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 IV, Section I, Adhikarana VII

Adhikarana summary: With respect to meditation there is no restriction of place

 Sutra 4,1.11

यत्रैकाग्रता तत्र, अविशेषात् ॥ ११ ॥

yatraikāgratā tatra, aviśeṣāt || 11 ||

yatra—Wherever; ekāgratā—concentration of mind; tatra—there; aviśeṣāt—want of any specification.

11. Wherever concentration of mind (is attained), there (it is to be practised), there being no specification (as to place).

The object of meditation is to attain concentration, and so any place is good if concentration is attained in that place. That is why the scriptures say, “Select any place suitable and convenient”; “Where the mind is buoyant there one should concentrate”, and so on. But places that are clean, free from pebbles, fire, sand, and so on, are desirable, as such places are helpful to meditation. But all the same there are no fixed rules as to place.

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