[Advaita-l] Samit Pani

Sumitha Ramachandran sumitha.rama at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 26 04:45:57 CDT 2013

               Jnanagnihi cannot  burn the Ardhrachethas  (Mind wet due to Karma bandha)but will burn quickly with shuddha viragaha (vairagya shushkam). .............shloka 40 of Shathashloki by Sri. Shankara Bhagawadpada.
It shows the readiness of the student for Brahma vidya with immense vairagya  who approaches the Guru with folded hands as a sign of humility.
The Guru is going to see his physical appearance at first with his eyes. The student for his part shows his humility with his folded palms followed by submission of dried sticks indicative of his vairagya and falling like Dhanda at His Lotus Feet indicative of complete surrender.

From: V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
To: A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> 
Sent: Saturday, 26 October 2013 4:04 AM
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Samit Pani

On Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 1:22 PM, Venkata sriram P
<venkatasriramp at yahoo.in>wrote:

> Namaste,
> Our dharma says that one should never approach elders (guru & acharya)
> empty-handed.

Dear Sriram ji,

In the Anandagiri gloss for the bhashya on the said Mundaka mantra 1.2.12,
it is said: 'samitpANiH iti vinayopalakShaNam.'  [The expression
'samitpANiH' is a representative indication for the humility of the
aspirant approaching the Guru].  The editor Sri Subrahmanya Sastri in the
foot note says:

// By the word 'brahmaniShTha' the BhashyakAra indicates that he is a
sannyAsin.  Then, what is the use of going to such a one with samit which
is of no use to him? In order to answer this Anandagiri says that it is an
upalakShaNa, representative indication, to the aspirant's vinaya,
humility.  SamitpANitvam on the part of the aspirant will be directly
appropriate in the case of those householder-brahmaniShTha-s such as
Janaka, yAjnavalkya and angiras. //

One another explanation I have heard is: the samit, dried sticks, are
indicative of the sishya's readiness to subject himself to the rigours of
brahmavidyA and receive it successfully just as dried sticks will
immediately burn when put in fire.


> Having submitted the appropriate sambhAvana to the Acharya either in the
> form of phala, dhana, vastu etc., one should seek their blessings which is
> called "AsheevAdaM".  This is maNgaLa-sUchaka.
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