Vedānta-sūtras Part II

With the Commentary by Śaṅkarācārya

by George Thibaut | 1896 | 149,353 words

The Brahma sūtras (aka. Vedānta Sūtras) are one of the three canonical texts of the Vedānta school of Hindu philosophy. The Brahma sūtra is the exposition of the philosophy of the Upanishads. It is an attempt to systematise the various strands of the Upanishads which form the background of the orthodox systems of thought....

15. (It is not so) (because the prāṇas are connected) with that to which the prāṇas belong (i.e. the individual soul), (a thing we know) from scripture.

Although there are divinities guiding the prāṇas, yet we learn from scripture that those prāṇas are connected with the embodied soul which is the Lord of the aggregate of instruments of action. The following passage, e.g. 'where the sight has entered into the void there is the person of the eye; the eye itself is the instrument of seeing. He who knows, let me smell this, he is the Self; the nose is the instrument of smelling, declares that the prāṇas are connected with the embodied soul only. Moreover the plurality of the divinities guiding the organs renders it impossible that they should be the enjoyers in this body. For that there is in this body only one embodied enjoyer is understood from the possibility of the recognition of identity and so on[1].

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[1]:

Yo&'2365;haṃ rūpam adrākṣaṃ so&'2365;haṃ sṛṇomīty ekasyaiva pratyabhijñānam pratisamdhānam. Go Ān.

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