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

Akilesh Ayyar ayyar at akilesh.com
Fri Mar 22 09:29:57 EDT 2019

Well, to be fair, I don't think SV was concluding that Yajnavalkya was a
"mere theoretical" jnani.

As Praveenji points out, he regards him as a full jnani and (videha)mukta
-- but simply one where the quality of the prArabdha remaining is less
sattvic than what SV calls a jivanmukta. It is only a difference in the
quality of prArabdha. As Bhagavan Ramana has said regarding these kinds of
classifications, the experience of the jnani is the same regardless: "There
is no difference in the samadhi state or the jnana of the jnanis. The
classification is only from the standpoint of the observer."

On Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 12:42 AM Praveen R. Bhat via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> 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.
> gurupAdukAbhyAm,
> --Praveen R. Bhat
> /* येनेदं सर्वं विजानाति, तं केन विजानीयात्। Through what should one know
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