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« Reply #1650 on: November 18, 2015, 06:53:03 AM »



Chandikeswara was a brahmin.  His poorvasrama name was Vichara Sarman.  He was a pious
Siva devotee, doing his rituals and meditation as of a brahmin.  One day, he saw the cowherd,
beating a cow, which had just then begot a calf and was very weak.  Seeing the cowherd, he
told him that cows should not be beaten.  Then he decided to herd the cows himself.  The cows
belonged to various brahmins of Cheyur, the town to which he belonged.  His father also
agreed.  Vichara Sarman then took the cows to the outskirts having grasslands and thick trees
and plants and grazed the cows.  The animals because of good feed and also seeing the
brahmin loving them, started oozing out the milk on their own. They also gave a lot of milk to
the owners at home.  Once Vichara Sarma saw the cows oozing out milk and so he decided
to do a Siva Puja in the jungle itself.  He made a Siva Linga with sands and water, did oblations
with milk and offered the jungle flowers and bhilwas that were available.  One day, a townsman
saw this and thought Vichara Sarma was wasting the milk intended for the owners.  He complained
to his father. The father next day came to the place, without Vichara Sarman's knowledge and
found the cows pouring out milk on the Siva Linga.  He became angry and kicked the milk pots.
He also kicked the Siva Linga.  He beat Vichara Sarman.  The boy on seeing the blashphemy of his
father in kicking the Siva Linga, took out his stick, which became an axe immediately, and cut
off his two legs.  The father fell down with huge cry and bleeding. Siva appeared before him
and said:  "Vichara Sarman, I have found your immense bhava-bhakti which has made you
even to cut off the legs of your father.  You can come to my Abode and be my guardian angel
in the temples."  He also raised his father from death.  Vichara Sarman thus became Chandikeswara,
the guardian angel of Siva temples.  We can see even today, his shrine to the right of Siva Linga,
near the outlet for the holy waters, milk and turmeric that are poured for oblations to Siva.
The devotees should go to him and mark their presence to Chandikeswara.  Siva also offered
to give the food, flowers and clothing to Chandikeswara. That is why, the cooked rice and the flowers
and clothing of Siva are used by priests to adorn Chandikeswara also.  When the devotees go near Chandikeswara, they should not clap their hands loudly, as if Chandikeswara is deaf.  They should spread their left palm and slowly place the three middle fingers of right palm, without making noise. Giving a thread from the clothes, which is the prevalent practice is also not correct.

Chandikeswara's story happened in Cheyur, [Chey=Son], because Muruga stayed their with his
army, while on his way to kill Surapdama and his brothers, who were demons.           

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #1651 on: November 18, 2015, 06:56:08 AM »



There is a small town called Suruttapalli, near Kanchipuram. There is a Siva temple there.
Here Siva is in a different form, which is rare.  Here He is lying like Mahavishnu, on the laps
of Uma.  The Puranic story goes that after consuming halahala poison, Siva became tired and
was resting, keeping his head on the laps of Uma.  This Siva temple also follows some different
procedure.  They place shadari [paduka] on your head and give you only spoons of water.
No vibhuti.  No breaking of coconuts.

This Siva temple was renovated some years back, by Kanchi Kamakoti Math.  When Kanchi
Sri Chandrasekhara went to that temple, he composed a Sanskrit verse:  "O Father!
Please take rest.  You have done something which even Vishnu could not do.  You have driven
out the fears of devas about the poison.  Please wake up early and bless us all."

Arunachala Siva. 

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« Reply #1652 on: November 24, 2015, 06:40:03 AM »



Fear is due to the mind.  For the one who has controlled the mind, there is no fear.  If one like
Bhagavan Ramana could kill the mind, he becomes the boldest human being in the world. We are the
Third Eye of Siva, from where Skanda came out to kill the demons with whom
even Brahma, Vishnu and Indra feared.  Problem of liquidation?  Why we should fear that?
We are always with God.  It is God who runs the show!"

Saint Tiruvukkarasar sang:  What is there to fear about?
What things will erupt which can give fear to us?  We have
got the Panchaksharam. 

