[Advaita-l] Cotard Syndrome and Brahman Realisation

Gopal gopal.gopinath at gmail.com
Sat Jun 9 14:43:32 CDT 2012

For the benefit of others in the list, I am appending the reply to this
question raised earlier.  -gopal

On Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 11:06 AM, Rajaram Venkataramani <
rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:

> This is good stuff. Can you pl. ask Dr. Srinath on his view on the relation
> between brain and mind?

> On Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 1:32 PM, Bellur wrote:

> Dear Rajaram:
> To answer your question, despite my background in the fields of
> Neurobiology of Sleep and also Clinical Neurosciences, I strongly adhere to
> the belief that the so called brain, the mind and its functions, are all
> products of Jada Prakriti or Trigunatmika Maya.
> The Gita provides us with the following wisdom:
> इच्छा द्वेष: सुखं दुखं संघातश्चेतना धृति: |
> एतत्क्षेत्रं समासेन सविकारमुदाहृतम् ।। BG: XIII-6
> Desire, hatred, pleasure, pain, the combination of physical body and the
> senses, intelligence and courage - The Kshetra has thus been briefly
> described with its modifications.
> तरंग फेन भ्रम बुद्बुदादि सर्वं स्वरूपेण जलं यथ तथा ।
> चिदेव देहाद्यहमंतमेतत् सर्वं चिदेवैक रसं विशुद्धम्।। Vivekachudamani: 391
> As all things in the form of a wave, a whirlpool and a bubble are are
> essentially water only, so too, the Cit itself is everything from the body
> all the way to the Antahkarana.  All this one thing alone and that is pure
> Cit.
> Thus, what is called the brain, the mind and its product namely individual
> comsciousness, are all basically illusory phenomenon within the larger
> framework of Trigunatmika Maya.  It is the  superimposition of properties
> of an all pervading  Atman, within confines of these limited illusory
> entities, that leads us to a false impression of experiencing ourselves as
> independent individuals, separate from the Atman, in distinct bodies.
> In summary, only one thing is real namely Brahma Caitanya.  The Brain its
> products the mind & consciousness, the body etc., are are all Vasana based
> illusory projections on this Caitanya.
> I do hope that the Sanskrit font does not get corrupted in this e-mail
> transmission. I hope I have satisfactorily answered your question.
> With warm regards,
> Srinath

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