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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3525 on: September 25, 2015, 10:37:06 PM »
Lord Ramana! I sought your holy feet. You are unfailing
knowledge, silence and the Supreme beyond all thought. Your
heart is the centre that unifies the individual and Supreme.
You are the ultimate Reality beyond birth and death.


Long live Ramana, ever-abiding on Sonagiri!
Praise Siva with Ganga in his matted hair and His Virupaksha
cave! Long live this golden hymn by Venkataramayyar,
which rids one of all ills.

Venkataramayyar
from the Decad of Gold Bright
9;10

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« Reply #3526 on: September 27, 2015, 11:13:01 PM »

I belong to my beloved,
    and his desire is for me.

Come, my beloved, let us go to the countryside,
    let us spend the night in the villages.

Let us go early to the vineyards
    to see if the vines have budded,
if their blossoms have opened,
    and if the pomegranates are in bloom
    there I will give you my love.

The mandrakes send out their fragrance,
    and at our door is every delicacy,
both new and old,
    that I have stored up for you, my beloved.

Song of Songs 7


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« Reply #3527 on: September 27, 2015, 11:26:23 PM »

My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
    outstanding among ten thousand.

 His head is purest gold;
    his hair is wavy
    and black as a raven.

His eyes are like doves
    by the water streams,
washed in milk,
    mounted like jewels.

 His cheeks are like beds of spice
    yielding perfume.
His lips are like lilies
    dripping with myrrh.

 His arms are rods of gold
    set with topaz.
His body is like polished ivory
    decorated with lapis lazuli.

His legs are pillars of marble
    set on bases of pure gold.
His appearance is like Lebanon,
    choice as its cedars.

His mouth is sweetness itself;
    he is altogether lovely.
This is my beloved, this is my friend,
    daughters of Jerusalem.

Song of Songs 6


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3528 on: September 27, 2015, 11:34:21 PM »

Even when i walk through the darkest valley
You are close to me.

Psalm 23:4

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3529 on: September 28, 2015, 12:01:10 AM »
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For love is stronger than death,
passion fiercer than grave.
It's flashes are flashes of fire,
a raging flame.
Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can floods drown it.

Songs of Songs
8:6,7
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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3530 on: September 28, 2015, 12:24:09 AM »

Come away to a deserted place
All by yourselves,
and rest for a while.

Mark 6:31

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3531 on: September 28, 2015, 12:39:21 AM »

You will look for Me and find Me,
When you look for Me with all your heart!

Jeremiah 23:13

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3532 on: September 28, 2015, 08:03:15 AM »


Manikkavachagar had a vision of effulgence, in Uttarakosa Mangai.  Subsequently, he saw him
as a Guru, below the Kurundai Tree.  The Guru held his feet on Manikkavachagar's head and
conferred him Pada Diksha.  Muruganar saw Bhagavan Ramana, at Mother's Samadhi.  Here, he saw
him both as effulgence and a Guru. 

Tiruvachakam and Tiru Chitrambalakovai, the two works of Manikkavachagar was scribed by Siva himself.
In case of Muruganar, Bhagavan Ramana Himself wrote a good portion of Ramana Puranam, the first poem
of Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.  He also wrote about 20 verses in Guru Vachaka Kovai. Further Bhagavan Ramana corrected many verses of both the works.

The dual relationship between Siva and Manikkavachagar ended as he came to Chidambaram.  In
the last two poems of Tiruvachakam, titled Tiru Padai Atchi and Acho Padigam, the saint poet gives
his non-dual experience with Siva.  These are called poems of Siva-anubhuti.  He says in Tiru Padai Atchi -

I am not able to apply Vibhuti on my body,
I am not able to prostrate to Siva, whose feet are not known even
  to Vishnu.
I do not know what is good and bad, I am beyond both.
Because He has come to dwell in my Heart.

