[Advaita-l] Reference to Rudra and Aditya in BGB 6.47

Jaldhar H. Vyas via Advaita-l advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
Thu Jul 31 01:12:56 CDT 2014

On Mon, 28 Jul 2014, Sujal Upadhyay wrote:

> Namaste,
> Regarding the discussion, there is one more verse in BG 11.15 which
> describes virATa svarUpa of bhagavAn. Here, Adi SankarAcArya in his bhASya
> has not translated the word 'ISa' as Siva, while rAmAnujAcArya has. It would
> be interesting to know the commentaries of other AcArya-s. mAdvAcArya and
> Abhinavagupta has not commented on this verse. Other AcArya-s like
> Valliabhacharya, Madhusudan Saraswati, Shreedhar Swami, Nilkantha, etc have
> not written the word Siva. Still, we can have a look at it. Please also
> check Anandgiri's bhashya. Since I am not conversant with sanskrit, I
> request you to please have a look.

It quite clearly refers to Brahmaji as the lord (creator) of the world 
seated on the kamala etc. and it would seem rather difficult to interpret 
it as anything else.  Hence Shridharacharya, Swami Shankarananda and Swami 
Madhusudan Saraswati in their tikas only mention Brahmaji.

On the other hand, 10.23 says rudrANAm sha~NkarashchAsmi.  Shankaracharya 
modestly avoids making any connection with his name and merely mentions 
that there are 11 rudras.  None of the others explicitly mention Shiva 
Bhagavan either.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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