[Advaita-l] Yogavashshista and Gaudapada karikas

Sunil Bhattacharjya sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 7 11:41:40 CST 2010

Dear Srikantaji,

There are quite a few verses from Yogavasistha in the Bhagavad Gita too. The verse "Aadaavante ------------------lakshitaahh" appears in the Bhagavad Gita of 745 verses too.

You have missed the purpose of bringing in the Yogavashistha in the discussions regarding the importance of dhyaanayoga  in advaita. In the Mandukya (1.24-29) there is emphasis on Dhyana on OM.  Yogavashistha, an advaitic text, too values yoga and does does not discredit Yoga the way you are doing. The very name of Yogavashishtha has Yoga in it.

Sunil K. Bhattacharjya

--- On Sat, 11/6/10, srikanta <srikanta at nie.ac.in> wrote:

From: srikanta <srikanta at nie.ac.in>
Subject: [Advaita-l] Yogavashshista and Gaudapada karikas
To: advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
Date: Saturday, November 6, 2010, 11:29 PM

Dear sunil Bhattacharji,

In yogavashshta we find many slokas which we find in Gaudapada karikas.For
instance the following slokah is found it both the books:

Adavante ca yan nasti vartamanepi tattatha!
Vitathai sadrshah santah avitatha iva lakshitah!!
"That which doesnot exist in the beginning(past) and in the
end(future),doesnot exist in the present(vartamana) too.Being
unreal(vitatha) as it were,they being regarded(lakshitah) as if
we see this slokha in both Yogavashishta and Gaudapada karikas.It is
dificult to place the dates of these books,or may be that it has been
taken from a original book.Prof.Atreya has written a theses on the
Yogavashishta,and in that it is his opinion and also some scholars that
Yogaashishta came later to Gaudapada Karikas.(Vide Prof.Atreya's book).

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