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The Crest-Jewel of Bhagavan Ramana's Teachings
« on: April 08, 2009, 01:31:20 PM »
Michael James gives the following translation of Bhagavan Ramana's
first Mangalam verse of ULLadu Narpadu, Sad Darsanam.

Other than ULLadu ['that which is' or being], is there consciousness
of being?  Since [this] being-essence [this exisisting substance or reality which is], is in [our] heart devoid of [all] thought, how to
[or who can] think of [or meditate upon this] being-essence, which is called "Heart"?  Being [our] heart as [we truly] are [that is, as our thought-free non-dual consciousness of being, 'I am'] alone is meditating [upon our being].  Know [this truth by experiencing it].

In the first two sentences of this verse, Bhagavan Ramana reveals
several crucial truths about the nature of the one absolute reality,
which is ULLadu or 'that which is'.  Firstly, He explains that it is not only being but also consciousnes, because other than 'that which is'
there cannot be any consciousness  to know 'that which is'.  Therefore, 'that which' [really] is' self-conscious -- that is, absolutely non dual self conscious being.

Secondly, He says that that truly existing reality or 'being essence'
exists devoid of thoughts, or devoid of thinking.  That is, it is not a mere thought or mental conception, but is the fundamental reality,
that underlies and supports the seeming existence of our thinking
mind and all its thoughts. However, though it supports the imaginary
appearance of thoughts, in reality it is devoid of thoughts, and hence
devoid of the thinking consciousness that we call our 'mind', because both this thinking mind and its thoughts are unreal.  In the clear view of the one self-conscious reality, thoughts do not exist, because they appear to exist only in the distorted view of our mind, which is itself one among the thoughts that it imagines and knows.

Thirdly, He says that it exists 'in heart', that is, in the innermost core of our being.  In other words, it is not merely something that exists outside us or separate from us, but is that which exists within us,
as our own essential reality.  He also adds that it is called 'heart', thereby indicating that the word 'heart' does not merely denote the abode in which the reality exists, but more truly denotes the reality itself.  Moreover since the word, "ULLam" means not only 'heart' but also 'am', by saying that the truly existing reality or 'being-essence' is called ULLam.  Bhagavan Ramana reveals that it is not something that exists as an object but is our own self -- our essential or 'am-ness.'

In other words, the absolute reality exists not only in us but also as us.  It is the real 'heart' or core of being.  That is, it is our own very
essence, substance or reality.  It is that which we really are.  Other
than as the one absolute reality, we truly do not exist.

Thus in the first Mangalam (Benedictory) verse, Bhagavan Ramana succinctly reveals both the essential nature of reality and the means by which we can 'reach' it,  'attain it' or experience it as it really is.
Hence in a nut shell this verse expresses the very essence of ULLadu Narpadu, Sad Darsanam, and all the other forty-one verses of this profound text are a richly elaborated explanation of the fundamental truths that He expressed so briefly yet so clearly and powerfully in this first verse.

(Source: Mountain Path, October-December 2007.  An article taken  from the then forthcoming book entitled Happiness and the Art of
Being, by Michael James.)

Arunachala Siva.         


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Re: The Crest-Jewel of Bhagavan Ramana's Teachings
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2009, 11:39:22 AM »
that was the grace of bhagawan, to put it short and direct

that is the problem of his devotees: not surrendering to what he says...because it would be so easy...just leave it alone it allready is here

what to do? stop! see and surrender...but I do not want too...