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« Reply #30 on: May 24, 2013, 12:50:58 PM »

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104.  If a flower creeper is uprooted, it will quickly wither away.  It will be an impossible miracle for that dried creeper to
once again sprout forth leaves, flowers, and fruits.  In the same way, it would be equally impossible for Sages who have
realized Brahman, as their very Self and thus completely rooted out all desires from their bosom, to once again develop
an interest in the perishable life of worldly pleasures and indulge in household life.

105.  Normally a person, who is sunk in the deep well of ignorance, takes himself to be the body;  for the upkeep and
happy maintenance of the body, he seeks to acquire land, house, and other creature comforts and also exerts himself
for their maintenance, finding fulfillment in such mundane pursuits.  When he stumbles upon the desire for moksha,
which is absolute release from all suffering, he adopts the means of renunciation to achieve the final end and thus he
will eventually climb out of the deep well of Self-ignorance.  For, by means of a steadfast adherence to renunciation, he
would gain knowledge of Truth, through the Grace and teachings of a Sadguru.  His finite individuality will be lost and his mind
will forever be immersed in the blissful, limitless Svarupa of the Self and there is no possibility of his desiring again the life
and petty pleasures of a householder.  If at all he develops the desire for a worldly life and reverts to the enjoyments of a
family life, please know for sure, that he is not a knower of Truth (having swerved from his abidance and lost his knowledge of
the Self.).

Note:  The above verse echoes beautifully the following famous verses of the Upanishads:  jnanamretana trptasya krtakrtyasya
yogniah, na ca asti kincit kartavyam, asti cet na sa tattvavit.  'The Yogi who is fulfilled  with the ambrosial knowledge and thereby
has accomplished all his tasks, has no more duty to perform.  If he has any, then he is not a knower of Truth.'  - Jabaala Darsana
Upanishad 1.23).  And, atmanam cet vijaniyat ayam asti iti poorushah, kim icchan kasya kaamaaya sariram anusanjvaret?  'Upon
knowing the Self in direct experience, desiring what and for whom,  would a person trouble his body?'  -  Brhadaranyaka Upanishad
4.4.12.).

106.  Everyone knows that all the objects of the dream-world are unreal;  in the same way, all the sights that appear in the waking
world are also equally unreal and only a dream-like illusion.  Like the illusory snake superimposed on a rope, all objects of the world
beginning with one's own body and the senses are also mere superimposition imagined upon the pure Chaitanya Svarupa of the
Self.   Those who investigate the reality of the waking world, and conclude that it is illusory as one's own dream world, will never
get infatuated with this worldly life and its fleeting joys.  A Jnani who has realized the truth of himself as pure Sat Chit Ananda
Svarupa through direct experience in Nirvikalpa Samadhi,  knows that this entire waking world is but a 'play of mind' (maya) upon
the screen of Self, as even the dream world is nothing but an illusory projection upon his consciousness.  He will be forever free
from the delusion that this world is a source and repository of joy.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.
                                     

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« Reply #31 on: May 25, 2013, 01:32:36 PM »

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107.  It will be a disgrace for the sun if darkness can survive in its presence.  It will be a disgrace for a person with good
eye sight to fall into a pit in front of his eyes.  It will be shameful for a valiant knight to flee the battle field out of fear and
it will be stupid for a gourmet to pine after a tasteless coarse porridge, after enjoying cup fulls of delicious sweet-milk preparation,
(payasam) made with ghee, honey and sugar syrup.  Similarly it will be disgraceful if an enlightened Jnani allows his mind to
run after objects of the world.  [The meaning implied is: A knower of Truth can never be deluded to pursue a desire ridden worldly
life, as a means of gaining happiness].

108.  For Sages reveling in the vision of Truth, there are no vasanas (desires from mental impressions) left over as a residue.
Oh Minister,  do not ever entertain the idea that, just there is the lingering smell of asafoetida in  vessel, which had contained
asafoetida for a long time, there would be weak, residual vasanas even for Jnanis.  (like deha vasana, sastra vasana and loka
vasana) !  Sages can perform many actions for the good of the world without even a vestige of such vasanas.  It is their very
nature to work for the upliftment of the world without getting bound or affected by it because they have no hankering for the
fruits of their actions.  It is similar to the case of a person who has gained control over fire by the power of mantras and therefore
can handle fire without getting burnt by it.  But do NOT imagine that when ignorant people are driven to perform actions by
their selfishness and attachment to rewards of actions, they will not be tainted by likes and dislikes, and desires and frustrations.       

109. The actions of a jnani do not bring about any blemish upon him as his actions are always meant for the upliftment of the
world. When peevish people speak ill of a jnani and his actions, they only bring disgrace upon themselves.  Only ignorant
people perform actions for the selfish ends and get caught in bondage and sufferings as a consequence of their karmas and are
fit to be censured as evil.  There is no blemish at all either for a jnani or for his jnanam, just because ignorant fools cannot
understand the depth and significance of his actions.  After all, a person is deemed to a jnani only when he has attained jnanam,
[by adopting the proper means of gaining that knowledge of Truth] and not otherwise.

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Arunachala Siva.   

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« Reply #32 on: May 26, 2013, 10:18:30 AM »

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110.  A woman in advanced pregnancy can be distinguished from a woman suffering from the illness of Mahodaram,
which is indicated by a swollen abdomen, by observing carefully the characteristic features of the women that     
mark out the healthy from the sickly.  In the same way, one can distinguish the genuine Jnani, who through proper
self-inquiry has attained the direct knowledge (aparoksha jnanam) of the Self in nirviklapa samadhi by the Grace of
the Guru, from the self-proclaimed, pseudo-jnanis who pose as enlightened gurus in order to win cheap popularity
and material prosperity through cultivated practice of hypocrisy.  If you ask now, the distinguishing mark of a true
jnani is utter desirelessness while a pretender is easily exposed by the display of his gross and crude desires for
self aggrandizement. 

