[Advaita-l] The Highest Path

Sunil Bhattacharjya sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Wed Dec 1 15:59:10 CST 2010


It need not be that  one always excludes the other. Though Hanuman was a great bhakta he was Jnani too. He also knew that "bhaktyartha kalpitam Dvaita Advaitadapi sundaram". He had the option of being one with Brahman and also of remaining as a bhakta.


Sunil K. Bhattacharjya

--- On Wed, 12/1/10, Rajaram Venkataramani <rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:

From: Rajaram Venkataramani <rajaramvenk at gmail.com>
Subject: [Advaita-l] The Highest Path
To: "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2010, 12:15 PM

In the chapter on Bhakti Yoga, Arjuna asks Krishna who is the best yogi -
the one who worships you the personal form of Ishwara or the akshara

*evam satata-yukta ye*
*bhaktas tvam paryupasate*
*ye capy aksaram avyaktam*
*tesam ke yoga-vittamah*
Lord Krishna categorically asserts that one who worships Him is higher than
one who is speculating about akshara brahman, who is not manifest.

*mayy avesya mano ye mam*
*nitya-yukta upasate*
*sraddhaya parayopetas*
*te me yuktatama matah*
Adi Sankara also agrees that a bhakta is the highest among the yogis though
he says that a self realized jnani is not under question here. I would like
to know that is the opinion of the scholars on this forum or based on a
wider knowledge they think that bhakti to Ishwara in divya rupam is not
considered the highest by advaita tradition.
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