[Advaita-l] Bhamati DSV theory according to Siddhanta Bindu
v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Fri Jul 28 14:10:19 EDT 2017
On Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 8:18 PM, Aditya Kumar <kumaraditya22 at yahoo.com>
> Namaste Subrahmanianji,
> Thank you for providing various references. But then it's all about how we
> interpret/understand it. For eg, how do we interpret 'Jagat karanam
The jagat karanam is that entity that is devoid of fall from its true
nature. Here are some hints to such an understanding from Shankara:
ननु तत्र तत्र प्रसाधितमेतत् — अधिकमसंसारि ब्रह्म जगत्कारणम् ; तदेव च
संसारिण आत्मनः पारमार्थिकं स्वरूपम् उपनिषत्सु उपदिश्यत इति — सत्यं
प्रसाधितम् ;BSB3.4.2 Brahman which is asamsaari is jagatkaaranam, that
indeed is the samsaari atman's (jiva's) absolute nature.
तथा तमेव आह, अच्युतं स्वरूपादप्रच्युतमसि इति द्वितीयं यजुः । Chandogya
3.7.6 [Achyuta: you are that who has not fallen from your true nature].
> And thanks for the links. Interesting development in Advaita and it's
> rival schools over the centuries. And also, if I may ask, is there anyone
> today who is considered as self-realized like Adi Shankara?
This assessment is a subjective one and even if indeed there is/are such
realized ones there can be disagreement among people. For, who is to attest
X as self-realized? A sadhaka, by Ishwara's grace, comes to accept his/ a
Guru as self-realized. Krishna said in the Gita: Approach jnanis and they
will instruct you about the Tattva. Even in the case of Sri Ramana
Maharshi, there are persons who do not accept him as self-realized.
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