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...

कर्तृत्वभोक्तृत्वखलत्वमत्तता
जडत्वबद्धत्वविमुक्ततादयः ।
बुद्धेर्विकल्पा न तु सन्ति वस्तुतः
स्वस्मिन् परे ब्रह्मणि केवलेऽद्वये ॥ ५१0 ॥

kartṛtvabhoktṛtvakhalatvamattatā
jaḍatvabaddhatvavimuktatādayaḥ |
buddhervikalpā na tu santi vastutaḥ
svasmin pare brahmaṇi kevale'dvaye || 510 ||

510. The passing states of the Buddhi, such as agency, experience, cunning, drunkenness, dullness, bondage and freedom, are never in reality in the Self, the Supreme Brahman, the Absolute, the one without a second.

 

Notes:

[The Atman is Knowledge Absolute, which admits of no change, while the Buddhi or determinative faculty, being inert, is subject to change. So the confusion of the characteristics of the Self with those of Buddhi is solely due to super-imposition.]

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