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

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Sun May 22 08:09:58 CDT 2016

There is a verse, apparently from the Vartika of Sureshwaracharya that
places the burden on the 'tvam':

tvampadrtha-vivekāya sannyāsaḥ sarvakarmaṇām
shrutyā vidhīyate yasmāt tattyāgī patito bhavet

The Shruti enjoins renunciation of all works for the *sole purpose of
engaging in tvam padārtha* enquiry.  If a person does not do that he
forsakes the purpose of sannyasa.

On Sun, May 22, 2016 at 6:29 PM, Praveen R. Bhat via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste Chandramouliji,
> On Sun, May 22, 2016 at 6:12 PM, H S Chandramouli <
> hschandramouli at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >
> > 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.
> gurupAdukAbhyAm,
> --Praveen R. Bhat
> /* Through what should one know That owing to which all this is known!
> [Br.Up. 4.5.15] */
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