of Krishna with gopikas in Brindavan) for
54 years with Arunachala!

Arunachala Siva.