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Ekanma Panchakam of Sri Bhagavan:
« on: July 03, 2013, 06:29:26 PM »

These are the last verses composed by Sri Bhagavan.  They were written at the instance of of a devotee, Smt. Suri
Nagamma.  This is among the parayana verses of Sri Bhagavan for today, Wednesday.  Sri Bhagavan wrote them in
Telugu, but to a Tamizh metrical form called Venba, and then translated them into Tamizh.  Since there was already a
composition of Adi Sankara called Atma Panchakam, Sri Bhagavan decided to call His composition Ekanma Panchakam.
(Atma of Sanskrit is written as Anma in Tamizh) 


When, forgetting the Self, one thinks
That body is oneself and goes
Through innumerable births
And in the end remembers
The Self, know this is only like
Awaking from a dream where in
One has wandered all over the world.


One is ever the Self. To ask oneself
" Who and whereabouts am I?"
Is like the drunken man's enquring
" Who am I?"  and   "Where am I? "


The body us within the Self. And yet
One thinks one is inside the inert body,
Like some spectator who supposes
That the screen on which the pictures thrown
Is within picture.


Does an ornament of gold exist
Apart from the gold? Can the body exist
Apart from the Self?
The ignorant one thinks "I am the body";
The enlightened knows "I am the Self".


The Self alone, the Sole Reality,
Exists for ever.
If yore of the First Teachers*
Revealed it through unbroken silence
Say who can reveal it in spoken words?

(* Sri Dakshinamurti)

tr. Prof. K. Swaminathan.

Arunachala Siva.