[Advaita-l] Bhakti, Bhagavata Purana & Sankara

Sankaran Aniruddhan ani at ee.washington.edu
Tue Jul 1 13:46:21 CDT 2003


> my point is why the Bhashyakara Pada is silent in his
> Bhashyas throughout, about anyone other than Narayana.
> what is the meaning of this conspicious absense. thats
> all.  nothing more than that.

Possible reason #1: Bhagavatpada may not be using words like
vishnu, narayana etc in their popular connotation (which
refers only to a particular form of god). He may be using
them considering their basic meaning. For example, Vishnu
means sarva-vyApi or all-pervading. So when He says Vishnu,
He is referring to the all-pervading Atman.

Possible reason #2: It is possible that Bhagavatpada's
ishta-devata was Vishnu, so He salutes Him in his bhashyas.

Or maybe, being Parameshwara's incarnation, He didn't want
to salute Himself! :-)


Sruti smRti purANAnAm Alayam karuNAlayam
namAmi bhagavatpAda Sam.karam lokaSam.karam

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