Glorifying God with intense love, one passes beyond samsara and is happy at being merged in Him. This is bhakti. The transcendental vision reveals Arunachala as one's own master, and such repeated experiences convince one of the immanence of God. Complete Surrender of self ensues and what remains over is only the all-pervading, and ever-present glorious Being-Consciousness. Transcendence sweeps away names and forms and the result is infinity, eternity.
The second part of the stanza deals with karma marga. Feeling God's immanence everywhere, one considers oneself not as the agent, but as a tool to serve God in the shape of one's surroundings.
There are three aspects of God according to one's own realization. They are: Sat (being), Chit (consciousness), Ananda (bliss).
The Sat aspect is emphasised by jnanis who are said to repose in the essence of Being after incessant search for the same and with their individuality lost in the Supreme.
The Chit aspect is for yogis who exert themselves to control their breath in order to steady the mind and are then said to see the glory (Consciousness of Being) of God as the one light radiating in all directions.
The Ananda aspect is for devotees who become intoxicated with the nectar of the love of God and lose themselves in blissful experience. Unwilling to leave this, they remain for ever merged in God.
The four margas -- karma, bhakti, yoga and jnana -- are not exclusive of one another. Each is, however, described separately in classical works only to convey an idea of the appropriate aspect of God to appeal readily to the aspirant according to his predisposition. This stotra, though short, is compact and can be so expanded as to be of interest also to scholars and philosophers.
Arunagiri Ramana, for the benefit of this world, joyously bestowed, in sweet Tamil venbas, the "Arunachala Pancharatna," the quintessential wisdom of Vedanta, which was revealed initially by him in Sanskrit.1
May powerful Arunachala's name, which liberally bestows grace, live forever!
May the five hymns bearing his name live forever! May the feet of exalted Ramana, from whose tongue the five hymns flowered forth, live forever!
May the virtuous devotees who abide firmly in those feet live forever!2