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Panchadasi - (4)
« on: August 18, 2008, 02:57:59 PM »
The Chapter VII continues...

Verse 51:- Indirect knowledge, which is the cognition, "Brahman
Exists" and not the cognition, "I am Brahman" is not erraneous.
Because, in the state of direct knowledge, this indirect knowledge
is not contradicted, but only confirmed.

Verse 52:- If it could be proved that Brahman does not exist,
this indirect knowledge would be subject to refutation, but it
is well known that there is no valid evidence to refute the fact
that Brahman exists.

Verse 53:- The indirect knowledge of Brahman cannot be called
false, simply because it does not give a definitive idea of Brahman.
On that basis, then, the existence of heaven should also be false!

Verse 54:-  Indirect knowledge of Brahman, that is an object of
direct knowledge, is not necessarily false. For it does not aver
that Brahman is an object of indirect knowledge only.  Why do
we call then it indirect knowledge?  For, it does not say, "This
is Brahman",  which is direct knowledge.

Verse 56:-  Indirect knowledge removes our doubt that Brahman
may not exist.  Direct knowledge rebuts our poser that It is not
manifest or experienced.

Verse 57:-  The statement:  "The tenth man exists, is not lost"
is indirect knowledge and is not false.  Simlarly, the indirect
knowledge, "Brahman exists" is not false.  In both cases,
the obscuring of the truth due to ignorance is the cause.

Verse 58:-  By a thorough analysis of "Self is Brahman", the direct
knowledge, "I am Brahman" is acheived, just as the man
after having been told that he is the tenth, comes to reaize it
through reflection.

Verse 61:-  The Vedic texts such as, "Before the creation,
Brahman alone existed", gives indirect knowledge of Brahman.
But the text, " You are That" gives direct knowledge.

Arunachala Siva.   


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Re: Panchadasi - (4)
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2008, 07:08:00 PM »
Indirect knowledge is through Sravana and manana,Where as direct knowledge happens through Nidhidhyasana.


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Re: Panchadasi - (4)
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2008, 07:57:26 PM »
Dear DRPSSVN Raju, yes, the Nidhidhyasana, the contemplative
meditation on the Self, is the third stage, which eventually leads
to Samadhi.

Arunachala Siva.