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Sivaprakasam Pillai Day - 12.01.2010 (1)
« on: January 12, 2010, 08:21:23 AM »
Today the 12th of Jan. 2010, is Sivaprakasam Pillai's Liberation
day.   Pillai has to be remembered by all Ramana devotees for
his great role, in requesting Bhagavan Ramana, to write down His
teachings on self-enquiry.  This must be around 1901-02.  The
answers were given to him by Bhagavan Ramana, by writing on a
slate with chalkpiece or on sand with His fingers.

Pillai must be as old as Bhagavan Ramana at that time.  He had
graduated in M.A. Philosophy, steeped in Western philosophy but
open to Hindu spirituaal approaches through devotion and atma
vichara.  He was a Saivite, and he knew many of songs of 63 Tamil
Saivite saints. 

The Who am I?, was given as a question and answer teaching.
There are 28 questions and answers.  For some questions, Bhagavan
had answered simply as Yes or No or not possible.  For some questions, Bhagavan Ramana had answered elaborately. E.g.,

Question No. 8, What is the Swarupa of the mind?
Question No.9, What is the way to enquire and find the Swarupa
of mind?
Question No. 12,  Are there not any other ways, (other than Vichara)?
Question No. 24, What is Sukam (bliss)?

In the middle of 1920s, Who am I? was edited by Bhagavan Ramana
Himself and re-written as an essay.  While Sri Ramanasramam has
published the Q & A type as a small pocket book, the essay type
is available in the Complete Works of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.
Arthur Osborne had made the English translation as a Question and
Answer type.

In 1923, Sivaprakasam Pillai himself has given the answers given
to him, by Bhagavan Ramana, as an appendix to his Sri Ramana
Charita Ahaval.  This Ramana Charita Ahaval, is a verse (Ahaval
in Tamil) biography of Bhagavan Ramana.

Sivaprakasam Pillai was a stout man, with a long towel worn right
from the chest to lower than knees.  His standard photograph
depicts this.  His photograph can be seen in the Dining Hall of the Asramam, amongst many photos of devotees of Bhagavan Ramana.

Sivaprakasam Pillai merged with Bhagavan in 1948. On hearing the news, Bhagavan Ramana remarked that Sivaprakasam has become Sivaprakasam.  That is, Sivaprakasam Pillai, has merged with the effulgence of Siva. This sentence is Bhagavan's confirmation of Pillai's liberation. (Videha mukti.)

Arunachala Siva.