In Acho Padigam which is the pinnacle of anubhuti he says:

I did was moving with rascals who did not the path of good;
He snapped my three impurities and he is the first.
He also considered me as worthy and placed me, this lowly dog,
             on the throne;
O Who can get that grace that my Mother had conferred on me!

Muruganar describes the same Ramananubhuti, in his two last works, Sri Ramana Anubhuti and
Sri Ramana Anubhuti Venba.

In Pada-anusanthanam, in the first book, Muruganar says:

Verse 648:  They are the feet where He granted me inward
realization, saying: 'There is nothing to be grasped and nothing
to be given away'.

Verse 655:  They are the feet of Lord Siva that shine within my
Heart as the life of true realization, stilling the whirlpool of desires
caused by ignorance.

Verse 656: His feet are the Self, flourishing as the Consciousness
that knows only Itself, so that the non-dual existence of Sivam
thrives in my Heart.

Verse 669:  His feet are the Space of Pure Consciousness, Chidambram, that shines clearly within the Heart by the grace
of my loving Master.

                         (Tr. Robert Butler)

Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3533 on: September 28, 2015, 08:47:59 PM »
Dear Sri Subramanian Sir,


Beautiful verses from Sri Muruganar and Manikkavachagar!

Along with Thayumanavar and Appar,Manikkavachagar is my favorite Shaivite Saint and poet.


With love and prayers,



He is the Father adorned and hailed
   By rare tapaswis;
   He is the Lord of the supernal lords.
   He is Hara the Sustainer; He graced
   The celestials with nectar--the cure for ageing.
   He, the great One is the billowy sea,
   The earth-supporting mountain, the earth,
   The sky, the stars of lucent rays, the eight
   Directions, the moving lights twain and all else also.
   He is of Perumpatra-p-Puliyur.
   Unlived indeed are the days unspent in His praise.

Sixth Thirumurai,
Periya Tirutthaandakam 4
St. Appar

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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3534 on: September 28, 2015, 08:58:48 PM »

A Shevanti flower bursts forth
With a thousand petals,
Yet it does not become anything
But a Shevanti flower,

Similarly, the auspicious drums
Of ever-new experiences
May be sounding,
But in the kingdom of Stillness,
Nothing is heard.

All of the senses may rush simultaneously
Toward the multitude of sense objects,
But, just as, in a mirror,
One's vision only meets one's vision,
The rushing senses only meet themselves.

The sensible universe is only the vibration of the Self.

One who has attained this wisdom
May say whatever he likes;
The silence of his contemplation
Remains undisturbed.

His state of actionlessness
Remains unaffected,
Even though he performs countless actions.

Whether he walks in the streets
Or remains sitting quietly,
He is always in his own home.

He may perform actions,
But he has no goal to attain.
Do not imagine
That if he did nothing,
He would miss the goal.

He does not allow room
For either remembering or forgetting;
For this reason,
His behavior is not like that of others.

His rule of conduct is his own sweet will.
His meditation is whatever he happens to be doing.
The glory of liberation
Serves as a seat cushion
To one is such a state.

God Himself is the devotee;
The goal is the path.
The whole universe is one solitary Being.

Jnaneshwar
Amritanubhav (The Nectar of Mystical Experience)
additional verses
tr. Swami Abhayananda


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3535 on: September 28, 2015, 09:03:39 PM »

The word, "ignorance," is meaningless
If the Self is pervaded by it,
And yet remains as It is.

Since ignorance is contrary to Knowledge,
It cannot retain its existence
Within Knowledge;
Nor can it exist independently.

If a fish made of salt
Were to become alive,
It could live neither in the water
Nor outside the water.

Therefore, such statements as,
"The Self shines when ignorance is vanquished,"
Should not be heeded by the wise.

I am afraid to believe in this ignorance,
Since it is neither the cause of anything,
Nor the producer of any effect.

The pure Self
Does not even admit the name "Self!"
How could ignorance expect to find room there?

How can there be ignorance in the Self
Where there is not even room
For calling it "the Self"?

