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« Reply #1485 on: June 22, 2015, 07:32:04 AM »
Saint Manikkavachagar's Guru Puja:- 22.06.2015.

Today is Manikkavachagar's Guru Puja Day. Manikkavachagar merged as a flame with Nataraja in Chidambaram,
on this day, Ani (Jyeshta), Magham star day. In Chidambaram temple and all Saiva Siddhanta Maths observe
this day with special pujas / prayers to the saint. In the saint's small shrine in Adi Annamalai also, it is observed.

Sri Bhagavan's devotion for the saint and His love for Tiruvachakam are well known.    He has told the
story of Saint Manikkavachagar in September 1947 to Suri Nagamma. The story is found in "Letters."

Sro Bhagavan's narration of the saint's story has been posted by me sometime in April 2015 as available in
David Godman's Ramana Puranam (trans.)

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #1486 on: June 23, 2015, 08:48:48 AM »
Saint Amarneethi Nayanar Guru Puja - Ani (Jyeshta) Puram (Pubba):- 23.06.2015:

Today is the guru puja (liberation) day of Amarneethi Nayanar.  He was born in a traders' family and
amassed wealth in gold and rubies, and lived a happy life in TirunaaLur, on the bank of Kaveri river.
At the same time, he had immense Siva bhakti praying always to Lord Siva. He used to feed Siva devotees
with rich feast everyday. One day an old brahmin came and he was only wearing a coupina.  He was
holding an alms bowl and spare coupina and towels on his hand. Amarneethi Nayanar invited him and told
him to have feast that noon in his house.  The brahmin told Amarneethi that he would take bath in Kaveri
and come back soon and he asked the Nayanar to keep the coupina and alms bowl safe and that he would
come back and have food in his place.

Soon the brahmin came back and asked for the coupina.  He was shivering in cold.  Amarneethi went inside
to pick up the coupina.  It was not there.  He came and told the brahmin that the coupina was missing and
he would give a new coupina.  The brahmin got angry and wanted only his coupina, however much Amarneethi
persuaded. Finally, the brahmin told him to bring a weighing scale and to give new coupinas as compensation.
The scale did not balance in spite of Amarneethi placing a lot of coupinas. He then placed gold and rubies.
The scale did not balance. He was perplexed.  Amarneethi, then said, that he and his wife would stand on
the scale as a final compensation!  When he did so, the scale became balanced on both sides.

Siva appeared there and took Amarneethi and his wife to His Abode.

'To give one's possessions would not suffice.  To give oneself is the final act of sacrifice and surrender.'

Arunachala Siva.           

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« Reply #1487 on: June 23, 2015, 12:02:26 PM »
Poem of Arthur Osborne - The Wind:

(From the collection, Be Still, It is the Wind that blows):

(Mountain Path - April - June 2007.)

I am the pipe the wind blows through,
Be still, it is the wind that sings.
The course of my life and the things that I do
And the seeming false and the seeming true
Are the tune of the wind that neither knows
Good and ill, nor joys and woes.
But the ultimate awe is deeper yet
Than song or pipe or storm;
For the pipe and tune are the formless wind
That seemed for a while to take form.
And words are good to escape from words
And strife to escape from strife,
But silence drinks in all the waves
Of song and death and life.

Arunachala Siva.       

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« Reply #1488 on: June 23, 2015, 12:14:54 PM »
The following poem is from April - June 2007 of Mountain Path, hence I am not giving it under -Mountain Path
Poems - 2015 onwards.

Mahadeepam - The Inner Path - Upahar:

In a moment unknown to time,
between the setting and rising of the worlds,
the Lord of all hearts
has crowned Himself
with His single, unthinkable Fire.

He lets fall His cloak of night,
raises up the flowering moon
and unrolls beneath these ever willing feet
the naked path of adoration

Auspicious on high the dancing constellation;
by ancient silent-most rocks
and mirrored in rare, enchanted waters
the pilgrim dreams the way

From a well trod outer way
adorned with many a shrine
the chorus of a million circling souls
floats on the breeze;
and an inner laughing knowledge
that not even one step is taken
on the heart's round road......

