Friday, May 9, 2008
Greetings to all on the occasion of Shankara Jayanti.
OM NAMAH SHIVAYA
Adi Shankara is Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva wears a snake around his neck.
The answer to the perplexing question of what constitutes Advaita
lies in seeing Lord Shiva with the snake around his neck.
No man can see the Truth of Advaita. Only Lord Shiva Sees It. The
eyes of mortal beings open and close in the Third Eye of Shiva that
is always Open. That Eye alone sees Advaita.
Adi Shankara's words are a double-edged sword. It is both this way
and that way. Seeing any one way is not seeing what Shankara Sees.
To see the Truth of Advaita, the sword of discrimination has to
pierce the Twilight-Junction where the Day meets Night to reveal the
Splendorous Sun that never rises and sets. In the Sunlight all things
are Seen and nothing is lost.
Adi Shankara speaks in riddles. A riddle presents a contradiction.
The comfort of having an established Advaita philosophy does not
exist. It can only be as Adi Shankara has given it to us - both this
way and that way. By its very nature, the articulation of Advaita is
The comfort of having established philosophies that are either this
Way or that Way is found in Visistadvaita and Dvaita among many other
Ways. It is not the Way of Advaita that has no Way that may be spoken
about. Those who cross swords with Advaita cross swords with the
illusions of their own making.
The glint of the Sword flashes in the brilliance of the Sun and it
blinds the eye. The path lies however on the razor's edge of the
Sword flashing in the Sun. It is the Sword of discrimination that
cuts across all riddles to unriddle all that has been riddled. There
is nothing lost in it except the knots of the riddles.
And there is a great riddle in Shankara Himself:
Shankara shows the Truth. Shankara hides the Truth. Shankara both
shows and hides the Truth. One aspect of Shankara is Rudra. The
Shakti of Rudra is called Raudri. Raudri is the power that prevents
one from seeing the Truth.
Sri Madhvacharya said that Sri Shankaracharya is Rudra who had come
to confuse people. Sri Madhvacharya does not speak an untruth. It is
true that Shankara prevents one from seeing the Truth. It is also
true that Shankara is the supreme revelation of Truth. It is the very
nature of Shankara to wear a snake round His neck. It is the very
Nature of Lord Shiva. It is the very Nature of Truth that It is such.
It is the Nature of Advaita, the Vision of Lord Shiva.
Brahman created all these beings. After creating them, Brahman
entered them. The words of Advaita are the words of Brahman directed
by Brahman to Brahman when Brahman is ready to exit what Brahman has
entered. He exits in the same manner as He enters. The man that He
once entered and is now exiting is left behind in the ashes of the
funeral pyre. It is all the Leela of His Eternal Existence.
To that Lord Shiva, who came in the form of a sanyasin as the Jagat-
Guru, Adi Shankara, I pray that I may be able to offer my head so
that the man who can never see the Truth may be burnt to ashes. Only
Lord Shiva is always Seeing.
[This is reproduced here with the kind permission of Shri Chittaranjan-ji, from the advaitin E-list.
Shri Chittaranjan is a wonderfully gifted and erudite Vedantic scholar, currently residing in Mumbai.]