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Ekanma Panchakam of Bhagavan - (2)
« on: July 29, 2008, 01:00:05 PM »
I shall briefly give the translation of Ekanma Panchakam, as
made out by Aruthur Osborne.*

Verse 1:-  When, forgetting the Self, one thinks
                   That the body is oneself and goes
                   Through innumerable births,
                    And in the end remembers and becomes
                    The Self, know this is only like
                    Awaking from a dream wherein
                    One has wandered over all the world.

Verse 2:-   One ever is the Self. To ak oneself
                    "Who and whereabouts am I?"
                     Is like the drunken man's enquiring
                     "Who am I?" and "Where am I?"

Verse 3:-    The body is within the Self. And yet
                     One thinks that one is inside the inert body,
                     Like some spectator who supposes
                     That the screen on which the picture is thrown
                     Is within the picture!

Verse 4:-    Does an ornament of gold exist
                      Apart from the gold?  Can the body exist
                      The ignorant one thinks " I am the body"
                      The enlightened knows " I am the Self".

Verse 5:-     The Self alone, the Sole Reality
                       Exists for ever.
                       Revealed of yore the First of Teachers**
                       Revealed it through unbroken silence
                       Say who can reveal it in spoken words?

Sri Muruganar's benedictory verse:-***
 
                       " Guru Ramana, Who is nothing but the Self,
                        Told in this five verse composition,
                        The truth of the Self, and advised the devotees,
                        And destroyed their ' I am the body' belief."

*  The translation later improved by Professor K. Swminathan.
** Sri Dakshinaoorthy, who taught in silence, his disciples,
     Sanaka and other three.   
** A blank verse translation by me

Arunachala Siva.