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ULLadu Narpdu -3
« on: April 02, 2010, 01:04:18 AM »
Lakshmana Sarma learnt at the feet of Bhagavan Ramana the
meaning of all the verses of ULLadu Narapdu.  This was sometime
in 1929.  Later, he wanted to render them in Sanskrit verses, though Kavyakanta's version was available.  Bhagavan did not dissuade him.
He composed each verse in Sanskrit and showed it to Bhagavan and
got His approval!  Lakshmana Sarma was unable to stop with that.
He felt impelled to go on revising the Sanskrit version.  He was doing this for about 2 or 3 years.  Bhagavan said:  This itself has
become a tapas for him.  He also wrote a Tamil commentary in
1936 and he then wrote Maha Yoga in 1937.

He says in Maha Yoga:  "We are all aware of a self.  We have seen
however, that we are mistaking the ego for the Self.  But since
there can be no idea of a self, without there being a Real self of
some sort, we must perforce believe that there is a Real Self.  The
Truth about that Self can be gathered only from the Sages.  From
them, we learn that it is the pure and infinite Consciousness that
dwells in the Egoless State."

The Real Self is not experienced in Its purity in any of the three
states known to us.  There is, of course, the experience of "I am".
But this awareness of the Real Self is reduced to a mere atom by
the limitations imposed by the ego, and its creations.  Sri Sankara
says in Verse 365 of Viveka Choodamani - the light of the Self is
hopelessly blurred by the medium of the mind, - that It shines
as I really only in the egoless state, which is the negation of all
the three states.  We can only find traces of the Self in our deep sleep, which are sufficient proof of Reality.

Viveka Choodamani, Verse 365:

nirantharaabhyasa vachat dadhittam pakvam mano
   brahmani leeyate yadha |
thadha samadhi: savikalpa-varjita: svatho.dhvayananada-
   rasanubhavaka  ||

Another important thing that one should know here is that there
can be no thinking, no meditation, no becoming  - in the usual
terms - on the Self.  Meditation is usually understood to mean
thinking of an object. But Bhagavan Ramana has clearly said -
uLLal ara - without thinking, without becoming.  Secondly the
usual meditation implies connection between the subject and the
object.  Hence, no real meditation of the Self is possible.  What is called as meditation is no more than the dispelling of thoughts,
with which the Self is covered over.  When all the thoughts are
dispellled, the Self shines in Its real nature.  And abiding in this
state is the only meditation of the Self that is possible.

Arunachala Siva.