111. Lord Krishna taught in the Bhagavad Gita to his friend and diisciple Arjuna, and the royal sage and preceptor m
Vasishta taught the Yoga Vasishta to his disciple and heir prince Lord Rama, according to their vastly different ripeness
of mind and competence in discrimination.  Oh Minister, you have not grasped the essential message that Truth, which
is the same in both the teachings.  Knowledge of  the Self alone is to be gained primarily through the study and contemplation
of these texts.  The historical accounts and the contexts of the teaching are secondary and incidental.  Renunciation of the desire
to earn wealth for the sake of enjoying all worldly pleasures and comforts, and abidance in a  pure, truthful life steadfast in
the wisdom of the Self are the marks of a true Jnani.  On the other hand, a householder's lifestyle dwells on priorities that
are wholly contrary to the characteristic features of the Jnani and his way of life/  Dear Minister, you should develop the
courage of conviction to analyze this matter in an objective way and accept the truth of this conclusion.'

112. In this manner, the king Maharajan who had become an adept Raja Yogi, expounded to the minister in various ways,
the essence of all the teachings elaborated in sacred texts.  Finally, he decided to withdraw himself into Yoganishta and
accordingly in a minute's time, stilled himself in sukhasana posture and restraining  the breath and lapsing into mounam,
he detached his mind from all objects of the world around him and attained the void space of Consciousness where there
is no appearance of names and forms, which is extolled as nama-rupa-rahita nirvikalpa samadhi.  The Minister, who observed
this spontaneous accomplishment of the king in a short time right in front of his very eyes, was struck with wonder and
exclaimed, 'This state of samadhi is a novelty and astounding indeed !'

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                           

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« Reply #33 on: May 27, 2013, 11:27:29 AM »

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113.  The astonished minister thought to himself, 'This experience of Truth has not arisen in me. What knowledge do I
have that can help me remain in this presence?', and wended his way back to the capital city of Mapuram.  He stayed
with the close relatives of the erstwhile king and narrated to them in detail the great attainments of their former ruler,
in the realms of yoga and jnana.

114. Listening to the minister's eye witness account of their beloved king, all the close relatives of the king exclaimed in
wonder that such an exalted Rajayogi and Jnani is the rarest to behold in this world, and with an intense longing to have
his darsan, they journeyed to his abode and fell at his feet in great devotion.  The king's parents and his former queenly
consort too followed suit and prostrated before him, though they were smitten with sorrow [because of his renunciation].
Looking askance at all this, the saintly king smiled in amusement and unshaken in Self abidance, remained in blissful
silence.

115. Seeing his unmoving repose in mounam, and his disinterest in talking to anyone among the assembled near and dear,
they said among themselves, 'We are all still having attachment to this world. Even if our saintly king bothers to talk to us,
what can we make out of his words of advice or teachings, given from such lofty heights?' and with heavy hearts all of them
returned to their dwellings.  The king who was a great tapasvi and yogi continued to remain in nirvikalpa samadhi for a
number of days and then spent his remaining days of life in Sahaja Nishta and finally attained Videha Mukti, the supreme state
of being, where there is no admixture of any of the pairs of opposites such as pleasure and pain, likes and dislikes, merit and sin,
virtue and vice.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                 

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« Reply #34 on: May 28, 2013, 10:16:44 AM »

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Thus ends the narration of the life story of the king Maharajan and his renunciation nonpareil by the famed exponent
Suta Maharshi.  The ascetics of the Naimisaranya forests, who listened to this absorbing and ennobling account praised
and thanked Suta Maharshi for his enlightening narrative and after prostrating to him in deep devotion, they took leave
of him and returned to their humble abodes and ashrams, with elevated minds and joyful felicity.

116. Phala Sruti:  Benefits of reading this Sacred Text:

Those who study this history of the great king and Mahayogi Maharajan and the manner in which he attained the final
emancipation and appreciate  the truth of his supreme attainment through renunciation will surely renounce all thoughts
of this world and become blemishless Sannyasins themselves and realize the true nature of their own Self as the birthless,
immortal and immaculate Brahman.  Praise be unto the most charming goddess and our Guru, the divine Mother Parvati,
hailed as Periyanayaki in the holy Vruddahchalam, who redeemed us by Her loving Grace !  Long Live our Divine Mother
forever !

[As the author Sri Kumaradeva Swamigal was an ardent Devi Upasaka (worshipper of the Divine Mother) he expresses his
gratitude to Her Grace which prompted and enabled him to complete this work with smooth felicity and hails Mother Periyanayaki
as the Supreme Goddess of Self Knowledge.)

117.  The Glory of Sannyasa:

Among all human accomplishments, there is no greater or rarer attainment then perfect renunciation as a means for
moksha purushartha, the goal of human life.  If the great sage who had adopted this supreme means of renunciation
and dispassion, and thereby gained liberation and final beatitude, for some strange reason abandons this renunciation
itself in order to become the emperor of this world, and then rules over the whole earth with a dazzling crown adorning
his head, and thus fritters away the priceless treasure of the power of the Self, it is equivalent to exchanging in barter
a most precious gem or diamond stone for no more than a paltry oil cake residue for cattle-feed!

CONCLUDED.

Arunachala Siva.