[Advaita-l] Structured approach in studying Advaita
Venkata sriram P
venkatasriramp at yahoo.in
Sun May 29 00:57:58 CDT 2011
For one whose goal is to become Atmavit knowledge of Sanskrit is not
at all required.The Truth about one's TRUE NATURE /ATMAN can be conveyed in
one's own mother tongue . What is required is the presence and guidance of a maunaguru who has realized or knows what he is teaching. Finally Atman is
not in books or in Sanskrit language. It is within you and is prior to the
formulation of doctrines.
DO YOU WANT TO BE A KNOWER OF SHASTRA
DO YOU WANT TO BE A KNOWER OF ATMAN?
These are the post-neovedantic statements that
are detrimental to the sampradAya.
Srimad Ramayana reverberates with the concept of
sadAchAra, sAstra adhyayana, tapas & svAdhyAya.
The 1st kANDa itself starts with the enquiry into the
vAkya “tapas svAdhyAya nirtataM….” And svAdhyAya
means intense study of sva-veda shAkha along with
its limbs. This svAdhyAya should
with tapas then only the pUrNatva is achieved.
Among the virtues of Bhagavan Ramachandra,
One of them is “vAngmi” that implies whose
Speech or vAk is purified with the study of
vyAkaraNa. Another virtue is “suchiH”
implies who is pure internally as well as externally
with the performance of nitya / naimittika
karmAs. Another virtue is
Which implies, one who has studied veda & its limbs.
Another virtue is vichakShaNaH.
Who is an expert in dharma-adharma rahasyas ie.,
Who has studied the mimAmsa darshaNa.
In the entire rAmAyaNa, adherence to sandhyA upAsana
and sAstra adhyayana is almost repeated 15-20 times
and Bhagavan Ramachandra is described to have
undergone this tapas & svadhyAya.
This is what
Sage Valmiki wanted to convey to the posterity.
In Kishkindha Kanda, when the great jnAni Anjaneya
meets Rama, Sage Valmiki depicts the wonderful
Scene who a student should conduct himself
In front his acharya.
nAn Rgveda viniitasya
nAsaama veda viduSaH shakyam evam vibhaaSitum
nUnam vyakaraNam kRitsnam
anena bahudhA shrutaM
bahu vyaaharatA anena na kinchit apa shabditaM
Ramachandra with his
inherent knowledge of vyAkaraNa,
Has identified Acharya
Hanuman even though he
Came in a disguised
form of a sanyAsi to test Rama.
The speech of Hanuman
was so purified with the
Knowledge of sanskrit
vyAkaraNa that Hanuman
Never faltered in his
flow of words.
He studied Rg Veda,
Yajurveda & Samaveda.
Apart from this, He
studied vyAkaraNa, nirukta &
Chandas & shikSha.
language & expressions were
So perfect while
conducting himself before Bhagavan Rama
That even Rama praises
those wonderful qualities that
Come out of studies
na mukhe netrayoH ca api
lalaaTe cha bhruvoH tathaa
anyeSu api cha sarveSu doSaH sa.mviditaH kvachit //
uraHstham kaNThagam vaakyam vartate madhyame svaram
Lord Hanuman’s speech
is said to be unfaltered, undoubtful,
Undelaying which is in
the madhyama svara.
sa.mskaara krama sa.mpannaam
uccaarayati kalyaaNiim vaacham hR^idaya harSiNiim
The speech of Hanuman
is refined (samskAra krama) which
Implies Hanuman spoke
in Sanskrit that was refined with
vaachaa tristhaana vya.njanasthayaaH
kasya na aaraadhyate chittam udyat ase areH api
Hanuman speaks the
sanskrit that originates from him
In 3 different places.
depicts here how a sishyA should behave
Himself before the
Further to this, Sankara in sOpAna panchakaM advices us
to perform svAdhyAya (vEdO nityaM adhIyatAM....).
And Veda Adhyayana implies study of veda alongwith the
On a lighter note:
Kanchi Mahaperiyaval during His discourses always urged to learn deva bhAsha.
During his lighter moments, he once said that if the virtuous person without learningthe dEva bhASha, after passing away, when goes to heaven, Lord Indra first enquireswhen this person is well-versed in sanskrit or not. If he is not, Indra prohibits himfrom entering into heaven as the language spoken in heaven is sanskrit only. The gatekeeper of heaven kick the person away from heaven.
Though, this should not be taken literally, this episode is told to emphasize the importanceof dEva bhAsha.
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