'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.
The current verses are straight-out attempts at describing the indescribable. We are drawing close to the end of this text. The high end of Vedanta is being indicated here as well, then. Let us take two verses today, to complete the purely descriptive part.
jgiÖlúa[< äü äü[ae=NyÚ ikÂn,
äüaNyÑait ceiNmWya ywa mémrIicka.63.
†Zyte ïUyte y*d!äü[ae=NyÚ tÑvet!,
tÅv}anaCc td!äü siCcdanNdmÖym!.64.
Jagadvilakshanam brahma brahmano-nyanna kingchana,
Brahamaanyadbhaati chenmithyaa yathaa marumariichikaa ||63||
dRshyate shruuyate yadyad-brahmano-nyanna tadbhavet,
Tattvajnaanaachcha tadbrahma sachchidaanandamadvayam ||64||
Brahman is other than the universe. There exists nothing whatsoever that is not Brahman. If any object other than Brahman appears to exist, it is unreal like the mirage.
All that is perceived, or heard, is Brahman and nothing else. Gaining the Knowledge of the Reality, one sees the universe as the non-dual Brahman, Existence-Consciousness-Bliss absolute.
We saw previously the example of the iron ball being other than the fire in which it sits glowing. In the same way, Brahman, which sits within all that we think of as the universe, is NOT that universe, It is something other. We, the divided parts within That, think that we see and hear, but what is actually happening is like the mirage the thirsty traveller in the desert might think he sees. Once that deluded mind 'sees' the mirage, it is very difficult to correct the wrong impression.
The mirage is different from the desert, but without the desert and the conditions which are set up in its context, the mirage cannot exist.
Likewise we must destroy the illusion (Maya) which keeps us in the 'desert' of our current, limited lives.
If we can do that, and gain the full understanding of the way things are working in this thing we call 'universe', then we will understand that everything is One and nothing but sat-chit-aananda.
In this shloka (64) is hinted the pure and core focus of Advaita Vedanta; "get Real"!!! The entirety of all other study in this philosophy is geared toward this purpose.