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

H S Chandramouli hschandramouli at gmail.com
Sat Mar 13 05:58:07 EST 2021

Namaste Sudhanshu Ji,

The Svetaketu mentioned here is described as a great karmakAndin also apart
from other accomplishments. It is quite possible that the person referred
to is not the same as the Upanishadic personality. Just a guess only of

Also this particular chapter is missing in the publication of Sacred
Texts-Hinduism while most of the other chapters are covered. So this could
be a later interpolation as well in the text covered in the link sent by

Beyond this can only say no comments.


On Sat, Mar 13, 2021 at 2:24 PM Sudhanshu Shekhar <sudhanshu.iitk at gmail.com>

> Chandramouli ji,
> https://getwisdom.in/index.php?mdi=D&flg=N&pmd=W&vip=MB&sec=12&chap=220&cod=MB&pn=4425&bn1=chap&bn=page
> Though curiously I could not locate it in Nilakanthi tika.
> Regards.
> On Sat, 13 Mar, 2021, 2:17 pm H S Chandramouli, <hschandramouli at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> 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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