[Advaita-l] BrahmaGYAna and jIvanmukti - 4 (Scriptural References)

Amuthan aparyap at gmail.com
Sat Feb 3 22:57:33 CST 2007

namo nArAyaNAya!

dear shrImati sAvitri devarAj,

On 2/1/07, savithri devaraj <savithri_devaraj at yahoo.com> wrote:
>   This context makes sense in the thread than saying that a brahma jnani, by effort and giving up desires, becomes a yogi as the original posting did. This doesn't seem intuitive at all - vairaagya is a pre-requisite for jnana, one of the sadhana catushtaya sampattih, the others being shama adi shadka sampattih, viveka and mumukshutva.

all these discussions are done with reference to one who doesn't have
sAdhana chatuShThaya sampatti to its fullest extent but is
nevertheless a j~nAni in the sense of having aparokSha Atmaj~nAna. as
shrI raviSha~Nkar mentioned, the process of becoming a j~nAni is not a
linear one. it is true beyond doubt that Atmaj~nAna cannot be attained
by one who doesn't have vairAgya. but for *complete* cessation of the
natural tendency of the mind to identify with the body, a steady
abidance in Atmaj~nAna along with tyAga, vairAgya etc. are recommended
by AchArya himself. if a yogi is defined as one who strives to attain
the goal of yoga, namely chittavRtti nirodha, then the very fact that
steady abidance in Atmaj~nAna leads to chittavRtti nirodha (see BUBh.
1.4.7.) implies that AchArya is recommending the j~nAnimAtra to become
a yogi.

vAsudevaH sarvaM,

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