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adhyaasa bhaashhyam.h
« on: March 01, 2015, 02:23:01 AM »
adhyaasa bhaashhyam.h

     
      (The topic is presented in three parts - because it is quite long and also it helps to assimilate the subject providing enough time for discussions. I know some people are preserving in a file to study later. But I can guarantee that if you do not have the commitment to study now the probability that you will study later is almost zero. One needs to study couple of times before the concepts and the definitions become clear. The first three notes are very important since subsequent topics will relay heavily on the definitions and concepts discussed in these.)

      Shri Shankara bhaashhyam popularly known as shaariirika miimaa.nsaa bhaashhyam starts with Shankara's introduction called adhyaasa bhaashhyam. Bhagavan Shankara gives a great importance to adhyaasa since that is the basis of the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta and his interpretation of Brahmasutra. As with all bhaashhyam-s, every bhaashhyakaara or author of bhaashhyam claims that his interpretation is close to the meaning of what was intended by Shri Baadarayana. We should recognize at the outset that the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta does not depend on the validation of its concepts by Brahmasutra-s. It rests squarely on the mahaavaakya-s, the four aphoristic statements, one in each of the four Veda-s; praGYaanam brahma (consciousness is Brahman), tat tvam asi (that thou art), aham brahmaasmi ( I am Brahman) and ayam aatmaa brahma (this self is Brahman).

      What Shankara shows is that Brahmasutra is compatible with the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. With the advent of science in the twentieth century and with the development of relativistic and quantum mechanics, scientists vision of the Universe is coming more close to the precepts of Advaita Vedanta.

      For a saadhak or seeker, it is important to have a very clear understanding of the nature of the problem so that one can seek the solution that is appropriate to solve the problem. Hence mind should be doubt-free, in terms of the goal and the path. For this one needs to reflect deeply (mananam) to insure that there are no traces of doubts about the goal and the means. Constant study of scriptures and contemplation on their meaning and applications of that to one's own situation are all the steps recommended to have a clear vision. In that sense Shankara Bhashya helps to provide a necessary means to launch oneself into the contemplation of the reality.

      While the study of Brahmasutra is helpful but it is not necessary, since as mentioned before Advaita Vedanta does not rely on the sutra-s for its validation. With this understanding we now enter into adhyaasa bhaashhyam.