Monday, November 07, 2005

Om Saravana Bhavaya Namah

Today is the last day of Kandhar Shashti and the worse thing was I came to know about it only yesterday! I have been eating non-veg without knowing Kandhar Shashti was going on! :( - Ok since Lord Murugan and his Divine Father understand me very well, its fine! They wouldnt mind ;) So let us all read about Lord Muruga now :)

Murugan in Tamil comes from the Tamil word 'murugu' which is said to connote the six qualities: Beauty, Freshness, Fragrance, Sweetness, Divinity, Joy. He is meditated upon by the six-lettered mantra ‘sa-ra-va-na-bha-va’ . The six syllables connote Him who manifested as a personification of Auspiciousness, Light, Splendour, Bounty, Purity and Infinite Prowess. Saravana-bhava therefore means the one who is a combination of all these. The Chandogya-upanishad speaks of Skanda as the Supreme Being. The word Subrahmanya itself means the one who originated from Brahman in joy and is inseparable from the Bliss of the ultimate Reality. God Subrahmanya is primarily the preceptor who imparts the highest knowledge. His six faces confer the light of wisdom, grace, austerity, mantra-sakti, victory over evil, and love. The six hills which are especially sacred to him are signified by the six chakras in the human body through which the kundalini rises to travel to the Supreme.

Kandhar Anubhuthi sung by Saint Arunagirinathar is a beauty. It had such an impact on me. For eg., check out this verse:

Verse 51 of Kandhar Anubhuthi :

Uruvaai Aruvaai Ulathaai Ilaathai
Maruvaai Malaraai Maniyaai Oliyaai
Karuvaai Uiraai Gathiyaai Vidhiyaai
Guruvaai Varuvaai Arulvaai Gugane


"With form and formless, what is not and what is,
Flower and fragrance, gem and radiance,
Body and Soul, Salvation and rules of righteousness,
O Lord Who comes as Guru! O Guha! Bestow Thy Grace."


"O Almight Lord Guha! O Supreme Being Whom comes with form and
without form, as what is and what is not, as flower and its
fragrance, as gem and its radiance, as body (universe) and soul
(universal spirit) that pervades and animates, as the rules of
righteousness and Moksha, and as the Guru! Bestow Thy Grace on all"

This verse is a spontaneous and ecstatic outpouring of Saint Arunagirinathar's highest experience of God, composed in a simple, melodious and majestic syle which lulls one into a spiritual mood even as one recites it.

If you would like to read about Saint Arunagirinathar, please do visit this link:



At November 07, 2005 12:26 PM, Blogger Ganesh said...

Vetri Vel Muruganukku Aaro Gara.

I have updated my blog with a new song,kindly listen to it and let me know.

At November 07, 2005 1:31 PM, Blogger Parvati said...

@arjuna: I truly truly loved this post. I really like Arunagirinathar's writings very much and to read so much about Lord Murugan is a grace really.

It was a wonderful idea to write about Him, on the last day of Kandhar Sashti.

And I didnt know about the significance of the name Subrahmanyam. Nor about the mention of Skanda Bhagwan in the Upanishads.

Very enlightening post Arjuna. Great! Keep them rolling..

At November 07, 2005 3:45 PM, Blogger Subha said...

There's a website that has all the Thirupugazhs and other devotional compositions on Lord Muruga.

At November 07, 2005 11:18 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Ganesh - listened and replied :)

Parvati - Glad u liked it - I went to the Eastham Murugan temple today..Its the best temple in Europe..Too good..My mind is very peaceful today :)

Subha - thanks - yes I know about that site - infact I got the picture of Muruga from that site only :)

At November 08, 2005 12:50 AM, Blogger Parvati said...

@arjuna: I have no idea about the number of temples in Europe or England. You must be knowing about all of them? A post about them all - to start with, an exhaustive list, please? And later, the story of how each temple got to be built where by whom etc.

Would really appreciate it!

@subha: Thanks a lot for the info.

At November 08, 2005 1:39 AM, Blogger visithra said...

the easiest way to remember Kanda shasti is it starts right after deepavali the very next day ;) but no worries its the heart that he looks for ;)

At November 08, 2005 2:29 AM, Blogger krishna said...

Dear Arjuna

Nice post depicting the guruguha mahaatmyam and the greatness of aruna giri naathar.

Kaa Vaa Vaa in varali ragam and the brilliant guruguha daasa Muthuswamy diskhithar krithi "Swamynaatha Pari Paalayaasumaam are my personal favorites . Do check out the krithis

Here is a chittaswaram from the krithi "Swamynaatha"

"Kaamitaartha vitharana nipuna charana kaavya naatakaalankaara bharana"

It roughly translates to

" His feet are capable of bestowing the gift and boons as wished . He nurtures poetry ,literature and drama. He is a bliss form made out of five basic elements "earth" , water, fire ,air and sky. He is the form of knowledge and the donor of joy on his devotees."

The krithi is normally rendered in a brisk and crisp manner especially the above chitta swaram ..One has to actually listen to it to get the feeling. One can easily feel the presence of the Skandha right away..

G.N Balasubramanian is the vocalist that made this krithi very popular.This krthis is a must hear for any muruga bhaktha.

Also, Kaa vaa vaa,kandha vaa vaa by papanasam sivan is extremely subramania-cal :) Try to get hold of the ones rendered by Madurai Mani Iyer or T.V Sankaranarayan.

At November 08, 2005 9:48 AM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

Parvati - yeah I could do that..but I dont know too much about the temples in Europe..but I could search and write :)

Visithra - thanks for that tip :)

Krishna - sure I would listen to it :)

At November 08, 2005 2:05 PM, Blogger Jeevan said...

i saw the sura samhara in thiruchendur in News. Nice photos.

At November 09, 2005 4:58 AM, Blogger Parvati said...

@Krishna: Kaa vaa vaa is one of my most favourite songs in one of my most favourite Raagams!

And Swamynaatha is a wonderful song, though I didnt know the meaning of those lines till I read your translation!

At November 09, 2005 7:58 PM, Blogger Priya said...

sama post...
ennakum uravai paatu romba favorite!!!

At November 10, 2005 9:51 PM, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

jeevan - thanks boss :)..

Priya - romba romba thanks :) - y dont u sing and put an audio blog :)


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