[Advaita-l] Sayanacharya cites Gaudapada Karika

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Mar 6 11:42:28 EST 2018

Sayanacharya cites Gaudapada Karika

While commenting on the Narayana Suktam, while explaining what is meant by
'hrdayam', says that it is the mind and adds: तेन च मनसा स्वप्नवत्सर्वमिदं
जगत् कल्पितम् [by that mind the entire world is imagined just as a dream]
and cites a portion of a verse:

मनोमूलमिदं द्वैतं यत्किञ्चित्सचराचरम् ।  [all duality that is the moving
and the stationary has its source in the mind] and says: इति
सम्प्रदायविद्भिरुक्तत्वात् [since it is stated by the 'knowers of the
(vedanta) tradition.']  This verse is found in the Gaudapada Karika 3rd
chapter (Advaita prakaranam) with a slight variation:

मनोदृश्यमिदं द्वैतं यत्किञ्चित्सचराचरम् । [ 3.31 ] [Shankara has taken this
verse in his commentary as  दृश्यं मनोदृश्यम् इदं द्वैतं..]

It is also noteworthy the epithet Sayanacharya uses for the author of that
verse:  सम्प्रदायविद्भिः...is found in the Brahma Sutra Bhashya too where
Shankara has cited two Karika-s in different places, one from the first
chapter (Agama prakaranam) and the other from the third chapter thereof.
In both places Shankara's words are   तथा च सम्प्रदायविदो वदन्ति .

Sayana, in this commentary for the Narayana Suktam uses the terms
 'jagadupaadaanam, adhShThAnam, and 'all this world is a supreimposition in
Narayana'..on several occasions showing that the 'Narayana' of this suktam
is Nirguna Brahman.


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