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Spirit, Body and Personal possessions
« on: December 23, 2009, 05:01:49 PM »
Devaraja Mudaliar was a lawyer by profession.  He had a highly
developed mind which railed against inconsistencies, in any form.
He also liked to have every detail accounted for it.

When Tamil poets like Manikkavachagar and Tiru Jnana Sambandhar
alluded to their renunciation in verse, they would mention something
like, my spirit, my body and my personal possessions.  (Manikkavachagar says in Kuzhaitha Pathu, Decad on Melting:  "Have
you not taken away my spirit, my body and my possessions, on the
day you decided to rule over me, O the Hill, where is any deficiency
in me? You do good or bad to me, am I responsible for that?")

Devaraja Mudaliar asked Bhagavan:  "In one of your verses, (Sri
Arunachala Nava Manimalai, Verse 7) you have mentioned only
spirit and body and not any personal possessions. Bhagavan!
Why did you not mention personal possessions?"

Bhagavan Ramana replied:  "O Mudaliar-vaL, How can I mention
anything that I did not have?"

Devaraja Mudaliar did not leave Him.  (What a relationship between a devotee and a Guru!)  H asked:  Bhagavan!  Do you then mean
to say, that Manikkavachagar had some personal possessions?"

Bhagavan replied:  I did not have anything, so I did not mention. I don't know them!"

(Manikkavachagar says in another verse of Tiruvachakam, Kula
Pathu, Verse 1, Decad on Joyful Heckling.)  " O, only the codpiece and begging bowl are only my relations.  My only thinking is about
Siva's anklet-wearing feet!"

(Source:  Devaraja Mudaliar's Reminiscences)

Arunachala Siva.