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ULLadu Narpadu - 119
« on: May 22, 2010, 03:25:48 PM »

Now, let us see the Verse 21 of ULLadu Narpadu of Bhagavan
Ramana.

Bhagavan Ramana's Tamil Version:

Tannait taan kaaNal talaivan tanaik kaaNal
Ennum pannool unmai ennai enin - tannait taan
KaaNal evan taanondaal kaaNvoNadel talaivan
Kaanl evan oonadal kaaN.

Sanskrit Version of Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni:

Aatmaanam ikseta param prapasyet
Ity aagamoktech sulaho na bhaavah |
Naatamaiva drsyo yadi kaa kathese
Svayam tad annibhavanam tadiksaa ||

Sanskrit Version of Sri Lakshmana Sarma:

Viksaa svasya parasya cheti gaditam granthesu viksaadvayam
Tattattvam kimiiti ghatate viksaa katham nvaatmanah |
Ekatvaanna sa viksyate yadi param vikseta ko vaa katham
Isasyaudanabhaavameva ganaya sveksaam pareksaamapi ||

{In fact, the Verses 21 and 22 have to be read together as per
scholars like Michael James, but I am giving them separately,
for the sake of convenience.}

Comments:

Brhadaaranya Upanishad says:

Aatma vaa are drastvyah |

One should know the Self.

These simple words may be superficially appreciated, but are
difficult to grasp in their full import.  At times, influenced by
others, or with a glamor attached to such seeking, or for want
of something better to do, or to be unusual, or due to worldly
disappointments, we seem to be interested in spiritual matters.
We understand that Self realization or the Lord should be the goal
of life.  But still our desires for objects and beings of the world continue.  Even if we are fairly detached, the habit of the mind to objectify everything, makes it seek the Self or the Lord too as an
object.  We try to gain Self realization as the experience of the mind.

The Self, being one with the seeker, cannot be seen as an object,
either by the senses or the mind.  We all experience the Self within
as "I" (Aparokshatayaa).  We however, do not know our true nature, so we take the ego to be me.  It is "I" alone who is to know the Lord.  When I am unable to abide in my true nature, the talk of
knowing the Lord is far fetched.  We know from the previous verse
that the vision of the Lord is to know Him as the Self.

Here, Bhagavan Ramana indicates a method that would appeal
to the heart of one with love for the Lord.  During pooja or worship, we make food offerings to the Lord.  The Lord is supposed to have eaten the essence of the food i.e. the love (bhava) behind offering.  The food thereafter becomes the prasada - a gift from Him.  Here,
it is said, that the instead of food, we should offer ourselves, i.e.
our ego at His altar.  Food eaten becomes one with the eater.  The
Lord as though eats my ego, and I lose my identity in Him.  He alone remains.  This is the vision of the Lord.

Normally in the world, I am the enjoyer (bhoktaa) and the food
objects of the world enjoyed are bhogya.  Many times, I become
the bhogya for others to maintain my status as a bhoktaa.  For
example, I wish people to look at me.  I dress with extra care, thereby wishing to enjoy their appreciation.  This may misfire and
I may become an object of ridicule.  Then instead of being an enjoyer, I become a sufferer. Yet I remain a bhoktaa of my suffering.  Here we are advised to become the bhogya, not of the world, but of the Lord, by totally giving up the status of being
the bhoktaa, the egoistic.

Arunachala Siva.