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Sri Arunachala Pancharatnam - 16
« on: July 31, 2009, 11:58:37 AM »
Lakshmana Sarma in his last few verses of Vartikam says:

The Self, who is pure Consciousness, is alone true.  The Blissful
One (Siva) is not other than the Self.  This final Vedantic teaching
of the Upanishads has been declared by the Master fom His own
experience.  (Vartikam 43)

The Self alone is dearest to all.  For His sake, other things are also
dear.  Thus it is clear that the Self is Bliss by Nature.  (Vartikam 44)

All worldly pleasures are just tiny particles of His Bliss.  Hence
it is said by the wise that there is no gain equal to the gain of the
Self. ( Vartikam 45)

This Vartikam 45, is also described in the Benedictory Verse of
108 Holy Names of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi, by Viswanatha
Swami.  Apara satchit sukavari.... and Yastanor Arunachalasya

Let us meditate in the heart on Ramana, the
Boundless Ocean of Being-Awareness-Bliss of which,
the universeis but a wave, the steadfast one
established firmly in the Heart-Cave's depth,
Free from distracting thought.

To you who gained new birth by remembering the feet of
Arunachala-Siva, and, swept away by the vast, swelling tide of
His grace divine, became Himself;  to you, who dwelling in the heart
as sole monarch, purify the world by constant tapas,
to you, Sri Ramana, the world-transcending light,
we offer adoration.

Kapali Sastri sums up:  In the first half of the verse, it has been
established that the relationship between the world and its cause
Arunachala is that of a picture and its supporting base.  In the
second half, the relationship of the individual soul to its refuge
Arunachala is portrayed.

The Jiva is Arunachala's own form.  The status of Arunachala as
the support of the world and the form of the jiva confers on him
the name of the Heart, which is the supreme sense of the word
'I-I'.  Therefore, mention has been made of his act of dancing
which is born with him.  This act, some call as Maya, and as said
in Srimad Bhagavad Gita, deluding all beings with this Maya, the Lord
stands in the Heart.

Arunachala Siva.