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Arunachala Giripradakshina

53 minutes - colour

Soundtrack: ‘The Five Hymns to Arunachala’ - Recorded by Madurai G. S. Mani in Karnatic style

Re-edited, compiled and produced at Sri Ramanasramam in 2005

VHS video tape:
PAL format £15.00 UK + postage.
NTSC format $23.00 + postage.

VideoCD: Now available from Sri Ramanasramam

Filmed using state-of-the-art digital equipment during 2000, 2001 and 2005. A new video created for devotees who enjoy Giripradakshina of Arunachala and the Monday evening Tamil parayana at Sri Ramanasramam. This video contains footage of Arunachala taken from 72 different locations around the giripradakshina path, the inner path, the eight most important shrines (Ashtalingams) and the Deepam beacon being lit at the summit of Arunachala.

Iswara said:

37 - I truly abide here on earth in the form of an effulgence named Arunachala for (bestowing) the attainment (of Liberation).

38 - Since it (this Hill) removes the cruel heap of sins from all the worlds, and since bondage (runa) becomes non-existent when one sees it, it is (named) Arunachala.

40 - In ancient days, when a fight arose between Brahma and Vishnu, who were both born from a part of me, I manifested myself in the form of an Effulgence in order to remove their delusion.

43 - At their further request I, who was in the form of an Effulgence, became the motionless linga named Arunachala — Skanda Mahapurana (Arunachala Mahatmyam)

The mountain 'Arunachala' is situated 125 miles south-west of Madras in the State of Tamil Nadu in India. It is famous throughout India as perhaps the most sacred place in the world, and now in the West as the home of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi known as 'The Sage of Arunachala'.

To perform Giripradakshina (going around the Hill in a clockwise direction) with mind fixed on the Mountain, is said to be the most spiritually beneficial act that anyone can perform in their lifetime. The captivating power of Arunachala, even to complete strangers who know nothing about it, is legendary. Just to be there brings silence to the rampant mind; to meditate on it brings Liberation. This video is dedicated to those who seek true freedom.

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