[Advaita-l] Taittiriya Upanishad question
Venkata sriram P
venkatasriramp at yahoo.in
Mon Apr 11 08:41:50 CDT 2011
Dear Venkatesh MurtyJi,
The meaning can be like this. At the same time Mukta gets experience
of becoming Food and Eater of Food.
“anna” is “bhojya” tattva and eater of anna is “bhOkta” tattva.
This is “agni-shOmIyA” tattva, and Shatapatha brahmana refers this agni
as agriH. This agriH / agni is also extolled as IndraH / IndhaH.
Shruti mentions the seat of bhOkta to be the right eye & that of bhOjya
to be left eye. This bhOkta-bhOjya is called “IndhaH” (in other words Indra)
Sankara refers this as “indra-indrANyOH prakAmaM suratasukhajhuShOH…..”
in Shata Sloki.
Now as regards the krIDa, it describes the sarva-vyApaka & sarvAtma bhAva
of the realized soul. As the shruti vakya goes ““ekOhaM bahusyAM prajAyEti”,
it is the same Ishwara becoming the “paricchinna Jiva” enjoys putra / mitra /
kaLatra / bandhu darshana.
We have heard such instances of sarvAtmakatva & sarvavyApakatva with
respect to saints. For instances, For instance, when Bhagavan Krishna had
morsel of food, Sage Durvasa got rid of his pangs of hunger; when dogs were
sumptuously fed in ashram, Shri Swami Samarth of Akkalkot aka Akkalkot
Maharaj felt satisfied and mentioned to his nearby devotee saying that He
had sumptuous meal that day.
Having attained the state of omnipresence, they identify themselves with
every atom of universe. Such a sage eats the food through the mouths of all
the jivas; perceives the entire universe through the eyes of all the jivas;
listens to everyone through the ears of all the jivas.
This is virAT dEha abhimAna. And yet happens to be the “Silent Observer”
and abides in His Brahmi Sthiti.
I would suggest you to contemplate on the couple of stanzas of
“vishvaM pashyati kArya-kAraNatayA sva-svAmi saMbandhataH…..”
sarvAtmatvaM iti sphuTikritaM yasmAt muShmin stave………
sarvAtmatvaM iti mahAvibhUti …”
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