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...

माया मायाकार्यं सर्वं महदादिदेहपर्यन्तम् ।
असदिदमनात्मतत्त्वं विद्धि त्वं मरुमरीचिकाकल्पम् ॥ १२३ ॥

māyā māyākāryaṃ sarvaṃ mahadādidehaparyantam |
asadidamanātmatattvaṃ viddhi tvaṃ marumarīcikākalpam || 123 ||

123. From Mahat down to the gross body everything is the effect of Māyā: These and Māyā itself know thou to be the non-Self, and therefore unreal like the mirage in a desert.

 

Notes:

[Mahat— Cosmic Intelligence. It is the first to proceed from Prakriti or Maya. For the hierarchy vide Katha Upanishad I. iii. 10-11.]

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