[Advaita-l] A unique analogy by Shankara

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Sun Jul 17 04:06:18 EDT 2022

In the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.3 bhashya Shankaracharya gives an
unusual analogy to stress the qualification the aspirant after Brahma Vidya
has to have:

Only he who is tormented by thirst will be the candidate for seeking
water. So too only he who has strong dispassion towards the means and ends
to all worldly  attainments, that are by default in the domain of
difference, can attempt to secure the non-dual liberating knowledge.

न हि संसारविषयात्साध्यसाधनादि -
भेदलक्षणादविरक्तस्यात्मैकत्वज्ञानविषयेऽधिकारः, *अतृषितस्येव पाने ।*

Om Tat Sat

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