Jivanmuktiviveka of Swami Vidyaranya

Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian ramakris at EROLS.COM
Wed Oct 27 19:39:51 CDT 1999

Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian <ramakris at erols.com> wrote:
> > 3. Sha.nkara makes it clear in his sUtra-bhAshhya that it is
> possible
> > that people who have not become parivrAjaka-s can become GYAnis.
> > question here is not what is *possible*, but what is *probable*.
> > give a worldy example, a person sitting in the hot sun could do
> > things. He may move to the shade or make a great effort and master
> > mantras which enable him to bear the heat. It is plain common
> to
> > just move to the shade and not waste any more time. In fact, most
> > people who opt for the mantra route would probably die of heat
> stroke
> > before gaining the mantra siddhi.  Similarly, a person with true
> > vairAgya, who has realized the "heat" of karma can at once move to
> the
> > "shade" by becoming an ekadaNDin. However, unlike moving to the
> shade
> > of a tree, becoming an ekadaNDin requires great qualifications.
> > that qualification need not necessarily be possessed by a

Just a quick clarification, in case I give the mistaken impression
that karma is not useful or necessary for the vast majority of people
(like me). The "shade" of becoming an ekadaNDin is not really a path
of comfort, unlike moving to the shade of a tree. The qualifications
for becoming an ekadaNDin should not be underestimated. Again, karma
is useless only for people with the right qualifications. The last
sentence is worth repeating many times.


bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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