At the Feet of Bhagavan – “Who Am I, Nayana?”

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(21) “Who Am I, Nayana?”

Sri Bhagavan was in the Virupaksha Cave on the Hill. One evening after 7 p.m. they were all coming down the Hill to go round Arunachala. The other devotees had all gone in advance; only Sri Kavyakanta Ganapati Muni was in the company of Sri Maharshi, and they were slowly climbing down the steps from the cave.

When they had walked a few steps, all of a sudden Sri Maharshi stopped, and with Him Sri Kavyakanta as well. The full moon was shining bright in the East in the starry sky. Pointing to the moon and the beautiful sky, Sri Bhagavan said: “Nayana! If the sun, the moon, and all the stars have their being in ME, and the Sun himself goes round my hip with his satellites, who am I? who am I?”

This remark of Sri Maharshi made His blessed disciple envisage the Master as the Great Person of the Vedas, as described in SriRudra, the Purusha Sukta, and the Skamba Sukta, of theAtharva Veda. He is verily all these, and That beyond; there is nothing that is not He.

Sri Kavyakanta later made this revelation known to all the devotees.

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