[Advaita-l] yadA carmavat & BGB 13.2
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Tue May 11 01:56:12 CDT 2010
On Mon, 10 May 2010, Murali Karamchedu wrote:
>> The reference is to the famous quotation in the Shve. Up. "yada
>> charmavadakasham veshtayishyanti maanavah..." - which simply means that
>> only when man can figure out how to roll up this entire expanse of
>> space like he would roll up a leather-skin, can there be an end to
>> samsara without knowledge of the Lord.
> Thank you. A lovely figure of speech to indicate utter impossibility. (Much
> better than the modern 'when hell freezes over').
charma specifically refers to an animal hide worn as clothing. (Like the
mrgacharma or dearskin worn by a forest-dwelling sage.) It is ridiculous
to assume the sky could be wrapped up around oneself like a coat.
I don't know if any acharya has made this connection before but when I
read this I was immediately reminded of another upanishad vakya.
Ishopanishad says "All this [the phenomenal universe] is covered by the
Lord" The utterly impossible becomes possible with knowledge of the Lord!
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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