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Panchadasi - (35)
« on: August 21, 2008, 12:44:24 PM »
The Chaper IX continues...

Verse  61:-  (Doubt): But Brahman as an object of knowledge
is unreal.  (Reply): Why not as an object of meditation too?
(Doubt): Covering and apprehending by Vrittis is knowledge.
(Reply): Similarly, doing that is also meditation.

(Verse 7.90 says:  Meditation as the attributeless Brahman
is just as possible as indirect intellectual knowledge of Brahman.
Both have practical value.)

Verse 62:- (Doubt): Why are you so devoted to meditation on
the attributeless Brahman?  (Reply): Why are you so opposed
to it? Say that. As there are many Sruti texts prescribing meditation
on the attributeless Brahman, it is not proer to say that there is
no authority for it.

Verse 63:- Meditatation on the attributeless Brahman has been
prescribed in the Nrsimha Uttara Tapaniya Upanishad, Prasna
Upanishad, Katha Upanishad Maandukya Upanishad and other

Verse 64:- This method of meditation of the attributeless Brahman
has been in the Panchikarana Vartika by Suresvara. (Doubt): This
meditation is the means of indirect knowledge of Brahman (but
not of liberation. (Reply): We do not say that it is not so.

Verse 65:- (Doubt):  But most of the people do not practise this
type of meditation. (Reply): Let them not do.  How can the meditation
be blamed for the shortcomings of the meditator?

Verse 66:- People of spritually dull intellect repeat sacred
formulae to acuqire power over others, finding it more
immediately fruitful than meditation on Brahman, with
attributes.  There are people more dull witted who concentrate
only on agriculture.

Verse 67:- Let the dull witted do what they like!  Here we speak
of meditation on the Absolute.  Since it is one of Vidya or Upasana,
all the qualifications of Brahman described in the various branches
of the Veda must be gathered for meditation.

Verse 68:-  The positive qualities of bliss etc., are all to be
coordinated into meditation, on Brahman.  This has been told
by Vyasa in the "Anandaaya....' Sutra.

(Brahma Sutras 3.3.11)

Verse 69:-  Similarly Vyasa speaks of all the negative indications
of Brahman such as 'not gross' in the 'Akshardhiyaam....' Sutra.

(Brahma Sutras 3.3.33)

to be contd.....

Arunachala Siva.   


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Re: Panchadasi - (35)
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2008, 01:11:52 PM »
We are not apprehending adjunctless,nonobjective,contentless state of sleep by any vritti.It is the consciousness which witnesses all, that apprehends it.
Same is the case with Nirguna Brahman.