[Advaita-l] Karma yoga: the kinder, softer preparation for self-inquiry and surrender

Sudhanshu Shekhar sudhanshu.iitk at gmail.com
Sat Mar 13 03:53:50 EST 2021

Chandramouli ji,


Though curiously I could not locate it in Nilakanthi tika.


On Sat, 13 Mar, 2021, 2:17 pm H S Chandramouli, <hschandramouli at gmail.com>

> Namaste Sudhanshu Ji,
> I could not locate the particular episode you have referred to concerning
> Svetaketu in Shanti Parva of Mahabharata. Any links for the same??
> Regards
> On Fri, Mar 12, 2021 at 8:21 PM Sudhanshu Shekhar <
> sudhanshu.iitk at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Thank you Chandramouli ji. I went through Jivanmukti Viveka for the first
>> time after your comments. It cleared my misunderatanding.
>> One question though. May seem like a bit too much but please allow the
>> indulgence. In Jivanmukti Viveka, reference is made to Jabalopanishat
>> (तथान्यस्यां कण्डिकायाम् 'तत्र परमहंसा नाम' इत्युपक्रम्य
>> संवर्तकादीन्बहून्ब्रह्मविदो जीवन्मुक्तानुदाहृत्य...). Jabala Upanishad in
>> the relevant mantra names Samvartaka, Aruni, Shvetaketu, Durvasa, Ribhu,
>> Jada Bharata etc. Then I checked Moksha Dharma parva of Mahabharata,
>> chapter 220 of Shanti Parva, where discussion is made about Shvetaketu in a
>> particular context. The context is regarding attainment of Supreme in
>> grihasthashram. Shvetaketu is elaborated upon there as a person who never
>> did physical renunciation.
>> As per our understanding, since Shvetaketu never had physical sanyasa, he
>> cannot be jivanmukta. Being a grihastha, his jivanmukta-tva should be
>> impossible. But Jabala Upanishad read with JMV treats him as JM.
>> How should we understand this.
>> Regards,
>> Sudhanshu.

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