[Advaita-l] [advaitin] Jnaani enjoys all desires

Praveen R. Bhat bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Wed Feb 22 05:04:17 EST 2017

​Namaste Sadaji,

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 12:10 PM, kuntimaddi sadananda
kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com [advaitin] <advaitin at yahoogroups.com> wrote:

> Another way of looking at this Vidyaranya  says is as Jnnaani as a sAkshe,
> a witnessing agent, can also enjoy all the happiness in all beings, just as
> the enjoyments at his local BMI level as stated in the second line of this
> sloka:
> Sloka 35 of Ch. 14 says;
> sarva kaamaaptireShoktaa yadvaa saakshechidaatmanaa|
> svadehavat sarvadeheshu api bhgaanaveshate||

In the Taittiriya AnandamImAMsa it is said that when one has vairAgya for a
particular dehaprApta Ananda, his Ananda is 10-fold the Ananda possible in
that dehopAdhi. This shows that all bimbAnanda, experiential happiness, is
also due to reflection of svarUpAnanda. Having vairAgya for something
reduces the bAhyapravRtti towards it and frees the antaHkaraNa from the
kAmavRtti towards such bhogya object. That being so, the duHkharUpa vRttis
that keep one away from svarUpAnanda being enjoyed in pratibimba form, go
away. And to that extent the happiness is increased. So for a jnAni who has
vairAgya from all types of bhogyAnanda of all living beings, he would
experience his svarUpAnanda to the fullest, effortlessly being in oneself,
which is figuratively said as happiness of everyone, since all happiness is
really brahmAnanda alone.

> Now the question is - at the local body level there is suffering too. The
> above sloka should also involve the sufferings of all the people - sva
> dehavat.
> What happens to the sum total of all sufferings?
> ​​

​​So too, all the sufferings, whether relating to his body or bodies of all
living beings, do not keep the jnAni away from enjoying svarUpAnanda as
pratibimbAnda, as he just a sAkShi of both bhogya sukha as well as duHkha,
completely asanghaH.

--Praveen R. Bhat
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