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Aham Sphurana
« on: January 13, 2010, 04:34:18 PM »
Q: Kindly explain Aham Sphurana (the light of 'I' - 'I').

M.: 'I' is not known in sleep. On waking 'I' is perceived associated with the body, the world and the non-self in general. Such associated 'I' is aham vritti. When Aham represents the Self only it is Aham Sphurana. This is natural to the jnani and is itself called jnana by jnanis, or bhakti by bhaktas. Though ever present, including in sleep, it is not perceived. It cannot be known in sleep all at once. It must first be realised in the waking state, for it is our true nature underlying all the three states. Efforts must be made only in the jagrat state and the Self realised here and now. It will afterwards be understood and realised to be continuous Self, uninterrupted by jagrat, svapna and sushupti.
Thus it is akhandakara vritti (unbroken experience). Vritti is used for lack of a better expression. It should not be understood to be literally a vritti. In that case, vritti will resemble an 'ocean-like river', which is absurd. Vritti is of short duration; it is qualified, directed consciousness; or absolute consciousness broken up by cognition of thoughts, senses, etc. Vritti is the function of the mind, whereas the continuous consciousness transcends the mind. This is the natural, primal state of the jnani or the liberated being. That is unbroken experience. It asserts itself when relative consciousness subsides. Aham vritti ('I'-thought) is broken, Aham sphurana (the light of 'I'-'I') is unbroken, continuous. After the thoughts subside, the light shines forth.



Q: What is sphurana (a kind of indescribable but palpable sensation in the heart centre)?

M.: Sphurana is felt on several occasions, such as in fear, excitement, etc. Although it is always and all over, yet it is felt at a particular centre and on particular occasions. It is also associated with antecedent causes and confounded with the body. Whereas, it is all alone and pure; it is the Self. If the mind be fixed on the sphurana and one senses it continuously and automatically it is liberation.

Again sphurana is the forestate of Realisation. It is pure. The subject and object proceed from it. If the man mistakes himself for the subject, objects must necessarily appear different for him. They are periodically withdrawn and projected, creating the world and the subject's enjoyment of the same. If, on the other hand, the man feels himself to be the screen on which the subject and object are projected there can be no confusion, and he can remain watching their appearance and disappearance without any perturbation to the Self.

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The above answer brings out that:
- continuous, automatic Aham Sphurana is liberation
- Aham Sphurana is even beyond the subject; so always remaining as subject is not the final state; the final state is beyond the subject.
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Re: Aham Sphurana
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2010, 05:00:20 PM »
Dear silentgreen,

Nice post.  Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman said in his Sep-2009
discourse in Bangalore.

Aham Vritti -  Thoughts of the objective world, emanating from Aham.
Aham Sphurna - Unbroken state or abidance in Aham (Jnanis)

In between these two, Bhagavan Ramana mentioned one term called
Aham-Sphurti.  This is the foretaste of Sphurna, of the individual
ego, albeit temporarily.  This Aham-sphurti is only conferred to
have the foretaste of Sphurna by Bhagavan Ramana, by His wondrous grace.  This is like a lightning before the torrential rains.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Aham Sphurana
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2010, 05:21:21 PM »
Dear Subramanian.R,

Can you quote the exact question(s) and answer(s) related to Aham-Sphurti.
I think these are important hints on the path of Self-realisation.
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Re: Aham Sphurana
« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2010, 12:43:03 PM »
Dear silentgreen,

On Aham Sphurti, I checked up with Guru Vachaka Kovai and then
Paadamalai.  I also checked up with Talks and Day by Day.  This
word is not there.  Then I leafed through the manuscript notes
on Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman.  This word is used by him,
while explaining Sri Dakshirnamurty Stotram. He also said in that
satsangh that Bhagavan Ramana had used the word.  BNV cannot
say something which is not true.  Hence, let me check up with
some other original works of Bhagavan, commented by others,
like Kapali Sastri and others.  I shall revert to you, when I find
some satisfactory answer.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Aham Sphurana
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2010, 02:20:11 PM »
Dear silentgreen,

At last Kapali Sastri, through him Bhagavan Ramana, came to my help.  I checked up with Sat-Darshana Bhashya and Talks with
Maharshi, by Kapali Sastri, 2006 edtion, Sri Ramanasramam.