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« Reply #1653 on: November 25, 2015, 06:50:48 AM »


Adi Annamalai, the foothills literally, is a place that one see while circumambulating the Hill.
Here there is a temple for Annamalai also.  This is almost the plateu area, that is why it is called, Foot Annamalai.

Venkateswara Sastrigal and his wife Salammal were staying there sometime in 1946.  When
someone said about this to Bhagavan Ramana, He said: "Once on a giri pradikshina we were
caught in the rain and we stayed the whole night in the temple at Adi Annamalai.  It was then
I HEARD THE SAMA VEDA CHANT.

The Hill has got treasures inside, indeed!

(Source: Day by Day, 9th Jan 1946. Devaraja Mudaliar)

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« Reply #1654 on: November 25, 2015, 11:12:19 AM »
Kanampulla Nayanar Guru Puja

Karthikai  - Krittika Star Day:

The Lord who cures the bonds of births apart from the diseases the body accumulates, that Great
Lord's holy place is Irukku VeLur, presently called as "Pelur" (6-kms from Vazhappadi in
Salem District). With its huge temple and tall tower calling the seekers from all over to come and
get the relaxation under the Holy feet of Lord Siva with the consort Aramvalarthanayaki.


Our Nayanar was born in that place, owner of limitless wealth, renowned for his peerless good
principles. He had a great desire for the Lord who burnt the devas of desire like a piece of straw.
He found that the feet of the Flawless Absolute is the real wealth. He further found the best feature
of the wealth one can have - illuminating the abode of the Luminous Lord who has three lights as
His eyes. Decorating His holy place with nice lamps, he used to worship the God with falling body
in raising love, singing the endless fame of the Limitless Lord. With the love of saluting the Lord of
Elements, that dances in the dais of Tillai, he went to Chidambaram. With his spring of devotion
dancing in his heart to the rhythm of the dance of the Lord, he prostrated to the Great Lord. He then
started living in Tirup Puliichcharam continuing his service of illuminating the place of the Lord.

His holy service continued in spite of whatever hurdles he faced. He sold the household articles one
by one and lit the lamps in the abode everyday with pleasant ghee. Then came the situation when
there was nothing left in the house to sell ! He was not convinced to beg to somebody. That once
prominent rich man, who was still wealthy with the never dying love for the Lord who conquered
death, but had no money in hand, toiled to cut the straws(Kanampul) in the fields and sold it to others.
With the money he got in return that blot-less famed devotee bought the pure ghee and burnt the
lamps in the temple. One day he could not sell the straws he brought in spite of all his efforts. He had
nothing else in his hand ! Still not withdrawn from the sacred service he undertook to do, he went
ahead burning the straws to illuminate the temple. As the stacks of impurities gets burnt soon when
the devotion for Lord Sankara enters, all the straws he had brought got over soon and he required
more to illuminate the temple. That true lover of God unwilling to stop the service even that time, put
his own hair in place of the straw and started burning it - burning the cause of the two types of deeds !!
Our Love, the Lord, appreciating the flawless love of the Nayanar, Kanampullar sat in the place of Lord
Siva, blissfully saluting Him. Let the strong rock like determined devotion with which Kanampulla
Nayanar, started even burning his head for the lamp, stay in the mind.

Seeing his great act, Siva took him to His abode.
 
Arunachala Siva.
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« Reply #1655 on: November 26, 2015, 08:03:00 AM »



God always likes a person who is devoted to His devotees.  Many saints in Periya Puranam,
[e.g. Appoothi Adigal] prayed only to Siva's devotees, like Tiru Navukkarasar.
Yazhapanar, a low caste violinist prayed only to Tiru Jnana Sambandhar and played his
violin only for his songs.  Bhagavan Ramana says in Verse 104 of Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai:

Let me be a devotee of the devotees of the devotees,
who listen to Your name with love!
Please bless so, O Arunachala!

