27 July 2006


The ideas behind the statements expounded in the Arunachala Mahatmya, that Arunachala is the centre of the universe and the darshan of the beacon on its top is Siva-Darshan, Vision of Siva are:

Arunachala is the transcendental Light of Consciousness, beyond the reach of intellect, so it is impossible to approach unless one gives up the sense of separate individuality. It is apprehended only when one searches for ones own source with complete self-surrender.

That which is the Source of the limited I, the ego, is the centre of the entire universe, and that is Arunachala. The syllables, A, RU and NA denote Existence-Consciousness-Bliss Absolute and ACHALA signifies its all-pervasiveness. On approaching Arunachala, all obstacles to Self-knowledge disappear together with their root, the ego.

[Viswanathan Swami]

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