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Kandhar anubhuthi (Spiritual union with Kanda) By Saint Arunagiri nathar Translated by P.R.Ramachander* *(My understanding is based on a Tamil translation by poet Pi.Ra.Natarajan and English translation by Swami Anyananda) ( God Kanda (or Skanda-He who supports everything)) or Muruga (the pretty lord)or Kumara(The young lad) or Guha(he who lives in the cave of our mind) or Karthikeya(He who was taken care of by Karthigai maidens) or Arumugha(Or Shanmuga-the God with six faces) has been sung about by literally thousands of poets in Tamil Nadu. But the pride of place among those poets would be occupied by Saint Arunagirinathar of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil nadu. His Thiruppugazh(divine fame of god) is possibly the greatest ever book that would extol Kanda. “The poet Arunagirinathar represents a remarkable blend of Tamil literary genius, a high degree of devotion to Murugan and a musical expertise” It literally melts one’s mind . Kandar alankaram(Description of Kanda) and Kandar Anubhoothi(Spiritual union with Kanda) are two other great books of this poet. I have tried my best to translate Kandhar Anubhuthi , realizing well, that I am too much insufficient for the job that I have undertaken. ) Kappu (Protective verse-A prayer to Ganapathi) Nencha kana kallum negizhndu urugath, Thanjathu arul shanmuganukku iyal cher, Chenchor punai malai chiranthidave, Panchakkara aanai padam panivom. We salute the holy feet of the five armed elephant god, So that this garland made of naturally flowing words, Which are very apt to describe the six faced lord, Who protects devotees who approach him with devotion In their mind , would even melt very heavy stones. Nool (Book) Aadum pari Vel ani cheval yenap, Padum paniye paniyay arulvay, Thedum kayamaa muganai cheruvil, Chadum thani yanai sodharane. 1
Your dancing peacock. his enemies Vel. Chollay muruga sura bhoo pathiye. yoga.” Oh Lord with the Vel who pierced and killed Sura Padma. Agam maadai madantair endru aayarum. Or is it myself. or my mind or the place where you blessed me? Valai patta kaimmathodu . Vaano punal paar kanal maaruthamo. 3 Oh Lord Shanmuga please tell. Jnanodhayamo navil naan marayo. the only job Of singing about you . is it proper. earth . Is it the sky.” Ullasa nirakula yoga idhach. Chaga mayayul nindru thayanguvathe. 4 “Is it proper. Thalai pattu azhiya thagumo. . Who defeated the elephant faced asura in a war. Along with his relations and also the flying Krouncha mountain. your spear and the cock on your flag. Thaano porul aavathu Shanmugane. to be imprisoned. thagumo. Kilai pattu ezhu choor uravum giriyum. absence of sorrow. Mugam aarum mozhindum ozhindilane. who used to take the shape of a mountain and prevent. Tholai pattu uruvathodu Velavane. 2 “Are you not he who gets interested in. Oh Lord Muruga . who is the lord of earth and heaven. fire or wind? Or is it the rising of wisdom or Is it the four Vedas. Yano manamo . Happiness.is a spear carried by Muruga) Maga mayai kalainthida valla piraan. god who is the brother of the elephant god. (Krouncha was the assistant of Tharaka(brother of Sura Padma) . yenai aanda idam. To get detached from everything and forget me and my ego”. And joyful actions and so please advice me. water. Challabha vinodhanum nee yallayo. which is really real. “Give me always . By love for the wife wearing bangles.. Yellam aara ennai izhanda nalam. makkal yenum.Oh . 5 Oh Lord who is capable removing the great illusion. sons and relations.
On the hard hearted mind of mine. Chuduvay nedu vedanai thool padave. Nittoora nirakula nirbhayane. “What can I do for you?” Keduvay manane gathi kel karavaathu.” Amarum pathi kel. And ask her. 9 Oh angry Lord without confusion and fear. And made it split in the middle. my wife and only think about them.” Mattoor choozhal mangayar maiyal valai p. Thattu oodara Vel sayilathu eriyum. “Give all that you have and meditate on the feet. Pattu oosal padum parisu endru ozhiven. 8 Oh Kumara. and stop worrying about your fate. Oh Lord who talked about the eternal truth that. Who threw his Vel on Krouncha mountain. I would tell you a solution to improve. who destroyed all asuras in war. And get all your long time problems burnt. Who is the merciful lord. Paniya yena valli padam paniyum. Oh God. Viduvay viduvay vinai yavaiu may. Thaniya athi moha daya prane. Samaram poru danava nasakane.” Oh Lord with six faces”. agamam enum ip. who salutes the feet of Valli.Though I shouted several times. Thiniyana manochilai meedu unathal. Ani aar aravindam arumbumatho. 6 When will you place your lotus like feet. My wealth. I am not able to get rid of the illusion of my house. And stop. my relations and myself are but illusions. Of Him who holds the Vel. “My home. the son of the daughter of the mountain. . Pimaram keda mey porul pesiyava. 7 Oh mind which is getting spoiled. Oh Lord. Kumaran kiri rasa kumaari makan. Iduvay vadi Vel irai thaan ninaivay.
