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Experiencing God as "I AM"
« on: April 23, 2009, 12:32:00 PM »
In the first mangalam verse of Ulladu Narpadu, He asks rhetorically,
"ULLadu alladu ULLa Unarvu ULLado...?",  which means, "Other than
ULLadu ['that which is' or 'being'], is there [any] ULLa Unarvu ['consciousness which is', 'being-consciousness' or 'consciousness
of being']?....  Our consciousness of our being, "I AM", cannot
be other than our being itself, because if it were, we would not know
ourself as "I AM", but would be known only be some consciousness
otehr than ourself as 'it is'.  We experience our being as the first
person, "I" because our being is self-conscious and is therefore
the very consciousness that is experience itself.

We are both being and the consciousness that experiences our being 
as itself -- that is, as ourself, "I AM".  This truth is clearly stated
by Bhagavan Ramana in Verse 23 of Upadesa Undiyar:

Because of the non-existence of [any] unarvu [consciousness]
other [than ULLadu], to know ULLadu ['that which is' or 'being'],
ULLadu is Unarvu. [That] Unarvu alone exists as 'we' [our essential
being of true self].

In this verse Bhagavan Ramana uses three key words, ULLadu, Unarvu and Nam, which respectively mean 'being', 'consciousness'
and 'we'.  And He clearly emphasizes the absolute oneness of that realtiy which each of these three words, denote.  Being itself is consciousness, and consciousness itself is 'we', our essential self.
We are both being and consciousness.

Therefore in Verse 26, He says that since we, our real self, are
that which is devoid of 'two', simply being ourself is itself knowing

We have just to "be as we are" -- as the one absolutely non dual
and therefore thought-free self-conscious being, "I AM", which is
our real self.

(Source:  As indicated in Part 1)

Arunachala Siva.