And though at times falling among the shadows,
as if pursued, or haunted ---
yet in a sudden, absent recognition,
alone-ness overakes the traveler,
and night becomes a solitary Flame

Nameless You are;
even Your most beloved Name
returns this night to the unspeakable ---

Formless You shine,
for who is here apart from You
to trace your beloved outline?

All being now is honored and illumined,
all things prosper and delight;
Creation wonders and wonders,
every atom sings Your glory

You stand forever still,
You for Pure Joy,
You burn at the core of all,
You burn at the core.

Arunachala Siva.                   

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« Reply #1489 on: June 24, 2015, 09:38:56 AM »
Ani Tirumanjanam for Nataraja in Chidambram:-

Today is the Ani (Jyeshta month) Tirumanjanam (special abhishekam) for Nataraja in Chidambaram.
There will be special abhishekam for the Nataraja gold image in Chidambaram. Oblations with milk,
ghee, curds, turmeric water, coconut water, honey etc., will be done for the golden idol of the Lord.
Such abhishekam takes place six times in a year, in different months of the Tamizh year.

I remember such abhishekam is done for Nataraja in other Siva temples also. In the Asramam,
for the Nataraja idol in Mother's Temple also, such abhishekam takes place in the morning commencing
from 6.00 am.  I once witnessed this during my visit to the Asramam.

Arunachala Siva.       

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« Reply #1490 on: July 08, 2015, 04:15:47 PM »
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« Reply #1491 on: July 09, 2015, 09:28:40 AM »
Today is the liberation day of Saint Kalikkaamar, one of the 63 Saiva Saints:

Kalikkaamar Guru Puja - Ani (Jyeshta), Revathi star day:

In the Chozha kingdom renowned for its fertility, is the town Tirup Punkoor, green with fields, white with flags
displaying fertility. Seen with huge crowds that show to Heaven how better the latter could be more happy
chanting the holy names of the Siva, the Eldest Lord, that town appeared like the abode of Lord Siva.. In that
bright town born the brilliant general of the state army by name Kalikkaamar, in the tradition of Eyor. Ornated with
the glittering gem of affection for that Almighty, he served the devotees of that sweet stain-throated Lord with
pleasing modesty. He did excellent services to the Lord Siva, the giver of refuge, taken abode in the town
Tiruppunkoor.


The devotee Sundaramurthi Swamigal, never used to plead to anybody but asked only the Lord Siva, the Giver of
Self, everything he wanted. For him the Lord went as messenger to his wife Paravai. Hearing that Sundaramurthi
Swamigal, without any fear, or respect, sent the Lord as a messenger to a girl, the devotee Eyor Kon Kalikkaamar,
who propitiated the Lord in all his feelings with peeking love and adoration, was appalled, felt hurt, lamented and
became furious. 'What a slavery is this, where the slave commands the Master! That is for consoling a girl!
What a sin, even after hearing this unbearable deed I am not dead! Even if the Lord who was unexplorable even
to Vishnu and Brahma was ready how was he not hesitant to ask for such an favor? What will happen if I ever
happen to see him ?', he blasted. He was not able to digest the happening. His love was so great that it was pricking
as thorns the way the softer than flower feet of the Lord walked in the streets of Tiruvarur, in a night between Sundharar,
and Paravai's homes. He wanted an answer to this. He pleaded to the Lord all these everyday.

