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...

मायाकॢप्तौ बन्धमोक्षौ न स्तः स्वात्मनि वस्तुतः ।
यथा रज्जौ निष्क्रियायां सर्पाभासविनिर्गमौ ॥ ५६९ ॥

māyākḷptau bandhamokṣau na staḥ svātmani vastutaḥ |
yathā rajjau niṣkriyāyāṃ sarpābhāsavinirgamau || 569 ||

569. Bondage and Liberation, which are conjured up by Māyā, do not really exist in the Ātman, one’s Reality, as the appearance and exit of the snake do not abide in the rope, which suffers no change.

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