[Advaita-l] Meaning of the word "sharada"

srikanta srikanta at nie.ac.in
Thu Oct 1 00:12:16 CDT 2009

with reference to Michael Shepherd's Email regarding the above topic,the
word "Sharada"has different meanings.In conventional terms,this means
'pure','Vishuddhi",this is by Sri.Adi shankara.The word also
means"Mature".The colour of Saraswati is "white",which signifies
purity.The word also means "timid".In both the adwaitic and Buddhist
terminology,thie word means "maturity".Gaudapada says in his karikas:
      "Vaishardyam tu vai nasti bhedhe vicaratam sada
      bhedhanimnah prtagvadah tasmatte krpanah smrtah"

Those who evel always in the difference,do not have maturity
always engrossed in difference and who cavil,they are said to be miserly.


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