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Subramanian.R

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Panchadasi - (1)
« on: August 18, 2008, 02:03:32 PM »
"Panchadasi"  - 15 chapters, is a composition by Sri Madhva Vidyaranya.
It is a comprehensive manual of Advaita Vedanta, running to 568 verses,
in 15 chapters. There are two types of Advaita works.  One is those,
that are intended to serve as books of instructions, for the followers,
and the Second is those that seek to show through dialectics that
the philosphical positions that oppose Advaita are not tenable.  The
Panchadasi belongs to the first type. 

After Sankara, the Advaita philosphy branched off into two broad
categories. The Vivarana school and Bhamati school.  According to
the Vivarana school, the jiva is a reflection of Brahman in nescience.
Brahman is the prototype, reflected in Iswara or personal god. This
is known as Pratibhimba Vada, the argument of reflection.  In
the Bhamati school, jiva is Brahman as defined or delimited by
nescience, or ignorance, or avidya or maya. This is known as
Avaccheda Vada, the argument of delimitation.  In the first one,
the analogy is reflection of the sun in the mirror.  In the second one,
the analogy is ether in the pot. 

Panchadasi is a large composition, and I shall write about
important chapters and from there, a few important verses.

Arunachala Siva.     

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Re: Panchadasi - (1)
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2008, 07:45:40 PM »
My dear srkudai,  Thank you.  I took up Chapter VII, because
it is the longest (covering almost the half of the whole book)
and it deals with Maya, which has not been discussed much in
the Forum. 

I shall take up Chapter I and Chapter IX, the Dyana Deepa, the
Lamp of Meditation, shortly.

Arunachala Siva.