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Panchadasi - (30)
« on: August 20, 2008, 03:59:59 PM »
The Chapter IX continues....

Verse 22:-  As the perception of duality is opposed to an
indirect knowledge of non duality, a man of faith, expert
in scriptures, can easily have the indirect knowledge of Brahman.

Verse 23:- The perception of a stone image is not opposed
to an indirect knowledge of the deity, whom the image represents.
Which devotee contradicts the idea of Vishnu in the image?

Verse 24:-  The disbelief of those who have no faith, need not
be considered, for the believing alone authorized to perform
the Vedic actions.

Verse 25:-  An indirect knowledge of Brahman can arise even
though a single instruction by a competent teacher, Guru.  It
is like the knowledge of the form of Vishnu which does not
depend on the intellectual enquiry.

Verse 26:- As there may be doubts about them, ritualistic works
and methods of worhsip have been discussed (in the scriptures).
Who otherwise could have synthesized the directions about them,
scattered as they are over many branches of Vedas?

Verse 27:- Such rituals and methods of worship are have been
colleced and co-ordinated in the Kalpa Sutras.  With their
help, man who has faith, may practise them without further

(Kalpa Sutras are six in number, compiled by Jaimini, Asvalayana,
Apasthamba, Bodhayana, Katyayana and Vikhanasa.  They
are Vedanga, a sub-branch of Vedas.)

Verse 28:- The methods of worship are described in other
works by seers.  Those who are full of ratiocination go to
a teacher and lern the methods from him.

(worship methods, Bhakti Sutras, are compiled by seers like

Verse 29:- To determine the correct meaning of Vedic texts
let the learned resort to enquiry, but practical worship can
be performed, with benefit, according to the teachings of a
competent teacher.

Verse 30:-  The direct realization of Brahman, however, is
never possible only from the instructions of a competent
teacher without the practice of self-enquiry.

(Vichara, enquiry, includes both critical reflectionand also
one pointed meditation, see Viveka Choodamani.)

Verse 31:- Want of faith alone obstructs the indirect knowledge;
want of enquiry is however, is the obstacle to the direct

(See Viveka Choodamani and Aparoksanubhuti)

to be contd...

Arunachala Siva.             


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Re: Panchadasi - (30)
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2008, 05:12:01 PM »
Rituals are for the body bound"I".

Self-enquiry is meant for attaining self-knowledge.