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Sri Arunachala Pancharatnam - 19
« on: August 28, 2009, 12:35:41 PM »
Sri Ramakrishna had no Western devotee during his time.  It is
after Swami Vivekananda's times, Romain Rolland and others
came.  Whereas in Bhagavan Ramana's case, He had Western
devotees right from His days in the Hill.  Humphreys came. Then
came Paul Brunton, Chadwick, Grant Duff and others.  He could
not ask them to do karmas of Hindus, like Gayatri etc., He could
not prescribe early morning bath, vegetarian food etc.,  So what
did He do?  He prescribed Arunachala pradakshinam and meditation
to their personal god, to ensure Chittasuddhi.

"O Arunachala, seeking the whence of this 'I' thought, pure mind
delving inward and glimpsing one's true form, one reposes in Thee
as a river in the ocean."

This is how Kapali Sastri translates the second verse, in his
Sri Arunachala Panchartana darpanam.

From where does the thought or remembrance of the 'I' come,
or rise rather?  One with pure thought should enter within oneself,
search and know the true form of 'I'.  Then, O Arunachala, the
egoistic jiva, (mind; thought) becomes extinguished in Thee.

The extinction of the thought of the 'I' in the Supreme Self is
brought out by the simile of the river mergin into the ocean.
Rivers are many.  There are several persons, who have different
ego-states.  These are all rivers.  When the merge into the ocean,
there is no individuality.  No Ganga, no Narmada, no Kaveri,
only the Ocean.

For searching one's own self, here a direct Sadhana, needing no
prop has been taught.  This does not require investigation by
means of the power of the expressions like 'I am Brahman.'  These are all required only at meditation levels. It is well known that the fact that "I AM" is a conviction to everyone.  There is none other derivable by inference than the conception of 'I-ness'.  Therefore, by seeking the 'I', one gets to know oneself.  The act of seeking it is accomplished only by the thought of 'I', because only that thought is employed in the perception of oneself.  When the thought of 'I' is thrown into the vortex of activities, even the desire to know oneself does not arise.   When the thought moves in activities and sensory objects other than in oneself, its nature becomes impure.  The thought of 'I' urged by an intense desire to know pursues the supreme purpose undeluded, pure.  It begins to seek the Self.

Arunachala Siva.