Monday, December 10, 2012

All your wealth cannot bribe death away - mantrA 176

srigurubhyO namahA |
Extending the remit of this short section detailing the transience of wealth, the sage gives the disciple the instruction to begin his spiritual quest 'right now'. There is no better time, and it is a matter of great urgency. One must wake up to truth!

உடம்போடு உயிரிடை விட்டோ டும் போது
அடும்பரிசு ஒன்றில்லை அண்ணலை எண்ணும்
விடும்பரி சாய்நின்ற மெய்ந்நமன் தூதர்
சுடும்பரி சத்தையுஞ் சூழகி லாரே. I.3.9.176

When the vital spark leaves this mortal mould,
Bribe be none to lure it back; think, think of the Lord;
Death's loyal servants on restless mission bent,
Do nothing consider that with hot breath you pulse. I.3.9.176

Com - When the vital spark leaves this mortal mould, when it is time for the life force to take leave of this mortal body Bribe be none to lure it back; there is nothing to be done that can avoid or overcome death. think, think of the Lord; (at the time of death) think, contemplate and recite the name of the Lord. Death's loyal servants on restless mission bent, For the true and loyal messengers of Death are fixed on only one prize – that of separating the soul and the body. Do nothing consider that with hot breath you pulse. Hence they are not intent on the prize of tormenting or causing anguish and pain.

*In the last mantra of this sub section, the sage gives us some last resort instructions! When it is time for one to die, there is nothing that can be done to prevent it. One’s wealth and power etc or learning, one’s family and children etc are not capable of stopping the messengers of death from carrying out their mission – which is separating the soul from the body. If one has been ignorant of the supreme reality all through life and has spent it in the pursuit of riches and sensory pleasures, then it is too late (at the time of death) for commencing yOgic sAdhanA to defeat death. Thus for the ‘average’ layperson with no spiritual path, his advice is to face death with the name of the Lord on his lips and His thoughts fixed in the mind. The last line of the verse suggests that it is only the contemplation of siva at the time of death that will help one overcome at least the pain and trauma of death. This is perhaps the next best thing to overcoming death. At least this will enable the jIvA to die with dignity and the focus of the mind on the supreme principle will orient the passing soul to a future life which might be more conducive to realising the supreme.

thirucchitrambalam |


Anonymous said...

Sir, What happened? Are you fine and ok? Its been more than two weeks since you last posted. normally when you take a break, you used to inform us readers. Pl inform when the next post will be posted.


mooligai sidhan said...

srigurubhyO namahA |

Dear sri. Ram,
Iam fine and ok. Thank you for your concern. But unfortunately, I am quite caught up with another project at the moment and dont have time to correspond with various readers or work on the commentary.
My apologies to you and other readers here as well as to those of you who are still waiting to hear back on your emails - but it seems quite difficult to find spare time near a computer.
It might be a month or perhaps longer before I post here again. But hopefully I will try and get one or two verses in the meantime when I get a chance.
My wishes to you and all readers for a wonderful New year and my sincere prayers to the dEvi to guide each and every one of you to sucess and spiritual progress over the coming year.

D.M. SOLIS said...

I very much appreciate the spirituality and sincerity here. Thank you, peace,


Anonymous said...

Dear Sir,
This is truly an extraordinary and valuable service you are performing with your blog. Your deep understanding and clear commentary on the thirumanthiram is a blessing for novices such as ourselves. I eagerly look forward to the day when you can resume this noble cause.


Anonymous said...

hey, is this gonna be contd or you are goin to leave things midway.

Would lk to know a status updat.


Anonymous said...

Sir, why did you not even care to just post a status update that this site will be / will not be updated.

Did you not ever realize this can be considered being rude to all the hapless visitors who come to this site just to see nothing has been posted.

Im not happy with you Sir.


Anonymous said...

its amazing you never felt guilty to even post a status update, this when you were well aware about the number of ppl who visited this blog even when you did not post anything.

nuances, courtesies, and all other words have become obsolete these days.

RV @ conscience.