Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tiirumandiram - 49

The unfailing light

Adiyar Paravum Amarar Piranai
Mudiyal Vanangi Mudalvanai Munnip
Padiyar Arulum Paramparan Endai
Vidiya Vilakkendru Mevinindrene

The Lord within, all the devotees adore. I worship with my head bowed down. He blesses me belonging to the gross material plane and I look up to him as the light that never ceases to be.
- Swahilya Shambhavi (Pic: Sunlight streams through the trees early one morning at a city park.)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tirumandiram - 1 : 48

Bowing down

Adiyar Paravum Amarar Piranai
Mudiyal Vanangi Mudalvanai Munnip
Padiyar Arulum Paramparan Endhai
Vidiya Vilakkendru Mevinindraane.

I bow down to the lord who is the search of the seekers. My father, the supreme consciousness who is a lamp that is never off, I adore. (Swahilya Shambhavi.)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tirumandiram: 1:47

The spoon does not taste the soup!

Manaiyul Irundavar Madhavar Oppar
Ninaivul Irundavar Nesathul Nirpar
Panaiyul Irunda Parundadu Pola
Ninaiyadavarkillai Nin Inbam Thaane.

When they sit in the presence of the divine within, they equal the great sages of austerity. When they stay with the awareness of the presence, they express pure compassion through their being. Just as a kite that sits on a palm tree, does not enjoy the fruit, those who are not aware of the consciousness and remember it, do not experience that bliss, even though it is available at all times. - Swahilya Shambhavi.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tirumandiram - 46

As I called out loud.....

Andhi Vanna Arane Sivane Endru
Sindhai Seivannand Thiruthadiyarthozha
Mundhi Vanna Mudhalvaparane endru
Vandivvannan Em Manam Pughundane

As I was calling out to Shiva as Hara and Shiva, singing and praising the one of dark complexion, the one of darkness before any colour came - he came in this manner and entered my heart. - Swahilya Shambhavi.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Everything follows a rule

Vidhivazhi alladhil velai ulagam
Vidhivazhi Inbam Viruthamum Illai
Thudhi wazhi Nitthalunj Sodhi Piranum
Padhivazhikaattum Pagalavaname

Nothing in this world exists out of order. Even happiness follows this order of nature. If we worship and stand by this being of light - consciousness, it will show us the way through this world like the sun that sheds light. - Swahilya Shambhavi.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tirumandiram - 44

All praise and so do I

Potri Enbar Amaran Punidan Adi
Potri Enbar Asurar Punidan Adi
Potri Enbar Manidar Punidan Adi
Potri Enanbul Poliyavaithene.

The devas or the spiritual beings sing his glory. The asuras or the ones who live by matter alone, praise him too. The humans who are a combination of spirit and matter, sing his praise. I too praise him and make him shine through me by my love for him. - Swahilya Shambhavi.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Tirumandiram - 43

Holding on to his feet

Aranadi Solli Arattri Azhudhu
Paranadi Nadiye Bhavippa Naalum
Uranadi Sidangu Odunga Vallarkku
Niranadi Seidu Niraindu Nindraane.

To those who mentally hold on to the feet of the Lord and cry out their sorrows, those who are constantly feeling the presence of the Lord in their heart, those who are serving with devotion, he fills them up with his grace unbounded. - Swahilya Shambhavi

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tirumandiram - 42

He walks into your life

Poyaran Thannaip Pugazhwar Peruvadhu
Nayaganan mudi seidaduve nalgu
Mayaganch Choozhndu Varavallaragilum
Veyana Tholikku Vendondum Thane

For the one who dives deep into his core which is the Lord himself, there is nothing that he cannot do. Contrarily, even if a person is capable of going around the world too, without his grace, nothing is ever possible. - Swahilya Shambhavi.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Tirumandiram - 1 - 41

He sneaks in like a pet deer!

Sinanjeida Nanjunda Devar Piranai
Punanjeida Nenjidai Potravallarkkuk
Kanancheida Vanudal Paganum Ange
Inancheida Manpol Inangi Nindrare

Those who hold his name dear in their heart, comes the Lord who consumed the Halahala poison that emerged after the ocean was churned for nectar, with his consort - Devi Parvati. How does he come? He sneaks in like a pet deer returning meekly to its fold along with its mate. To win the grace of the Lord one needs to do nothing else but think of him with lots of love and devotion. - Swahilya Shambhavi.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tirumandiram - 40

He enters your heart

Karaindarindu Isan Kurai Kazhal Naadum
Niraindadai Semponnin Neroli Okkum
Marainchadainj Cheyyadhu Vazhtha Vallarkku
Puranchatanj Cheivan Pugundu Nindraane.

Having been beaten up by the world and ego battered, they seek the anklet feet of the Lord. He exudes the light that equals fully pure gold. For those who are able to praise him without holding back, the Lord who designs the whole Universe enters into their hearts too. - Swahilya Shambhavi.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Tirumandiram - 39

He shines within

Vaazhtha Vallar Manandulluru Jothiyai
Theerthanai Ange Thilakkindra Devanai
Ethiyum Emperumaan Endrirainjiyum
Aathamcheideesan Arulperalaame.

Befitting our worship and praise, the light shines within the mind. The holy being sports there within. We shall praise him and call out to him as "Our Lord." By pleasing him in this way, we can receive his Grace. - Swahilya Shambhavi.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tirumandiram - 38

I will sing his praise
Pidattrozhinyen Periyan Ariyanaip Pidattrozhiyen Pirava Uruvaanaip Pidattrozhiyen Engal Per Nandi Thannaip Pidattrozhiyen Perumai Thavan Yaan. The verses in this chapter are all of the nature of Bhakti Yoga or the path of devotion. Tirumoolar says in this verse that he will not stop ranting the name of this great one, who is a rare being. He wouldn't stop prattling of the glory of the unborn and formless one. He would not a moment stop from ranting the name of Nandi, nor would he stop from chanting the glory of the great Lord of all austerities. - Swahilya Shambhavi.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Tirumandiram - 37

Become that which I praise

Naanum Nindrethuvan Nadorum Nandiyai
Thanumnidran Thazhal Thanokku Meniyan
Vanil Nindrarmathi Pol Uldal Ulluvand
Thoonil nindraange uyirkkindra vare


I praise Nandi - Lord Shiva daily, he that stands fiery and tall like the shining moon in the darkness of the night. He enters into me and enlivens me.
Yad Bhavam Tad Bhavati. When one focusses his mind on the Lord with heart-rending devotion, the mind takes that form of the Lord himself.
Any object we meditate upon, it is not possible to wholly become that object as it is bound by name and form. But while meditating on the qualities of God it is possible to wholly become that as all the conditionings of name and form are dissolved there. - Swahilya Shambhavi.