A new Ramana and Arunachala video, very meditative, has been posted by Jim Clark, titled ‘Arunachala Dhyanam’. You may have noticed photos of Jim and Robin, the videographer who has been helping, on other postings on this site. This is one of the videos they have been working on. It was done for Sri Ramanasramam and soon will be posted on that site. You can view it now by clicking this link.
From Jim’s introduction to the video:
A dhyanam (meditation) on Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi’s teachings and the Holy Mountain, Arunachala. Verses are from Ramana’s devotional, “The Marital Garland of Letters” (Akshara Mana Malai), part of Ramana’s “Five Hymns To Arunachala”. These verses can be found in “Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi”.
If you’d like a copy of “The Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi” you can find it at: store.satramana.org/cowooframa.html
Here’s more about the verses used in the video. Understanding the context in which Ramana composed the verses is helpful in understanding their deepest meaning.
Quoted from “Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi”:
“The Five Hymns to Arunachala are the earliest poems of Maharshi except for a few short verses. They were written about 1914, when he was about 35 years old. He was still living in Virupaksha Cave on the Hill. Some of his followers who were sadhus used to go to the town of Tiruvannnamalai daily to beg for food. One day they asked Maharshi to compose a song for them to sing as they went. At first he refused, saying that there were already plenty of songs by the ancient Saivite saints. They continued to press him, however, and he began to compose a song with a refrain at the end of each and every stanza.
One day he started to go round the Hill, with Palaniswami walking behind him. After he had gone some way Aiyaswami seems to have called Palaniswami back and given him a pencil and paper , saying, “For some days now Swami has been composing stanzas everyday. He may do so today as well, so you had better take this paper and pencil with you.” That day Sri Bhagavan practically completed the Marital Garland of Letters, the first of the five hymns. It tells in glow symbolism of the love and union between the human soul and God, and is among the most profound and moving poems in any language. Although He who wrote it was established in the bliss of the indissoluble Union, it was written for the sake of devotees and expresses the attitude of devotion and aspiration.”