Thursday, January 31, 2008

Eternal grace - mantra 43

Sri gurubhyo namaha.

The forty third mantra of the Thirumandiram. Here too like the couple of mantras preceeding and some to follow, the sage sings the praise of bhakti or devotion as a sure method to acchieve oneness with Siva.

அரனடி சொல்லி அரற்றி அழுது
பரனடி நாடியே பாவிப்ப நாளும்
உரன்அடி செய்துஅங்கு ஓதுங்கவல் லார்க்கு
நிரன்அடி செய்து நிறைந்துநின் றானே. 43.
Eternal Grace
To them that speak of Hara's Holy Feet and weep,
To them that daily muse at the Great One's mighty feet,
To them that, in deep devotion fixed, wait to serve,
To them comes the Eternal's all-filling Grace. 43.


ComTo them that speak of Hara's Holy Feet and weep To those that sing praises of Siva, being overwhelmed by their Love towards Him, To them that daily muse at the Great One's mighty feet to those that constantly meditate on the Lord, and To them that, in deep devotion fixed, wait to serve to those that develop wisdom and devotion and stay fixed in that state of deep devotion, To them comes the Eternal's all-filling Grace Siva reveals Himself by completely filling their hearts with Himself.

* The word ‘muse’ refers to the practise of visualisation mentioned below – The sadhaka visualises Siva as being resident in the heart. Then he proceeds to visualise that he has given over himself (surrendered) to Siva. When the above mentioned ‘bhavana’ or visualisation is strengthened by virtue of continuous practise, the knowledge regarding Siva and its firm rooting in the consciousness takes place. That is to say, through constantly affirming the presence of Siva in the heart, the devotee is able to allow the transformation of his consciousness, as a result of being permeated with Siva.

2 comments:

shakthi said...

Dear MooligaiSidhan,

just to thank you very much for keeping this blog going. it really helps nail the meaning better within my thick skull.


Om Shambhave Namah.

mooligai sidhan said...

@ shakti
Thank you very much - though the compliment is undeserved! I would have thought that in this modern day there would be lots of sources for the Thirumandiram in english, but judging by the number of people who end up here after searching ''thirumandiram'' on google makes me wonder about dedicating the whole blog to only that!Never mind my own 'prattle'about transient things:)