· VivekaChoodamani Talk 1 13th Oct 2020
· Notes based on Swami Anubhavanandaji’s talks
The ultimate spiritual practice is Satsang. – it corrects the wrong notions we have.
All other practices cannot be fulfilling.
As all problems are due to wrong notions.
Satsanga corrects our notions, on jeeva, jagat and Ishwara.
It makes us Self oriented.
VCM of Adi Shankaracharya is an elementary book, for the elementary student. Like other prakarana granthas, it tells us to correct our vision and look inwards.
The text followed is from the Gita press. The translator invokes his Guru Swami Poornananda.
A droplet of his Guru’s Ananda can make the whole world happy. When we are on the spiritual path, we should never take a bylane.
Guru must be seen from three levels.
1. Guru as person / as his physical body.
2. Our ability to learn from our experience
3. As Sat Chit Ananda. Guru tattva.
Guru Brahma ..................1. Brahmaji converts samsari to seeker,
Guru Vishnu .................2. To change life’s orientation, learn enough of this world, sustain this drive by Vishnu,
Guru Devo Maheshwara...3. Destroy temptations, wrong motives to spiritual pursuits.
Verse 1 - Mangala Acharanam
सर्ववेदान्तसिद्धान्तगोचरंतमगोचरम् । गोविन्दंपरमानन्दंसद्गुरुंप्रणतोऽस्म्यहम् ॥ १ ॥
sarvavedāntasiddhāntagocaraṃ tam agocaram | govindaṃparamānandaṃsadguruṃpraṇato'smyaham || 1 ||
Verse 1: “Namaskara Mangalacharana”
sarva vedaanta siddhaanta
Only through the Upanishads, is the essence of
gocharam tam agocharam;
That perceived, not through any other means;
To Govinda, who is of the nature of Bliss Absolute,
who is my Sad-Guru, I offer my salutations!
I offer my respects to my Guru Govinda Bhagvatpada , who is a Sadguru, he is Paramanandam, poornaha.
He is Sarva Vedanta siddhanta, Tat twamasi,
Best salutation to a Guru mentioned Sant Gnaneshwar, just as the wave salutes by disappearing into ocean, Salute to Guru by disappearing / being a nobody. Ahaminasha bhaji. Of Ramanna
I offer such that I disappear pranatosmi,
The more subjective we become, the better we approach the sadguru. The “I” should disappear and only HE should remain.
Verse 2: Overview of the Whole Book
narajanma durlabham atah, pumstvam
Among all living creatures,
a human birth is very hard to obtain;
further, more difficult is it to attain full manhood;
and even rarer is a Sattwic attitude in life.
tasmaad vaidika dharma maarga parataa, vidvattvam asmaat param;
Even then, steadfastness on the Vedic path is rarer
than all these; correct knowledge from scriptures is more rare.
aatma anaatma vivechanam svanubhavah, brahmaatmanaa samsthitih;
Discrimination between the Real and unreal,
personal experience of being established
firmly in identity with Brahman – what of them!
shata-janma-koti sukritaih, punyair vinaa labhyate.
Indeed, liberation is no matter of chance –
a hundred crores of lives lived intelligently, earn
the merits without which it cannot be attained.
Only when we are convinced of greatness of something we put effort,
There are 6 chapters on greatness of Bhagavat mahapuran before the actual Purana starts.
If we value the greatness of human life, quality of our life changes,
Find your own way to keep your mind in good shape,
All of us have two things in common, 1. Infinite potential, and 2. finite time.
How to invoke the infinite in finite time.
By birth all of us are Shudras, we can only cry , complain, as body we are helpless,
With samskara a person become twice born or Dwija
3rd birth is Vipra with spiritual wisdom.
Then we start to discriminate – between the atma and the anatma
1st step is that I am other than whatever I experience, I am the experiencer, the substrate of all three states of consciousness.
God is one. Why disparity? Because of past karma. 6th chapter of Gita talks of Yoga brashta.
We are the fortunate ones. Manushanam..
We are those lucky ones.This must be our last life. This is our last leap.
We need grace too.
We need to get out of Jeeva bhava
Verse 3: The Three Graces of Life
durlabham trayam eva etad
There are three things which are rare indeed;
deva anugraha hetukam;
When found, they are due to the Lord’s Grace:
i) a human birth, ii) yearning for liberation, and
iii) the Grace of an elevated soul.
Verse 4: Why Not Strive Now Itself?
labdhvaa kathanchit narajanma durlabham
Having somehow gained
a human embodiment, very hard to obtain;
tatra api pumstvam
and there having a masculine temperament,
and also a complete knowledge of the scriptures;
yastvaatmamuktau na yateta moodhha dheeh
such a man, if he strives not for Self-realisation,
is one of foolish intellect, indeed.
sa hi aatma-haa svam vinihanti asad grahaat.
He verily commits suicide, clinging to things unreal.