Arunachala, in the different Yugas!

Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Arunachala, in the different Yugas!

Gautama said: This Hill was a mass of fire in the Krita Yuga; Gems in the Tretha Yuga; Gold in the Dwapara Yuga; and a Hill of stones in the Kali Yuga!

In the Krita Yuga, when it spread out for several yojana as a mass of fire, Maharshis circumambulated it. Thereafter, at the humble prayer of all Devas, Lord Arunachala gradually became cool.

Gautama continued: All Devas prayed thus: Lord of Arunachala! Although your nature is fiery you must illuminate the world in a cool form. You produce at the end of yugas, cloud bursts, flooded streams and overflowing oceans. For it is said in the Vedas: “From the fire, water came into existence.” O Sonanada! Let all men know you.

When all Devas humbly prayed, the Lord who loves HIS devotees immediately became cool and visible to all. Thereafter rivers and streams began to flow. Rains falling from the clouds were no longer withdrawn into the Hill. An Effulgence much brighter than millions of rising suns can be seen in the eyes of enlightened jivas who worship it.

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The Discord between Brahma & Vishnu

Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Sage Vyasa once said:

“The holy men of Naimisaranya asked Suta, “Please tell us about the greatness of Arunachala. Suta described the glory of Arunachala. Sanaka asked the same question to Brahma. I shall repeat what Brahma narrated to Sanaka.”

The sins of those who listen with faith to this narrative will be destroyed.

Sitting on the lotus, Brahma meditated on Sambhu (another name of Lord Shiva) and was immersed in bliss. In this state he had a vision of Shiva as HE had formerly revealed HIMSELF as a Column of Light. Brahma emerged from HIS trance and noticed Kumara Sanaka standing in a worshipful attitude.”

You have made me remember the ancient yoga of Shiva. Now I shall describe how Shiva, the Ocean of Grace, manifested as Arunachala, the Light of Consciousness.

From the supreme Effulgence (which is the Eternal Shiva), Vishnu and I were born in accordance with HIS desire both of us manifested spontaneously. Once out of egoism, we engaged in an argument and started a fight.

Seeing the terrible rage into which we had fallen while quarreling, the Lord reflected:

Why should there be destructive fight between these two, as to who is greater? If I do not reveal MYSELF immediately to both and stop their fight, the world will cease to exist. Each creature consider itself superior to every other creature. The ignorant that can’t realize and concede equality or superiority of another must necessarily suffer defeat an fall. I shall reveal MYSELF in a definite form somewhere in the world so those even a mean human being can attain ME the moment he thinks of ME (Lord Shiva).”

Having so decided, the Eternal Shiva manifested HIMSELF as a column of fire before us. There arouse a voice in the air: Children, why do you fight? The form of Sambhu has now appeared before you as a Column of Effulgence. He who finds out the beginning or his end of it is the greater of that two.

To discover the limits of Sambhu in the shape of beginning less and endless Column of Fire, one of us decided to trace the beginning and other the end. For this purpose Vishnu in the form of a huge boar began to dig the earth vigorously to find the lower end. I took the shape of a swan and soared swiftly to find its summit. Vishnu bored in the earth and went beyond, but found that the Column of fire went still lower.

Even after seeking for millions of years it was not possible to find out the source of that beginning less Column of fire. Vishnu was weary and tired and HE was forced to return. Vishnu praised Shiva and meditated upon HIM, and by the grace of the Lord, He regained the surface of the earth.

The splendid Effulgence of Shiva in the form of a Linga of Light rose higher and higher.

Siddhas who found ME trying to reach the immeasurable top of the Supreme Effulgence and exclaimed: HE is still putting forth HIS efforts even when the body is about to fall, the ego does not fade away. Even though His wings are broken and weary and HIS eyes dim, HE is bound by the vain delusion that HE can discover the limits of the limitless Effulgence.

Vishnu who became similarly despondent, regained good sense by Shiva’s spontaneous Grace, and retraced HIS steps.

If a finite desire to realize the Effulgence that which is the origin of Brahma and the Devas, he should within himself and meditate on Shiva, the Supreme Self, who will give him knowledge so that his ego will vanish.

On hearing these kind words I became humble and began to reflect thus: My salutations to the Siddhas who have fixed their minds upon Shiva. I shall turn MY minds inwards and realize this Effulgence of Shiva which appears in front of ME.

Even the great Vedic Mantras do not throw light on HIS reality. He who worships the Eternal Shiva, who is the Lord worshipped by the Devas as this Column of Light of Consciousness, realize Shiva, and serves as boat to cross the ocean of samsara.

Shiva HIMSELF stands as the ARUNA HILL in order to grant the devotee the fruits of HIS penance, that the HILL destroys all sins and that one obtain Liberation by merely uttering ‘ARUNACHALA’ once. Knowledge of Shiva can be attained only through Shiva’s Grace, not through the Vedas, nor austerities, nor dips in holy waters.”

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