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Manisha Panchakam - Five Verses on Faith/Jnana
« on: October 23, 2009, 01:06:23 PM »
Manisha Panchakam is the poem of five verses about Jnana
and the faith towards it.  It has got two preliminary verses,
said to have been the questions of Sri Sankara, to the down-
caste, Chandala, the dog-eating outcaste.  The questions
of Sri Sankara are replied by Chandala, in five verses, revealing
the Atma Jnana and Sri Sankara finds him to be Siva, in disguise,
having the four Vedas at the end.   

Manisha means different things.  It means Shanti, Peace. It
means Faith, it means Jnanam, Atman etc., etc.,

Vedas end with a refrain Om Shanti, Om Shanti, Om Shanti!
Let there be Peace in all the three worlds.  It is called Shanti

What is this Shanti?  Peace?  It is not something which is
new to us.  It is no something, which is freshly acquired. 
It is not coming from outside.  No objects in the earth,
can confer Shanti, Peace to us.  It comes occasionally to us,
as lightning flashes, but does not remain with us for ever.
All our self enquiry or atma vichara, is only to get the Peace,
Shanti permanently.  It is getting our own Nature, which is within us, back to us permanently.

This permanent Shanti, Peace, is called Brahmi-Stiti.  All
Jnanis are in this permanent abidance.  Some of them like
Bhagavan Ramana were actively engaged in wordly activity,
(but without leaving Arunachala) and that is called Sahaja-
Brahmi-Stiti.  Bhagavan Ramana says in Sri Arunachala
Akshara Mana Malai:  Thedathu Utra Tiru AruL Nidhi, that
which is got without searching.....

Upanishads say that God has cheated us.  They had kept Shanti
within us, but made us search at outside in all objects.

Arunachala Siva.


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Re: Manisha Panchakam - Five Verses on Faith/Jnana
« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2009, 03:33:56 PM »
Dear srkudai,

Thank you.  Manisha Panchakam, I have got in Tamil and Sanskrit.
I do not have the English version.  So translation of every sloka,
every word has to be done carefully.  I am trying one by one.

Incidentally, you mentioned about laziness or alasya. It is an
excellent word.  David Godman in one of the recent issues of
Mountain Path, wrote about the ecstasy of laziness or alasya,
quoting Bhagavan Ramana. 

Bhagavan Ramana has once said to a Telugu devotee:  I am the
workelss person, ever lazy!  He said: Pani ledhu vadu.

His laziness is in the state of Bliss, where nothing is to be done,
nothing is to be undone.  But He used to do every work in the
Asramam, with perfection, that only a Jnani can have.  He used
to cut vegetables so nicely that kitchen workers used to wonder
at His skill.  But, remember, He had never entered the kitchen
either in Tiruchuzhi or Madurai.  Once Muruganar was cutting
vegetables along with Him.  Muruganar did a clumsy job and
Bhagavan Ramana had to re-do it.  Muruganar wrote a poem:

"O Venkata, why should you not marry a girl and lead a householder's life?  Your wife would have been very happy
at your dexterous kitchen work, that she would always be
free without work!"   

His work was Nishkamya karma.  He never did anything for Himself.
Once in the Hill, one devotee asked:  What is nishamya karma?
He did not answer.  Suddenly a shepherd appeared and told Him:
"Swami, I have lost my stick (for driving the goats and sheep)?
Can you find it?"  Bhagavan Ramana said:  Do not worry.  He
took out a tree branch that had fallen on the ground, nicely
cut it with His pen knife and polished it with the leaves of the jungle trees.  In a few minutes, the stick was ready.  He gave
it to the shepherd and continued to walk.  The devotee
understood what is nishkamya karma!

Arunachala Siva.