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'Nakarmana' mantra
« on: October 23, 2008, 12:56:07 PM »
Oneday when good work was to begin in the Asram, the priests
came with a plate of fruits, coconut and flowers and stood in
front of Bhagavan Ramana and chanted the famous 'Na karmana'
mantra, prostrated and left.  One observed asked Bhagavan Ramana,
'this mantra says about futility of karmas, but how come priests
chant these when some work is about to begin?'

Bhagavan Ramana smilingly said: "Yes, it is correct.  Once you
know the meaning and purport of these mantras, you will understand
that these are not necessary.  But I am also keeping quiet because
some good mantras are being chanted."

Some one then asked Bhagavan about the meaning of that mantra.
Bhagavan Ramana replied that while someone earlier had come
and said that he did not understand the mantra, I showed him
the translation and commentary of Madhva Vidyaranya.  But he
could not understand even that. So I made it briefly in Tamil and
showed it to him.  This meaning given by me has been framed in
glass and hung in dining room.  Please go and see."  The devotee
then left for the dining room to read it.

Bhagavan Ramana wrote the Tamil meaning on 10th September
2008.  It reads:

"Immortality cannot be attained through karma, sons and wealth.
Certain inward looking seekers attain it through the sacrificing
of these things.   This Truth, which is said to be heavens, is attained
by them, thorugh the control of senses and sense organs, in their

"People with chitta-suddhi have attained this, through one pointed
concentration, even during their lives in the bodies and get liberated
from the primordial Maya.  This is the purport of Vedas and Vedantas
and such chitta-suddhi is got thorugh sacrifice and peaceful mind."

"That atom like Effulgence is attained by some through concentration
in the forehead between eyebrows and in the lotus of Heart Cave and
this alone should be prayed to."

"It is Paramesvara and the lord of Pranava mantra, it is in the
Vedas and Vedantas and it is shining inside body, curled up
thorugh concerted meditation." 

(Source:  Suri Nagamma - Sri Ramansramam - Vazhvum Ninaivum.)

Arunachala Siva.