[Advaita-l] How to control the mind (without meditation)?
vaidix at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 10 10:10:52 CDT 2009
Regarding worship of devatas, for the sake of discussion we can talk about several points,
but in principle it shouldn't be all that complex. Dvaita is only fourth best approximation to advaita.
- Advaita is only yourself
- Boudha has non existence, no devas, but there is sorrow etc,
- Vishistadvaita has paramatma & yourself or yourself alone (averages to one and half?)
- Dvaita (paramatma and yourself).
In dvaita paramatma can be any deva- Vishnu, Shiva, Shakti, and this can be extended to any symbol
like prana, chit, guru, varna, svara, vyanjana etc.
Br.U.I4.10 outlines the issues with dvaita:
10. Verily in the beginning this was Brahman, that Brahman knew (its) Self only, saying,
'I am Brahman.' From it all this sprang. Thus, whatever Deva was awakened (so as to know
Brahman), he indeed became that (Brahman); and the same with Rishis and men. The Rishi
Vâmadeva saw and understood it, singing, 'I was Manu (moon), I was the sun.' Therefore now
also he who thus knows that he is Brahman, becomes all this, and even the Devas cannot prevent it,
for he himself is their Self.
Now if a man worships another deity, thinking the deity is one and he another, he does not know.
He is like a beast for the Devas. For verily, as many beasts nourish a man, thus does every man
nourish the Devas. If only one beast is taken away, it is not pleasant; how much more when many
are taken! Therefore it is not pleasant to the Devas that men should know this.
The last statement says that worshipping a deva limits your progress to that level. Only
when you realize non-duality you would know self.
Sankara's commentary on this should be interesting. This is probably least discussed in his times,
because dvaita was not so popular that time.
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