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ULLadu Narpadu - 137
« on: May 26, 2010, 12:09:48 PM »

Let us now see Verse 23 of ULLadu Narpadu:

Bhagavan's Tamil Version:

Naan endru id deham navilathu urakkattu
Naan indrendru aarum navilvadilai - Naan ondru
Ezhundapin ellam ezhum inda naan engu
Ezhum endru nun madhiyaal eN.

Kavyakanta Ganapati Sastri's Sanskrit Version:

Na vakti deho'ham iti prasuptau
Na ko'pi naabuvanam iti pravakti |
Yatrpodite sarvam udeti tasya
Dhiyaa'hamah sodhaya janma-desam ||

Sri Lakshmana Sarma's Sanskrit Version:

Chaitanyena vivarjitam vapuridam naahankaroti svayam
Brute naiva kadaa'pi ko'pi bhuvane naasam susuptaaviti |
Sarvam chaapyudiaadidam samudite tvasminnahannaamake
Tadubuddhyaa sitayaa kuto'yamudiaadityevamanvesaya ||


The Verses 23 to 25, the three verses, give detailed description
of the ego- the "I" notion, which is the root of all problems.

The body is made up of five gross elements.  None of the individually or when put together, declare "I am".  Without
the "I" notion, no experience is possible.  So the body never
experience anything.  For example, my little finger has never
protested being little and the thumb has never thought of dieting.
It is the "I" who experience my body and through my body the world outside.  For example, I know my body is fat and feels cold.

Brahmasri Nochur Venkataraman has given a new simile here.
There was an accident for a person and his one leg was amputated.
The leg amputated is kept on a huge basin in chemicals.  The person
restores his consciousness and sees the amputated leg.  Does
the amputated leg say that it is I?  Or does the person who has
lost that leg, says, I am there in the leg?  No, in either case.  So
the body is not the "I". 

I read in newspaper, about a girl baby, who was born with no
hands and legs.  Only the face and the torso.  Her biological
mother forsook the her.  In the hospital she was living.  A foreigner adopted her and took her to America and with artificial legs
and legs, she has grown into a beautiful girl.  She came recently
to India with her foster mother, to see her bioligcal mother!  Now,
where is her "I"?  Is it in the legs and hands that were not there at all right from birth?  Or is it in the artificial limbs that had been fitted?  Where is this "I"?  Therefore, "I" notion or "I-am" is not
definitely the body!

Then, is the "I" notion the mind?  It cannot be, as I know my mind.  "I know" - the knower, is different from my mind too - the known.
There are people who come to consciousness, after years of comatose condition, when they were living without any sense of
mind.  Where was their "I" during those years?

Then, who is this I that wields this mind and the body?  The ego
seems to be there only in the waking state and dream states when
there are experiences, i.e. when the mind is functioning.  Is it there also in deep sleep?  Is it there in comatose condition? Is it there
during the period when a person has swooned?  The absence of "I"
can never be experienced in deep sleep or in the other two conditions.  Also, when I get up, I say - I slept well. 

Ahamkaara laye suptau - Drk Drsya Vivekam - 10

The ego is dormant in deep sleep. 

The ego manifests with thoughts and it becomes unmanfiest
in their absence, but the pure Self ever shines.

How does one reach the Self, bypassing or eliminating the ego?
When we inquire into its birth place, we realize the Self, which
is beyond space.  Many around the globe are searching for their
roots, the birth place of their ancestors, and their culture.  They
feel rootless without knowing their past.  Strange, that no one inquires into their true roots.  Their search would culminate in the
origin of the ego.  They would discover that we are all born from that one truth beyond all differences of culture, tradition, creed,
nationality or religion.

Arunachala Siva.