The sparks Read more

The sparks

Most of the time, Bhagavan remained in silence. Sometime, he did not give reply and sometime he gave reply after few days, but at all times he gave the reply in short and in few words. Sri Venkataramiah who moved very closely with Bhagavan noted the brief reply Bhagavan gave and published them in detail […]

Self-Enquiry Read more

Self-Enquiry

Few young persons came to see Bhagavan with an introduction letter from Ramakrishna Mission. One of them asked Bhagavan: “Which is the proper path for us to follow?” Bhagavan replied: “When you speak of a path, first find out where are you now and where do you want to go? Once these are known, then […]

Thiruppugazh, Glory to Lord Muruga – Home Read more

Thiruppugazh, Glory to Lord Muruga – Home

There are two main stages in life; the first one is where the individual establishes himself and sets a base from which he could grow further. This is the stage where some basic requirements are to be met, like a home, a happy family, a life free from diseases and a life of peace and […]

Thiruppugazh, Glory to Lord Muruga Read more

Thiruppugazh, Glory to Lord Muruga

Overwhelmed in devotion, Muthamma, a pious lady of Tiruvannamalai, prayed that she should be blessed with a child who would excel not only in her devotion but also in knowledge. It was sometime in 15th century and the God she prayed was Lord Arunachala. The Lord heard her prayer and blessed her with a son. […]

Anubhuti and Aksharamana Malai Read more

Anubhuti and Aksharamana Malai

While Sri Arunagirinathar weaved many garlands of songs (Paamalai) and offered them to different manifestations of God, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi made a garland of letters (Aksharamana Malai) and offered them to Lord Arunachala. While Arunagirinathar rendered over 16,000 songs in eloquent verses of Thiruppugazh, Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi remained in silence most of the […]

Thiruppugazh Devotees Read more

Thiruppugazh Devotees

He is the Thiruppugazh devotee whose mind is without any other thought than Muruga, whose heart is filled with pure love, whose body is smeared with Vibhuti, whose tongue recites the names of Muruga and ears receptive to the songs of Muruga. He may be doing all the work that is necessary to lead a […]

Sacred Ash Read more

Sacred Ash

A true devotee is identified by the sacred ash (Vibhuti) applied on his fore-head. Vibhuti symbolizes pure devotion. Another name for Vibhuti is Bhasmam which means remains of fire. Just as the material substance is destroyed in fire, any evil influence that surrounds a person gets destroyed by the power of Vibhuti. When the sacred […]

Vakuppu Read more

Vakuppu

In his first song, Arunagirinathar prays Lord Vinayaga to give him the right vision to reach the Lotus feet of the Lord. (Ninathu Thiruvadi). In his Kandhar Alamgaram, Arunagirinathar prays that Muruga’s Lotus Feet should appear before his eyes (Thiruvadiyum Thandayum….K.A.102) The ultimate aim of the devotee is to liberate himself from the cycle of […]

Thiruppugazh Through Generations Read more

Thiruppugazh Through Generations

Muruga worship, done through different means, is very ancient. It dates back to several centuries. From the day Muruga blessed him and Arunagirinathar composed his brilliant work of devotion, ‘Thiruppugazh’ became synonymous with Muruga worship. Thiruppugazh was hailed as wonderful verses in eastern, western, southern and northern regions even in Arunagirinathar’s time (bathargal arbudha mena […]

Kandar Alamgaram Read more

Kandar Alamgaram

Arunagirinathar has weaved a beautiful garland to adore Lord Muruga. He weaved not a garland of flowers (Poomalai), but a garland of songs (Paamalai) by way of Kandhar Alamgaram. Each word appeared like a selectively chosen flower to adore the God. Kandhar Alamgaram, consisting of 102 verses, is a marvelous creation of poetry that portrays […]