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Conduct of a disciple - 3
« on: January 07, 2009, 11:17:17 AM »
Murugnar continues....

Verse 801:  Always practice advaita in your mind but never practise
it in your deeds. To attain redemption one can embrace the three
worlds (this one and those above it and below it) with advaita,
(outlook, seeing everything as one) but with the pre-eminent
Guru, (this attitude) is totally improper.

After this, there is one verse of Bhagavan Ramana, Verse 14 in that
order.  This verse appears as Verse 39 of Sad Darsanam - Anubandham.)

My son, you should experience advaita within your Heart at all
times, but never, even for a moment, should express it in your
outward actions.  Advaita is appropriate in (all) the three worlds,
but it is never appropriate in relation to the Guru.

Annamalai Swami has given an account of how this particular verse
came to be written.  It began with the following remarks by Bhagavan:

"Advaita should not be practised in ordinary activities. It is sufficient
if there is no differentiation in the mind. If one keeps cartloads of
discriminating thoughts  within, one should not pretend that all is one
on the outside.

"Westeners practice mixed marriages, and eat equally with everyone.
What is the use of doing only this?  Only wars and battlefields have
resulted. OUt of all these activities, who has obtained any happiness?

"The world is a huge theatre.  Each person has to act whatever role
is assigned to him. It is the nature of the universe to be differentiated
but within each person there should be no sense of differentiation."

I (Annamalai Swami) was moved by this brief speech that I asked
Bhagavan to summarise these ideas in a written Tamil verse.  Bhagavan
agreed, took a Sanskrit Verse from Tattvopadesa (by Sri Sankara,
Verse 87) which expresses a similar idea, and translated it into a
Tamil Venba. When He was satisfied with His translation, I also
managed to persuade Him to write the first fair copy in my diary.
This Verse was eventually published as Verse 39 of Ulladu Narpadu
- Anubandham.

(Source: Guru Vachaka Kovai, Muruganar. Tamil Verses. Tr. and
Commentary by David Godman, Avadhuta Foundation, Boulder,
Colorado, USA.  The Annmalai Swami statement from Living by the
Words of Bhagavan, Ed. David Godman.  The Verse 39 of Anubandham
of Ulladu Narpadu, starts: Sadhakattil Athuvitham.....)

Arunachala Siva.