[Advaita-l] Crossing death is not immortality
H S Chandramouli
hschandramouli at gmail.com
Thu Jun 23 07:08:50 CDT 2016
Reg << what do we mean by “crossing death by avidya or yajna or
"crossing death " here is to attain " relative immortality ", namely
attaining Svarga loka or Brahma loka, where life is very much longer than
in other lokas like ours.
2016-06-23 15:34 GMT+05:30 D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>:
> It seems that there was a tradition prevalent in ancient times that death
> can be crossed by ritual.
> For example in Namakam (rudradhyaya) we have
> ये ते सहस्रमयुतं पाशा मृत्यो मर्त्याय हन्तवे।
> तान् यज्ञस्य मायया सर्वानव यजामहे।
> In Vishnu Purana in the Kandikya-Kesidhvaja dialogue kesidhvaja says
> अहं ह्यविद्यया मृत्युं तर्तु कामः करोमि वै ।
> राज्यं यागांश्च विविधान्भोगैः पुण्यक्षयं तथा ।।
> Yajna is here equated with avidya.
> Isavasyopanishad after a lot of jugglery with words Vidya and avidya says
> अविद्यया मृत्युं तीर्त्वा विद्यया अमृतमश्नुते ।।
> Here avidya is interpreted by Sankara as ritual. Crossing death is
> different from immortality.
> My question is, what do we mean by “crossing death by avidya or yajna or
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