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The Self and the World
« on: October 03, 2009, 12:45:42 PM »
Sri Sankara uses the analogy of mirror and the reflection of
a city, in his Sri Dakshinamurty Stotram.

Bhagavan Ramana has used the projecter, light, film and
cinema screen example.  He has also used the concept of
light and five windows of a room, in His prose works.

Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman in today's Satsangh said
that Sri Sankara has also used the example of a light within
a pot and five different objects outside the pot, in his
Probadha Suddhakaram prakaranam.

There is a light and a pot with five holes around its neck is
held upside down over the light.  There are five objects around
the pot.  The first is a Veena, an Indian musical instrument, the
second is a hand-fan, the third is a open packet of Kasturi,
an incense, the fourth is a Ruby stone and the fifth is an
amla fruit.  The light from within the pot lights all the five
objects equally and we see all the five objects clearly with the
help of the light within the pot. 

The pot is human body.
The Veena represents, sound principle, Akasa and also the ears.
The hand-fan represents wind, the Air, breath and also the skin.
The Ruby is the sight, perception, the eyes.
The amla fruit is the taste, tongue.
The incense Kasturi represents the smell, the nose.   
The Light within is Atman.

Arunachala Siva.