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ULLadu Narpadu - 68
« on: May 02, 2010, 04:06:09 PM »

But the perception that the state of Being that in natural poise
of the Self is only true. This is Nishta, the supreme state, is
verily Sat Darshan, a real perception of the Truth.

T.R. Kanakammal says:

Bhagavan says in this verse, that the worship with form is fruitful,
providing a means to gain the ultimate -- a door to realization -
namely, to perceive, to become and be the formless Content beyond.
Assigning a name and form to the nameless and formless and worshipping thus enables the worshipper to see the Lord in that form
and name, he ascribes, which, however, is not true vision or darshan.

The Reality, being part-less, unfragmented, whole and non-dual
Self, nothing other than That, is Real.  Any worship other than
remaining as 'That', the indivisible Self, is not true vision.

Objective knowledge and experience are unreal, for they are subject to appearance and disappearance, and they imply an 'other', like
the worshipper and worshipped, beholder and the beheld.  Brahman, or the Supreme Lord, being nameless, invisible, formless (un-embodied) and indescribable transcends all these and can never become an object of experience, thought or indriyas like eyes.
Abiding in one's own Self, from which alone the aforesaid visions
and knowledge arise, is said to be 'true vision'.

The Puranas speak of saints like Dhruva, Prahlada, and Markandeya , who had 'darshan' of the divine in the form and name they worshipped, as Vishnu and Siva.  But even after the darshan
of the Lord in the form and name of their choice, that they went ahead to undertake severe penance to gain the final state - the experience of Jnana - is history. 

(In Periya Puranam, though Sambandha witnessed the divine mother and father at the age of three, he had to live for another 13 years and eventually merged in the flame along with his wife, at the time of wedding, in the sacrificial fire.)

This abundantly proves that divine visions cannot, by themselves, bestow the experience of being the Atman; for names and forms are upadhis-ascribed, finite, limited and are within the orbit of the mind which has to be transcended to gain Jnana.                 

Talks No. 450:

"The vision of Siva to the eye signifies the existence of the eyes to
see; the buddhi (intellect) lying behind the sight; the seer behind
the buddhi and the sight; and finally the Consciousness underlying
the seer.  This vision is not as real as one imagines to be, because it is not intimate and inherent; it is not first-hand.  It is the result of several successive phases of Consciousness.  Of these, Consciousness alone does not vary.  It is eternal..... It is the Self...  There is no moment when the Self as Consciousness does not exist; nor can the seer remain apart from Consciousness... I AM is Siva.
Siva is always realized here and now.

Arunachala Siva.