[Advaita-l] loka-aloka mountain

R Krishnamoorthy srirudra at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 03:04:56 CDT 2016

These names of the regions,mountains,rivers occur in the Maha Sankalpas
made before doing a yagna,yaga ,taking bath in a sacred river or lake or
say changing our sacred threads once a year.These indicate the location
where one is while doing the sankalpa .These macro things do not change but
the time factor-Samvathsaram,ayanam,ruthu,masam,paksham,thithi,Nakshatram
and finally vasaram[this may be a later inclusion to correspond to our
present reckoning] and the specific geographic location may under go change
as Ganga thire or samudra thire.
Why these sankalpas ?My view is to make one conscious of what one is going
to perform or do.He will become focussed.Rituals are intended mostly to
keep the attention on the act.Mind is always drifting-mano dhurnigraham
chalam-to hold it back drifting through the rituals were deviced is my
opinion.About their real existence we can only speculate.We find mentions
of ocean of milk,ocean of sugar cane juice etc surrounding the seven
dvipas.May be some allusions are there..

On Mon, Jul 18, 2016 at 9:28 AM, Jaldhar H. Vyas via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> On Tue, 12 Jul 2016, Shrinivas Gadkari via Advaita-l wrote:
> - Regarding other dvIpa-s, we have two options, (a) discard this as
>> fantasy, or (b) be open to the possibility that these are earth-like
>> planets somewhere in the universe.
> There is a third possibility I think.  The clue is that the Bhagavata
> gives a mantra for each dvipa. Also 5th skandha contains the story of
> Jadabharata who is widely regarded within the Advaitic tradition and
> without as an epitome of a Yogi.  (Even amongst the Jains though they put
> their own spin on the story.)  So could it be that the 5th skandha is to be
> read as a yogashastra?  We are familiar with the metaphysical system of
> seven chakras arranged vertically down the spinal column (which can be
> identified by Mt. Meru as you noted. Other geographical features are
> associated with body parts too.) What if instead we imagine them as
> radiating outwards?  Then lokaloka would be the boundary between the
> ego-self and the all-self.
> Some food for thought perhaps.
> --
> Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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