[Advaita-l] Re: self knowledge
Ravisankar S. Mayavaram
ravi at ambaa.org
Tue Aug 10 14:34:09 CDT 2004
Of the four components that make antaHkaraNa, it is the ahaMkAra or "the
sense of agency" that mixes up Atman and anAtman. This ahaMkAra is avidya.
manas, buddhi, and chitta are jaDa. But the words manas etc. are often used
interchangeably to denote all of antaHkaraNa.
Typically, the answer to the question "who is bound" is given as "whoever is
asking this question." One thing I found in advaita-vedAnta is, if try to go
quite deep into this matter you will have to always confront the
"anirvachaniiya" aspect of avidya. How the ahaMkAra started mixing up Atman
with anAtman will point only to anAdi avidya, which is anirvachaniiya.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: drganesh at vsnl.com [mailto:drganesh at vsnl.com]
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> Subject: [Advaita-l] Re: self knowledge
> How does 'budhi' have that independent ability to
> superimpose ? Is it an independent entity to have its
> way to cause superimposition ?
> Om Namo Narayanaya
> Who needs atma gnanam?,surely not the self or atma,it is ever
> free. It is only a ‘budhi’ that seeks liberation. Why does it
> seek? Because it ‘feels bound’ due to avidya which is the cause
> of adyasa. Even to come to this stage of enquiry one has to do
> ‘lokan parikshya’ and understand that what he seeks is ‘nasthi
> akrthah krthena’ and therefore ‘gurum eva abigacheth’ for gnanam
> as said in mundaka. This adyasa of ‘feeling bound’ goes once
> avidya is removed and the antidote for avidya is vidya or gnanam
> alone. This gnanam has to take place in the same locus where
> there is avidya-in the ahamkara ‘I’. Hence as Ramana says in
> sad-darshanam- The existence of ahamkara is nonenquiry alone. It
> is not there at all and this so called ahamkara runs away once
> you start enquiry or vichara and what remains is chaitanyam alone
> witout even pramatha [knower]. FROM Sakshi’s standpoint, which
> you seem to raise there is neither budhi nor avidya in which case
> there is no gnanam also as all these a
> re mitya. This is beautifully said in nirvana astakam.
> I hope I have explained your doubt.
> Dr S.GANESH
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