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Manisha Panchakam - 2
« on: November 01, 2009, 11:04:28 AM »
Verse 1 of Manisha Panchakam:

Annamayadhannamayam athava,
Chaitanyamena Chaitanyath,
Dwijavara dhurikathum vaanchasi,
Kim bruhi gaccha gacchati.

O the best among Brahmins.  This body is formed from food
that is making up another body.  So also Chaitanyam (Consciousness) comes from Chaitanyam.  Now you are
asking 'Go away, go away to a far off place!'  Tell me
which one should away to a far off place, from which?

The Chandala asks Sri Sankara, whether the body made up
of food should go farther away from another body made up
of food, or whether the Chaitanyam, which is all pervading,
should go away farther from another Chaitanyam?

Consciousness or Chitanyam, is one without a second.  It is all
pervading, occupying everything in this universe.  There is nothing
other than Consciousness. There is no Space where there is
no prevalence of Consciousness.  Srimad Bhagavatam says
that Narayana is there even in a straw as well as in big pillar.
Sri Dakshinamurty Stotram says that only Sivam is there in
all eight forms of five elements, sun, moon, and the jivas.
Where can It go at all?  Where is the space for It go away?
This is the lightning like question of Chandala which struck
Sri Sanakara.

In the Old Hall, many devotees would ask Bhagavan Ramana:
"Whether the Heart is within the body?"  This is because
Bhagavan Ramana had said that for meditators the Heart should
be meditated upon, and this is in right side of the chest.  But
this limited description is only for the seekers and meditators.
Once the Self is realized, the Heart contains all.  The body
is also in Heart.  The Self, the Heart, is everywhere in all
things and in all beings.  When Bhagavan Ramana replied:
"No, the body is in Heart" the seekers should further probe
into the truth of His statement.   Since Chaitanyam is everywhere,
the bodies which are temporary cannot be a point of reference
either to come near or go far.  The bodies are made up of
five elemeents.  Since the five elements are also in the Consciousess, all bodies are in Consciousness.

Arunachala Siva.