[Advaita-l] Purusha and Stree

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 4 09:23:05 CDT 2012

> The Upanishad says: naiva stree na pumAn eShaH naiva chAyam napumsakaH...
> praNAms
> Hare Krishna
> And svetashvata says tvaM stree, tvaM pumAmsi etc. strange are the ways of 
> shrutimAta to convey the one without second reality :-))

taittirIya AraNyaka (aruNa praSna) has - napuMsakam pumAn strI asmi. sthAvaraH
asmi atha jangamaH. (I have broken up sandhi for ease of reading.) "I am neuter,
male, female. I am unmoving and also that which moves."
The ways of SrutimAtA and her smRti duhitA to verbally convey that which is
vAcAm agocara do not appear strange to me; they are delightful and beautiful.
The close juxtaposition of such mutually contradictory attributes is found in
numerous instances and contexts.
It awakens the hearer's awareness very effectively and forces a readjustment
of one's thinking, sometimes drastic, if one is to make sense of what one hears.

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