[Advaita-l] Mandukyopanishad for Sanyasis

Mahadevan Babu babunim at optushome.com.au
Tue May 31 03:20:48 CDT 2011

Dear Srikantaji,
I think you are referring to MundakOpanishad and not MANDUKYA Upanishad.

If it is MundakOpanishad, in a way, this is may be according to one sampradaya.  I believe this Atharva Veda Upanishad got this name, because,  the seeking disciple who wishes to learn this truth,  needed to remain Vrath by remaining shaving his head (Mundaka:)  and on completion of the Vrata,  hee needs to approach the teacher with a Mud Pot containing coal ambers in his Head and prostrate to the Guru, expressing his desire to learn this ultimate truth.

May be he wanted to observe a bit of this sampradaya,

Hari Om


On 29/05/2011, at 11:21 PM, Srikanta Narayanaswami wrote:

> Dear Sirs,
>         In my opinion, Mandukya upanishad is not just limited to
> sanyasis. I do not see that there is any proper validity of this
> conclusion. I have personally studied and keep studying this small
> upanishad, which I believe encompasses all the philosophical tenets of
> Advaita in a concise way. It contains only 12 verses - but the depth
> is immense. All the upanishads are for the seekers of the truth - if
> he is a householder or a sanyasi, it is the choice of way of life and
> it has nothing to do with the seeking truth.
> For me this upanishad was enlightening(not literally), especially the
> commentary by Sri Sri Sri Shankaracharya and also the one by Sri swami
> Chinmayananda.
> regards,
> Chetan
> ______________________________________________________________________________
> I was told by one of the trainees at the Sandeepany sadhanalaya that HH
> Chinmayanandaji used to warn the aspirants to glow slow in the study of the mandukyopanishad,and some times he used to lock them up in order for them to slowly 
> study and practice the mandukyopanishad.
> N.Srikanta.
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