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Nagaraj

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Gems from Vaasishtam
« on: December 05, 2011, 10:09:02 AM »
ययैव वेत्सि ततया युक्त्या पुरुषयत्नतः ।
वासनाकुंरनिर्मूलमेतदेव परं शिवं ॥


Vasishta: Rama, in what ever manner you think it is
possible to rid of your tendencies (Vasanas, bad desires)
whether by Yoga or by means of your manly exertions,
you must root every desire from your heart, in order to
secure your best welfare (Self)

पौरुषेण प्रयत्नेन यथा जानासि वा तथा ।
निवारयाहंभावांशमेषोऽसौ वासनाक्षयः ॥


Vasishta: Rama, endeavour to the utmost of your manly
power, to suppress some portion of your egoism,
in order to prevent the rise of selfish passions,
and desires within your health.

Moral: We have the power within ourselves to
root out the evils that are within either by our own will
(purushkara, or with the aids of Yoga, Pranayama, dhyaana, etc...)

Exert our free will in choosing the Right over the Wrong! At all
instances, Choose the Desire of Self over every other thing!

Salutations to Bhagavan
« Last Edit: December 05, 2011, 10:17:53 AM by Nagaraj »
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Earning Money
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2011, 11:04:45 AM »


क्रमागतेष्वखिन्नोऽर्थं बकवच्चिन्तयार्जय ।
अर्थोपार्जनकार्येषु वासनाक्रान्तमूढवत् ॥


Earn money by honest means and with prudence like
that of a crane (bird known for its excellent judgement),
in what ever chance presents itself before you, and do
not run in pursuit of gain, like the ignorant
Moral: We should practice utmost integrity in our earnings and money dealings. We should earn money by rightful means and not indulge in any sort of even minor cheating (our conscience knows) paying proper taxes and not even think of avoiding taxes by unlawful means. These days, it is a practice by many people to submit false medical bills to claim the compensation from the company, it is all wrong and unlawful and we should be very prudent in our money dealings.

Guru Vasishta compares to that of the bird Crane, which is said to be endowed with excellent judgement. Giving no place for any confusion, stay focused in Dharmic way of life. Don't even push or desire to do this or that to earn an extra penny (do not exert for more gain) Do the best with what presents itself to us and we should not do something, exert ourselves to make opportunities present itself before us! Be content with what we already have and happy with what God provides us. Lets practice highest integrity and morality in our money dealings, income as well as outcome. Not going behind money, rather accepting with graciousness what money presents itself before us. Lets root out the notions such as "Mo money" "Your money" After all, everything belongs to the Mother Nature 'Prakruti' but to this day, the Mother nature has never claimed anything as its won. It has remained silent when people planted nuclear bombs and when some planted trees! This is wisdom. Lets remember Bhagavan, who used to pick up even single morsal of rice that was fallen in the ashram and restored the rice back to kitchen


Salutations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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evanescent
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2011, 10:03:01 AM »
यदिदं दृष्यते किंचिज्जगत्स्थावरजंगमम् ।
सर्वं सर्वप्रकाराढ्यं कल्पान्ते तद्विनश्यति ॥


Rama, whatever appears before you in the form
of this world, and all its fixed(non living) and
movable objects (living), all things, all shapes
of every kind, is altogether evanescent and
vanishes in time into nothing

Moral: Everything that we see is dying every moment, what was some time back is not there today! Scientists say, when a baby is born and when it completes 7 years of age, every cell in the body is completely new and all the old cells have all died into nothing! What body we had when we were 10 years of age or 20 years of age or 30, we do not have now! People change, people die, loved ones change and loved ones also die. Everything is dying, and, there is nothing permanent that we can hold on to, everything is evanescent.

Therefore realising this, we will naturally avoid dependence on the world, be it fixed objects or movable objects or even human beings, for, everything is bound to die! With this discernment, we are able to live peacefully as the false perception such as "My" "Mine" "Yours" etc... are all put to rest as they are all evanescent!

Our best friend in the school, no longer is in our vicinity! What is there is the world to depend on? Hence, Guru Vasishta says, realise the evanescent nature of the world and remain unperturbed as you now know, that all things that are now, may not be there the next moment, do not hold onto anything as they are bound to fool you when they die!

Realise this and remain with equipoise at Loss or Gain, death or birth, good or bad, happiness or sorrow, treachery or faithfulness, insult or praise, love or hate, good or bad, everything that has opposite words (Dvandas) - they are all evanescent.

Let us now, realising this truth remain "Udaaseenam" "indifferent" to every things that we come across, and remain as though like the lotus in water which is untouched by water.


Salutations to Bhagavan
« Last Edit: December 07, 2011, 10:05:38 AM by Nagaraj »
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Gems from Vaasishtam
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2011, 12:43:30 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Yes. Sri Bhagavan was in this state of "udaseenam" or indifference in His life.  This does
mean that He was disliking the world and people. He loved all who came to Him as a
Mother would love His children.  Even monkeys, squirrels and dogs experienced His love
towards them. But He was in the state where He considered everything as ephemeral.
In fact people who were with Him in Gurumurtham 'saw, this state in Him. There was
no day or night for Him. But He was all the same time quite vigilant.  He told one
Tahsildar who was coming during Gurumurtham days, that He remembered him quite
vividly.

