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

Praveen R. Bhat bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Sun May 22 07:59:12 CDT 2016

Namaste Chandramouliji,

On Sun, May 22, 2016 at 6:12 PM, H S Chandramouli <hschandramouli at gmail.com>

> Reg  << When tat tvam asi is told by the teacher to the disciple, the
> latter understands it as aham tat (jagatkAraNaM)/ brahma asmi. >>,
> The mahAvAkya upadesha is after the shishya has understood the meanings of
> the three words tat, tvam and asi. So where is the shortcut?  It is
> mentioned in Sri Anand Ji’s citation that there is no need to understand
> the “tat” pada.

Any vAkya that gives rise to the aparokShajnAna of one's svarUpa is a
mahAvAkya, because it is mokShakAraka. In that light, the tat tvam asi
vAkyajnAna which is after the padajnAna of three words, is unnecessary for
one who understands the tvam itself as the sacchidAnanda svarUpa, which is
otherwise obtained by bhAgatyAga between tat and tvam. Here, tvam is
directly understood as sat-chit-Ananda and everything else, including one's
body-mind-sense-complex as mithyA, svapnavat. Hence a shortcut. Else, all
other questions, not restricted to creation story alone, are needed for
explanation of everything seen in vyavahAra and prAtibhAsika, before one
lands on pAramArthika tattva. IMHO, shortcut lies in svapnavat as an answer
for every such question.

--Praveen R. Bhat
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