[Advaita-l] The Tinged Brahman of Deep Sleep, etc.
H S Chandramouli
hschandramouli at gmail.com
Thu Jun 30 02:20:18 CDT 2016
Namaste Sri Venkatraghavan Ji.
> Reg << In a related matter, I had some issues reconciling /interpreting
> bhAshya of Br. Up. 4.3.21.
> The specific vAkya I am having a problem reconciling with is :
> यत आत्मकामम् — आत्मैव कामाः यस्मिन् रूपे, अन्यत्र प्रविभक्ता इव अन्यत्वेन
> काम्यमानाः यथा जाग्रत्स्वप्नयोः, तस्य आत्मैव
> अन्यत्वप्रत्युपस्थापकहेतोरविद्याया अभावात्
> The translation from Swami Madhavananda: "Because all objects of desire are
> but the self in this form. In states other than that of profound sleep,
> i.e. in the waking and dreaming states, things are separated as it were,
> from the self and desired as such. But to one who is fast asleep, they
> become the self, since there is no ignorance to project the idea of
> The last bit is particularly problematic, because it seems to say that
> there is no ignorance in deep sleep state, and prima facie, seems to rule
> out the presence of kAraNa sharIra (of the nature of ignorance) in deep
> अभाव (abhAva ) here is to be understood in the sense of प्रागभाव
> (prAgabhAva, अव्यक्त, avyakta) meaning unmanifest. It should not be
> understood as अत्यन्ताभाव (atyantAbhAva).
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