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Re: Ozhival Odukkam - Kannudaiya Vallalar - Advent - 2004 of Mountain Path:
« Reply #30 on: March 20, 2013, 10:20:05 AM »

Verse 16 - Notes continue....

Munagala Venkatramiah made a translation of the above as follows:  'A pretentious work needs no benediction. An evil work
though accompanied with prayer is still no good. In spite of an apologetic preface, even a good work is not considered by all,
not an evil one, evil.'

This verse is terse and seemingly out of context.  In its literal sense, as given above, it interrupts the smooth flow of the preceding
verses surcharged with advaita. But really, there is a treasure hidden within its seeming naivete. The matter in square brackets
fills the gap. The treasure is unearthed below:

(ii) Benediction for a literary work can only be of three kinds. They are aashirvada mangalam (receiving blessing), namskara
mangalam (offering obeisance) and vaastava/vastu nirdesha mangalam (substantive;  expressing the all consuming Substance
which is used here in both its senses of true meaning or 'jnana' and 'reality or Self' and signified by the word 'I').  Thus benedictions
are three, Receiving, Giving and Being.  Passive, Active and Static.  The first two being dualistic, are employed in the majority of works.
The third is advaitic.

The first verse of this work, began with the Receiving kind, when the hand of the guru Jnana Sambandha, raised in blessing is

In the present verse, the author submits his Obeisance, being the benediction of the Giving kind, and expresses confidence that he has
preserved protocol without sacrificing the pristine philosophy.

(iii) It is useful to imagine that the author is visualizing an august gathering of sages established in Sahaja Samadhi and savoring the
launching of his work dealing with the transmission of the purest form of advaita concerning the natural state.  He realizes that a
work started with all round approval, is a work well concluded. He is therefore keen to ensure that in his observance of the tradition
regarding prefatory benediction, the work incurs no disapproval from the sternest sages.  This is a tall order, since all three forms of
benediction must be employed, and must be seen to be employed in such a way, as to satisfy all rishis, especially those who might, out
of sheer lila, choose to take opposite positions over the benedictions.                           


Arunachala Siva.