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General Discussion / Blue Cliff Records
« on: March 18, 2013, 06:59:24 PM »

Blue Cliff Record

Case 2 - The Ultimate Path is Without Difficulty


Chao-chou, teaching the assembly, said, “The Ultimate Path is without difficulty; just avoid picking and choosing. As soon as there are words spoken, “this is picking and choosing, “ “this is clarity.” This old monk does not abide within clarity; do you still preserve anything or not?”

At that time a certain monk asked, “Since you do not abide within clarity, what do you preserve?”

Chao-chou replied, “I don't know either.”

The monk said, “Since you don't know, Teacher, why do you nevertheless say that you do not abide within clarity?”

Chao-chou said, “It is enough to ask about the matter; bow and withdraw.”


This is the second koan of the Blue Cliff Record. The words “picking and choosing” or variations of this koan also appear later on in the Record in koans 57, 58, and 59.

Here they are.


A monk asked Chao-chou, “ ‘The Ultimate Path has no difficulties—just avoid picking and choosing.’ What is not picking and choosing?”

Chao-chou said, “ ‘In the heavens and on earth I alone am the Honored One.’ ”

The monk said, “This is still picking and choosing.”

Chao-chou said, “Stupid oaf! Where is the picking and choosing?” The monk was speechless.



A monk asked Chao-chou, “ ‘The Ultimate Path has no difficulties—just avoid picking and choosing’—isn’t this a cliché for people of these times?”

Chao-chou said, “Once someone asked me, and I really couldn’t explain for five years.” 


A monk asked Chao-chou, “ ‘The Ultimate Path has no difficulties—just avoid picking and choosing. As soon as there are words and speech, this is picking and choosing.’  So how do you help people, Teacher?”

Chao-chou said, “Why don’t you quote this saying in full?”  The monk said, “I only remember up to here.”

Chao-chou said, “It’s like this: ‘The Ultimate Path has no difficulties—just avoid picking and choosing.’ ”


Arunachala Siva.


Today in the Asramam, Sri Vidya Homam is being conducted. A shamiana is constructed between Old Hall and Cow Lakshmi's
Samadhi and a Homa Kundam is built with bricks and the Homam is conducted from 2.30 PM.  Vedic Pandits come from many
places in Tamizh Nadu, particularly from Coimbatore. Separate food arrangements are made for Pandits and they are also
accommodated in guest rooms for two or more days.  The Homam is competed around 6.30 PM. 

Only once in 2009 I and my wife witnessed the Sri Vidya Homam in the Asramam. Veda Patasala students also participate in   
chanting mantras. 

It was Major Chadwick who started this type of Homam many many years back. Major Chadwick was also responsible for
arrangement of starting a Veda Patasala.

Sri Chakra Puja is also done on some Fridays in Mother's Temple, since there is Maha meru there.

Arunachala Siva.

General Discussion / Gateless Gate/
« on: March 14, 2013, 05:27:30 PM »
Kasho’s Flag Pole
Anan asked kasho, “The World-Honored One transmitted to you the
surplice of golden cloth; did he transmit anything else to you? Kasho
called him and said, “Anan!” “Yes?” said Anan. “Knock down the flag
pole at the gate” said Kasho.

The Commentary
If you can give a “turning-word” in regard to all this, you will see
the meeting at Mount Grdhrakuta still in session. If not, then however
much you “struggle against the light” from the age of Vispasyin, you
cannot even now gain the Essence.

The Verse
The question, how dull! The answer, how intimate!
How many people there are with a film over their eyes!
The elder brother calling, the younger brother answering, the family skeleton!
This is a spring that does not belong to Yin and Yang.

As translated by R.H. Blyth

Ummon’s Shit-Stick
A monk asked Ummon, “What is the Buddha?” “It is a shit-wiping stick,”
replied Ummon.

The Commentary
We must say that Ummon can’t appreciate plain food. He’s so busy he
can’t even scribble properly. He is disposed to support the sect with
a shit-stick. Look at the outcome!

The Verse
Sudden flashes of lightning!
Sparks from iron striking flint!
A blink of the minds eye,
And the legs are already walking in different directions.

As translated by R.H. Blyth

Shogen’s Strong Man
Shogen said, “Why is it that a man of great strength cannot lift up
his own leg?” [Or, "Why does an enlightened man not stand up for
Zen?"] And again, “It is not with our tongue that we speak.”

