Sankara – Brain of India


Thanks to Sri Gopalan Varadarajan for sharing this article.



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  1. Dear Sri Narayana Garu,

    Although I admit myself unfit to explain the terms like Samsara Sagara as my knowledge of philosophy is very minimal. However, I would try my best to give what I understood from life experience and books that I come across.

    What is samsAra? It is a complex of ignorance (Avidya), deeds (Karma), trace or residue (of previous desires) (vAsanA), taste (Ruchi) and connection with nature (Prakriti Sambandham) and six emotional states (kAma krodha etc) or six deformations (garbha janma jarA etc). Even children, friends and spouses being the effects of these causes are also to be encompassed by the word samsAra. SamsAra is described as an ocean owing to several reasons. It has no beginning and no end. It has no spatial or temporal boundaries. It pulls deep into itself those that step into it. It can only be entered into, but once entered into, one cannot find a way out to the shore by oneself without special help.

    For the people who are drowned in the ocean of samsAra and whose minds are besieged by the objects of senses, there is no better means or resort to cross the ocean than the boat in the form of Lord Vishnu.

    That’s what I understood Sir. Request your pardon if I made any blether in my writing.

    Adi Shankara Charanam Sharanam!

    Jaya Jaya Shankara… Hara Hara Shankara……

  2. What is samsara sagara quoted in this article? This phrase used so often by so many. sansara or samsaar is not a vyakta (sthoola vastu such as family, society, belongings or any material / objects . The best definition i have heard so far is shookshma. The ignorance that all of us is a simple: Though we are apoorna (bhaaga of sudhdha chaitanyam) , we imagine that we become poorna by merely acquiring objects or getting in to relations with subjects such as wife, children and so on. This drives us to many worldly activities which in turn dims the propsect of jheeva chaitanyam achieving “layam” with sudhdha chaitanyam because it takes herculean practice (Saadhana) to remain in Karthruthvam state without slipping to Bokthrutvam state. Any one who has studied SANKARA BAGAVAT PAADHA’s commentaries may please throw more light on this term often uised

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