essence of advaita (was Re: solipsism and advaita)
goode at DPW.COM
Mon Dec 22 09:41:35 CST 1997
At 09:09 AM 12/22/97 -0330, Gummuluru Murthy wrote:
>In this context, I have two questions to the list-members:
>1. Re the verse "Brahmah satyam jagan mithya ....", ascribed to Shri
>Shankara: where did this verse appear (in which grantha or bhAshhya) ?
I'll have to look at home for this.... Now I'll take a stab at (2):
>2. For an intellectual advaitin, which is more difficult to grasp ?
> Brahmah satyam jagan mithya
> Jeevo brahmaiva nah parah
Depends on the person's background, what ideas they're used to. For a
Westerner coming to Advaita sometime in the last decade, I think the second
proposition is easier to understand: "Jeevo brahmaiva nah parah." Reason
being, many Westerners are used to thinking from the New Age, in terms of
concepts/phrases such as these:
God is within you.
Your inner essence is divine.
You are divine.
You are one with God
But to see that "Brahmah satyam jagan mithya" -- Brahman is the only
reality, all else being unreal -- this is harder to grasp initially. This
was the case for me. Interestingly enough, I think on this list, we have
more discussions related to "Jeevo brahmaiva nah parah," than to "Brahmah
satyam jagan mithya."
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