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Ekanma Panchakam - by Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
« on: July 29, 2008, 12:38:55 PM »
Ekanma Panchakam or Five Verses on the Only Self, is a composition,
of Bhagavan in five verses.  The background story is quite interesting.
Bhagavan is an expert in Tamil 'venba' metre and once He asked
Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni, to try this metre in Sanskrit.  Kavyakanta
tried it in Sanskrit and left it saying that it is more difficult than
'Arya chandas' of Sanskrit.  Then the Muni tried it in Telugu and
he also left that.

Later in the present Ashram, Suri Nagamma, a Telugu devotee (who
is the author of Letters from Sri Ramanasramam) requested Bhagavan
to try Telugu verses in 'venba'.  He replied, 'Who don't you try?
Your mother tongue is Telugu.'  Suri Nagamma said 'No.No. How can I, when Kavyakanta himself could not succeed.' and she kept quiet.  After
about 3 days, Bhagavan wrote 3 verses in Telugu 'venba' metre on
the Self!  Again, on the next day, He wrote 2 more verses in Telugu
'venba' metre !   He said that this can be called Atma Panchakam or
Anma Panchakam (in Tamil) or Five verses on the Self, but since
Sankara has already got a composition titled Atma Panchakam, we
can call it Ekatma Panchakam or Five Verse on the Only Self.
Bhagavan Himself, then, made this Telugu composition into Tamil and
Malayalam.  About this composition, a touch of melancholy is that this
is the last original composition of Bhagavan, which was written on
16/17th February 1947.

Poet Muruganar has written a benedictory verse for this composition
in Tamil  Even this benedictory verse has been translated by Bhagavan
in Telugu and Malayalam. 
Arunachala Siva.