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Subramanian.R

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Atma Vichara Padigam - 1
« on: April 19, 2009, 10:48:39 AM »
Atma Vichara Padigam, is a small poem composed by Sri Sadhu Om,
in Tamil.  It contains 11 verses.  This has been translated into English
prose by Sri Tanmaya Chaitanya and has been published in Mountain
Path, October - December 2007, issue.

Verse 1:-

To think is to generate a vritti in the form of a though (and hence
to indulge in an act, and hen pravritti), but 'What is' is never a
vritti (that is the sense of "I am" is never an act of thinking or
thought).  If one probes keenly with total attention as to who is this "I" which spawns all thoughts, thinking process will automatically
cease.  Even in the absence of thoughts, Being (the sense of one's
pure Existence) never ceases and there is no doubt about this. 
To abide unwaveringly in that Source, from where all thoughts spring
forth, is indeed true Atma Nishta.  May you abide thus!

Verse 2:-

The 'thinker' alone is Jiva (the individual who owns up thinking).
The one who merely exists (bereft of all thoughts) is Iswara (the
godhead or Sakshi Chaitanya).  If the thinker Jiva desires to remain
still by merely focussing the attention on the sense of pure existence in the form of "I am", such Self-attention will quell all thinking activity (pravritti) and transform itself into the mode of pure Being
(Nivritti), Consciousness.   Such a total resolution of the thinker along with all his thoughts into the Source (ever shining as Existence-
Awareness) resulting in a vibrant stillness is alone called Siva
Saujya (Abidance in the state of Siva).

Verse 3:-

Among so many countless thoughts that gurgle up from within, the thinker himself (in the form of 'I am so and so') is merely one more thought.  However, this "I-thought" is the root of all thoughts (and
hence the seed of all samsara).  But it is merely a reflection/image (pratibimba) of our Swarupa, the Self (that exists as "I,I" without
the limitations of any attribute).  When we abide as this true Self in utter silence, the spurious "I thought" neve rears its head.

(Source: As stated above.)

Arunachala Siva.         

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Re: Atma Vichara Padigam - 1
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2009, 03:28:24 PM »
Dear Subramanian,

Excellent Verses! The thinker ceases to exist in the 'I am' ness awareness. For in complete Atma Nishta there is no thoughts. 'I am' ness is full in itself. there are no more thoughts.

Dear Udai

This is what I was trying to tell in discussions in "Mandalasa Gita" thread. There will be no more thoughts or thinking. Atma Nishta is pure Mouna or Summa Iru. Stillness. There are no thoughts or thinking. Even in this state of 'I am' There is no feeling of I am Ness as well. Its used here only for our understanding, for feeling complete is also a thought by itself. 'I am' ness is Atma Nishta. Devoid of anything thoughts and thinkiing and any action or activity. absolute stillness.

I had been to Shirdi, Triambakeshwar and few other temples in Maharashtra. I enjoyed it. I could only see Sri Ramana Maharshi in Shirdi. For the Kakada Aarati, He was so graciously seated with benevolent smile just like Ramana. Sri Ramana is everywhere!

Nagaraj
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Atma Vichara Padigam - 1
« Reply #2 on: December 02, 2012, 10:50:10 AM »
I happened to find this post accidentally, excellent verses

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Atma Vichara Padigam - 1
« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2012, 11:06:46 AM »
In this context, abiding as that source with due diligence and only responding to nature when karma presents itself before us is the true hallmark of meditation or Being Sat or Atma nishTA. Not giving in to the pull of vAsanAs is the real test for us to know where we stand! What I have observed is that True karmA is much less than the pull of vAsanAs, simply wanting to talk, communicate, do something, act, being unable to remain in that sahaja nishTA, is an indicator of where we stand.

Mere knowledge is nothing, what is, is being that alone!

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Atma Vichara Padigam - 1
« Reply #4 on: December 02, 2012, 11:09:22 AM »
we want to do something, this itself is the greatest vAsanA. Being completely free from 'doing' is the real challenge! Doing is not binding for that karma which presents itself, but doing when karma does not present itself is vAsanA
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Atma Vichara Padigam - 1
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2012, 12:38:09 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Atma Vichara Padigam:  Sri Sadhu Om:

Here I shall give further translations of some verses.

4. This 'I-thought' does not arise in the deep sleep state of devoid of dreams.
nor dies this I thought ever arise (for the Jnani who ever abides) in the true Jnana Nishta.
Only between these states does this I thought appear as I am the body and disappears.
For this reason alone, this I thought is said to be a mere thought which comes and goes,
and hence dismissed as false and our true nature the ever present Self is not transient like this I thought.


5. When this I thought flourishes, all miseries also flourish
it is the I thought alone which is called the ego.
It arises and survives only because of lack of self inquiry.
By leaning on it for one's existence, and by intently  questioning this with unrelenting attention,
it evaporates out of existence without a trace as mist vanishing in the Sun.

6. Because of this I thought which pretends as the first person,
the entire world comes into being as the second and third persons;
If the searchlight of our attention gives up its fancy for the second and third persons,
And turns itself on this I thought , then this pseudo first person will disappear;
And the substratum of true Being will flash forth as the ever present I-I;
this alone is the real Self and staying aware of the Self is indeed Jnanam.

I shall give the remaining verses next time.

Arunachala Siva.