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Re: Kunchitanghri Sthavam - Umapati Sivam
« Reply #60 on: December 20, 2013, 10:18:35 AM »
Umapati Sivam also mentions about Jaimini the author of poorva-mimasa faith.  He stands behind the Chidmabram temple,
and does Vedic rituals.  His poems on Nataraja are steeped in Vedic praises.  It is mentioned in the following verse in
Kunchitanghri Sthavam.

The God swayed by devotion to Himself
Who gave salvation to Pulkasa and the brahmin,
to the son of Valkala, to the man called Nanda,
and to the wise man who thought his own eye mere grass,

and Who gave eternal presence in Chidambaram
to Vyaghrapada,
to the famous serpent lord Patanjali,
and to Jaimini author of the hymns.

and thus fulfilled all their desires
Him, ageless and immortal,
Whose foot is curved,
I worship,

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« Reply #61 on: December 21, 2013, 09:41:22 AM »
Umapati Sivam also describes the visit of Jaimini to the Chidambaram temple in another verse also.

The Yogi named Jaimini who first attained fame
through his commentary on the ritual section of the Vedas (Karma Kanda - Jaimni sutras on poorva mimasa)
at Vyasa's behest
prostrated himself
before the excellent Lord, the Lord of the Hall (Kanaka Sabha)

entered into the Hall
and composed excellent hymns of praise
where in every verse ends with a quote from the Vedas.

Even today he dwells in the Hall
beholding the god
Who gave him his good fortune
Whose foot is curved,
Whom I worship.

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Re: Kunchitanghri Sthavam - Umapati Sivam
« Reply #62 on: December 22, 2013, 09:44:09 AM »
Umapati Sivam in this song of Kunchitanghri Sthavam speaks of one Simhavarman who had diseases got cured by darshan
of Siva-Nataraja in Chidambaram.  Simhavarman, who had diseases after getting cured, became gold-like with the blessings
of Siva Nataraja.

Simhavarman, the Lord of Gauda,
distressed by his diseased body,
came from his own land
to be freed from affliction.

by bathing inn the excellent water
with its clumps of golden lotuses --
thereupon becoming
the blessed Hemavarman.*

witnessing, in company of the best ascetics,
the dance of Sambhu, Siva the mild,
for Whom he built
a wonderful jeweled temple.**

(*Hemavarnan means golden bodied.  ** What temple he built is not known.)

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« Reply #63 on: December 23, 2013, 10:16:28 AM »
Umapati in his Kunchintanghri Sthavam describes Vyaghrapada again, mentioning him as Madhyananda's son.


Once Madhyananda's son,
worshipping Siva's excellent Lingam
obtained by his grace the paws of a tiger
Through His compassion
he was able to bring to his son*
the Ocean of Milk and feed him on it.

and he beheld in the Hall
His Supreme Dance. 

I worship the God
Who is the Lord of the Hall of Consciousness,
Whose qualities are praised in the scriptures,
Whose foot is curved.


(*Vyaghrapada's son is Upamanyu and he had no mother.  When he was weeping for milk, Siva brought the
Milky Ocean itself for him to drink.)

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« Reply #64 on: December 24, 2013, 09:39:00 AM »
Umapati Sivam in the following verse of Kunchitanghri Sthavam speaks of Maha Vishnu who outstretched on the coils of
Sesha and floats on the waters of undifferentiated matter during the period between destruction and creation of the universe.

Because of the Bliss of meditating on Siva, Vishnu's body becomes heavier.

Once, meditating on His dance,
Vishnu's body doubled in weight
and Sesha, His support, had His body squeezed.
from the lotus of Vishnu's mouth.

and practicing very severe penance

reached His Holy Place
via the tunnel mouth of the Silver Mountain
and witnessed the dance of Siva in the Sabha,.

I worship Him
Whose foot is curved,
I pray to Him.

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« Reply #65 on: December 25, 2013, 10:14:54 AM »
Umpati Sivam, in this Kunchitanghri Sthavam verse speaks of Siva being timeless and other gods are bound by time:

While the full life span of Vishnu,
Kaitabha's foe,
is supposed to comprise an aeon,
an aeon goes in half a second for Him,
virtually instantaneously
Thus declare Vedas.

What can be said of the lifetime of Indra
and the world protectors?

Him Who is Time,
Who devours Time,
Who is the dancer on the hood of the snake,
Whose foot is curved,
I worship.

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Re: Kunchitanghri Sthavam - Umapati Sivam
« Reply #66 on: December 26, 2013, 10:44:22 AM »
Umapati Sivam describes Siva's cosmic form in the following verse in Kunchitanghri Sthavam.  He also mentions burial ground
as the auspicious spot for His dance.

His eyes are sun, moon and fire.
He feet reach down to the subterranean world of snakes,
His hair is in the sky,
The eight directions are His clothes,
His hands reach out to all worlds,
He is unparalleled,

His stomach is all the oceans,
and the cemetery, Rudra's ground,
is the auspicious spot for His dance,
 
That God, eternal, Lord of Chit Sabha (Hal of Consciousness),
Whose praises are sung by the throng of of Sruti
Whose foot is curved,
I worship.

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Re: Kunchitanghri Sthavam - Umapati Sivam
« Reply #67 on: December 27, 2013, 10:45:06 AM »
Umapati Sivam in his another verse of Kunchitanghri Sthavam describes the Ananda Tandava of Nataraja. 

