[Advaita-l] sarvAtma bhAva as explained by Bhagavatpada

Praveen R. Bhat bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Sat Jul 2 03:34:01 CDT 2016

Namaste Sriram ji,

On Sat, Jul 2, 2016 at 12:39 PM, Venkata sriram P via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste,
> ///
> the word ब्रह्म in the quoted अनुवाक means हिरण्यगर्भ though, since the
> context is उपासन। Moreover, the attainment of सर्वात्मभाव here is after
> death.
> ///
> Yes. It is sagunOpAsana.  Jivanmukti is just one step ahead.

I don't quite understand what you mean by jivanmukti is just one step
ahead. Could you please clarify? Do you mean that by upAsanA or by
understanding the सर्वात्मभाव? About the former, as I mentioned earlier,
सर्वात्मभाव as a result of Taittiriyaka उपासनs is post-mortem. As for the
latter, that can be, but that is not the context of the 1st chapter of Tai.
Up. In fact, Bhashyakara says that due to the context of उपासन, even the
mantra "अहं वृक्षस्य रेरिवा..." which is completely Vedantic, is only for
the purpose of स्वाध्याय which means जप for the purpose of चित्तशुद्धि here.

> //
> Bhashyakara mentions Sushumna in his commentary under Katha 2.3.16 also.
> //
> Yes. I have seen this commentary.  This shows that the presence of
> "kuNDalini vidya"
> is mentioned in shrutis also in contrary to some who argue that it is
> purely tantric and
> doesn't find it's presence in vedas.
True. Perhaps those people think there are no Upanishads other than the so
called "main" ones. I am sure you are aware, but some may want to know that
Muktika lists many yoga upanishads, one (86th) of them being
yogakunDalyopaniShad dealing with Kundalini.

--Praveen R. Bhat
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