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Upasana - Worship
« on: January 08, 2009, 01:34:39 PM »
Guru Vachaka Kovai, Verses 510-19 describe the nature of Upasana
or Worship. 

Verse 510: Those fortunate ones who have beheld in their Heart, the
flowery lotus feet of the Lord that glow with trasnscendent purity
will shine as Jnana, full of divine lustre, as their polluting, inauspicious
proclivities, (tendencies, vasanas), are reduced to nothing.

Verse 511: Having realized that demonic qualities (asura sampat) will
lead to your ruin, foster in your heart only those qualities are divine
(sura sampat).  Only the worship that causes those divine qualities to
shine out in abundance, within a short period of time, has the power
to bring about the salvation of the soul.

Muruganar explains the self enquiry as divine qualtiy, sura sampat.
Only the worship that causes the divine qualities to shine out in the
heart can bestow redemption.  This is the Self Enquiry, that is conducted
inwardly. Whatever is accumulated externally has demonic qualties
and causes only harm.

Verse 512: Divine grace is the truth, the light of consciousness that
clarifies, destroying ignorance. If devotion, genuine love, is firmly
established towards the feet of Siva, then, through the support of
that divine grace, the non dual Jnana that ordinarily is externally hard
to obtain will become easily attainable.

Verse 513: By lovingly establishing the feet of the Lord firmly in the
Heart, once and for all, the knot of delusion may be destroyed. Then,
once it is destroyed, the heart-lotus blossoms and you can clearly
experience the light of pure being, supreme Jnana.

Verse 514: If the head of the jiva, (the ego) unites and becomes one
with the feet of the Lord, Siva, the jiva will, having merged, shine
wholly as Sivam, because when the insignificant ego dies, the jiva
abides in the state of pure being as the motionless Atma Swarupa.

Verse 515: If you want to attain liberation and redeem yourself by
cutting asunder with the sword of Jnana, the false ignorance that
has strongly bound you in the form of a jiva, let your mind spring
up immediately with surging love and, without wasting a moment
of your life, meditate constantly upon the golden, lotus-like feet
of the Lord who, in the form of the Guru, has taken you into his fold.

Muruganar adds here:  .... From this it becomes clear that all the
sadhanas such as karma and bhakti that are enjoined by the scriptures are useful only for destroying the unreality, by revealing it to be non-
existent.  Unless meditation becomes uninturrupted, like a continuous
stream of oil, it will not attain strength.  The implication is, meditation
should be practised all the time.

Bhagavan Ramana says this in Verse 7 of Upadesa Saram.

(Source: Guru Vachaka Kovai, Muruganar. Tamil Verses. Tr. and
Commentary by David Godman, Avadhuta Foundation, Boulder, Colarodo, USA.)

Arunachala Siva.