Sorupa Saram, The Essence of One's Own True Nature
- I received an email
from David Godman.
He has made some corrections
to the translation of
He just posted the new version
on his web site on November 11.
So, one of the quotes
I quoted just a few days ago
You can read the new
version of Sorupa Saram
Or you can click David's website:
Then look upper left and click Sorupa Saram.
The English title for Sorupa Saram is:
"The Essence of One's Own True Nature"
It was composed around
the end of the sixteenth century
by Sorupananda, a distinguished Tamil saint and Guru.
Sri Ramana Maharshi sometimes refered to this work.
If you click the Sorupa Saram link above you will find
a very interesting and lengthy introduction.
I have compared the quotes I quoted previously
(12,13,26,60,67,76,81,92)and of these,
I think the only one that has been changed is #12.
Here is the new translation of #12:
Previously I only gave the answer on #12
and I paraphrased the first line
so I will do that again here:
The following are the names for the Self
given by the scriptures (Vedas):
Knowledge is 'I';
love is 'I';
perfect bliss is 'I';
being is 'I';
consciousness is 'I';
tranquility is 'I';
purity is 'I';
that which is unique
and beyond the scope of the Vedas is 'I';
pure consciousness, the source of all, is 'I'.
This represents quite a big change in that verse.
The previous translation was saying
an abundance of knowledge, an abundance of love, etc.
David gave the reason for the big change as follows:
"There is a particularly interesting revision of
verse twelve which you quoted. I had originally
taken a Tamil reading of the verse which lead to an
abundance of 'abundance' in the verse. It now seems
that Sorupananda was probably adding a Sanskrit
ending to his Tamil phrases, making them
declarations. It is the same ending that makes
Sivoham mean 'Siva am I' I have therefore rewritten
this verse completely. I enclose the current
version, which I hope is the last."
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