It is an important text in the history of his instruction for those close devotees who gravitated to him. Later in life Bhagavan related how surprised he was at the time to hear an exact description of his own state recited in the Ribhu Gita and that it had been experienced by others and was the bliss of the Self sought after by all true seekers. My notion of God i Isvara was similar to that found in the Puranas. I had not heard then of Brahman i i , samsara, etc.
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Ribhu Gita Introduction The readers of spiritual lore are aware that the majority of the texts contain stories and accounts ofi various gods and goddesses, about sacred centres and hermitages. Is there any instance where the reader gets to read and know about oneself? Is there such a reader to begin with? If there is such a reader, to that rare one the book is at hand, or, in the hand.
It forms the sixth canto called Sankara of the hundred thousand verse long epic Sri Siva Rahasyam. Ribhu is the mind-born son of the creator Brahma. Being highly dispassionate from birth, he could not be convinced by his father to take up the role of prgenitor.
So, he had to leave the place and take refuge in Lord Siva in the Himalayas. Pleased by his single-minded devotion, Siva taught him atma vidya, knowledge of the Self, and broke into a spontaneous hymn of praise to the primal Guru in gratitude. Later he passed on this knowledge to an ardent aspirant called Nidagha. He knew the openness of the heart of the yearning soul. I was not at all anxious to pore over a difficult text good only for learned pundits, and asked to be excused, saying that I did not understand a single word of it.
During our stay at Sri Ramanasramam during the Navaratri celebrations in the fall of , my wife Vijaya and I were thrilled to have the company of Sri Lingeswara, his wife Srimati Udayasri and their son Sri Siva Tejas. Accompanying them from Bhimavaram was a group of devotees who delighted us with the daily recitation of the Chandi Sri Devi Mahatmyam. We also had the opportunity at this time to hear portions of the sacred Ribhu Gita recited by Sri Lingeswara and the Bhimavaram devotees.
We were transported, as it were, into that Silence of which it speaks. We left it at that, and continued the giripradakshina, the form of Arunachala Siva shining above us.
Upon return to Canada, I was very happy to receive word from Lingeswara Rao, stating that Sri Ramanasramam, knowing the immense value of this work, had requested him to record not only our discussed chapter, but also the entire sixth amsa of the Sri Siva Rahasyam. The present text has been prepared to facilitate the following of the recorded verses.
The text is presented in the original Sanskrit, accompanied by an English transliteration. Sri Lingeswara has lovingly rendered the English translation.
We are also thankful to Mrs. Udayasri for providing literary support, P. Padma and A. Devi for typing the manuscript, K. Pratyusha and K. Pallavi for DTP support and Sri Rambabu for consistently providing in time the required computer assistance. Let us listen, follow, chant and be still. Let us be absorbed in that Grace.
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Ask a question About The Book Sometimes Maharshi and his disciples sit up, especially after the night meal, reading Ribhu Gita, each by turn reading a verse. It is very easy to follow; and in places Maharshi puts in a word or two to make the meaning clear. The reading continues for about two hours at a stretch. In fact, page after page, nay line after line, of Ribhu Gita merely goes on rubbing into one the Reality of the Self. With a constant study of such works the mind easily gets into the mood of Samadhi.
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