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« Reply #1656 on: November 27, 2015, 07:09:37 AM »

Chandikeswara was a brahmin.  His poorvasrama name was Vichara Sarman.  He was a pious
Siva devotee, doing his rituals and meditation as of a brahmin.  One day, he saw the cowherd,
beating a cow, which had just then begot a calf and was very weak.  Seeing the cowherd, he told
him that cows should not be beaten.  Then he decided to herd the cows himself.  The cows
belonged to various brahmins of Cheyur, the town to which he belonged.  His father also
agreed.  Vichara Sarman then took the cows to the outskirts having grasslands and thick trees
and plants and grazed the cows.  The animals because of good feed and also seeing the brahmin
loving them, started oozing out the milk on their own. They also gave a lot of milk to the owners at
home.  Once Vichara Sarma saw the cows oozing out milk and so he decided to do a Siva Puja in
the jungle itself.  He made a Siva Linga with sands and water, did oblations with milk and offered
the jungle flowers and bhilwas that were available.  One day, a townsman saw this and thought
Vichara Sarma was wasting the milk intended for the owners.  He complained to his father.
The father next day came to the place, without Vichara Sarman's knowledge and found the cows
pouring out milk on the Siva Linga.  He became angry and kicked the milk pots.  He also
kicked the Siva Linga.  He beat Vichara Sarman.  The boy on seeing the blashphemy of his father
in kicking the Siva Linga, took out his stick, which became an axe immediately, and cut off his
two legs.  The father fell down with huge cry and bleeding.

Siva appeared before him and said:  "Vichara Sarman, I have found your immense bhava-bhakti
which has made you even to cut off the legs of your father.  You can come to my Abode
and be my guardian angel in the temples."  He also raised his father from death. 
Vichara Sarman thus became Chandikeswara, the guardian angel of Siva temples.  We can
see even today, his shrine to the right of Siva Linga, near the outlet for the holy waters, milk and
turmeric that are poured for oblations to Siva.  The devotees should go to him and mark their
presence to Chandikeswara.  Siva also offered to give the food, flowers and clothing to Chandikeswara.
That is why, the cooked rice and the flowers and clothing of Siva are used by priests to adorn
Chandikeswara also.  When the devotees go near Chandikeswara, they should not clap their hands loudly,
as if Chandikeswara is deaf.  They should spread their left palm and slowly place the three middle
fingers of right palm, without making noise. Giving a thread from the clothes, which is the prevalent
practice is also not correct.

Chandikeswara's story happened in Cheyur, [Chey=Son], because Muruga stayed their with his army,
while on his way to kill Surapadma and his brothers, who were demons.           

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #1657 on: November 27, 2015, 07:12:15 AM »

There is a small town called Suruttapalli, near Kanchipuram. There is a Siva temple there.
Here Siva is in a different form, which is rare.  Here He is lying like Mahavishnu, on the laps
of Uma.  The Puranic story goes that after consuming halahala poison, Siva became tired and
was resting, keeping his head on the laps of Uma.  This Siva temple also follows some
different procedure.  They place shadari [paduka] on your head and give you only spoons of
water.  No vibhuti.  No breaking of coconuts.

This Siva temple was renovated some years back, by Kanchi Kamakoti Math.  When Kanchi Sri Chandrasekhara went to that temple, he composed a Sanskrit verse:  "O Father!
Please take rest.  You have done something which even Vishnu could not do.  You have driven out
the fears of devas about the poison.  Please wake up early and bless us all."

Arunachala Siva.   

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« Reply #1658 on: November 28, 2015, 07:12:05 AM »


I think reading and the extent of reading is also one's prarabdha.  Reading is not a pre-requisite
for Jnana. Sankara read formally everything, went to Govinda Bhagavad Pada and then got further clarifications.  He was of course, an avatara, and therefore Jnana was already there.  But still
he followed a formal way.  Bhagavan Ramana did not read much but got Atmajnana and then
read a few books as and when devotees asked for clarifications.  All Sankara Math pontiffs go
through a formal learning of Vedas and Upanishads for about 8 years.  It varies from Jnani to Jnani. 
Attaining Jnana without a formal reading, is of course, quite rare.

