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...
ब्रह्मात्मनोः शोधितयोर्यदीत्थम् ।
श्रुत्या तयोस्तत्त्वमसीति सम्यग्
एकत्वमेव प्रतिपाद्यते मुहुः ॥ २४१.
अइक्यं तयोर्लक्षितयोर्न वाच्ययोः
कूपाम्बुराश्योः परमाणुमेर्वोः ॥ २४२ ॥
brahmātmanoḥ śodhitayoryadīttham |
śrutyā tayostattvamasīti samyag
ekatvameva pratipādyate muhuḥ || 241.
aikyaṃ tayorlakṣitayorna vācyayoḥ
kūpāmburāśyoḥ paramāṇumervoḥ || 242 ||
241-242. If thus the Śruti, in the dictum "Thou art That" (Tat-Tvam-Asi), repeatedly establishes the absolute identity of Brahman (or Ishwara) and Jīva, denoted by the terms That (Tat) and thou (Tvam) respectively, divesting these terms of their relative associations, then it is the identity of their implied, not literal, meanings which is sought to be inculcated; for they are of contradictory attributes to each other – like the sun and a glow-worm, the king and a servant, the ocean and a well, or Mount Meru and an atom.
[If thus the Sruti etc.—The reference is to the sixth Chapter of the Chhandogya Upanishad, where Uddalaka Aruni tries to impress on hi s son, Svetaketu, the identity of Jiva and Brahman in various ways. ]