Author Topic: Atma Vidya Vilasa - Sadasiva Brahmendra - Mountain Path, Apr.-June 2009  (Read 3210 times)

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(Tr. Sri V. Narayanan; Published by Kamakoti Kosasthanam, Chennai.)

1. I bow down to that first great Teacher (Sri Dakshinamurti) who is immaculate, whose lotus hand is in the Chinmudra
pose, who bestows on His devotees all their desires, and who is overflowing with endless bliss.

2. I now begin to say a few sweet words of praise, in order that I may rest in my own Self.  I whose divine greatness
has been awakened by the teaching of my Guru (preceptor) Paramsivendra.

3. The Supreme Soul shines pure and awake, devoid of all mutations (vikalpas); it is unique, eternal and free from passion.
It is an indivisible whole, untouched by Maya and free from the gunas.

4. He who was sleeping under the influence of Maya and who during his sleep had dreams by the thousands;  he is now
awakened by the words of his Guru and delights in the ocean of Bliss.

5. By the grace of his good Guru, the wise man rejoices silently and much pleased at heart, and with his mind submerged
in his own nature, as Existence, Knowledge and Bliss.

6. The good Sannyasin is unique, rejoicing at will in the utmost regions of incomparable Bliss, with his heart's passions
completely cooled by its proximity to the surging waves of Grace flowing from his good teacher, Guru.

7. The good Ascetic, from whose heart darkness has been dispelled by the sun like radiance of his good Guru's Grace,
is sporting in the boundless ocean of Bliss.

8.  The Sage rests quiet, visualizing the Atman that remains after he has by his buddhi (intellect) uncreated (by involution)
the five elements, inverting the order of their creation (evolution).

9.  He wanders about, with his desires crushed and with his pride, self esteem and envy all gone, realizing in his mind
that this universe in its entirety is insubstantial and proceeds from Maya.

10.  He sports like a child, plunged in the Ocean of Pure Bliss and delighted with the diverse actions of men, without any
feeling 'You' and 'I'.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                 

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11. Delighted in the Atman (in his Self) and rid of bondage of karma (action), the Prince of Sannyasins is wandering
about in the outskirts of the jungle, like a deaf, blind idiot.  Alone the happy one enjoys, remaining in the close embrace
of Shanti (equanimity) on the bed of his own Ananda (bliss), serene and unruffled by all other sensations.

12.  The King of Ascetics shines supreme in his own kingdom, he in majesty of his own blissful Self (Atman), having made all
the wealth of non attachment his own and having uprooted his enemies, the sense pleasures.

13.  Though the sun be cool, though the moon scorch and the tongue of fire leap forward, the jivanmukta knows it to be the
work of Maya and does not wonder thereat.

14.  The King of Ascetics sports in the expanse of unvarying Bliss, which is ever most pleasing, riding high on the neck of
the elephant of Right Knowledge and vanquishing his enemy, Ignorance.

15.  He shines supreme enjoying, as Existence Knowledge Bliss, with the blemish of egoism gone, with his mind quite calm
and composed, and with his thoughts cool and pleasant like the full moon.

16.  Fully engrossed in the enjoyment of his own Bliss, he remains in another world as it were;  and, as strikes his fancy, here
he is engaged in thought and there he is singing and there he is dancing.

17.  Having skillfully caught the fickle antelope of his manas (mind) in the net of Discernment (Vimarsana) he, the unique
one, reposes in the Self, tired with hunting in the forests of the Vedas.

18. Unique he triumphs, wandering at will, in the forest of Fearlessness, having felled the cruel tiger called Chitta (mentality)
with the sharp edged sword of his brave mind (manas).

19.  The blemish-less Sun of a Supreme Ascetic stalks unique in the sky of Chit (Knowledge), with his abundant thoughts as
the rays causing the lotuses of good men's hearts to bloom.

20.  The great Muni shines in the ethereal region of Chit (Vishnupada), the fit abode of the Gods, a spotless moon which
causes the blue lilies to bloom and the moonlight of whose wisdom dispels ignorance.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.                                       

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21. The Recluse is the gentle wind which blows pleasantly in the grove of Knowledge-Bliss and prevents all fatigue by its
lovely progress, along with the fragrance of flowers (Realized souls).

22.  The Ascetic shines, a peacock in the region of the forests, whence fear has fled and where grow the luscious fruit of
Beatitude (Nisreya) and the pleasing flowers of perfect knowledge. 

23. Abandoning the desert region of the worthless world, he, the good swan, sports freely in this excellent lake which is all
Chit (Knowledge) and full of sweet waters of perfect Bliss.

