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The experience of the Perfume
« on: January 19, 2010, 10:29:36 AM »
Though I have had unique opportunities of studying some of the
characteristic works of Bhagavan Ramana, yet it was only in April
1947, that I had the good fortune of beholding Him face to face.
This darshan of the Sage is an experience in itself.  It is not capable
of being described.  So very casual yet pregnant, so very unobtrusive yet deeply significant, almost everything thing that occurs in the
Asramam seems to be inundated with the quiet consciousness of
the Master, such indeed was my reflective impression.  Pleasant,
deeply penetrating and inspiring somewhere in the depths, it showed that the activity of the Spirit is of a different order and kind from what we know to be "activity".

What I have written here is how I understand Bhagavan Ramana.
It is an expression of my reactions or responses to the philosophy
if it can be called of Ramana.  I shall not presume to pass any
criticism on what is an exprience of significance which I have not had the good fortune to know.  Though I may not know how to make a perfume, I can yet say that the perfume is good, pleasant and increasingly pleasant every moment of the contemplation and enjoyment.

Kenopanishad says:  "What is that, by which all these operations of the mind, breath, speech, perceiving or sensing are being carried
one?"  That is the "I" or the Self seems to be no doubt about it.
"Can there be sight or objects seen without an eye?"  "The eye
is the Self and the Eye Infinite." says Ulladu Narapadu, Verse 4.
The Kenopanishad also calls the Self the eye of the eye, ear of the ear, speech of the speech, mind of the mind, breth of the breath.  "Knowing this Inner Self by which everything is or exists, one finds that the Self within the body, the "I" shines without limits by Itself. Ulladu Narpadu, Verse 17.

Nammazhwar was asked:

Setthathu vayitril chiriyadu pirandhal, ettai tinru enge kidakkum?

If the soul is born of the womb of the inconscient, where does it enjoy and where does it dwell?

To this question of Madura Kavi Azhwar, Nammazhwar replied:

Attai tinru ange kidakkum!

Eating That, (the Supreme), it (individual soul) remains there!

This is the state that Bhagavan Ramana should confer us all.

May Bhagavan Ramana be with us for ever and ever more.
(Source:  Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace, Volume 6. An article by Sri Varadachari.)

Arunachala Siva.