[Advaita-l] One Brahmaloka is for all Upasakas of Shiva, Vishnu, Brahma, etc.- Mahabharata

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Mon Oct 24 06:30:13 EDT 2022

On Mon, Oct 24, 2022 at 1:58 PM Kaushik Chevendra <
chevendrakaushik at gmail.com> wrote:

> Namaste sir.
> I think we can say that there are various realms in the brahmaloka.

Yes, that sounds reasonable. That is what Narayana Bhatta in the
Narayaneeyam says: तत्रेश्वरस्तु स विकुण्ठपदस्त्वमेव त्रित्वं पुनर्भजसि
सत्यपदे त्रिभागे ॥ ९०२॥     सत्यपदे त्रिभागे  = the Satyaloka that has
three parts.

> As shri MS says that krishna remains above and unaffected during pralaya
> and we also have krishna and Arjuna meeting lord Shiva in kailasa. Other
> than this there are various times the Devas meet rudra and Vishnu in their
> respective abodes which is different from the abode of brahma.

Yes, but clubbing all of them as one 'Brahma loka' would take away the
special status of Vaikuntha, etc. And Satya loka (Brahma loka) is subject
to mahapralaya. Then, we must say, keeping MS's words in mind, that the
Trimurti-s cease to have distinct identities and remain as One Nirguna
Brahman, unaffected during pralaya.  Or One saguna Brahman, Turiya, who,
when creation starts, assumes the three murti forms with the three names.
Both these are agreeable in Advaita.

> Other than this we also have krishna saying that the worshippers of other
> gods go to their own "abodes" in gita.


> On Fri, 21 Oct, 2022, 10:21 pm V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l, <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
>> In Advaita there is no concept of Vaikuntha, Shiva loka, etc. All Upasakas
>> of all deities will attain One Brahmaloka, the Fourteenth loka, called
>> also
>> Satya loka. The upasakas reaching there will see that loka as their upasya
>> devata loka.
>> In the Narayaneeyam, the author has given expression to this in the
>> following verse:
>> नारायणीयम्/दशकम् ९०
>> https://sa.wikisource.org/s/7nv
>> मूर्तित्रयेश्वरसदाशिवपञ्चकं यत् प्राहुः परात्मवपुरेव सदाशिवोऽस्मिन् ।
>> तत्रेश्वरस्तु स विकुण्ठपदस्त्वमेव त्रित्वं पुनर्भजसि सत्यपदे त्रिभागे ॥
>> ९०२॥
>> One can see the commentary thereof and other details in this article:
>> http://www.mediafire.com/file/qm4ifz4kavff61i/Hari_Hara_abheda
>> Now, we see this idea stated in the Mahabharata:
>> It is on page 3343 of the 4000 odd page pdf on archive:
>> Nilakantha's commentary for verses 50 and 51:
>> https://archive.org/details/mahabharata_nk/page/n3341/mode/2up
>> It says -
>> https://sarit.indology.info/mahabharata-devanagari.xml?root=
>> सप्तैव संहारमुपप्लवानि संभाव्य संतिष्ठति जीवलोके ।
>> ततोऽव्ययं स्थानमनन्तमेति देवस्य विष्णोरथ ब्रह्मणथ ।
>> शेषस्य चैवाथ नरस्य चैव देवस्य विष्णोः परमस्य चैव ॥
>> संहारकाले परदिग्धकाया ब्रह्माणमायान्ति सदा प्रजाहि ।
>> चेष्टात्मनो देवगणाश्च सर्वे ये ब्रह्मलोके ह्यमराः स्म तेऽपि ॥
>> प्रजानिसर्गे तु स शेषकाले स्थानानि स्वान्येव सरन्ति जीवाः ।
>> निःशेषतस्तत्पदं वान्ति चान्ते सर्वे देवा ये सदृशा मनुष्याः ॥
>> Nilakantha gives good details and also says that beyond even this
>> Brahmaloka, is the absolute mukti, the Advaitic liberation, that is not
>> any
>> loka.
>> Om Tat Sat
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