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G.K.(*) of M.U(**) Chapter II. Vaitatya Prakarana
« on: July 24, 2008, 02:18:58 PM »
Gaudapada Karika(*) of Maandukya Upanishad (**)  is an
excellent 200-verse commentary of Gaudapada, who is Sanakara's
Guru's Guru.  Maandukya Upanishad is a 12-verse Upanishad,
the smallest one appearing in Atharva Veda.  It is the most beautiful Upanishad, for the Truth of which Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi
represents. Verse 32 of Vaitatya Prakarana states:-

Na nirodho, na chotpattir,
Nabaddho na cha sadhakha,
Na mumukshur na vai mukta
Ityesha paramarthata

" There is no dissolution, no birth, none in bondage, none aspiring
for wisdom, no seeker of liberation and none liberated.  This is
the absolute truth."

Lakshman Sarma ("Who") who spent a number of years with
Bhagavan, has said that Bhagavan is the epitome of this verse
of Gaudapada.  "Who" has made a verse translation of "Ulladu
Narpadu", Existence in 40 verses, in Sanskrit.  This is apart from
Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni's verse-translation.  Both are titled
Sad-darshanam in Sanskrit.  While Kapali Sastri has written a
commentary for Kavyakanta's work, "Who" himself has written
a commentary for his work.

There is a backdrop story about Lakshman Sarma's versification.
He showed every verse to Bhagavan for approval and corrected
each verse several times before final draft.  His verse translation
is a direct exposition of Ajatavada doctrine of Advaita, while
Kavyakanta Ganapathi Muni's translation is supposed to include
the Sakta tantra, since Muni as a Sakta.  His versification permits
the reality of the world, the jiva and Godhead, as the power of
Sakti, the concorporate of Siva.  Kapali Sastri's commentary is
also based on Sakta tantra.  Chinnaswami, Bhagavan's brother
was not very eager to print and publish Who's versification and
commentary.  But Bhagavan went personally to the room of
Chinnaswami and told him to print and publish it!  Before that could
be done, Who got it published, and Chinnaswami hurriedly went
and procured the unsold copies and sold it in the name of Sri

Bhagavan Ramana Himself, has explained this verse to Madhava
Tirtha, when the latter met Him.

"Who" has also included as verse 449, this thought:
in his Ramana Para Vidya Upanisad, his another great work.

"The world did not come into being, nor is it going to be destroyed.
No one called 'the individual self' really was born.  There is no one
in bondage, no one who has become free, nor is there any spiritual
seeker.  This is the most excellent truth that has been clarified." 
Muruganar has included this as verse 100 in his  Guruvachaka
Kovai. He has said, "This particular standpoint is known as Ajatavada or the
way of non-becoming and this is the only teaching of Bhagavan
that was from His own experience.

GVK 100 reads:  "To meet the needs of various seekers Master
Ramana did expound various doctrines, but we have heard Him
say that His true teaching, firmly based on His experience is Ajata."

Arunachala Siva.