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...

शिष्य उवाच
मिथ्यात्वेन निषिद्धेषु कोशेष्वेतेषु पञ्चसु ।
सर्वाभावं विना किंचिन्न पश्याम्यत्र हे गुरो
विज्ञेयं किमु वस्त्वस्ति स्वात्मनात्मविपश्चिता ॥ २१२ ॥

śiṣya uvāca
mithyātvena niṣiddheṣu kośeṣveteṣu pañcasu |
sarvābhāvaṃ vinā kiṃcinna paśyāmyatra he guro
vijñeyaṃ kimu vastvasti svātmanātmavipaścitā || 212 ||

212. The disciple questioned: After these five sheaths have been eliminated as unreal, I find nothing, O Master, in this universe but a Void, the absence of everything. What entity is there left forsooth with which the wise knower of the Self should realise his identity.



[The position of the Shunyavadins or Nihilists who deny that there remains anything positive after the ultimate analysis, is set forth in this Sloka as a prima facie view, and the refutation is given in the next few Slokas.]

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