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Vasanans and pursuit in Self abidance - 5
« on: March 04, 2009, 12:33:44 PM »
Verse 209 of Guru Vachaka Kovai says:

The Jiva is the form of the ego, the spurious consciousness that has
acquired the beginningless mass of previously accumulated Vasanas which are present in the Heart. The residue of sacred ash remains
merged in the Heart as Absolute Being, when that form is burned and totally destroyed by the fire of jnana is the true of God's
Para Vibhuti, the transcendental.

Muruganar adds prose explanation here.  All the Vasanas accumulated by the Jiva reside in the Heart. Though the
"transcendent vibhuti" is known and attained through pure Sattva
Guna, it is in truth Nirguna, not a guna, unmanifest.  Hence the
'vibhuti' has been described as Holy Ashes, Sacred Ashes, not as
White Ashes, because it is not Sattva guna but Nirguna.

David Godman adds here: Equating Vibhuti with the Self has a long and distinguished history. Tiru Jnanasambandhar, one of the founding saints of Saivism, composed the famous Tiru Alavay Tiru Neetru Padigam, in Madurai. Tevaram 2.66. He cured the illness of
King NedumaRan with holy ashes.

Bhagavan has also said: Vibhuti is of two kinds.  Para Vibhuti and
Apara Vibhuti.  The sacred ashes used are of latter class.  The Paravibhuti is what remains over after all the dross has been burnt away by the fire of realization.  It is Absolute Being.

{The fire of realization should burn away our Vasanas.  Hence, there is a process of realization in which all the vasanas are burnt.  People can boastfully say that   "I am the Self.  I am already self realized!
What is there to self-realize?  Realization itself is a wrong cannotation. We are ever always self realized. Even to say that
Ramana was self realized a few weeks before 1st Sept. 1896, is all
humbug...."  Let the people who boast like this, let them examine
this stand taken by Bhagavan and Muruganar.  Everyone is no doubt self realized.  But what is preventing us, from knowing that Truth?
It is the Vasanas, which have not yet been burnt away by the illumination of jnana.  So, if one says, that  "He is always the Self.
He is ever Self realized.  He has no vasanas."  Then, please understand that he is the rogue of the first water!}

(Source: Guru Vachaka Kovai, Muruganar. Tamil Verses. Tr. by
David Godman and Ors.)

Arunachala Siva.