'Text-days' are for delving into the words and theory of Advaita Vedanta.
We are now studying Aatmabodha. As always, with each week, you are encouraged to review the previous teachings and spend some time in contemplation of the meanings as the affect your life. Please do consider purchasing the text. Remember, also, to recite the mangala charana before each study and review the lessons before each new one.
What has not been discussed is why the body remains once Realisation is attained… this has to do with praarabdha and karma and such and is not within the purvue of the Knowing of Aatman, per se, so Shankaraachaaya doesn't explain this here. It is kept for a more advanced text. Remember, this prakarana grantha is designed to provide an overview of what the saadhaka might expect and what are the sorts of signs to watch for, as well as to kick-start the 'little grey cells' into a field which is really very foreign to the vast majority.
Skipping the whys and wherefores of the Realised one's requirement to see out the incarnation, then, the Guru continues with a final shloka on the heights of new existence.
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Jale jl< ivyd!Vyaeiç tejStejis va ywa.53.
Upaadhi-vilayaadi-vishnau nirvishesham vishenmuniH,
Jale jalam viyad-vyomni tejas-tejasi va yathaa ||53||
Upon the dissolution of the upaadhis, the contemplative one is totally absorbed in Vishnu, the All-pervading attributeless Spirit, like water into water, space into space and light into light.
Identification with the body, mind, intellect has occasioned the expression of "my" personality. Constantly the ego claims the material as "mine" and keeps the spirit veiled. It can seem that there are multiple other limiting factors, but all, on investigation, can be found to arise from any one of the three main upaadhis of BMI.
The seeker who wants to end the conditioned existence and discover the Whole in him, should withdraw his mind from the said conditionings. When there is no more identity with the ego-self, the individuality of "me", when the egocentric existence which is the Reality reflected in the mind and intellect; when it is all sublated, then, like water into water, space into space and light into light, the "I" merges once again with "Self" (here described as Vishnu).
Thus the limited self becomes the Unlimited Self and, thus, All-Pervasive.
The description regarding the case of space being in no way contained, even when there are walls and fences et cetera, was given last week. Here we have two other examples, equally as apt. Light in one lamp does not know itself to be different from the light in the other lamp; both merely shine on and if joined, easily merge with no thought for remaining separate. A water droplet, entering a larger body of water, does not scream about its individual nature, but melts into the great body easily and without resistance. The droplet always knew itself as water only, not as something other than water, no matter whether it becomes divided or evaporated… it will always return to form and source.
This is the essence of this shloka.