[Advaita-l] Shankara and DrishTi-SrishTi vAda - eka jeeva vaada

H S Chandramouli hschandramouli at gmail.com
Wed May 18 20:33:08 CDT 2016

Dear Sri Anand Ji,


 Reg  << In the anubhUtiprakAsha, VidyAraNya makes these decisive
statements in the
9th chapter (shlokas 46-50)called kauShItakIshAkhopaniShadvivaraNa. A
king's palace has a main door and a back door, also called the secret door
(choradvAra as VidyAraNya puts it). If you try to meet the king through the
main door, there are many formalities to be observed, a tedious
process. However, a true svAmibhakta, devoted to the king, can quickly have
the meeting with the king, passing through the secret back door. In a
similar fashion, one who intensely desires AtmAnubhUti will quickly achieve
it through dRShTi-sRShTi-vAda.
alpadvAre svAmibhakto haThAd rAjAnamIkShate|
dRShTisRShTyAnubhUtyarthI vettyAtmAnam tathA haTHAt||

Therefore, the king ajAtashatru instructed bAlAki regarding the
dRShTi-sRhTi-vAda in order to make him realize Brahman quickly.
pratyagbrahmatvabodhArthaM dRShTisRShTimavocata|| >>,

Can this not be understood in the following way.  bAlAki was very
knowledgeable about several upAsanAs leading to Liberation , but all of
them only through kramamukti. But he did not have the knowledge about the
sAdhanAs leading to jIvanmukti  which is a quicker way to realize Brahman.
That is what ajAtashatru taught him. How? Through the teaching of vivarta
nature of jagat.  dRShTi-sRShTi is thus to be understood as referring to
the jagat (sRShTi ) as vivarta (dRShTi) only of Brahman and not as real.
This is the knowledge which bAlAki did not have.

This explanation of the story would be equally applicable to both DSV and

Just a thought.

Pranams and Reagards


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