[Advaita-l] Acharya Shankara advises
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Mon Jul 25 10:12:48 EDT 2022
Dear friends,Sri Shankara says :Quote:
Sri Shankara writes in his commentary to the mantra 6-1-3 ofChandogya Upanishad thus :
sarvAnapi vEdAnadhItya sarvaM cAnyad vEdyamadhigamyApyakRutArtha Eva Bavati yAvadAtmatattvaM na jAnItIttyAKyAyikAtO avagamyatE ||
[sarvAnapi vEdAnadhItya sarvaM caanyad vEdyam adhigamyA api akrutArtha Eva Bavati yAvd AtmatattvaM najAnAtI iti AKyAyikAt avagamyatE ||]
Even afterstudying all the Vedas, and even after knowing all other things that are to beknown, a man indeed remains unfulfilled ( akRutArtha ||) of hispurpose till he does not know the reality of the Self
( AtmatattvaM||). This is understood by the story.
[Chandogya ; 6-1-3 ; Translator: Swami Gambhirananda].
What is the lesson we haveto learn from the above teaching of Sri Shankara? Sri Shankara advises us tobecome KNOWERS OF THE SELF ( Atmavit ) and not KNOWERS OF THESHASTRA ( mantravit).
Why not we heed to the advice of Sri Shankaraand devote one's time and energy for acquiringAtmaikatvavidyavidya?
With respectful namaskars,Sreenivasa Murthy
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