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Panchadasi - (29)
« on: August 20, 2008, 03:28:19 PM »
The Chapter VI continues...

Verse 11:-  Otherwise, how could images of clay, wood and stone
be worshipped as deities or how could a woman be worshipped
as fire?  (In Panchagni Vidya, a woman is worshipped as fire.)

Verse 12:-  From the knowledge and (or) adoption of a wrong
means, sometimes, by accident, as in the sitting of a crow
on the branch of a palm tree and in the instantaneous fall of
a fruit thereof, a desired result is obtained.  This knowledge
and (or) adoption of a wrong means is called a Samvadi Bhrama,
or a leading error or error leading to a right knowledge.

Verse 13:-  The leading error though a wrong notion is potent
enough to give the correct result.  So also the meditation or
worship of Brahman leads to liberation.

Verse 14:-  After indirectly knowing the one indivisible homogeneous
Brahman from the books on Vedanta, one should meditate on or
think repeatedly " I am Brahman".

Verse 15:-  Without realizing Brahman, to be one's own Self,
the general knowledge of Him, derived through study of scriptures
viz., Brahman is, is here called indirect knowledge, just as our
knowledge of the forms of Vishnu etc., is called.

Verse 16:-  One may have knowledge of Vishnu from scriptures
as having four arms etc., but if one does not have a vision of Him,
he is said to have only indirect knowledge, inasmuch as he
has not  seen Him with his eyes.

Verse 17:- This knowledge because of its defect indirectness
is not false, for the true form of Vishnu has been revealed by
the scriptures, which are authoritative.

Verse 18:-  From the scriptures a man may have a conception
of Brahman as existence, consciousness and bliss but he cannot
have a direct knowledge of Brahman, unless Brahman is cognized
as the inner witness in his own personality!

Verse 19:-  As the knowledge of Sat-Chit-Ananda has been
acquired in the scriptural method, it, though an indirect
knowledge, is not an illusory one.

Verse 20:- Though Brahman has been described as being
one's own Self, one cannot understand It without the

Verse 21:-  As long as the delusion that the body is the Self,
is strong in a man of dull intellect, he is not able to know Brahman
as the SELF.

Arunachala Siva. 


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Re: Panchadasi - (29)
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2008, 05:06:24 PM »
Till we experience our self-conscious being we feel that Brahman is apart from us.