[Advaita-l] मुद्राराक्षसः

Prasad Ramamurthy Kadambi kaupeenavanta at gmail.com
Sat Apr 9 03:11:57 CDT 2011


I hope a major section of members of this august mailing list may not be
interested in a context where advita philosophy or His Holiness Adi Shankara
is abused / accused.

Learned members,

I have been a part of such discussions previously, but I did respond to them
without any malice. There are some instances which made me 'antarmukhi'.

All that I need to question is, what should we do when acharya Adi Shankara
himself is been tried to be defamed.

Our conviction is this is impossible.

Best Regards

Prasad Kadambi

On Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 11:43 AM, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>wrote:

> Namaste.
> ’मुद्राराक्षसः’ - 'mudrA-rAkShasaH' is a work in Sanskrit authored by
> ViShAkhadatta. The story is centered on the historical character Chanakya.
> In the modern language of slangs, this word 'mudrA-rAkShasaH' has come to
> connote the 'printer's devil'.  I have seen Kannada and Sanskrit speakers
> using this slang.  Here is an instance of such an error.  There is an
> obvious pun in the material presented although pun is not my intention.
> In the blog available here:
> http://madhwabrahmanas.blogspot.com/2009/07/sri-harivayu-stuti-translation.html
> there are two paragraphs:
> (3) The third and last type of souls consists of haters
> of Sri Vishnu and Vaishnavas. They say: Vishwam Mithya,
> Vibhuh Agunavan, Jiva-Brahma Abheda etc. They are
> the particles of kali and they are doomed to derision
> by all. Our Anandathirtha who has after a thorough
> and dispassionate research, established Sri Hari as
> Anandagyana Deva, Jiva-Jada Bhinnah, Sarvottama,
> Sakalaloka pravartaka and takes his cudgels and sending
> them to Andhatamas, punishes them to rot in eternal
> misery.
> //Along with your close study and research work,
> you started to discuss with Advaitins and always *you
> successfully refuted their arguments and convincingly proved
> the daitya philosophy is the eternal truth* and the result
> of your whirl wind tour and constant discourses was so
> impressively charming that many a Pandit-well versed in all
> works on Advaita-argued with you for days together and
> finally accepted yor philosophy and became your ardent
> devotees. //
> In the first quoted paragraph it is evident that Advaitins are the subject
> matter of the censure. Their fate, destiny (destination) is also stated:
> andhatamas. So, their philosophy is the 'daitya (demoniacal) philosophy'.
> However, in the second quoted paragraph  the highlighted portion contains a
> grave error on the part of the blogger: he intended to say that the 'dvaita
> philosophy is the eternal truth' but ended up saying 'the daitya philosophy
> is the eternal truth.'  'daitya' is the 'mudrA-rAkShasaH' here that played
> spoilsport.  The pun is, 'daitya' is a 'rAkshasa', a demon.  And the
> printer's devil occurred in this very word.
> In this paragraph there is the term 'jivanmukti'.   I have noticed this
> term
> in some compositions of Sri Purandaradasa too.
> // O! Srimadananda Thirtha, I have argued with you for full 18
> days and I have been vanquished finding my Advait study was
> a waste of time and labour and I have now become conscentiously
> convinced about your philosophy being the only sure road to
> win Moksha. I have therefore taken a deep plunge into your
> Sarvagnashastra and I feel my soul purified and completely
> at rest, intensly gratified with your irrefutable arguments
> and conclusions. My brain is almost on fire with deep
> devotion for you, who worship Sri Hari and Lakshmi with the
> singular object of gaining their graces. Since your convincing
> philosophy is a perennial source of joy to all good souls,
> I am doubly happy to feel strong to defy the fear of death.
> This Samsara cannot now entice me. Gods above who worship
> Sri Vayu the Sarvagna are pleased with me and all the
> conceited (Indrabhimani) Gods will leave me free to concentrate
> myself* on the attainment of Jivanmuktha *state with Bimbaparoksha.
> With incessant Namaskara's I stop.//
> The above was pointed out purely on a humorous note and not intended as a
> topic for discussion.
> Regards,
> subrahmanian.v
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Adi Shankara on devotion in VishnuShatpadi !!

सत्यपि भेदापगमे नाथ तवाहं न मामकीनस्त्वम् !
सामुद्रो हि तरङ्गः क्कचन समुद्रो न तरङ्गः !!

"Even when there is no distinction between us, O Lord, I am yours and not
You mine, for the wave is of the ocean and ocean is never of the wave".

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