[Advaita-l] Two types of Atma jnAni-s &their approachtoreallife situation

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 24 07:57:13 CDT 2010

> Hari Om Shri Vidyasankarji, Pranaams!
> The sAkShitA(witnesshood) of Atman is not a svarUpa-lakShaNa of Atman but 
> only upalakShaNa.

Yes, agreed.


> To be absorbed in Atma-svarUpa uninterruptedly one has to leave the 
> upalakShaNa which is not ever present in Atman.

Again, agreed. But isn't it only through these upalakshaNa-s that one can leave
the anAdy adhyAropa of anAtman and be absorbed in Atma-svarUpa? The way
out of the upalakshaNa is through it, is it not?


> Whether BG triplet starting dhyAyato viShayAn ... occuring in 
> sthitaprajna-lakShaNa portion, or in bhikShu-gIta portion of 
> srimadbhagavatam, refrain and tolerance are the golden rule and never 
> indulgence(intolerance and repulsion) with sAkShibhAva.

As long as there is a body, hunger and sleep and dreams arise. As long as there is
a mind, various mental states arise. On the other hand, for a jnAnI, the mere arising
of a mental state does not mean that there is indulgence or repulsion towards that
mental state. This applies as much to negative states such as kAma and krodha as
to any other mental state, however positive it may be.

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