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Nagaraj

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Quotes of Nagarjuna
« on: November 21, 2012, 07:12:47 PM »
Nagarjuna has extensively written many sanskrit works the revelation of the truth of Buddha. i open this thread to occasionally post some insightful quotes of his. Thank you.

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Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes of Nagarjuna
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2012, 07:27:24 PM »
अस्तीति साश्वतग्राहो नास्तीति उच्छेददर्शनम् ।
तस्मादस्तीत्वनास्तीत्वे नाश्रेयेत विचक्षनः ॥


asthIthi sAshvathagrAhO nAsthIthi ucCEdadarshanam
thasmAdasthIthvanAsthIthvE nAshrEyEta vicakShanah

"Exists' . implies grasping after eternalism. "Does not exist" implies the
philosophy of annihilation. Therefore, a discerning person should not rely
upon either existence or non-existence.

(mUla maDhyamaka karikA, chap 15, 10)

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes of Nagarjuna
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2012, 07:36:09 PM »
कथम् स्तोश्यामि ते नाथम् अनुत्पन्नम् अनालयम् ।
लोकोपमाम् अतिक्रान्तम् वाक्पतातीतगोचरम् ॥


katham sthOshyAmi thE nAtham anuthpannam anAlayam
lOkOpamAm athikrAntham vApathAthIthagOcaram

How shall I praise you, the Lord who has not been born, who remains no
where, who is beyond all comparison proper of the world, something beyond
the path of words.

(cathusthavA, 3, 1)

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes of Nagarjuna
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2012, 07:41:27 PM »
न भावो नापि अभावो सि नोच्छेदो नापि शाश्वतः ।
न नित्यो नापि अनित्यस् त्वम् अद्वयाय नमोऽस्तुते ॥


na BhAvO nApi aBhavO si nocCEdO nApi shAshvathah
na nityO nApi anithyas tvam advayAya namOastutE ..

You are neither an existing being nor a non existing being, nor (liable to)
destruction nor eternal, nor permanent nor impermanent. I pay homage to
you devoid of duality.

(cathusthavA, 3, 4)

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes of Nagarjuna
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2012, 07:51:52 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Nice. Besides the MAdhyamika school of Nagarjuna and the YogAchAra school of Asanga, both of which developed in the
country of the Buddha itself, there were Tendai philosophy (643-712) and Avatamsaka system of Buddhism. These latter were
in a sense of the creation of the native Buddhist thinkers and if they were at all assimilable by their compatriots, they could not
have been neglected, and their study, instead of being confined within a narrow circle of Buddhist specialists, would have overflowed
into the Confucian as well as the Taoist boundaries. That they did not do so proves the fact that they were still foreign and a kind of translation, not literary indeed, but more less conceptional. Therefore, there was no other way left for Buddhism but to transformed
into Zen before it could be thoroughly acclimatized and grow as a native plant. When this was achieved because it was in the inherent
nature of Buddhism that this achievement was to take place, Zen became the flesh and bones of Chinese thought and inspired the
Confucians of the Sung dynasty to reconstruct the foundation of their philosophy on the idealistic planes of Buddhism.

Nagarjuna's MahAprajnAparimitA Sutra is the most difficult to understand both for scholars and practitioners and unfortunately
not many commentaries have come out on this.

Arunachala Siva.             

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Re: Quotes of Nagarjuna
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2012, 08:00:48 PM »
Sir, yes, MahAprajnAparimitA Sutra is supposedly hailed has his best work. Also it would be interesting to know that the MathAdipatIs of Sringeri have this parampara of studying all schools of religion. They are not called jagadguru just for name sake. Sringeri JagadGuru are well versed in the Boudha Dharma, Christa Dharma and Islam too. as the position demands, they are well versed in all schools of thoughts.

Infact, several acharyas in the past of Sringeri were invited to Sarnath by buddhist saints and have exchanged views and had discussions as well.

Just an information.

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Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2012, 01:28:05 PM »
Dear Nagaraj,

Yes. I have also heard about this practices in Sringeri Math Acharyas. The Mahaprajnaparimita speaks of a simile:

Like unto a raft, all dharmas indeed must be abandoned, much more non-dharmas!

This is the most fundamental keynote running through the whole course of the history of Buddhist dogmatics. The philosophy
of Prajna parimita which is considered by some quite deviating from the spirit of primitive Buddhism, is in no way behind in upholding
the doctrine of non attachment. Non attachment is the key theme.

Arunachala Siva.   

