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Panchadasi - (42)
« on: August 21, 2008, 03:26:12 PM »
The Chapter IX continues....

Verse 123:- A 'leading error' leads to the desired goal, when
it becomes knowledge.  Similarly, meditation on Brahman,
when ripened leads to release and becomes real knowledge.

Verse 124:- (Doubt): A man working prompted by a 'leading
error' gets correct knowledge, not by the 'leading error' but
by another evidence.  (Reply):  The meditation on the Brahman,
may also be taken as the cause of other evidence like Nidhidhyasana,
leading to direct realization.

Verse 125:-  (Doubt): Meditation on the form of a deity and
repetition of a sacred formulae also lead to the goal. (Reply):
Let it be so.  But the speciality of meditation on the Brahman
is that it is the nearest to the goal of Self-realization.

Verse 126:-  When meditation on the attributeless Brahman
is mature it leads to Samddhi.  This state of intense concentration
at ease leads on to the Nirodha state in which the distinction
btween subject and object is eliminated.

'Nirodha' has to be explained here, because of the stigma attached
to the word 'Nirodha' in post-Independent India.  Nirodha means
'avoiding'.  Here it refers to Savikalpa Samadhi, wherefrom the
practiser may get back to vikalpa or activities, after some time.
This is what I believe, Sri Ramakrishna had.  Nirvikalpa Samadhi is
one from which, the practiser does not come back.  What Bhagavan
was in  'Sahaja Samadhi', where the Self realized soul is staying always during its tenure in body, but without any 'vikalpa' outgoing
tendencies. Then the question arises, how then Bhagavan did all his 'work' for 54 years; the answer is that He did so by Pure Mind or Sannidaya. That is,  with the Power of the Presence!
Verse 127:- When such complete cessation of mental activity is
achieved, only the associationless Brahman remains in the Heart.
By ceaseless meditation on the Heart, based on the great Sayings.
arises the knowledge, I am Brahman. 

Verse 128:-  There is then, a perfect realization of Brahman as the
immutable, associationless, eternal, self-revealed, secondless Whole,
as indicated in the scripures.

Verse 129:-  The Amrtabindu and other Upanishads recommend
Yoga (here, Raja Yoga) for the same object.  It is clear therefore,
that meditation on the attributeless Brahman is superior to other
types of worship.

(Brahma or Amrtabindu Upanishad  7.9, 16-7)

Verse 130:-  Those who give up meditation on the attributeless
Brahman and undertake piligrimage, recitation of the holy formulae
and other methods, may be compared to those who drop the sweets
and lick the hand.

to be contd....

Arunachala Siva.