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ULLadu Narpadu - 136
« on: May 26, 2010, 10:50:44 AM »

Michael James writes in his comments on Verse 22 of ULLadu

The Lord or "Pathi" referred to in this verse is God, who is the
infinitely luminous light of pure self consciousness.  As we saw
earlier, in spiritual literature our own essential consciousness of being is figuratively described as the original light, the light by which
all the other lights are known, because just as physical light enables
us to see physical objects, our consciousness of being is that which
enables us to know all things.

However, whereas our basic consciousness of our own being is
the true and original light, the consciousness that we call our mind, which is the light by which we know all other things, is merely an
illusory reflected light, because it comes into existence, only when our original light of self - consciousness is seemingly reflected
in imaginary adjuncts or upadhis such as our body and our individual personality.  Therefore when Bhagavan Ramana says that the Lord
shines within our mind as our fundamental consciousness of our
own being, "I am", thereby giving it the consciousness by which it is able to know all other things.

Since God is the original light of consciousness -- that is, the true light of non dual self consciousness -- which shines within our
mind, enabling it to know all other things, how can our mind know him, except by turning itself back within itself, thereby drowning itself in his infinite light?  So long as our attention is turned outwards, we can know only things that appear to be other than ourself, which are all merely products of our own imagination.  Since God is the true light of consciousness, which enables us to know
all other things, we can never know him as he really is so long as we are misusing his light to know any other thing.  Only when we turn our mind or attention back to face him within ourself, will we be able to know him truly.

Further, however, even we turn back to attend to him within
ourself, we will not know him as an object, because our object-knowing mind will drown and be dissolved in his infinite light of adjunct free self.  Therefore when we turn back within ourself, we will know him by becoming one with his true self conscious being.

The state in which the limited light of our mind dissolves in the infinite light of God, thereby disappearing as a separate entity and becoming one with him, is the state that Bhagavan Ramana described in the last sentence of Verse 21, ooNathal KaaN,
becoming food to God is seeing Him.

Arunachala Siva.