Pemman murugan piravaan iravaan. Thaar maarba valaari thalaari yenum. aaru andru. wearing a flower garland. . “When my relatives gather and cry loudly with sorrow. Spread by girls wearing honey sweet flowers?” Kaarma misai kalan varin kalapath. 12 When he . Nagachala Velavaa nalu kavith. the thief who eloped with the deer’s daughter*. muni nam guru endru. ulathu andru. 13 That which has neither form or no form. The capacity to sing poems in all four different types. ilaathu andru. Therma misaim vandu yedirapaduvai. 11 Oh Lord with the Vel . Uru andru . Soormaa madiya thodu Velavane.” Kookaa yena yen kilai koodi azhap. The great Lord Muruga without birth or death.she was brought up by Nambi Raja a hunter king Murugan thani Vel . * Valli. Who is the gem of the land of devas and who bestowed on me. When God of death comes riding on a buffalo. Arul kondu ariyar ariyum tharamo. Pokaa vagai mey porul pesiyava. you taught me the ultimate truth. And who killed Surapadma. Thyaga sura loka shikamaniye. Aamma porul ondrum arindilane.“When will you save me from the passionate net . “Please come to save me riding on a peacock. Oh God. At my death.” Serpent mountain -Thiruchengottu malai in Tamil Nadu Chemman magalai thirudum thirudan. “avoid words and do nothing”. living on the serpent mountain. oli andru yena nindrathuve. Chumma iru chol aara endralume. Irul andru. I did not understand the meaning of those words. Who killed the king called Valan. And destroyed of heaven Of Indra. Told me. 10 Oh Lord . Who took the form of a mango tree.
14 Oh mind. “Is it proper for me. Nadaveer iniye. “Kumara”. Oh Lord who is blessed with eight qualities. Aiwai vazhi chollum aavaa vinaye. Murugan. please leave out. Thaame pera Velavar thandathanaal. nose. Who holds the shining Vel in his hands. Flowing through the body. Is understood as Murugan. Mey vay vizhi nasi yodum cheviyaam. Naa mel nadaveer. When calling you. Perasai enum piniyil pettu. eye. “Muruga”.And is Neither a being or a non being. . Of the disease of avarice?” Yaam odhiya kalviyum . To always suffer the ties . who am not wise and bad. To destroy the ogre Surapadma. Oh God who protects the heaven. ears. 17 The knowledge we have learnt . Oraa vinayen uzhala thagumo. Soora sura loka durandarne. Uyvay manane ozhivay ozhivay. And who is our teacher. who threw the Vel. 15 Oh Lord who is the teacher praised by. mouth. Veera mudu choor pada Vel eriyum. kumaran Guhan endru mozhindu. Devout devas and the people of earth. 16 Oh Valorous one . yem arivum. and leave out all desires.He who lives in the cave of our mind. Poo mel mayal poy aara mey punarveer. Guru pungava enguna panjarane. Urugum cheyal thanthu unaruv endru arulvay. And get salvation by surrendering at the feet of Muruga. Kai vay kadir Vel murugan kazhal pethu. “Please grant me the senses which make my mind to melt. a sage with a Vel. only through His grace. and “Guha”” Muruga-Pretty one: Kumara-Lad :Guha. And is neither darkness nor light. Poru punga varum puviyum paravum.
