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From: Chandrasekaran. V (vcs_at_wipro.com)
Date: Fri Jan 02 1998 - 06:06:51 PST
Dear Bhagavadhotamas, I have a few thoughts about the recent discussions about 'comparison between sanskrit and tamil' which I would like to share with the members. I request Bhagavadhotamas to pardon me if I am wrong or diverting anywhere. o The Lord stands transcending all barriers and discriminations with His immeasurable mercy for whoever sheds his mortal bondages and realises whole-heartedly that his inner Atman is nothing but the manifestation of the ParamAthman, the Lord Himself and merges in union with the Supreme Purusha. The Lord doesn't care what method his devotee is employing in realising Him. o If we realise the Lord's divine nature and then come to analyse our mundane activities, we can only feel guilty at the way we are attaching significance to them. These mundane activities include all our customs, traditions, language etc., o There is no language that can express a Bhakta's feeling when he is in union with His Lord. At this point any language will fail pitifully to express the transcending feelings that emanate from the innermost heart of the realised Bhakta. o A language is only a "upakaranam" to attain the Lord's feet. It would be a waste of time and intellect to attach even a wee bit of importance to these 'instruments' in our journey toward the Supreme Lord. o Did not the epitome of Spiritual wisdom, Lord Dhakshinamurthi himself remain blissfully silent and still pass his Supreme knowledge to his divine disciples viz., sanaka, sanandhana, sanathsujAtha? This more than assures us that language is only redundant to realise the Para Brahmam. [ But for us mortals, the divinely merciful sages had to put the knowledge in words in order to be better propagated and understood ]. o Language is basically a worldly knowledge and is not to be counted as anything spiritual though it is used for conveying our feelings partially. When the Supremely pure Azhwars praise the glories of the Lord, it is only for the Lord and not for making tamil flourish as a better medium. And Saint Thyagaraja, if he had composed thousands of songs in praise of His Lord, it is only for the Lord and not to show his fluency in his mother tongue. So when a Bhakta is using this instrument namely language to praise His Lord, it is only to try to reach the Lord's Heart through some mortal means, but, which never counts for him. o There is an interesting anecdote from Sri Adi Sankharacharya's sojourn in kAsi. - He finds a very old man on the banks of Ganges where the man is reading very vigorously something as though he were doing that for some serious cause. The old man, Sankhara discovers, is reading "Pannini's Sanskrit Grammar". Sankhara couldn't resist his pity for this old man who is wasting his precious life in learning something which is not going to lead him to his ultimate goal. He composes his philosophical "Bhaja Govindham" at that instant to record a lesson for the worldly souls who are attaching undue importance to the mundane knowledge and advises, "O ignorant mind! Chant the name of the Lord... That alone can save you from this samsAra sAghara... All the remaining worldly talks and knowledge will never show any light during your journey towards the Supreme goal" adiyArkku adiyEn, -chandrasekaran.