[Advaita-l] SrividyA and advaita vedAnta
v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Sun Oct 1 22:48:24 EDT 2017
On Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 1:07 AM, Venkatraghavan S via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Thank you Sriram mahodaya.
> Given that we are discussing the topic of SrividyA, could you (or anyone
> familiar with the matter) please elaborate a little bit on how SrividyA
> upAsana fits within advaita vedAnta?
> 1) Is it a sAdhana for chitta shuddhi, ultimately requiring / leading to
> guru prApti, shravaNa-manana-nidhidhyAsana, jnAna and moksha? i.e., does
> SrividyA hold that one would need to transition from SrividyA upAsana to
> jnAna sAdhana for moksha?
> 2) Or, does SrividyA shAstra hold that jnAna is not a requirement for
> mokshA and upAsana itself is sufficient? Is the nature of mokshA different
> in SrividyA and advaita?
> 3) Or, are these elements incorporated within the ambit of the upAsana
> itself - i.e. the word upAsana in this context includes both upAsana and
> jnAna sAdhana? If so, how?
Dear Venkat ji,
As far as I know, Srividyā is inalienably connected with Advaita. For one,
the Lalitasahasranama is admitted as an integral part of Srivdya sādhana.
If you look into that nāma, you find a number of names such as these,
suggesting Advaitic doctrine:
nirbhedā, bhedanāśinī, bhedavarjitā, brahmātmaikya svarūpṇī, sarva vedanta
samvedyā, tattvamartha svarūpiṇi, mithyājagadadhiṣṭhānā,
panchakośāntarasthitā, sarvāvasthāvivarjitā, turyā, etc. The Taittiriya,
Mandukya, etc. Upanishads can be seen to be summarized here. The SL has
been a part of Advaita Sannyasins, Acharyas, as exemplified by the Sringeri
and many other pontiffs performing the Srichakra and SL puja-s today. The
Kundalini is also part of Srivdyā and the ascent of the Kundalini shakti
from the mūlādhāra to the sahasrāra marks the culmination of the sadhana in
the advaita jnana of Shiva-Shakti aikya. The Shakti represents the jiva who
dwells in various chakras, the lowest being the body-identity and the final
chakra being the Sahasrara is the shakti, jivashakti, merging with the
What I have said is only a gist of the matter; there is quite a lot to
expand on this which practitioners will be able to do justice to.
> It would be very helpful to understand the correspondence between advaita
> vedAnta and SrividyA upAsana, and where the two diverge (if at all they
> Kind regards,
> 2017-10-01 19:03 GMT+01:00 Venkata sriram P via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>:
> > The Upasakas of Sri Vidya will get Bhoga and Moksha both
> > ////////////
> > Yes – shrIdevi bestows both bhoga & moksha but is there any end to the
> > wish-list for enjoyment?
> > shrI bhAskararaya makhin provides the explanation in another way as:
> > भोगेभ्यो विषयाभिलाषेभ्यो मोक्षो मोचनं तद्वासना त्यागः
> प्रददातीत्यादिरर्थः –
> > it eliminates the vAsana of ‘bhOga-lAlasa’.
> > And hence, it is said “चरमे जन्मनि यथा श्रीविद्योपासको भवेत्” –
> > One is blessed with shrIvidya in last birth
> > The great shAkta shivAnandanAtha says - निष्कामानामेव श्रीविद्या सिद्धिः
> > कदापि सकामानाम्
> > rgs,
> > sriram
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