[Advaita-l] Question about Sri Vidyaranya's JMV & jnani matra

Praveen R. Bhat bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Fri Mar 22 00:41:45 EDT 2019

Namaste Akhileshji,
On Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 6:30 AM Akilesh Ayyar via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Is someone like Yajnavalkya a jnani matra per JMV, or a jnani, full stop --
> though of course not a jivanmukta? Thank you.

Vidyaranyamuni (VM) answers this question in JMV itself where a pUrvapakShI
says that "then, Yajnavalkya (YV) was a parokShajnAnI". To this, VM replies
that getting aparokShajnAna from studying YV's teaching proves that his
jnAna was aparokSha. However, his taking vidvatsannyAsa was necessary for
vAsanakShaya and manonAsha, leading to jivanmukti. In other words, YV was a
jnAnI whose videhamukti was *confirmed*, while after vidvatsannyAsa and
practices for *removal of obstacles* in niShThA, he became a jivanmukta.

--Praveen R. Bhat
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