[Advaita-l] KNOWING BRAHMAN COMPLETELY
agnimile at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 02:07:18 CDT 2015
Dear Sri Sreenivasa Murthy,
As the article argues, the use of the word "completely" is in the context
of knowing Brahman in its attribute-less, nirguna form. It looks at several
instances in shruti and smriti where the word "completely" is used and
shows that in each instance it refers to the nirgunatvam of Brahman.
The article specifically addresses your question at several places when it
says that "completely" does not imply (erroneously) a sumperimposition of
parts on the partless Brahman.
If a student were to read only the title and not the article, they could
get confused - but that is like saying if one chooses to close their eyes
and walk, they will fall. They should simply open their eyes.
On 3 Jun 2015 17:28, "kuntimaddi sadananda via Advaita-l" <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Sreenivasa murthy - PraNAms.
> One can know Brahman as paroxa jnanaam - as most of the member in this
> list know.
> Knowing Brahman as aparoxa jnanaam requires lot more purification of the
> mind than that required for paroxa jnaanam. For that reason only
> nidhidhyaasana is specified besides shravana and manana. Knowing Brahman
> completely should involve aparoxa jnanam - requiring a uttama adhikaaritvam.
> One way to account for the completely word used.
> Hari Om!
> On Wed, 6/3/15, sreenivasa murthy via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Sri Shankara in his commentary to Sutra 1-1-1
> writes :
> AtmA ca Brahma ||
> Is there knowing Brahman incompletely also ?
> NEVER. Either one realizes Brahman or does not realize at
> all. Either one knows or does not know. Such titles like
> "knowing Brahman completely" are misleading and a student
> is likely to be misled. What have the members to say
> regarding such titles?
> With respectful regards, Sreenivasa Murthy
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