[Advaita-l] BrahmaGYAna and jIvanmukti - 2 (The Case of YAGYavalkya)

S Jayanarayanan sjayana at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 10 18:25:00 CST 2006

--- bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com wrote:


> However, I am still finding it difficult to understand the
> difference
> between Sri Karthik prabhuji's description of a brahmajnAni who has
> completed infirm sAdhana-chatushhTaya, infirm BrahmaGYAna
> incomplete mukti
> etc. AND a person who has intellectual understanding of shAstra
> vAkya &
> quoting & talking authoritatively on brahma jnAna by memorizing the
> upanishadic teaching....I find hardly any difference between these
> two
> characters..

Let's consider the differences between these two (call them 'G' for
GYAnI and 'S' for Scholar) that have been discussed so far in the

1) G has saMyak-GYAna. S doesn't.

saMyak-GYAna is "Perfect knowledge". In the snake-rope analogy,
saMyak-GYAna is seeing rope-as-rope. S instead has mithyA-GYAna which
is seeing rope-as-snake.

2) G has aparoksha-GYAna. S doesn't.

aparoksha-GYAna is seeing Brahman *with no mediacy* -- meaning not
merely through book-learning or hearing, but directly. S in contrast
has only paroksha-GYAna.

> From my understanding, it is like saying, since our
> advaita
> AchArya Sri VidyAraNya saying that there is difference between
> these two,
> we have to accept it....I hope that would not be the case &  Sri
> Karthik
> prabhuji will address these issues in detail in his subsequent
> posts by
> providing logical answers with proper supportings from shruti-s...

AFAIK, there is a smR^iti quote from Apastamba dharma sUtra that distinguishes AtmaGYAna from mukti, which I will
get to in a later posting in the series.

> Your humble servant
> Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
> bhaskar


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