Brahma Sutras (Shankara Bhashya)

by Swami Vireshwarananda | 1936 | 124,571 words | ISBN-10: 8175050063

This is the English translation of the Brahma-sutras including the commentary (Bhashya) of Shankara. The Brahma-sutra (or, Vedanta-sutra) is one of the three canonical texts of the Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy and represents an early exposition the Vedantic interpretation of the Upanishads. This edition has the original Sanskrit text, the r...

Chapter III, Section III, Adhikarana XXXIV

Adhikarana summary: Among Vidyas relating to Brahman any one alone should be selected according to one’s choice

 Sutra 3,3.59

विकल्पः, अविशिष्ट-फलत्वात् ॥ ५९ ॥

vikalpaḥ, aviśiṣṭa-phalatvāt || 59 ||

vikalpaḥ—Option; aviśiṣṭa-phalatvāt—on account of (all Vidyas) having the same result.

59. There is option (with respect to the several Vidyas), because the result (of all the Vidyas) is the same.

As the result of all the Vidyas is the realization of Brahman, it is enough if one takes up any one of them according to his liking and sticks to it till he reaches the goal. And once Brahman is realized through one of these Vidyas, resorting to another is useless. Besides, to practise more than one meditation at a time would only distract one’s mind and thereby retard one’s progress. Therefore one must restrict oneself to one particular Vidya.

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