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Sri Ramana Chatavaarimsat - Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni
« on: June 27, 2013, 12:26:50 PM »

One early morning, in the Pachaiamman Temple at Tiruvannamalai, Sri Vasishta Ganapati Muni and other disciples were
all sitting in front of Sri Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi who was, as usual, sitting, completely indrawn.  The Muni saw a sparkling
light come down from the sky and touch the forehead of he Maharshi six times,  This vision made the Muni realize that the
Maharshi was none other than an incarnation of Lord Subrahmanya.  Immediately the poet in the Muni blossomed forth in eight
verses in the beautiful sAdUlavikriditA meter. Later on as occasion demanded, the Muni composed many verses adoring the
Maharshi and these were collected along with the initial eight verses as Sri Ramana Chatvarimsat.

Ganapati Muni also wrote one verse at the end of his letters written by him when he was away from Tiruvannamalai,
at various places like Sirsi (Karantaka), Gokarnam and Kharagpur.  In fact, he wanted to write 100 verses like this but
as fate would have it, he passed away.

The total verses came to Forty and these were collected and put in order by Sri Bhagavan under the title Sri Ramana
Chatvarimsat. Forty Verses in Adoration of Sri Ramana.

These forty verses are daily recited in the presence of Sri Bhagavan and continue to to be be recited in every morning at
His Shrine.

The verses describe both the human and the divine characteristics of the Maharshi, making no distinction between Him and
Lord Skanda.  As these verses deal with an Avatara Purusha and Jivanmukta and are composed by a great spiritual stalwart
of no mean attainments, each verse acts like a Mantra in invoking the presence of the Maharshi and is a veritable boon to
every sincere aspirant.

Invocation:

vande sriramanarser Acharya padApjam |
yo me darsayad isAm bhAntam dhvAntam atitya ||

I bow down at the Lotus feet of the Master, the Seer, Sri Ramana who showed me god shining beyond darkness.

(The Seer us one who sees the Reality, the Truth. He has he vision. Not only he sees, he has the power to make others
see in the same way. 

1. kathAyA nijayA kalusam haratA
     karunAnidhinA runa saila jusA  |
    khaga vAhana bhAsita tattva vidA
    vrsa vAhana mauna rahasya bhrtA  ||

Treasure house of compassion, He resides at the foot of Aruna Hill.  By His own conversation, He removes the turbidity.
He knows the essential  truth of the expositions of the one who rides on the swan.  He carries in Him the secret of the
silence of he one mounted on the bull.

one who rides on the Swan refers to Brahma. Skanda taught him the purport  of Pranava.

one who rides on the Bull is Siva.  Siva as Sri Dakshinamurti spoke in silence.  Sri Bhagavan also knows the secret
of silence as Siva's son Skanda.

contd.,

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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2013, 10:40:31 AM »

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2.

gabarAnmukhasurisabhAgurunA
gunasannchayaratnamahodadhinA  |
ghanagudhashasrakarna yathA
tanukanchuguptamahAmashasA  ||

Master of the assembly of scholars headed by Ganapati, He is like a great ocean hoarding the gems of excellent
qualities.  Like the sun concealed by a cloud, He hides His great effulgence in His body which acts as an armor.

It is said that Vishnu reigns supreme in Vaikunta surrounded by nityasuris: tad visnoh paramam padam sadA pasyanti
surayah; diviva chakshur Atatam.'  'The Suris, scholars, all the time perceive the supreme step of Vishnu like an extended
in heaven', says Rg Veda.  Around the Maharshi, there was always an assembly of scholars, seekers after the Truth,
the poet Ganapati being one of them.

The Sun is effulgent in the sky with his thousand rays, shasarakara.  But he can be hidden by a cloud. Likewise, the great
effulgence that is Sri Ramana is concealed and protected in His physical body which acts like an armor, as His purpose is not
to dazzle His devotees but to enlighten them, while living as one among them.

contd.,

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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2013, 01:57:39 PM »

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3.

chaturena chalendriyanigrahane
patunA parakigunagrahane  |
chalvarjita maunasmAdhijusA
balatarjita bhikarakAmarusa ||

Skilled in controlling the vacillating senses, He is an adept in recognizing the merits of others. Reposing in a concentrated
silence, devoid of any pretence, His strength is a threat to the terrifying lust and anger.


contd.,

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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2013, 10:16:34 AM »

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jatharan sanaye paripUrayatA
kathinam vratam adritate charatA |
jhasaktanasastra durAphrdA
krisim Atmavibodhavidahau dadhatA  ||

He arranges to feed the stomach in time, while practicing His austere penance on the slope of the Hill.  His heart is accessible
to the arrows of Cupid and He carries on with His labor of awakening the Self.

