Thursday, August 22, 2013

Before youth passes, praise Him in songs - mantrA 186

srigurubhyO namahA |
The 186th mantrA of the thirumandiram is the last mantrA in this subsection dealing with the transitoriness of youth. Here the sage indicates the method through which nadAntA is attained in the unmani state.

எய்திய நாளில் இளமை கழியாமை
எய்திய நாளில் இசையினால் ஏத்துமின்
எய்திய நாளில் எறிவ து அறியாமல்
எய்திய நாளில் இருந்துகண் டேனே.I.4.10.186

In the days assigned to you, before youth passes,
In songs of praise to the Lord, pour out your heart;
In the days to me assigned, wasting not the minutes away,
In the days to me assigned, I, seeing all, remained apart. I.4.10.186

Com - In the days assigned to you, during the time when one adheres to the practise of (the above mentioned) prasAda neri (the path of Grace) and when the Chandra mandala is made manifest before youth passes, prior to the loss of one’s youth and vitality In songs of praise to the Lord, pour out your heart; (one must) remain focused on singing praises of the supreme Lord. In the days to me assigned, wasting not the minutes away (while one is so engaged in singing praises) one must remain beyond awareness of the constant movement of prAnA. In the days to me assigned, I, seeing all, remained apart. With attention fixed only on the supreme Lord, one must become the ‘witness’ and remain apart (rather than be the ‘actor’ identifying with the world within the remit of Time).

*Continuing the subject discussed in the previous mantrA, the sage provides further instruction on the prasAda neri or the path of Grace. The term ‘இசையினால் ஏத்துமின் ‘ in the Tamil original which has been translated as ‘singing songs of praise’ is an allusion to the practise of nAda sammyam (discussed in a previous mantra) or using nAdA to attain nAdAntA – i.e. transcendent to sound (and thus beyond all form and division). This is a technique that has to be learnt from the guru directly and practised with dedication till such a stage as when the aspirant is able to ‘hear’ the unstruck internal nAdA (that is obtained through the Grace of the Lord) and fixing the mind only on that nAdA to persue it to a point where even that becomes gradually subtler and subtler till there is no further sound or time. This is the state of unmani (which is the final Chandra kalA of the 16 kalAs previously mentioned).  The term ‘எறிவ து அறியாமல் ‘refers to being unaware of the movement of prAnA – i.e. when the prAnA is made to flow through the central sushumnA nAdi instead of flowing through the idA and the pingalA. During this stage, the aspirant is not aware of physical processes and is in a state of suspended animation. The experiencer consciousness remains only as the witness or sAkshi bhAvA – without identification with everything. Instead there is awareness only of the supreme tattvA which is the state of I am.

thirucchitrambalam ||


Anonymous said...

would you pl explain how to glorify?

or how to bring a sense of sanctity?

what would one praise?

naagendra haaraaya, seems dramatic.

every thing in praise, seems dramatic.

even visualizing in some form seems dramatic, if every thing here is my Lord.

Then how would one praise?

Then how would one chant?

Then how would one sing?

And what would one praise, chant, sing.

My Swami, pl explain.

Long answer question :

Please explain in detail.


mooligai sidhan said...

srigurubhyO namahA |

Dear Bala,
When the sage mentions praise, sing etc what he means is the upAsana of siva. One must continually be immersed in the meditation of the supreme siva and ever chanting His name. Whether the aspirant is drawn to a manifestation (e.g. nIlakanthA, chandramOulIshwara, )or to contemplation without form, the idea here is to never lose awareness of siva.