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Sri Arunachala Pancharatnam - 10
« on: July 29, 2009, 11:46:52 AM »
Sri Lakshnmana Sarma, WHO, says in his Vartikam: 

The truth about the world is here set forth, for the reason
that the unwise one assumes that the world is real as such,
that is independently of the Self, and thus ignores the Substance
or the Substratum, that is the Real Self which is immutable.

What is known as the world is three fold, as the world, god and
objects of the sense and of thoughts.  All these are imposed by
ignorance, on the Subsratum.  (Bhagavan Ramana also says in
Who am I:  What is real is Atma Swarupa.  Jagat, Jiva and Isvara
are all imaginations like the silver in the oyster shell...)  Note
here, that the silver and oyster shell are NOT TWO DIFFERENT
OBJECTS.  They are one and the same.  But when one sees
the silver, there is no oyster shell.  When one sees the oyster
shell, the imagination of silver is lost for ever.  When one
not only sees the oyster shell and realize it, the silver does not
appear again.  Like this when one realizes the Self, the Jagat,
Jiva and Iswara, all become Isvara Swarupa or Siva Swarupa
or Brahma swarupa.

Jagat, Jiva and Isvara are karpita, imaginary.  The Self is
Adishtana, the support or the substratum.  Sri Sankara says in
Sri Dakshinamurthy Stotram:  'Maya kalpita vilasa maha vyamoha samharine.... All these are the plays of Maya, the ignorance. 

We saw in the beginning of the second verse, that Sri Lakshmana
Sarma says that this verse speaks about tatastha lakshana and
swarupa lakshnana.

Advaita Bodha Deepika Chapter IV., has the following dialogue
between the disciple and the Guru:

Disciple:  What is meant by Its "Being"?

Guru:  Always it remains witnessing the appearance and dis-
appearance of the all the states superimposed on It.  Nay, more
-- It was the Witness not only of the waking, dream and deep sleep
states, but also of the births, growths and deaths of the previous
bodies.  It is thus the one, continuous, ever existent Witness of
all of these.  Be, Being is thus obvious.

Sri Lakshmana Sarma further says, that this Maya or Ignorance
is the Mind.

Solely by the action of the mind, the Sole Reality which is the
substratum, which is without attributes and without parts appears
as the mind.  (Vartikam 28)

That Maya which causes a false appearance of the Supreme Being
is just the mind alone. This may be known to be so, since there
is no world appearance in deep sleep.  (Vartikam 29)

Since all this is an effect caused by Maya. He, the Sole Immutable
Reality, is wholly unaffected by this (appearance), as the canvass
is wholly unaffected by a fire painted on it.  (Vartikam 31)

Advaita gives many such similes:

The standard rope and the snake.
The gold and ornaments.
The tree stump and the thief.

Bhagavan Ramana added the cinema screen and the films.

Arunachala Siva.