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Bhakti and Vibhakti
« on: July 22, 2009, 12:09:47 PM »
Sutha Maharshi tells in Srimad Bhagavatam:  Tattva Jnana is
the goal of all karmas, bhakti and yoga.  Jnapti, Jnanam, is the
goal of Bhakti.  While describing Bhakti, Bhagavan Ramana says
in Who am I?  'To stay in God as an atma-nishtaparan is bhakti.
That is giving everything away to Godhead in total surrender.

Bhagavan Ramana sings in A.A.M.M. Verse 23:

Kayinil kani un mei-rasam kondu uvahai
veRi koLa aruL Arunachala!

Let me have the fruit which is the Essence of Truth on my hand,
And be in ecstasy for ever, O Arunachala!

In Narada Bhakti Sutras, Narada describes bhakti as indescribable
or uncalled for love to God.  In fact, throughout his Sutras,
Narada never mentions the name of Narayana as the goal of

But in common parlance, the word prema, love is associated with
wordly objects and the word bhakti, or devotion is associated with
godhead.  Sometimes towards nation also, as Desa Bhakti etc.,

The words Vibhakti and Bhakti have to be etymoligically analyzed.

The word Vibhakti is opposite of Bhakti.  Bhakti is connected with
the "case endings"  of the word I.  Vibhakti has no case endings,
it is simply I and nothing else.

Take the case endings of I:  There are seven case endings.

What?                                  -  All outside objects with reference to
                                                 one's own individuality.
Due to me.                          -  His happiness is due to my loan!
                                                 This beautiful house is due to my efforts!
For me.                                -  He is working for me!
                                                 The servants are fopr me!
                                                 This packet of halwa is for me!
From me.                             -  From me this book came.  I am the
                                                 author. From me, this factory came,
                                                  I am the proprietor!     
mine.                                    -  This house is mine.  This farm is
in me.                                   -   I am the Prime Minister.  This country is
                                                  in me.
These are all premas and not bhakti.  Bhakti if it is fully ripe
become Vibhakti.  Only I,I,I, no mine, for me, due to me, by me,
because of me, from me, etc.,

This "I" within has to be dug out from the heaps of ego within.
The ego dust or the ego dirt has to be dug out first.  Then the
brilliance of I shines forth.

Saint Tayumanavar sings:

I dug out the heap of dust
I found the ash-gourd!  [Pooshani]

The heap of dust is the ego dust.  The Pooshani, the ash-gourd,
such a big vegetable is lying hidden inside the dust!  Pooshani
also in Siddha pari-bhasha means Purani, the Full, Complete!

Arunachala Siva.