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Aalati Shanti of Gaudapada Karika
« on: July 25, 2008, 02:10:24 PM »
Gaudapada Karika's fourth chapter is called Aalata Shanti.  This
means quenching of the firebrand.  In the last post I briefly expalined
in connection with Ulladu Narpadu.

I intend to give the actual verses in this connection.

Verse47:- "As a firebrand when set in motion, appears as straight,
crooked etc., So also Consciousness, when set in motion, appears
as the perceiver, the perceived and the like."

Verse 48:- "As the firebrand, when not in motion, is free from all
the appearances and remains changeless, similarly, Consciousness,
when not in motion (imaginary action), is free from all appearances
and remains changeless."

Verse 49:- "When the firebrand is in motion, the appearances that
are seen in it) do not come from elsewhere.  When the firebrand is
not moved,  the appearances do not go elsewhere from the motion-
less firebrand.  Further, the appearnces, when the firebrand is not
moved, do not enter into the firebrand itself."

Verse  50 :- "The appearances do not emerge from the fire-brand
because they are not of the nature of a substance.  This also
applies to Consciousness on account of the similarity of appearances
in both cases."

Verses 51-52:- When Consciousness is associated with the idea of
activity (as in the dream and waking states), the appearances that
are seen in it, do not come from elsewhere.  When Consciousness
is inactive, (as in deep sleep) appearances do not go elsewhere
from the inactive Consciousness.  Further, appearances do not
enter into it.  The appearances do not emerge from the Consciousness,
because, they are not of the nature of a substance.   These are always
beyond our comprehension on account of their not being subject to
the relation of the cause and the effect."

Arunachala Siva.