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Seeker enchanted by Life! Thinker & Writer helping you Be Joyful & Spread the Cheer :) Gardener of Human Potential 🌻 Coach, Mentor, Speaker
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Dhinam Oru Padhigam - தினம் ஒரு பதிகம் ~ 185 🙌😌✍️

SabarigirivAsan SaraNpugumdAsan - சபரிகிரிவாசன் சரண்புகும்தாசன்
~ a hymn on Lord Dharma SAsthA / AyyappA, summarising the entire yAtrA, from the vratham (sAdhanA) to the trek to climbing the 18 steps to finally having the darshan of the Lord's lotus feet, wondering at the miraculous happenings all along and marvelling at why the mind goes blank, while standing in front of the Lord's SannidhAnam, ultimately after the strenuous yAtrA. 🙏😌🙌

SabarigirivAsan SaraNpugumdAsan ~ சபரிகிரிவாசன் சரண்புகும்தாசன் (the ardent devotee who surrenders at the lotus feet of Lord who resides on the SabarimalA hill)
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Hymn explanation
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In order to see the lotus feet of the son of Hari (Lord VishNu) and HarA (Lord ShivA), who is the ocean of compassion that showers Grace (on devotees)
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We walked around (barefoot), letting the hair and nail grow, forgetting / ignoring the appearance of this body (physical form, which is a significant part of one's identity), while adhering to a long vratham (sAdhanA - for one maNdalam)
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After taking bath, twice daily, when we said SharaNam (chanting the Lord's names aloud) and worshipped his feet, our mind too surrendered (ceasing its wandering)
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As the sense organs became like a dry leaf and shrunk without any temptation, sleeping on the floor became fulfilling
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As we started consuming simple food, brushing aside the importance of taste, the body became slimmer and light as a feather
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When we started walking with irumudi on the head, starting on the Peruvazhi (longer path) from ErumEli, the pace was quick
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Walking by wearing just a cloth (dhoti / towel) on our hip that partly covered the body (lower part - the upper body is usually bare), sleeping in the viri (resting place along the trekking route), we got used to all that slowly, everyday
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At AzhudhA, we cleansed all the dirt in the mind and picked a small pebble, and started climbing the (steep) hill very humbly
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When the bright sun that lights up the world was about to set, we've thrown the pebble on the pit where (demoness) Mahishi was buried (by Lord MaNikaNdan)
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The mighty Karimalai, broke whatever pompous thought we had about ourselves into pieces and our hearts pumped faster (due to the strain of ascent)
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As the sliding mind started imagining falling on the slippery slope (during the descent of KarimalA), we slowed down, holding on to SharaNam (chanting of the Lord's names) as the protection (from falling)
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As we realised / experienced his (the Lord's) boundless Grace assisting us as a stick (offering support for the trek), until we reached the foot of the hill, all the pain simply vanished
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On the banks of the river PambA, which is considered the equivalent of the river that falls from the matted hair (of Lord ShivA - the GangA), the rituals done for one's forefathers (for their dissolution) are also the same as the ones performed on the banks of the holy GangA
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When the Lord's ornaments and decorations (ThiruvAbharaNam) were carried swiftly (towards SannidhAnam), the eagle (GarudA) that continues to circle it (all the way) is only due to his Grace (which can only be experienced, not explained nor comprehended intellectually)
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At the point where the tip of the hill (kAnhtha malai) touches the dark clouds, after witnessing and bowing to the light (of Mahara jyOthi), we climbed one more time (on Neeli malai, towards SannidhAnam on the Sahara hills)
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In order to see the handsome form of the meditating Lord (yOga SAsthA), who became still, after waging war against the evil forces (or UdhayaNan), and merged with the light within
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We climbed the 18 steps to eradicate our karmA (accumulated actions of the past and present), after which all the dirt (caused by thoughts) got cleansed and the mind became clear (went blank, while having darshan of the Lord)
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After worshipping the sacred feet of the Graceful Guru (Lord Dharma SAsthA / MaNikaNdan / Ayyappan), until we see him the next time (year after year), there is no desire to seek any boons (from him) and we have no idea why!
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* Swamy was blessed to complete his maiden SabarimalA yAtrA, through the Peruvazhi (or Periya pAdhai, i.e. longer route) in Jan 2017, as a member of the ABASS Kolkatta group (their 43rd year). His yAtrA experiences can be cherished in the blog series "18 Steps to Emancipation!" @ https://swamystery.wordpress.com

~Swamy
@PrakashSwamy

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With Grace, the Dhinam Oru Padhigam (தினம் ஒரு பதிகம்) musical hymns in classical Tamil, continue to flow through Swamy, who is neither a qualified poet nor a trained musician. The hymns are organised into 8 collections. 

SabarigirivAsan SaraNpugumdAsan (சபரிகிரிவாசன் சரண்புகும்தாசன்), DOP185, belongs to the Sthala MaNimAlai (ஸ்தல மணிமாலை) collection. Swamy's 2nd year yAtrA to SabarimalA (சபரிமலை) starts on 9-Jan-18 &  will conclude on 17-Jan-18.

AUM SwAmiyE SharaNam AyyappA 🙏👣🙌
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One of the cringe inducing things in temples is the publicity for donors (even tube lights have names inscribed), which can be seen everywhere, especially in the pillars around the prahAram. Offering something to the divine is wonderful, but why would one need 15 seconds of fame even for that, is incomprehensible.🤔 Because of this, most devotees even miss the Sthala purANam (mythological origin) or varalARu (historical origin) which is usually found in the form of stone inscriptions (replaced by painted boards nowadays) inside the temples. But this stone inscription is something that's worthy of being kept in all the places of worship - even if it has the group / individual names, because it hits the bullseye, in an enchanting way! 👌🙏🙌 This, in essence, is the way to make the #swachbharat dream a reality, in our lifetime itself! 👍 ShambhO 😌🙏
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