[Advaita-l] How many margas for mukti
bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Tue Sep 20 04:28:35 CDT 2016
praNAms Sri Kathirasan prabhuji
Yes, as you have rightly observed there is no two mArga-s for mukti, for that matter shruti itself denies the second possibility of mukti apart from jnAnam. nAnyaH panthA ayanAya vidyate. However, to pursue this jnana mArga first we have to get chitta shuddhi and this chitta shuddhi can be developed through nishkAma nitya naimittika karmAnushTAna. So we do need nishkAma karmAnushtAna prior to jnana mArga. Shankara clarifies this in sUtra bhAshya by saying though nishkAma nitya naimittika karmAnushtAna is not direct means to mOksha it would be required for chitta shuddhi and to develop jnana which ultimately results in mOksha. More details can be had with regard to this from shankara's sarvApekshAdhikaraNa sUtra bhAshya in 3rd adhyAya.
Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
From: Advaita-l [mailto:advaita-l-bounces at lists.advaita-vedanta.org] On Behalf Of Kathirasan K via Advaita-l
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Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] How many margas for mukti
It is not that there are two margas to multi. But rather two margas live your life in this world. The Jnana yoga is meant for the contemplative people who are competent for Moksha. And the Karma marga is for those who do not wish for moksha but prefer the path of pravrtti. These two do not mix and hence Shankara does not favour jnanakarmasamuccaya. But there is a hybrid path advocated by Vyasa through the Bhagavad Gita which is Karma Yoga.
On 19 September 2016 at 01:57, Kripa Shankar via Advaita-l < advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Delighted to be part of the group. I have many doubts regarding
> Advaita not because I couldn't comprehend the philosophy taught by Adi
> Shankaracharya but because there are apparent contradictions in the
> current practice. Because of whatever dosha, there is ignorance in
> abundance in the form of samshaya. Hence my query.
> I had the fortune of studying the siddhanta in detail from a
> relatively old book called samyagdarshana (in Kannada lang). In it,
> there was an introduction by an eminent author Narasimha Sharma. He
> was a courtesan of the Mysore Maharaja and was associated with
> Sringeri Mutt. He writes that there are only two margas to mukti, one is jnana and the other is Karma.
> There is not a third one. Even Krishna says - Lokesmin Dvividha Nishta
> pura prokta mayanagha, jnana yogena sankhyanam karma yogena yoginam.
> But we have a third one which is quite popular these days and
> supposedly the easiest route! It is called the bhakti marga. Neither
> Shankara nor any other scriptures mention this. What entails bhakti
> marga? Is it listening to carnatic (or hindustani) music on YouTube or
> anything more? What is the means and end goal of this marga? Or is it
> another departure from the tradition? Is it again, viewed as a
> Renaissance against the Vedic hierarchy? If it is, do you see it as an
> assault against the Vedas? Because bhakti marga emphasises more on
> regional language and Sanskrit is mostly neglected.
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