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0060.Abhirami Andhadhi Slogan 58 - Poem by rajagopal. h..

To Have Peaceful Mind

Tamil Transliteration

Arunaam bhuyaththum enn siththambhuyaththum amarndhirukkum
Dharunam bhuya mulaith thaiyal nallall thagainaer nayanak
Karunaam bhuyamum vadhanaam bhuyamum karaam bhuyamum
Saranaam bhuyamum allaal kandilaen oru thanjamumae

Translation

Seated on the morning lotus and
Alternating with my lotus mind
Ye the virtuous lady
Beholder of blooming lotus breasts
No other asylum to take refuge
Except thy worthy lotus eyes, the merciful
And lotus face and lotus hands
And lotus feet of thyself, Abhirami!

Simple Meaning

Abhirami, you are seated on the morning lotus and my lotus mind; you the beholder of lotus breasts, I do not find any other shelter to surrender myself than your lotus eyes, lotus face, lotus hands and lotus feet.

Commentary

The lotus flower is one of the most ancient and deepest symbols of our planet.

The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. At night the flower closes and sinks underwater*, at dawn it rises and opens again***. Untouched by the impurity, lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind. The lotus flower represents long life, health, honor and good luck.

The Egyptian Lotus Flower symbol was called Sesen in the Egyptian language; in the Egyptian mythology the lotus flower is a symbol of the sun, of creation and rebirth.

*** Readers…Lotus sinking underwater is disputable; following is my explanation; belief and facts are juxtaposed to give the readers the liberty of decision making

((Nymphaea caerulea, also known as the Egyptian blue lily or sacred blue lily, is a blue water-lily in the genus Nymphaea that grows along the Nile, amongst other locations (eg. Thailand) . It can be confused with Blue Lotus, Nelumbo nucifera, as they can both be known by this name. It has historically been known as the blue lotus and sacred lotus, particularly in discussing its revered status among the Ancient Egyptians, Nubians, Abyssinians, and any number of historic African civilizations of the ancient world.
The leaves are broadly rounded,25-40 cm across, with a notch at the leaf stem. The flowers are 10-15 cm diameter. Reports in the literature by persons unfamiliar with its actual growth and blooming cycle have suggested that the flowers open in the morning, rising to the surface of the water, then close and sink at dusk. In fact, the flower buds rise to the surface over a period of two to three days, and when ready, open at approximately 9-9: 30am and close about 3pm. The flowers and buds do not rise above the water in the morning, nor do they submerge at night. The flowers have pale bluish-white to sky-blue petals, smoothly changing to a pale yellow in the centre of the flower.))


In the East, the lotus flower is viewed as a symbol of spiritual unfoldment. The lotus has its roots in earthly mud, but as it grows upward in aspiration toward the light, its petals open out in a beautiful flower. Om Mani Padme Hum, meaning, 'Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus' is the sacred mantra of the Tibetans

The Christian alternative to the lotus is the white lily which relating to Mary as queen of heaven, signifies both fertility and purity. Traditionally the Archangel Gabriel carries lily of Annunciation to the virgin Mary. “ Blessed are the pure in heart “ said Jesus, “ for they shall see God. “ The teachings of the Galilean Master and those of India’s great yogis were cut from the same cloth of self-realization.

The Indian Lotus flower symbolizes divinity, fertility, wealth, knowledge and enlightenment. It is associated with the goddess of wealth, Maha Lakshmi, who brings prosperity, purity and generosity. She sits on a fully blossomed lotus flower, symbolizing purity, beauty and
everything that is good.

I quote Swami Kriyananda

We were talking - about the love that's gone so cold
And the people who gain the world and lose their soul
They don't know, they can't see - are you one of them?

When you've seen beyond yourself
Then you may find peace of mind is waiting there
And the time will come when you see we are all one
And life flows on within you and without you.'


Abhiramibhattar sees beyond himself which gives him peace of mind and the steadfastness and faith in the dispensation of Abhirami, the supreme Mother


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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 14, 2008

Poem Edited: Saturday, January 31, 2009


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