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Chapter III - Experience:

10. Liberation

215.  Illumination, Happiness, Immortality, Solitude, Liberation, Union with God, the Natural State,
Nirvana, Birth, the Good Goal, Renunciation.

216.  Non lying, Silence, the Bursting of Bonds, the Fulfillment of All Desires, the State Without
Mental Taints, Peace, Having nothing to do, Extinction of Mind.

217. The Highest State, Perfect Devotion, the Supreme Speech, Self Rule, the Heaven of the Self,
God's Fullest Grace, -- these are some of the names of the Experience of the Self.

218.  When the mind becomes calm through the extinction of the ego, who is there subject to bondage?
This ego is itself bondage and subject to bondage;   there is no bondage otherwise.

219.  There never was any bondage for the Self who is the only Reality (there is);  He is ever free and
aware;  the One that is bound is the illusory Jiva (ego).


Arunachala Siva.

Attaining Self Awakening:

Verse  479:

According to the direction of the Master, and following the scriptures, knowing the real state of his own
Self by his own reasoning, controlling all his senses, and by his mind being intent upon his own soul,
the disciple for a time became still like a rock -  immovable and fixed in the Atman.

Verse 480:

And after staying there for some time, with his whole mind in the Supreme Brahman, he came
back to his consciousness, and with the great delight expressed these ideas:

Verse 481:

The ego is gone. Desires have melted away by attaining oneness with the Supreme.  Now I do not
know this or that, or what or where is the end of this Eternal Bliss.

Verse 482:

I cannot express by words, nor even contemplate by mind, this wealth that I have found in this ocean
of the Supreme Brahman, which is full of the nectar of bliss.  Only by tasting a particle of that, my mind has
become merged in that ocean of bliss and is at rest.       

Verse 483:

Where is it gone? Who has taken away this world of duality?  I saw it this moment.  Is there no world?
Has it come to naught?  It is most wonderful indeed.

Verse 484:

What to avoid, what to accept, what is separate from me, what is different in this ocean of  Brahman
which is filled with the nectar of indivisible bliss?


Arunachala Siva. 

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 02, 2016, 09:42:09 AM »
Verse  61:

பொய்தருமால் உள்ளத்துப்
   புன்சமணர் இடங்கழிந்து
மெய்தருவான் நெறியடைவார்
   வெண்புடைவை மெய்சூழ்ந்து
கைதருவார் தமையூன்றிக்
   காணாமே இரவின்கண்
செய்தவமா தவர்வாழுந்
   திருவதிகை சென்றடைவார்.

To quit the false Jains for good and to reach
The goodly path of Him of Truth absolute,
He wound himself with a cloak of pure white,
And leaning on them that would help him walk,
Left for Tiruvatikai, the city of saints, by night unseen.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 02, 2016, 09:40:20 AM »
Verse  60:

எடுத்தமனக் கருத்துய்ய
   எழுதலால் எழுமுயற்சி
அடுத்தலுமே அயர்வொதுங்கத்
   திருவதிகை அணைவதனுக்
குடுத்துழலும் பாயொழிய
   உறியுறுகுண் டிகையொழியத்
தொடுத்தபீ லியும்ஒழியப்
   போவதற்குத் துணிந்தெழுந்தார்.

When thus the redemptive thought rose up in him
He chose an implement it; bewilderment then quit him;
He threw away his garment of mat, sling-borne jug
And the bunch of peacock-feathers; up he rose and moved away.

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 02, 2016, 09:37:45 AM »
Verse  59:

அவ்வார்த்தை கேட்டலுமே
   அயர்வெய்தி இதற்கினியான்
எவ்வாறு செய்வன்என
   ஈசரருள் கூடுதலால்
ஒவ்வாஇப் புன்சமயத்
   தொழியாஇத் துயரொழியச்
செவ்வாறு சேர்திலக
   வதியார்தாள் சேர்வனென.

When he heard the report, he cried: "What am I
To do for this?"Now came the time when grace of God
Was to visit him; he said: "To end this endless misery
I'll give up this base religion and hold fast
To the feet of Tilakavatiyar poised in the pious way."

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 02, 2016, 09:36:03 AM »
Verse  58:

என்றவன்முன் கூறுதலும்
   யான்அங்குன் னுடன்போந்து
நன்றறியார் அமண்பாழி
   நண்ணுகிலேன் எனும்மாற்றம்
சென்றவனுக் குரையென்று
   திலகவதி யார்மொழிய
அன்றவனும் மீண்டுபோய்ப்
   புகுந்தபடி அவர்க்குரைத்தான்.

