[Advaita-l] The significance of metaphorical meditations in various Upanishads

Akilesh Ayyar ayyar at akilesh.com
Tue Jun 4 09:07:53 EDT 2019

Very interesting points, Bhaskarji.

Only it's notable that when the Upanishads were first taught, and for many
centuries thereafter, the presumed students would be those few mentioned in
that Gita passage you cite who had come to the guru to deliberately strive
for God, no? Were the Upanishadic passages ever taught to the masses?
Perhaps my history is off... I am not sure.

On Mon, Jun 3, 2019 at 11:40 PM Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:

> Why is *so much* time and so many words spent on these metaphorical
> breakdowns in the Upanishads, when the essence of it is in the unspeakable,
> the beyond-concepts?
> praNAms Sri Akilesh prabhuji
> Hare Krishna
> In Geeta lord says : manushyANAm sahasreshu ....yathathAmapi siddhAnAm
> kaschinmAm vetti tattvataH.  Brahma vidya is very subtle and very seldom
> one would understand it 'as it is'.  One out of crores we can says
> considering present day population 😊 shruti is the mother, she would cater
> others (crores of anadhikAri-s of brahma vidya) also while keeping subtle
> and ultimate teaching to that one uttamAdhikAri.  All details that you have
> mentioned is just to appease the mass while keeping the ultimate teaching
> to 'class' 😊 All are, at once, would not qualify to do jignAsa about
> brahma vidyA with the backdrop of sAdhana chatushtaya, So, shruti mAta, out
> of compassion, would accommodate the temperaments of various types of
> adhikAris.  If you want to do / follow your svadharma veda is the source,
> if you want to know the purpose of srushti and srushti krama veda is the
> source, if you want to have krama mukti through dhyAna, archana, upAsana
> veda is the source and finally if you want to realize the svarUpa which is
> avA~ngmAnasa gOchara again shruti is the ultimate source / pramANa.  Just
> few of my thoughts.
> Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
> Bhaskar

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