Pullidave aruL Arunachala
Arunachala, which is the lowly knowledge and which is the highest knowledge, please help me discriminate between the two, and shower your grace and mercy on me so I can merge with the truth as one.
Lowly knowledge (pullarivu) refers to knowledge of the senses, ego-consciousness etc. High knowledge (nallarivu = literally good knowledge) refers to brahma gnanam, knowledge of the Self etc.
That knowledge which is based on mental imagination and is responsible for the bonds of samsara (material life consisting of life and death cycles) is called lowly knowledge. That knowledge which is beyond the reach of the mind and its imaginations is the high knowledge. Only this true knowledge helps one cross the ocean of sorrow that is our life to the shores of bliss and liberation. Even though knowledge is one, when it is attached to and about the body, it. Is called false and when it is about the Self it becomes real knowledge.
This is what scriptures of Vedanta refer to as ‘dhegogam’ bhavanai and ‘sivogam’ bhavanai where bhavanai is attitude, dhegam is body and siva is Siva.
When the ego dissolves in the real self and merges there as one without a second like an ice crystal in water, this stage is called ‘pulludhal’ . To be established in this brahma gnanam is brahma nishtai (nishtai is a meditative state).