RamanaAshram Prayers – Anma Vidyai Meaning

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Self-Knowledge

Refrain

Lo, very easy is Self Knowledge,

Lo, very easy indeed.

Supplemental Refrain

Even for the most infirm, so real is the Self that compared with it,
the
amlak1 in one’s hand appears a mere illusion.

(Refrain)

1. The gooseberry fruit, which is said to have medicinal properties.

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1. True, strong, fresh, for ever stands the Self.

From it in truth springs forth the phantom body
and phantom world. when this delusion is destroyed
and not a speck remains, the Sun of Self shines
bright and real in the vast Heart-expanse.

Darkness dies, afflictions end, and bliss wells up.

(Refrain)

2. The thought ‘I am the body’ is the thread on which
are strung together various thoughts.Enquiring within,
ask, ‘Who am I? and whence is this thought?’

All other thoughts vanish. And as ‘I-I’, within the Heart-Cave,
the Self shines of its own accord. Such Self-Awareness is the
only Heaven, this stillness, this abode of bliss.

(Refrain)

Anma Viddai

Pallavi

Aiye! ati-sulabam – anma-viddai
Aiye! ati-sulabam.

Anu Pallavi

Noyyar tamak-kumulan kaiya malagak-kani
Poiyay ozhiya-migu meiyay uladanma

(Aiye … )

Charanams

1.

Meiyai niran-taran tanaiya dirun-didavum
Poiya mudam-bulaga meiyay mulait-tezhumpoi
Maiyar ninaiva-nuvu muiya doduk-kidave
Meiyar idaya-veli veiyon suyam-anma –

Vilan-gume; irul-adan-gume; idarodun-gume;
Inbam pon-gume.

(Aiye … )

2. Unar udal-iduve nanam enum-ninaive
Nana ninai-vugal serorna renu-madanal
Nana ridame-dendrut ponal ninai-vugal-poi
Nan-nan enak-gugai-yut tanait tigazhum-anma –
Jnaname; iduve moname; eka vaname;

Inba staname.

(Aiye … )

3. Of what avail is knowing things other than the Self?

And the Self being known, what other thing is there to know?

That one light that shines as many selves,

see this Self within as awareness’ lightning-flash;

The play of grace; the ego’s death;
the blossoming of bliss.

(Refrain)

4. For loosening karma’s bonds and ending births, –

This path is easier than all other paths.

Abide in stillness, without any stir of tongue, mind, or body.
And behold the effulgence of the Self within;

The experience of eternity; absence of all fear;

The vast ocean of bliss.

(Refrain)

5. Annamalai the Self, the eye behind the eye of mind,
which sees the eye and all the other senses,

which knows the sky and other elements,
the Being which contains, reveals, perceives the inner sky
that shines within the Heart. When the mind free of thought
turns inward, Annamalai appears as my own Self.

True grace is needed; love is added. Bliss wells up.

(Refrain)

Tannai yarida-lindrip pinnai yedari-gilen
Tannai arin-didir-pin ennai ula-dariya
Binna vuyir-galil abinna vilak-kenu-mat
Tannait tanil-unara minnum tanul-anma –
Praka-same; arul vila-same; aga vina-same
Inba vika-same.

(Aiye… )

4.

Kanma dikat-tavizha jen-madi nashta-mezha
Emmarg-gam ada-ninum immarg ga-mik-kelidu
Sonma nada-danu-vin kanma disiri-dindrich
Chumma amarn-dirukka amma ahattil-anma –
Jotiye; nidanu bhutiye; iradu bitiye;
Inba-vam bodiye.

(Aiye … )

5. Vinna diya-vilakkun kanna-diya porikkun

Kanna manak-kanukkun kannai mana-vinukkum
Vinnai-oru porul verenna dirunta-padi
Ulnadu lattoli-rum Anna malai enanma –
Kanume; Arulum venume; Anbu-punume;
Inbu tonume.

(Aiye … )

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