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Viveka Choodamani
« on: November 03, 2008, 04:04:33 PM »
Bhagavan Ramana, while He was on the Hills, a devotee came
and asked for some clarifications on Viveka Choodamani.  Then he
wanted to have a Tamil version of that book, which was not available
due to paucity of stocks, from the book seller.   This Tamil Verse
version had been done by one Ulaganatha Swamigal.

Bhagavan had earlier been furnished with Sanskrit Viveka Choodamani, along with other books on Vedanta by Pazhaniswami.

Bhagavan on the basis of the memory of the Sankrit
book, had written a prose version, in about 70 pages and gave
that to the devotee.  Meantime, the Tamil reprint had come and
so the devotee had that copy from the book seller.  Bhagavan's
manuscript was lying in the Virupakshi Cave.  Later with the
money given by Uddandi Nayanar, (This was by him, at the time of
his leaving Tiruvannamalai given as a guru dakshina, but was not accepted by Bhagavan Ramana and this Rs. 100/- was with one of the
other devotees,) the Tamil prose version was printed. Bhagavan
Ramana specially wrote an introduction for the work, giving the
entire concept in about 3 pages with mention about the Tamil Verse
version of Ulaganatha Swami!)   Of course, Bhagavan Ramana's
prose version goes by Sanskrit original.  This has been translated
by Aruthur Osbrone and included in Complete Works.  Michael
James has also written a  English translation.

Bhagavan Ramana later chose 10 verses from the work and
had given to the devotees who had asked for.

These ten verses, as per Sanskrit original are:

Verses Nos. 31, 351, 135, 217, 136, 380, 360, 362, 363, and 266.
When  M. Sodousky, Mouni Sadhu came to Bhagavan Ramana,
he had shown him his diary with a lot of philosophical works and
this contained 9 verses from Viveka Choodamani.  This was
perused and given back to him, by Bhagavan.  These 9 verses,
as per Sanskrit original, are:-

Verses Nos. 409, 255, 256, 257, 258, 260, 261, 263 and 264.

(Source:  Arunachala's Ramana: Boundless Ocean of Grace,
Volume 1, Sri Ramansramam.  In Surpassing Love, M. Sodousky,
Mouni Sadhu, Sri Ramansramam.)

Arunachala Siva.