Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fill thy thoughts with Nandi - mantrA 141

srigurubhyO namahA |

The 141st mantrA of the thirumandiram details the process of spiritual progress commencing from initiation through to contemplation and finally absorptive concentration.

சந்திப் பதுநந்தி தன்திருத் தாளிணை
சிந்திப் பதுநந்தி செய்ய திருமேனி
வந்திப் பதுநந்தி நாமம்இன் வாய்மையால்
புந்திக்குள் நிற்பது நந்திபொற் பாதமே. I.1.29.141

All they see is Nandi's Holy Feet twain,
All they think is Nandi's Holy Form divine,
All they chant is Nandi's Name, I trow,
In all their thoughts Nandi's golden Words and wise. I.1.29.141

Com - All they see is Nandi's Holy Feet twain, Continuously one should unite with the Holy feet of siva, All they think is Nandi's Holy Form divine, Continuously one must contemplate His reddish effulgence, All they chant is Nandi's Name, I trow, At all times one must keep chanting the name of siva and singing His praises. In all their thoughts Nandi's golden Words and wise and in my mind there is nothing but the knowledge of His holy feet.

*The word ‘sandhippadhu’ in the first line of the original verse refers to the process of obtaining initiation from the siva guru. This is the first step through which the yOgin is able to obtain the grace of siva, which is often referred to as the Holy Feet of siva. As described before, this grace is in the form of light – the light of siva. So in the first step the disciple receives the grace on the crown of his head through the guru.The word ‘sindhippadhu’ in the second line translated as think refers to the practise of observing and experiencing the vibration (spandA) that emanates from the light on the crown of the head. This exercise cultivates the light body of the aspirant.The word ‘vandhippadhu’ in the third line refers to the state where all body consciousness is lost (i.e. where the senses are under control) while immersed in the worship of the holy feet of siva. Again, as before, the sage speaks in line with the vEdic idea of assimilation of spiritual knowledge through the stages of shravanA, mananA and nidhidhyAsanA. One must first of all approach the guru and obtain from him the right initiation through which the light of siva is obtained on the crown. Then one must strive to experience the spandA at that region and being aware of nothing else but the holy effulgence of siva, one must remain engaged in the worship of the Lord. Then one’s consciousness will be pervaded, like that of our revered thirumUlar, with the pure light of siva. Nothing but the wisdom of siva.

thirucchitrambalam |


Anonymous said...

Hi, this is Ram. I sent you a comment two days back and still awaiting to hear from you. Your feedback would help me a lot in moulding myself.



mooligai sidhan said...

Srigurubhyo namaha|

Hello Ram.
I have answered your question as a reply to your comment. please refer to post with mantra 139 and look at the 2nd comment. Hope it helps.

Anonymous said...

excuse me if im naive, why do we have a Nandi in all sivan temples? What is the significance? Could you please explain?


mooligai sidhan said...

srigurubhyO namahA |

nandi is the vAhanA or the vehicle of siva. And thus he is a symbol of some important tattvA (the all pervading siva hardly needs a vehicle to move on). Though there are many concepts and esoteric elements connected to the symbolism of nandi there are two important things I can tell you.
Firstly, he represents sound or shabdA/nAdA. Thus he is a symbol for the truth that the supreme is realised as shabda braHman i.e. through the vEdAs and through the words of the guru, mantrAs etc. As also to reveal that sound is at the basis of form or phenomenal manifestation. As I have explained elsewhere, shabdA or sound is the quality of AkAshA or ether - the first bhUtA.
Secondly and more importantly, nandi symbolises the guru tattvA. He stands at the entrance to the temple - pointing the way and guiding the sishyA/bhaktA towards siva, who is present inside. He stands there to show that the supreme is reached only through the compassion and the grace of a guru established in self.
There are many more aspects to this, but perhaps what has been said above is enough for here.