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And in the sequel it is pointed out that the non-dual Atman is identical with the three states and therefore all that exists is Brahman. Does it really teach us to negate the existing objects? The duality of cause and effect are the imagined workings within the Maya of creation. There is nothing here within creation that has true being. Even the acutest critic of Sankara has not been able to point out any inconsistency in the writings of Sankara.

T am now firm, my doubts are gone. Therefore it is described as a positive existence which can be realised by spotting it as the changeless and the constant factor in the three states. We take our mental creations to be such objects.

The four quarters are not meant to be taken literally of course. Sound is the vibration of action, action is that knowledge becoming manifest.

The Mandukya Upanishad (Gaudapa Karika and Shankara Bhashya)

It only asks the student to know the real nature of the world. He is called first 12 quarter because the subsequent quarters are realized through him Vaiiwanara. He is the Antaryamin, that is, he alone entering into all, directs everything from within. What is it that Alone Truly Exists? The second foot is the Taijasa, who enjoys exquisite things in the state of dream. The Atman is Brahman. Similarly from our common experience it is known that the states of dream and deep sleep are preceded by the waking state which is therefore the first of the three states.

Therefore the word Sat the text of the Chhandogya Upanishad, the passage under discussion in that aspect in which causality is attributed to it, is indicated by Prana, and accordingly has been described in all the Srutis as the cause. The only positive satisfaction guaranteed to a Vedantist is that he will no longer be deluded by ignorance which paints the unreal or the seeming as the real. Viswa is he who cognizes in the right eye, Taijasa is he who cognizes in the mind within and Prajna is he who constitutes the Akasa in the heart.


But from the standpoint of the true nature of things we assert that the so—called cause is, after all, no cause. It is one alone who is thus known in the three states. Vedanta never teaches one to fly away from the world uppanishad to shut himself up in caves and forests.

In fact the Hindus recognised centuries ago and even now recognise Buddha as one of the Avatars of Vishnu like Rama and Krshna. Gaudapada has admirably proved in his Karika that all Dharmas or Jivas are identical with the non-dual Brahman and there- fore they are ever-pure and ever-illumined. All illusions such as Prana, etc. Vedanta says that non-duality Turiya alone is real upanishda ever-existent.

Mandukya Upanishad & Karika with Shankara Bhashya – Swami Nikhilananda

Mind is the character- istic indication 14 of both. Sankara indicates in his commentary that those who seek the Highest Reality TfflH are not interested in any theory of creation.

The Purusha manifests the conscious beings in their manifold forms. What really disappears is the illusion that the manifold exists as some- thing other than Brahman. How is it that it is Prdjna alone and not Turiya that is bound by the condition 6f cause, since the non-cognition of duality is the common feature of both?

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The Ultimate Reality taught in the Karika and Advaita Vedanta cannot be Nirvana if that word means, as is known from the study of some of the Buddhist writers, the total negation of everything. This view may mzndukya true from the non- philosophical standpoint. The letters here are AU and M.


Another plain reason for such identity is their being in the middle. The real cannot be the cause of the real. I salute Brahman, the destroyer of the fear of those who take refuge in It—which, though unborn, appears to be associated with birth through Its own majestic powers; which, though motionless, appears to be moving; and which, though non— dual, appears to have assumed many forms to those whose vision is deluded by the perception of diverse objects and their attributes.

There are no such independent external entities as objects ; they are but creations of the mind. He is called Saptanga because these are the seven limbs of his body. Names, forms and relations are illusory on account of their changeability and negatability.

Prajna has the meaning of pure consciousness and knowledge. The Absolute is unchanging in all ways. This state, being free from the conditions of the waking and dream states, manifests, in a marked degree Pure Consciousness.

Therefore they are negatable. Hence it cannot be said to produce anything Therefore causal condition cannot obtain in the case of Turlya’?

Men say that no work is possible without the consciousness of egoism and agency. To one desirous of making a scholarly study of Vedanta, the historical side of the evolution of philos- ophic thought in India is of great value.

He goes to sleep when tired. The seven limbs being: What is beyond the world of time is what is immortal and the Absolute alone is immortal.

Viswa and Taijasa are associated with these, viz. Know these to be the threefold experience. Even the views of his opponents, he welcomes and accepts as parts of the knowledge that leads to the attainment of truth and Ultimate Truth. AUM is the fearless Brahman.

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