God who was dipped in the delicacies of the two different but both unparalleled great love of Sundaramurthi and
Kalikkaamar,  wanted to show to the latter,  the sincerity in the love and slavery of Sundaramurthi. He made the
painful colic pain to appear in Kalikkaamar's stomach. With the pain poking like the head of the spear he held the
feet of the Dancing Lord and cried. The Lord said that it could not be cured by anybody other than Sundaramurthi!
He screamed, 'Oh Lord, while we for so many generations trust only on you, depend only on you, worship you as
the only Master, somebody who asked you to work for him is going to heal this illness! What a pity! If that is the
case than getting cured by him it is better if it tortures me." "Oh Graceful ! You made it sure that the position of Sundaramurthi,  is right!', he lamented. The Lord obscured Himself to him and went to Sundaramurthi and asked
him to cure the colic pain of Kalikkaamar.  Saluting the Lord obediently Sundaramurthi sent message to
Kalikkaamar and started to his place.

Kalikkaamar who was pain-ridden in the stomach, frustrated by the Lord's words heard with gloom that Sundaramurhi
was coming to cure him. He did not want him to heal his painful disease. Rather he decided before Sundaramurthi
could come there he would pierce and cut his own stomach that had the sinful colic pain. He took the sword and cut his stomach apart bringing the life to end and curing the colic pain! His loving wife who had very great respect for the devotees was about to sacrifice herself along with her husband but then heard that Sundaramurthi had reached at
their residence. Serving the devotees was the highest priority even in her pain stricken mind. That exemplary woman asked others not to cry or show any sign of what happened, hid the body of her beloved husband and went to welcome
the saint with all good omens. Accepting their warm welcome with a smiling face Sundaramurthi  went inside the house and sat. Accepting their salutations he conveyed his anxiety and eagerness to cure the painful disease of the devotee Kalikkaamar. On the order of that great lady, the people there told him that Kalikkaamar was alright and was sleeping inside. But Sundaramurthi  insisted that at least to satisfy his self he should see him. Unable to persuade they took him
to show Kalikkaamar who was floating in the flood of blood.

The true devotee Sundaramurthi who had immense adoration for the Lord and His devotees due to which he reiterated
in most of the hymns that he was the slave of the slave of the slaves of Gangadhara, was stricken with gloom on seeing
the devotee's body in blood and his determination. He raised the dagger to sacrifice himself too. At that moment by the
act of that Merciful Master, Kalikkaamar got back his life, rose to stop Sundaramurthi - now realizing his real flawless
love. Sundaramurthi fell on Kalikkaamar's feet prostrating him. Kalikkaamar fell on his feet. The world wondered and praised this marvel. Who can command the Omniscient for whom the earth became the Chariot, the Sun and Moon the wheels of it, the mountain the bow, the Lord Vishnu, the arrow and the entire crowd of devas, in His service, but
burnt the three demons just by His smile!  It was because of the untainted wholesome ever-flowing love of Sundaramurthi that the Lord out of His mercy went as a messenger. His grace is unlimited!  His name be hailed!

Out of the feeling of very good friendship the two devotees hugged each other, went and praised the Lord of matted
locks, the Lord of Tiruppunkoor. Sundaramurthi sang with all devotion the song, praising the grace that the Lord
showed and mentioned the greatness of Kaliikkaamar in it. Then for some days there were together in Tiruvarur,
worshiping the Mighty Lord in the ant-hill. Later Kalikkaamar returned back to his town to perform his wonderful
services and resided finally under the cool feet of the Lord who comes on the red eyed Bull.

 
Kalikkaamar donated grand amount of land in the service of God, in an occasion when there was drought to get
rains for the benefit of the people. When it rained it really flooded out. Probably God thought for the request of this devotee things should be given without any "holding back" ! Then kalikkaamar gave another 12 veli (something like
today's hectares) measure of land to Lord Siva praying to avoid the flooding due to excess rain. God enjoying his
offering, blessed so.

Mention about Kalikkaamar in Sundaramuthi Swamigal's Tiruth ThoNdath Thogai:

வம்பறா வரிவண்டு மணம்நாற மலரும்
மதுமலர்நற் கொன்றையான் அடியலாற் பேணா
எம்பிரான் சம்பந்தன் அடியார்க்கும் அடியேன்
ஏயர்கோன் கலிக்காமன் அடியார்க்கும் அடியேன்
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Arunachala Siva.
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« Reply #1492 on: July 11, 2015, 09:13:27 PM »
WHAT SHOULD PAINTINGS OF SRI KRISHNA AND ARJUNA ON THE BATTLEFIELD OF KURUKSHETRA REALLY REPRESENT ?

