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RAMANA  MAHARSHI

ARUNACHALA



Let there be peace among all beings of the universe. OM Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.


HERE  is water everywhere under the ground, but there are some places where it is easier to get to. Likewise, the Self is everywhere; there is no place that is without It, but it is also true that there are certain places, certain people, around which the presence of the Self can be more easily felt. In the proximity of this holy hill the presence of the Self is more powerful and more self-evident than anywhere else.

                                  Annamalai Swami


Shiva said, "What cannot be acquired without great pains – the true import of Vedanta [Self-realisation] – can be attained by anyone who looks at this hill from where it is visible or even mentally thinks of it from afar."

The greatness of Arunachala cannot be exaggerated. To walk slowly around the hill with mind fixed on It in an attitude of surrender, is said to be the most beneficial of all things to do. As soon as you approach, It's presence can be felt; outside worldly interest becomes dimmed and those things that were worrying you before seem to lose their power to concern you. As you leave, there is a distinct change of thought process in the opposite direction, and somehow the power of the world to overwhelm is reduced. This is the magic of Arunachala, it captures those who are called and never leaves them.


"O Arunachala, you root out the ego of those who think of you in the Heart."





O Ocean of ambrosia, which is the fullness of Grace!
O Supreme Spirit Arunagiri, who swallows everything by spreading rays!
Shine as the sun which will open completely
my mind-flower, which is swelling.

O Red Hill! All this, which is a picture, rises,
stands and subsides only in you.
Since you dance eternally in the Heart as "I",
they say that your name itself is Heart.

O Arunachala! By that blemishless mind
which is "I"-facing having scrutinised thus,
"Where rises this "I"?", and having clearly known the "I"-form,
one ceases in you, like a river in the ocean. Know.

O Arunesa who shine! Having given up external objects
and having meditated upon you in the Heart
by a mind which stands when restraining the breath,
the yogi sees the light. He attains exaltation in you. Know this.

O Arunachala! Having seen you always by mind
which has been surrendered in you,
he who without otherness loves everything as your form,
triumphs having drowned in you, who are the form of bliss.



O Love in the shape of Arunachala! Now that by thy Grace thou hast claimed me, what will become of me unless thou manifest thyself to me, and I, yearning wistfully for thee and harassed by the darkness of the world, am lost? How can the lotus blossom without the sight of the sun? Thou art the Sun of suns; thou causest Grace to well up in abundance and pour forth as a stream!

O Arunachala, thou form of Love itself! I am loveless and do not think of thee and melt with love for thee like wax over the fire. But does it become thee, once having claimed me, if instead of producing such love in me, thou letst me now be lost? O Bliss rising from Love! O Nectar springing in the Heart of devotees! Heaven of my refuge! thy pleasure is mine. It is also my joy, O Lord of my life!

Arunachala who art the Lord! Drawing me with the cords of thy Grace, although I had not even dimly thought of thee, thou didst decide to kill me outright. How then did poor me offend thee that thou dost leave the task unfinished? Why dost thou torment me thus leaving me suspended between life and death? Fulfil thy wish and long survive me all alone, O Lord!

What did it profit thee to choose out me from all those living in the world, to rescue my poor self from falling into the dreary waste of samsara and hold me at thy feet? Lord of the ocean of mercy! Even to think of thee puts me to shame. Arunachala, long mayst thou live! I bow my head to thee and bless thee.

Lord! Thou didst bring me by stealth and all these days hast held me at thy feet. Lord! Thou hast made me to stand with hanging head [dumb], like an image when asked what is thy nature! Deign to ease me in my weariness struggling like a deer that is caught in a net. Lord Arunachala! what can be thy will? Who am I to comprehend thee?

Lord of my life! I have always been at thy feet, like a frog which clings to the stem of the lotus; make me instead a honey bee which from the blossom of the Heart sucks sweet honey of pure Consciousness; then shall I have deliverance. If I lose my life while clinging to thy lotus feet it will be for thee a standing column of ignominy, O Blazing Mountain of Light spreading red rays! O Expanse of Grace, more subtle than the ether!

O Pure One! if the five elements consisting of ether, air, fire, water and earth, the numerous living-beings and every manifest thing is nothing but the pure Consciousness that thou art, how then can I be separate from thee? Since thou shinest in the Heart, a single Expanse without duality, how can I come forth distinct therefrom? Show thyself planting thy lotus feet upon his the ego's head as it emerges, O Arunachala!

Thou hast destroyed my ability to prosper in the world and made a wastrel of me; this condition is miserable and no one is happy; to die is better than to live thus, O Transcendental Self in the form of a mountain and shining as the cure for the madness of worldliness! Grant me, mad for thee in vain, the sovereign remedy of clinging to thy feet!

O Transcendent! I am the first of those who have not the Supreme wisdom to clasp thy feet in freedom from attachment. Ordain thou that my burden be transferred to thee and my free will effaced, for what indeed can be a burden to the Sustainer of the universe? Lord Supreme! I have had enough of carrying the burden of this world upon my head, parted from thee. Arunachala, the Supreme Itself! Think no more to keep me at a distance from thy feet!

O Arunachala, the moment I thought of Arunai [the holy town of Arunachala] I was caught in the trap of your Grace. Can the net of your Grace ever fail?

I have seen a wonder, a magnetic hill that forcibly attracts the soul. Arresting the activities of the soul who thinks of it even once, drawing it to face itself, the One, making it thus motionless like itself, it feeds upon that sweet [pure and ripened] soul. What a wonder is this! O souls, be saved by thinking of this great Arunagiri, which shines in the mind as the destroyer of the ego.

How many are there who have been ruined like me for thinking this hill to be the Supreme. O men, disgusted with this life of intense misery, ye seek a means of giving up the body. There is on earth a rare drug which without actually killing him, will annihilate anyone who so much as thinks of It. Know that It is none other than this Arunachala.

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