UPANISHAD MANDUKYA : Chapter-1. Agama Prakarana ( The Scriptural Treatise ) Sri Gaudapada's glossary begins : Karika Slokam-s 1 to 9. Slokam-2. Discussion-1.


10/07/2018

Mandukya Upanishad :

Chapter-1. Agama Prakarana ( The Scriptural Treatise )

Sri Gaudapada's glossary begins :

Karika Slokam-s 1 to 9.

Slokam-2.

"Daksinaksjasahi-mukhe visvo manasy-antastu taijasah,
akase ca hrdi prajnas-tridha dehe vyavasthitah."

daksina aksi mukke - ( is in the  ) right eye;
visvah - visva;
antah manasi - ( is ) within the mind;
tu - whereas;
taijasah - taijasa;
akase hrdi - ( is in the ) space within the heart;
ca prajnah - and prajna;
tridha - in three different ways;
dehe - in the body;
vyvasthitah - ( is ) placed.

"Visva works from the right eye, Taijasa from the mind, and Prajna from the heart-space. Thus, the one Self is conceived as working from the three headquarters as three distinct entities."

Discussion-1.

These is no direct evidence of expression in the Mandukya Upanishad regarding the seat of activity af the three egos in the three states in our consciousness. Gaudapada in the Karika is giving us the exact location where the Visva, Taijasa and Prajna can be identified and located. This is as it should be; Karika is not a Sastram; a Sastram is a scientific text-book of an exhaustive philosophy, while a Karika is a treatment exhaustive and complete only in one aspect of it.

Thus Karika is an upadesa Grantham, a text-book of particular advice, and not of general philosophy. As such Gaudapada has to necessarily give more and more details to help the Sadakan to practise in the spiritual path, and this we see more clearly in the other chapters too. No chapter of the Karika is concluded without giving detailed instructions as to how one can pracise and live the life spiritual.

To be continued ... 


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