[Advaita-l] Vedastuti part 10
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Mon Sep 20 00:31:47 CDT 2010
tava pari ye charantyakhilasattvaniketatayA
ta uta padAkramantyavigaNayya shiro niR^ite.h |
parivayase pashUniva girA vibudhAnapi tAMastvayi
kR^itasauhR^idA.h khalu punanti na ye vimukhA.h || 27 ||
"Those who worship You as the source of all existence, oh! they casually
step on the head of Death. But with sacred words You tie up like animals
even the wise. It is those who have befriended You who can purify
not those that avoid You."
 Knowing the true nature of existence is immortality. One who knows it
becomes free of the cycle of birth and death. Death is called by the
feminine name niR^itti here not the usual yama or mR^ityu.
 The shastras.
 If one approaches the shastras simply as a list of "do"s and "don't"s
without understanding their purport which is Brahman then what should be
the key to liberation instead becomes a yoke like the yoke of a beast of
 The word used here is sauhrd which is not just a fellow traveller but
one who is on the same emotional wavelength. It is not enough to know
"All is Brahman" as a concept, one has to feel it. One has to live life
like he really means it.
balimudvahanti samadantyajayA.animiShA.h |
vidadhati yatra ye tvadhikR^itA bhavatashchakitA.h || 28 ||
"Though you are devoid of senses you illuminate the sense-power of all
things. Brahma and the Devas enjoy tribute and offer it to you
just as the king of the land is given tribute by his barons. So too do
the creators of the universe perform their duties out of fear of You."
 Vedanta teaches that knowledge of Brahman is veiled by maya. But if
we the jivas are also of maya how can we ever pierce the veil? The answer
is that Brahman is svata.hsiddha ("self-illuminating.") That which we can
sense is known by the power of Brahman underlying the senses.
 Literally dhara ("maintainer") usually a name of Vishnu but here
refering to Brahma.
 Literally ajaya ("immortal") and animisha ("unblinking".) One of the
characteristics of Devas is that they do not blink and of course they are
 In shruti the Devas are equated with the senses. See the bhashya on
Ishopanishad 4 for example. Just as a lord gets taxes etc. from his
subjects and in turn pays them to his king, just as the Devas have
their worshippers and the senses receive perceptions and they are
transmitted by the nerves to the brain. But the mind (mAnasa) itself has
the capability to understand due to Brahman.
 See Taittireyopanishad 2.8.1
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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