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Iswaratvam and Asha-aiswaryam
« on: October 05, 2009, 01:16:44 PM »
Sri Sankara says in the 10th Verse of Sri Dakshinamurty Stotram:

The All-pervasiveness of the Atman is clearly expounded in this
Hymn.  By its recital, hearing and meditation on its implied
meaning and purport, the devoted disciple attains to that
all-pervasive nature of the Atman, and fully realizes his one-
ness with It, including the unhindered lordship over the whole
universe, becoming the very essence of the eight-fold manifestations referred to above (in Verse 9).  He reaches
the plenitude of realization and spiritual joy.

Here Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman, in his discourse on
Day 6 i.e. this morning, explained Iswaratvam.  Iswratvam
is misunderstood as becoming Iswara or Siva.  It is not so.
As the above English translation indicates it is only oneness
with It or Iswara or Siva or the Self, with all-pervasive Cosmic

Ashta-aiswaryam is 8 Siddhis or supra-normal powers.  But
it really means knowing the Atman-hood of the 8 forms of
the Self or Siva viz., earth, water, fire, air, the Space, sun
and moon and the Jivatman or the mind-stuff.  The true
aspirant for the Self realization will not bother about the
siddhic-powers that come on his way and will be ever only
in the plenitude of the Self, as Bhagavan Ramana was in
His 54 years of life in body in Arunachala.  There were many
miracles that were happening for His ardent devotees.  But
He had no sankalpa or thought for them.  It just happened, in
His Presence depending the devotees' prarabdha and his

Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman said at the end of his
6-day Satsangh to me and a few others.

1. Please recite and meditate on this Hymn and also on
Siva Manasa Puja, which are two important hymns of Sri
Sankara on Jnana and Bhakti.  For further conviction and
faith, one can read Dasa Sloki of Sri Sankara  These alone would be sufficient for sadhakas.  For people who are interested in a little more elaboration, he has suggested  study of Atma Bodham and Viveka Choodamani, both of which have been translated by Bhagavan Ramana in poetry and prose, respectively.  As
regards Dasa Sloki, which is the last work of Sri Sankara,
I shall give a brief translation in my Sri Sankara Vijayam soon.

2. As regards Bhagavan Ramana, Brahmasri Nochur said,
all have to read and chant "Who am I?" and Sri Arunachala
Stuti Panchakam, daily.  These again represent Jnana and
Bhakti.  For who are interested in elaboration, he suggested
Upadesa Saram and Sad Darsanam, for reading daily.

Arunachala Siva.