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Muruganar Liberation Day - 25.08.2014
« on: August 25, 2014, 09:35:24 AM »
Today is Muruganar Liberation Day.  He was thirty three years old when he met Sri Bhagavan for the first time in
September 1923. One can say that ordinarily one's life before Sri Bhagavan enters it as a waste.  For, till then one is
caught up in illusions, in the whirl of externalized mind.  However, in Muruganar's case, it was different.  The earlier years
were the years of preparation for the work earmarked for him in Sri Bhagavan's schme of things.  Was he not to be the
incomparable Tamizh bard of Sri Bhagavan?  Tamizh genius flowered in the Sangam literature and above all in the devotional
songs of sixty three Saivite poets.  Muruganar had to be ready for the purpose of his life acquiring through mastery of Tamizh
literature coming down through the ages.  Tamizh became part of his very being by sheer dent of his hard work and his choice
association with contemporary Tamizh literary giants like U. Ve. Swaminatha Iyer, Mu. Raghava Iyengar and Chengalvarya
Pillai. His work as a member of the Committee for the preparation of of authentic Tamizh Lexicon made him a perfect master.

On the emotional side the Freedom Movement under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi lifted him out of ordinary humdrum
life and made him yearn for freedom from the millions of his fellow countrymen.  We find him giving expression to this in his
'Swantra Geetham'.  This works also marks him out as a poet with great potential, a budding genius. 

It was at this stage that a wholly new chapter opened up in Muruganar's life. His father-in-law Dhandapani Swami, an
ardent devotee of Sri Bhagavan and an inmate of Sri Ramanasramam came to his house with a gift of two works of
Sri Bhagavan, 'Aksharamana Maalai' and 'Who am I?' The Swami's purpose in giving this gift was that Muruganar   
might truly flower as a poet by Sri Bhagavan's grace and he said so specifically.  Little did he realize that he was part
of the divine drama which had started unfolding.  For one thing, the choice of books had a special significance. While
Aksharamana Maalai is the last word in ecstatic devotional poetry, Who am I? contains the essence of Sri Bhagavan's
direct path for self inquiry for Self Knowledge.  The influence of these two streams of devotion and knowledge, bhakti,
and jnana on Muruganar was profound.  We often find that these two streams of 'Praise' and 'Teachings' are blended and woven
together in colorful variety in Muruganar's works.  Also we have the two Muruganar's classics, Ramana Sannidhi Murai
and Guru Vachaka Kovai.  The first one places him on par with saints like Manikkavachagar, Jnana Sambandhar, Tiru
Navukkarasar and Sundaramoorthy.  The second one reveals that he as a Jnani experiencing the fruits of Sri Bhagavan's
Way steadily and naturally

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                         

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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2014, 09:46:26 AM »
continues...

The second result of Dhandapani Swami's momentous visit and gift was its immediate and overwhelming impact.
The two books immersed Muruganar in passion for Sri Bhagavan.  He intuitively felt that Sri Bhagavan could only be
the great God, Siva, the auspicious one to come to teach a new path to Wisdom, to enlightenment.  The books also
triggered memories of his timeless relationship with Sadguru Ramana.  His thoughts ran thus.  Sri Bhagavan was
Siva who had come in ancient times to Perundurai to listen to the compositions of Manikkavachagar.

Though Muruganar shuddered at the thought of being compared to Manikkavcahagar, there can be little doubt that
he was cast in the same mold. This is apparent even from his very first composition on Sri Bhagavan, 'Desika Padigam'
and also from his second important one 'Annamalai Ramanan'. So striking was the similarity between his style of writing
and that of Manikkavachagar, that Sri Bhagavan could not help suggesting that he could follow in Vachagar's footsteps.
This feat became possible by Sri Bhagavan's Grace.

The moment Sri Bhagavan made him his own gazing at him with 'blazing, bright, and unwinking eyes' on the 23rd of September
1923, Muruganar's personal life ended.  Afterwards he lived wholly for and in Sri Bhagavan.  Even so due to a sense of filial
duty to his mother, he remained at home till 1926. Then cutting off all domestic bonds, he shifted to Tiruvannamalai ending
the physical separation as well.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.
   

