RamaNanae yagathil aadum rathina chudar viLakkaam
RamaNanae vimala vedha raatinath aadundh dhevan
RamaNanae gnana naattil ramithhudum arasaai nindroan
Jagathil = in this world; ravi = sun; galangal = the five elements; agathil = inside (of us); rathina = emerald, gem; chudar/sudar = flame; vialkku = lamp; vimala = pure (madam is impurity, vimala is without impurities) ; raatinam = merry-go-round; dhevan = deva, lord; ramithidum = (one who is) enjoying; arasu = domain, kingdom.
The sun, the stars, the material world that I see made up of the five elements, is all the Spirit of Ramana. The flame burning inside my heart like a bright gem is Ramana. Ramana is the flawless, pure one. He is the lord who is on the merry-go-round of the Vedas and he is the king of wisdom country (who enjoys being there).
In Saivism and among Siva devotees there is a saying, ‘Ellan Siva mayam’ or Sarvam Siva mayam’ meaning everything is Sivaness (mayam is nature, fullness, prevalence etc). Since SV makes no distinction between Arunachala and Ramana Bhagavan, he sees Ramana in everything including the stars, planets, and everything else on the earth. In Siva puranam, Saint Manickavasagar says:
விண்ணிறைந்து மண்ணிறைந்து மிக்காய் விளங்கொளியாய்
எண்ணிறந் தெல்லை யிலாதானே
(viNNiraindhu maNNiraindhu mikkai viLangoLiyayi
Meaning ‘You are the heavens, you are the Earth, you are the Light, you are beyond the reach of the mind’.
The sentiment of flame burning inside is referred to in other Saivite literature works as well. Again Manickavasagar calls Siva as ‘ஓராதார் உள்ளத்து ஒளிக்கும் ஒளியானே’ meaning ‘You who shine as a spark of light even in those not interested or have no desire (in finding you).
Tirunavukkarasar, among the famous 63 naayanaars says refers to those not interested in finding the Lord as ‘poriyileer’ where ‘pori’ is spark and ‘ileer’ is those who don’t have it. (In the poem ‘massif veenayum)
This life is referred to as a merry-go-round by some seers. Periyava in Deivathin Kural 1 likens this material life with waking, sleeping and dreaming life to a ride in the merry-go-round. Some, he says sit on a lion, some on an elephant, and some on horse. All our we are limited to this ride in the same path on the circular platform. After a while we get tired of this same-old same-old ride and we look for something beyond, which is where Goddess is, he says.
In Ramana Darsanam, we find the following passage:
“If you stay as sat-chit-ananda, free from other thoughts, maya becomes extinct. No other method can be found in the whole range of the Vedas.
This is the conclusion of the sages: other than the words of the Vedas, nothing else deserves to be relied upon by mature ones who seek to know only the truth behind everything.”
Hence SV calls Bhagavan is the Lord on the merry-go-round (of life). When He is in our hearts, and we nurture the spark, we will be engulfed by the light of Arunachala!