Even in the midst of His austere penance and the impersonal character of His dealings with men and things and His general
outlook on life, the Maharshi was very particular that visitors to Sri Ramanasramam should take food there.  He evinced keen
interest in feeding not only the hungry stomachs, but also was pleased to see that any visitor, whatever his status, availed
himself of the opportunity of taking a meal at the Asramam.  When  queried about this, the Maharshi simply said that in early
life He had to continuously experience the pangs of hunger.  And the food taken in the Asramam is no mere food. "It is consecrated,
sanctified, by the very air of the Asramam, permeated by the Maharshi's spirit.

krsi means hard labor, especially of the agricultural type.  First the ground has to be prepared, the land made arable, the soil
has to be tilled, manure has to be applied, the seeds have to be sown, irrigation to be carried out, weeds have to be removed
in course of time etc.,

atmavibodha, awakening the Self is as laborious and time consuming as an agricultural operation.  All the steps of cultivation
have to be gone through.  The Maharshi is constantly engaged in the stupendous labor (krsi) of bringing  about the Self
awakening for the whole world.

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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2013, 11:21:38 AM »

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5.

bhavabhikaravArinidhim taratA
karatAmarasena supAtravatA  |
svadrshA dhikasitalakAntibhrtA
bhyam anghrisarjausaAm haratA   ||

He crosses the the terrifying ocean of Existence.  His lotus like hand suffices as a good utensil for His use.  He
removes the fear of those who resort to Him lotus feet, with His gaze, very cool and lovely. 

The Maharshi will be the last person to give trouble to anyone on His account.  He is quite independent and looks after
Himself. He believes in self help and relies on His hands for carrying out His chores.

None is afraid of himself. Fear rises only from a second person or object -- dvitiyAd vai bhayam bhavati --.  When one
resorts to the feet of the Maharshi, immediately the cool and lustrous gaze, emanating from Him, closes the gulf between
Him and the devotee and establishes an intimacy.  In that state, there is no place for any fear.

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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2013, 09:15:34 AM »

6.

namatAm atibhaktimatAm nidhinA
ghnatApa vidhUnanasannidhinA   |
yatidharmatatim parpAlayatA
paritascha tamo vinivArayatA       ||

A treasure to those who bow down to Him with exceeding devotion, His presence drives away the intense misery.
Maintaining the tradition of the ascetic code of conduct, He puts an end to the gloom all around.

For His devotees, He is an inexhaustible treasure.  His very presence chases away the suffering, however intense it may be.
True to an ascetic's tradition He practices an aloofness and detachment in all things.  But that does not preclude Him from
putting an end to the pervasive gloom all around.

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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2013, 09:49:24 AM »
7.

phaninAyakavarnya gunaughabrtA
bhanitih priyasatyahitA bhanatA    |

bahumAnavasAd ayatA sukhitAm
avamAnatater avidUnavatA          ||

He carries with Him a stream of virtues, fit to be extolled by the leader of the serpents, Adi Sesha.  He speaks words
that are endearing, true and helpful.  He does not derive in being honored, nor is He disheartened when insults are
heaped on Him. 

His good qualities and virtues are so many, that it requires an Adi Sesha,  the King of Serpents with his thousand
tongues to describe them.  It is a poetic way of expression to bring home that fact that the Maharshi's virtues are
innumerable.

When He speaks, He does not hurt anybody.  Sarcasm and cynicism find no place there. Only words of that are helpful
are spoken.  They are pleasing, at the same time, truthful.  When honored He is not elated.  When insulted He is not
pained.  He takes both of them in His stride.

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« Reply #7 on: July 04, 2013, 12:17:03 PM »

8.

yatinAm adhipena kusAgra-lasan
matinA  dhrtinAsita chitta bhuva     |

laharim pramadasya sadA vahatA
nihatAntara sAtrava samhatinA   ||

Head of ascetics, His mind is sharp as the tip of a blade of grass.  By His steadfastness, He has destroyed lust in the mind.
He has annihilated the host of enemies inside and carries with Him all the time the billow of intense bliss.

