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...

न ह्यस्त्यविद्या मनसोऽतिरिक्ता
मनो ह्यविद्या भवबन्धहेतुः ।
तस्मिन्विनष्टे सकलं विनष्टं
विजृम्भितेऽस्मिन्सकलं विजृम्भते ॥ १६९ ॥

na hyastyavidyā manaso'tiriktā
mano hyavidyā bhavabandhahetuḥ |
tasminvinaṣṭe sakalaṃ vinaṣṭaṃ
vijṛmbhite'sminsakalaṃ vijṛmbhate || 169 ||

169. There is no Ignorance (Avidya) outside the mind. The mind alone is Avidya, the cause of the bondage of transmigration. When that is destroyed, all else is destroyed, and when it is manifested, everything else is manifested.



[According to Vedanta, there is no actual change in the Self, which is by nature pure and perfect. It is Ignorance or Avidya that has covered Its vision, so to say and It appears as limited and subject to change. Now, this ignorance is imbed.

ded in the mind. When the mind is thoroughly purified through Sadhana or discipline, the glory of the Atman manifests itself. This is said to be


Destroyed—in the highest or Nirvikalpa Samadhi.]

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