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Nagaraj

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« Reply #60 on: March 27, 2013, 09:25:55 AM »
WHY THIS SLUMBER

O you wanton sprite! Don't you hear the Valian sparrows
Screeching and making converse among themselves?
And don't you hear the noise of curd-churning as the womenfolk
of the cowherd clan(they of fragrant tresses)
operate the churn-staff using both their hands
to the jingling of jewel-pieces in their neck-chains?
O leader among damsels, would you remain in snugly repose,
even as you hear our singing in praise of Lord Narayanan Himself,
Known too as kesavan? You with a dazzling personality.
Do open the door. Listen and ponder, our girl !


   



(Verse 7)

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #61 on: March 27, 2013, 06:13:01 PM »

Beautiful, Raviji.
I am imagining the "hari endra peraravam".. what beauty!
Waiting for more.

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« Reply #62 on: March 28, 2013, 09:04:31 AM »
Deepa,
Yes Indeed.Thanks very much.
Namaskar.

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« Reply #63 on: March 28, 2013, 09:06:22 AM »
Verse 7 continued.....

Please refer this link that I found today looking for a picture for Anaichaththan bird!

http://thoughtsonsanathanadharma.blogspot.in/2012/12/thirupavai-pasuram-7.html#!/2012/12/thirupavai-pasuram-7.html

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« Reply #64 on: June 05, 2013, 10:04:53 PM »
Ravi sir,
Have you forgotten this thread?  :D  We are waiting for next verse eagerly.
Deepa

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« Reply #65 on: January 04, 2014, 07:57:26 AM »
Friends,
We will be continuing Our Lady AndAL's wonderful Tiruppavai.I request the help of our friend Nagaraj for posting the illustrations.
Namaskar

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« Reply #66 on: January 11, 2014, 10:04:27 AM »
Verse 7 continued....
Our Lady AnDAL as the Guru has formed this satsangha and is going from door to door and calling forth seekers to join the satsangha.In verse 6 she had called a juvenile aspirant -பிள்ளாய் எழுந்திராய்.In this verse 7 she calls an advanced aspirant to join the spiritual company.She says -நாயகப் பெண் பிள்ளாய் nAyaga peNpiLLAy !O Leader among Damsels!
In verse 6 she was referring to the birds chirping (புள்ளும் சிலம்பின காண் puLLum silambina kAN) whereas here in verse 7, she refers to birds(AnaichchAthan-drongo cuckoo)conversing (கீசு கீசு என்று எங்கும் ஆனைச் சாத்தான் கலந்து பேசின பேச்சரவம் கேட்டிலையோ keesukeesenRenggum AnaichchAththan kalanddhu pEsina pEchcharavam kEttilaiyO?)
This refers to the degrees of understanding-What is only sound(Noise) to a beginner is transformed into something profoundly meaningful for the advanced aspirant.
These refer to sravana and manana.Next,it should lead  to churning the butter of Knowledge through Nidhidyasana.AnDAL refers to this:காசும் பிறப்பும் கலகலப்பக் கை பேர்த்து  வாச நறும் குழல் ஆய்ச்சியர் மத்தினால்  ஓசை படுத்த தயிரரவம் கேட்டிலையோ? kAsum piRappum kalakalappa kaipErththu vAsa naRungkuzhal Aychchiar maththinAl Osai paduththa thayiraravam kEttilaiyO?-"Don't you hear the noise of curd-churning as the womenfolk of the cowherd clan(they of fragrant tresses) operate the churn-staff using both their hands to the jingling of jewel-pieces in their neck-chains?

காசு kAsu=Coin shaped jewel ;பிறப்பு piRappu Jewel shaped in other ways(This is given to the girls by her parents-Hence it is called பிறப்பு)

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« Reply #67 on: January 12, 2014, 08:41:40 AM »
verse 7 continued...
The imagery and symbolism that Lady AnDAL expresses in these hymns are verily that of the Vedas.We will take a small diversion here and see what Sri Aurobindo has to say on the symbolic language of the Vedas-an excerpt from his marvellous 'The Secret of the Veda':