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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2014, 11:34:20 AM »
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Kavyakanta Ganapti Muni and Muruganar are said to be the twin eyes of Sri Bhagavan, one representing the Sanskrit
tradition and the other Tamizh, both  of which are time honored and hoary. Sri Bhagavan of course, is the Source, the
confluence of all that is sacred.  Muruganar and Muni were together only between 1926 and 1929.  Their relationship was
marked by mutual respect and high esteem in which they held each other.  In 1928 at the instance of Muruganar, Sri
Bhagavan composed His Ulladu Narpadu.  While finalizing the order of the verses with Muruganar, Sri Bhagavan also
sought the advice of the Muni.  This helped the Muni in translating this work into Sanskrit as Sat Darsanam, which he did
later while staying at Sirisi.

Till Sri Bhagavan's Maha Nirvana, Muruganar was always in His presence.  He was fully aware that the Master was not only
the visible form but was universally pervasive.  Yet the magnetism of the presence was too compelling. As he says in one of
his verses:

No form or feature, has He of of His own
Yet form and feature to all beings to gives;
Knowledge and  ignorance, both to Him unknown,
Each human mind from Him alone derives.
He brought me  into being....
And He has left me wordless, deedless, prone,
Helpless on death's brink,
Only the vast beatitude endures.

(Ramana Sannidhi Murai - Verse 1052)

His poetry was like a perennial river with its ceaseless flow. He composed more than thirty thousand verses on a single
subject, Sri Bhagavan in whose bliss he was soaked. One can say if Sri Bhagavan was an ideal Sadguru, Muruganar
embodied in himself all the virtues enumerated for a disciple in the scriptures.   His surrender was complete, his faith
total, and all consuming.

Readers of this book will find a detailed account of his life with Sadguru Ramana, his copious writings, the indelible mark
on Tamizh poetry  and his state of steady wisdom.  The writers of the various articles have had the rare good fortune
of being associated closely with Muruganar, his life and works.  We therefore find the rich aroma of authenticity and
a  natural appeal. 

When the Ramana Maharshi Center of Learning came forward to celebrate the birth centenary of Muruganar it did so
for it is an exceptional privilege and blessing.  We were surprised when someone asked, 'Who is Muruganar? Why do we
celebrate his birth centenary?  Ignorance of true worth cannot be more colossal.  Was he not the peerless Tamizh
poet, a Jnani reveling in the Self?  Yet coming to think of it they cannot be blamed entirely. If Muruganar's name is not
found in the world's Hall of Fame, it is only because he wished it to be that way.  Far from seeking name and fame he
shunned it. What need was there for it?  Sri Bhagavan had made him aware that he is the fullness of consciousness.
Muruganar therefore remained content to be in the shadow of Sri Bhagavan's Feet enjoying to the brim its ambrosial
sweetness.

However, it seems Sri Bhagavan has decided that the time has now come for the world to know about Muruganar's
position among the all time greats in the galaxy of poets.  How else can we explain the all round enthusiasm for
the celebration for the celebration of Muruganar's birth centenary?

Many of his works are being translated into English, Hindi, Telugu, and Kannada.  Books which have been out of
print are being reprinted. 

In the first few years of his stay, Muruganar was living at Palakottu and devotees like Viswantha
Swami, Narasimha Swami, Cohen, Paul Brunton and Kunju Swami were there in their little cottages or caves and they
swarmed to Muruganar to listen to his exposition of Sri Bhagavan's teachings.

In the last decade of  his life, he was an inmate of the Asramam.  The whole atmosphere would be surcharged with
Sri Bhagavan's presence.  When he breathed his last in August 1973, his body was buried within the premises of the
Asramam and a Samadhi was built over it. 

Arunachala Siva.         
                                 

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Re: Muruganar Liberation Day - 25.08.2014
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2014, 06:53:12 PM »
Complete Recitation of Ramana Sannidhi Murai
Highly competent Odhuvars from great Siva temples in Tamil Nadu came to ashram and recited the complete Ramana Sannidhi Murai in front of Muruganar?s Samadhi. The three day function concluded today and was organized to follow Muruganar Memorial Day.
Ramana Sannidhi Murai(RSM) is modeled after Tiruvachakam of Manickavachakar but is nearly three times longer. RSM consists of 126 hymns and 1851 verses compared to 51 hymns and 658 verses of Tiruvachakam. Sri Ramana Mahasrhi has emphatically declared that Ramana Sannidhi Murai composed by Muruganar is equal to (Nikare in Tamil) Tiruvachakam sung by Manickavachakar. To properly sing these songs special training is required and qualified musicians are known as Odhuvars. It is significant that Odhuvars who sing Tevaram and Tiruvachakam in Siva temples came and enthusiastically sang Ramana Sannidhi Murai in Ramanaramam.


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