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Subramanian.R

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Pageants in Sivananda Lahari - 2
« on: January 03, 2010, 12:41:46 PM »
The Verse 86 of Sivananda Lahari is another beautiful pageant.

Puja dravya smrudayo virachita pujam katham kurmahe
  Pakshitvam na cha va kididva mapi na praptham maya dhurlabam |
Jane masthaka-mangri pallava mumajane na deham vibho,
Na jnatham hi pitamahena harina thadvena thadrupinaa ||

O Umpathi!  One who pervades everything and everywhere.  The
puja requirements are ready in heaps.  But how can I do the puja?
I am not able to fly like a swan.  Nor do I have the form of a boar.
Nor can I ever become a swan or a boar.  How can I reach your
head with matted locks and crescent moon?  How can I find your
feet like creeper?  Even Brahma and Vishnu, who were capable of
such trans-formations could not reach your head and feet.

This is the story of Arunachala.  Sri Sankara never visited Arunachala
as per Sankara Vijayam stories.  But he must have definitely known
Arunachala purana stories and must have appreciated the esoteric
significance of Brahma (Intellect,buddhi) and Vishnu (Ego, ahankara).
Hence he has brought this in a few verses of Sivananda Lahari.

Saint Manikkavachagar sings in Tiruvachakam:

O with the flower-like feet that stretches lower than the seven
nether worlds and even my words cannot comprehend;
O with konrai flowers on the head, that is the finality of all that
 can be comprehended or conceived.

                               - Tiruvembavai

Arunachala Siva.