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Panchadasi - (61)
« on: August 22, 2008, 04:34:14 PM »
The Chapter II continues.....

Verse 52:- If it is argued that increase in one's power lead
to the prolongation of his life, we counter it by saying that
the prolongation is not the result of power but the effects
thereof, such as war, agriculture etc.,

Verse 53:- Power is now here considered to be independent
of its substratum.  Before creation, no effects of power
existed.  What grounds are there for assuming a duality?

Verse 54:-  Power does not operate in the whole of Brahman,
but only in a part of it.  Earth's power of producing pots is
not seen in all earth, but in a portion of earth viz., mud or clay,
that is mixed with water.

Verse 55:-  The Sruti says:  "Creation is only a quarter of Brahman,
the other three quarters are self-revealing, that is, not dependent
on Maya's effects for its revelation.  Thus does the Sruti say, "Maya
covers but a part of Brahman".

(Purusha Sukta 3;  Chandogya Up. 3.12.5.  Brahman is no doubt
partless, but Its parts have been hypothetically taken to show
the littleness of creation.)

Verse 56:- In the Gita, Sri Krishna says to Arjuna:  "The world is
sustained by a part of Mine," indicating is sustained by a part
of the Lord.  (Gita 10.42)

Verse 57:- The Sruti supports the same view, "The Supreme
Spirit, pervading the world on every side, yet extends ten
fingers beyond it."  In the Sutras too, Brahman is declared
to transcend the world of differences.

(Literally, the ten fingers; realistically, that Brahman is beyond
space. It may also mean ten directions.  Svetasvatara Up. 3.14;
Brahma Sutras 4.4.19.  Sri Sankara, apart from 8 major upanishads,
has also written a commentary on Svetasvatara Upanishad, because
of its advaitic content.)

to be continued......

Arunachala Siva.