Vivekachudamani

by Shankara | 1921 | 49,798 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...

वाचं नियच्छात्मनि तं नियच्छ
बुद्धौ धियं यच्छ च बुद्धिसाक्षिणि ।
तं चापि पूर्णात्मनि निर्विकल्पे
विलाप्य शान्तिं परमां भजस्व ॥ ३६९ ॥

vācaṃ niyacchātmani taṃ niyaccha
buddhau dhiyaṃ yaccha ca buddhisākṣiṇi |
taṃ cāpi pūrṇātmani nirvikalpe
vilāpya śāntiṃ paramāṃ bhajasva || 369 ||

369. Restrain speech in the Manas, and restrain Manas in the Buddhi; this again restrain in the witness of Buddhi, and merging that also in the Infinite Absolute Self, attain to supreme Peace.

 

Notes:

[Speech—This includes all the sense-organs as well

Witness—i. e. the Jivatman or individual aspect of the Self.

In this Sloka which reproduces in part Katha, Upanishad. I. iii, 13, one is asked to ascend higher and higher, restraining successively the sense-activities, and mental activities, from the gross to the fine, tilt at last one is lost in Samadhi.]

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