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Vivekachudamani - Verse 181:
« on: December 04, 2012, 03:04:35 PM »
Sri Bhagavan said: The purport of Vivekachudamani, Verse 181 is that one should not be deceived by the external appearance of
a Jnani. He continued:

Although a Jivan mukta associated with the body, may, owing to his prarabdha, appear to lapse into ignorance or wisdom, yet
he is only pure like ether (akAsa) which is always itself clear, whether covered by dense clouds, or cleared of clouds by currents
of air. He always revels in the Self alone, like a loving wife taking pleasure with her husband alone, although she attends to him
with thins obtained from others (by way of fortune, as determined by her prarabdha).

Though he remains silent like one devoid of learning yet his supineness is due to the implicit duality of the vakihari vak (spoken
words) of the Vedas. His silence is the highest expression of the realized non duality which is after all the true content of all the

Though he instructs his disciples, yet he does not pose as a teacher, in the full conviction that the teacher and disciple are mere
conventions born of illusion (maya), and so he continues to utter words (like akAsavAni). If one the other hand he mutters words
incoherently like a lunatic, it is because his experience is in expressible like the words of  lovers embrace. If his words are many
and fluent like those of an orator, they represent the recollection of his experience, since he is the unmoving non dual One without
any desire awaiting fulfillment.

Although  he may appear grief stricken like any other man in bereavement, yet he evinces just the right love of and pity for the
senses which he earlier controlled before he realized that they were mere instruments and manifestations of the Supreme Being.
When he seems keenly interested in the wonders of the world, he is only ridiculing the ignorance born of superimposition.

When he seems keenly interested in the wonders of the world, he is only ridiculing the ignorance born of superimposition.

If he appears indulging in sexual pleasure, he must be taken to enjoy the ever-inherent Bliss of the Self, which, divided Itself into
the individual Self and the Universal Self, delights in their reunion to regain Its Original Nature. If he appears wrathful he means
well to the offenders. All his actions should be taken to be only divine manifestations on the plane of humanity. There should not arise
even the least doubt as to his being emancipated while yet alive. He lives only for the good of the world.

(from Talks 449)

Arunachala Siva,