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Ramana Maharshi => The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi => Topic started by: Subramanian.R on June 03, 2010, 12:06:02 PM

Title: ULLadu Narpadu - 151
Post by: Subramanian.R on June 03, 2010, 12:06:02 PM

Sri Lakshmana Sarma covers the message of Verse 24 of ULLadu
Narpadu in his Sri Ramana Paravidyopanishad, in a few verses.

Verse 366:  This Self is declared to be the true meaning of the term
"I", because He shines uninterruptedly, both in the state of deep
sleep wherein the ego (the soul) is latent, and in the Supreme
State, wherein the ego is dead once for all.

Verse 367:  That one, who is Brahman, is Himself ever shining
as "I" inside the Heart as the Self.  But because of delusion, man
confounds Him, with this 'soul' who is only coextensive with body.

Verse 368: The ignorance does not hinder the awareness of "I am". It hinders only the Awareness, "I am Pure Consciousness".  Everyone is aware of his own existence.  But none if aware of Oneself as distinct from the veiling sheaths.

Verse 369:  That Self who is [only] Consciousness does not arise as 'I', the inert body does not say 'I', but between the two, there arises someone, who is unreal as 'I', [but] having the size of the body.             

Verse 370:  By joining together the Consciousness of the Real
Self, which has the form of "I" and the inert body, there arises
the sense "I am the body."  This sense itself is the soul.

Verse 371:  Since he is believed to be real by confounding the body
and the Real Self as one, this soul, a false appearance due to the
ignorance, has the name, "Knot binding together the Consciousness
and the inert body."

Verse 372:  But there never was a real joining of the Real Self
with the inert body, nor did anyone having the name of 'soul'
really come into existence; nor did the All become changed into a soul.

Verse 373:  One self-shining Consciousness, independent of all
else, which is the Real Self, is alone real.  There is no other consciousness.  Therefore, this soul is not consciousness.

Verse 374:  But the soul is taken as being conscious, due to the admixture of the consciousness of the Real Self.  Therefore Vedantins call this unreal soul as the illusory consciousness.

Verse 375:  Just as someone, coming in uninvited at a marriage,
claiming to be a comrade of the bridegroom, obtain honourable
reception from the bride's family, so this soul is accepted at its
face value of the ignorant. 

Verse 376:  The pretended bride-groom's comrade runs away on
his own accord as soon as an inquiry is started by the bride's
party, questioning "Who is he? Whence did he come?"  In the
same way, this soul flees of his own accord when an inquiry is
made as to who he is, or whence he has come.

Verse 377:  This soul has really no form of his own, like a ghost
haunting a house, this body.  Therefore, [our] Guru says that he is just a ghost appointed to guard the body.

Verse 378:  Bhagavan Sri Ramana, our Guru, makes clear the
unreality of this soul, saying that when the Supreme State is won
by the quest, [of the Self] there is no form of this soul found surviving.

Verse 379:  The first thought of the mind is the ego-sense.  From
him arise all other thoughts.  Hence this soul itself mind, the subtle body, the world, worldly life, and bondage -- nothing else.

Verse 380:  Both bondage and the bound one are only this soul.
There is no other who can be said to be bound.  The Real Self is ever free and the sole Reality.  How can it be said that He became bound?

Verse 381:  As soon as this one named "I" is born, there is born
also along with him the whole world.  When he becomes latent
the world also vanishes.  Hence the world is said to be his form.

Verse 382:  Though this Great Being, the Real Self, is the dearest
of all and of great splendour, yet He does not shine unmistakably.
His light being stolen, as it were, by this evil one, who has the ego-form. 

Verse 383:  Though unreal, this one named the soul covers up the Truth of the Self.  Hence the Self, being wrongly understood through a variety of false imaginations, by the ignorant man, is as good as lost.

Verse 385:  Revelation accuses him, who by his ego-sense has
stolen the Real Self, and who suffers for that sin, saying: "What sin is there that has not been committed by that thief of the Self?"

Arunachala Siva.