[Advaita-l] Taittiriya Upanishad question

Nagendra S. Rao nagendrasrao at gmail.com
Wed Apr 20 15:23:39 CDT 2011

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On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 12:04 PM, Vidyasankar Sundaresan <
svidyasankar at hotmail.com> wrote:

> >
> > bhaskar :
> >
> > yesterday I was this bhAshya bhAga and read Sri SSS's Kannada commentary
> > also..But I am not able to corelate this bhAshya vAkya with krama-mukti
> > prabhuji. Here it has been said that shruti enumerates the pancha kOsha-s
> > invented by avidyA beginning with annamayAtma and goes on to explain
> other
> > kosha-s like by saying there is another self, prANamaya which is
> different
> I re-read the various bhAshya passages I had mentioned, thanks to your
> above comments. Yes, in the bhAshya on AnandavallI and bhRguvallI,
> Sankara bhagavatpAda does not talk of krama mukti per se. And it is
> also true that saMkramaNa is taken in a figurative sense. However, note
> the words "maraNakAle" in explanation of the vAkya "etaM ha vA va na
> tapati" in AnandavallI. Also note that in brahmasUtra bhAshya 3.3.11-13,
> there is a lot of discussion of upAsana. In the taittirIyopanishat itself,
> in
> the SikshAvallI, there is an upAsana based on manomaya purusha (sa ya
> esho 'ntar hRdaya AkASaH), as also the reference in chAndogyopanishat -
> manomayaH prANaSarIraH (which is where satya-saMkalpa-tva is first
> mentioned in chAndogya). It is not the case that the descriptions of the
> panca koSas are completely unrelated to various upAsana-s. And where
> there is an upAsana theme, there is necessarily a distinction between
> saguNopAsana and jnAna.
> So, to rephrase and clarify my earlier comments, what I wish to emphasize
> is this - when Sruti talks of attaining all desires as a lakshaNa of
> moksha,
> one has to carefully understand whether the context is krama mukti or not,
> whether the description is about upAsana or not and whether the immediate
> intent of the said Sruti vAkya is praise of brahmavidyA or not.
> Regards,
> Vidyasankar
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