Before Whom the sun, moon,
and fire do not shine at all,
nor the stars nor lightning;
from fear of Whom, Indra, Vayu,
and Death the Restrainer,
son of the sun's ray,
ever keep far away:

On Whose form the best of Yogis
constantly meditate in their heart-lotuses;
the Blessed One of wonderful form,

Who has eight hand-lotuses,
Whose foot is curved,
Him I worship

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Re: Kunchitanghri Sthavam - Umapati Sivam
« Reply #68 on: December 28, 2013, 07:55:14 AM »
Umapati Sivam speaks about Bhringi Muni who was praying only to Siva, avoiding Devi.  Devi got annoyed and made his limbs
go paralytic. Siva then pacified Devi and also gave Bhringi a third leg.  Kunchitanghri Sthavam describes this in the following
verse:

The Blessed Bhringi, chief of Munis,
bowed solely to the Lord, to the God alone
Who has the deer and the axe in His hands.

and at the decree of Chandika at His side
angry that he did not look at her and pray,
he lost from his fine body
the flesh and other parts.

By His grace,
he obtained three long legs and
residence in His place of honor.
Him Whose foot is curved,
I worship.

Arunachala Siva.     

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Re: Kunchitanghri Sthavam - Umapati Sivam
« Reply #69 on: December 29, 2013, 08:52:07 AM »
Umapati Sivam, in the following verse of Kunchitanghri Sthavam, describes the normal adornments of Nataraja:


Putting the three lines of ash on His forehead,
the hooded snake on His throat,
and the demon as the pedestal for His foot,
and holding fire and the dhakka drum on His hands,
and sun, moon, and ire on His lotus face, (refers to the three eyes.)
the host of gods and worlds in the radiance called Om
the musician on each side,

He performs the Dance of Bliss in His own Hall,
Him Whose foot is curved,
I worship.

Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Kunchitanghri Sthavam - Umapati Sivam
« Reply #70 on: December 30, 2013, 08:52:29 AM »
Umapati Sivam, in the following verse of Kunchitanghri Sthavam describes the Lord and His ornaments.

He is the Lord. He always wears
necklaces of perfect pearls
on His feet and round His neck,
on His body a golden breastplate
and ornaments studded with diamonds,
and heavenly garments.

As He performs His dance
He gives Dharma and other ends of man
to all who come to Him
and protects them.

He has no beginning.
It is to Him that sages direct their sacrifice.
Him Whose foot is curved
I worship.

This is a different picture. Siva does not have any ornaments excepting crescent moon, serpents on His limbs, hand drum,
and Fire.  He has got Ganga and serpents on His head. Only at His feet, He has got anklets.  There is abhaya mudra and
vara (boon) mudra.  And at His left foot is Apasmara.  His matted locks are spreading over the entire Space.  He has got
three eyes representing, Fire, Sun and Moon.


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Re: Kunchitanghri Sthavam - Umapati Sivam
« Reply #71 on: December 31, 2013, 09:22:22 AM »
Umapati Sivam says in another verse of Kunchitanghri Sthavam that Siva dances in Vishnu's heart because as Supreme Being
He is the consciousness present in every individual.  This brings us to a major feature of Umapati's Nataraja - that Dancer Himself
is Sat Chit Ananda,  'Being, Consciousness and Bliss.'  Siva is another way is called Brahman.

Brahman alone is true,
not this world, nor anything else,

Reflecting on this statement of the Upanishads
the leaders of the wise
constantly look upon Him in their hearts,
He, the mass of consciousness which cannot be seen,
His Dance of Bliss constantly repeated
like the flickering flame of a lamp,
illusion free, shining white,
He is what is meant by Tat Sat.

I worship Him
Whose foot is curved.
I pray to Him.

Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Kunchitanghri Sthavam - Umapati Sivam
« Reply #72 on: January 01, 2014, 09:19:12 AM »
Vishnu is credited with playing the drum.  There is in the Saiva legend referred to here, an undercurrent of deliberate
dimunition of the severe orthodoxy of both the god and his worshippers.  Vishnu addresses His two wives in the following
verse of Kunchitanghri Sthavam of Umapati Sivam:

'O Lotus Lakshmi, don't let play today
'I don't want my snake-lord couch,
'nor Garuda,

'O Earth, come at once,
'for I am going to beat the drum
'in Tillaivana with great skill'
'to accompany the Foe of the Three Cities'

So saying, in the beginning
Hari went to His stage,

Him who is unborn
Whose foot is curved,
I worship.

Arunachala Siva.     



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Re: Kunchitanghri Sthavam - Umapati Sivam
« Reply #73 on: January 02, 2014, 10:15:17 AM »
Umapati Sivam in his Kunchitanghri Sthavam describes Nataraja's dance in Chidambaram, in three verses.  I shall give the first
verse.

While He Who has no beginning
dances, close behind Him
BAna and the one called Bhanukampa
surpass the ocean's roar
with the sounds of their conch and drum.

And from OM, the surrounding arch,
twenty one rays can be seen,
accompanied by the Dhvani mantra.

I worship Him, the Lord of the Hall,
before Whom the multitude of gods bows down,
Whose foot is curved.

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Re: Kunchitanghri Sthavam - Umapati Sivam
« Reply #74 on: January 03, 2014, 08:17:41 AM »
Umapati Sivam further describes in his Kunchitanghri Sthavam, the sound of mantras that emanate from His dance.



I praise Him, the Lord of the Hall,
before Whom the multitude of the gods bows down,
Whose foot is curved.

I praise the Lord Who is dancing
following the sound of 'dhi', 'mi',  'dhi, 'mi',  'tak'
from the drums rapidly struck
by the bristling throng of arms
of the excellent gana BAna the Daitya;

His snakes, the ornaments of His arms,
lifting up their necks in joy
at the sound of the thousand-stringed veena
playing 'tA', 'nA', 'tA', 'nA', 'ta', 'na'.

Him, Who grants freedom from fear
Whose foot is curved,
I worship.

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