[Advaita-l] Fwd: [advaitin] Yet another Mahavakya in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Wed Oct 27 06:07:19 EDT 2021

On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 12:56 PM H S Chandramouli <hschandramouli at gmail.com>

> Namaste.
> Reg  <<  From this it is clear that vidya, whether it is laukika or
> adhyatma, acquired in one life manifests in another life when the necessary
> circumstances are in place. So, it remains as samskara and aids
> its perfection >>,
> Issue under discusssion ;;;;  References in support of the contention that
> recollection at a later point of time mahAvAkya heard earlier can directly
> lead to aparoksha jnAna.

ऐहिकमप्यप्रस्तुतप्रतिबन्धे तद्दर्शनात् ॥ ५१ ॥  3.4.51

In this sutra, the point that 'aparoksha jnanam can arise not necessarily
in the life in which shravana, etc. (even nididhyasana) took place, but
even in a later life' is discussed.  Shankara cites the case of Vamadeva
where it is admitted that he got the aparoksha jnana while in the mother's
womb. Shankara makes a significant point: 'It is clear that it is not
possible for someone in the womb to practice any sadhana.'  So, here is a
case where all sadhana is over before but the sadhana phala did not arise
owing to some or the other pratibandha.  Once the pratibandha is exhausted,
the knowledge arose, in this case, //even when no jnana prabodhaka sadhana
was undertaken.//

गर्भस्थ एव च वामदेवः प्रतिपेदे ब्रह्मभावमिति वदन्ती जन्मान्तरसञ्चितात्
साधनात् जन्मान्तरे विद्योत्पत्तिं दर्शयति ; // न हि गर्भस्थस्यैव ऐहिकं
किञ्चित्साधनं सम्भाव्यते ।//  स्मृतावपि — ‘अप्राप्य योगसंसिद्धिं कां गतिं
कृष्ण गच्छति’ (भ. गी. ६ । ३७)
पृष्टो भगवान्वासुदेवः ‘न हि कल्याणकृत्कश्चिद्दुर्गतिं तात गच्छति’ (भ. गी.
६ । ४०)
पुनस्तस्य पुण्यलोकप्राप्तिं साधुकुले सम्भूतिं च अभिधाय, अनन्तरम् ‘तत्र तं
बुद्धिसंयोगं लभते पौर्वदेहिकम्’ (भ. गी. ६ । ४३)
 इत्यादिना ‘अनेकजन्मसंसिद्धस्ततो याति परां गतिम्’ (भ. गी. ६ । ४५)
एतदेव दर्शयति । तस्मात् ऐहिकम् आमुष्मिकं वा विद्याजन्म
प्रतिबन्धक्षयापेक्षयेति स्थितम् ॥ ५१ ॥

Shankara goes on to include the yoga bhrashTa case of the BG 6th ch., which
was already discussed in this thread. So, for Shankara, this is also a case
where the samskara of sadhana done in one life remains, is continued and
perfected in a different life.


> I do not think the references cited now address this issue.
> Regards

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