Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Panchadasi-Chapter 1-Verses 37

Hari Aum

Prostrations to my Guru. Prostrations to All.


anvaya vyatirekaabhyaaM pa~ncha kosha vivekataH .
svaatmaana.n tata uddhR^itya paraM brahma prapadyate .. 37..

By differentiating the Self from five sheaths through the method of distinguishing between the variable and the invariable, one can draw out ones own Self from the five sheaths and attain the supreme Brahman.

Different sheaths can be distinguished from the Self by the process of Anvaya and Vyathiraeka. This is the intellectual process through which by logic the Self is distinguished from all other sheath. Anavaya is positive concomitance and vyathiraeka is negative concomitance.

Anvaya – Existence of one thing in absence of other thing
Vyathiraeka – in the absence of one thing the other thing exist

In a room with a light, the light enables us to see the object in the room. So the sight of the object gives an inference that light is present in the room. If there is no object in the room it doesn’t mean that light is not in the room. thus

Anvaya: Existence of light in the absence of other objects
Vyathiraeka: In the absence of other objects the light exists

The presence of object doesn’t affect the light at all as the nature of light is to illumine anything and everything. If an object is brought in the room the light illumines it, if there is no object to illumine also, it still exists. In the similar way experience of other objects of the world is because of the illumination of the Self and even in the absence of other objects also the Self alone exists thus staying just as the witness of everything in the world.

Prostrations to all

Hari Aum



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