Urithaa upadesam unarthiyava. my good qualities. Karuthaa maravaa neri kana enakku.And the wisdom that we have . Of the rare and difficult to get truth. cannot be felt and cannot be known. And Oh Lord who due to his great strength . Vidhi maal ariya vimalan pudalvaa. Adi andham ilaa ayil Vel arase. Who is without sins and who grants protection. Vadivum dhanavum manamum gunamum. 18 Oh son of Lord Shiva. Is liked by every body. Aadhikaa. my mind. Oh Lord who saved the city of Devas. who is the greatest. Viritharana vikram Vel emayor. Mayil Vaganane. My family status and my caste status desert me and go somewhere else. 19 Oh king with a spear who has no end nor beginning. And so renounce the craze for worldly life. Iru thaal vanasam thara endru isaivai.sing the praises of Lord Muruga. Oh Lord who is the Pranava wanted by devas. *Walk. Varada . Udiyaa mariyaa unaraa maravaa. Midi endru oru paavi Velippadine. aanakaa aabhayaa aamaraa. Kudiyum kulavum kudi pokiyava. Oh protector of the town of Devas. then Will not my beauty. Are only gifts given by Lord Muruga himself. 20 Oh God who taught me the real meaning. who is birth less. my wealth. Understand the truth and let your toungue walk*. Muruga. Puri tharaka naga purandarane. . Oh God . And who was seen as a fearful one by Soorapadma.” Arithagiya mey porulukku adiyen . “If the sinner called poverty were to visit me. Even by Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma. Deathless. Vadhi kavala soora bhayangarane.
Choor verodu kundru tholaitha nedum. Por Vela purandara bhoopathiye. Iyo adiyen alaya thagumo. arul cheravum ennumatho. And Oh Lord . who cut asunder the hated Soorapadma. Were worshipping the feet of Valli . Adiyai kuriyathu ariyamamayinal. So that I can find the unthinkable and unforgettable way. Thalai paniya thavam yeythiyava.Viradha Soora veera vibhadanane. 25 . Mudiya kedavo murayo murayo. who is in tight embrace of the lightning like Valli.” Koor Vel vizhi mangayar kongayile. Kodiyai punarum guna bhoodarane.” Oh king of deva loka. Cherven . Meyye yen vevvinai vazhvai ukandu. Oh God who considers protection of his devotees as his duty. Oh lord who travels on peacock. Thinking you as youthful Lord Kumara. Vadi vikrama Vel makiba kuramin. With tresses as long as an areca nut sheath. Oh Lord with a sharp Vel. “Is it proper. “When will you consent to give your lotus like feet to me. 21 Oh giver of boons.” Kalai Kumaresan yena karudhi. Kaio ayilo kazhalo muzhudum. Oh Lord with mountain like virtues. 24 “I embrace the busts of spear sharp eyed women. Oh virtuous Lord. who was the king of devas and Strong like the great mountain Meru. Velai sura bhoopahi meruvaye. when I was not able to worship your feet. Oh lord who destroyed Soora Padma And Oh Lord who split the mountain in to two. You . Oh Muruga. Palai kuzhal Valli padam paniyum. 22 When I was doing penance to worship your feet. 23 If due to ignorance. And when will I ever be able to embrace your grace. Cheyyoy mayil yeriya chevagane. Is it proper for you to forsake me and make me suffer.
. Vel and everything emits red colour. Oh jewel. On me who does not merit receiving your grace. Nee thaan chathum ninaindu ilaye. Is it proper for me to wander about. sura loka shikamaniye. Which would help me swallow the “I”. “Is this result of proper fate for me. Oh gold. Thanai nilai nindrathu tharparame. maniye. Theethaa. amuthee ayal Vel arase. “Is it not proper for you to tell the truth. Who takes interest in knowledge of Vedas and Agamas.arule. holder of the shining Vel. 27 Oh king who rides on the peacock. who carries. oh wealth . Yenne vidhiyin payan ingu idhuvo. Oh God who is having a pointed Vel. And make me reach the highest ever state?” Ille yenum mayayil ittanai nee. Whose hands . Oh God who blesses me with wisdom. Malle puri panniru vaguvil yen. Yaan aagiya yennai vizhungi verum. The garland of words that has been spun by me. oh grace. Jnana karane . Manna mayil yeriya vahanane. Cholle punayum sudar Velavane. navila thagumo.Oh Warrior who rides on a peacock. 28 Oh nectar for. “Alas. porule . 26 Oh Crest jewel of the world of Devas. Who liked the life which is like lightning?” Aanaa.” Minne nigar vazhvai virumbiya yaan. arulai perave. Vedagama gnana vinoda mano. Pollean ariyamai poruthu illaye. Ponne. In his twelve hands which are meant for wrestling. “You did not ever think of showering your mercy. 29 Oh. which one says never enough. Who is much beyond the human mind. Because of the life of evil ways that I lead?” Aadaram ilen .
