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Panchadasi - (119)
« on: August 26, 2008, 11:30:25 AM »
The Chapter XI continues...

Verse 56:-  The Sruti says: " In sleep, a father is no father."
Then in the absence of all worldly ideas the Jivahood is lost,
and a state of Pure Consciousness prevails.

(Brahadaranyaka Upanishad 4.3.22)

Verse 57:-  One having such notions as "I am a father"
experiences joy and grief.  When such attachment perishes.
(in sleep) he rises beyond all joy and sorrow.

Verse 58:-  A text of the Atharva Veda says, "In state of deep
sleep, when all the objectgs of experiences have absorbed and
only Tamas prevails, the Jiva enjoys bliss."

(Kaivalya Upanishad 13)

To say that the Jiva enjoys bliss, is also, in a way, not correct.
Because, the Jiva does not enjoy bliss but is only bliss.  There
is no sweetness in the sugar candy, because, there is no enjoyer.
Sugar candy is just sugar candy.  Buddha called it Maha sunya or
Maha Prajna, the great Void or the great Awareness and Sankara
called it Maha-Ananda, the great Bliss.  Becuase, Sankara experienced
that the Self is all pervasive and so cannot be void, and the Self
which is the source of all bliss, cannot but be Bliss.

Verse 59:- A man from deep sleep remembers his happiness
and ignorance and says:  I slept happily.  I know nothing else.

(Bhagavan used to mention this idea frequently.  "Sleep is a
bliss and all pervasive and that is why the person on waking up,
says, that he slept very happily and he felt 'nothing else'."  If a
sleep could be 'miserable' it means only that he had frequent
thoughts in between, with short wakeups, and the sleep got
disturbed or alternatively, he had dreams which brought in
thoughts through, sukshuma sarira, that is subtle body, the mind.

To be contd...

Arunachala Siva.