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The most beautiful Shloka I have ever known
« on: March 20, 2009, 05:00:52 PM »
Hridaya Kuhara Madhye Kevalam BrahmaMaatram
Hyahamahamiti Saakshaat Aatma Rupenena Bhati

Hridi Visha Manasa Svam Chinvata Majjata Va
Pavanachalana Rodhat Aatmanishto Bhavatvam


Brahman is glowing lustrously in the middle of the cave
of the Heart in the shape of the Self, always proclaiming
‘I am, I am’. Become an Atmanishta, a Self-realised person,
either by making the mind absorbed in the search of the
Self or by making the mind drown itself through control
of the breath.

I just love this shloka. Its very dear to me. some kind of
love creeps up towards Bhagawan when ever I remember or chant
this shloka. Even more than its meaning. I just love the words.
These are most beautiful words for our tongue to twist and produce
the sound of this shloka.

Behind my mind the voice of MS Subbulakshmi chanting this Shloka
runs which is beyond description. Its a nectar. What can I say to
describe it!

How beautiful. Hridaya Kuhara Madhye. deep inside the heart in the centre.

Its ecstatic !!

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Re: The most beautiful Shloka I have ever known
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2009, 07:40:03 PM »
Very touching indeed ... which album is it from?
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Re: The most beautiful Shloka I have ever known
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2009, 08:51:12 PM »
IN July 1917, Ganapati Muni and others sat near Bhagavan.

During the course of his conversation, Ganapati Muni informed Bhagavan that while he was at Mandasa, Ramanatha Brahmachari had showed him a sloka "Hridaya kuhara madhye' written by the Maharshi . The sloka means:

"In the interior of the Heart-cave Brahman alone shines in the form of the Atman with direct immediacy as I, I. Enter into the Heart with questing mind or by diving deep within or through control of breath and abide in the Atman''.

This sloka arose in the following circumstances: In 1915, the Maharshi spent the rainy season at Skandasramam. One day Jagadeesa Sastry, sat with a paper in his hand which the Maharshi noticed and enquired about. Sastry said "I have commenced writing a sloka. I could compose only the first phrase but could not go any further' Bhagavan took up the paper containing the phrase "Hridaya kuhara madhye' (In the interior of the Heart cave). Thereupon he completed the sloka.

By that time the Maharshi had not become proficient in Sanskrit. But due to the constant company of Sanskrit scholars like Ganapati Muni several Sanskrit words struck

In December 1913, Ganapati Muni stayed at Virupaksha cave with Bhagavan. During the stay he got certain doubts cleared by Bhagavan. He made that dialogue- chapter 1 — of the proposed book. The second chapter was woven round the sloka "Hridaya kuhara madhye''

Actually that was the only verse of Bhagavan's in the entire book. The book was a compilation of the conversations between Bhagavan and his disciples during the period July 1907 to 25 August 1917. It was named Ramana Gita.

Sri Ramana Gita appears to be a commentary on the sloka "Hridaya kuhara madhye". The fifth, sixth, and sixteenth chapters entitled respectively, Hridayavidya, Manonigrahopaya and Bhakti make this plain. Sri Ramana Gita is a Yogasastra supplementing the Bhagavad Gita. Also, the book dispels the doubts of the seeker. In Sri Ramana Gita the names of the questioners are merely indicated by their respective gotras.

I have been trying to buy both the entire Ramana Gita book and MS Subbulakshmi songs on Ramanar. But both are not available in Ashram also. MS has also sung a lot of Muruganars poems. They are very touching and soul rendering performance by MS.

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Re: The most beautiful Shloka I have ever known
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2009, 11:38:21 AM »
Dear silentgreen,

The Sloka Hrudaya Guhare madhye... is from Bhagavan Ramana's
Sad Darsanam.  This is available in Sad Darsanam, CD, which you
can buy from Sri Ramanasramam.  The same sloka is available in
Sri Ramana Gita of Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri, as a direct teaching
of Bhagavan Ramana.  Sri Ramana Gita is also available in CD from
Sri Ramanasramam.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: The most beautiful Shloka I have ever known
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2009, 09:11:43 PM »
I have the Sat Darsanam and Ramana Gita but did not know about any music album of MS Subbulakshmi where she has rendered the shlokas.

What is the name of the audio CD?
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Re: The most beautiful Shloka I have ever known
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2009, 10:24:25 AM »
Dear silentgreen,

I am not sure.  M.S. Subbalakshmi agreed to take up a lot of free
concerts (that is, she did not charge anything and all proceeds were
donated) for the sake of various buildings in the Asramam, after
Bhagavan's Maha Nirvana.  She did this work for several years.
She went to Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata for such music concerts.
In some of them, she must have sung Sat Darsanam also, because
the books say that she puchased books containing Bhagavan Ramana's works for the music concerts.  But Sri Ramanasramam does not sell her cassettes.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: The most beautiful Shloka I have ever known
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2009, 10:37:51 AM »
Dear Nagraj,

Another song / string of shlokas that is very moving is adi shakracharya's Shivoham. It says i am not this, nor that, nor the other.....

I am Chidanand roopa, Shivoham, Shivoham.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9H757DLOHyo&feature=related

This is sung by MSS too!


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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2009, 09:10:57 PM »
Yes, that really is a most wonderful creation...a meditation by itself.

Nirvana Shatakam
-- Adi Shankaracharya

Mano Budhya Ahankara Chithaa Ninaham,
Na Cha Srothra Jihwe Na Cha Graana Nethrer,
Na Cha Vyoma Bhoomir Na Thejo Na Vayu,
Chidananada Roopa Shivoham, Shivoham


Neither am I mind, nor intelligence,
Nor ego, nor thought,
Nor am I ears or the tongue or the nose or the eyes,
Nor am I earth or sky or air or the light,
I am Shiva, I am Shiva, of nature knowledge and bliss.


Na Cha Praana Samgno Na Vai Pancha Vaayur,
Na Vaa Saptha Dhathur Na Va Pancha Kosa,
Na Vak Pani Padam Na Chopa Stha Payu,
Chidananada Roopa Shivoham, Shivoham


Neither am I the movement due to life,
Nor am I the five airs, nor am I the seven elements,
Nor am I the five internal organs,
Nor am I voice or hands or feet or other organs,
I am Shiva, I am Shiva, of nature knowledge and bliss.


Na Me Dwesha Raghou Na Me Lobha Mohou,
Madho Naiva Me Naiva Matsarya Bhava,
Na Dharmo Na Cha Artha Na Kamo Na Moksha,
Chidananada Roopa Shivoham, Shivoham


I never do have enmity or friendship,
Neither do I have vigour nor feeling of competition,
Neither do I have assets, or money or passion or salvation,
I am Shiva, I am Shiva, of nature knowledge and bliss.


Na Punyam Na Paapam Na Soukhyam Na Dukham,
Na Manthro Na Theertham Na Veda Na Yagna,
Aham Bhojanam Naiva Bhojyam Na Bhoktha,
Chidananada Roopa Shivoham, Shivoham


Never do I have good deeds or sins or pleasure or sorrow,
Neither do I have holy chants or holy water or holy books or fire sacrifice,
I am neither food or the consumer who consumes food,
I am Shiva, I am Shiva, of nature knowledge and bliss.


Na Mruthyur Na Sankha Na Me Jathi Bhedha,
Pitha Naiva Me Naiva Matha Na Janma,
Na Bhandhur Na Mithram Gurur Naiva Sishya,
Chidananada Roopa Shivoham, Shivoham


I do not have death or doubts or distinction of caste,
I do not have either father or mother or even birth,
And I do not have relations or friends or teacher or students,
I am Shiva, I am Shiva, of nature knowledge and bliss.


Aham Nirvi Kalpi Nirakara Roopi,
Vibhuthwascha Sarvathra Sarvendriyanaam,
Na Cha Sangatham Naiva Mukthir Na Meya
Chidananada Roopa Shivoham, Shivoham


I am one without doubts, I am without form,
Due to knowledge I do not have any relation with my organs,
And I am always redeemed,
I am Shiva, I am Shiva, of nature knowledge and bliss.

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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2011, 12:13:26 PM »
The very first word hridayam itself is so beautiful! Sometimes, the whole topic of self-enquiry, surrender and advaita seems so dry and technical, whereas it is far from being that! It is all emotional and beautiful! Once someone asked bhagawan : bhagawan everytime i concentrate in the middle of my brows and try to concentrate on my inner 'I' i get this severe headache. Bhagawan smiled and replied: It is better to concentrate on the heart [spiritual hridayam] centre. You will feel cool and beautiful.

Ramanarpamastu

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Re: The most beautiful Shloka I have ever known
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2011, 02:54:54 PM »
Beloved Udai.. I was reading the nirvana shatakam / atma shatakam for the past few weeks, that was so clear and straight forward.. it was like nan yaar by Sri Bagwan. one thing, i wanted to know is, in all the stanzas, it ends with 'Chidananda Roopaha Shivoham Shivoham..'   

there should be some answer for why the 'sat' was not added with 'chidananda' .. though i didn't want to ask anybody few weeks back when this question came in me, now as I see this poem opened in the forum I ask here..

It is a wonderful poem -spoken out by Sadguru AdiSankara that he told who he is, when he was questioned by a sage, on his way searching for a Guru !!

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Arunachala Siva Arunachala Siva

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« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2011, 05:15:20 PM »


Dear saraskrishna,

Sivoham is I am Siva. And that Siva is chidananda rupam. In effect, I am Sat Chit Anandam.

I would also like you to read Sri Sankara's Dasa Sloki. This is also a wonderful poem. It ends
in first 9 verses as Siva kevaloham. The last verse is Phala sruti.



 

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« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2011, 02:48:25 PM »


What is Sat chitananda?  Sat is the only Reality, Brahman. It is also
Chit,  Knowledge, the worldly knowledge cannot show a candle towards
it. It is also Ananda, Bliss.  The worldly happiness cannot go near this
Ananda.  But all these which is one only, as srkudai pointed out,
can be experienced only those who have realized the Self.  The Self
realized Jnani is ever in this bliss.



Arunachala Siva.   

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« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2011, 05:26:34 PM »
Yes, and Sat Chit Ananda is just a term we devotees use to describe the Realised and the Realised Soul uses the same term just for us devotees.

For the Realised, what do these words, Sat Chit Ananda mean?

Until we are in union, we are bound to use such descriptions, terms because we still are not it! We're still not up to "Being" it. We are seeing it, yet to "BE"



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Re: The most beautiful Shloka I have ever known
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2011, 09:57:39 AM »
very nice photo nagraj garu.
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Re: The most beautiful Shloka I have ever known
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2011, 10:08:09 AM »
Dear Prashant,

:)

yes, two brothers (Ganesha & Subramaniya)  are seated and the darshan in a lamp light really feels very divine

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