When he spake thus, she said: ?Never would I
Go forth with you to the assembly of Jains
That knows nought of goodness; go, tell him so.?
Thus told, he returned and reported to him
What Tilakavatiyar said, verbatim.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 02, 2016, 09:33:06 AM »
Verse 57:

கொல்லாது சூலைநோய்
   குடர்முடக்கித் தீராமை
எல்லாரும் கைவிட்டார்
   இதுசெயல்என் முன்பிறந்த
நல்லாள்பால் சென்றியம்பி
   நான்உய்யும் படிகேட்டிங்
கல்லாகும் பொழுதணைவாய்
   என்றார்என் றறிவித்தான்.

He replied: "An ache in stomach twisting
His intestines, is killing him without ending him;
He is beyond cure; they have all, aye, abandoned Him;
He desires this to be conveyed to your good self;
He seeks redemptive message from you, and has
Bidden me to come back to him under cover of night."

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 02, 2016, 09:30:32 AM »
Verse  56:

ஆங்கவன்போய்த் திருவதிகை
   தனையடைய அருந்தவத்தார்
பூங்கமழ்நந் தனவனத்தின்
   புறத்தணையக் கண்டிறைஞ்சி
ஈங்கியான் உமக்கிளையார்
   ஏவலினால் வந்ததெனத்
தீங்குளவோ எனவினவ
   மற்றவனும் செப்புவான்.

He reached Tiruvatikai and espied without
The fragrant garden the saintly matron;
He worshipped her and exclaimed: "I am here
By the hest of your brother." Hearing this
She asked: "Has aught of evil him befallen?"

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 02, 2016, 09:28:14 AM »
Verse  55:

குண்டர்களுங் கைவிட்டார்
   கொடுஞ்சூலை கைக்கொண்டு
மண்டிமிக மேன்மேலும்
   முடுகுதலால் மதிமயங்கிப்
பண்டையுற வுணர்ந்தார்க்குத்
   திலகவதி யார்உளராக்
கொண்டவர்பால் ஊட்டுவான்
    தனைவிட்டார் குறிப்புணர்த்த.

Him the base abandoned; as the ache grew
Sharper and sharper, all forlorn, his mind
Dwelt on helpful kin; it struck him that his sister
Tilakavatiyar could succor him; he dispatched
His cook to inform her of his plight.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 02, 2016, 09:25:32 AM »
Verse  54:

தாவாத புகழ்த்தரும
   சேனருக்கு வந்தபிணி
ஓவாது நின்றிடலும்
   ஒழியாமை உணர்ந்தாராய்
ஆஆநாம் என்செய்கோம்
   என்றழிந்த மனத்தினராய்ப்
போவார்கள் இதுநம்மால்
   போக்கரிதாம் எனப்புகன்று.

Finding the illness of Dharmasena
Of spotless fame, not a whit abating,
They cried: "What can we do alas" Cure this
We cannot.? They but moved away bewildered.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 02, 2016, 09:23:37 AM »
Verse 53:

புண்தலைவன் முருட்டமணர்
   புலர்ந்துசெயல் அறியாது
குண்டிகைநீர் மந்திரித்துக்
   குடிப்பித்தும் தணியாமை
கண்டுமிகப் பீலிகொடு
   கால்அளவுந் தடவிடவும்
பண்டையினும் நோவுமிகப்
   பரிபவத்தால் இடருழந்தார்.

The obdurate Jains with sore-ridden pates
Were perplexed; they chanted incantations
Over their jugs and made him drink the water thereof,
All in vain; him they caressed from head to foot
Softly with the pea-cock feathers; the ache alas
Only got exacerbated.   

Arunachala Siva.

General topics / Re: Tevaram - Some select verses.
« on: April 02, 2016, 09:21:01 AM »
Verse  52:

அவர்நிலைமை கண்டதற்பின்
   அமண்கையர் பலர்ஈண்டிக்
கவர்கின்ற விடம்போல்முன்
   கண்டறியாக் கொடுஞ்சூலை
இவர்தமக்கு வந்ததினி
   யாதுசெயல் என்றழிந்தார்
தவமென்று வினைபெருக்கிச்
   சார்பல்லா நெறிசார்வார்.

The Jains who do fettering deeds and call it tapas
Finding him in such plight, gathered round him
And exclaimed thus: "He ails from an unheard of ache,
Fierce and venomous; what can we do at all"?
They felt utterly undone.   