This Vedic imagery throws a clear light on the similar symbolic images of the Puranas, especially on the famous symbol of Vishnu sleeping after the pralaya on the folds of the snake Ananta upon the ocean of sweet milk. Itmay perhaps be objected that the Puranas were written by superstitious Hindu priests or
poets who believed that eclipses were caused by a dragon eating the sun and moon and could easily believe that during the periods of non-creation the supreme Deity in a physical body went to sleep on a physical snake upon a material ocean of real milk and that therefore it is a vain ingenuity to seek for a spiritual meaning in these fables. My reply would be that there is in fact no need to seek for such meanings; for these very superstitious poets have put them there plainly on the very surface of the fable for everybody to see who does not choose to be blind. For they have given a name to Vishnu’s snake, the name Ananta, and Ananta means the Infinite; therefore they have told us plainly enough that the image is an allegory and that Vishnu, the allpervading Deity, sleeps in the periods of non-creation on the coils of the Infinite. As for the ocean, the Vedic imagery shows us that it must be the ocean of eternal existence and this ocean of eternal existence is an ocean of absolute sweetness, in other words, of pure Bliss. For the sweet milk (itself a Vedic image) has, evidently, a sense not essentially different from the madhu, honey or sweetness, of Vamadeva’s hymn.
Thus we find that both Veda and Purana use the same symbolic images; the ocean is for them the image of infinite and eternal existence. We find also that the image of the river or flowing current is used to symbolise a stream of conscious being. We find that Saraswati, one of the seven rivers, is the river of inspiration flowing from the Truth-consciousness
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It will help to be aware of this symbolic nature of many of the expressions in Tiruppavai.Even in an outer sense they have an idyllic charm but the inner sense is more pregnant and should not be missed.
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« Reply #68 on: January 14, 2014, 07:42:25 AM »
Verse 7 continued...
AnDAL endearingly calls forth the advanced aspirant to come out and join the spiritual company.She calls her:பேய்ப் பெண்ணே!pEyppeNNE! Oh Wanton Sprite!(Ghost girl!)
The advanced aspirant always revels in solitude and needs no social comapany and prefers to be single (like a Ghost).
She also describes her as தேசமுடையாய் thEsamudaiyAy! Lustrous one!
தேசமுடையாய்-Full of Tejas.
What is Tejas?
TGN explains this:(I am now copying it from this site http://auromere.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/the-transmutation-of-sexual-energy/ as this is exactly what TGN has said).
It is Life energy that is propping our physical frame against Gravity and enabling us to function in this world.The Life Energy is at its minimum in an infant and gradually grows in volume and intensity with age .It peaks when one is just past the teen age and gradually wanes with ageing.
The fundamental physical unit is the retas, in which the tejas, the heat and light and electricity in a man, is involved and hidden. All energy is thus latent in the retas. This energy may be either expended physically or conserved. All passion, lust, desire wastes the energy by pouring it, either in the gross form or a sublimated subtle form, out of the body.  On the other hand, all self-control conserves the energies in the retas, and conservation always brings with it increase. But the needs of the physical body are limited and the excess of energy must create a surplus which has to turn itself to some use other than the physical. According to the ancient theory, retas is jala(fluid), full of light and heat and electricity, in one word, of tejas.
 1.The excess of the retas turns first into heat or tapas which stimulates the whole system, and it is for this reason that all forms of self-control and austerity are called tapas or tapasya, because they generate the heat or stimulus which is a source of powerful action and success.
 2.Secondly, it turns to tejas or  light, the energy which is at the source of all knowledge.
 3.Thirdly, it turns to vidyut or electricity, which is at the basis of all forceful action whether intellectual or physical.
 
In the vidyut again is involved the ojas, or pranashakti, the primal energy which proceeds from ether. The retas, refining from jala to tapas, tejas and vidyut and from vidyut to ojas, fills the system with physical strength, energy and brain-power and in its last form of ojas rises to the brain and informs it with that primal energy which is the most refined form of matter and nearest to spirit. It is ojas that creates a spiritual force or virya, by which a man attains to spiritual knowledge, spiritual love and faith, spiritual strength. It follows that the more we can by Brahmacharya increase the store of tapas(heat), tejas(light), vidyut(electric) and ojas(vigor), the more we shall fill ourselves with utter energy for the works of the body, heart, mind and spirit.

Andal refers to this Aspirant as full of this Tejas-தேசமுடையாய்

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« Reply #69 on: January 17, 2014, 06:37:48 AM »
Verse 7 continued...

