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« Reply #1815 on: March 25, 2016, 07:05:04 AM »


I shall continue with stray Tamizh verses.  Most of us know Guru Namasivaya who was the disciple
of Guhai Namasivaya. Both Guru Namasivaya and Guhai Namasivaya were living in Arunachala and
have sung many songs on Arunachaleswarar. These have been published by Sri Ramanasramam.

Guru Namasivaya has also sung some stray verses.  He once went to Chidambaram to have darshan
of the Dancing God of Golden Court, Nataraja in Chidambaram.  Upon seeing Nataraja he sang:

O Siva who gives boons to devotees everyday without fail,
I shall make one request to you.  You are ever dancing keeping your gunchitapatam, raised.
While your left foot is ever raised, to protect the devotees, your right foot is ever stamping on
Apasmara, Muyalakan, the demon.  Are you not getting tired like this, for ever keeping one raised foot and keeping the other foot stamping on the demon?  Why not you stop and take rest for some time?

The perennial dance, Anavarata Tandavam can never stop. If it stops, the universe will cease to exist,
with everything becoming  cosmic dust.  And a new kalpa has to start.  Even though the illustrious
poet knows this, he sang out of compassion for the restless Siva.  The ever dancing Siva, is
Achala in Tiruvannamalai and the Mother who was watching His dance in Chidambaram, has merged
into Him, as Ardhanari, in Tiruvannamalai.  See Bhagavan Ramana's Navamani Malai verse 1.

"The Non-moving Siva dances [moves] in Chidambaram in his
cosmic dance, while Achala, the Mother, Sivakamavalli is watching. He is Achalan, the Non moving with Mother, Achalai. merging into Him and that is Arunachala, please understand!" 

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #1816 on: March 25, 2016, 01:49:31 PM »

காயத்ரி ************* மந்திரத்தின் ****************** மகிமை!


பகவத் கீதையில் கிருஷ்ண பரமாத்மா கூறுகிறார்.
?மந்திரங்களில் நான் காயத்ரியாக இருக்கிறேன்?.
அந்த அளவு சிறப்பு வாய்ந்தது காயத்ரி மந்திரம்.
இது மகரிஷி விஸ்வாமித்திரர் உபதேசித்த மந்திரம் என்று சொல்லப்படுகிறது.
அக இருளை நீக்கி ஞான ஒளியைத் தந்தருளும்படி இறைவனை வேண்டும் மந்திரம் இது.
காயத்திரி மந்திரம் 24 அட்சர சக்திகள் கொண்டது.
அவைகள் ஒலி வடிவானவை.
மந்திரங்களுக்கே தலையாய காயத்ரி மந்திரம் இது தான்;?ஓம்
பூர் புவ ஸ்வஹ
தத் ஸ்விதுர்
வரேணியம்
பர்கோ தேவஸ்ய தீமஹி
தியோ யோநஹ
ப்ரசோதயாத்?


இந்த மந்திரத்தைச் சொல்லும் போது இங்கு கொடுத்துள்ள படியே ஓம் முதற்கொண்டு ஒவ்வொரு அடி இறுதியிலும் நிறுத்திச் சொல்ல வேண்டும்.
?பூஉலகம்,
மத்திய உலகம்,
மேல் உலகம் மூன்றுக்கும் சக்தியான அந்தப் பரம ஜோதி சொரூபமான சத்தியத்தை நான் தியானிக்கிறேன்.
அந்தப் பரம சக்தி ஒளி என் அறிவைத் தூண்டி என்னை உண்மையை அறிந்த நிலைக்கு உயர்த்தட்டும்?
என்பது தான் காயத்ரி மந்திரத்தின் பொருள்.காயத்ரி மந்திரச் சிறப்புப் பற்றி புனித நூல்களும், மகான்களும், பேரறிஞர்கள் இப்படிப் புகழ்ந்து கூறுகிறார்கள்.
?இவ்வுலகத்திலும்,
பரவுலகத்திலும் எல்லா விருப்பங்களையும் பூர்த்தி செய்யும் தவத்தை வளர்க்க காயத்திரியை விட மேலான மந்திரம் இல்லை?
என்கிறது
தேவிபாகவதம்.
?மூன்று வருடங்கள் காயத்ரி மந்திரத்தை ஜெபித்து வருபவன்
வாயுபோல சுதந்திரமாக இயங்கி பிரம்மத்தை அடைவான்?
எனக் கூறுகின்றது மனுஸ்மிருதி.

