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Saturday, January 28, 2012

More on Pranvam... the Para and Apara states

More on Pranvam... the Para and Apara states
परापर विभागेन प्रणवस्तु द्विधा मतः॥
Paraapara vibhaaghen pranavastu dwidhaa mataH..
Privanavam or AUM is considered in two ways as  Paraa, and Aparaa  as per suuthasamhita.
परं परतरं ब्रह्म प्रज्ञानन्दादिलक्षणं
प्रकर्षेण् नवं यस्मात् परं ब्रह्म स्वभावतः॥
Since the inner visualization of Pranavam endows us with prjnaana the enhanced knowleds, ectasy, etc, it is called partara Pranava.. And on each chanting we find a new rejuvenation and revelation on occasion after occasion.. it is essentially new on every moment of user or chanting so pranavam is also called Param.
सत्यम् ज्ञानमन्तम् ब्रह्म।  ॐ तत् ब्रह्म। ॐ आनदो ब्रह्म।   Satyam jnaanam anantham brahma, om tat brahma, om aanando brahma,  the Upanishads go one praising the Supreme Lord like this.. the pranavam is the embodiment of truth, incarnation of knowledge, manifestation of ecstasy,  and has only single quality of sublimity.  The brahmam cannot be conceived any other way,. It is truth because it originated once and it will be eternal and shine forth as such without any variation. Whatever other than is the creation of truth is all illusion.. and only the creation of truth AUM is the eternal truth.  That which has origin, growth and end are all mithya or illusory, and AUM which is not in that category is the everlasting truth.  The AUM can be conceived only by absolute knowledge.. and the state of absoulute knowledge is where  the jnaataa.. the knower,  jneyam.. that which is to be known  and jnaanam, the knowledge of that all become one and inseparable.. ( cf.. lalithasahasranaamam... jnana jnatru jeya ruupaa)  .. such state of sublime knowledge is called jnaanaaika rasam and AUM ultimately leads us to that sublime state.  In this case once the core is understood, then there cannot be any more thing to be known and there can be no one who would like to know anything more.  The reason for any sort of sorrow disappears in this state and and the divine ecstasy that manifests is unmixed with any sorrow or worldly feelings. This is also the manifestation of Paramaatma.  This state is called aanadaiikarasam... a state where there is only ananda.. and AUM provides this.  Satya jnaana and anada, are the three stages of perception, three vehilcles of perceiption, three results of perception of pure Omkaram.   Thus defined and untouched by Maayaa and the related tatwwas of Mahat etc, remais the Para Shiva swaroopam and that is Pranavam.  This is the para pranavam.

Without afftected by the vagaries of space-time the word AUM  oozes out ecstacy in its vocal form  and it is called Apara Pranavam.
अपरः प्रणवः साक्षात् शब्दरूपः सुनिर्म्मलः
प्रकर्षेन नवत्वस्य हेतुत्वाल् प्रणवः स्मृतः
परम प्रणवप्राप्ति हेतुत्वात् प्रणवोऽथवा॥
aparaH praNavaH saakSaat shabdaruupaH sunirmmalaH
prakarSena navatwasya hetutwaal praNavaH smR^itaH
parama praNavapraapti hetutwaat praNavo.athavaa..
The aparapranava is the manifestation of AUM in the vocal form.. It is in the form of sound and is blemishless.. Every chanting of AUM is the source of a new experience spiritually. And this Aparapranava is the step that leads to the parapranava where the supereme Brahmatattwam manifests before us.  In this manner also the Sabdhapranava is called Apara.

।श्रीकृष्णो रक्षतु।
|śrīkṛṣṇo rakṣatu|
Have a nice and happy day
with profound respect and warm regards
K V Ananthanarayanan
त्यजन्तु बान्धवाः सर्वे निन्दन्तु गुरवो जनाःI
तदापि परमानन्दो गोविन्दो मम जीवनंII
let all my relatives abandon me, let the great people insult me, still I am in supreme bliss since my life  is GOVINDA alone.
Iकृष्णात् परं किमपि तत्वं अहं न जाने"I
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु।
lokāḥ samastāḥ sukhino bhavantu|

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