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Re: Quotes of Nagarjuna
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2012, 10:57:18 AM »
अज्ञायमानम् न ज्ञेयम् विज्ञानम् तद् विना न च ।
तस्मात् स्वभावतो न स्तो ज्ञानज्ञेये त्वम् ऊचिवान् ॥


ajnyAyamAnam na jnyEyam vijnyAnam tad vinA na ca
thasmAth svBAvathO nasthO jnyAnajnyEyE tvam UcivAn

The knowable (object) does not exist when it is not known and without
it [knowable (object)] knowledge does not exist either; therefore the knowable (object) and
knowledge do not exist per se - (thus) you have said.

(cathusthavA 1, 10)

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes of Nagarjuna
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2012, 11:01:49 AM »
The reason that the Self does not require under any condition to affirm itself as 'I am' the Buddha kept silent, and which evolved as shUnyA. shUnyA is attributeless as the same as what we see in advaita lights, that which remains to know that there is nothing itself cannot be denied.

Both views stand on the same boat. One calls it Brahman, and other denied even that, as it is even beyond that word itself!

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes of Nagarjuna
« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2012, 11:16:34 AM »
न सतः स्थितियुक्तस्य विनाश उपपद्यते ।
नासतोश्वविसानेन समस्य शमता कथम् ॥


na sathah sThithiyukthasya vinAsha upapadyathE
nAsathOshvavisAnEna samasya shamathA kaTham

Destruction is not possible for an existent being (essentially) united to
permanence; how could cessation be for a non-existent being (which is)
similar to the horns of the horse.

(cathusthavA 1, 14)

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes of Nagarjuna
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2012, 11:24:16 AM »
अतस् त्वया जगदिदम् परिकल्पसमुद्भवम् ।
परिज्ञातम् असद्भूतम् अनुत्पन्नम् न नश्यति ॥


athas tvayA jagadhidham parikalpasamudhBhavam .
parijnyAtham asadhBhUtham anuthpannam na nashyathi ..

Therefore, this world, born from imagination, has been fully understood by
you to be inexistent: not (really) arisen, does not perish.

(cathusthavA 1, 19)

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2012, 11:10:31 AM »
न संसारापकर्शेण त्वया निर्वाणं ईप्सितम् ।
शान्तिस्तेऽधिगता नात सम्सारानुपलब्धितः ॥


Na samsaaraapakarshena tvayaa nirvaanam ipsitam
shaantisteadhigataa naata samsaaraanupalabdhitah

Nirvana has not been aimed at by you through the elimination of the samsara,
peace has been obtained by you, o Lord, through the non-perception of samsara

(cathusthavA 2, 5)

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2012, 07:31:08 PM »
सुखदुखात्मनैरात्म्यनित्यानित्यादिशु प्रभो ।
इति नानाविकल्पेशु बुद्धिस् तव न सज्जते ॥


sukha-dukhaatma-nairaatmya-nitya-anityaa-dishu prabho
iti naanaa-vikalpeshu buddhis tava na sajjate

Your [Buddha] mind is not attached, o Lord, to the various mental creations:
happiness, suffering; [existence of] atman, inexistence of Atman; eternal, non eternal;
etc.

(cathusthavA 2, 10)

॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2013, 11:25:54 AM »
आत्मेत्यपि प्रज्ञपितमनात्मेत्यपि देशितं ।
बुद्धैर्नात्मा न चानात्मा कश्चिदित्यपि देशितं ॥


aatmetyapi prajnyapitamanaatmetyapi deshitam
budhdhairnaatmaa na caanaatmaa kashchidityapi deshitam

The Buddhas have make known the conception of self and taught the
doctrine of no-self.

At the same time, they have not spoken of something
as the self or as the non-self.

(mula madhyamaka karika, chap 18, 6)

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta

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Re: Quotes of Nagarjuna
« Reply #14 on: May 09, 2013, 11:41:34 AM »
अस्तीति शाश्वतग्राहो नास्तीत्युच्चेददर्शनं ।
तस्माद् अस्तित्वनास्तित्वे नाश्रीयेत विचक्षणः॥


astīti śāśvatagrāho nāstītyuccedadarśanaṁ
tasmād astitvanāstitve nāśrīyeta vicakṣaṇaḥ

To say "it is" is to grasp for permanence. To say "it is not" is to adopt the view of nihilism.
Therefore a wise person does not say "exists" or "does not exist"

(mula madhyamaka karika, chap 15, 10)



The real truth revealed by Buddha actually is the Mauna of Dakshinamurthy! Predominantly, the Buddhist saints attributed 'Self' as 'Ego' as to really there would be no need for the Self to claim as Self, hence the Anatma expression, which means the attributelessness of the Self, as per the Vedas.

It goes to reveal that what Buddha has spoken off is verily the Vedas themselves, but without any background of Vedanta, he simply spoke or expressed his own expressions in his own authority.

Truth is eternal and same. expressions may wary, on how it is seen.

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॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta