[Advaita-l] Self-knowledge

Amuthan aparyap at yahoo.co.in
Mon Jan 30 22:22:53 CST 2006

namo nArAyaNAya!

dear shrI satyan chidambaran,

--- Satyan Chidambaran <satyan_c_at_yahoo.com> wrote:
> In fact, there is nothing more prudent in advaita
> than to chase the  special knowledge (about the
> Self) ...

i earlier wrote:
'if you call........special knowledge chaser !'

it should have been:
'if you call........special knowledge chaser :-)'

it was (obviously?) a sarcastic statement! i just got
the ending wrong :-) what i meant to say is that any
reason that you give for choosing that special
knowledge can be given for chasing that special
experience. of course, the limitations of that
experience have been adequately addressed in the other
mail on self knowledge addressed to shrI S.N.shAstrI. 

anyway, back to your mail,

--- Satyan Chidambaran <satyan_c_at_yahoo.com> wrote:
> In advaita vedAnta, one should rather be a
> "knowledge seeker" that is  able to see the truth
> spoken by the sruti in *all* experiences rather 
> than an "experience seeker" who sees what one
> fancies as the truth in  only certain experiences
> and misses it in the rest of the experiences. 

*all* experiences also includes deep sleep (suShupti).
there in no way except by nirvikalpaka samAdhi that
the truth spoken by the shruti-s can be seen during

and what makes you think that *everyone* 'chasing'
nirvikalpaka samAdhi 'fancies the truth in only
certain experiences and misses it in the rest of the
experiences'??? that is certainly not correct.
*please* see the other mail where MS clearly shows the
limitations of a mere attainment of nirvikalpaka

--- Satyan Chidambaran <satyan_c_at_yahoo.com> wrote:
> On the other hand, what is both necessary and
> sufficient for moksha is  the j~nAnam gained from
> the sruti's words and nishtA (abidance) in the 
> j~nAnam through mananam and nidhidyAsanam. 

please elaborate on what you mean by nididhyAsanam.

vAsudevaH sarvaM,

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