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Sri Arunachala Pancha ratnam - 25
« on: September 06, 2009, 02:06:20 PM »
Now let us see the Tamil verse:

VeLi vidayam vittu viLangum Arunesa
VaLi adakka nirkum manathal uLam adhanil
Unnai dhyanithu yogi oLi kanum
Unnil yuarvurum meethu un.

T.R. Kanakamma gives a simple commentary.  She was the student
of Murugnar and she had learnt all the works of Bhagavan Ramana
through Muruganar.

She says:  "Leaving the outward things which are seen by the
five senses, with praynayama and yoga-abhayasa, thus controlling
the breath, with the non-moving Sattvic mind fixed in the Heart,
the Yogi in his meditation gets your jyoti-darsanam.  O, Arunachala,
the self effulgent, with this sublime state, he becomes a jivan mukta."

She further says:  "Since the breath control in Raja Yoga aids self
enquiry, which again needs a non-moving mind, the yogi gets
the darsan of the Self, as effulgent Arunachala."

I believe that Kanakamma hits the real message of Bhagavan Ramana in this verse, without denigrating raja yoga like Lakshmana Sarma
or saying that raja yoga would itself confer self realization, as per
Kapali Sastri.

Lakshmana Sarma has composed 12 verses in his Vartikam for the
fourth verse.

V.80:  Of these (i.e Yogi and devotee), the Yogi restrains the mind
forcibly by breath control and thereby gets the vision of the Light
of Consciousness and at that time, is very happy.

V.81:  (This) restraint of mind, (being) achieved by force, cannot
be permanent by any means.  The mind (so restrained) will just
remain with (all) its vasanas (tendencies or modes of thought and
action previously acquired), and will then rise up again.

V.82:  Deliverence comes (only) by the extinction of the mind,
and never by its (temporary) quisecence.  The quiescent mind
springs up again, but not so the mind that is extinugished once
for all.  And since the yogi's mind is not extinct, it follows that
he deos not lose his individuality.

V.87:  Since it is said that the yogi revels in the glory of the Lord,
whereby it is implied that he does not finally merge in his Real
Nature, it amounts to this, that the yogi has enjoyment, but not

V. 88.  And since the scripture says that one is liable to fear
if he makes the slightest difference, it is proved that the yogi
does not attain fearlessness.

With all these verses, finally Lakshmana Sarma says in Vartikam
verse 89:

Here, only that kind of yogi is meant, who strives by violence,
relying on his own powers and without the discrimination taught
here -- not all yogis.   (!)

Then he sums up at the end, in Vartikam, 90:

So long as this yogi does not engate in Vichara by renouncing his
sense of individuality, nor takes refuge in the Lord, he is not delivered
from bondage.

There were, to my knowledge, two great Yogis during Bhagavan
Ramana's time in the Asramam.  One was Suddhananda Bharati,
the author of Tamil Sri Ramana Vijayam and Yogi Ramaiah from
Andhra Pradesh.  Both had practised raja yoga and self enquiry
together and successfully too.  Bhagavan Ramana did not say
anything to these two great persons.

Arunachala Siva.