Sankara also composed several sub-texts in simple Sanskrit, called example, finds the style of the verses of Vivekachudamani to be ―highly poetic‖ in. 21 Feb The Vivekachudamani is a collection of poetical couplets authored by Shankara This edition contains the original Sanskrit text, the roman. Swami Tadatmananda’s lectures on Adi Shankaracharya’s Vivekachudamani are available online. Click on the date link below to listen or download MP3.

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To realise oneself as the Self of the whole universe is the means of get- ting rid of bondage. As riiilk pomed into milk, oil into oil, and water into water, becomes united and one with it, so the sage who has realised the Atman becomes one in the Atman.

Such ideas as gross and so forth are erroneously sanskrut in me by people through the manifestation of things superimposed, — just as in the indivisible and absolute time cycles, years, half-years and seasons etc.

The Atman as the eter- nal Subject must remain always. They are called sheaths as they are coverings over the Atraan which manifests Itself through them. That which has been created by the Buddhi extremely deluded by Nescience, and which is perceived in this body as ‘I am such and such,’ — when that Egoism is totally destroyed, one attains an un- obstructed identity with the Brahman.

None of these three is con- sidered either desirable or wholesome by the noble-minded. Cherish — like men of the world. The sky is not affected by the smell of liquor merely through its vivekachudamaji tion with the jar; similarly the Atman is not, through Its connection with the limiting adjuncts, affected by the proper- ties thereof. The Witness of Buddhi — all actions that we seem to be doing are really done by Buddhi, while the Self ever stands aloofthe only Absolute Entity. Bhagavan Sanatkumara, who is Brahma’s son, has called inadvertence to be death itself.


The accompanying Upanisadic cross-referencing and Sanskrit-English lexicon of key terms will prove themselves enormously helpful to lay readers, students, and scholars.

As the sun is a witness with re- gard to men’s actions, and fire burns everything without distinction, and as the rope is related to a thing superimposed on it, — so am I, the unchangeable, intel- ligent Self. Transcendent — beyond the range of sense. Hence the use of epithets applicable to Brahman. With the ripening of Knowledge the two birds coalesce into one, the Self alone remains, and life is known to be a dream.

Man’s transmigration is due to the evil of siiperimposition, and the bondage of superimposition is created by himself and none else. The characteristics of a qualified Guru are given later on in sloka So the mind also confers on the Jiva or individual soul the pleasures of the objective world. He neither directs the sense-organs to their objects, nor detaches them from these, but stays like an unconcerned spectator.

This ignorance can be removed by the knowledge that will arise by a proper enquiry into the import of the Upanishads. The hailstones that accompany a shower of rain on the ocean quickly melt and’ become one with it.


Untoward lot — the aggregate of bad deeds done in one’s past incarnations, which bring on the evils of the present life. Series II second edition — good get-up 12 as.

How can one devoid of body-idea be greedy like him? Darkness sanzkrit the numerons evils that attend on it are not noticed when the sun rises. Salu- tation to thee, O glorious, noble-minded Teacher, — salutations again and again! The bearing of all afflictions without caring to redress them, being free at the same time from anxiety or lament on their score, is called Titiksha or forbearance.


A Brief Dictionary of Hinduism. Meditation — the flowing of the mind in one un- broken stream towards one object.

Neither pleasure nor pain, nor good nor evil, ever touches this Knower of Brahman who always lives without the body-idea. One sanskrih of Brahma the Creator is equivalent to million years of human computation, which is supposed to be the duration of the world. The knowledoe of the identity of Brnhman and Jiva entirely consumes the inipenelrable forest of Vkvekachudamani or Nescience. Para —Demonstration is the reasoning in support of the subject-matter, adduced at different places in the same section.


L Acts — enjoined by the Scriptures, and done with motives. If a leaf falls in a small stream, or a river, or a place consecrated by Shiva, or in a crossing of roads, of what vivekahcudamani or or evil is that to the tree?

Shankara and Indian Philosophy. Cycle — Kalpa, vivekachudaamni entire duration of the evolved universe. The first consists of Nescience; the second of seventeen things — five -sensory organs, five motor organs, five Pranas 01.

Other obstacles are also observed to exist for men, which lead to transmigra- tion. The body, consisting of arms and legs, cannot be the Atman, for one conti- nues to live sanakrit when particular limbs are gone, and the different functions of the organism also remain intact.

Listen thou therefore attentively: Among the various and often conflicting means prescribed in the Shastras, which am I to adopt? Destroying completely by this means the imaginations which are due to the gloom of ignorance, he lives blissfully in Brahman, free from action and oscil- lation of the mind.

There is no greater danger for the J7ta7itn than carelessness about his own real natiire.