Taittiriya Upanishad Bhashya Vartika

by R. Balasubramanian | 151,292 words | ISBN-10: 8185208115 | ISBN-13: 9788185208114

The English translation of Sureshvara’s Taittiriya Vartika, which is a commentary on Shankara’s Bhashya on the Taittiriya Upanishad. Taittiriya Vartika contains a further explanation of the words of Shankara-Acharya, the famous commentator who wrote many texts belonging to Advaita-Vedanta. Sureshvaracharya was his direct disciple and lived in the 9...

Sanskrit text and transliteration:

स्वव्यापारे नियोगोऽपि नियुङ्क्ते पुरुषं बलात् ।
यथाभूतार्थता बुद्धेर्वास्तवी न तु पौरुषी ॥ ६६७ ॥

svavyāpāre niyogo'pi niyuṅkte puruṣaṃ balāt |
yathābhūtārthatā buddhervāstavī na tu pauruṣī || 667 ||

English translation of verse 2.667:

Moreover, an injunction can command a person to do his action by the force inherent in it. But the knowledge of an existent thing is dependent on the object and not on the will of a person.


There is no scope for injunction in respect of the knowledge which arises from a pramāṇa. The work of an injunction is restricted to commanding a person to do a certain action. An injunction has nothing to do with the knowledge which arises from pramāṇa (pramāṇa-jñāna). Two things are required for obtaining the knowledge of any object: (i) the appropriate pramāṇa and (ii) the object which is to be known. In short, pramāṇa-jñāna is pramāṇa-tantra as well as vastu-tantra. So it does not fall within the scope of an injunction.

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