Titiksa

Viveka chudamani 24 Religious leaders tend to talk a lot about and glorify meek surrender and silent suffering. Particularly the poems of Bhakti glorify oppression and sees inquiry as arrogance and rebelling. It is this very thought is discussed in the verse 24 of vivekachudamani where Adi-Shankaracharya calls it Titiksa. This is often translated as …

sama chitta

Viveka chudamani -23 On the path to self realization is “sama” or the internal state of equilibrium.  This has to be developed through dama  and uparati is the result. When there is a sense of ‘sama ’ or equilibrium the adept does not attach emotional charge on the ‘phala’ or reward. To be more precise …

viveka chudamani #20

Viveka chudamani 20 A firm conviction of the intellect that Brahman alone is real and the phenomenal world is unreal is known as the discrimination between the real and the unreal. Bhrama satyam jaganmithyetyevahrupo viniscayah So yam nityanityavastuvivekah samuddahrtah. I’m reading a rather mundane book by an author called Jason Kothari, but he makes a …

Viveka Chudamani #19

Most of the eastern philosophy talks about similar things – the Bodhicitta is about doing a task without being attached to the result. That is neither elated with the win or self condemning on failure. The Bhagavata Gita talks of “yogasta kurukarmani, na phaleshu kada chana.”  Do what you have to do without being attached …