[Advaita-l] The collapse of duality in the geeta

Sunil Bhattacharjya sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 26 02:45:55 CDT 2011

Namste Jaldharji,

 What you said is the Hinayana view only. The Mahayana view means Nirvana is getting out of the five Skanfhas (five Koshas) so that one gets out of the birth and death cycle by following the prescribed path or way of life.  The oneness with the universal awareness is achieved after leaving the individualistic body of five koshas. Nagarjuna boldly says that Shunyata does not mean non-existence.


Sunil K. Bhatacharjya

--- On Fri, 3/25/11, Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:

From: Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] The collapse of duality in the geeta
To: "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Date: Friday, March 25, 2011, 10:31 PM

On Sat, 19 Mar 2011, dr.praveen kumar wrote:

> Can I ask Jaldharji to elucidate the portion of Geetha which explains with
> the
> point of realisation,duality collapses?

It is a good idea to address such questions to the list at large but since you asked me personally, I think the vivid example of this is in the Vishvarupayoga.  Earlier Krshna Bhagavan has told Arjuna how he dwells within all including Arjuna himself (10.36 pANDaVAnAM dhana~njaya) and now He gives a practical demonstration.

This is one difference between the Vedantic vision and the nastikas. Buddha saw the end of duality as empty void -- the end of being altogether.  This is why he calls the supreme goal nIrvANa ("extinction".) But our Rshis saw it as the fullness (pUrNata) of being.  There is nothing that is not pervaded by Brahman.

Arjuna finds this vision too difficult to bear as even with divine help, he is simply not prepared.  Glimpses of non-duality can be had even by those with no knowledge of Vedanta whatsover.  But this is fleeting and unstable.  jnana is what makes one "established in Brahman" (brahmaniShTa)

-- Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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