[Advaita-l] Ritual Purity, Svadhyaya, and Commute

Balasubramanian Ramakrishnan rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Sun Sep 18 05:38:16 CDT 2016

A late reply, but here it is.

In the the second prashna of the tatittiriya aaraNyaka, 12th anuvaaka, we

uta vaacota tiShThannuta vrajann uta shayaanodhiiyiitaiva svaadhyaan
tapasvii puNyo bhavati

Essential meaning svaadhyaaya can be done in a loud voice, in the mind,
standing, walking, or lying down, leading to puNya.

Sayana says in his bhaaShya, na tu a"NgalopaaunusaareNa pradhaanasya lopo

The remaining question is that whether this applies only to
exigent circumstances. Sayana does not exactly specify. A number of my
gurus - including kramaanta svaadhyaayiis - have told me that practice can
be done any time, unless it is for a specific result oriented purpose. So I
would say, don't waste time.

In the jiivanmukti viveka, swami vidyaaraNya tells that the jiivanmukta a
always has Brahman in mind whatever he is doing, like the student who is
always mentally practicing lessons whatever he is doing!

I realize you are getting conflicting advice here, but two hours are too
valuable to waste.


On Thursday, September 8, 2016, Shashi via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Hello All,
> I have a question about ritual purity
> and Svadhyaya.
> I recently got a translation of
> Sri Madhusudana Sarasvati's
> Gudartha Dipika which I am excited to study.
> However my commute to work is a good two hours in total on the train.
> I thought I could
> study on the train -
> this is when I have the most
> time that until now I typically spend
> the least effectively
> but I doubt whether that's a
> pure enough environment to
> study.
> What are your thoughts
> on Svadhyaya conducted
> outside a sanctified place
> like a puja room or temple.
> and inside a place like a train?
> If it's ok, what does one need
> to do to be ritually pure enough
> to study it there?
> Shashi
> Sent from my iPhone
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