[Advaita-l] Some thoughts on the nature of bliss

Venkatraghavan S agnimile at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 09:06:00 EST 2017

Namaste Sri Chandramouli-ji,

The quote in red below are not my views, I was paraphrasing the subject
matter of the discussion.


On Tue, Feb 28, 2017 at 12:31 PM, H S Chandramouli <hschandramouli at gmail.com
> wrote:

> Namaste Sri Venkatraghavan Ji,
> Reg  << There was a recent discussion in the group whether as a jnAni
> enjoys the
> world's bliss, he would also suffer the world's sorrow too. >>,
> My understanding of a jnani’s enjoyment of bliss/sorrow  is different. A
> jnani is not all the time in the same frame of mind. When he is intently
> concentrating on Brahman, he goes into samAdhi and “enjoys”  swaupa
> Ananda. But when he is not concentrating on Brahman, due to prarabdha and
> vAsana, he is influenced both by external environment and internal emotions
> (desire,jealousy etc), and enjoys/suffers like any other jiva. But then
> such experience is limited to his own particular body and he is not
> affected by others’ experience. The extent of such experience is
> undoubtedly decided by his own personal traits like vairagya etc cultivated
> by his previous sAdhanAs. But always limited to his own individual body.
> The relative time for which the jnAni is in samAdhi and attitude like
> vairagya cultivated by sadhanAs when out of samAdhi determine the extent of
> Ananda he enjoys overall. That is what is presented in the Ananda mImamsa
> of taittariya Up. That also accounts for the gradation of jnanis as
> brahmavit, brahmavidvara, brahmavidvariyan and brahmavidvarishtha.
> Hence at no point of time, the jnani is enjoying in his body the Ananda of
> all bodies. Likewise he does not at any time suffer the sorrow of all jivas.
> Regards

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