[Advaita-l] The liberated souls and Brahmaloka
svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 9 13:40:13 CST 2004
Ramesh Badisa wrote:
>As per your reply, the application of these sutras to liberated souls is
>done before pralaya. However, these sutras are sequenced in the scripture
>after mentioning of IV.3.10 sutra, giving a false idea that they are
>after the pralaya. Therefore, my question was that it could have been much
>more appropiate if the above sutras are sequenced before IV.3.10 sutra.
>way, it would be very clear that these sutras are associated with liberated
>souls before pralaya.
No. The sequential arrangement in the sUtras does not indicate temporal
sequence. Rather, it follows its own logic. Attaining brahmaloka is a result
of specific upAsana-s and is a step in the path of krama mukti. The text
first mentions the phala of upAsana, namely the attainment of brahmaloka.
Then it has to obviously mention the end of the path of krama mukti, namely
the final liberation at pralaya. This is necessary because of the very
nature of krama mukti. Without the assurance that there is a final
liberation, there is no guarantee to the sAdhaka that attaining brahmaloka
is the final step of krama mukti. If you notice, there is also a discussion
immediately following IV.3.10, on the nature of the upAsana that leads to
brahmaloka, i.e. meditation on saguNa brahman vis-a-vis meditation on a
symbol of brahman. Then it proceeds to describe the experience in
brahmaloka. This is a perfectly logical arrangement of topics. bAdarAyaNa
obviously has to describe the beginning (attainment of brahmaloka) and the
end (final liberation at pralaya) before describing what happens in between
(the attainment of all desires in brahmaloka, animating different bodies at
By their very nature, sUtra-s are terse and aphoristic. It is difficult to
understand them without the help of the commentary. For a quick synopsis of
Sankaracharya's commentary, I would recommend checking
http://www.swami-krishnananda.org/bs_00.html - this site contains Swami
Sivananda's free translation/summary of the bhAshya.
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