kondengan vaazhvaen Arunachala
Arunachala! How do I live with you when you (carrying a flag) are so intent on killing (the ego consciousness or I am the body idea of) your devotees?
Destroying the ‘I am the body’ idea (jiva bodham) is referred to here as killing the devotees. Because of this act of grace, jiva bodham is destroyed and siva bodham is attained ( that is Siva consciousness). Those who come in the grip of Arunachala’s grace are akin to prey in a tiger’s mouth and sugarcane in the mouth of an elephant says Bhagavan as they will be totally destroyed (of their false identification with the body). Then how do I live as separate from you when you are killing your devotees who approach you to live? asks Bhagavan
My Note: Kodi ittu means carrying a flag like a warrior, since this is an act of destruction Bhagavan compares Arunachala to a warrior king with his flag flying high intent on destruction of ego. The flag reference comes up in Ramana Stuti Panchakam Verse 20, where dwajam means flag:
bhakti yōḍu paṇindu ninḍṛiḍu bhakta kōḍiyar taṅgaḷai;
mukti meik-karai kāṭṭi mūdaṛi uṭṭṛida dhvajam iṭṭavan.
For devotees bowing down in devotion, he grants the Knowledge that reveals the shore of Liberation; the one who hoists the flag announcing it is Ramana Sat-Guru!