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ULLadu Narpadu - 2
« on: April 01, 2010, 12:06:27 PM »
Kapali Sastri renders Ganapati Sastri's version as follows:

Without something that exists, can there be notions of existence?
Free of thoughts, it is there, the inner Being, named the Heart.
How then to conceive it is the question - It is the one inconceivable.
To conceive it is but to be it, in the Heart.

Lakshmana Sarma renders his own Sanskrit version as follows:

Can there by a sense of existence without something that is?
Is Real Consciousness a thing other than That?  Since That (Reality)
dwells thought-free in the Heart, how can It - Itself named Heart -
be meditated on?  And who is there distinct from It to meditate
on It, the Self, whose nature is Reality Consciousness?  Know that
to meditate on It is just be at one with It in the Heart.

So, two things are clear.  1. It is not captured by thoughts.
2. To conceive it is to be in firm abidance in it.  The place
for the seeker is Heart, Hrudayam. 

Hence it is called Hrudaya Vidya.  This term Hrudaya Vidya is also
used in Upanishads.  The thoughtless abidance is shown by
Sri Dakshinamurty.  To paraphrase the whole meaning -

Can there be thoughts of the existence of objects without the
existence principle? No.  This existence named as Hrt is in the
Heart itself, free from all thoughts.  How can we remember that
one immeasurable or inconceivable existence?  Its remembrance
is in the form of firm abidance in It.

This has also been summed up in Bhagavad Gita, Chapter II,
verses 16-17 as:

Naasatho vidhyate bhavo naabhavo vidhyate satah:
Ubhayorapi dhrustonthas dvanayostatvatarsibhi
Avinasi tu tatviddhi yena sarvamidhantatam
Vinasa mavyaya yaasya na kachit karthu marhati.

There is no existence of non-existence, no non-existence
of existence.

The final truth of both these syllogism will
be known only by those who experience the Truth by abiding
in the Truth.

Chapter II, Verse 16-17 are the most secretive of all the verses of
Srimad Bhagavad Gita.   This is Hrudaya Vidya. 

We are told that we should always remember the God.  There are
many ways of remembering Him.  One may repeat His name, feel
His Presence or experience His Grace etc., In that case, the God
is understood to be different from me.  In fact, one can only
remember something apart from oneself.  The Truth being one with me cannot be remembered.  Does one have to always remember
that he is a man?  Remembrance and forgetting are both thoughts.
Truth is free from thoughts and therefore cannot be remembered
or forgotten as an object.

The only way to remember is be one with it.  I remember that I
am a human being, by being one, and not as a thought of my
mind which I need to repeat. Bhagavan Ramana says in Who
am I?  "Rama to know that he is Rama, does he need a mirror?"

Firm abidance in the Truth as "I AM EXISTENCE", which is
the substratum of all objects and is the Consciousness which
illumines all thoughts is Sad Darsanam.

Arunachala Siva.