நாராயணன் மூர்த்தி  கேசவனைப் பாடவும் நீ கேட்டே கிடத்தியோ? nArAyaNa moorththi kEsavanai pAdavumnee kEttE kidaththiyO?
Narayana is the All pervading Lord so near and dear to humans(nara) and Narayana moorthi is Lord Sri Krishna,the very embodiment of Narayana-Here Our Lady AnDAL calls him by the name KEsavan-the one who conquered KEsi,The Demon who came in the form of a Horse.
Horse is a symbol of Energy-and KEsi refers to the mind (energy) that dissipates one through the senses by sheer indulgence.When this dissipating mind is reigned in it is destruction of KEsi.
As long as mind is operating through the senses,name and form are necessary-thus worshipping a God who is the very embodiment of all that is truly noble and sublime is a powerful aid in conquering the outward pull of senses.Singing paens or chanting the Divine Names is quite indispensable.
In the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna there is this very relevant conversation between the Master and M:
Meditation on God with form
"How are you getting along with your meditation nowadays? What aspect of God appeals
to your mind - with form or without form?"
M: "Sir, now I can't fix my mind on God with form. On the other hand, I can't concentrate
steadily on God without form."
MASTER: "Now you see that the mind cannot be fixed, all of a sudden, on the formless
aspect of God. It is wise to think of God with form during the primary stages."



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« Reply #70 on: January 18, 2014, 07:57:41 AM »
Verse 7 continued...

AnDAL strings three questions to the girl inside the house to stir her out and join the group:
1.கீசு கீசு என்று எங்கும் ஆனைச் சாத்தான் கலந்து  பேசின பேச்சரவம் கேட்டிலையோ?Don't you hear the Valian sparrows Screeching and making converse among themselves?
2.காசும் பிறப்பும் கலகலப்பக் கை பேர்த்து  வாச நறும் குழல் ஆய்ச்சியர் மத்தினால்  ஓசை படுத்த தயிரரவம் கேட்டிலையோ? don't you hear the noise of curd-churning as the womenfolk of the cowherd clan(they of fragrant tresses)  operate the churn-staff using both their hands to the jingling of jewel-pieces in their neck-chains?
3.நாராயணன் மூர்த்தி கேசவனைப் பாடவும் நீ கேட்டே கிடத்தியோ ?would you remain in snugly repose, even as you hear our singing in praise of Lord Narayanan Himself Known too as kesavan?

Through these AnDAL highlights the importance of Satsangha,self effort and Self Restraint.She knows that the girl inside is not sleeping!She is fully aware of all that is going on and yet prefers to be left alone.So AnDAL teases her by calling her பேய்ப் பெண்ணே!pEyppeNNE! Oh Wanton Sprite!
She further summons her :திறவேல் thiRavEl Do Open your door (and come and join the satsangh so that we benefit by your company).


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« Reply #71 on: January 18, 2014, 08:20:11 AM »
Verse 8   DAWN OF WISDOM

கீழ் வானம் வெள்ளென்று எருமை சிறு வீடு
மேய்வான் பரந்தன காண்; மிக்குள்ள பிள்ளைகளும்
போவான் போகின்றாரைப் போகாமல் காத்து உன்னைக்
கூவுவான் வந்து நின்றோம் கோதுகலம் உடைய
பாவாய் எழுந்திராய்; பாடிப் பறை கொண்டு
மாவாய் பிளந்தானை மல்லரை மாட்டிய
தேவாதி தேவனைச் சென்று நாம் சேவித்தால்
ஆவாவென்று ஆராய்ந்து அருளேலோர் எம்பாயாய்!


keezhvAnam veLLendRu,erumai siRuveedu
mEyvAn paranddhanakAN;mikkuLLa piLLaigaLum
pOvAn pOginRArai pOgAmal kAththunnai
koovuvAn vanddhu ninROm,gOdhukalamudaiya
pAvAy!ezhunddhirAy;pAdi paRaikoNdu
mAvAy piLanddhAnai,mallarai mAttiya
dhEvAdhi dhEvanai chenRunAm sEviththAl
AvAvenRu ArAynddhu aruLElOrempAvAy.