The Commentary
It must be said that Shogen shows us his whole soul, but there is no
one to receive it. If there should be anyone who can actually can do
so, let him come to me, Mumon, and be beaten with many blows. Why
these blow? If it is wished to know true gold, see it in the midst of

The Verse
Raising my foot to kick up the Scented Ocean,
Lowering my head I look down on the four Dhyana Heavens.
My body is so big there’s nowhere to put it;
Please finish this verse yourself!

As translated by R.H. Blyth

Nansen’s Ordinary Mind
Joshu asked Nansen, “What is the way?” Nansen answered, “Your ordinary
mind,-that is the way.” Joshu said, “Does it go in any particular
direction?” Nansen replied, “The more you seek after it, the more it
runs away.” Joshu: “Then how can you now it is the way?” Nansen: “The
way does not belong to knowing or not knowing. Knowing is illusion.
Not knowing is lack of discrimination. When you get to this perplexed
way, it is like the vastness of space, an unfathomable void, so how
can it be this or that, yes or no?” Upon this Joshu came to a sudden

The Commentary
Joshu suddenly brought up the question to Nansen, who explained it,
but the tile disintegrated, the ice dissolving, the drain is blocked
up. Even though Joshu came to a realisation, he must delve into it
another thirty years before he can understand it fully.

The Verse
The spring flowers, the moon in autumn,
The cool wind of summer, winters snow,
If your mind is not clouded by unnecessary things,
This is the happy day in human life.

As translated by R.H. Blyth


Tozan’s Flax
A monk asked Tozan, “What is the Buddha?” He replied, “Three pounds of flax.”

The Commentary
Old Tozan’s Zen is rather like a clam; when it just opens the two halves of the shell, you can see the liver and the intestines. But though this may be so, just say, where can we see Tozan?

The Verse
“Three pounds of flax,” -artlessly, spontaneously it comes out.
The words and the meaning are intimate, indivisibly so.
He who explains this and that, yes and no, the relative,
Is himself [only] a relative man.

As translated by R.H. Blyth

Echu’s Three Calls
The National Teacher called the attendant three times, and three times he answered. The National Teacher said, “I thought I had transgressed against you, but it seems that you have transgressed against me.”

The Commentary
The National teacher called three times. His tongue fell to the ground [from talking too much]. The attendant answered three times, sending out a corresponding glory. The National Teacher, getting old and lonely, pushed the cows head down to the grass. The attendant would have none of it; delicious food is not suitable for a man who is satiated. Just say, in what did the transgression consist? When the country is prosperous, rich children are too proud [to eat plain food].

The Verse
He must carry the hole-less iron cangue, And his descendants too can have no peace or rest.
If you wish to support your religion and cause it to flourish
You must climb a mountain of swords with your bare feet.

As translated by R.H. Blyth


Today is Maha Sivaratri, the holy night of Siva.  There will be special abhishekam, alankaram and arti in all Siva Temples, particularly
in temples of Chidambaram, Tiruvannamalai, Kalahasti, Tiruvarur, Kanchipuram and Tiruvanaikka.  There will be special pujas for
Sri Matrubhuteswara Lingam and Sri Ramaneswara Maha Lingam in the Asramam .  In Karnataka, where there is a large population
of Veera Saivas, this is celebrated in Siva temples of Nanjangud, Dharmasthala and in Bangalore City, in Kadamalleswarar and
Gavipuram temples.  The oblations and adornment take place at night four times, between 9 pm to next morning 4 am. People also
observe night vigil, that is, not sleeping at night.

Sri Arunachala Mahatmyam says:  "By doing puja to Me (Lord Siva) on this holiest day one gets the result of doing puja for a whole
year.  Even as the moon causes the rising of the sea, this sacred hour enhances the prowess of My manifestations."   

Sri Bhagavan's translated verse (second in Sri Arunachala Mahatmyam verses) says:  "The day on which Lord Siva took the form
of the mysterious Hill  Linga known as Adi Arunachala was the day of Ardra in the month of Margazhi and the day on which Vishnu
and other devas worshipped Him manifested in the Hill of Light was on the Magha  in the  month of  Masi."

Ceremonial pujas are also held in houses where Siva Linga is kept.  In late evenings, Abhishekam is done with milk, coconut water, curds, honey and ghee.


Arunachala Sival.   


As the term 'non dualism' indicates, it describes a way of thinking and being that is non dualistic. By dualistic we mean that our
day to day functioning, which needs to use opposites -- such as heavy and light, dark and light, male and female, open and closed ---
is interpreted as being based on REAL opposition, that is also true beyond mere functioning.  Of course, it is useful for our functioning
in the world to be able to differentiate between certain things, but this proves nothing about the Ultimate Reality of ourselves and the world as it appears to us.  On further inquiry into the true nature of all that happens, we notice that we can only speak about something happening because we EXPERIENCE it.