Swami Vivekananda : A very funny thing happened today. I went to a friend's house. He has had a picture painted, the subject of which is "Shri Krishna addressing Arjuna on the battlefield of Kurukshetra". Shri Krishna stands on the chariot, holding the reins in His hand and preaching the Gita to Arjuna. He showed me the picture and asked me how I liked it. "Fairly well", I said. But as he insisted on having my criticism on it, I had to give my honest opinion by saying, "There is nothing in it to commend itself to me; first, because the chariot of the time of Shri Krishna was not like the modern pagoda - shaped car, and also, there is no expression in the figure of Shri Krishna."

Q.-- Was not the pagoda - chariot in use then?
Swamiji: Don't you know that since the Buddhistic era, there has been a great confusion in everything in our country? The kings never used to fight in pagoda - chariots. There are chariots even today in Rajputana that greatly resemble the chariots of old. Have you seen the chariots in the pictures of Grecian mythology? They have two wheels, and one mounts them from behind; we had that sort of chariot. What good is it to paint a picture if the details are wrong? An historical picture comes up to a standard of excellence when after making proper study and research, things are portrayed exactly as they were at that period. The truth must be represented, otherwise the picture is nothing. In these days, our young men who go in for painting are generally those who were unsuccessful at school, and who have been given up at home as good - for - nothing; what work of art can you expect from them? To paint a really good picture requires as much talent as to produce a perfect drama.

Q.-- How then should Shri Krishna be represented in the picture in question?
Swamiji: Shri Krishna ought to be painted as He really was, the Gita personified; and the central idea of the Gita should radiate from His whole form as He was teaching the path of Dharma to Arjuna, who had been overcome by infatuation and cowardice.
So saying Swamiji posed himself in the way in which Shri Krishna should be portrayed, and continued: "Look here, thus does he hold the bridle of the horses -- so tight that they are brought to their haunches, with their forelegs fighting the air, and their mouths gaping. This will show a tremendous play of action in the figure of Shri Krishna. His friend, the world - renowned hero, casting aside his bow and arrows, has sunk down like a coward on the chariot, in the midst of the two armies. And Shri Krishna, whip in one hand and tightening the reins with the other, has turned Himself towards Arjuna, with his childlike face beaming with unworldly love and sympathy, and a calm and serene look -- and is delivering the message of the Gita to his beloved comrade. Now, tell me what idea this picture of the Preacher of the Gita conveys to you."

The friend: Activity combined with firmness and serenity.
Swamiji: Ay, that's it! Intense action in the whole body, and withal a face expressing the profound calmness and serenity of the blue sky. This is the central idea of the Gita -- to be calm and steadfast in all circumstances, with one's body, mind, and soul centred at His hallowed Feet! [(Sanskrit)] (Gita IV.18)
He who even while doing action can keep his mind calm, and in whom, even when not doing any outward action, flows the current of activity in the form of the contemplation of Brahman, is the intelligent one among men, he indeed is the Yogi, he indeed is the perfect worker.


Excerpted from 'From the Diary of a Disciple' -Priyanath sinha

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« Reply #1493 on: July 15, 2015, 09:47:25 AM »
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« Reply #1494 on: July 16, 2015, 02:13:22 PM »
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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« Reply #1495 on: July 19, 2015, 09:08:03 PM »
The following incident illustrates the disappearence of some people in the form of light after death . Bhagavan himself has illustarted the case of saint Manickavachagar and recently even Saint Ramalinga Swamigal also it seems disappeared as light ( though some people context the authencity of the same ) .But saint Ramalinga Swamigal was a great devotee of Saint Manicka Vachagar and always used to have Thiruvachagam book by his side .

