Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Shiva Dhuna

Shivo Bhokta
Shivo Bhojya
Shivo Karta
Shivah Karmah
Shivah Karanatmakah

Shiva is the experiencer and the highest object of experience.
Shiva is the goal of Sadhana. There is nothing apart from Shiva.
There is nothing other than Shiva. Whatever there is, is Shiva.
There is nothing, which is not Shiva. There is no place, which is not Shiva.
There is no time, which is not Shiva. To be aware of this is to be aware of Shiva.

The Maha Mrityunjaya is a mantra that is said to rejuvenate, bestow health, wealth, a long life, peace, propsperity and contentment. The Mantra is a centuries old technique of connecting one to pure consciousness and bliss. The prayer is addressed to LORD SHIVA. By chanting this Mantra, Divine vibrations are generated which ward off all the negative and evil forces and create a powerful protective shield. And it is said to protect the one who chants against accidents and misfortunes of every kind. It is a vibration that pulsates through every cell, every molecule of our body and tears away the veil of ignorance. It ignites a fire within us that consumes all our negativity and purifies our entire system. It is also said to have a powerful healing of diseases declared uncurable even by the doctors. It is a Mantra to conquer death and connects us to our own inner divinity. Known as the Moksha Mantra of Lord Shiva, Maha Mrityunjay evokes the Shiva within and removes the fear of death, liberating one from the cycle of death and rebirth.

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Maha-mrityunjaya Mantra

I am listening to the wonderful Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra released by Times Music in India. Maha mrityunjaya is a call for enlightenment and is a practice of purifying the karmas of the soul at a deep level.

Om Tryambakam Yajamahe
Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam
Urva rukam iva Bandhanaat
Mrityor Mukshiya Ma mritat

Om , we worship Lord Shiva (the three eyed one)
who is full of fragrance and who nourishes al beings.
May he liberate me from death, for the sake of immortality,
just as the ripe cucumber is severed from bondage (of the creeper).

For more please see http://www.swamij.com/mahamrityunjaya.htm

natana – Tue, 26/09/2006 – 7:26am

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Monday, September 25, 2006


Perhaps now I can understand why Ramana loved monkeys so much. While reading a book recently (Aghora-III), I was repeatedly educated about Anjaneya (aka Hanuman). Hanuman was born to a langur (a kind of monkey) who was a devotee of Shiva. Let me quote here:

He symbolises the pinnacle of bhakti, and is considered to be the eleventh Rudra avatar of Lord Shiva.

Hanuman is the epitome of wisdom, brahmacharya, bhakti (devotion/faith), valour, righteousness and strength. He is symbolized in Hinduism for his unwavering dedication to righteousness, unstinting performance of entrusted duties, and unfailing talents in serving his chosen master.
Monkeys have always been tolerated, nay revered, in India, as descendants of Hanuman. Hanuman is Shiva, and Hanuman represents bhakti. No wonder Bhagavan loved and respected them!

He is easily reachable — just by chanting the name 'Ram'. Conversely, it is also held that the easiest way to attain Lord Rama is to worship Hanuman — verse 33 of the Hanuman Chalisa begins, "Tumharae bhajan Ram ko paavae", which means "by singing hymns about You, Rama is reached".

Friday, September 01, 2006

Bhagavan reaches Arunachala

On this day (September 1), in 1896, Venkataraman Iyer of Tiruchuzhi reached the town Tiruvannamalai where the sacred hill Arunachala is. He immediately entered the temple, where strangely not a soul was present. He proceeded to the innermost shrine to report his arrival (so to speak) to Arunachala.

Later, reaching the Ayyankulam tank he threw away his belongings, clothes and money into waters. His head was shaved. As he was about to enter the temple, there was a short sharp shower, so that he had a bath before entering the temple.

From there he went deeper into the Patala Lingam to avoid street urchins, and spent many days lost in meditation before he was found bleeding and oozing pus due to the vermin who were feasting on their unconscious prey.

He moved frequently, to the Subrahmanya temple, and from there to the Mangai Pillayar temple where he had his first constant attendant, Uddandi Nayinar. He later moved to the Gurumurtam where he spent the next 18 months, mostly in samadhi.

It was later that Kavyakanta Ganapathi Muni was to name him Sri Ramana Maharshi, suggesting that he be addressed as Bhagavan. Such was the beginning of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi's life at Arunachala.

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