?நான்கு வேதங்களையும் தராசின் ஒரு தட்டில் வைத்து
அதற்கு சமமாக காயத்ரியை மட்டும் மறுதட்டில் வைத்தால்
எடை சரியாகவிருக்கும்.
காயத்ரி வேதங்களின் தாய்.
சகலபாவங்களையும் போக்குபவள்.
காயத்ரியைப் போல பவித்திரமான மந்திரம்
மண்ணுலகிலும் இல்லை,
விண்ணுலகிலும் இல்லை.
காயத்ரிக்கு மேலான ஜபம் இருந்ததுமில்லை,
இனிமேல் இருக்கப் போவதுமில்லை?
என்கிறார் யக்ஞவல்கியர்.

காயத்ரி மந்திரமானது உலகத்துக்கே பொதுவான ஒன்றாகும்.
அது எந்த ஒரு மதத்தையோ அல்லது கடவுளையோ குறிப்பிட்டு சொல்லவில்லை.
இம்மந்திரம் அனைவருக்கும் பொதுவான பரம்பொருளை தியானிக்கச் சொல்லும் அருமையான மந்திரமாகும்.
எனவே இம்மந்திரத்தை அனைவரும் ஜபிக்கலாம்.
சந்தியா காலங்களில், அதாவது காலை மாலை நேரங்களில், காயத்ரி மந்திரம் சொல்வது மிகவும் நல்லது.
இந்த காயத்ரி மந்திர ஜபத்தை சிரத்தையுடனும், அர்த்தம் நினைவில் வைத்தும் தொடர்ந்து சொல்லி வந்தால்
மனதில் நிதானமும், அமைதியும் ஏற்பட ஆரம்பிக்கும்.
நமது வாழ்க்கையில் சிக்கலான சந்தர்ப்பங்களில் தெளிவாக முடிவெடுக்க முடியும்.
மாணவர்கள் பாடங்களை பயிலும் முன் இந்த மந்திரத்தை ஜபித்துவிட்டு தொடங்கினால் நிச்சயம் ஆழ்மனதில் நன்றாக பதியும்.
இந்த மகா மந்திரத்தைப் பயன்படுத்தி முன்னேறுவோமாக!
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

Subramanian.R

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« Reply #1817 on: March 26, 2016, 08:24:59 AM »
Today is Karaikkal Ammaiyar's Liberation Day.

Panguni - Swathi star day.


I have already covered the history of Karaikkal Ammaiyar.  Please see my earlier round of Siva devotees
mentioned elsewhere.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #1818 on: March 28, 2016, 07:28:09 AM »



Does anyone earnestly believe that all problems can be solved by meditating within?  No.
One needs outside help, till we understand and arrive at that state of non-dualism.
It starts from the womb.  Suppose mother denies that the food she eats should not go to the
child in the womb and the child should take care of its problem, can the child survive?
Can you cure your stomach pain or cataract in the eye by meditating within?  Don't you need a
doctor outside?  This outside help from God or Guru is called Grace. With people in the world it is
called love or compassion.

There is a story about Ribhu Gita, Tamizh translation, by Ulaganatha Swamigal, [Bhikshu Sastrigal].
He completed Ribhu Gita, with no invocation song on God, no mention about God throughout the book!  Nataraja wanted to teach him a lesson.  As soon as he completed the book, he became blind.
He suffered for a while.  Then slowly he started praying to Nataraja of Chidambaram. Nataraja
appeared in his dream, and told him:  Have you become that great to write a book without seeking
Vinayaka's help and my grace?  Include an invocation song and also as a punishment, you add a
song on me, at the end of each chapter of Ribhu Gita.  Ulaganatha Swamigal dictated these songs
and asked his disciple to write them out at the end of each chapter and then submitted the entire
work to Siva Nataraja of Chidambaram and prayed.  He got back his eye sight!  This is mentioned
graphically in Sri Ramansramam's book and also in the wonderful English verse translation by Dr. H. Ramamoorthy and Nome by Society for Abidance in Truth, SAT, California. 

Arunachala Siva.   