Raappahal ella veru veLi veettinil
Ramithiduvom Va Arunachala. 

           (Sri AAMM )

Arunachala Siva.

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Deepam Significance
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2011, 11:59:00 AM »
प्रबोधमेहि पश्यस्व मात्मानमुदितं सदा ।
निर्विकल्पं चिदाभासं प्रातःपद्यं रविं यथा


Rama, Return to your right understanding, and
behold your soul in its clear light as a manifestation
of the unchangeable luminary of the intellect; in the
same manner as the unfolding lotus beholds the
rising sun.

प्रबुध्यस्व प्रबुध्यस्व पुनःपुनरयं मया ।
प्रबोध्यसे महाबाहो पश्यात्मार्कमनामयम् ॥


I exhort you repeatedly, O Rama! To wake from
your drowsiness, and by remaining ever wakeful to
your spiritual concerns; see the undeclining Sun of
your soul at all times

Moral: Guru Vasishta's concern over Rama (ourselves) shows in itself, in the verse! Today being the Deepam day, Guru urges us to return to our right understanding with absolute clarity which manifests itself as clear Light of understanding. This light is the significance of Arunachala Deepam. Arunachala Deepam is only a symbolic significance of the lighting of the inner light of wisdom. What light we wish to see in the arunachala hill should occur within ourselves as a light of proper discernment.

Adi Shankara in his Eka Shloki reveals this Luminous Light which is the Symbolically represented by the Arunachala Deepam:


Shankara's Ekashloki -

किं ज्योतिस्तवभानुमानहनि मे रात्रौ प्रदीपादिकं
स्यादेवं रविदीपदर्शनविधौ किं ज्योतिराख्याहि मे ।
चक्षुस्तस्य निमीलनादिसमये किं धीर्धियो दर्शने
किं तत्राहमतो भवान्परमकं ज्योतिस्तदस्मि प्रभो ॥
इति श्रीमत्परमहंसपरिव्राजकाचार्यस्य
श्रीगोविन्दभगवत्पूज्यपादशिष्यस्य

Bhagavan Ramana adopted the same in Ulladu Naarpadu Anubandham (7)

Master : ‘By what light do you see?’
Disciple : ‘The sun by day, the lamp by night.’
M : ‘By what light do you see these lights?’
D : ‘The eye.’
M : ‘By what light do you see the eye?’
D : ‘The mind.’
M : ‘By what light do you know the mind?’
D : ‘My Self.’
M : ‘You then are the Light of Lights.’
D : ‘Yes, That I am.’

Arunachala Deepam symbolically represents the "I am" luminous light that which is within and without, that Light of Lights, that Mind of the Mind. In the Kena Upanishad, the Seer sings:
  • Not that which the eye can see, but that whereby the eye can see: know that to be Brahman the eternal, and not what people here adore;
  • Not that which the ear can hear, but that whereby the ear can hear: know that to be Brahman the eternal, and not what people here adore;
  • Not that which speech can illuminate, but that by which speech can be illuminated: know that to be Brahman the eternal, and not what people here adore;
  • Not that which the mind can think, but that whereby the mind can think: know that to be Brahman the eternal, and not what people here adore.
Arunachala Deepam represents the understanding/discernment of the spirit of the Kena Upanishad as above. Realising this inner light is the significance of Arunachala Deepam.

Guru Vasishta urges further with an intense compassion towards Rama (ourselves) to wake up from this drowsiness of ignorance and instead asks us to be very concerned with our spiritual quests and not let of this desire of realising the Self! It is very important for us to remain wakeful to our real purpose of Live, real purpose of Human Birth, that is to realise ourselves as Undecaying Atma.

This moment, let us remember the words of the Sages of the Yore, who are urging us by our own inner light, let us bow to those Sages and Saints who are none but our own Selves, who manifest externally as knowledge, forms, just out of intense love of itself.

Salutations to Ramanachala Deepam

Ramana Hrudayam
« Last Edit: December 08, 2011, 12:39:12 PM by Nagaraj »
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Gems from Vaasishtam
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2011, 01:50:45 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Yes. Sri Bhagavan says in Atma Vidya Kirtanam:-

Atma prakasam, aha vinasam, aRuL vilasam, inba vikasam...

The light of Atma (the inner light) kills the ego; it springs forth as Grace; it spreads the Bliss.

Arunachala Siva.

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Re: Gems from Vaasishtam
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2011, 07:14:48 PM »
सर्वभूतस्थमात्मानं सर्वभूतानि चात्मनि ।
पश्य त्वं योगयुक्तात्मा सर्वत्र समदर्शनः ॥


View in yourself the soul of all beings ad those
beings themselves; think your own self or soul
as the micros of the great universe, and tolerant
and broad sighted in your practice of Yoga.

