Ramana Puranam – 5


You concealed yourself within me,

like the oil within a sesame seed,

so that your presence within me

could not be clearly discerned.

Because of that veiling known as ignorance

the truth within my heart

was cloaked entirely in deep darkness,

and in this condition

the mind somehow turned outwards.

Through the power of multiplicity

which deludes and shows the world

as the five sense perceptions,

my mind, which knows them [objectively] as ‘that’,

became bewildered,

and deeming them [the sense perceptions]

to be profitable, sought them.


That seeking, evolving itself into desire,

became the seed that engendered

the never-ending succession of births,

bringing into existence the great and evil tree

that is the illusion of birth [and death].

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