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« Reply #1819 on: March 28, 2016, 10:40:09 AM »
Dear subramaniyan ji.                                                                  It is true. We have to put our effort on our side as  well as we need guru and god's grace. Plus our parents, our ancestors.  All should bless us to get solvation.                     Ramanaduli

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« Reply #1820 on: March 28, 2016, 10:56:37 AM »
Dear Ramanaduli,

Yes, prayers in the presence of Guru is the most important thing, to have our problems vanquished
and also to attain the state of Mukti.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #1821 on: March 31, 2016, 07:50:54 AM »

Devotion [bhakti] will lead one to surrender [saranagati],
and after Saranagati nothing excepting He remains, He is
the One without the second.  Saint Tayumanavar says:
After I know You, I feel that there is only You and not me."

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #1822 on: April 01, 2016, 07:43:09 AM »

Mother Sarada Devii's view point is also correct.  To have pain and sorrows, makes one show
compassion for other's pains and sorrows.  Saint Tayumanavar has sung in a composition:

I became parched and tired, whenever I see paddy plants
and trees are parched due to hot summer. 

This is compassion.  Sri Ramakrishna said it in some other way:  When he was having throat cancer
and could not eat anything, devotees asked him to pray to Kali.  He said Kali told him:  While you are
eating with sixty mouths, [meaning devotees], why should you eat?  This is Universal Consciousness.
Once Vivekananda had a restless sleep and next morning he told his devotees, that there might have
been something wrong in the world somewhere.  Next day morning papers informed that there was an earthquake in South America in midnight and many people had perished!

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #1823 on: April 02, 2016, 03:19:57 PM »
Today is Jagadish Swami Day - His Liberation Day:

I am not sure who is this Jagadish Swami.  He must have come to the Asramam during last years of
Sri Bhagavan or after His merger with Sivam.  He stayed in the Asramam and also in the Hills for some
months and after following Sri Bhagavan's path, must have attained merger with Brahman.

Arunachala Siva.   

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« Reply #1824 on: April 04, 2016, 03:24:56 PM »
La. Su. Rengarjan - Obituary:

La. Su. Rengarajan, about whom I wrote in the article of  Para Siva VeLLam, aged 85 years, well known
Gandhian scholar and Bhagavan devotee, passed away at Chennai on January 18, 2016, after battling
bone cancer for several months.  He leaves behind his wife Smt. Lalitha Rengarjan, who attended on him
with immense care. 

La. Su, Rengarajan, as Rengarajan, was known as a writer in Tamizh and English. He started his career
as an Assistant Editor at The Indian Express, Chennai, in 1955.  He then moved to Delhi and worked as
an officer on Special Duty at the Mahatma Gandhi Collected Works at the I & B Ministry, of which his mentor
Prof. K. Swaminathan, was the Chief Editor.  He retired as a Joint Director and returned to Chennai and
wrote on Mahatma Gandhi and also translated in Tamizh some books on Bhagavan.

In 1994, he helped the former President Sri T.N. Venkataraman, who was known as Swami Ramanananda
after he took Sannyasa, in writing his autobiography in Tamizh.

La. Su. Ra did a Tamizh translation of Prof. Swaminathan's book Ramana Maharshi for the National Book
Trust; two of Arthur Osborne's books; and T.M.P. Mahadevan's Bhagavan Ramana.  In Chennai he edited
the Gandhian monthly Bharata Mani and the literary monthly Kanaiyazhi.  He was the general editor of the
five volumes of Selected Works of Mahatma Gandhi in Tamizh.  He was known and admired for his amiability,
simplicity, hard work and, of course, his life long devotion to Mahatma Gandhi and Bhagavan.               
       

Arunachala Siva.
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« Reply #1825 on: April 04, 2016, 04:56:45 PM »
The Story of Chandekar Maharaj as narrated by mataji Krishnabai in her autobiography 'Guru's Grace' is an interesting one.I am sharing this here.

