[Advaita-l] How many margas for mukti

Kathirasan K brahmasatyam at gmail.com
Sun Sep 18 22:52:42 CDT 2016

Namaste Kripaji,

It is not that there are two margas to multi. But rather two margas live
your life in this world. The Jnana yoga is meant for the contemplative
people who are competent for Moksha. And the Karma marga is for those who
do not wish for moksha but prefer the path of pravrtti. These two do not
mix and hence Shankara does not favour jnanakarmasamuccaya. But there is a
hybrid path advocated by Vyasa through the Bhagavad Gita which is Karma

*Kathirasan K*

On 19 September 2016 at 01:57, Kripa Shankar via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> ‎Namaste,
> Delighted to be part of the group. I have many doubts regarding Advaita
> not because I couldn't comprehend the philosophy taught by Adi
> Shankaracharya but because there are apparent contradictions in the current
> practice. Because of whatever dosha, there is ignorance in abundance in the
> form of samshaya. Hence my query.
> I had the fortune of studying the siddhanta in detail from a relatively
> old book called samyagdarshana (in Kannada lang). In it, there was an
> introduction by an eminent author Narasimha Sharma. He was a courtesan of
> the Mysore Maharaja and was associated with Sringeri Mutt. He writes that
> there are only two margas to mukti, one is jnana and the other is Karma.
> There is not a third one. Even Krishna says - Lokesmin Dvividha Nishta pura
> prokta mayanagha, jnana yogena sankhyanam karma yogena yoginam.
> But we have a third one which is quite popular these days and supposedly
> the easiest route! It is called the bhakti marga. Neither Shankara nor any
> other scriptures mention this. ‎What entails bhakti marga? Is it listening
> to carnatic (or hindustani) music on YouTube or anything more? What is the
> means and end goal of this marga? Or is it another departure from the
> tradition? Is it again, viewed as a Renaissance against the Vedic
> hierarchy? If it is, do you see it as an assault against the Vedas? Because
> bhakti marga emphasises more on regional language and Sanskrit is mostly
> neglected.
> Regards
> Kripa
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