[Advaita-l] shankara in bruhadAraNyaka on 'saNyAsa'
bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Fri Oct 9 00:32:59 CDT 2009
When we talk about Janaka we should bear in mind that in the Bhagavad Gita
(3.20) Lord Krishna said that through action alone Janaka did Siddhi-labh
ie. achieved Perfection. This, to my mind, means that Janaka had ended up
doing only Niskaama Karma and thus he achieved Sannyasa without taking to
Sannyasha. Does this not mean that despite being a Kshatriya nothing
remained for Janaka to achieve?
praNAms Sri Sunil prabhuji
Yes, this is what exactly I am trying to say here. Kings like janaka &
ashvapati etc. have continued their karma due to past momentum, but they
did it with 'anAsakta' bhAva...And there is no doubt in janaka's jnAna,
coz. in mahAbhArata itself it is said that sage shuka went to janaka for
the brahma vidya & janaka obliged the request after testing shuka. For
the sake of lOka saMgraha & for saving the mankind, these jnAni-s can
still continue to do karma with naishkarmya siddhi. Krishna himself
admits it in the subsequent verse : na me pArthAsi kartavyaM trishu
lokeshu kiMchana, nAnavAptamavAptvyaM 'varta eva cha karmaNi'. There is
nothing to do for a jnAni in all the three worlds, there is absolutely
nothing worth attaining or otherwise for him. But still bhagavAn himself
continued to work & advised arjuna 'svadharme nidhanam shreyaH...Because
whatever shreshta does, the society would follow it, whatever standard he
sets up, the normal people would follow the same. So, as long as one is
living in society, interacting with public, he has to 'work' with the
bhAva of 'yOga'. This rule is equally applicable to both jeevan mukta as
well as loukika-s says Sri ParamArthananda-ji in vivekachudaamaNi
discourse. That is the reason why even today we could see pooja, dhyAna,
upAsana performed by the 'jagadguru-s' saNyAsi-s even in advaita peeTams.
Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
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