Vakyavrtti of Shri Shankaracharya
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Fri Jul 14 10:21:15 CDT 2000
tApatrayArkasantaptah kashchidudvignamAnasah |
shamaAdisAdhanairyuktah sadguruM pariprchchhati || 3 ||
Scorched by the three suns of misery, someone much troubled in mind
and possesed of the necessary qualities such as self-control etc. asked
a Sadguru (3)
anAyAsena yenAsmAnmuchyeyaM bhavabandhAt |
tanme saMkshipya bhagavankevalaM krpayA vada || 4 ||
"By which means can I be effortlessly freed from bondage? That, Bhagavan
tell me in brief out of mercy alone."
 Samsara is characterized by three kinds of misery:
adhibhautika -- Caused by physical and mental ill health and by other
living creatures. A person may be interested in spiritual practice but
may be bedridden due to illness and thus unable to participate.
adhidaivika -- Caused by Gods and "fate" in general. A person may may be
making progress and suddenly get in a car accident or something.
adhyatmika -- Caused by the peturbations of the soul itself. A person may
be virtuous in every way but while in a confused and non-discriminating
state he will not be able to make any progress.
 as I mentioned, this work takes the form of an imaginary conversation
between a Guru and shishya.
 Shama, dama, vairagya etc. Only a person who posesses such qualities
is fit to realize Brahman.
 The true Guru acts out of mercy alone not for rewards or ego.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam
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