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What is 'arOharA'?

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'arOharA' is a shortened form of the phrase 'ara harO harA'. Its meaning is:

Oh God Almighty, please remove our sufferings and grant us salvation.

This was first used by Saivaites (followers of Saivam - worship of Shiva), at the time of Thirunjanasambandhar. During Thirunjanasambandhar's journeys, the bearers of his 'pallakku' and followers had the habit of chanting (meaningless) phrases - like 'yElEloh yElEloh', as a form of stress relief. Thirunjanasambandhar taught them to replace these with the meaningful 'ara harO harA'. Over time, the use of 'ara harO harA' faded among the 'Saivaites' but lived on with the 'Kaumaras' (Murugan Devotees). It was further shortened to the present 'arOharA'.

Whenever the devotee says 'vetrivEL Muruganukku arOharA' he/she is sending a humble message to God Almighty - Lord Murugan - the Bearer of the 'vetrivEl' (victorious spear) - to grant refuge from all unpleasantness in life.

We, who regard Lord Murugan as The Supreme One, can vigorously say:

      'vetrivEl iRaivanukku arOharA'

... from now on!

Fasting for the forthcoming Caavadee.
The How To Guide by Devaraj Mootoosamy

Saiva Sidhanta Seminar
Malaye Kovil, Quatre-Bornes

The seminar was held at the Sri Siva Subramunya Tirukkovil situated on the slope of a hill at Quatre Bornes. Before the seminar we had a very uplifting morning pujai at the Kovil and the vibration was very high with the chanting of sacred hyms. We then had an animated digital presentation on Part One and Two of Bodhinatha's teachings entitled "How to achieve Spiritual Progress". We highlighted teachings extracts from the Tirumantiram and the analogy of the Lotus Flower as related to spiritual unfoldment. We then had a discussion on penance during cavadee and participants felt that penance during cavadee should be a humble offering to Lord Muruga and should be devoid of any spirit of competition or show off. We were reminded of the symbolism of Muruga's Mayil symbolising vanity and ego that the humble devotee should strive to control when doing penance and that attracting public attention on him is to be kindly avoided. The seminar ended with a guided meditation of the Pancha Siva Chaitanya technique. It was a wonderful session and many participants showed their wish to attend other seminars and to enrol for the Master Course. One lady privately shared with us that she had had a dream seeing Lord Ganesha all in gold and also saw one of the Gurus of our Parampara (she had never seen before) just before being invited to the seminar. 

The next session will be held at the Tamil League, Réduit on Sun 21st May 2017.

Watch out for more details on the Facebook Page: 

Tamil Mozhi Vizha-2017
Tamil Traditional Food and Health
தமிழர் பாரம்பரிய உணவும் ஆரோக்கியமும்

The event was covered by Mediacorp Singapore. For more details click the following link.

N Karthikeyan 
TMV 2017 Committee Head
Annamalai University Alumni Association (Singapore Chapter)

HP : 006593613611

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