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...

बाह्ये निरुद्धे मनसः प्रसन्नता
मनःप्रसादे परमात्मदर्शनम् ।
तस्मिन्सुदृष्टे भवबन्धनाशो
बहिर्निरोधः पदवी विमुक्तेः ॥ ३३५ ॥

bāhye niruddhe manasaḥ prasannatā
manaḥprasāde paramātmadarśanam |
tasminsudṛṣṭe bhavabandhanāśo
bahirnirodhaḥ padavī vimukteḥ || 335 ||

335. When the external world is shut out, the mind is cheerful, and cheerfulness of the mind brings on the vision of the Paramātman. When It is perfectly realised, the chain of birth and death is broken. Hence the shutting out of the external world is the stepping- stone to Liberation.

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