Five Verses on the Self
1. When forgetting the Self, one thinks that the body is oneself
and goes through innumerable births but in the end remembers
and becomes the Self. Know this is only like waking from a dream
in which one has wandered about the entire world.
2. One is always the Self.
To ask oneself, ‘Who am I?’ or ‘Where am I?’
is no different from a drunken man asking,
‘Who am I?’ or ‘Where am I?’
3. The body is within the Self.
Yet one imagines one is inside the inert body,
like the viewer who imagines that the screen
on which the picture is shown is within the picture.
4. Does a gold ornament exist apart from the gold?
Can the body exist apart from the Self?
The ignorant one thinks, ‘I am the body’;
the enlightened one knows, ‘I am the Self’.
1. Tannai marandu tanuve tana-enni
Ennil piravi edut-tirudi – tannai
Unarndu tana-dal ulagasan charak
Kanavin vizhit-tale kanga – anavara-dam
2. Tanirun-dun tana-gat tannaitta nanevan
Yan-irukkum stanam edu-venakket – panukku
Yanevan evvidam yanulan endra-madu
Pana-nai yidu pagar-satcid – anandat
3. Tannul tanu-virukkat tanach jada-vudalan
Tannul irup-padat tanunnum – anna-van
Chitti-rattin ullulada chitti-rattuk kadara
Vastira mendren-nuvan polvan – vastu-vam
4. Ponnukku veragap bhusha-nam ullado
Tannai vidut tanu-vedu – tannai
Tanu-venban ajnani tana-gak kolvan
Tanai-yarinda jnani darippai – tana-doliyal
5. The Self alone, the sole reality, exists for ever.
If, of yore, the first of teachers1
revealed it through unbroken silence,
who can reveal it in spoken words?
Guru Ramana, who revels in the form of (pure) jnana,
composed these five verses on the Self.
Declared in them is the nature of Reality,
which destroys the illusion that the body is the Self.2
5. Eppo-dum ulladav ekanma vasttuve
Appo-dav vasttuvai yadi-Guru – ceppadu
Ceppit teri-yuma ceidanare levar
Ceppit teri-vippar ceppu-gena – ippodav
Ekanma vunmai yinait-tenat tetriyan-bar
Dehanma bavan cidai-vittan – ekanma
Jnana sorupa-ma nannun Guru-Ramanan