Saddarsanam- Seeing the Truth is Being the Truth

Saddarsanam - a Unique Presentation by Sadacharya

What a special privilege it was for me when i attended the Talk on Sri Ramana Bhagwan’s ‘Saddarsanam’ as presented by Dr. K. Sadananda at the Chinmaya Mission Washington DC center on the  Memorial day weekend.

Sadaji is one of the moderators of the a Yahoo group ‘advaitin’ where he has contributed many valuable posts on the finer nuances of Adi Shankara Bhagvadapada’s  Advaita philosophy.  My only regret was I could not attend the First day of the Talks wherin Sadaji gave a commentary on almost 26 verses of this wonderful scriptural text on forty verses of ‘Reality’  ( aka as Ulladu Narpadu) . But the last 24 verses are equally important as they direct us to  the ‘Ultimate Reality‘ by a process of Atma Vichara – a unique contribution of Sri Ramana Bhagwan to  Sanatana Dharma.

Sadaji kept the 90 member strong audience ( consisting of all age groups from teens to adults)  spellbound with his commentary on the Sanskrit   verses with his English commentary. Sadaji  never once referred to any notes while reciting the verses . His presentation was flawless and spontaneous and he made it all very interesting by narrating humorous anecdotes, parables and real life experiences. Sadaji adopted a simple and direct approach in unique Ramana style in an easy to understand layman terminology while stating the profound Truth of Non Dual reality (Advaita).

The verses that appealed to me most were the verses on ‘Ego’ – of all the heads the demon  Ravana had , his ‘ego head was the last to fall! When that ego head collapsed on the ground , Realization dawned and Ravana was liberated! The sanskrit word for head is ‘masta’ and anything associated with the head is ‘masthisk’ ( the synonym for intellect /mind).

Here is verse 32 :

gavesanat prapaya hrdantaram tat
pated-ahanta paribhugna-sirsa
athaham-anyat sphurati prakrstam
nahamkrtis-tat parameva purnam

Having reached within the heart , by the search , the ‘I’ Notion whose head is broken falls . Then another ‘I’ which is the main one shines forth. It is not the ego but the supreme ‘Fullness’ alone.

The ‘ego’ is the cloud that is covering the ever shining Self , the Sun!

And when one hears this next verse , then you find the ‘key’ that is unlocking your heart ! in Tamil , Heart is refereed to as ‘ullam’ ! The word ‘ul’ has profound meanings in Tamil . Depending on the context ‘ul’  could mean being , thinking , heart and inner space , all associated with indivisible Oneness. Here , it is important to recall the very first verse of Saddarsanam aka as Ulladu Narpadu –

sat-pratyayah kim nu vihaya santam?
hrdy-esa cinta -rahito hrdakhyah
katham smarmas-tam ameyam ekam ?
tasya smrtis-tatra drdhaiva nishta . ( verse 1 )

Can  there be thoughts of the existence of objects without the existence principle ? (No) . The existence named as hrt is in the heart itself , free from thought . How can we remember that one immeasurable existence ? Its remembrance is in the form of firm abidance in it .

This is the first verse and that is the True vision of Truth ( Saddarsanam)

” Seeing the Truth is being the Truth”

The Washingtonians are indeed indebted to Sadaji for bringing the best ‘stimulus’ package in these troubled times.We would like to thank Sadaji for bringing the eternal message of  ‘Vedanta’ into the hearts of everyone,young and old , rich or poor . That is Sadaji’s gift to our community via the Platform of Chinmaya Mission.

It is rare to see Selfless Teachers like Sadaji spending two full days explaining and commenting on these Forty – all in the interest of ‘loka Sangraham’ ! ( the greater good for the community)!

A verse from Srimad Bhagwat gita comes to mind!

saktah karmany avidvamso
yatha kurvanti bharata
kuryad vidvams tathasaktas
cikirsur loka-sangraham ( 3:25)

As the ignorant perform their duties with attachment to results, similarly the learned may also act, but without attachment, for the sake of leading people on the right path

I am glad I did attend this camp and i wish all of you were there too ! What a wonderful ‘treat’ this retreat was ! Can you imagine learning the entire Vedanta within 40 verses ? Each verse is a gem and we thank Sadaji for placing this ‘treasure’ within our reach.

