Aakki nee aandanai Arunachala
Arunachala! You bestowed initiation on by your divine look, mere thought and divine embrace so I could be free of ego consciousness and enjoy redemption from samsara, thus made me ripe for surrendering to your feet!
There are three ways a guru initiates his disciple; by sight, by thought and by touch. Initiation by a qualified guru is called diksha. By this the teacher imparts his knowledge to his disciple when he is ripe enough to receive such grace. These three are categorised into ’tortoise, fish and bird’ forms of initiation by Kaivalya Navaneetham.
It is said that fish, by its very look, hatches the eggs. Tortoise lays its eggs on the shore and goes back to the ocean but by constantly thinking of the eggs, causes it to hatch. Birds sit on the eggs and with their touch hatch their eggs. A guru uses any one of these methods to initiate his disciple. But Bhagavan is asking Arunachala to initiate him using all the three methods, he sees himself as a dullard for whom one form may not be enough.
Note: Maha Periyava explains diksha in Deiyvathin Kural part 3 under subheading ‘diskhai’. Briefly: Sparsa diksha (initiation through touch) is called ‘kukuta’ dikshai (kukkuta is chicken). Initiation through the eye, nayana disksha is ‘matsya diksha, ie. fish initiation, and manasa diskha, ie, thought initiation is ‘Kamata diksha’, tortoise initiation. In this birth even though the student is dull, inside he is atma swarupa only But it’s covered by the shell of ignorance. And the initiation by a guru breaks the shel freeing the bird inside.