[Advaita-l] How can prANa be Brahman?

Raghav Kumar raghavkumar00 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 9 06:31:59 CDT 2016

Apologies for interjecting but

Can you please elaborate

"On the other hand, the role that vAsanAkshaya / manonAsha plays is in
training the mind to limit the negative reaction to external circumstances,
which reaction manifests itself as sorrow / delusion. Therefore the
conditions that can lead to the destabilising of jnAna, namely the
experience of sorrow / unhappiness in the mind, are minimised."

The question is -

1.   'jnAna'
2. 'not transposing the  vRttis of sorrow occurring in the mind, upon
oneself ie the 'I'

Do 1 and 2 necessarily go together or not? If yes then the two do not
become two different goals to be achieved. There is no need to work
separately for goal 2.

On the other hand if we have
3. Not even allowing the arising of vRttis of sorrow in the mind.

as a goal. That would need special efforts to reach and as per my
understanding Sri vidyAraNya says that goal 1( and its necessary
concomittant 2) are sufficient to ensure no future embodiments (his use of
the word videhamukti) while his use of the word jIvanmukti entails
achieving goal 3 as well.

( in the same vein that a mahatma can work for different goals which are
not opposed to jnana sadhana  like lokasaMgraha, sarvamukti, non-arising of
sorrow-vRttis etc etc.)

This is my understanding of the two ideas of Sri vidyAraNya svami's
explanation of tattvajnAna, vAsanAkShaya and manonAsha.
Kindly correct if necessary.


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