This experiencing or knowing is possible due to the consciousness. When experiencing stops, everything stops. Whether we experience
dark or light, a pleasant experience or a nasty one, it is experienced, it is perceived.  By allowing all attention to go to "experiencing-in-
itself", you can notice there is no multiplicity or separation. This impressions of multiplicity or separation occur  WITHIN something that is
'not two'. This is nonduality.

Non dualism is the term for the approaches that emphasize non duality.


Arunachala Siva.                 

Devotee: Through poetry, music, japa, bhajana, the sight of beautiful landscapes, the lines of spiritual verses etc., one
experiences sometimes a true sense of all unity. Is that feeling of deep blissful quiet (wherein personal self has no place)
the same as the entering into the Heart, of which Sri Bhagavan speaks? Will practice thereof lead to a deeper samadhi and so
ultimately to a full vision of the Real?

Maharshi: There is happiness when agreeable things are presented to the mind. It is the happiness inherent to the Self, and
there is no other happiness. And it is not alien and afar.  You are diving into the Self on those occasions which you consider
pleasurable. That diving results in self existent bliss.  But the association of idea is responsible for foisting the bliss on other
things or occurrences while, in fact, the bliss is within you. On these occasions you are plunging into the Self, though unconsciously.

If you do so consciously, with the conviction that comes of the experience that you are identical with the happiness which is verily
the Self, the one Reality, you call it Realization.  I want you to dive consciously into the Self i.e into the Heart.


Arunachala Siva.         


In the annals of those who came to Sri Bhagavan there are many instances of a word, a phrase or sentence that utterly
transformed the life of listener. The instruction could have come direct from Sri Bhagavan or it may have been directed to
another person in the assembly. It may have been even a casual remark but non the less, the force of Sri Bhagavan's speech
had the impact of a depth charge that rocked the balance of the every day mind and set the person on an entirely new track.
There are documented cases of this radical summons, as for instance, that of a university biochemist who, in 1948, was prostrating
to Sri Bhagavan before taking leave, when he heard the command 'Iru' ---- 'Be!'.  As a rule, devotees took leave of Sri Bhagavan out
of respect and he did not usually indicate a preference as to whether someone came or went but would either smile or nod in

In this case, it was unusual. Sri Tinnai Swami as he was later known, "obeyed both colloquial (stay) and the literal (be) meaning of the
word 'Iru' uttered by Sri Bhagavan.

From that moment, he never left Tiruvannamalai, and he also remained fixed firmly in the eternal state of Self abidance,. (Michael James,'
Mountain Path, April 2004).

Such dramatic instances did happen though not always known.  More often than not a word from Sri Bhagavan would irrevocably change a person's life, direction and attitude. Sri Bhagavan's words are not to be treated lightly.  There is a depth in them that can
outright transform us, if we are receptive.


Arunachala Siva.   

General topics / Bhilvashtakam
« on: March 02, 2013, 06:50:34 PM »
The following poem called Bhilvashtakam, a eight para verse on Bhilva, very dear to Siva, can be chanted on 10th
March, 2013, on which falls Maha Sivaratri. 

tridaLaM triguNAkAraM trinetraM cha triyAyushham.h .
trijanmapApasaMhAraM ekabilvaM shivArpaNam.h ..

trishAkhaiH bilvapatraishcha hyachchhidraiH komalaiHshubhaiH .
shivapUjAM karishhyAmi hyekabilvaM shivArpaNam.h ..

akhaNDa bilva patreNa pUjite nandikeshvare .
shuddhyanti sarvapApebhyo hyekabilvaM shivArpaNam.h ..

sALagrAma shilAmekAM viprANAM jAtu chArpayet.h .
somayaJNa mahApuNyaM hyekabilvaM shivArpaNam.h ..

dantikoTi sahasrANi vAjapeye shatAni cha .
koTikanyA mahAdAnaM hyekabilvaM shivArpaNam.h ..

laxmyAstanuta utpannaM mahAdevasya cha priyam.h .
bilvavR^ixaM prayachchhAmi hyekabilvaM shivArpaNam.h ..

darshanaM bilvavR^ixasya sparshanaM pApanAshanam.h .
aghorapApasaMhAraM hyekabilvaM shivArpaNam.h ..

kAshIkshetranivAsaM cha kAlabhairavadarshanam.h .
prayAgamAdhavaM dR^ishhTvA hyekabilvaM shivArpaNam.h ..

mUlato brahmarUpAya madhyato vishhNurUpiNe .
agrataH shivarUpAya hyekabilvaM shivArpaNam.h ..

bilvAshhTakamidaM puNyaM yaH paThet.h shivasannidhau .
sarvapApa vinirmuktaH shivalokamavApnuyAt.h ..