DISSOLVED IN LIGHT

Maharshi was reading G. U. Pope?s translation of Tiruvachakam and came across the stanzas describing the intense feeling of bhakti as thrilling the whole

frame, melting the flesh and bones, etc.

He remarked: ?Manickavasagar is one of those whose body finally resolved itself in a blazing light, without leaving a corpse behind.?
Another devotee asked how it could be.

Maharshi said the gross body is only the concrete form of the subtle stuff - the mind. When the mind melts away and blazes forth as light, the body is

consumed in that process. Nandanar is another whose body disappeared in blazing light.

Maj. Chadwick pointed out that Elisha disappeared in the same way. He desired to know if the disappearance of Christ?s body from the tomb was like that.

M.: No. Christ?s body was left as a corpse which was at first entombed, whereas the others did not leave corpses behind.

In the course of conversation, Maharshi said that the subtle body is composed of light and sound and the gross body is a concrete form of the same.

The subtle body of the Creator is the mystic sound Pranava, which is sound and light. The universe resolves into sound and light and then into

transcendence - Param.

- Talk 215.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? - Buddha

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« Reply #1496 on: July 20, 2015, 07:18:34 AM »
Dear atmavichar100,

I have read that Saint Ramalinga Swamigal used to keep a palm leaf where a verse by Manikkavachagar from
Tiruvachakam was written, on his head under the covered cloth on the head.

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« Reply #1497 on: July 22, 2015, 06:03:13 PM »
Saint Pattinathar came for performing the last rites of his mother and sung a beautiful song that is still sung during some  death ceremonies in Tamil Nadu .
This video links shows Pattinathar's emotions during the death of his mother and the wonderful song that he rendered  comes midway in this video and it talks about the journey of a human soul from birth to death and says  finally everyone ends up only as a fistful of ashes .
Though saints are said to be free of family attachments  , when it comes to Mother all great saints be it Adi Shankara , Bhavagan Ramana and also saint Pattinathar  had a special consideration for their respective mothers as shown in this song . A very emotional and Philosophical song .


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZP4DkP2Dr8

Note : The next post contains the full song with the verses in Tamil
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« Reply #1498 on: July 22, 2015, 06:11:21 PM »
இதுதான் வாழ்க்கை - Pattinathar's song on a souls life from Birth to Death

வாழ்வில் பெரும் ஆசை.அகந்தை.கோபம் ...வரும்போது இப்பாடல்வரிகள் மனதிற்கு அமைதியைத்தந்து நெறிபடுத்தும் .மானுட வாழ்க்கைப் பயணத்தை இதைவிடத் தெளிவாக வேறு யார் அல்லது எந்த நூல் சொல்லிவிட முடியும்?

The link to the song of Pattinathar is given below :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Q8LJk11nq8

Here is the text of the above song in Tamil

உடற்கூறு வண்ணம்

ஒரு மட மாதும் ஒருவனும் ஆகி
இன்ப சுகம் தரும் அன்பு பொருந்தி
உணர்வு கலங்கி ஒழுகிய விந்து
ஊறு சுரோணித மீது கலந்து
பனியிலோர் பாதி சிறு துளி மாது
பண்டியில் வந்து புகுந்து திரண்டு
பதுமரரும்பு கமடம் இதென்று
பார்வைமெய் வாய்செவி கால்கைகள் என்ற
உருவமும் ஆகி உயிர் வளர் மாதம்
ஒன்பதும் ஒன்றும் நிறைந்து மடந்தை
உதரமகன்று புவியில் விழுந்து
யோகமும் வாரமும் நாளும் அறிந்து

ஒளிநகை ஊறல் இதழ் மடவாரும்
உவந்து முகந்திட வந்து தவழ்ந்து
மடியில் இருந்து மழலை மொழிந்து
வா இரு போ என நாமம் விளம்ப
உடைமணி ஆடை அரைவடம் ஆட
உண்பவர் தின்பவர் தங்களொடுண்டு
தெருவினிலிருந்து புழுதி அளைந்து
தேடிய பாலரடோடி நடந்து
அஞ்சு வயதாகி விளையாடியே

