Shankaracharya on Ramana Maharshi

hbdave hbd at DDIT.ERNET.IN
Sun Apr 14 00:54:52 CDT 2002

Srikrishna Ghadiyaram wrote:

> Hari Om !!
> Would you please elucidate more on this quote, so that
> we too can benefit.
> Om Namo Narayanaya !!
> Srikrishna
> --- hbdave <hbd at DDIT.ERNET.IN> wrote:
> > D.V.N.Sarma wrote:
> >
> > > Correction. The agama passage is 'haragaurii
> > samyoge
> > > avacchaayaa yogah'.
> > >
> > > regards,
> > >
> > > Sarma.
> >
> > Thanks for reminding this beautiful  and deep quote.
> > -- Himanshu

This is how I understand it :

hara = Shiva = Brahman;    gaurii = Parvati = Maya.
avacchaayaa = concealment, a covering or veil hiding something;
samyoge = [in the ] union;

"[Seeing] concealment in the union of Shiva and Parvati" is  [itself]

This is the major (mukhya) meaning.
Explanation :-
By saying hara and gaurii we are having a dvaitabhaava about the
and further by saying haragaurii samyog.h we talk about their union, as
hara and gaurii are different (or separate) and they get into an union.
Seeing concealment of the Reality here (i.e. in saying the union) itself

is Yoga - i.e. my union with the One.

Purport is : hara and gaurii are one, so no question of their union.
this clearly is itself Yaga.

This sentence is like a Mahavaakya. It has behind it total Advaita
Compare with

devasya svabhaava.h
{it is the very nature of the Brahman}
[Gaudapadacarya Karika]

In Saiva siddhanta (as far as I know, I am not an expert on Kashmir
Saivism) the experience of Puri Shankaracharya is called anupaaya
pratibhijnaa - an effortless release.

It is not surprising that a well-prepared Jnani like Puri Shankaracharya

had "experience" in benign presence of Shri Ramana.

There is another explanation : [this is minor ( ]:

The concealment (the illusory world) is due to the union of hara
(brahman) and gaurii (Maya) -- knowing/realizing this is Yoga.

Here we have dvaitabhaava for hara and gaurii.

I hope this leads the readers a thoughtless state :-)

-- Himanshu

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