[Advaita-l] Isavasya Upanisad 9th Mantra

H S Chandramouli via Advaita-l advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
Thu May 22 03:46:00 CDT 2014


Nitya karma and Naimittika karma are compulsary for all three ashramas. But
upasanas are not compulsary.  Without performing karmas, whatever else one
performs, including upasana, they do not give fruitful phalas. That is the
reason why those who perform upasana only , to the exclusion of
nitya/naimittika karmas , are said to go to greater darkness. For upasanas
to lead to phalas greater than is obtainable from karma alone ,  they must
necessarily be performed in conjunction ( samuchhaya ) with karmas.


2014-05-22 11:34 GMT+05:30 Venkatesh Murthy via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>:

> Namaste
> There was a discussion on Satya Darshana on this. I went to the new
> Sringeri Sankara Bhashya site and searched.
> Below is the Sankara Bhashya
> अन्धं तमः प्रविशन्ति ये अविद्यामुपासते ।
> ततो भूय इव ते तमो य उ विद्यायां रताः ॥ ९ ॥
> भाष्यम्
> अन्धं तमः अदर्शनात्मकं तमः प्रविशन्ति । के ? ये अविद्याम्, विद्याया अन्या
> अविद्या कर्मेत्यर्थः, कर्मणो विद्याविरोधित्वात्,
> तामविद्यामग्निहोत्रादिलक्षणामेव केवलाम् उपासते तत्पराः
> सन्तोऽनुतिष्ठन्तीत्यभिप्रायः । ततः तस्मादन्धात्मकात्तमसः भूय इव बहुतरमेव ते
> तमः प्रविशन्ति । के ? कर्म हित्वा ये उ ये तु विद्यायामेव देवताज्ञाने एव
> रताः अभिरताः ॥
> The question I have is why Adi Sankara has not explained why people
> absorbed in meditation on gods go to Greater Darkness than people doing
> Karma? Adi Sankara does not explain why.
> On TV discussion the explanation was different. Avidya is Loukika Vidya
> like Science, Engineering and others. Vidya is Bookish knowledge of Brahma.
> If you have only bookish knowledge of Brahma and no realization it is worse
> than having knowledge of Loukika Sastras like Science. With bookish
> knowledge of Brahma you are making a big mistake thinking you know Brahma.
> But you do not know.
> --
> Regards
> -Venkatesh
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