Notes From upAdghAta of ādi śankarācārya’s gītā bhāšyam.

Here I will try to give my commentary on the upAdghAta (introduction) of Adi Sankara’s Commentary on the Gita. (Recovered from : https://web.archive.org/web/20140707050322/http://ancientindians.wordpress.com/bhagavadgita/sankaras-gita-bhasyam/) Purusha, Avyakta, Brahmanda : Narayana is beyond the avyakta (undifferentiated) : vyakta or’ the differentiated’ refers to the matter-energy universe that we see manifested all […]

What are samskArAs?

In Hindu Practice, from conception to death, there are well-defined rituals, called samskaraas, to help the manas engage with the chitta and become pure. Today, people follow very few of these practices, a good example being the vivaha or marriage samskara. But even then few focus on the […]

kRtsna karma kRt.

kRtsna karma kRt : one who has done the entire karma (work) that is to be done : There are 3 kinds of mokshas : sarupya – same form, salokya – same world and sayujya – same identity. There comes a time in our lives when we want God either ‘to […]

More on Prarabdha karma

Please find below notes from this source on the internet. (Now, not available.) about Prarabdha karma. Like an arrow released towards its target, the karma begun before the dawn of knowledge (prarabdha) is not destroyed by gnyana. 454 : Shankaracharya in his Vivekachudamani. Once he is convinced of the unreality […]

Types of knowledge, karma and motivation.

Three  things differentiate the guNAs as per गुणसंख्यान, ie the theory of the 3 essential properties (sattva, rajas and tamas) Knowledge or gnyAna The action –  karma The karta – the doer. If you everything as one – your knowledge is sAttvika. If you see everything as different – your knowledge is rAjasa If you think […]