[Advaita-l] Re: Is an ISvara compatible with advaita?

Amuthan Arunkumar R aparyap at yahoo.co.in
Wed Feb 16 07:25:12 CST 2005

namo nArAyaNAya

Dear SrI jayanArAyaNan,

thanks for the reference. i'm not convinced at all by
the answers given so far, i guess no rational solution
can be given to the question raised. it has to be
found out directly for oneself by aparokshAnubhUti.

hari sarvatra,

 --- S Jayanarayanan <sjayana at yahoo.com> wrote: 

> ---
> Q: I see you doing things. How can you say that you
> never
> perform actions? 
> A: The radio sings and speaks, but if you open it
> you will find
> no one inside. Similarly, my existence is like the
> space; thou
> this body speaks like the radio, there is no one
> inside as a
> doer. 
> Q: I find this hard to understand. Could you please
> elaborate on
> this? 
> A: Various illustrations are given in books to
> enable us to
> understand how the jnani can live and act without
> the mind,
> although living and acting require the use of the
> mind. The
> potter's wheel goes on turning round even after the
> potter has
> ceased to turn it because the pot is finished. In
> the same way,
> the electric fan goes on revolving for some minutes
> after we
> switch off the current. The prarabdha [predestined
> karma] which
> created the body will make it go through whatever
> activities it
> was meant for. But the jnani goes through all these
> activities
> without the notion that he is the doer of them. It
> is hard to
> understand how this is possible. The illustration
> generally
> given is that the jnani performs actions in some
> such way 
> as a child that is roused from sleep to eat eats but
> does not
> remember next morning that it ate. It has to be
> remembered that
> all these explanations are not for the jnani. He
> knows and has
> no doubts. He knows that he is not the body and he
> knows that he
> is not doing anything even though his body may be
> engaged in
> some activity. 
> These explanations are for the onlookers who think
> of the jnani
> as one with a body and cannot help identifying him
> with his
> body. 
> ---

Amuthan Arunkumar R,
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Department of Aerospace Engineering,
Indian Institute of Technology Madras.
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