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Bhagavan, Maniikkavachagar and Tiruvachakam - 6
« on: February 24, 2009, 01:17:56 PM »
A question was asked about the Upanishadic passage: "The Supreme Spirit is subtler than the subtlest and larger than the largest."

Bhagavan: Even the structure of the atom has been found by the mind. Therefore the mind is subtler than the atom. That which is behind the mind, namely the individual soul, is subtler than the mind.  Furthermore, the Tamil saint Manikkavachagar has said of the specks dancing in a beam of sunlight, that if each represents a universe, the whole sunlight will represent the Supreme Being."

(Talks No. 15)

This passage is found in Tiruvandapahudi, (The Passage on Univeses) lines 1 to 6 in Tiruvachakam.

Robert Butler and others have given the translation as under:

The origin of the universal sphere,
composed of its (various) elements,
its immeasurable nature,
its vast and rich array of visible forms --
if one were to describe the beauty
of how these appear in manfiestation,
each connected one to the other,
(one would find) that they expand
in a thousand million and more.
So great He is that all the worlds
appear like tiny specks, floating
in a sunbeam as it falls into a house.

(The Tamil original starts as: ANda pahuthiyin UNdai Pirakkam....)

(Source: Robert Butler and Others, Mountain Path, Advent, 2006)

Arunachala Siva.