SRI CHANDEKAR MAHARAJ
WHILE I was passing the days as related above, one day you in the form of a great soul, Sri Chandekar Maharaj, paid a visit to Malsiras where I lived. The Maharaj was an inspiring exponent of the scripture, Jnaneshwari, and was granting great peace to his listeners. Dr. Rama Rao invited the saint to our house to discourse upon Jnaneshwari so that I might have peace of mind. Later, when we had shifted to Sirsi, to which place Dr. Rama Rao was transferred, he paid us a visit there also. He related to us about a rosary which was presented to him by his Guru.As we were keenly interested in listening to the details about the rosary, he told us how he got it.
In this context he narrated in brief his life-story which runs as follows:
Sri Chandekar Maharaj in his earlier life was a merchant. He married the daughter of his maternal uncle who set him up in business in one of his shops. They engaged a paid servant to look after the shop, while they got immersed in worldly pleasures and enjoyed travelling life as they liked. Now the happy day arrived when God's Grace descended on them. While they were lounging comfortably in their easy chairs in the front yard of their shop, a strange woman appeared on the scene. She showed them a packet of jaggery she had purchased from their shop and complained: "Since this jaggery is not of good quality and is costly I don't want it."
The servant, without saying a word, returned its price to her and, taking back the jaggery, put it in the storing tin, throwing away the paper in which it was packed in the front yard. Observing this the Maharaj thought: "It would have been well if the woman were given either jaggery of good quality or the inferior one at a lower price."
At this psychological moment, as it were, a party of devotees passed in front of the shop on their way to Pandharpur, singing God's Names. The devotees were so absorbed in their devotions that they were proceeding singing loudly and dancing, without caring about the mockery and criticism of the public. The Maharaj, who was
then bereft of any faith in God, was thinking within himself, "Have these people gone crazy? What makes them shout and behave unseemly in the streets?"

Reflecting thus, he raised both his hands aloft and turned them behind touching the back of the chair. Now the piece of paper in which the jaggery was packed for the woman who bought it and which the shop assistant had flung away, had got stuck to the top of the easy chair on which the Maharaj sat. This piece of paper came into his
hands. He opened the crumpled paper and found written on it a song composed by Saint Tukaram. The purport of the song was that if anyone repeated six crore times the divine Mantra, Ram Krishna Hari, the person would assuredly be blessed with the vision of God.

continued....

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« Reply #1826 on: April 04, 2016, 05:07:19 PM »
The Story of Sri Chandekar Maharaj continued....

Instantly the Maharaj was fired with a keen desire to test and discover how far the promise held out by Saint Tukaram could be true. The result was that he went to his shop that night, spilt all the oil stored in tins on the articles kept for sale in the shop and, setting fire to them, returned home. When the news of the fire spread all over the place, the Maharaj, pretending not to know anything about it, came on the scene and expressed astonishment. That night itself, removing the gold bangles from his wife's hands while she was asleep, and taking with him also the book, Jnaneshwari, the Maharaj left the house.
Travelling over many places he at last reached Rishikesh in the Himalayas. There he passed his days in reading the Jnaneshwari and doing the Japa of Ram Krishna Hari. Many Mahatmas lived in the Himalayas. Among them one Mahatma used to come to the Maharaj and discourse with him on spiritual matters. But the Maharaj evinced no interest in his talks. So, whenever the Mahatma started speaking, the Maharaj would close his ears with both hands and tell him, ?I don't need your teaching; I don't
believe in what you say. I believe only in what I have gained by experience." Yet the Mahatma would visit him daily without fail. Thus one year passed.
The Maharaj now wished to go back to his native place. On the day prior to his departure from Rishikesh, the Mahatma who was coming to the Maharaj daily, forcibly put around the neck of the Maharaj the rosary which he was using and, embracing him tight, whispered into his ears a Mantra. As the Maharaj was struggling to free himself from the clutches of the Mahatma, he could not make out or remember the Mantra poured into his ears. So he did not do the Japa of the Mantra at all, whereas he took great care of the rosary given to him. In due course the Maharaj returned to his native town.

Here the Maharaj's wife, owing to the pangs of separation from her husband, was bedridden with illness. On hearing of her husband's arrival she instantly sent a letter to him in which she wrote that as she was soon to die, she looked forward very anxiously for his Darshan. In reply, the Maharaj informed her that he had vowed to finish a fixed number of Japa of Ram Krishna Hari, and if he met her before the completion of the Japa, he would have to start it all over again. He asked her what her answer to this was.His wife, his true life-partner as she was, sent word to him: I have, however, to depart this life, so there is no need to break your vow for my sake." Thus she did not go counter to her husband's will and calmly passed away, after the Maharaj regained the Himalayas.
By the time Sri Chandekar Maharaj returned to the Himalayas, the Mahatma who had initiated him with the Mantra had renounced his body. Consequently he now developed a greater reverence for the rosary presented to him by the Mahatma. Thenceforth the Maharaj considered him as his Guru and, placing the rosary given by
the Mahatma in front of him, he would do the Japa with his own rosary.

continued....

