by Shankara | 1921 | 49,785 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...

भानुं तिरोधाय विजृम्भते यथा ।
तथा तिरोधाय विजृम्भते स्वयम् ॥ १४२ ॥

bhānuṃ tirodhāya vijṛmbhate yathā |
tathā tirodhāya vijṛmbhate svayam || 142 ||

142. As layers of clouds generated by the sun’s rays cover the sun and alone appear (in the sky), so egoism generated by the Self, covers the reality of the Self and appears by itself.



[Solely by itself— as if there were no Atman at all. But the clouds vanish subsequently, and so does egoism too. ]

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