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

Akilesh Ayyar ayyar at akilesh.com
Fri Mar 22 11:26:54 EDT 2019

Thank you Praveenji.

Another related question, then: what does JMV say is the criterion that
separates the jnani matra from the jnani/videhamukta? Does it have an
opinion on this topic?

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
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