[Advaita-l] Shata-shlokI -51,52 of 101
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taj-jnAH pashyanti buddhyA parama-balavato mAyayA-ktaM
buddhA-vantaH samudre prati-phalita-marIcy-AspadaM
yAdRg-yAvAn-upAdhiH pratiphalati tathA brahma tasmin
prAptA-darshAnurUpaM prati-phalati yathA-vasthitaM
tat-jnAH vedhasaH : The knowers of the Self
pashyanti : realise
buddhyA : by their wisdom
taM patangaM : the individual soul
mAyayAktaM : to have been made to appear by mAyA
pratiphalita-marIcy-AspadaM : as only a ray, reflected
antaH samudre buddhau : in the ocean of consciousness
parama-balavataH : of the omnipotent Self.
brahma : Brahman
pratiphalati : reflects
tasmin : in the medium
yAdrK yAvAn upAdhiH yathA tathA : according to the nature
and content of it (the medium)
ayaM : (just as ) this (object)
pratiphalati : reflects
prApta-Adarsha-anurUpAM : variously according to the
mirror on hand.
Sat : The Reality (however)
Sada eva : all the time
yathA avasthitaM : is what it is.
Note 1: The object that is reflected remains as it is,
irrespective of the various reflections. So also the
Ultimate remains the same, irrespective of the
multiplicities that we see.
Note 2. Recall Rg Veda X-177 here. The Acharya must have
given this shloka as a paraphrase of that famous rik. See
eko bhAnus-taTasthaH pratiphalana-vashAt
nAnAtvaM yAty-upAdhi-sthiti-gati-samatAM cApi tadvat
bhUteshh-UccAvaceshhu prati-phalita ivA-bhAti
vacchinno yaH paraM tu sphuTam-anupahato bhAti
ekaH bhAnuH : The one Sun
taTasthaH : impartial (to every object)
pratiphalana-vashAt : by virtue of reflection
anekodakAntaH : in several waters
nAnAtvaM yAti : becomes multiplied
(yAti) : (and also) obtains
upAdhi-sthiti-gati-samatAM : equality with the status of
rest as well as movement of the medium.
tadvat : So also
parAtmA : the Supreme Self
AbhAti iva : seems to be
svabhAva-avacchinnaH tAvat : affected by the natural
pratiphalitaH : of reflection
uccAvaceshhu : high and low
bhuteshhu : in living beings .
paraM tu yaH : But the same Self
sphuTam-anupahataH : when perfectly in the unaffected
bhAti : shines
svabhAvaiH tAvat : by its own natural properties.
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Prof. V. Krishnamurthy
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