[Advaita-l] Shata-shlokI - Shloka 3 - Supplemental note

V. Krishnamurthy profvk at yahoo.com
Sat Jun 5 09:47:27 CDT 2004


This supplemental note is on the words
“satya-mithyAtva-yogAt” (by means of the concepts of Truth
and ‘mithyA’) in the first line of shloka 3.  It is said
that in Brahma Sutra Bhashya of Shankara the following
sentence occurs:

“satyAnRte mithunI-kRtya aham-idaM mamedam-iti
naisargiko’yaM loka-vyavahAraH”

that is, “the  mixing up of Truth and non-Truth (anRta)
gives rise to the common worldly parlance of  ‘I am this’,
and ‘This is mine’”.  This reference to Shankara Bhashya
occurs in a commentary on Narayaneeyam-91-1. The context is
again a similar idea contained in the words 


 in that shloka of Narayaneeyam, meaning “because of the
deep-rooted wrong acceptance of ephemeral values as true
and enduring”. The author of the commentary, Kadalangudy
Natesa Sastrigal, opines that these words of Narayaneeyam
could as well have been


 and therefore would go back to the above stated sentence
from Brahma Sutra Bhashya.
It is interesting to note that Shankaracharya uses the same
words of his,  here in  Shata-shlokI.

The actual location of the above sentence of Shankara
Bhashya has however not been found by me. I would
appreciate readers’ help on this. 

Regarding Narayaneeyam Shloka 91-1, one can see my  posting
on  the shloka in


or in the files section of advaitin under Narayaniyam.

PraNAms to all students of Adi Shankaracharya.

Prof. V. Krishnamurthy
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