Commentary on Aksharamanamalai


A Detailed Commentary By Muhavai Kanna Muruganar Translated By Robert Butler

Aksharamanamalai is truly a Divine gift consisting of 108 mantra-like verses, which protects those who recite it regularly from any and all troubles like a talisman. Muruganar further says “Aksharamanamalai resulted from the experience of supreme divine love for Arunachala Siva that surged forth in an extremely intense and powerful manner from the depths of Sri Ramana Maharshi’s Heart. These verses possess such a depth, breadth, rareness and greatness of meaning, with many different shades and variations, that their true, full, inner meaning will be clear only to great devotees who, through the illumination of the Lord’s grace, have found delight in immersing themselves in manifold ways in the waters of devotion.”

Ashram wished to unlock the arcane secrets of Sri Muruganar’s Tamil commentary and bring out a lucid and accurate English translation for the benefit of English speaking devotees of Bhagavan. This was by no means an easy task. The translator had to clearly understand the scholarly chaste Sangam era Tamil of Muruganar to be able to bring out the difficult philosophical ideas in easily readable English to do justice to the original commentary. Readers of this commentary will agree that Robert Butler has recreated the awesome spiritual presence of Sri Arunachala Ramana by the power of his pen aided by the grace of Sri Ramana Maharshi. A reviewer of this commentary writes “Muruganar’s commentary spells out the meaning in spades, making a dream come true. I had no idea how important this poem is until now. It’s the beginning, middle and end of Bhagavan’s teaching.”

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