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ULLadu Narpadu - 107
« on: May 19, 2010, 10:51:15 AM »

Michael James continues:

Therefore, when Bhagavan Ramana says that for sages this body
is "I" and this world is real, He does not mean that our body as such is "I" or this world as such is real, but only that as our own formless
and limitless real self, which is their true essence and sole reality,
they are both "I" and real.

Therefore, what Bhagavan Ramana is affirming in these two verses,
is not the reality of the limited forms of this body and world, but is
only the reality of our own essential formless and therefore infinite
being, which always experiences itself and nothing other than
itself. 

Though we are infinite and absolute being, we do not know ourself
as such because, we ignore our essential being and imagine ourself
to be a finite body.  So habituated have we become in ignoring our own being that even in deep sleep, when we cease imagining
ourself to be a body, and therefore cease knowing any other thing, we appear to be ignorant of our real nature of our essential being "I am".

However, though we appear to be ignorant of our real nature in
all our three states of consciousness, in truth our essential being always  knows itself clearly, as the infinite, absolute and non dual consciousness "I am",  Our essential being never ignores or is ignorant of our real nature.  That which is ignorant of our real nature is only our MIND, and therefore we appear to be ignorant of our real nature only because we imagine ourself to be our MIND.

Since our self-ignorance is therefore not real but only imaginary,
in order to put an end to it al we need do cultivate the habit of
remembering or being attentive to our essential being, "I am".

As Bhagavan Ramana says in the paragraph 11 of Who am I?

.... If one clings firmly to interrupted svarupa-smaranam [remembering of one's own essential nature or real self, "I am"]
until one attains Swarupam, [that is, until one attains true knowledge of one's own essential nature], that alone will be
sufficient......

In this one sentence, Bhagavan Ramana encapsulates the empirical
method of atma vichara or self-investigation, which is the only
means by which we can attain true self knowledge -- true experiential knowledge of our own real nature.

With this, let us now move to Verse 19 of ULLadu Narpadu.

Arunachala Siva.