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Gaudapada Karika and Asparsa-Yoga
« on: July 25, 2008, 01:13:00 PM »
Gaudapada in his Karika on Maandukua Upanishad, in Chapter IV,
Aalati Shanti, verse 2 speaks about Asparasa Yoga.  This AsparsaYoga
is a word which is not used anybody before Gaudapada.  By Asparsa,
it is a-sparsa, that is without touch.  'Sparsa' means touch, 'a' is
used to denote opposite, as in English, dis- and un-.  Sparsa means
touch.  Gaudapada says that Brahma-jnani, the one who abides in
the Self, is all-pervasive and there is nobody else other than him,
to 'touch' or 'contact'.  Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi also has mentioned that for a Jnani, there is no one else, since for a Jnani is One without Second, and is hence all-pervasive.

The verse reads:-  "I salute this Yoga, known as Asparsa Yoga, that is
free from all touch, which implies duality), taught through scripture,
the Yoga which promotes the happiness of all beings and conduces to
the well-being of all, which is free from strife and contradictions."

Verse 4 states:-   " The existent cannot (again) pass into existence (birth).  Nor can the non-existent to be born or come into being as existent.  Thus
disputing among themselves, they (others), as a matter of fact, tend
to establish the Advaita view and support the Ajati or the Absolute
non evoluttion of (what always exists).

Arunachala Siva.