Arunachala Siva.


Thoughts are product of sin.  Here, the sin means ego, which is the first principle, that divides
man and godhead. This thought can be good or bad.  Bad thoughts, we all agree create bad
actions.  Even these bad actions are called bad according to circumstances.  A soldier can
kill any number of soldiers of enemy camp, and get appreciation.  But if he kills a civilian on
the road, he is punished.  A king can marry any number of girls and bring them to his harem.
A citizen cannot marry many girls.  So all good thoughts also produce evil.  Take atom bomb. 
It came out of a detailed experiment in science, whose basic laws of relativity and thermo-
dynamics are quite good for peaceful purposes.  But the same principles created an atom bomb
and killed lakhs of people. 

Now to bad thoughts, bad thoughts apparently produce bad actions which are sin.  But there
could be some bad thoughts [very rare indeed], which can produce good results.  Like the rishi
who decided to bluff to the hunter who had come chasing a deer, saying that there was no
deer on that side.  The deer was saved.  All said, it is a lie. That is why, Bhagavan Ramana said:
Summa Iru, Be Still, Be thoughtless.  But it is quite difficult for most of us.

Arunachala Siva.

This love cannot be attained all at once. One has to cultivate it gradually, and have patience  and humility.
Suffering is often a blessing if it helps one to grow spiritually.  It is in the inner struggle that wisdom,
philosophy and psychology can help.  When the powers of self control, intelligence, mental energy,
goodwill and love are at man's service, progress will be quick.  In this spiritual quest, one starts with
prayer and meditation and gradually moves towards contemplation. Here a distinction between meditation
and contemplation will make things clearer for the seeker.

Meditation is a movement of thought limited within a circle, but in contemplation there is silence of thought.
Saint Peterof Alcantara explains the difference between the two as follows:  'In meditation we consider
carefully divine things and we pass from one to another so that the heart may feel love.  It is as though
we should strike a flint to draw a spark of fire.  But in contemplation the spark is struck, the love we were
seeking is here.  The soul enjoys silence and peace, not by many reasoning but by simply contemplating
the truth.  Meditation is the means; contemplation is the end.'

From all that has been said it is clear that there can be no compromise in the life of the spirit.  The union
that Saint John of the Cross experienced is only for those few who long to fly like a bird and be free.
The highest religion of man is the search for freedom though the unselfish love of God. If one has this
love, one attains to truly divine wisdom and union. Fruitless is the knowledge and religion which is not
love.  Vain indeed is the struggle for spiritual life if there is no love in the heart.

The message of Saint John of the Cross is a message of spiritual union and joy.  He found a treasure and
wanted others to find it also. He realized that man is in darkness until he is able to find the path that
leads to love, light and union with God. He wanted man to rise above worldly desires and needs, and to
lead a life where he could love instead of hate, help instead of hurt.

The spiritual journey is not an easy one to undertake, however it is the only one life that endures.  All
else is transient and fleeting. When we keep company with saints, we are guided and encouraged along
the way.  In other words of Saint Gregory of Nyasa we have an example of such encouragement.


Arunachala Siva.               

The spiritual vision cannot be analyzed.  It is the joy of truth revealed to a living soul.  'To be no more,
this is all.  This is the Supreme Joy' said Jorge Guilten, the Spanish poet.  Here it is important to make
a distinction between spiritual joy and pleasure. The Katha Upanishad, in the Hindu tradition, speaks of
two paths. 'There is the path of joy and the path of pleasure, both to attract the soul. The man who is wise
chooses the path of joy; the foot chooses the path of pleasure.'  Similarly Saint John of the Cross, points out
that if we want this sublime spiritual joy or union with God, we have to choose the path of joy.

For Saint John of the Cross, God is love and the end of love. This love cannot be fully expressed in words
because it is beyond words.  Yet mystics have tried to express some of their deep feelings for God.
We see such feelings in the prayer of Sri Chaitanya, an Indian mystic and saint of the sixteenth century:
'I pray not for wealth, honor, pleasure or any earthly joy.  I only pray that all my life I may have love,
pure love for Thee.'

Saint John of the Cross and other mystics who have found light and love give us help for our spiritual
journey by sharing with us their spiritual experiences.  In one of his spiritual letters he writes, 'Never
fail whatever may befall you, be it good or evil, to keep your heart quiet and calm in the tenderness of
love.'  Love then is the first condition for entering the path. How can water of love be given to one
who is not thirsty? is the next question.


Arunachala Siva.                 

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