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ULLadu Narpadu - 165
« on: June 09, 2010, 10:57:13 AM »

In Guru Vachaka Kovai, Muruganar does not cover the ideas of
Verse 26 of ULLadu Narpadu, in his verses.  But the idea about
the ego, its formation and its conquest - have been covered in
many verses generally.

Verse 223:  You, the Self whose form is the space of pure consciousness, arise and dance as the body, with its hands, legs
and so on, as if it is really permanent.  This extraordinary feat,
and not the other [eight siddhis] is indeed a great marvel!

Muruganar adds here:  Only the chit-jada granthi can be termed
'the wonder of wonders'. 

Verse 225:  The profitless ghost like ego that dances, taking the
dirty form flesh to be "I", veils the knowledge of one's immortal
sat-chit-ananda nature, which bestows delight.  So, the immortality, that is never lost is only for those in whom the ego has been destroyed.

Verse 226:  Birth and death attach themselves to you solely through the delusion of regarding the alien body as your true being.  Therefore, the moment this powerful delusion is destroyed, immortality, your own true nature, is attained.

Verse 227:  Delusion is nothing other than the delusion that rises
by taking the alien body as "I".  Immortality is nothing other than
the bliss of the Self, the distinction-free consciousness that merges with you when the ego, that delusion, dies.

Verse 228:  Through ignorance, he who is bound by the 'I am the
body' idea confuses the death of the body with his own.  Fearing
that death, he should, through Self-ward-turned attention, enquire
'Who am I?', enter the Heart and realize that he has no distinct
being apart from the immortal Self, the Reality.  Can anyone attain
the deathless state unless his mind dies, having transformed itself into the Self?

Verse 230:  Calling even the attainments [of dharma, artha and
kama] which suffer from the defect of appearing and disappearing
in an illusory way, 'everlasting' is a polite attribution, a superimposition.  The hard-to-attain liberation [the fourth purushartha, moksha], whose nature is the excellent and true
Atma Jnana, which is the goal that should be attained by everyone,
is alone the everlasting attainemnt.

Murugnar adds here:  Even dharma, and not just artha and kama
is exhausted through experiencing it.  In complete contrast, the experience of Atma Jnana, waxes more and more, without any boundary.  Since the liberation, whose form is Atma Jnana, is alone permanent, it is termed as 'true [Atma Jnana]'.

It is as if the divine nature
of the unique Lord of Thillai's Golden Hall*,
He who remains unknown
even to those who have known to Him,
were clearly manifest
in the bosom of this slender waisted one,
whose lips are red like the kovvai fruit.
For, though I have embraced her,
each time I embrace her once more,
bliss waxes more and more, fresh as before,
like the loins of her in whose curling tresses,
a fragrance lingers.
 
                                             - Tirukovaiyar Verse 9.

* Kanaka Sabha of Chidambaram, where Nataraja dances.

[This poem (One of the 400 poems of Tirukovaiyar, of Saint
Manikkavachagar), is written  as if a lady pining with love, for her separation from Siva, her husband.  Tirukovaiyar, in its erotica
will put the head of Arabian Nights hang in shame!]   

Verse 234:  To become increasingly enmired in the body-ego
instead of merging in the fullness, Mouna, through invaluable tapas performed rigorously over a long time, is equivalent to aspiring to poverty and deliberately taking great pains to attain it.  This is
total insanity.

Arunachala Siva.