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ULLadu Narpadu - 86
« on: May 09, 2010, 10:56:11 AM »


Atma Vichara is to inquire into the truth of ego-sense.  The ego is
an-atma.  It is actually an inquiry into what is not Atma.  The culmination of the inquiry is the death of the ego.  Then, what remains
is not a mere 'void'.  The ever-present Atman that sets not shines in
Its own Light.  Ego departs, dead, bequeathing the gift of experience
of being the Atman.  Verse 5 of Anma Bodham (Atma Bodham) has
this for its content:

That knowledge, through the pure practice of knowledge (Jnana
Vichara), removing the ignorance of the Jiva, the sole cause of misery, disappears along with ignorance, like the powder of the
cleansing nut (Kataka nut says Sri Sankara), dropped in water,
removing the impurities of the water to make it clean, clear and
transparent, impurities get deposited at the bottom along with
the powder. 

The knowledge of the individual "I" announces its real nature and departs once for all along with the ignorance.  All that is seen as the
world, comprising of second and the third persons, is nothing but
insentient, and the seer alone is sentient (Chaitanya).  The Self
is the reality of "I" and "you".  The death of the ego opens the doors to immortality, so much so that Kannudaiya VaLLalar in his Ozhivil
Odukkam (Staying in the Remains) addresses the ego asking it to
die, with the enticing offer of a Sivalinga that will be established on
its head, if it dies.  The conversation between Ribhu and Nidhaga
is worth remembering here: When Ribhu asks Nidhaga to explain
'what you mean by 'you' and 'me'?  To sum up, if one who ascribes
the differences of second and third persons were to enquire the truth of one's nature, the first person himself becoming non existent, the
second and third, that appear holding on to "I" also cease, and what shines as limitless state of non-difference is the truth  of
one's own Being.

Michael James says here:

Our individual 'self hood' or 'tanmai' in Tamil, which is the adjunct-
mixed consciousness that feels "I am this body", appears to exist only because we have failed to investigate or scrutinize the underlying truth or 'am-ness' of it closely.  If we scrutinize this false
first person consciousness closely in order to know its underlying truth or reality, we will discover it to be nothing other than our non-
dual consciousness of our own Being, "I am" which is our real nature and our essential self, our true state of mere being.

Arunachala Siva.