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Na Karmanaa.....
« on: May 27, 2009, 12:27:54 PM »
In Sri Ramanasramam, even during Bhagavan Ramana's
days in the body, priests used to chant Na Karmanaa...
verses before starting any new work, like building some
sheds or cottages, inaugurating Mother's Shrine etc.,
Once, in 1947-48, devotees wanted to have a sculpture
of Bhagavan Ramana in sitting posture and a good rock
was purchased and the sculptors were about to start
the work.  Priests came and chanted Na Karmanaa... and
after Arti to Bhagavan and the stone, they gave green
signal to the sculptors.  Bhagavan Ramana then said to
the devotees in the Hall, "Look! They are starting a work
and before that they chant Na Karmanaa, which means
of 'not by work'!  This is the paradox."

Then Bhagavan Ramana said in apocalyptic tone:  "They
are making a Kallu-Swami, stone swami.  After this Swami
goes away, they will sit before that Kallu-Swami and pray
or meditate!"  This stone image can be seen today in the
front hall of Mother's Shrine.

Suri Nagamma then asked Bhagavan Ramana to tell the
meaning of the verses starting, Na Karmanaa... Bhagavan
Ramana readily explained and also wrote out the Tamil
meaning on a sheet of paper.  I think, Suri Nagamma made
a Telugu version of this later.

What is this Na Karmanaa..?. This is a famous passage of
5 verses, often quoted.  It appears in Taittiriya Upanishad,
Maha Narayana Valli, the Fourth Chapter, Section 12,
verses 14-18.   This fourth chapter of Taittiriya Upanishad
is also known separately as Maha Narayana Upanishad.
Bhagavan Ramana quotes it as Taittiriya Upanishad only.
In SRK Math, they publish this chapter as separate Upanishad
Maha Narayana Upanishad.  Many Suktams, and mantras of
gods appear in this Upanishad.   

to be contd.

Arunachala Siva.