Vivekachudamani

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...

यत्र भ्रान्त्या कल्पित तद्विवेके
तत्तन्मात्रं नैव तस्माद्विभिन्नम् ।
स्वप्ने नष्टं स्वप्नविश्वं विचित्रं
स्वस्माद्भिन्नं किन्नु दृष्टं प्रबोधे ॥ २५३ ॥

yatra bhrāntyā kalpita tadviveke
tattanmātraṃ naiva tasmādvibhinnam |
svapne naṣṭaṃ svapnaviśvaṃ vicitraṃ
svasmādbhinnaṃ kinnu dṛṣṭaṃ prabodhe || 253 ||

253. (What is) erroneously supposed to exist in something, is, when the truth about it has been known, nothing but that substratum, and not at all different from it: The diversified dream universe (appears and) passes away in the dream itself. Does it appear on waking as something distinct from one’s own Self?

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