Arunachala Siva.


Today is the Sundaram Iyer's Day.  He is Sri Bhagavan's father, who started his career as a clerk and later writer of various sale
deeds etc., and then became an uncertified pleader in the court of Tiruchuzhi.  He was a Karma Yogi and was also taking care of
government officers and other visitors to Tiruchuzhi, by accommodating them in one portion of his large house in Tiruchuzhi and also
serving them food.  He had four children, Nagaswami, Venkataraman (Sri Bhagavan) and Nagasundaram (Chinnaswami) as sons and
Alarmel mangai as the only daughter. Mother Azhagamma was his perfect partner in life joining him in all his philanthropic activities.

Sundaram Iyer met his untimely death and the family became scattered, Nagaswami, and Venkataraman living in Madrurai with their
paternal uncle and Azhagamma and Nagasundaram and Alamelu living in Manamadurai with another brother of Sundaram Iyer.

Sri Bhagavan remembers His divine parents, in AAMM in Verse 2. He says like Azhagu and Sundaram we (Arunachala and Himself)
shall live for ever without parting.

In Sri Ramana Ashtottaram, Viswantha Swami has composed the following name:

Om Sundararya tapa phalaya namah |

Salutations to One who was born as a fruit as a result of the  tapas made by Sundaram Iyer |

or one can say,

Salutations to the One who was born because of tapas (karma yoga) of Sundaram Iyer |

There will be display of photo of Sundaram Iyer in the Samadhi Hall in the Asramam adorned by garlands and flowers today.


Arunachala Siva.           

General Discussion / Siruvai Tiruppagzh of Arunagiri Nathar.
« on: February 27, 2013, 06:23:35 PM »
This is a song from Tiruppugazh, on Muruga of Siruvai, a place which is   

Song 724 - aNdarpadhi kudiyERa (siRuvai)

aNdarpadhi kudi ERa maNdasurar urumARa
     aNdar mana magizh meeRa ...... aruLAlE

anthariyo dudanAdu sankaranu magizh kUra
     aingkaranum umai ALu ...... magizhvAga

maNdalamu munivOrum eNdhisaiyil uLa pEru
     manjinanum ayanArum ...... edhirkANa

mangai udan arithAnum inbamuRa magizh kURa
     maindhu mayiludan Adi ...... varavENum

puNdarika vizhiyALa aNdar magaL maNavALa
     pundhi niRai aRivALa ...... uyarthOLA

pongu kadaluda nAgam viNduvarai igalsAdu
     pon paravu kadhir veesu ...... vadivElA

thaNdaraLa maNi mArba sempon ezhil seRi rUpa
     thaNdamizhin migu nEya ...... murugEsA

santhathamum adiyArgaL chinthaiyadhu kudiyAna
     thaN siRuvai thanil mEvu ...... perumALE.

......... Meaning .........

aNdarpadhi kudi ERa: (Because of You), IndrA, the Lord of DEvAs, got back his kingdom;

maNdasurar urumARa: the advancing demons (asuras) were transformed from living to dead;

aNdar mana magizh meeRa aruLAlE: the DEvAs were rejoicing on being graciously protected;

anthariyo dudanAdu sankaranu magizh kUra: Sankara who danced with KALi was in ecstasy;

aingkaranum umai ALu magizhvAga: VinAyagA and PArvathi were delighted;

maNdalamu munivOrum eNdhisaiyil uLa pEru: the entire galaxies, all the sages and people in all eight directions,

manjinanum ayanArum edhirkANa: along with IndrA and BrahmA enjoying Your darshan (vision); and

mangai udan arithAnum inbamuRa magizh kURa: Vishnu, accompanied by Lakshmi, was happy and pleased.

maindhu mayiludan Adi varavENum: (Just like You appeared before them), You must come to me mounted on Your mighty dancing peacock!

puNdarika vizhiyALa: You have lotus-like eyes!

aNdar magaL maNavALa: You are the consort of DEvayAnai, brought up by the DEvAs!

