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...

धूलीविलिप्ता परमात्मवासना ।
प्रज्ञातिसंघर्षणतो विशुद्धा
प्रतीयते चन्दनगन्धवत्स्फुटम् ॥ २७४ ॥

dhūlīviliptā paramātmavāsanā |
prajñātisaṃgharṣaṇato viśuddhā
pratīyate candanagandhavatsphuṭam || 274 ||

274. Like the fragrance of the sandal-wood, the perfume of the Supreme Self, which is covered with the dust of endless, violent impressions imbedded in the mind, when purified by the constant friction of Knowledge, is (again) clearly perceived.



[Sandalwood—the ‘Agaru’ of the previous Sloka is meant.

Vasana in Sanskrit means both ‘odour’ and desire.]

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