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 IV, Adhikarana V

Adhikarana summary: Sannyasins need not observe ritualistic acts, as Knowledge serves their purpose

 Sutra 3,4.25

अत एव चाग्नीन्धनाद्यनपेक्षा ॥ २५ ॥

ata eva cāgnīndhanādyanapekṣā || 25 ||

ata eva—Therefore; ca—and; agni-indhanādi-anapekṣā—no necessity of lighting fires etc.

25. And, therefore, there is no necessity of lighting fires, and so on.

In Sutra 3.4.1. it was said that the knowledge of the Self results in the attainment of the highest Purushartha or goal of life. Therefore the lighting of fires for sacrifices and other similar acts enjoined on the householders etc. need not be observed by Sannyasins, as Knowledge alone fulfils their object.

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