[Advaita-l] (Advaita) Bhakti vs. Jnana

Ramanan Subramanian ramanan82 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 29 20:31:33 CDT 2011

> Bhagavatam accepted by Madusudana,
> Sridhara and Citsuka (as pointed out by Sri Jaladhar) repeatedly says that
> a
> bhakta does not care for liberation.

Not only Sridhara and Citsukha agree on this, but Shankara and Anandagiri
also echo this in Bhagavad Gita Bhashya 5.10:

Shankara --

"ब्रह्मणि ईश्वरे आधाय निक्षिप्य 'तदर्थं कर्म करोमि' इति भृत्य इव स्वाम्यर्थं
सर्वाणि कर्माणि मोक्षेऽपि फले सङ्गं त्यक्त्वा करोति यः सर्वकर्माणि, लिप्यते
न स पापेन न संबध्यते पद्मपत्रमिव अम्भसा उदकेन।"

In English: "Whoever performs actions dedicating all unto Brahman - unto
Ishvara - with the mindset 'i am working for him', as a servant works for a
master, renouncing the desire for its fruits - *even the desire to obtain
liberation or moksa* - such a person is not tainted by sins, just as a lotus
leaf does not become wet on contact with water."

Anandagiri restates the same in a different language --

"यथा भृत्यः स्वाम्यर्थं कर्माणि करोति न स्वफलमपेक्षते तथैव यो
विद्वान्मोक्षेऽपि सङ्गं त्यक्त्वा भगवदर्थमेव सर्वाणि कर्माणि करोति न स
स्वकर्मणा बध्यते। नहि पद्मपत्रमम्भसा संबध्यते तद्वदित्यर्थः"

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