Venkata sriram P
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Thu Jun 16 23:18:36 CDT 2011
Namaste Anand Ji,
Sant Jnaneshvar's work Amrutanubhav is an advaitic work.
Sant Jnanadev's Amritanubhava is more of a sAktAdvaita siddhAnta (pariNAma vAda) than Vivartavada. Jnanadevji studied Sankara's Saundaryalahari and got inspired by it and hence starts the 1st verse of Amritanubhav with salutions to "sAnkari vidya"
(vide ref. gururityAhya yA lOkE sAkShAt vidyA hi sAnkarI....).
The 1st section of Amritanubhav takes off with "siva-sakti samAvEShan" which is the detailed exposition of the 1st sloka of Saundaryalahari "sivaH saktyA yuktO....".
The 4th section "jnAna-ajnAna bhEda" mention about the shodasi kala of chit-chandra-manDala and addresses para-siva as the 17th kala ie., the One who holds the 16 kalas into himself and becomes the 17th kala (16th kala is the sAdA kala / nityA kala of shodasi). Jnanadev says in marathi as "tE chandrIchi urE satarAvi jaisi....".
Moreover, Jnanadev Ji was a nAtha sampradAya dIkshita which is a chief promoter of sAkta mArga in general and kaula tantra in particular. In Jnaneshwari (his magnum opus on BG), he gives wonderful commentary on Dhyana Yoga that details out of the Kundalini Yoga.
It is interesting to note that, jnanadev, a staunch nAtha panthi, started "varkari sampradya" that chiefly promotes hari sankirtan and visit of Panduranga Vittal temple during the month of Ashadha. During this pilgrimage, maharashtrians undergo pilgrimage by walk to Pandaripur with chants of "hari pATh" and holding "kAvaDi".
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