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

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Mar 26 07:49:32 EDT 2019

Please read my line in the previous post // The Jnani can say he has no
body while being in the body.//  as //  The Jnani cannot say he has no body
while being in the body.//

Error regretted.

On Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 5:01 PM V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>

> Yes, the Jnani Shankara and Bhagavan Krishna have emphatically said that
> the Jnani has a body. In BSB 4.1.15 Shankara has asked: How can anyone deny
> a Jnani's conviction of being Brahman and also being in a body? This alone
> is taught as sthita prajna lakshana in shruti and smriti.
> In the Gita Krishna has taught: nava dvaare purey dehi naiva kurvan na
> kaarayan.
> Thus, the Jnani does say he has a body. The Jnani can say he has no body
> while being in the body.  Only when the disciple asks and if the jnani
> shows no signs of hearing it, can the disciple conclude that Jnana is a
> disease and the Jnani is afflicted by that disease.
> So, it is best to study the Shankara bhashya correctly without getting
> confused with Ramana's stray teachings. In the Bhashya we have no room for
> inconsistency.  If we speak of a Jnani then there has to be
> 'sthitaprajnasya kaa bhaashaa,  etc. that Arjuna asks.' Shankara does not
> say 'Arjuna is imagining these things.' Nor does the Lord say in the 4th
> chapter: do not approach Jnanis for learning about Atma tattva because
> there is no Jnani'. On the other hand Krishna says 'approach Jnanis who are
> tattva darshis and they will impart the knowledge to you.'
> regards
> subbu

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