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Brahma Jnani and Prarabdha
« on: January 09, 2010, 12:38:01 PM »
Bhagavan Ramana has said:  "Just as odour does not attach to the
ever pure space, similarly objects do not attach to the Jnani who
always sees the Self.  Therefore, pure Jnana is only the mouna
(silent) state of not knowing anything."

It is clear that Jnanis do not lose their heart in any matter by having
a sense of having to do something (katavya bhava).  Just as the
activities of nature, such as creation and so on, which take place in
the presence of the Lord, do not attach to Him, the worldly actions
concerning the devotees, which take place in the presence of the
Jnani do not cling to him.

Swarupa Saram, a Tamil advaitic text says:  In the waking we shall
witness the dances of the ten senses.  In dream, we shall see the
dance of the mind.  In thought-free deep sleep, we shall perform
the Void-Dance of non-existence and ever remain as sthe exalted

Kaivalya Navaneetam says:  As a hill of lodestone neither moves
of itself nor puts things in motion, and yet pieces of iron orient
themselves to it, I neither act by myself nor activate others.  Yet
the whole world is active before me.

Scriptures say that all activities can be attributed to the three
types of Prarabdha.  1. Desired by oneself (iccha)  2) not desired
by oneself  (aniccha) and desired by others (pareccha).  On account
of the last two portions of Prarabdha some activities can arise, to a small extent, even in the case of Jnanis.  Even if these activities
do appear, because it is the nature to remain apart from them, Jnanis are not associated with any of them.  This is the conclusion of the scriptures.  He alone is a firm Jnani who remains unaffected
by the events for whichhe is the instrumental cause.

This, indeed is the experience of the Jivanmukhta.  Just as the
attitude of the devotees is reflected in the Lord, similarly, the
attitudes of those who approach the Jnani are reflected
in him.  The Brahma Jnani who has transcendental vision do not
absorb anything.  Even if they do, not being attached to them, they
are not bound by them.

(Source:  Sri Ramana Darsanam, Sadhu Natanananda. Tr. from
Tamil original with commentaries, by David Godman, Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.