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Brahma Sutra -Adhyasa Bhashyas
[ 01 to 15 March 2014]
P.P. Maa Purnapragyaji
About the Topic :
The Brahmasutra was composed by the great sage Veda Vyasa, to bring forth the essence of the Upanishads.
Subsequently, the great Shankaracharya wrote an elaborate commentary on this Brahmasutra to elucidate its purport.
The preamble to Shankaracharya's commentary on the BrahmaSutra itself is deep, fundamental, and profoundly philosophical in its content. This preamble is called "Adhyas Bhashya" ( which can be translated as "commentary on Superposition". Superposition being defined as the wrongly conceived appearance of an Unreal entity in or on a Real substratum.)
Adhyas means "illusory or erroneous perception of an appearance". For instance, in reality we are soul but consider ourselves to be just bodies. That in essence is " Adhyas ". It is this Adhyas that gives us the permanent sense of being incomplete and unsatisfied in life. Unless we fundamentally realise that in reality "we are not the body" we are incorporeal consciousness "Brahman", we will never acquire the sense of fulfillment and completion in our lives. The only way to do this is to destroy that primordial illusory perception "Adhyas".
This Adhyas is not only the reason why we feel ourselves incomplete, but it is the very reason we perceive this material world with all its infinite variety. In actuality the entire world, according to Shankarachary's Vedanta thesis, is nothing but an illusory appearance superimposed on the essential reality of an immutable substratum of consciousness that is "Brahman".
Advanced human beings who have purified minds capable of understanding the real nature of this universe and who desire to attain liberation from the duality of this illusory world and its finiteness, strive to deeply understand this illusion, this "Adhyas" with their intellects. Only those intellects which are highly refined and capable of deeply introverted self inquiry can truly understand and be free of this primordial Adhyas that brings about the appearance of the impermanent and changing material universe within the eternal and immutable consciousness of Brahman.
All causality comes to an end when Adhyas comes to an end.
Once this is done, through this ending of Adhyas, spiritual knowledge dawns and the human soul is liberated and knows itself as Brahman and nothing but ekamevadwitiyam Brahman. The One without a Second.
Shankara's Adhyas Bhashya is a great help for all the aspirants of liberation who wish to understand the true nature of this primordial illusion called Adhyas.
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