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Ozhivil Odukkam - 3
« on: March 24, 2009, 11:31:24 AM »
In the first chapter of 62 Verses, named Instruction in General, the poet covers the entire scope of the method and the teaching.  The remaining chapters extrapolate on the stages of casting away,
the layers of duality, chariya, kriya, yoga and Jnana.

Verse 18: Prayojanam, the End Result.

The loud moaning, of the bereaved one plunged in the oblivion
of sorrow, does not keep harmony with the ritual and rhythmic
nuances of the drum, the piccolo, and the death dance (being
performed by professionals on the occasion of a bereavement
in some households.).

Listen to the merit of this work.  Its learners can only melt away
(as they 'become' its transcendent meaning, losing ego and the
fruits of doership, past and present), while probing the nuances
of its meaning.

Who would try to quantify foolishly, the benefit of this song of
wisdom can confer to the self?  In every pursuit of worldly happiness,
one evaluates the benefit of an experience by regarding himself as the enjoyer, while regarding the objects of enjoyments as other than oneself.  This way of evaluation cannot apply to the unique situation self-enquiry, where the object of evaluation is the evaluating centre itself!

Verse 21:-  Like the fleas on a cow's teats that suck the blood and not the milk (of direct experience that emerges from the convenient orifice of the sense of "I" which is so near!); and like a buffalo
which upon entering water, cannot drink it clear but (must thrash
about first, and) soils it -- fools are like these.  The vain logicians
(suffer and inflict needless vocal discomfort through non-stop mouthing of sterile words, and) are like a fool grinding sandal-paste, without adding water.  They (make a simple truth fuzzy, and) are
like a nozzle breaking up (the forceful stream of) water into a (weakened) shower-spray.  Do not be led away by their grandoise
charades and come to hellish grief!

(Source:  Mountain Path, Jayanti, 2005.  An article by J.Jayaraman.)

Arunachala Siva.