உயர்தரு ஞான குரு உபதேசம்
முத்தமிழின் கலையும் கரை கண்டு
வளர்பிறை என்று பலரும் விளம்ப
வாழ் பதினாறு பிராயமும் வந்து
மதனசொரூபன் இவன் என மோக
மங்கையர் கண்டு மருண்டு திரண்டு
வரிவிழி கொண்டு சுழிய எறிந்து
மாமயில்போல் அவர் போவது கண்டு
மனது பொறாமல் அவர் பிறகோடி
தேடிய மாமுதல் சேர வழங்கி

வளமையும் மாறி இளமையும் மாறி
வன்பல் விழுந்திருகண்கள் இருண்டு
வயது முதிர்ந்து நரைதிரை வந்து
வாதவிரோத குரோதமடைந்து
செங்கையில் ஓர் தடியும் ஆகியே

வருவது போவது ஒருமுதுகூனும்
மந்தி எனும்படி குந்தி நடந்து
மதியும் அழிந்து செவிதிமிர் வந்து
வாய் அறியாமல் விடாமல் மொழிந்து
கலகலவென்று மலசலம் வந்து
கால்வழி மேல்வழி சார நடந்து

கடன்முறை பேசும் என உரைநாவும்
உறங்கிவிழுந்து கைகொண்டு மொழிந்து
கடைவழி கஞ்சி ஒழுகிட வந்து
பூதமும் நாலு சுவாசமும் நின்று
நெஞ்சு தடுமாறி வரும் நேரமே

வளைபிறை போல எயிரும் உரோமம்
முன்சடையும் சிறுகுஞ்சியும் விஞ்ச
மனதும் இருண்ட வடிவும் இலங்க
மாமலை போல் யமதூதர்கள் வந்து
வலைகொடு வீசி உயிர்கொடு போக
மைந்தரும் வந்து குனிந்தழ நொந்து
மடியில் விழுந்து மனைவி புலம்ப
மாழ்கினரே இவர் காலமறிந்து

வரிசை கெடாமல் எடும் எனஓடி
வந்திள மைந்தர் குனிந்து சுமந்து
கடுகி நடந்து சுடலை அடைந்து
மானிட வாழ்வென வாழ்வென நொந்து
விறகிடமூடி அழல் கொடுபோட
வெந்து விழுந்து முறிந்து நிணங்கள்
உருகி எலும்பு கருகி அடங்கி
ஓர்பிடி நீறும் இலாத உடம்பை
நம்பும் அடியேனை இனி ஆளுமே?..

-பட்டினத்தார்
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Re: Rough Notebook-Open Forum
« Reply #1499 on: July 23, 2015, 11:27:59 AM »
Peru Mizhalai Kurumba Nayanar - Guru Puja - Aadi Chitra star day.

Today is the Guru Puja Day of the above saint.

The saint was born in a rich agricultural family and inherited great wealth.  He was an ardent Siva devotee,
who also took pleasure in feeding the hungry and poor. He had great respect for Sundaramurthi Nayanar.
Sundaramurthi Nayanar was with the king of Chera Kingdom, Cheramaan Perumaal Nayanar who ruled
from KOdungaloor now in Kerala state. He and Sundaramurthi went to Tiruvinchaiik Kalam for praying to
Siva. There the white elephant from Kailash was waiting and Sundarmurthi mounted on the elephant and
reached skyward, Kailash, where Siva was waiting to receive him. Cheramaan Perumaal followed him, by mounting     
on his horse to which he chanted Namasivaya mantra and the horse flew and reached Kailash even before Sundara-
murthi!

Perumizhalai Kurumbar heard this and he sat and did Siva Yoga.  His breath through kundalini power rose
to the crown, split it open and the Jiva reached Kailash even before the above two!

Arunachala Siva.