[Advaita-l] Paper on Samadhi

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 7 21:57:09 CDT 2007

>       I found this paper on
>"The Question of the Importance of Samadhi in Modern and Classical Advaita
>By Michael Comans, Ph.D. here
>I found it very interesting. The author discusses how Samadhi is treated by
>Shankara vs later
>advaitins. Per him, Sankara deems Samadhi as only a means and not an end to
>realization of Brahman.
>where as later (contemporary)Advaitins deem to think the other way.

Prof. Comans's paper is very important indeed, but I think it does not 
adequately address one key discussion of brahmAtmavidyA and citta vRtti 
nirodha (which, by the way, is the definition of yoga/samAdhi) in the 
bRhadAraNyaka bhAshya 1.4.7. We have discussed this particular topic on this 
list in the past. When our web-server is back up, I will search and send out 
links to the relevant posts in this regard.


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