pundhi niRai aRivALa uyarthOLA: You are full of Wisdom and True Knowledge, Oh broad-shouldered One!

pongu kadaluda nAgam viNduvarai igalsAdu: The seas rose with high tides while the Mount Krouncha was rent asunder

pon paravu kadhir veesu vadivElA: when You threw Your sharp and glittering spear!

thaNdaraLa maNi mArba: Your chest is adorned with cool and precious gems.

sempon ezhil seRi rUpa: Your complexion is brilliant golden red.

thaNdamizhin migu nEya murugEsA: You are extremely fond of the rich literature in Tamil.

santhathamum adiyArgaL chinthaiyadhu kudiyAna: You always reside in the thoughts of Your devotees!

thaN siRuvai thanil mEvu perumALE.: Your favourite abode is the cool place called SiRuvai*, Oh Great One!

* SiRuvai is on the route between Chennai and AaraNi, about 7 miles west of PonnEri.
It is also known as SiRuvarambEdu as it is believed that young boys, LavA and KuchA, sons of Rama, fought here with bows and arrows. This place houses a special temple for Murugan.


Arunachala Siva.


1. The Divine Dwells with in you, as you.
    The Divine Dwells within me, as me.
    If I mistreat you, I mistreat myself.
    If you mistreat me, you mistreat yourself.

2, A Western woman of Indian ancestry tells me that her Guru is the Self. She greatly respects Sri Ramana Maharshi, but
has no particular devotion to Him or to any other awakened being. I listen closely, but my mind is quizzical.  Later, I make
these notes: The world is full of endlessly changing, individual  expressions of the Self.  Since the Self is universal, timeless
and beyond anything that I can conceive, I feel the need for a realized human being to be a 'guide or go-between.'  Otherwise
the Self remains too much of an abstraction. In other words, not sufficiently grounded in everyday experience. If the Self is too
abstract, I will have trouble discerning my projections and superimposition. In order to develop an integrated 'universality' I will
need to attend to the "particular". I will need to be both non dual in  my attitude and personal.


Arunachala Siva.       


As I step out of the car, he peacock unfurls its feathers and dances on the porch of the temple, It shudders occasionally in its
attempts to desperately impress the silent female, A good omen, I think, as  I enter Sri Ramanasramam for the first time,  I feel
instantly refreshed by the peacock welcome, after our three hour journey from Chennai Airport. The driver, who has driven rather
slowly on the clear and straight National Highway, is instantly electrified as soon as the car on to the road to Triuvannamalai.

Strange hillocks, as if man made, line the road, --- Suddenly our travel companion, who is a long time devotee of Sri Ramana
Maharshi, exclaims --- that it is Arunachala!  At first sight, the holy mountain does not impress and looks rather small. Just
like the congested little township, in which, the Asramam is situated. Little does one know what grandeur is held by the
deceptive modesty of these humble surroundings.

As a child, I had a dim memory of my aunts speaking reverentially about Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi. Many years later, as a
junior lawyer, I await a Senior Counsel in his office and my attention is transfixed by a picture of  Sri Ramana.  I have never seen
kinder eyes.  The ocean of compassion which  flows from those lovely eyes brings tears of joy.


Arunachala Siva.                   


One of Sri Bhagavan's favorite traditional spiritual works was the Ribhu Gita. It is an important text in the history of His
instruction for those close devotees who gravitated to Him. Sri Bhagavan's first attendant, Pazhaniswami, brought a copy to
Bhagavan's attention while He was residing at the mango tree grove near Gurumoortham in 1898. Later in life Sri Bhagavan
related how surprised He was at the time to hear an exact description of His own state recited in the Ribhu Gita and that it had
been experienced by others and was the bliss of the Self sought after by all true seekers.

'I had read no books other than Periya Puranam, my Bible lessons and bits of Tayumanavar or Tevaram.  My notion of God (Isvara)
was similar to that found in the Puranas.  I had not heard then of Brahman, samsara, etc.,  I had no idea that there was an
Essence or Impersonal Real underlying everything, and that myself and Isvara were both identical with It. At Tiruvannamalai, as I
listened to Ribhu Gita and other works, I picked up these facts and discovered that these books were analyzing and naming what I had
previously felt intuitively without analysis and name.  In that language of books I could describe my mental or spiritual condition
after my awakening, as Suddha Manas or Vijnana i.e the Intuition of the Illumined. (Self Realization by B.V. Narasimha Swami, Ch. 5)

