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SLakshmi

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« on: January 11, 2011, 03:19:15 PM »
Friends,

A beautiful mail from a devotee

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Tears reminded me of this article in 'Surpassing Love and Grace', by
Dr. AnantaNarayana Rao:

"In the course of conversation, about June 1949, he had described to
us that tears flow from the outer canthus of the eyes of a man when he
is very happy and from the inner canthus
when he is sad. It is a correct observation. On the evening of the
14th April (the Nirvana Day), I was in that room among others, fanning
Sri Bhagavan from the head end of the cot. At
his request he was assisted to sit up with his legs stretched in
front. He had kept his eyes closed, and his breathing was gradually
becoming shallow. At 8:20 p.m. the devotees outside
began singing the ‘Arunachala Shiva’ hymn. He immediately opened his
eyes, looked at the direction from where the voices came and then
closed the eyes. Tears came gushing from the
outer canthus of the eyes. I then remembered what Sri Bhagavan had
said about tears, and felt that it was the visible sign of the Supreme
Bliss of rejoining the ONE without a second, by
discarding the body which had done its duty of leading or directing
mankind towards the all pervading Self. The body was discarded very
peacefully, and in so doing he left his imprint
so indelibly in the hearts of his devotees."


Ramanarpamastu

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Re: Tears
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2011, 04:35:10 PM »



Dear SLakshmi,

Yes.  Dr. Mirchandani has also written about it, Sri Bhagavan's tears from His outer canthus when Arunachala Siva..Arunachala Siva... was
chanted by the devotees a few minutes before the Maha Nirvana.

Tears are the natural emotions of a devoted soul. Even in films,
you have seen the villains can artificially laugh but heroines need
glycerine for tears!  One cannot shed tears artificially without any
irritants.  Saint Manikkavachagar says:  I can get you, when I weep!
Sri Ramakrishna also says shedding tears is one of the Maha bhavas.

Sri Bhagavan shed tears a few times in His life.  They were either
tears of bliss or tears of grace.  When Echammal brought her grandson after her adopted daughter had also passed away, and gave the child to Sri Bhagavan and wept uncontrollably, Sri Bhagavan also shed tears profusely.  But when Mother Azhagamma was absorbed within, He sat stoically for a few minutes and then said:
Let us go and eat.  And then they all sang Tiruvachakam till next
early morning.  It is said if one does not shed tears after singing
Tiruvachakam [fully understanding its meaning], he cannot be human being.

Sri Bhagavan says in Sri AAMM, Verse 34:

Unless you join me, O Arunachala, this body will melt away in a
river of tears and I shall die.   

There was one Siddha Purusha in Tamizh.  He was called Azhuguni
Siddhar.  Azhuthal= weeping.  He shed tears for every song that he
sang!

Saint Manikkavachagar says, again in one of his poems:

I am a falsity.  My heart is a falsity.  My love for you is falsity.
Can I not however, get you when I weep?

In Tiruvembavai, in one of the songs he says:

One girl to another in that early morning bathing song:

Thenna enna munnam thee ser mezhugoppai....

When I say Thenna, [O Southerner, i.e Siva in South Madurai],
you shed tears and melt like wax before the fire......



Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Tears
« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2011, 10:25:58 AM »
subramanian sir,

so beutifully written! the greatness of bhagavan is that he was a mahan yet got emotional! 'bhakti is jyana mata' is what bhagavan had said - can there be a self realised without tenderness and love for the almighty?! did not bhagavan say ' appakku pillai adakkam' in a choked voice when he was given prasadam from the arunachaleswarar temple?

A jyani, by virtue of his knowledge knows that death is an illusion. He lives through it. But bhagavan's heart melted when the monkeys brought their dead friend to him and shared their sorrow. He shed tears along with them. If anyone brought to him the news of someone passing away in the ashram bhagavan would always talk about that person for a while, just like we would. In chellammal's case, when baby ramanan was brought to him, his eyes were tearful!  A jyani, paramatma, a mahan like bhagavan can never be stone hearted!

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Re: Tears
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2011, 11:00:43 AM »



Dear SLakshmi,

A Jnani is said to be like a mirror, facing another mirror i.e. no
reflection.  No thoughts.  But when someone with utter grief
comes before him and cries, he is again like a mirror reflecting
the grieved person's emotions, crying. 

Sri Bhagavan says in ULLadu Narpadu, Supplement, Verse 25 [a
translation from Yoga Vasishta]:

Seeming to have enthusiasm and delight, seeming to have excitement and aversion, seeming to exercise initiative and perseverance, yet without attachment, play O hero, in the world.
Released from all bonds of attachment and with equanimity of mind, acting outwardly in all situations in accordance with the part that you have assumed, play as you please, O hero, in the world.



Arunachala Siva.