[Advaita-l] BrahmaGYAna and jIvanmukti - 5 (Other References)

sriram srirudra at vsnl.com
Mon Feb 12 05:59:00 CST 2007

Dear members
I think that what is called unsteady GYana is actually GYana accomplished
yet doubt lingering in that individual as to whether that is the GYana
sought after.For this he has to verify it with the help of
Shruthi/Smrithi/Acharya.Darkness gradually disappearing giving way to light
etc,in my opinion is not   very appropriate to explain the situation as
night falling/daybreaking are due to rotation of earth. If some one is in a
dark room and suddenly electricity is switched on there is immediate
light.The adjustment to that situation may perhaps be called unsteady GYana.
----- Original Message -----
From: Vidyasankar Sundaresan <svidyasankar at hotmail.com>
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Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] BrahmaGYAna and jIvanmukti - 5 (Other References)

> >I agree that perfect sAdhana-chatushhTaya is necessary for
> >brahmaGYAna. What I do not understand is the term "unsteady GYAna"
> >which I think can be simply called as "aGYAna."
> Darkness is the "absence of light" but when night transitions into day,
> there is the period of dawn when the light emerges slowly. It is not as if
> pitch dark suddenly gives way to blinding light. For clarity in
> philosophical argumentation and for rigor in textual interpretation, one
> needs to heavily contrast darkness from light, but one also has to
> the process of the dawning of light. If an eclipse were to occur soon
> dawn but before full sunrise, the light diminishes and returns fully only
> after the period of the eclipse is over.
> If jnAna is light, ajnAna is darkness. What vidyAraNyasvAmin refers to
> stabilizing jnAna is the process of dawn, culminating in the fullness of
> daylight. He teaches vAsanA-kshaya to counter the extraneous factors that
> could cause a possible eclipse. After all, it is the same person who once
> considered himself an ajnAnI, who should become a jnAnI and thereby get
> liberated. A sudden jump from one state to another is extremely rare. What
> is more common is a gradual approach, and it is therefore necessary to
> the paths that are involved in this gradual approach.
> Regards,
> Vidyasankar
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