[Advaita-l] Sat-Chit-Ananda

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Sun Dec 14 00:30:31 CST 2014

> On Sun, Dec 14, 2014 at 7:30 AM, umesh ramaswamy wrote:

> All the while I was thinking Sat-Chit-Ananda is the swarupa of
> Brahman itself. In that case how can Chit can be greater than Sat?

You are right.  As Swami Sarvabhuteshanandji replied to you sat, chit, and 
ananda are not attributes so they cannot be compared and measured.  All we
can say is Brahman is sat.  Brahman is chit.  Brahman is ananda.

On Sun, 14 Dec 2014, V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l wrote:

> One can get a clue as to what is meant by saying 'Chit is greater than Sat'
> by studying this verse of the Advaita Makaranda:
> http://sanskritdocuments.org/all_unic/advaitamakaranda_sa.html
> न हि भानादृते सत्त्वं नर्ते भानं चितोऽचितः ।
>      चित्सम्भेदोऽपि नाध्यासादृते तेनाहमद्वयः ॥ ७ ॥
> The straight meaning is: without chit, there is
> no experience of sat.

Granted, but we could also say without sat, chit is hopelessly entangled 
with maya or without ananda there is no volition for sat or chit.  I don't 
think it is a good idea to try and place one over the others but instead 
one should try and understand how between them they describe Brahman.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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