[Advaita-l] Trimurtis are created of Pancha bhūta-s - Shankara

H S Chandramouli hschandramouli at gmail.com
Wed Nov 22 04:08:44 EST 2017

Dear Sri Subrahmanian Ji,

What I have quoted is the Bhashya for Mundaka 1-1-8 only.

I have just referred to the Mundaka Bhashya talks by Sri Mani Dravid
Shastrigal on mantra 1-1-8 as well as 1-1-9. He makes it explicitly clear
that Hiranyagarbha is "born" directly from avyAkRta, here understood as
Brahman endowed with MAyA.

Unfortunately I do not have ready access at this time to the talks by Swami
Paramarthananda on this mantra. If anyone is having it, perhaps he could
elaborate on the same.

I have also referred to the hindi commentary by Swami Maheshanadagiri on
the Anubhuti Prakasha verse you have cited. My understanding of the
commentary is in line with what I have stated earlier. However I am not
quoting it here as my understanding of hindi while being adequate for my
personal use is not good enough for explaining to others.


On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 6:22 PM, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>

> Dear Sri Chandramouli ji,
> I had seen that bhāṣyam for the next mantra that you have cited. Since it
> is about the sthūla pancha bhūta srishti, I did not cite that. Here is the
> confirmation  that it is so, from the Anubhūti prakāśa on Mundakopanishat:
> तस्मादन्नत् क्रियाशक्तिः प्राणो, ज्ञानस्य साधनम् ।
> मनः, च अजायत, *स्थूलं सत्याख्यं भूतपञ्चकम्* ॥ 25
> One can see the essence of the mantra 9 captured here. The next in the
> sequence is the creation of the loka-s. This can happen only after the
> sthūla bhūta creation. Hiranyagarbha's creation is before the sthula bhuta
> creation. Hence, as Anandagiri has explained, he is the effect of the
> sūkṣma bhūtas.
> regards
> subbu
> On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 2:58 PM, H S Chandramouli <
> hschandramouli at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  From that Hiranyagarbha evolved *manah*, that which is called the
>>>> (cosmic) mind, comprising volition, deliberation, doubt, determination,
>>>> etc., evolved *satyam*, the five elements, such as space etc., which
>>>> are called satya (i.e. the gross, *sat*, and the subtle, *tyat*). >>.
>>>> To my understanding, it is clear that according to this Bhashyam,
>>>> Hiranyagarbha is NOT a product of panchabhutas.
>>>> I  leave it at this. It is for members to come to their own
>>>> conclusions.
>>>> Regards

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