The text itself is contained in a Sanskrit epic, the Siva Rahasya, which is primarily devoted to the glory of Lord Siva. It describes
renowned Saivite centers  of pilgrimage, holy rivers, religious observances, spiritual instructions and other topics in the manner of
Puranas. In the Sixth Amsa or Part VI of this twelve part work of about 10,000 verses, there occurs on the slope of Mound Kedara
in the Himalayas a dialogue on the Supreme Brahman between the Sage Ribhu and Sage Nidagha. This exposition in the form of a
dialogue is typical of the Upanishads. The sage Ribhu figures in such ancient text as the traditional anthology of 108, Upanishads such
as the 37th, Tejobinbdu Upanishad of the Krishna Yajur Veda. H. H. Sri Chandrasekhara declared the Ribhu Gita is to the Siva Rahasya what the Bhagavad Gita to the Mahabharata.       

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Pradosha Stotram
« on: February 23, 2013, 06:38:05 PM »
Today is Pradosham. The thirteenth day after full moon or new moon. On the evening Pradosha Siva is said to dance between
the horns of Nandi, the bull. There are abhishekams, alankarams and arti for both Siva Lingam and Nandi. The prodasham falling
on a Saturday is more auspicious. Today is one such Sani (Saturday) pradosham. The following is the Stotraam that is
normally chanted in the Siva temples at the time of evening pradosha archana and arti.   

jaya deva jagannAtha jaya sha~Nkara shAshvata |
jaya sarvasurAdhyakSha jaya sarvasurArchita || 1||
jaya sarvaguNAtIta jaya sarvavaraprada |
jaya nitya nirAdhAra jaya vishvambharAvyaya || 2||
jaya vishvaikavandyesha jaya nAgendrabhUShaNa |
jaya gaurIpate shambho jaya chandrArdhashekhara || 3||
jaya koTyarkasa~NkAsha jayAnantaguNAshraya |
jaya bhadra virUpAkSha jayAchintya nira~n{}jana || 4||
jaya nAtha kR^ipAsindho jaya bhak{}tArtibha~n{}jana |
jaya dustarasa.nsArasAgarottAraNa prabho || 5||
prasIda me mahAdeva sa.nsArArtasya khidyataH |
sarvapApakShayaM kR^itvA rakSha mAM parameshvara || 6||
mahAdAridryamagnasya mahApApahatasya cha |
mahAshokaniviShTasya mahArogAturasya cha || 7||
R^iNabhAraparItasya dahyamAnasya karmabhiH |
grahaiH prapIDyamAnasya prasIda mama sha~Nkara || 8||
daridraH prArthayeddevaM pradoShe girijApatim |
arthADhyo vA.atha rAjA vA prArthayeddevamIshvaram || 9||
dIrghamAyuH sadArogyaM koshavR^iddhirbalonnatiH |
mamAstu nityamAnandaH prasAdAttava sha~Nkara || 10||
shatravaH sa.nkShayaM yAntu prasIdantu mama prajAH |
nashyantu dasyavo rAShTre janAH santu nirApadaH || 11||
durbhikShamarisantApAH shamaM yAntu mahItale |
sarvasasyasamR^iddhishcha bhUyAtsukhamayA dishaH || 12||
evamArAdhayeddevaM pUjAnte girijApatim |
brAhmaNAnbhojayet pashchAddakShiNAbhishcha pUjayet || 13||
sarvapApakShayakarI sarvaroganivAraNI |
shivapUjA mayA.a.akhyAtA sarvAbhIShTaphalapradA || 14||
|| iti pradoShastotraM sampUrNam ||

Arunachala Siva.

The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Punarvasu vaNNam
« on: February 22, 2013, 08:54:18 AM »

Today is the Punarvasu star day in the Tamizh month of Masi (Magham).  Punarvasu is the birth star of Sri Bhagavan. Everymonth
on punarvasu day, the Asramam conducts special pujas for Ramaneswara Maha Lingam, and also adorn the golden casket around
the Lingam.  Muruganar has sung about the glory of punarvasu star as punarvasu vaNNam, in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.

I am giving English translation of another verse from Desika Padigam from Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai:

Verse 184 from Desika Padigam:

Guru Ramana, Siva, as once you left
Mount Kailas and the company of Gods
And came to cool Perundurai to drink in
The sparkling words of Vachakgar
Now again you have come to fair Aruna town
Wishing to hearken to this fellow's pueril words.

Chronologically, this is the first Padigam (decad)  composed by Muruganar in Sri Ramana Sannidhi Murai.     

Arunachala Siva.

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