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Ekatma Panchakam
« on: October 24, 2008, 02:50:48 PM »
Ekatma Panchakam, is the only composition, written by Bhagavan
Ramana, originally in Telugu and then translated into Tamil.  It
was written in February 1947.  Suri Nagamma, requested Bhagavan
Ramana once, to compose a poem in Telugu.  Bhagavan first declined
saying that the pandits would find a lot of faults if He were to write
poems in Telugu.  Suri Nagamma said:  Bhagavan!  Who can correct
your poems.  They are all Rishis words.  I won't allow anyone to
correct your Telugu poems."  After several requests, Bhagavan Ramana
composed Ekatma Panchakam, in Telugu.  This was done in Venba
metre, which was unknown in Telugu grammar.  It consists of
five verses.

As was expected, some Teuigu scholars objected to these poems
saying that these are not as per Telugu metres.  Suri Nagamma,
then sent them to Velluri Sivarama Sastri, who said that the composition
looks like Vedic Revelations and so there is no necessity for any
corrections, metrically or otherwise.   After this, again some Telugu
scholars insisted on metrical corrections and Bhagavan asked them
to do whatever they wanted and left the matter at that.  Suri Nagamma
felt extremely sad.  Then, with the corrections of scholars, the proofs
came to the Hall on a day.  Chinta Dikshitar and Gurram Venkata
Subbramaiah were at the Hall during that time.  On seeing the proofs,
they became very indignant and saw to it that Bhagavan's original
version went to print!

Bhagavan later recalled:  "Venba is one rare metre available only in
Tamil.  Once Ganapati Muni tried this in Sanskrit but left it without
proceeding further.  Narasinga Rao tried this metre in Telugu later
and he was also not successful.  So I was hesitant in the beginning.
Anyway I had to do this because of Suri Nagamma's insistence.
It is all right."

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

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Ekatma Panchakam
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2010, 08:23:53 PM »
Five Verses In Ekatma Panchakam

Forgetting the Self, mistaking the body for the Self, going through innumerable births and finally finding and being the Self — this is just like waking up from a dream of wandering all over the world.

He who asks ‘Who am I?’ although existing as the Self, is like a drunken man who asks about his own identity and whereabouts.

When in fact the body is in the Self, to think that the Self is within the insentient body is like thinking that the cinema screen on which a figure is projected is inside the figure.

Has the ornament any existence apart from the gold (of which it is made)? Where is the body apart from the Self? The ignorant mistake the body for the Self, but the Jnani, knower of the Self, perceives the Self as the Self.

That one Self, the Reality, alone exists for ever. If even the Primal Guru (Adi Guru, Dakshinamurti) revealed it in silence, who can convey it in speech?