[Advaita-l] mUlAvidyA in sUta samhita

H S Chandramouli hschandramouli at gmail.com
Tue Jun 30 04:56:22 EDT 2020

Namaste Subrahmanian Ji,

Reg  <<  The shloka along with the commentary 'Tatparya dipika' of 14th
Century CE (sometimes admitted to be of Swami Vidyaranya, but really not
so) is available here for viewing >>,

Please refer to the 30th upanyasam by Sri HH, last 10 minutes. Sri HH
states as his considered view that the commentary could only be that of
Swami Vidyaranya, in his pUrvAshrama, under the name Madhavacharya. He
mentions that there could have been no second person of that name with such
extraordinary understanding of various granthas and masterly presentation
capabilities to have come up with such a Commentary.


On Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 8:12 PM V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>

> Thanks for the reference.  The shloka along with the commentary 'Tatparya
> dipika' of 14th Century CE (sometimes admitted to be of Swami Vidyaranya,
> but really not so) is available here for viewing:
> https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YYkvDFPw-ObkjYYkHAOeknznPIvtOWo2pQ8ItyjkOd8/edit?usp=sharing
> The commentary gives the meaning 'mulajnana' for the term mulamaya, along
> with an upanishadic reference implicitly: .avidya > kama > karma
> (Brihadaranyaka) and Patanjali Yoga sutra: avidya asmita....
> I gave the above since the image can't be pasted here.
> The Brahmagita of the Skandapurana where the verse in question is present
> is:  https://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_giitaa/brahmagiitaaskanda.html
> It is a delight to read the gist of various Upanishads in simple verse
> form.
> regards
> subbu
> On Sun, Jun 28, 2020 at 6:55 PM H S Chandramouli via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
>> Namaste.
>> The concept and terminology of mUlAvidyA, as to whether it is coined by
>> post-Shankara commentators or whether it is advanced by Sri Bhagavatpada
>> himself in his bhAshyAs as well as referred to in the commentaries of his
>> direct disciples, has been a point of contention between the protagonists
>> and opponents of mUlAvidyA. So far I had not come across any references to
>> the possibility of the term mUlAvidyA being found in any pre-Shankara
>> texts. However during the Upanyasa on Sutasamhita of Skandapurana by His
>> Holiness Sri Sri Shankara Bhararti Mahaswamiji of Yadathore Math, KR Nagar
>> near Mysore in the early part of this month, it was brought out that a
>> reference is indeed available in sUta samhita, which forms part pf skAnda
>> purANa, written by Bhagavan Sri Veda Vyasa himself. I am copying below the
>> relevant part from the same. I believe this could be of some significance
>> in the debate on the concept and terminology of mUlAvidyA.
>> sUta samhita, Brahma GIta, Chapter 11 (covering Shvetasvatara Up), Verse
>> 62  (Emphasis mine)
>> <<  ज्ञात्वा देवं सर्वपाशापहानिः क्शीणैः क्लेशैर्जन्ममृर्त्यु्र्प्रहाणिः।
>> तस्य ध्याना*न्मूलमाया*विभेदे विश्वैश्वर्यं याति कैवल्यरूपम् ॥  >>
>> <<  j~nAtvA devaM sarvapAshApahAniH kshINaiH
>> kleshairjanmamRRirtyurprahANiH|
>> tasya dhyAnAn*mUlamAyA*vibhede vishvaishvaryaM yAti kaivalyarUpam ||  >>
>> Regards
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