24.  The great recluse is the cuckoo which coos soft sweet words, in the grove which is made cool by the secret lore (Tantras)
of the Upanishads and where all the Vedas are in bloom. 

25.  The excellent man of wisdom is the great lion which sports in the wide forest of Bliss, having torn asunder the wild
elephant Delusion (Moha) and driven away all the tigers, which are sins.

26.  The Ascetic is a wild young elephant who, cool and wet from the meditation, sports in the high regions of the lofty
peak of supreme Knowledge, beyond the reach of the lion,  Ignorance.

27.  The Sage shines supreme, silent and placid, with the ground under the tree as his resting place, and with his palm
as the begging bowl, wearing nothing but only the jewel of non attachment.

28.  The great Recluse who has awakened to the state of the perfect Existence-Knowledge-Bliss rests in his house, which
is the deserted bush on the river bank, on the rare and very comfortable bed of soft sands.

29.  The Recluse shines as a king of kings, resting serenely on the soft bed of bare ground, with cool breeze as his unique
chamara (royal whisk) and with the full moon as the lamp of his royal chamber.

30.  The king of ascetics take his rest on a broad slab of stone, which is lovely because on every side of it the pure waters
of the river are flowing, while the southern breeze from the Malaya Hills blows gently.                       

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.

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31. Verily the silent sage, ever engaged in inward meditation, takes the alms placed in his hands as foods and wanders
along the street like an idiot.

32.  Having dissolved  the entire world by right knowledge and being under the power of the Perfect substance that survives
such dissolution, he puts into his mouth by the force of Prarabdha Karma the handful of food which comes to him.

33. Taking rest in the outskirts of the forest and regarding the entire universe as a mere blade of grass, the Yogin, his body
smeared with mud and straw, enjoys secret Bliss in regions beyond old age and death.

34.  The Yogin sees nothing; nor does he speak; he does not hear any word, that is spoken.  He remains steadfast in the
incomparable region of Bliss; the immovable like a block of wood.

35. The great Sannyasin who knows the truth of all the Vedas wanders like an ignorant fool unnoticed, devoid of every
sense of difference, and seeing only perfection everywhere and in all creatures. 

36. Embracing the lady Virati (equanimity) and by bliss overpowered, he sleeps with his hand for a pillow, with nothing
for coverlet, and with the bare ground as bedding.

37.  In the inner apartments of the Vedas, the king of ascetics delights in self illumination, as in the company of lovely
courtesans whose lingering vestige of difference is all gone.

38.  The king amongst ascetics enjoys the company of Mukti in the lofty mansions of Truth, which is reached by the broad
way of Vairagya and which is lit by the excellent lamp of supreme knowledge.

39.  The man who knows the Self accepts as a rosary the rows of blue lily flowers in lonely places and as a divine healing
herb (kalpavalli) the absence of carnal desire and as magic pills of immortality, in the absence of egoism.

40.  The Sage rejects nothing, considering it bad. Nor does he accept anything, considering is good. Knowing that everything
is the result of avidya (ignorance), he remains unattached to anything.

contd.,

Arunachala Siva.   
                           

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41. He does not think of all of what is past, nor does he care in his mind about the future.  He does not even care what is in
front of him.  He is the One Perfect Bliss in everything.

42.  The King of Sannyasins rests alone, rooted in Self and enjoying the inner Bliss.  He rejects nothing that comes to him
and never desires what does not come to him.

43.  Alone, a mendicant is disporting himself as he pleases, free from all bondage, having reached the stage of perfection
with his pure, full blown Knowledge Bliss.

44. The great ascetic transcends the rule of varna and asrama (caste and status), shaking off from him the injunctions and
prohibitions of Sastras.  He remains merely the perfect Knowledge Bilss.

45. Enjoying the fruit of the prarabdha karma, the wise man destroys all karma and having slipped off the bonds which
bind him through his body, he becomes verily the Absolute Brahman.

46.  The eternal That (Tat) shines, unperceived by the eye, the nose and the tongue, free from the gunas of Sattva, Rajas
and Tamas, the One Truth, peerless and unafraid.

47. The wise man contemplating daily on the splendor of atma vidya described here will grow ripe in the wisdom of the
Supreme Soul and reach at once the Ultimate Truth.

48.  Thus is completed this work named Atma Vidya Vilasa composed by by Sadasivendra, the disciple of the gracious guru,
Paramasivendra.

concluded.

Arunachala Siva.