THE SECRET TEACHING ON
(A Treatise on Adwaitic Realization)
by N.V. Karthikeyan
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|is also said he was born to Muthu from the famous mystic saint of Tamilnadu, Pattinathar by name, in an unusual manner.
When Arunagiri attained the age of five, he was put to school. At his seventh year of age his mother passed away. She loved the boy so much that while she was on the death-bed, she entrusted him to the care of her daughter (i.e., the elder sister of Arunagiri) with specific instructions not to do anything that would displease him. Arunagiri's sister understood the anxious mental condition of her mother and gave her a word of promise that she would leave nothing undone to please Arunagiri and keep him happy.
As Arunagiri grew in age, he found the company of women more pleasing than his studies which he virtually neglected and sought the pleasures of enchanting courtesans. Slowly, he became a confirmed debauch. His sister who came to know of this conduct of Arunagiri tried her best to extricate him from the traps of public women. But nothing could prevent Arunagiri from his infatuated love for them. He must have his ways at any cost. The poor sister could not do anything drastic, lest she should be harsh to Arunagiri or displease him, which would mean breaking her promise to her mother. Thus did Arunagiri indulge in sex heedlessly and depleted all the wealth hoarded by his mother. Slowly he began to snatch away, one by one, the ornaments of his sister, sometimes with her knowledge and sometimes otherwise. The helpless lady could do nothing except pray to the Lord to save Arunagiri. In the meantime, Arunagiri contracted many diseases and suffered much. Yet he would not learn a lesson. He squandered all the wherewithal of his sister and left her a complete pauper. But he would yet demand money from her to satisfy his sexual appetite and if she pleaded helplessness, he would threaten of sinking before her very eyes. In spite of her being reduced to this most pitiable condition, she could not imagine of displeasing Arunagiri. But, now she was utterly helpless. She grew desperate and said: "Brother! I had been helping you with all that I had. But now I find no means to help you. Yet I cannot think of displeasing you. Brother, tell me what can I do? Well, only one means is left now. Though we are born of the same mother, our fathers are different. Hence, the pleasure that you seek from a woman, you can find with me!" She would have continued, but her throat choked; she became silent. Lo! These words entered Arunagiri's heart like sharp arrows and shook his very being so fundamentally that he repented with a contrite heart for all his past misdeeds and wept bitterly. And in a moment he decided to put an end to his life as expiation for all the sins committed by him. Before his sister could understand as to what was happening to Arunagiri, he ran post-haste, climbed the tower of the Arunachala Temple, repented with an honest feeling, cried aloud the Name of the Lord, "Muruga, Muruga, Muruga", and jumped down, to put an end to his miserable existence and thereby be freed from sins.
Who can understand the ways of the Lord! Ere Arunagiri fell on the ground, there stood Lord Murugan with his outstretched hands and held him in His warm embrace. With his Vel, the Lord wrote his sacred Mantra on Arunagiri's
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