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Panchadasi - (34)
« on: August 21, 2008, 12:27:05 PM »
The Chapter IX continues...

Verse 53:-  In some cases, the enquiry itself is impeded because,
of the result of their inner evil deeds as the Sruti says: Even
to hear about Him, it is not advisable to many. (Katha Up. 1.2.7)

Verse 54:- If a man cnnot practise enquiry, either due to extreme
dullness of intellect or for want of other favourable circumstances,
let him always keep the mind on Brahman.

Verse 55:- As it is possible to continue the thought-curren
regarding Brahman with attributes, meditation on the
attributeless Brahman is also not possible. 

(Upasana, meditation or worhsip is the prcoess of keeping
the mind in the thought of the object worhsipped.  As a result
the mind takes the form of the object.)

Verse 56:- (Doubt):  Brahman is beyond speech and mind and
so cannot be meditated upon.  (Reply): Then there can be
no knowledge of Brahman too!

Verse 57:-(Doubt):  Brahman is known as beyond speech and
mind. (Reply): Then, why cannot Brahman meditated upon as
beyond speech and mind?

(Meditation as "I am Brahman, who is beyond speech and mind"
is alright for Brahman is self-evident)

Verse 58:- (Doubt):  If Brahman can be meditated upon, He
becomes invested with attributes. (Reply): That happens if
He is taken as knowable. (Doubt): Brahman is knowable by
'lakshana', indirect indication.  (Reply): Then meditate upon
Brahman that way, that is, by 'lakshana'.

Verse 59:- (Doubt):  The Sruti saying: "Know that alone to be
Brahman, which is beyond the range of speech, and mind and
not that which the people worship, prohibits meditation on
Brahman."  (Kena Up. 1.5)

Verse 60:- (Reply): Equally, Brahman cannot be an object of
knowledge, for the Sruti says: "Brahman is other than that
which has been known." (Doubt): The Sruti also says that
Brahman can nover be known. (Reply): So also, it says that
He can be meditated upon.  So meditate on Him basing upon
these Vedic texts.       

(Kena Up. 1.4
Amrtabindu Up. 6; Katha Up. 1.3.12; Brahadaranyaka Up.4.4.31
Panchadasi 7.86-87)

to be contd...

Arunachala Siva.   


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Re: Panchadasi - (34)
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2008, 01:03:27 PM »
To know Brahman one has to become Brahman,for this self-enquiry is the way.