[Advaita-l] Does Brahman Know?

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Tue Dec 7 00:07:07 CST 2010

On Sun, 28 Nov 2010, Ananth Padmanabhan wrote:

> vAgarTHAviva samprkthau vAgarTHaprathipaththayE / jagathaha pitharau 
> vandhE pArvathIparamEshvarau -
> वागर्थाविव सम्पृक्तौ वागर्थप्रतिपत्तयॆ /  जगत: पितरौ वन्दे पार्वतीपरमॆश्वरौ]
> As many know, This is the first verse of Kalidasa's epic poem, 
> Raghuvamsham.
> When Kalidasa attained Jnanam from Devi, one of the 3 words Devi 
> mentioned is vAk that he used to start his Raguvamsam (with the other 
> two, he started Megadhootham and KumArasambhavam). The substantive 
> realities of everything, apart from being known individually as vAk and 
> artha, also are inclusive in the Absolute Brahman, which is intrinsic of 
> everything. I may be 'Iddlisubban' to some, Padmanabhan to some others, 
> husband to my wife, son to my mom, father to my children etc depending 
> on the beholder but to an end-state-mumukshu or beholder, this is 'THAT 
> BRAHMAN'. When bahirmuham disappears and only antharmuham is seen, when 
> the light that lits the room alone is seen and not the objects it lights 
> or the senses that see, this is when iddli,flour,the ingredients that 
> became flour all get negated (nethi) one by one until the Ultimate 
> Brahman is realised. This process of elimination and deduction goes on 
> until it stops at the final destination; mumukshus' sadhana has to go 
> thru the stages of being iddlisubban, subban, none and Brahman; some may 
> skip some stages depending on merit, abhyasam and GRACE. Some may keep 
> failing in '101-Sadhana for Mumukshus' and some may need 'Moksha Sadhana 
> for Dummies'. Some smart-cookies may jump from being Iddlisubban 
> straight to being a 'realized nameless! Brahma Subban'.
> There is nothing sacred or not-sacred in the realm of the Underlying 
> reality. Sri Rudram glorifies Brahman in everything and engages us to 
> see that 'Brahman' in all.

Well put!  I  would like to add that this is why the moksha-shastra is 
called advaita (non-dual) and not aikya or some some word meaning one. 
The conventional subject-object relationships (vyavahara) are the natural 
state of being for the jiva.  It is the understanding of the 
false nature of all those relationships which is called jnana.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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