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Sri Arunachala Ashtakam - Mountain Path, Jan. - Mar. 2014.
« on: January 20, 2014, 01:15:30 PM »
(By William Forbes and Narendra Kesari Sarma:

There are many poetic works composed in praise of Arunachala.  This particular Stuti was published in a volume titled
Stotrarnavah, from the series of the Madras Government Oriental Manuscript Series', Volume LXX edited by T. Chandrasekharan,
1961, page 74.  For those interested, the volume can be found at the University of Madras Oriental Manuscript Library,
which originally published it. The catalogue notation on it is ACC. 16097, S. 4968.

We do not know who the author of this work is.  It was the tradition to attribute a poetic work to someone other than the
original author as a mark of respect or to leave the work anonymous. 

There is another Stuti attributed to Sankaracharya which affirms the importance of giri pradakshina and the belief common in
tradition and among devotees of Arunachala, that thinking of Arunachala when one dies, gives liberation.

The composition does contain verses and lines which are common to several other works, in praise of Arunachala and Lord
Siva in general.  Though this work is said to be an Ashtakam or composed of of eight verses, it is actually eleven.  This is not
uncommon, for example, Bhagavan composed Arunachala Padigam which normally should be of ten verses but instead it is of
eleven verses. 

The first verse is  particularly well known in south India and is quoted in the Arunachala Puranam which says the verse originated
in the Rudra Samhita of the Skanda Puranam.  The last verse is a summation. 

The work is marked by laudable poetic skills and devotion to Arunachala.


Arunachala Siva.     


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Re: Sri Arunachala Ashtakam - Mountain Path, Jan. - Mar. 2014.
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2014, 01:51:30 PM »
Sri Arunachala Ashtakam:


From a darshan at Chidambaram1
From taking birth in Tiruvarur2
For dying in Kasi,3 one certainly gets liberation,
(and also) from remembering Arunachala.   

1. The Seat of Consciousness
2. The Lotus of Spiritual Heart
3. The Light of Realization.


From remembering Arunachala - the One
Whose outer corners of the eyes are filled with compassion
For those who come to Him (like a calf to its mother) for refuge,
Who has the new moon and matted hair on His head.


For remembering Arunachala - the One
Who is the Support of the whole world,
Who is the Embodiment of Existence- Consciousness-Bliss,
And Who has thousand(s) of warriors.


From bringing to mind Arunachala - the One
Who shines like a statue of gold,
Who grants one's desired object and its fruit,
And Who is the Chief of the Gods. O save me!


From thinking of Arunachala - the One
Whose locks of matted hair are studded with the moon,
Whose body is half female,
And Who is like an ever expanding ocean of mercy.


From thinking of Arunachala - the One
Whose golden reflection shines forth,
With he brilliance of ten million suns,
And Who is captured by meditation at Chidambaram.


From thinking of Arunachala - the One
Who a a lesson for all he enemies of the Gods,
Who consumed (and held) the deadly poison in His throat,
Protecting all worshippers.


From recalling Arunachala - the One
Who has eight forms,
Who grants the objects of one's desire,
And its fruit to those who have superior devotion.


From remembering Arunachala - the Guru,
Who is the Sovereign of the Gods,
Who has bright red lotus feet,
And Who is served by Brahma, Vishnu and Indra.


From remembering Arunachala - one attains the Goddess
Worshipped by Indra and other gods,
With flowers of the wish-fulfilling celestial coral tree, Mallika-jasmine,
Jati-Jasmine, Kunda-Jasmine, Champaka-magnolia and lotus.


From remembering Arunachala - the One
Who creates prosperity,
Who is Parvati's Lord,
Who has the sun, the moon, and fire in His eyes,
And a gentle smile on His lotus face.

Thus ends the complete Sri Arunachala Ashtakam.


Arunachala Siva.