Notes on Brahmasuutra-IIIa
anandhudli at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Aug 30 17:43:23 CDT 2000
On Tue, 29 Aug 2000 13:31:12 -0400, K. Sadananda <sada at ANVIL.NRL.NAVY.MIL>
> Adhyaasa Bhaashhyam
>(The topic is presented in three parts - because it is quite long and also
>it helps to assimilate the subject providing enough time for discussions.
>know some people are preserving in a file to study later. But I can
>guarantee that if you do not have the commitment to study now the
>probability that you will study later is almost zero. One needs to study
>couple of times before the concepts and the definitions become clear. The
>first three notes are very important since subsequent topics will relay
>heavily on the definitions and concepts discussed in these.)
This is indeed golden advice! Let me broaden this point to include
all of advaita. These days, there seems to be a strong tendency
among "truth-seekers" to trivialize advaita. By such trivialization,
advaita is shown to be a mere jugglery of words, a mind-game, if you
will. Ultimately what you end up with is something like: OK,
if you think you are bound, then you are bound. If you think you are
liberated then you are liberated. So bondage and liberation have no
meaning. Hence, no need to even try for liberation for it is a
In tracing the cause for this trivialization, it occurs to me that
the culprit is what is called "instant gratification." The world
today is a "fast moving" one. What was not possible yesterday or
what was time-consuming yesterday is now instantaneous! It has become
perfectly normal to expect all tasks to be done faster and faster
as time progresses. While this may be true in the material world,
the foolish person expects the same to apply in the spiritual world!
The fool thinks that the same results of studying vedAnta according
to the teachings of the Gurus of the past can now be had in a
matter of a few months, nay even days! This is simply not true for
an overwhelming majority of us. The results of advaita cannot be
had by following a crash course. But the fool thinks otherwise.
When confronted with advaita literature and various sAdhana's,
he is more likely to brush them aside as "minor details" which are
cumbersome and unnecessary. And what happens when you are confronted
with minor details? You get bored and become sleepy! My Yoga and
meditation teacher once told me,
"You know why these business people come to my meditation class?
They just need some sleep that they find it hard to get otherwise."
This is true. Sri Abhinava Vidyateertha of Sringeri remarks in one
of his discourses that some people are using the Vedic chantings to
put them to sleep. The Vedas are the very pinnacle of knowledge.
But fools trivialize them and use them as sleeping aids, or as some
kind of cheap entertainment. I would not be surprised even if some of
this list's members are here for such entertainment only.
Coming back to adhyAsa and other important tenets of advaita,
the correct approach is that of the cow, as Swami Tejomayananda
explained in one of his lectures on the gItA. If you have seen
a cow consume its food, you will understand. It first eats as if in
a hurry but then it settles back and thoroughly masticates what it
has eaten. A similar approach is required for topics in advaita. Just
one reading and understanding is not enough. You have to keep revisiting
the topic again and again. Each time you revisit you get a better
But then such revisiting requires perseverance and takes time,
something that is against the expectation of "instant gratification."
Unless the temptation to trivialize advaita is discarded, there can be
I welcome back Sadananda and am delighted to see his posts. I have
always admired his analytical approach.
bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam
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