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« Reply #1659 on: November 29, 2015, 06:51:08 AM »


In any Sadhana, concentration is the essence of success. If it is Puja, concentrate on the Puja,
on the idol to whom you do Puja, concentrate on every flower that you offer, concentrate on the
mantra you chant.  Live in total concentration, till you offer Arti, place it on your eyes and complete
the Puja.

If it is mantra japa, do not count the mantras.  If you do so, your mind will go only into the
counting mathematics. Do it without counting, as far as practicable.

If it is meditation, instead of mediating on Pure Space, try to meditate on a symbol, say Bhagavan
Ramana's face or feet.  Chant mantra within your lips and if any thought drags you out, you
mentally imagine, that you are placing a flower on His feet and come back to the meditating
mode.

This is my practice.

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« Reply #1660 on: November 29, 2015, 06:59:21 AM »



We have seen how certain devotees, apart from Sankara, have done Siva manasa puja of
different kind.  Today we shall see Appoothi Adigal's story, in Periya Puranam.

Appoothi Adigal is a brahmin from Thingaloor, a village, near Tiruvaiyaru.  He is a wealthy brahmin.
But he was not interested much in meditation of Panchakshara or formal pujas of the idol in the home
altar or in the temple. There is a Siva temple in that village where the Moon is said to have done puja
for Siva, to remove his sin of showing special love only to Rohini on of his 27 wives, [representing
27 stars, the daughters of Daksha and Daksha had cursed him for his preferential treatment,
in such a way that the moon became reduced in size.].

Appoothi Adigal prayed only to Tiru Navukkarasar, the great Siva devotee, whom he had not even seen.
He started distribution of water and butter milk in a place in Thingaloor, for all pilgrims and called it
Tiru Navukkarasar Center.  So also he named the food distribution center as Tiru Navukkarasar Center
 He even called his house after the great saint.  He named his two sons as Elder Tirunavukkarasu
and Younger Tirunavukkarasu.

When Tiru Navukkarasar went to Thingaloor for praying to Siva, he found to his surprise that the centers
had been named after him.  He also knew that he had never met Appoothi Adigal.  He went in search
of the devotee's devotee.  He found him in a large house.  Appoothi Adigal was surprised
indescribably about the visit.  He went and welcomed him, in great reverence.  He gave him a nice
seat, cleaned his feet and asked him to take rest for a while, before dinner.

The dinner time came and the Saint took his seat.  Appoothi Adigal called his son Elder Tirunavukkarasar
to go the backyard and fetch a plantain leaf.  When the boy went there, a serpent stung him and he
rushed back to the kitchen, gave the leaf and then fell down black and blue, fainted and died immediately
due to poison.  The couple kept mum and placed the leaf.  They were about to serve food when Tiru
Navukkarasar asked the couple to ask their son also to sit with him for eating.  The couple with great
misery then told the Saint the truth.  Tiru Navukkarasar told them not to worry and went to the place
where Elder Tirunavukkarasu was lying dead.

He started singing a Padigam [ten songs], which described the Siva's greatness, with each verse
starting as, one, two, three and four.  When he completed the 10th song, Elder Tiru Navukkarasu
stood up and prostrated the Saint as if he were only in sleep!

The devotees of Siva are equal to Siva Himself.  Praying to Siva's devotees is more propitiating than praying to Siva Himself. 

This truth is also mentioned in Siva Jnana Bodham, Sutra 12 . 

Bhagavan Ramana Himself sings in Verse 104 of Arunachala Akshara Mana Malai as: 

Anbodum un namam keL anbar tham anbarku
Anbanaivida aruL Arunachala!

Let me be the votary of the votaries of those who hear
Thy name with love, Oh Arunachala!   

Arunachala Siva.     

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« Reply #1661 on: November 30, 2015, 07:24:07 AM »


Guru Gita in verse 129, speaks as to how the Guru goes about his job of conferring the Self Knowledge
to the disciple.

"Karuna khadga-patena chhitva pasashatkam sisoh
Samyogananda janakah sadgurusso'bhidhiyate."

He who by the sword of his compassion cuts the eight-fold fetters of the disciple and [thus] gives
birth to spontaneous bliss in him, is called the Guru.