There in the introduction titled The Talks, the following conversation
has been mentioned:

Devotee:  You speak in very high terms of knowledge.  I began with
the body.  Is there any difference between the Jnani and the Ajnani
in bodily experience?

Bhagavan:  There is.  How can it be otherwise?  I have often declared it.

Devotee:  then the Vedanta Jnana as spoke of and discussed
is perhaps different from what is practised and realized.  You often
say that there is the real meaning of "I" in the Heart.

Bhagavan: Yes, when you go deeper you lose yourself, as it were,
in the abysmal depths, then the Reality which is the Atman that
was behind you all the while takes hold of you.  IT IS AN INCESSANT FLASH OF I-CONSCIOUSNESS. YOU CAN BE AWARE OF IT, FEEL IT, HEAR IT, SENSE IT, SO TO SAY.  THIS IS WHAT I CALL AHAM SPHURTI. (Capitals mine)

Devotee:  You said that the Atman is "immutable", "Self-effulgent"
etc.,  But if you speak at the same time of the incessant flash of
I-Consciousness, of this Aham-Sphurti, does not imply movement,
which cannot be complete realization, in which there is no movement?

Bhagavan:  What do you mean by complete realization?  Does it
mean becoming a stone, an inert mass?  The Aham Vritti is different from Aham Sphurti.  The former is the activity of the ego, and is
bound to lose itself and make way for latter, which is the expression of the Self.  In Vedantic parlance this Aham Sphurti is called Vritti Jnana.  Realization or Jnana is always a Vritti.  THERE IS A DISTINCTION BETWEEN VRITTI JNANA or REALIZATION AND SWARUPA, THE REAL.  SWARUPA IS JNANA ITSELF, IT IS CONSCIOUSSNESS.

Swarupa is Sat-Chit which is omnipresent.  It is always there
Self-attained.   When you realize it, the realization is called
Vritti Jnana or Aham Sphurti.  It is only with reference to your
existence, that you talk of realization or Jnana.  Therefore, when
we talk of Jnana, we always mean Vritti Jnana or Aham Sphurti,
and not Swarupa Jnana.  For Swarupa Itself is Jnana (Consciousness)
always. 

Devotee:  So far I understand.  But what about the body?  How could
I feel this Vritti Jnana or Aham Sphurti in the body?

Bhagavan:  You can feel yourself one with the One that exists.
The whole body becomes a mere powerhouse, a force-current.
You life becomes a needle drawn to a huge mass of magnet
and as you go deeper and deeper, yuo become a mere centre
and then not even that, for you become a mere Consciousness.
There are no thoughts or cares any longer -- they were shattered
at the threshold --- it is an inundation.  You, a mere straw, are
swallowed alive, but is very delightful, for you become the very
thing that swallows you.  This is the union of Jiva with Brahman,
the loss of ego in the real sense, the destruction of falsehood,
the attainment of Truth.

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This is what exactly Bhagavan Ramana says in Sri Arunachala Pancharatnam, Verse 1.  AruL niraivana amudha kadale, viri
kathiraal yaavum vizhungi......

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I checked up once again Brahma Sri Venkataraman's Satsangh
Notes.  He has mentioned this when he was explaining Sri
Dakshinamurty Stotram, Verse 1, ya sakshat guruthe probadha
samaye swatmanam evatvayam......

Arunachala Siva.     

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Re: Aham Sphurana
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2010, 09:14:22 PM »
after a hard day at work (lot to do+a cold) I come home and read this...you see now I can go to sleep again a little more happy :)

thank you both
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Re: Aham Sphurana
« Reply #6 on: January 15, 2010, 07:41:08 AM »
Dear Subramanian.R,

Thank you for searching out this question and answer.
It is indeed excellent and for me, it has elaborated and connected lot of other sayings of Bhagavan.

I specially like the last paragraph, the climax, where the union of Jiva and Brahman takes place; where the flood of the Brahman engulfs the Jiva and the Jiva loses itself to Brahman. Individual life gets fulfilled by this merger and the Jiva gets liberated.
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