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ULLadu Narpadu - 8
« on: April 02, 2010, 01:47:01 PM »
Invocatory Verse 2:-

The second invocatory verse had an interesting history behind.
Kavya Kanta Ganapati Muni who went through the text, found
no mention about the Saguna Brahman (God with attributes) and
no Saguna Upasana (worhsip of God with attributes with name, form
etc.,).  As he felt it was traditionally customary for any work to have
a hymn of benediction, he hit upon the verse having the word "Mahesa" (referring to Siva) as a verse fit for invocation.  This
verse was with in the main text of 40 verses.  However, Bhagavan
agreed to the request and shifted it as the second invocatory verse.
Bhagavan then added a new verse starting as "Thannai azhitta"
and placed it as 31st verse.

Tamil:-

Marana bhayam mikkuLa am makkaL aranaga
maranabhavam illa mahesan - saraname
charvar tham charvodu tham chaavutrar savnennam
chaarvaro chavathavar nittar - paarvai ser.

Sanskrit: (Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri):

mrtyunjayam mrtyu-bhiyaasritaanaam
aham-matir-mrtyum-upaiti poorvam |
atha svabhaavaad-amrtesu tesu
katham punar-mrtyu-dhiyo' vakaasah? ||

Sanskrit:  (Lakshmana Sarma):

mrtyorbibhyati ye bhrsam sumanasah sarvaantaram te sivam
yaantisam charanam param virahitam mrtyudbhavaabhyaam svayam|
saakam tanamamataabhireti nidhanam tesaamahantaa tatah
syaat tesaam maranasya dhih kimu pade nitye gataanaam sthitim||

In this world the human beings are fraught with a thousand fears.
We are scared of facing unpleasant situations, of losing acquired
comforts or our beloved ones.  We avoid rejection, losing face,
and becoming an uselss person in the society.  We carefully nurture our status, position, wealth, health and self pride.   Of all these
fears, the fear of death is the most gruesome.  It is the fear of the unknown, of losing one's personality.  It can never be conqured,
though we make many many efforts to preserve our life.

What is death?  Death means change, change from the present
personality or individuality, of becoming non existent.  One would
not fear death if one knew one was deathless or if one voluntarily put efforts for death, like various types of suicides.

Most of us identify us with our bodies and fear arises due to this
identification.  Despite knowing the inevitabilty of death, we want to live on.  We take special herbs, medicines; we wear talisman and gems.  If we accept the inevitable, then we would have no fear.

How to overcome this fear of death?  We seek refuge in a person who is ever fearless and immortal.  The Lord, Mahesa, is the
symbol of immortality.  When the devas who took nectar from
the milky ocean, die one day or other, Siva who took poison, halahala, never dies.  He is never born too.  So, surrendering to
the Mahesa, Siva gives one freedom from fear of death. 

Fear of death, though the worst of all fears, is the most potent of
all sadhanas to gain wisdom and immortality for it creates a strong Vairagya (dispassion) in one stuck with such fear.  Those who by
nature are dispassionate, given to introspective enquiry, and strongly impressed by the impermanence of life on earth, seek a remedy earnestly.  They gain immortality either through contemplation on death or living the experience of death.  Buddha and Bhagavan Ramana are two such glorious examples.  Sri Sankara also had a death experience through the crocodile coming to bite and swallow him, in Poorna river in Kerala, near Kaladi.  But this was stage managed by Sri Sankara himself, to make his mother accept his embracing ascetism.  Since Sankara is Siva Himself, he had to enact this scene.

Buddha and Bhagavan Ramana, two exemplary seekers, determined to unravel the mystery of death, with great fortitude, courage and tenacity of purpose took to nivrthi marga, a path of abstention, and gained deathless life by making the supreme sacrifice of offering all their attachments and individual self-hood as final obalation into the fire of Jnana.  With the death of "I" and "mine", death becomes dead, and there is no more dying thereafter and no more sorrow or transmigration.  They die a death to their ego and to all non-self before physically die and know that there is no death and that the death of the ego before the physical death, gains deathless life.

Arunachala Siva.