seeksha at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 29 22:24:51 CDT 1999
>Does not this verse from vivekachuuDamaNi contradict
>vadantu shaastraaNi yajantu devaan.h
> kurvantu karmaaNi bhajantu devataaH |
>aatmaikyabodhena vinaapi muktiH
> na sidhyati brahmashataantare.api || 6 ||
> Let one read the sastras, sacrifice to the gods, perform karmas
>or meditate on the divinities; liberation will not arise even
>after hundreds of brahmakalpas without knowledge of the Unity of
>verse and meaning quoted from archives (posted by Vaidya).
>Of course, one could argue that the purpose of this verse is to
>motivate the student to embark on aatma vichaara and seek
>liberation by quicker and direct approach, and not necessarily to
>contradict krama mukti.
>Please do correct me.
I dont know if it contradicts krama mukthi or not, but I can tell you
bhajantu devataaH does not contradict bakthi.
Naradha Bakthi Sutra makes it very clear.
TatrApi na mAhAtmya jnAna vismrtyapavAdA : 22
(Gopies although worshipping krishna as their beloved) Never forgot this
Tad vihinam jArAnAm iva 23
With out that knowledge of atmaikya (this approach) is perishable (Similar
to the base passion of a mistress for her paramour).
I think aatmaikyabodhena vinaapi muktiH na sidhyati brahmashataantare.api
also means the same.
I think the purpose of this vivekachuuDamaNi verse is to clearly state
that essence of all means sastra, sacrifice, karma or bhajana is to get
aatmaikya bodhana which bestows one with mukthi.
The word vina , according to my understanding clearly states with out
which, so only the criterion is being emphasized, Karma or yajna or bhajana
is not criticized.In fact they are recognized.
Please do correct me if in case I am wrong.
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