“When will I . that day made one realize. Kanda muruga karunakarane. From the clan of hunters. 33 Oh Kanda. who embraced the girl . Oh doer of mercy. Oh God who was born as a result of boon to devas. Of worries created by having wife and wealth? . Malaye malai kooridu vagayane. 30 The lord who has a body of crimson colour of the sky.due to my bad acts. And Oh Mountain like God . Veezhvay yena ennai vidithanaye. Who is as pretty as the she elephant . who kill for living. what they know to others and make them understand. Created due to the fuddled learning of all sciences. Oh God who was given by river Ganga. Who holds the Vel.“You made me drown in this illusion of family life.” Kalaye padari kadari thalai yudu. get freedom from this dizzy feeling. 32 Oh God who split the mountain in to two. Avvaru arivaar arikindrathu allal. Kolaye puri vedar kula pidithoy. Thazhvanavai cheythanathaam ulavo. Ovvaathathu yena unarvithathu thaan. Vazhvay ini nee mayil vahanane.” Chevvan uruvil thigazh Velavan andru. Oh Muruga . Paazh vaazhvu yenum eppadu mayayile. 31 “Did you fate me to fall in this useless life. Alaye padumaaru aaduvay vidavo. Vindhadavi endru vida peruven. But are unable to tell . can really know and experience it. may you prosper. And so please pardon the ignorant mistakes done by me.” Chinthakula illodu chelvam yenum. “When will I . Yevvaru oruvarkku isaivippaduve. the divine knowledge And those who understood it .be able to leave out of Vindhya jungle. Oh God who rides on a peacock. Which is but a mire of illusion . Or those which I did in my earlier life. Mandakini thanda varodayane.
Sangrama shikavala shanmugane. one among the family of the God Who made a hole in the mountain using the Vel. bala krupakarne. Oh Kumara” And requested to teach him. Of evil women . Pada kuramin pada shekharane.with a crescent forehead. Should not get dimmed due to pursuits. But who has the feet of Valli on his head. Vedaa mudal vinnavar choodumalarp. please prefer to be. Kumaraa nama.Singara madanthayar thee neri poy. Gathi kaana malar kazhal endru arulvay. Leaving out this body afflicted by misery created by Brahma?” Nadhaa . Mangamal yenakku varam tharuvay. Oodhaa yena odhiyathu yepporul thaan.attain your lotus like feet. “Oh Lord. Aathaaliyai ondru ariyenai arath. And uproot the feeling of ego with the sword of patience. By Lord Brahma and other devas. “When Lord Shiva called you. 34 Oh God with six faces who rides on a peacock. Madivaal noodal valliyai allathu pin.” Vidhi kaanum udambay vidaa vinayen. Thudhiya viradar sura bhoopathiye. endru aaranaar. “Give me a boon that mind and intellect. . Oh boy from river Ganga. “When will this miserable me . what did you teach him?” Kirivay vidu vikrama Vel irayon. Not to praise any one else except Valli . 35 Oh King of devas. 37 Oh mind. Which is expert in warfare. Purivay manane porayaam arival. who has taken a vow. Parivaram yenum padam mevalaye. Arivay adiyodu aganthayaiye. Oh God who does merciful deeds.who are extremely pretty. Ganga nadhi . 36 Oh God whose lotus like feet is meditated.
Oh Lord of the girl from hunter’s clan. Oh Lord who embraces . aruvi thurayodu. “I will not forget your Vel which drives away fate.Theethaaliyai aandathu cheppu matho. To illusion which push me away . Ignorant and addicted to evil. Vethala kanam pukazhum Velane. end?” *Three desires: desire for wealth. your slave?” Maa yezh chananam keda mayai vidaa. And in this state should I get attracted to the family life?” Chakaathu yenaiye charanangalile. ithanodu thirinthavane. wife and progeny **Seven higher births: Devas. From the seven higher births**. “Why did you make me . In streams. Oh Lord who rides on the peacock. Oh Lord who taught the knowledge of Shiva. Kove kuramin kodithol punarum. Men. Animal. Oh teacher of Lord Shiva. Yoga siva jnana upadesikane. Kaka namanaar kalakam cheyum naal. 39 Oh king. who is boastful. Oh Muruga. Manayodu thiyangi mayangidavo. mayil vahanane. Deva shiva shankara desikane. water living beings and plants Vinai oda vidum kadir Vel maraven. Prevent my fear of death and keep me under your feet. “When the God of death is quarreling with me. 40 Oh Lord who wandered in search of Valli. Chunayodu . Birds. river ghats and green millet fields. Oh Lord who is praised by clan of demons. The shoulders of Valli of the hunter clan. Moovedanai endru mudithidumo. Vakaa muruga . 38 Oh Lord who wears Koothala flowers. “When will the three desires* attached .” . pasun. 41 Oh Victorious one. Koodaala kirada kulikku iraiva. insects. Thinayodu .