The village of understanding
Cannot be illumined in any way
By the existence of ignorance.

The Self does not become anything.
He does not know what He is.
All the means of knowledge vanish in Him.

Innumerable forms and visions arise,
But it is one pure Consciousness
Which is the substance of all.

Supreme Consciousness regards the objects of the world,
Once created,
As old and uninteresting,
And therefore presents to His vision
Ever-new and freshly-created objects.

In mathematics,
When one is subtracted from one,
What's left is zero --
And then that is erased.
The same thing happens
When the seer and the seen unite.

Every moment a particular quality is swallowed up
And its opposite emerges.
This is the opening and closing
Of the eye of Reality.

Whether a person is awake or asleep,
He is the same person.

In the same way,
The Self may be revealed or not revealed;
He does not become greater or lesser.
He always remains as He is.

The flame lights the fire;
But can it be regarded
As something different from fire?

Whatever form appears,
Appears because of Him.
There is nothing else here but the Self.

Whether He is the seer or the seen,
It doesn't matter;
There is only the Self
Vibrating everywhere.

Here, speech is prohibited;
Knowledge is not allowed.
Pride of experience can gain no entry.

Who, then, is that mean person
Who has designated Him as "ignorance"?
Really!
Is it not like saying the Sun is tied up
In a sack of darkness?

The scriptures declare with assurance
The everything that exists
Is radiating with His light.
Is it said for no reason?

The light of the Self
Is Itself the cause
Of the appearance of His beauty
Which He Himself is enjoying.

To ignore this Truth,
And to regard ignorance as the cause
Of the Self's appearance to Himself
Is utterly unreasonable.

Ignorance cannot be found to exist
By any means.
No matter how we may search for it,
That search proves futile.

Amritanubhav (The Nectar of Mystical Experience)
Jnaneshwar
from Chapter 7
tr. by Swami Abhayananda


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« Reply #3536 on: September 28, 2015, 10:37:31 PM »

The fountains become drunken through the intoxication of His eye;
 the trees are dancing before the gentle breeze of dawn.

The nightingale says to the rosebush, "What is in your heart?
Declare it this instant. No other is near; only you and I."

The rosebush answers,
"So long as you are with yourself,entertain not this ambition.
Make a special effort to transport the burden of your selfhood
 out of this earthly abode."

 The eye of the needle of passion is narrow;
know for a cer-tainty that it will not admit any thread
when it perceives it to be of double strand.
Behold how the sun is up to the throat in fire,
so that through its face the face of the earth may become full of light.

When Moses proceeded towards the burning bush, the bush said,
"I am the water of Kauthar; take off your shoes, and come!
 Do not fear my fire, for I am water and sweet at that;
 you have come to prosperity; the seat of honour is yours, welcome!

You are a pearl of pure lustre, a ruby of the mine,
the soul of place and placelessness; you are the nonpareil of the age;
where are other creatures beside you?"

Through love's hand, every hand becomes the royal court of munificence;
through You, the faithless world becomes the factory of fidelity.
 At the first hour of day you came, in your hand the royal bowl;
you are drawing my soul towards the feast, saying, "Welcome!"

What becomes of the heart, when the heart's hand
grasps the hand of a sweetheart?
What becomes of the dross copper,
when it hears the welcoming voice of the philosopher's stone?

A wondrous darling came, in his hand a lance, like a bedouin.
I said, "What service can I render?" He said, "Come up to me!"

My heart leaped, saying, "Shall I run?" My reason said, "Shall I go?"
Generously he signaled, saying, "Yes, both of you!"

Rumi
tr. by A.J. Arberry


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Re: Divine poetry and thoughts
« Reply #3537 on: September 29, 2015, 09:37:19 PM »
Rumi's meeting of the ants


An ant,walking on a piece of paper,saw the pen writing and began to praise the pen.
"That pen made wonderful pictures like sweet basil and beds of lilies and roses!"

