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ULLadu Narpadu - 58
« on: April 30, 2010, 10:52:23 AM »

Michael James in his "Happiness and the Art of Being" sums
up the verses 5,6 and 7 as under:

Our perception of any world is dependent upon our imagining ourself
to be a body in the world, which in turn, is dependent upon our mind,
the finite consciousness that imagines itself to be the body.  Bhagavan
Ramana begins Verse 5 by saying that our body is a form composed
of five sheaths, and that all these five sheaths are therefore included
in the word 'body.'  The Verse 22 of Upadesa Undiyar also describes
the same idea.  These five sheaths or adjuncts appear to obscure
our natural consciousness of our real Self because, we imagine ourself
to be one or more of them in each of our three usual states of

In Verse 6, He points out the obvious truth that everything that
we call 'the world' is just a combination of five types of perception,
which we experience through the medium of our five sense organs.
However, that which actually experiences these five types of sense
perception is only our mind.  So Bhagavan asks:  "Since our mind
alone cognises the world through these five sense organs, say,
without our mind, is there any such thing as the world."

The appearance of any world depends not only upon our body,
through the five senses of which we perceive it, but also upon
our mind, which is the consciousness that actually knows it.  This
dependence of the appearance of any world upon our mind, is further
emphasized by Bhagavan in Verse 7, in which He says, "Though
the world and our mind rise and subside together, the world shines
by our mind."

That reality is our own real self - our essential non dual consciousness of our own being, which we always experience as
"I am".  In both waking and dream states, our mind appears along
with a world, whereas in deep sleep, our mind and all worlds disappear.  However, in all these three states, we continue to experience as "I am".

Bhagavan calls this "I am" as the Poonram and PoruL.  The Complete

Just as a rope appears to be a snake without ever ceasing to be
a rope, so our non dual consciousness "I am" which is the one
absolute reality, appears as our mind and all the duality experienced
by our mind without ceasing to be what it really is.

Bhagavan has said in many conversations:  "There is no such thing
as mind."  What does it mean?  It is the Self which appears as the
mind, without ceasing to be the Self. When the mind (appearance
of snake) is overcome, then there is only the Self - I am (the rope)
which is Real.

Arunachala Siva.