The eastern sky has whitened and the buffaloes let loose
for a short while to feed upon the dewy grass,have scattered on the lawns.
Detaining the other girls who would have otherwise gone,
we are standing here,in order to call you out.O do you awaken,
you damsel whose possession is jubiliation.
If we sing and secure the drum for our penance
and go to pay obeisance to the God of gods,
who clove in twain the mouth of the horse-demon
and also despatched the wrestlers who challenged Him,
He would then surely respond with a Solicitous :Ah,ah"
and enquire of us the reason for our coming.
Listen and ponder,our girl!


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« Reply #72 on: January 20, 2014, 09:11:13 AM »
DAWN OF WISDOM

The eastern sky has whitened and the buffaloes let loose
for a short while to feed upon the dewy grass,have scattered on the lawns.
Detaining the other girls who would have otherwise gone,
we are standing here,in order to call you out.O do you awaken,
you damsel whose possession is jubiliation.
If we sing and secure the drum for our penance
and go to pay obeisance to the God of gods,
who clove in twain the mouth of the horse-demon
and also despatched the wrestlers who challenged Him,
He would then surely respond with a Solicitous :Ah,ah"
and enquire of us the reason for our coming.
Listen and ponder, our girl!


     



(Verse 8 )
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #73 on: January 22, 2014, 05:35:52 AM »
Verse 8 continued...

AnDAL and the other devotees now approach the house of the next girl and call her to join the satsangha:

கோதுகலம் உடைய பாவாய் எழுந்திராய் gOdhukalamudaiya pAvAy!ezhunddhirAy Do you awaken you  Zealous  Girl!

கோதுகலம் is kuthoohalam, means enthusiasm or zeal.

Zeal and enthusiasm is quite indispensable for  Sadhana-It is the very opposite of lukewarmness or Half-heartedness.This enthusiasm is infectious and a sadhaka blessed with this zeal puts all his energies into practice.The company of such a one is highly beneficial for all the other devotees.
With this zeal and enthusiasm if the Sadhaka approach God ,then the Response is assured.If we take one step with such zeal,God himself takes 10 steps towards us with a solicitous 'Ah,ah'.
தேவாதி தேவனைச் சென்று நாம் சேவித்தால் ஆவாவென்று ஆராய்ந்து அருளேலோர் எம்பாயாய் dhEvAdhi dhEvanai chenRunAm sEviththAl
AvAvenRu ArAynddhu aruLElOrempAvAy If we approach the God of gods(i.e if we approach with this sort of zeal the supreme Lord) ,He would surely respond with a solicitous :'Ah,ah'

AnDAL has neatly delineated the essentials of Sadhana-Self Restraint,self -Effort,Satsangha and now... Zeal or abundant enthusiasm for sadhana.

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« Reply #74 on: January 24, 2014, 06:32:46 AM »
கீழ் வானம் வெள்ளென்று எருமை சிறு வீடு மேய்வான் பரந்தன காண் keezhvAnam veLLendRu,erumai siRuveedu mEyvAn paranddhanakAN The eastern sky has whitened and the buffaloes let loose  for a short while to feed upon the dewy grass,have scattered on the lawns.

It is customary to let loose the Buffaloes early in the morning to feed on the dewy grass for a nibble before they are milked.Lady AnDAL cites this to stir up the Girl inside the house.
சிறு வீடு =சிற்றின்பம்,the pleasure of senses.The State of liberation is called வீடு veedu, in Tamizh.
It is natural for the lesser forms of life to Begin the day looking for food  as part of the cycle of Eating,Loitering,sleeping.Humans endowed with the sixth sense(the mind)are endowed with the rare privilege of understanding the purpose of life which is knowing the Truth-the One Satchitananda Brahman.This should be the Top proiority of every human being born in this world.As such,he or she has to begin the day contemplating the Lord through Prayer,chanting Hymns before engaging in other activities.

AnDAL is calling out to the girl inside the house:Even the Buffaloes have gone scattering to the lawns in search of tasty nibbles of dewy grass!She adds:
மிக்குள்ள பிள்ளைகளும் போவான் போகின்றாரைப் போகாமல் காத்து உன்னைக் கூவுவான் வந்து நின்றோம் mikkuLLa piLLaigaLum
pOvAn pOginRArai pOgAmal kAththunnai koovuvAn vanddhu ninROm Detaining the other girls who would have otherwise gone, we are standing here,in order to call you out.
Even as the Buffaloes eagerly scattered in search of food,all the aspirants in the satsangh are eager to go and sing before the Lord;they are held in check so that the girl in the house may come and join them in the penance நோன்பு.

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