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Subramanian.R

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Sri Sankara Vijayam - 6
« on: July 30, 2009, 12:35:58 PM »
One information missed:  Before Sankara left for Naramada, he
prayed to Krishna in his temple near the Poorna river, to be a
eternal support for his mother.  This is the famous Sri Krishna
Ashtakam.  Achuyam, kesavam... This famous temple of Krishna
is there even today in Kaladi.

Sankara advised his mother like this:  "Do not depend on the
people and the world.  Depend on God.  Dasarata was a great
emperor.  But when he died, none of his sons were near him.
When Ravana died in the battle, none of his brothers and sons
were with him.  Kamsa even imprisoned his father Ukrasena.
I may not be with you.  Do not depend on me.  Depend on God.
Nevertheless, I shall be here, whenever you want me..."

Sankara went to the cave where Govinda Bhagavadpada was
meditating.  This is near Omkareswarar Temple, on the banks
of Narmada.   He was in a state of savikalpa samadhi.  He is
said to have been in Manonmani Mudra, a state in which mind
becomes a ruby and stay with the Heart.  Bhagavan Ramana was
in that state in Patala Lingam temple.

Sankara went near him.  The guru looked at Sankara and asked:
Who are you?  This is the famous question of Bhagavan Ramana
on Self enquiry.  What Sankara replied in verse is nothing but
versification of the booklet Who am I?

This is the famous Nirvana Shatkam (or Nirvana Sadhakam.)

I am neither the mind, intelligence, ego nor citta;
Neither the ears not the tongue, nor the senses of smell and sight;
Neither ether nor air, nor fire, nor water, nor earth;
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness.
I am Siva, I am Siva!

*

I am neither the prana, nor the five vital breaths,
Neither the seven elements of the body, nor its five sheaths,
Nor hands, nor feet nor tongue, nor other organs of action,
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness.
I am Siva, I am Siva!

*

Neither greed nor delusion, loathing, nor liking, have I;
Nothing of pride or ego, of dharma or liberation;
Neither desire of the mind, nor objects for its desiring;
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness.
I am Siva, I am Siva!

*

Nothing of pleasure and pain,
 of virtue and vice do I know.
Of mantras or sacred place,
 of Vedas or sacrifice;
Neither am I the eater, the food
  nor the act of acting.
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness.
I am Siva, I am Siva!

*

Death or fear I have non,
  nor any distinction of caste,
Neither father, nor mother,
   nor even a birth, have I.
Neither friend nor comarade,
   neither disciple, nor guru.
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness,
I am Siva, I am Siva!

*

I have no form, or fancy,
   the All pervading am I.
Everywhere I exist,
   and yet am beyond the senses.
Neither salvation am I,
   nor anything to be known.
I am Eternal Bliss and Awareness,
I am Siva, I am Siva!

Govinda Bhagavadpada became pleased and embraced him.

This is the meeting of a perfect Jnani and a perfect disciple.
To get a Brahma Jnani as Guru is not an easy thing, even those
days.  The Guru was also happy to have a perfect disciple,
who is already well-anchored in advaita.

Here some diversion about Govinda Bhagavadpada and his
Guru Gaudapada and also about Narmada river.

Arunachala Siva.