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Maha Sivaratri - 27.02.2013
« on: February 27, 2014, 10:29:34 AM »
Sri Bhagavan has said about the significance of Mahasivaratri as related to Arunachala:

ஆதி அருணாசலப்பேர் அற்புத லிங்கத்து உருக்கொள்
ஆதி நாள் மார்கழியில் ஆதிரை அச் - சோதி எழும்
ஈசனை மால் முன் அமரர் ஏத்தி வழிபட்ட நாள்
மாசி சிவராத்திரி மற்று.

The day on which the ancient and wonderful Linga of Arunachala took shape is the asterism of Ardra in the month
of Mrigasira.  And the day on which Maha Vishnu and the other devas worshipped the Lord in the form of Effulgence
is the day of Maha Sivaratri.

(Arunachala Mahatmyam - Sri Bhagavan's Tamizh verse translation.)

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Maha Sivaratri - 27.02.2013
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 10:48:33 AM »
Ten Verses of Sivananda Lahari chosen by Sri Bhagavan for chanting:

The Asramam website has given these ten verses from a different English translation.  I shall give them from the
book of Swami Tapasyananda of Sri Ramakrishna Math.

1. Verse 61:  That state of mind is called Bhakti (divine love) where in all movements of thought go automatically
to the lotus feet of the Lord and stick to them for ever, just as the seed of Ankola tree (on falling) gravitates to
the parent tree, the iron needle to the magnetic stone, the devoted wife to her husband, the creeper to the tree,
and the river to the ocean.

2. Verse 76:  The cloud of divine love, residing in the sky of Siva's feet, pours down the rain of joy.  He, the lake of
whose mind gets filled, obtains a good harvest from the crop of life - but not others.

3. Verse 83:  Not even a little of happiness is obtained by the worship of deities who are themselves subject to birth
and death.  There is no doubt about this.  They are the great, and they, indeed are the happy, that worship Siva
(who is united with the Divine Mother) and who is birthless and deathless.

4. Verse 6: O man who deems yourself intelligent! Will the talk of pot, lump of clay, atoms, smoke, fire, mountain,
cloth, thread (and the rest of the logician's favorite examples and categories) ever repel the terrible god of death?
In vain, then, is all your straining of the throat in heated controversies.  Worship the Lord instead and attain quickly
to supreme bliss.

5. Verse 65: O  Lord of Bhavani! Whosoever worships Thy lotus feet - from him the god of death runs away fearing
another kick at the chest;  him the Immortals adore, by performing the light waving ceremony (arti) with gems of
lamp like brilliance studding their crowns:  him the damsel of liberation holds in her tight embrace.  What is there
difficult of achievement for him in the three worlds?

(The allusion is to Markandeya who was saved by Siva from the god of death.)


Arunachala Siva.   



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Re: Maha Sivaratri - 27.02.2013
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2014, 01:24:49 PM »
Ten Verses chosen by Sri Bhagavan from Sri Sivananda Lahari;


6. Verse 10:  Let me (if need be) be born as man or celestial as wild beast or mosquito, as animal or worm, as bird or
any other creature.  What harm can accrue from these embodiments, if in every such birth my heart always feels inclined
to disport in the waves of supreme bliss consisting in the constant remembrance of Thy lotus feet?       

7. Verse 12:  What does it matter where a man lives - be it in a cave or a house, in the open, or in a forest, on a mountain
top, or in water, or in the midst of fires?  O Lord!  If a person's mind resides always at Thy feet, his is the Yogic state, and he
is the supreme Yogi and the happy man.

8. Verse 9:  Dull witted man, wandering about for flowers for Thy worship, goes to deep lotus lakes, to uninhabited  dense
forests and to high mountains. Lo! he does not know how to be happy in life by offering unto Thee, the Lord of Uma, the unique
lotus of his own heart.

9. Verse 11:  O Lord! What does it avail a man to be a student, a householder, an anchorite, a mendicant, or one outside of
these four orders?  O Master of all beings! Bestower of all good! He whose heart lotus comes in Thy possession - to him
Thou becomest his 'own' and Thyself bearest his worldly burdens.

10. Verse 91:  O moon crested One! Be Thy grace that primordial nescience (avidya) lodged in my heart has disappeared,
and the cherished divine knowledge has dawned.  Always in ecstatic thought, I worship Thy lotus feet, which are capable
of conferring  what is good, and which constitute the chalice of salvation.


Arunachala Siva.