[Advaita-l] [advaitin] Tattvamasi - 03 (the rivers and ocean) / 04 (the tree and its branches)

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Fri Sep 11 10:07:30 EDT 2020

The Advaitin community are thankful to Sri Venkataraghavan for this series
of his study of the analogies involved in the Upanishadic teaching of the
Tattvamasi mahavakya.  it is not easy to fathom the intricacies of the
polemical arguments underlying this study.  Our following this series will
help enhance our appreciation of the Tattva involved in these analogies.


On Fri, Sep 11, 2020 at 5:37 PM Venkatraghavan S <agnimile at gmail.com> wrote:

> Namaste,
> After looking at the examples of the hawk and the string and the the
> nectar and honey, today we consider the examples of the rivers and ocean
> and the tree and its branches that are associated with the third and fourth
> time that the teaching "tattvamasi" occurs in the Chandogya upaniShad.
> The siddhikAra argues that these examples are also compatible with a
> teaching of advaita, and therefore it cannot be argued that the reading of
> the sentence has to be atattvamasi, conveying difference, as opposed to
> tattvamasi, conveying identity.
> https://youtu.be/CUechxodCZk
> Regards,
> Venkatraghavan
> On Tue, Sep 8, 2020 at 1:34 PM Venkatraghavan S <agnimile at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Namaste,
>> Next we look at the example of the nectar from different trees and honey
>> that occurs in ChAndogya 6.9.
>> Here, uddAlaka AruNi invokes this example to show how differences seen in
>> the waking state are not seen in the deep sleep state when the jIva has
>> resolved himself into his higher nature as Sat.
>> The opponent uses this example to argue that the difference in the
>> nectars from different flowers is a real one, and similarly the difference
>> between different jIvas and the jIvas and paramAtma is also real.
>> The siddhikAra reveals the true import of the example -
>> https://youtu.be/aFJxKYJxZLA
>> The mantras under discussion - 6.9.1 - 6.9.3
>> यथा सोम्य मधु मधुकृतो निस्तिष्ठन्ति नानात्ययानां वृक्षाणाꣳ
>> रसान्समवहारमेकताꣳ रसं गमयन्ति ॥ १ ॥
>> ते यथा तत्र न विवेकं लभन्तेऽमुष्याहं वृक्षस्य रसोऽस्म्यमुष्याहं वृक्षस्य
>> रसोऽस्मीत्येवमेव खलु सोम्येमाः सर्वाः प्रजाः सति सम्पद्य न विदुः सति
>> सम्पद्यामह इति ॥ २ ॥
>> त इह व्याघ्रो वा सिंहो वा वृको वा वराहो वा कीटो वा पतङ्गो वा दꣳशो वा मशको
>> वा यद्यद्भवन्ति तदाभवन्ति ॥ ३ ॥
>> Regards,
>> Venkatraghavan
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