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ULLadu Narpadu - 81
« on: May 07, 2010, 01:29:41 PM »

Regarding the Verse 13 of ULLadu Narpadu, Michael James says:

Why is there truly nothing for us, to know other than our own Self?
(Mei Jnanam).  All knowledge of "otherness"  or duality is known
only by our mind, which is merely a false form of knowledge -- an
appearance that appears only when by our power of imagination
we superimpose some illusory adjuncts upon our true knowledge,
"I am".  When we examine this illusory apparition, it disappears,
being truly non-existent, like the illusory snake that we created by
our power of imagination.  When we thus discover that our mind is
truly non-existent, we will also discover that all other things, which were known only by our mind, are equally non-existent.

However, though all our knowledge of duality is unreal as such, we are able to imagine that we experience such knowledge of duality, only because we experience the true knowledge, "I am". If we did
not know our own existence, "I am", we could not imagine  that
we know any other thing.  Therefore, our imaginary knowledge of
duality, is only an illusory form of our knowledge "I am", as explained, by Bhagavan Ramana in Verse 13.

This verse is a terser but more content-rich version of an earlier
verse that Bhagavan Ramana composed, which is included in
His stray verses in the Collected Works, as Verse 12. (Upadesa

Knowledge (the true knowledge) "I am" alone is real.  Ignorance,
which is nothing other than the (false) knowledge (of our mind)
that sees (the one real knowledge "I am") as many, itself does not exist apart from (our true) Self, which is (the only real) knowledge.  The multiplicity of ornaments is unreal; say, does it exist apart from gold which is real?

The multiplicity of gold ornaments is merely a diversity of transient forms, and as such it is unreal.  What is real and enduring in all those diverse ornaments is only the substance of which they are made, namely gold. Similarly, though the knowledge of multiplicity is unreal, being merely a transitory appearance, its underlying reality or substance is only the true knowledge, " I am", without which it
could not even appear to exist.

Arunachala Siva.