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« Reply #1827 on: April 04, 2016, 05:18:34 PM »
The Story of Sri Chandekar Maharaj continued....

In due course, the Maharaj paid a visit to Benares. There he went for the Darshan of Kashi Vishwanath and, placing the rosary given by his Guru on Shiva's Murti, he performed his usual Japa. On finishing the Japa he left the place, forgetting to take the rosary with which he had adorned the Shiva Linga. Having reached his quarters he remembered the rosary and was greatly upset. He became all the more anxious when he thought that it would be difficult to recover it since the daily worshippers would have adorned the Shiva Linga with bilva leaves and flowers. The Maharaj therefore felt that he was like a beggar by losing such an invaluable jewel.
Immediately he ran to the temple of Vishwanath and searched for the missing rosary but, not finding it anywhere in spite of a long search, he was stricken with despair. However, he discovered it at last at the side of Shiva's Murti. His joy knew no bounds. Till then the Maharaj had been under the impression that he had no love for his Guru, but when he saw how deeply he was affected by the loss of the rosary given by him, it was proved that after all he had genuine love for his Guru.

O all-pervading Papa! On hearing the story of Sri Chandekar Maharaj's life a desire sprang up in me to have that Japa mala. I made him aware of this through Anasuyakka, but at that time the rosary was not with him. He assured me that it would be given to me when I met him at Paithan where he would go for the Ekanath Shashti. I went to Paithan with Anasuyakka and thence we proceeded to a place called Nevas. O gracious Papa! At Nevas there stands a granite pillar on which Saint Jnaneshwar wrote
with charcoal his famous commentary on the Bhagavad Gita - the Jnaneshwari. His disciples who were with him would copy out the script from the pillar, chapter after chapter, as Jnaneshwar Maharaj went on writing. The last chapter the saint wrote on the pillar was carved on it and it is still there. When I went there with Anasuyakka we met the Maharaj who handed over to me the rosary which his Guru had given him.

O infinite Papa! Sri Chandekar Maharaj did not initiate anyone with a Mantra. Those who wished for initiation took the Mantra while he was singing it during his discourses on the Jnaneshwari. In this way I got the Mantra Ram Krishna Hari from him and, as willed by you, I began reading the Jnaneshwari and Ekanath Bhagavat. I performed the Japa of the Mantra with the rosary after a bath for the welfare of all the members of my family and for the preservation of my physical purity. At other times I would wear the rosary around my neck.
O kindness-incarnate Papa! Although I received Mantras severally from Sri Tammanna Sastri, Sri Siddharudha Swami and Sri Chandekar Maharaj, every time I was newly initiated you gave me the belief that all Gurus are one and the same. When I did not have this faith I prayed to the earlier Gurus to grant me this faith and attitude. In the
end this conviction became firmly fixed. It was only then that I would ask for and receive the Mantra from other saints.


Warmly recommend this wonderful autobiography of mataji Krishnabai 'Guru's Grace'....It is available as a free download here:
http://www.anandashram.org/html/ebooksenglish.html
Namaskar

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« Reply #1828 on: April 05, 2016, 04:16:32 PM »
Obituary  - Sri Manikantan:

Born in Tiruvannamalai in 1974, Sri Manikantan was very close to Arunachala from his earliest years.
From childhood, his father made a point of carrying him along to the temple festivals and on giri-pradakhina.
An inborn faith cultivated by a pious father served the child in good stead and the boy succeeded in every
endeavor, including his early and higher studies.  Eventually he became a professor of Chemical Engineering
and was loved by students.  At sunrise, and sunset, he could be found at the Abhishekams in Arunachaleswarar Temple, where he also served voluntarily. The swollen humps on Manikantans's shoulders testified to his devotion as one of the bearers of the temple Utsava Murtis during Kartikai Deepam and other temple festivals.  By virtue of his single minded devotion and exemplary faith, this Devi Upasaka was blessed  to be put in charge of Sri Ramanasramam's Alankarams during the annual Navaratri festival, and on
Jayanti and Aradhana days and served as priest at the Ashram's Sri Vidya Homam.

On 8th February, at the exact moment of the Mahodaya Punya Muhurtha, utterly self less Manikantan was
absorbed into the Lord at 6.40 in the presence of the Arunachaleswara Temple Deities at Ayyankulam
Tank.  He will be sorely missed by family, friends and students alike.

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« Reply #1829 on: April 08, 2016, 07:57:37 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!

Arunachala Siva.