His mind is very sharp and is quick to take in and react.  There is no place for lust in it, as He is undaunted in His steadfastness.
The proverbial enemies present in every one to hinder their inner progress viz., lust, anger, covetousness, delusion, pride and
jealousy have been put to rout.  As a result, He carries with Him all the time, the billow of intense bliss.

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« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2013, 10:50:15 AM »


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9.

bhagavatpadam anyajanAsulabham
svagunair adhigatya param jayatA  |

mamatArahitena hitena satAm
nihitena ganaprabhunA hrdaye     ||

By His own virtues, He has won the the preeminent appellation of 'Bhagavan', not easily available to other people.
He has no sense of possessiveness, pride of 'my-ness'.  Friend of the good, He is held in the heart of Ganapati.

It is normal to refer to a man of God as yati, rishi, muni and soori, etc.,  Very rarely he is referred to as Bhagavan unless
people see him as God,  Almighty, Bhagavan himself, his manifestation on earth.  It is said that the word 'bhaga' is used
to denote the following six qualities -- entire divinity, valor, fame, opulence, knowledge and dispassion.

Aisvayasya samagrasya viryasya yasasah sriyah
jnAna vairagyayoschaiva sannAm bhaga itirana

The possessor of 'bhaga' is Bhagavan.  No wonder, the world, recognizing the divine virtues present in Sri Ramana Maharshi
hails Him as Bhagavan.

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« Reply #9 on: July 06, 2013, 12:24:22 PM »

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10.

dharanIdharajAnkam api tyajatA
dharani tala vAsi tamodhutaye  |

naraveshabhrtA  nagaandhrakrtA
ramanena sanAtham idam bhuyvanm ||

God Skanda who pierced the Krauncha Hill, has now abandoned even the lap of His mother, the daughter of the
mountain, and has come down in the guise of a man, Ramana, in order to chase away the darkness of ignorance
of the denizens of the earth.  This world has found in Sri Ramana, its refuge, lord and protector.

One of the exploits of Skanda is that He pierced the Kraunaha Hill with His arrow and broke it to pieces.  The incident
signifies the shattering  of the inert, hard, dark matter with the ray of consciousness emanating from the Divine.
Matter and spirit are not, as generally believed, antipodes.  Spirit is involved in Matter and has to be manifested from
Matter.  This is the story of Parvati, Chit Sakti, force of consciousness, manifesting as the daughter of inert, hard matter
of the Himalayan Mountain.  Skanda is the son of Parvati, Sakti suta, the offspring of consciousness, taking delight on the
lap of universal Mother in high heavens.  But responding to the earnest call of suffering humanity, He abandons His high
state and descends on earth in the guise of Sri Ramana to put an end to their misery.

A man recognizes God only when he comes down as man, in his own form.

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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2013, 11:38:32 AM »

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11.

paradesineva dhavalena vAsasah
sakalena vestitia katI visobhinA      |

vara-desikena nara vesha dhArinA
sikhivAhanena gurumat jagad bhavet  ||

The God whose mount is the peacock has taken the guise of a man wearing a bit of white cloth, tied around the loins,
in the manner of a wandering mendicant.  The world will find its Master in this excellent guide.

Paradesi literally means "belonging to another country".  And consequently ignorant of local customs and dress
regulations.  Sri Bhagavan Himself is a truly a paradesi, haling from another country, a stranger to the world of mortals.
He has come down from the country of immortals,. Guha incarnate as man, 'an immortal among the mortals', martyesu
amartyah, in the words of the Veda.

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« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2013, 09:35:31 AM »
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12.

atIta gunajAlAya naishtika brahmacharine  |

namo mAyAmanusyAya gurave tArakAraye ||

Salutations to the Master, the enemy of the demon Tarakasura, the illusory man, to the one who has transcended the net
of attributes, constantly poised in His movement in  Brahman.

The superficial meaning of naishtika brahmachari is 'an avowed celibate'.  Brahmachari is one who has his movement in
the Brahman, as his uninterruptred poise, nishta.  He is not caught in the snare of attributes of gunajAla, but has gone
beyond them.  His human form is an illusion, maya.  He is verily God.