For those of you , who would like to read ‘Saddarsanam ‘ , you can order your own copy from Chinmaya mission . The commentary by Swami Tejomayananda is Divine.

May I now end this small tribute to the eternal Truth called ‘sanatana dharma ‘ with this immortal verse from upanishads ?

“OM Poornamadah Poornamidam Poornaad Poornamudachyate; Poornasya Poornamaadaaya Poornamevaavashisyate”.

Om Shanti ! Shanti ! Shantihi!

One thought on “Saddarsanam- Seeing the Truth is Being the Truth

  1. Dearesr Satsanghis :

    Itt gives me great pleasure to share the following comments from readers who read vthe article on Sadarsanam which came into my private email . iI cannot thank them individually , so i am thanking them all in one post . iN tamizh , there is a saying ‘poovodu serndu naarum manakkum’ meaning if you are in the company of learned people , you will also shine ( fragrant) like the fThread which holds the flowers in the garland! When you are sitting with Truth , that is satsangati ! sadaji, thank you!

    here is the first one from Subbuji , a very learned ‘advaitin’

    From: “V Subrahmanian” A

    Namaste Madam,

    The report of the Talk is a crisp summary of the Work itself. You have quoted the verse 32 to convey the gist of the entire forty.

    For Tamil-knowing aspirants who might want to take forward their understanding of the Forty Verses, you can recommend Brahma Sri Nochur Venkataraman’s lectures of Ulladu Naarpadu. He is a very sincere sadhaka himself and lectures on this with genuine inspiration. Some CDs of his talks on this Work are available. You may contact Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai, for the details.

    Warm regards,

    from my longime friend and well wisher Maniji of advaitin list

    From: “R.S.MANI” Add sender to ContactsTo: adi_shakthi16@yahoo.comMessage contains attachments104-gopalakhapahimam.mp3 (3337KB)Namaste, Vinataji,

    I went through your report on Sri Sadanandaji’s public talk on Saddarshanam. A person of his in-depth knowledge in Advaita, cannot but handle the subject matter in a superb manner with humorous anecdotes, parables and real life experiences.

    What I liked in your report is your referring to Ullam, a tamil word and a little elaboration of its meanings depending on contexts.

    “Ullathu narpathu” as you know, can mean “What is there, i.e. ullathu” and again “Ul Athu” i.e. “That is Inside” and in forty verses That or “Athu” is unfolded.

    You are blessed as you now and then get the privilege of attending such absorbing sadsanghas, which I was also till end of 2006, when I had left Calcutta, (where we had regular classes and satsanghs at Chinmaya Mission, Ramakrishna mission and also with the disciple of Swami Dayanandaji, apart from public lectures by Swami Parthasarathi, Swami Chinmayanandaji, prior to his Samadhi, Swami Dayanandaji, Swami Tejomayanandaji, etc.) to settle down with my son and his family in Jamshedpur. Here my one and only satsangha is with advaitin group, and whatever books I have on the subject..

    When you say “The ‘ego’ is the cloud that is covering the ever shining Self, the Sun!” is it not that that Cloud itself is shining because of the Sun only. Remmebr Hastmalaka’s answer to Bhagavan Shankara “Ganachanna megham” etc. Yes, everything is shining after the ever shining consciousness, “sarvam anubhati eva”.

    A really nice reporting by you and it shows your deep interest in the subject.

    Incidentally, I may mention, only recently I heard a series of lectures by Nochur Sri Venkataraman on saddarshanam in English, through only. I found his approach to the subject and entire talk most absorbing.

    With kind regards,


    I wonder whether you have heard the attached song by Yesu Das. I hope you will enjoy it.

    R.. S. Mani

    ************************************************************************************************************************Carlos Grasso” Add sender to ContactsTo: “adi” Pranams Vinathaji,

    The review came from the Heart, is beautiful.
    The Heart is where differences dissapear, there we are one with everything and ourselves.
    Sadaji is a great teacher and human being, I also met him in Chennai once.
    The more we connect with the Heart, the less problems, that’s what all forms of Bhagavan (Krishna, Shankara, Ramana) kept telling us.

    All the best Vinathaji,
    *************************************************************************************************************************Special thanks to Shastriji, the chief modertor of advaitin list and lady joyce , a very dear froiend and a regular contributor to This satsangha for their support and sappreciation!



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