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Bhagavan Ramana and Saint Poet Tayumanavar - 7
« on: April 04, 2009, 12:04:52 PM »
Bhagavan Ramana had once quoted three stanzas of Mandalattin,
verses 8-11 of Tayumanavar, on some other occasion and Devaraja
Mudaliar had made his own English translation.  To Mr. Khanna,
Bhagavan Ramana also quoted these songs again.  Here, the mind
is coaxed as the most generous and disinterested of giver, to go back
to is birthplace or source and thus give the devotee peace and bliss.

Robert Butler and others have freshly translated these three stanzas of Mandalattin of Tayumanavar, as the original renderings of Mudaliar could not be traced.

Mind, you who evolve from Maya
as jewels are wrought from gold!
If you are freed from your defects
so that blissful samadhi is attained
by meditating on [realtiy] within oneself
as oneself, by melting within,
and by making [you] fall away,
I shall attain redemption.
No one is as kind to me as you are - no one!
When I ponder on this, you [the mind]
are equal to the grace of God.

*

Amongst those who have taken on bodies
to experience [the world],
be they Brahma, or any of the gods,
it is true, is it not,
that for any of them to reject you [the mind],
and exist without you,
is impossible, quite impossible,
Without you, can anything be,
in this world or the next?
To vainly label you 'unreal' is unjust.
So I shall praise you as 'real' also.
In order that my wretched state may be ended,
you must return to the glorious land of your birth.

*

You who have been my companion
for many a day, were you to lie dead
through the enquiry [vichara]
that has separated you from me,
I should revere that ground with perfect devotion.
Through the mauna Guru who has ruled me.   
I will be free from 'I' and 'mine',
becoming one with his grace.
The eight siddhis, liberation itself,
which is vision delightful to behold,
shall be mine upon the earth.
Through you my anxieties shall be ended.

*

All my interminable wrangling
with birth will end in this very birth.
For me, the state of Jivanmukti,
which is difficult for anyone to experience,
will arise.
Oh, Sir [mind]! Will even a cloud
or a grove of Karpaga tree
suffice as a comparison to you?
Can your greateness be described
in the seven worlds, beginning with the earth?

(My Recollections of Bhagavan Sri Ramana. Devaraja Mudaliar.
Mountain Path, Jayanti, 2005. An article by Robert Butler and
others.)

Arunachala Siva.