[Advaita-l] Sankhya and Yoga can give Moksha?

Venkatesh Murthy वेङ्कटेशः vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 27 10:12:35 CDT 2012


But someone may object because the Svetashvatara Upanisad has directly
said Sankhya and Yoga can take you to Moksha. Adi Sankara will not
accept it because he is a Vedanti. He has to find some Vedantic
concepts and say Sankhya and Yoga are those Vedantic concepts only. He
is giving indirect meaning for Sankhya and Yoga when direct meaning is
available. Why?

How can you answer this objection?

On Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 4:07 PM, V Subrahmanian
<v.subrahmanian at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 27, 2012 at 3:51 PM, Venkatesh Murthy वेङ्कटेशः <
> vmurthy36 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Namaste
>> In that case what is the meaning of Vaidika Jnana = Sankhya and
>> Vaidika Dhyana = Yoga? Where is Adi Sankara describing Vaidika Dhyana?
>> Is it meditation on Brahman?
> Pl. refer to the Kathopanishad  १.२.१२ :
> तं दुर्दर्शं गूढमनुप्रविष्टं गुहाहितं गव्हरेष्ठं पुराणम्।
> *अध्यात्मयोगाधिगमेन* देवं मत्वा धीरो हर्षशोकौ जहाति।। १२।।
> Shankara in this bhashya defines what this 'adhyAtmayoga' is:
> विषयेभ्यः प्रतिसंहृत्य चेतस आत्मनि समाधानम् अध्यात्मयोगः ।
> That is adhyAtmayoga which involves the withdrawing of the mind from
> objective knowledge and concentrating on the Atman.
> This adhyAtmayoga is detailed in the Kathopanishad 2.3.10 and 11. This
> portion can be studied with the bhashya. Shankara refers to this in the
> Brahmasutra bhashya under reference.
>> Regards,
> subrahmanian.v
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