[Advaita-l] A quest led to a discovery
divyameedin at gmail.com
Thu Feb 27 03:06:22 EST 2020
Enlightening, indeed, sir. Thanks for having shared.
On Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 5:51 PM V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> The following verse of the Garuda puranam https://sa.wikisource.org/s/8cv
> is a part of a discourse on Vedanta Sadhana. The second half means:
> 'Brahma aham asmi aham brahma jnanam ajnana-vardhanam' = Aham brahma
> knowledge/realization 'increases' ignorance.
> उकारश्च अकारश्च मकारोयमृगद्वयः ।
> ब्रह्माहमस्म्यहं ब्रह्मज्ञानमज्ञानवर्धनम् ॥ १,२३९.२४ ॥
> Seeing this translation in an edition: 'The expressions Brahma aham asmi,
> aham brahma serve merely to create confusion' - I felt something is amiss
> here since the teaching preceding the verse is full of aham brahma asmi
> अहंब्रह्मास्मि वाक्योत्थज्ञानान्मोक्षो भवेन्नणाम् ॥ १,२३९.१ ॥
> वाक्यज्ञानं भवेज्ज्ञानादहंब्रह्मपदार्थयोः ।
> Upon making a search in the dictionary for the word 'vardh', I got to know
> that this also means ''cutting/dividing' apart from the common 'to
> वर्धः [vardhḥ], १ Cutting, dividing.
> Increasing, causing increase or prosperity.
> Thus, the vardhanam in the verse means 'naashanam.'
> The pdf of the Garudapurana Advaita sadhana of some four pages, with
> translation and correction, is uploaded here:
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