Our Experiences In Tiruvannamalai

Our Experiences In Tiruvannamalai

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Ulaganathan P.: (#6): Annamalai within myself

There is a legend associated with Lord Arunachala. Lord Siva once appeared as a towering column of fire in this spot in Tiruvannamalai. Intrigued Brahma went upward to trace the top of the column of fire while Lord Vishnu delved deep down to trace the feet. Neither succeeded. Where these two gods failed, an ordinary devotee succeeded.

A devotee steeped in the love of God was able to capture Him in his heart. Saint Manickavasagar wrote," I caught hold of you in my heart and you have become my captive. Now, tell me where can you go, after becoming my captive?"

Another saint-poet, Sundaramurthy Nayanar laments the foolish acts of Vishnu and Brahma trying to fathom the unfathomable, instead of finding Him within their own Heart.

I, too, tried to know Him intellectually when I was young and almost became an agnostic. Over a period of time, I learnt that God is beyond intellectual cognition. I am now convinced that it is through bhakti bhava alone that we can become aware of His presence.

Every girivalam is a milestone in my spiritual journey to see the vast Annamalai within myself. The path is steeped in sweat from my body and the tears from my eyes longing for the vision of my eternal Father. The glimpse of light within and the vibration of godly presence without, can be experienced only as you lose body consciousness. It is when I sit down at Esanya lingam, the last of the eight lingams on the girivalm path, exhausted after a grueling pradakshina and look up at the burning jyoti on top of the hill, that is when I feel the vibration of Annamalai within myself.

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