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Bhagavan Ramana and Saint-Poet Tayumanavar
« on: April 03, 2009, 12:54:51 PM »
There was once a discussion in the hall about the true meaning of verse ten of Ulladu Narpadu, Anubandham, Sad Darsanam, Supplement, which states:

The body is like an earthen pot, inert.  Because it has not consciousness of 'I', and because daily in bodiless sleep we
touch our real nature, the body is not 'I'.  Then who is this 'I'?
Where is this 'I'?  In the Heart Centre of those that question thus,
shines forth as "I", Himself, the Lord Siva of Arunachala.

Dr. Srinivasa Rao asked whether (the above stanza) does not teach
us to affirm Soham, [repeating 'I am He" as a spiritual practice].
Bhagavan Ramana explained as follows:

It is said that the whole Vedanta can be compressed into the four words, Deham (the body), Naham (not I), Koham (Who am I?),
Soham ('I am He').  This stanza says the same.  In the first two
lines, it is explained i.e  Why Deham is Naham, why the body is not 'I"? or Na-Aham.

The next two lines say, if one enquires, Ko Aham, i.e. Who am I?, that is, if one enquires whence this springs and realizes it, then in the heart of such a person one, the omnipresent God Arunachala will
shine as 'I', as Sa-Aham or Soham, that is, he will know 'That I am',
that is, 'That is "I".

In this connection Bhagavan also quoted two stanzas, one from
Tayumanavar and the other from Nammazhwar, the gist of both
of which is:  "Though I have been thinking I was a separate entity
and talking of "I" and "mine", when I began to enquire about this
"I", I found YOU alone exists."  (Day by Day 23rd Jan 1946)

The song of Tayumanavar is from Parapara KaNNi, verse 225.

O Supreme of Supremes!
Searching without searching who this "I" was,
soon I found You alone
standing as the Heaven of Bliss,
You alone, blessed Lord.   

(Source: Mountain Path, Aradhana 2005. Robert Butler and others.)

Arunachala Siva.