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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2013, 12:18:08 PM »

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13.

yAnAyAtra na kekinAm kulapatih
 snAnya nna svarnadI
pAnAya ksitibhrnmahendra duhitur
  na stanya-dugdhAmrtram    |

gAnAya pramthesvarAh savayaso
  naivAtra vinAbhrto
vAsam sonagirau karoshi bhagavan
  kraunchadrin bhettah kutach   ||

The head of the peacock family is not here for your conveyance.  The celestial river does not low here for your abulations.
For drink there is nothing like nectar of milk from the breast of the daughter of the Lord of the mountains.  Here are no hosts
of paramartha of equal age, carrying Vina to sing to you.  O Lord!  The breaker of Krauncha Hill !  How is it that you have taken
abode on the Red Hill?

Arunachala is the Red Hill.  Red is the color of fire.  Red is the color of dawn.  Here in Arunachala, Siva is in the form of the
element of fire, while the Hill is said to be an extinct volcano.  The dawn of illuminations has broken here for so many Seers
and Siddhas. 

In Hindu mythology, every god has a favorite vehicle.  The vehicle of Skanda is the Peacock, the symbol of victory.

The celestial river referred to the Ganga.  Skanda has a special relationship with the Ganga, as He is said to be born also
from the waters of the river.  He is referred to as the son of Ganga, Gangeya. 

In Arunachala, the presiding goddess in the temple is Apitakuchamba, the mother whose breast has not be suckled. As she has
not produced both the sons, Ganapati and Skanda in the manner of humans, she does not suckle them either.

So here in this kshetra no breast feeding is possible for Skanda.  When Siva dances, His hosts known as pramatha ganas also
dance and sing. Those among them of equal age with Skanda, the poet says, play on the Vina and delight their friend Skanda.

The poet wonders how in the absence of all these accustomed comforts, Skanda has decided to abide in Arunachala.  As
Skanda is Agnibhuh (flower of agni), born of the fire and as Arunachala is the seat of Fire, perhaps Skanda has decided to stay
at the place of His father, which exactly the Maharshi did.

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« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2013, 09:34:47 AM »

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14.

ekam vaktram umAnkavAvirahah
  pAnau na saktyAudham
matryavam na patAkinI cha pratnA
  pArsvadvaye nAkinAm  |

vesolam punares mugdha nayana
  pracchAdane bhUjusAm
antardhAnam upaisi tArakaripo
  kva stanyadAyAdatah       ||

You have only one face.  You are separated from the abode of Uma's lap.  There is no weapon, sakti, in your hand.
You have become a mortal.  Or both sides of you there is no army of the gods with flags aloft.  Enough of this guise
by which you hope to conceal yourself from the artless eyes of the denizens of the earth!  O Foe of Taraka, where will
you disappear from the co-sharer of your mother's milk?

Skanda has six faces, while the Maharshi has only one face. His usual seat is on the lap of his mother Uma, which He has
now abandoned.   He has been renowned as the Immortal among the mortals; but now He is born as a mortal.  His
famous weapon, the sakti (spear) the symbol of force is absent from His hands.  And as the commander in chief of the gods,
He should have the army by His side.  Thus the god has disguised himself leaving behind all his usual characteristics.

The poet, Vasishta Ganapati Muni, had been conscious of his birth that he was an incarnation of a portion of God Ganapati.
He had been throughout conscious of his divine personality and so he could easily spot out his brother, Skanda, whatever
might be the disguise.  It is alright for the people of the world to be deceived by the effective disguise of Skanda as Maharshi.
But Ganapati has been suckled at the same breast of Uma, along with his brother Skanda and nothing could escape his eyes.

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« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2013, 10:49:45 AM »
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15.

kecid yogavidAm purahsara iti
 prajnAni buddhayA pare
sAdhyh kaschid ititare gurudhiyA
ke' pyanghri padmam tava  |

sevante ramanAbhidhAna manuja-
 ksemAya jAtah ksitau
dvitrAs tvAm girjAnkapIthanilayam
  jAnanti devam guham     ||

Some serve at your lotus feet as the forerunner among the knowers of yoga, some with the idea of a great Jnani,
others as some saint and a few others as a Master.  O, one known by the name of Ramana born on earth for the welfare
of mankind !  Only two or thee recognize you as the God Guha (Skanda, Muruga) reposing on the lap of mountain's
daughter (Parvati). 

The Muni believes that Sri Ramana is the Sage of the age, an avatara, the descent of God Guha incarnate on earth for the
welfare of the mankind.

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