Our Experiences In Tiruvannamalai

Our Experiences In Tiruvannamalai

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Ulaganathan P: (#4): The right attitude towards Arunachala Siva

Every time I drive up to Tiruvannamalai, the dark and green hills of Arunachala greet me long before I even reach the town. I feel a sense of awe at how beautiful and how powerful He is. When I am there, I am always conscious of His presence no matter what I am doing or where I am in town. It happens so naturally. I feel so loved, humble and small.

Those who know the story of Ramana Maharishi may recall what he did upon reaching Tiruvannamalai, a town he had never visited before. He got a barber to tonsure his head, paid him some money and then threw away whatever little coins he had with him into the temple pond.

He prayed to Lord Annamalai with folded hands -- "Father!I have come to you. It is for you to take care of me". As if bestowing his benediction, it rained on his shaved head. Ramana never left Annamalai thereafter. It was complete surrender on his part. He spent all his life in the lap of Annamalai.

Once, when the urchava murti- the idol meant for procession-- was passing by the Ashram, he partook of the arti, saying in Tamil-- 'appavukku pillai adakkam', which means that this child of God subsists within Him and lives under His grace'. This bhava of a child before the father remained a feature of His relations with Lord Annamalai. He did not profess any separate will of his own other than the divine will. He never felt any grief nor any mundane happiness.

The life of Ramana gives us the clue as to the right attitude in life and the kind of relations we should have with Lord Siva.

May Annamalaiyar give us the good sense to cultivate the same attitude in our lives.

1 comment:

  1. It is so beautifully written. May you continue to fill us with more wisdom from Arunachala.