Vivekachudamani

by Shankara | 1921 | 49,798 words | ISBN-13: 9788175051065

The Vivekachudamani is a collection of poetical couplets authored by Shankara around the eighth century. The philosophical school this compilation attempts to expose is called ‘Advaita Vedanta’, or non-dualism, one of the classical orthodox philosophies of Hinduism. The book teaches Viveka: discrimination between the real and the unreal. Shankara d...

अव्यक्तमेतत्त्रिगुणैर्निरुक्तं
तत्कारणं नाम शरीरमात्मनः ।
सुषुप्तिरेतस्य विभक्त्यवस्था
प्रलीनसर्वेन्द्रियबुद्धिवृत्तिः ॥ १२0 ॥

avyaktametattriguṇairniruktaṃ
tatkāraṇaṃ nāma śarīramātmanaḥ |
suṣuptiretasya vibhaktyavasthā
pralīnasarvendriyabuddhivṛttiḥ || 120 ||

120. This Undifferentiated, spoken of as the compound of the three Guṇas, is the causal body of the soul. Profound sleep is its special state, in which the functions of the mind and all its organs are suspended.

 

Notes:

[Undifferentiated—Avyaktam, mentioned in Sloka-108 and following.

Of the soul— identifying itself through ignorance with this or the other two bodies.

The functions.......... suspended—not in perfect knowledge as in Samadhi, but in ignorance. This-is the differentia between these two states]

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