[Advaita-l] Commentary on Ramana's Forty Verses
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Wed Jun 16 04:07:43 EDT 2021
“DEAD TO THEMSELVES AND THEIR POSSESSIONS”
Ramanamaharishi is entirely consistent with Sankara saying a jnani will inevitably take up the life of a paramahamsa ascetic, since s/he has no desires, no fear, no attachments, not even to body-mind - like a snake that has shed its skin.
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> On 15 Jun 2021, at 17:26, Akilesh Ayyar via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> This is the commentary on the next verse.
> II. THOSE WHO KNOW INTENSE FEAR OF DEATH SEEK REFUGE ONLY AT THE FEET OF
> THE LORD WHO HAS NEITHER DEATH NOR BIRTH. DEAD TO THEMSELVES AND THEIR
> POSSESSIONS, CAN THE THOUGHT OF DEATH OCCUR TO THEM AGAIN? DEATHLESS ARE
> *Commentary:* All fear is rooted in the fear of death. But death can only
> afflict what is born, that is, what is changing: that is, what is thought.
> We have just seen that what is Real is unchanging, and that what is Real is
> The Lord who has neither birth nor death is none other than this very
> Reality, the Heart. This Lord may go by many other names — Shiva or Vishnu
> or God or the Goddess, for example. But ultimately they all refer to this
> unchanging Reality.
> In order to take refuge at the feet of this Lord, all else must be given
> up. This giving up is a kind of death. By dying to what is changing — to
> what one thought one was, but in fact is not — one realizes oneself to
> actually be the unchanging. What seems mortal has in fact never been born
> to begin with, and what is immortal cannot die. And the thought of death
> cannot occur to the immortals, which are those who have given up their
> stake in everything changing.
> At any time, see all the forty verses posts that I have published so far
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