A Dream Within A Dream

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream (Edgar Allan Poe) Nothing, whatsoever, is born either of itself or of another. Nothing is ever produced whether it be being or a non-being or both being and non-being. Śaṅkara: For this reason, also, nothing whatsoever is born. That which is (supposed to be) born cannot be born of itself, of another or of both. Nothing, whether it be existing or non-existing, or both, is ever born. Of such an entity, birth is not possible in any manner Read more [...]
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Illusion

CHAPTER II ILLUSION (Vaitathya) The Lord (Ātman), with his mind turned outward, variously imagines the diverse objects (such as sound, etc.), which are already in his mind (in the form of Vāsanas or Sankalpas or desires). The Ātman again (with his mind turned within), imagines in his mind various (objects of) ideas. Śaṅkara: How does he imagine the ideas? It is described thus:—The word “Vikaroti” means creates or imagines, i.e., manifests in multiple forms. Lord, i.e., Atman, Read more [...]
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The Sacred Science of Aum

The remainder of the Māṇḍūkya Upaniṣad reiterates what has already been covered on the nature of Aum and Ātman as a mystical science and sacred formula for the ages. The translation is by Swami Krishnananda and commentary will be offered for the final segment on the Divine Turīya, since it comes closest to the Nature of the Unborn. VIII This identical Ātman, or Self, in the realm of sound is the syllable OM, the above described four quarters of the Self being identical with the Read more [...]
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The Four States

III How the four quarters are said to indicate Ātman –is thus explained… The first quarter (Pāda) is *Vaiśwānara whose sphere (of activity) is the waking state, who is conscious of external objects, who has seven limbs and nineteen mouths and whose experience consists of gross (material) objects. [*In Hinduism, Vaishvanara, meaning "of or related to Visvanara" is an abstract concept. It is related to the soul atman, the Self or self-existent essence of human beings. Etymologically, Read more [...]
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AUM

The sequence used in this series is to firstly place the text, followed by Śaṅkara’s commentary, and then subsequently a commentary in Light of the Unborn. The main translation used will be by Swami Nikhilananda, unless otherwise noted. OPENING VEDIC INVOCATION (Swami Krishnananda) [Aum], Shining Ones! May we hear through our ears what is auspicious; Ye, fit to be worshipped! May we see with our eyes what is auspicious; May we, endowed with body strong with limbs, offering praise, Read more [...]
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Śaṅkara

Before the continuation of our series, reference needs to be made to the most renowned exponent of the Advaita Vedanta school of philosophy, Adi Śaṅkara (700-750 CE), since we shall be utilizing from time to time his commentary on the Māṇḍukya Kārikā. Some have placed his death at 32 years of age but the dates, 700-750, grounded in modern scholarship, are more widely acceptable. He wrote numerous works during his brief stay on this earth, but his monumental work, Brahmasūtrabhāṣya Read more [...]
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Māṇḍukya Kārikā

One of the premier texts in Advaitic literature is the  Māṇḍukya Kārikā, attributed to the 6th century CE philosopher and scholar of the Advaita (not two) *Vedanta (end of the Vedas) school of Hindu philosophy—Gauḍapāda, also referred to as Gauḍapādācārya. It consists of four chapters, the first of which focuses on the Māṇḍūkya Upaniṣad. A small work, utilizing just 12 short stanzas, it actually consists of the absolute essence of the Upanishadic teachings. In itself, Read more [...]
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Supra Omnia

Lorie Stevens The concluding two chapters of the Theologia Mystica are so brief and cover the same principles that we will include them both at this time. Four: Not perceptible So this is what we say. The Cause of all is above all and is not inexistent, lifeless, speechless, mindless. It is not a material body, and hence has neither shape nor form, quality, quantity, or weight. It is not in any place and can neither be seen nor be touched. It is neither perceived nor is it perceptible. Read more [...]
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A Self-Polemic?

Chapter Three: Affirmations And Negations In my Theological Representations, I have praised the notions which are most appropriate to affirmative theology. I have shown the sense in which the divine and good nature is said to be one and then triune, how Fatherhood and Sonship are predicated of it, the meaning of the theology of the Spirit, how these core lights of goodness grew from the incorporeal and indivisible good, and how in this sprouting they have remained inseparable from their co-eternal Read more [...]
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A Darkness full of Light

Chapter Two: A Darkness full of Light I pray we could come to this Translucent Darkness so far above light! If only we lacked sight and knowledge so as to see, so as to know, unseeing and unknowing, that which lies beyond all vision and knowledge. For this would be really to see and to know: to praise the Transcendent One in a transcending way, namely through the denial of all beings. We would be like sculptors who set out to carve a statue. They remove every obstacle to the pure view of the Read more [...]
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