Mandukya Upanishad (Gaudapa Karika and Shankara Bhashya)

by Swami Nikhilananda | 1949 | 115,582 words | ISBN-13: 9788175050228

This is verse 1.8 of the Mandukya Karika English translation, including commentaries by Gaudapada (Karika), Shankara (Bhashya) and a glossary by Anandagiri (Tika). Alternate transliteration: Māṇḍūkya-upaniṣad 1.8, Gauḍapāda Kārikā, Śaṅkara Bhāṣya, Ānandagiri Ṭīkā.

Mandukya Karika, verse 1.8

Sanskrit text, IAST transliteration and English translation

इच्छामात्रं प्रभोः सृष्टिरिति सृष्टौ विनिश्चिताः ।
कालात्प्रसूतिं भूतानां मन्यन्ते कालचिन्तकाः ॥ ८ ॥

icchāmātraṃ prabhoḥ sṛṣṭiriti sṛṣṭau viniścitāḥ |
kālātprasūtiṃ bhūtānāṃ manyante kālacintakāḥ || 8 ||

8. Those who affirm (the existence of the) created objects attribute this manifestation to the mere will of God, while those who look upon time as real declare time to be the manifestor of all beings.

Shankara Bhashya (commentary)

The manifestation (creation) proceeds from the mere will of God because His will in reality cannot1 but achieve its purpose. Such objects as pot, etc., are but2 the (manifestation of the) will (of the potter). They can never be anything external or unrelated to such will. Some say manifestation proceeds from time.

Anandagiri Tika (glossary)

1 Cannot, etc.—It is because they look upon the world as real, therefore they affirm that God whose will manifests the world cannot but be real.

2 But—The potter, first of all, conceives in his mind the name and form of the object and then creates it.

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