Another ant which was more keensighted ,said:
"Praise the fingers,for i deem this accomplishments to proceed from them."

Another ant,more clearsighted than either ,said:
"I praise the arm,for the fingers are the branch of the arm.,and arm is the artist."

In this fashion the argument is carried upward till a chief of the ants,wisest of all said:
"Do not regard this accomplishment as proceeding from material form,which becomes unconscious in sleep and death.
Form is like a garment or a staff : bodily figures do not move except by means of intellect and spirit."

The wise ant was unaware  that without the controlling influence of God intellect and mind would be inert.

And,if He withdrew His favor from it for a single moment,the acute intellect will commit many follies.

He,the Source of all Sources is making all this possible.



Funny and wonderful teaching from Master Oogway.
https://youtu.be/DLpUev1FvS0
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« Reply #3538 on: September 30, 2015, 09:13:45 AM »


In Sri Nagar, hundreds of devotees gathered to see Sankara.  From Sri Nagar, he gazed at Himalayas.
In that silvery mountain, which is housing Kailash, appeared to him, as the dance of Mother Lalita Tripura Sundari, the Mother of all, the Mother of Siva too. She is ever with Siva, as the concorporate
Maha Maya.  Sankara there composed Sri Soundarya Lahari, an ecstatic composition of 100 verses.
{There is a story that Uma herself gave that work to Sankara and the Bull snatched away the
palmyra leaves after the 42nd verse and Sankara completed the work from 43rd verse
to 100 verse.  This story is not in any authentic Sankara Vijayam biographies.} 
Sankara is in his poetic excellence in Sri Soundarya Lahari, every verse is a mantra, every verse is an appreciation of Mother's indescribable beauty and grace.

Sankara says that the first vibration by which Brahman becomes aware of Itself is caused by Mother,
the Maha Maya.  Thereafte vibrations start in waves, and they descend step by step as 24 or
36 tattvas and so on.

Arunachala Siva.

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« Reply #3539 on: September 30, 2015, 09:23:13 AM »


Regarding Siva Manasa Puja, I have already given a translation in the past.  Sankara also composed
Bhavani Ashtakam, in Kasi.  It is also said that he composed Bhavani Ashtakam, in Tula Bhavani, near
Salem.

Bhavani Ashtakam -  Eight Verses on Bhavani:

1. No father have I, no mother, no comrade, No son, no daughter, no wife and no grandchild,
No servant or master, no wisdom, no calling, n You is my only haven of refuge. In You, my help
and my strength, O Bhavani!

2. Immersed as I am in the limitless ocean of worldly existence, I tremble to suffer. Alas! I am lustful
and foolish and greedy, and ever enchained by the fetters of evil.  In You is my only haven of refuge.
In You is my help and my strength, O Bhavani!

3. To giving of alms and to meditation, to scriptures and hymns and mantras, a stranger!
I know not of worship, possess no dispassion. In You is my only haven of refuge, In You, my help
and my strength, O Bhavani!

4. O mother! Of pilgrimage and merit, of mental control or the soul's liberation, of rigorous vows or devotion,
I know not;   In You is my only haven of refuge. In You, my help and my strength, O Bhavani!

5. I know neither Brahma nor Vishnu nor Siva nor Indra, sun, moon, or similar being -- Not one of the numberless gods, O Redeemer! in You is my only haven of refuge. In You, my help and my strength,
O Bhavani!

6. In strife or in sadness, abroad or in danger, in water, in fire, in the winds, on the mountains,
surrounded by foes, my Savior! protect me. In You is my only haven of refuge, in You, my help and strength, O Bhavani!

7. Defenceless am I - ill, again and helpless, enfeebled, exhausted, and dumbly despairing,
afflicted with sorrow, and utterly ruined, in You is my only haven of refuge, in You, my help and
strength, O Bhavani!

Bhavani in Sanskrit means the Divine Mother.

Arunachala Siva.