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ULLadu Narpadu - 59
« on: April 30, 2010, 01:39:21 PM »
Guru Vachaka Kovai of Muruganar covers the verses 5,6, and 7 of
ULLadu Narpadu, in a few verses, though indirectly.

Verse 178:  People of the world!  Don't argue and quarrel among
yourselves about the reality of other worlds that are said to begin
with heaven (and include the deva and asura realms).  As long as
and to whatever extent this world is real, till then and to that extent
all other worlds, beginning with heaven, will also be real.

Verse 179:  If those 'geniuses' who assert that they have known
through intellectual analysis that the body and the world really
exist in the way that their senses tell them, let them examine
the situation along with us and we will tell them, "Not only does the
perceived world truly exist, but also innumerable worlds of the gods,
the heavens and hells, and so on, that are mentioned in the books.

Muruganar further comments:  Even some scientists say that the
senses do not reveal the true nature of sense objects, and as such
they are totally unreliable instruments in this matter.  'Geniuses' is
ironic ridicule, a term for people whose knowledge comes only from
the senses.  As all the worlds do not exist apart from the seer, they
are an imaginary appearance in the Self, pure consciousness.  If the Jnanis tell the immature ones the truth of the world, as it really is,
these immature ones, who are under the sway of vasanas, will not
believe it, and will therefore not get rid of their desires, realize the
truth and attain peace.  Even if they happen to believe it, they will
lose even the little interest they had before in Jnana Sadhana, which
comprises karma and bhakti, and suffer in this world and the next.

David Godman who has translated the work, is connecting the
verse 1025 of Guru Vachaka Kovai for the purpose of identity of
the teachings.

Verse 1025:  Only abiding in the Self, wholly as the Self that is
pure being, is, in truth, the state saturated with love.  From the
perspective of the Self, all other states do not exist at all.  Like
the imaginary lotus appearing in the sky, they are ever non-existent.
They exist only from the Jiva perspective and appear, like water in a
mirage, through his imagination, the delusion of mind, in the
Chidakasa (the expanse of consciousness), the Swarupa.  They
(the other states) engender more and more delusion, which is the
cause of the sorrow of samsara to those who regard them as
independently existing and who delight in them by paying them
attention.  They are, in truth,  bogus states, totally devoid of love.

Verse 180:  Only those who do not know the real nature of hell,
the punishment world, will say that they shudder in fear of it.
But those who know the real nature of hell, the evil mistake, I am
the body, will discover the means to end it and will surely reach
the state of truth.

(Source: Eng. Tr. of Guru Vachaka Kovai, David Godman.)

Arunachala Siva.