The eightfold fetters are said to be: hatred, shame, caste [social class], [commitment to] good
culture i.e. asrama, [protecting one's] reputation i.e. maryadha, pride and egoism, [ahankara]. 
All these are snapped by Guru, to make to realize what you are. 

Once Muruganar brought a big jackfruit.  It was to give it to ashramites because that day was his
mother's annual ceremony day.  Bhagavan said:  "O, you have not left this still.  So, you have to
perform sraddha.  Where are brahmins? I am one Brahmin, [Bhagavan telling about Him!],
Ramanatha Brahmachari and Viswanathan are there.  We shall find the fourth one!"  Muruganar
shed tears and prostrated before Bhagavan!  Bhagavan, nevertheless allowed him to distribute
the jackfruit pieces to everyone on that day, lest it should go waste!

Guru is the Self.  It is Is.  One without the second.  There is nothing other than That.  It is nirguna, blemishless, nitya, suddha.  Where is compassion [karuna] coming from?  Karuna is the Self's Grace.
While the Self is one without second, you cannot separate Karuna from it, Grace from it.  It is not
only Sat, it is Chit and it is Ananda. Sat Chit Ananda. Siva is the Self and Uma is the Grace.  Grace
cannot be separated and counted as one more apart from the Self.  Grace is always feminine.
But she is concorporate with Siva.  She is Ardhanareswari.  Unnamulai and Annamalai is One
within One. Christians name their girl children as Grace.  No male is named Grace!  But she
is part of parcel of the male principle, the Purusha.

Manikkavachagar sings:  "You have come to stay in my Heart. But the Heart is oozing nectar of
Grace."  He says in Tiru Ponnoosal, the Decade of Holy Swing, a song that describes
the swing-game of girls.

Nanjamar kandathan, andatthavar nathan.... (Tiruvachakam,
Tiru Ponnoosal, Verse 4)

He is having a blue neck [due to halahala], he is the Lord of the gods, he lives in Uttarakosa Mangai, where the clouds touch the tall walls of the city, embedded with pearls and rubies.  He stays in my Heart, with the mother of graceful words; he lives in the Hearts of all his devotees, oozing the nectar of grace; he vanquishes our birth.  Let us sing his glories, O girls with bangles made of corals and conchshells, let us play the game of golden swing! 

(Source: Guru Gita - Eng. Trans. Divine Life Society, and an article in Mountain Path, April June 2009)

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« Reply #1662 on: December 01, 2015, 06:59:15 AM »



Adi Annamalai, the foothills literally, is a place that one see while circumambulating the Hill.
Here there is a temple for Annamalai also.  This is almost the straight square area, that is why
it is called, Foot Annamalai.

Venkateswara Sastrigal and his wife Salammal were staying there sometime in 1946.  When
someone said about this to Bhagavan Ramana, He said: "Once on a giri pradikshina we were
caught in the rain and we stayed the whole night in the temple at Adi Annamalai.  It was then
I HEARD THE SAMA VEDA CHANT.

The Hill has got treasures inside, indeed!

(Source: Day by Day, 9th Jan 1946. Devaraja Mudaliar)

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« Reply #1663 on: December 02, 2015, 07:06:41 AM »
Keeping Still:

For most of us, the tendency is to do this or that.  Mind
always jumps out with the least provocation.  BEING STILL
is the most difficult job for most of us.

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« Reply #1664 on: December 02, 2015, 07:10:00 AM »



Surrender is the way.  In the world every being is created and one becomes the food of others.
Even human beings who are vegetarians have to kill the plants to eat food.  A fly is eaten by a lizard,
a cow by tiger, a tiger killed by a man etc.,  This chain continues ever and for ever.  We can at best
help the suffering beings to the extent possible.  Suppose we save a deer from tiger, the tiger would
look at us and ask: Who are you to prevent my food?  We have no answer.
Surrender to God or Guru is the best way.  All things are done by one Parameswara Sakti.  Our job is
to stay away from thinking that I shall do this or do that.

Arunachala Siva.