Aasaa nigalam thugal aayina pin. 44 Oh Lord with a Vel. And that made me cut off. Irava vagai mey porul eeguvaiyo. Veedum churar maamudi vedamum vem. which destroys fate. Nesa murugaa ninathu anbu arulaal. Oh compassionate one . the animal. the city of salvation. Those feet placed on my head also. Which lies in thinking of “that” and nothing else. 43 Oh Lord who is the friend of her. By your loving grace. oh Kumara . Makes one silent was born. Thoosaa maniyum thugilum punaival. Chadum thani Vel murugan charanam. kulisayudha kunch Charava . . Lived deep within my mind and Made me understand that method to meditate. Neriyai thani Velai nigazhthidalum. kumara . on Vedas and in the . oh God with. 42 That pretty Lord who has a Vel.oh bestower of Shiva Jnana. Gives them a perfumed existence and “How do I tell your grace for permitting. Pesaa anubhuthi piranthathuve. And Speech and mind ceased . siva yoga daya parane. along with ignorance and knowledge. Kurava. ariyamayum athadhuve. Who wears beads and cloths. Weltering forest as well as in millet lands. Of desire was made into a dust. Kadum punamum kamazhum kazhale. oh consort of Devayani. 45 Oh teacher. Arivu athu .Kuriyai kuriyathu kurithu ariyum.?” Karavagiya kalvi ular kadai chendru. Thunderbolt as weapon. Your feet which is placed in . And that understanding which . The heads of best devas. Cherivathu ulagodu urai chinthayum athu. my attachment with the world. Choodumpadi thanthathu chollumatho.
Oh son of Parvathi . Cherivu ondru ara vandu irule chidhaya. fire. Past Karma and basic personality 3. power. Chinthakulam aanavai theertha yenai aal. . sight. mouth. 46 Oh Kanda.State of the soul(24):Five elements: Earth. umayal.” Aaraarayum neethu . yenakku arul thanthayum nee. Body. And make the darkness of ignorance run away. who puts me in to contact. 47 Oh Lord who destroyed the very irate Soorapadma. desire. Oh God with Vel. Kooraa ulagam kulirvithavane. Who have knowledge but do not tell others?” En thaayum . With those who have won over their five senses. Oh Kumara. feet. Cheera varuchoor chidaivithu imayor.State of Shiva(5):Godliness. law . from those. 1. which is beyond the thirty six states*?” Thirty six states are. smell and sound Five Karmendryas: Word. sound and Divine grace. 48 Oh god who cuts off attachments. taste. wind and ether. Gas and phlegm Four interior organs: Mind. water. Maintha . Arivu ondru ara nindru ariyar arivil. hands. anger and grace 2.: Five senses: Touch. Oh Lord who protected the land of devas as per their request. Veri vendravarodum urum Velavane. And so please destroy all my worries and rule over me. Kanda . eye. Oh lord of Vedas. pure knowledge.“Would you please give me the true knowledge.State of learning(7):Time period. education. Pera adiyen peramaru uladho. kumara. marai nayakane. Pirivu ondru ara nindra piraan aalayo. Five sense organs. “When will you cast the way for me to get the state. “You are my mother as well as father who showers his grace. athan mel nilayai. nose and ear. Of assimilation with you . Oh lord having the shining Vel. art. kadir Velavane. Without my begging for that. . wisdom.
” Thannam thani ninrathu thaan aariya. Guruvay varvay . As one. And as the teacher . As one . . With those who have cut off the feeling of ego. Son of the river who gets pleasure from true knowledge. who is the light that is surrounded by mercy. as gems . “Should I move away from the fate of the good . Due to my loss of the intellect and consequent. who removes problems of those who think of you. with form and one without form.“You are the one who never moves away and stays. Innam oruvarkku isaivippathu vo. Trance of Ignorance brought about by illusion?” Uruvay aaruvau ulathay ilathay. As the seed. Karuvay uyiray kathiyay vidhiyay. Minnum kadir Vel vigirtha ninaivar. As scent . That the true soul is unattached and stands alone?” Madhi kettu aravaadi mayangi arak. Maruvay malaray maniyay oliyay. the divine knowledge . “How can we tell others. As the aim and as the fate leading to the aim. 49 Oh God . Thithi puthirar veeru adu chevakane. Kadhi kettu avame kedavo kadaven. who has and one who has not. 50 Oh. as flowers .who teaches me. And Oh God . as light. who holds the shining Vel. And who destroyed the sons of Thithi with his valour. arulvay Guhane. 51 Oh Guha show mercy on me and come. as the life within the seed. Kinnam kalayum krupai choozh chudare. Nadhi puthira jnana sukadhipa ath. Oh God .
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