सर्वभूतस्थमात्मानं भजत्येकत्वमात्मनः ।
सर्वथा वर्थमानोऽपि न स भूयोऽभिजायते ॥


He who worships the universal soul that resides in
all beings, as the one self-same and undivided spirit;
is released from the doom of repeated births,
whether he leads a secular or holy life in this world.

Moral: The verses are quite self explanatory. Having looked in to the nature of the Self, going by the holy words of the Guru, it is clear that the Self is all pervading and indivisible and not-two. That Self is only One. Having seen and investigated into this uniqueness of Self. Guru Vasishta tells to us as we have this doubt that agreed that the Self only is, and, there is no dualities. This seems good to hear and understand, but in relative world, I see difference, I see the world and people, how are we to reconcile with this? Guru says, View ourselves in everybody. View ourselves as the super soul in the entire expanse of the universe. Everything, movable immovable, animate and inanimate things as ourselves. And practicing this is Yoga He says. And, this practice itself would liberate us from the relative difference that we continue to perceive the world and dualities.


It is to be noted that Sage Vasishta has used the word समदर्शनः Sama Darshi - means one who sees everything in the same light or luminosity of Self with pure discernment.

Salutations to Bhagavan

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Gems from Vaasishtam
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2011, 07:41:39 PM »
एकत्वं सर्वशब्दार्थ एकशब्दार्थ् आत्मनः ।
आत्मापि च न सन्नासद्रतो यस्याशु तस्य तत् ॥


The meaning of the word "All" is unity (in its collective sense), and the meaning of the word "One" is the unity of the soul; as in the phrase "All is one" it is meant to say that the whole universe is collectively but one soul. (The soul also is neither a positive entity, nor a negative non-entity, but it is as it is known in the spirit, of the form if ineffable light and delight)

त्रैलोक्यचेतसामन्तरालोको यः प्रकाशकः ।
अनुभूतिमुपारूढः सोऽहमात्मेति निश्चयः ॥


He who shines as light within the minds of all persons, and dwells in the inwards consciousness or percipience of every being, is no other than the very soul that dwells within myself also.

Moral: Guru Vasishta very clearly elucidates that when we use the word "All", it includes everything in its unison as just the One. One is All. That diversity which we see is One as a whole. It is very obvious that when the Sage uses the word All, it is inferred that the perception of difference is evident to a Sadhaka. But the Guru says that that all the differences which are perceived together as All is One. Guru Vasishta also says that it is the same light that illumines in all the minds of all persons which we see. That light which shines from within is the heart. It is the Spiritual Heart as Bhagavan has said. That luminosity, which shines as "I I" continuously.

The variety and differences perceived is One as it is. The Self is All, All is Self.


Salutations to Bhagavan
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Gems from Vaasishtam
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2011, 09:21:42 AM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Yes. This samadarsanam was shown by Sri Bhagavan towards all living beings.  When He accidentally touched a nest and when an egg
fell down, He literally cried and took care of the broken egg, till the breaking line closed again and the egg was hatched and the chick
flew away one day.  He took pity on mango trees, when someone hit it hard to have the mangoes dropped from the tree. His care towards
monkeys, dogs, deer was phenomenal. Once He threw His stick to keep a pouncing  dog away from a squirrel, lest the latter might be bitten. In the process, He lost balance, fell down and  broke His collar bone which He did not mind.  He never used to call anyone ajnani.
All were Jnanis to Him. He has said that there is only Jnani, not even that, only Jnanam.

Arunachala Siva. 

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Re: Gems from Vaasishtam
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2013, 08:12:27 PM »
केनोपायेन भगवन्नहंकारो न वर्धते ।
तं त्वं कथय मे ब्रह्मन्संसारभयशान्तये ॥


kenopāyena bhagavannahaṁkāro na vardhate |
taṁ tvaṁ kathaya me brahmansaṁsārabhayaśāntaye ||


O' venerable Brahman, Please tell me, how we may be
able to suppress our egoism or selfishness, for evading
the dangers and difficulties in our course through the world.


चिन्मात्रदर्पणाकारे निर्मले स्वात्मनि स्थिते ।
इति भावानुसंधानादहंकारो न वर्धते ॥


cinmātradarpaṇākāre nirmale svātmani sthite |
iti bhāvānusaṁdhānādahaṁkāro na vardhate ||


Vasishta replied, it is by seeking to settle mind in
the resplendent soul, as it shines in transparent mirror of
the intellect, that it is possible for anybody to suppress the
consciousness, of his self or personal existence.

(By losing one's self in the self existence of the Supreme Soul)


Vasishta to Rama
         










आत्मसंस्थितिः स्वात्मदर्शनम् ।
आत्मनिर्द्वयादात्मनिष्ठिता ॥26॥


ātmasaṁsthitiḥ svātmadarśanam |
ātmanirdvayādātmaniṣṭhitā ||26||


Being the Self is knowing the Self, because there
is only one Self, and not two. This Being and
knowing the Self is abiding in the Reality.


Upadesa Saaram

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta