Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sathya Sai Baba on Advaita Darshanam Jnaanam (experience of non-dualism is wisdom/knowledge)

Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on Adi Shankara lecturing on Advaita, as a young man to a conference of scholars in Kasi (Varanasi, India) (Please note that the English translation of Jnaanam below uses the words wisdom and knowledge interchangeably):

Many scholars started asking him (Adi Shankara) questions, "What is the principle of Advaita"? "It is nothing but the vision of oneness. Advaita Darshanam Jnanam (experience of non-dualism is wisdom)". What is this knowledge? Is is physical knowledge, worldly knowledge or secular knowledge? None of these. It is the knowledge of the Self. That is the fundamental knowledge. But no scholar is making efforts today to recognise this fundamental principle. Understand this truth clearly. Jewels are many, but gold is one. Likewise, the fundamental principle of the entire creation is only one although it manifests in various names and forms.
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The above extract is from Bhagavan's discourse on 7th September 1996 as reported in Sanathana Sarathi (English), June 2015.

Ravi: For me, "Advaita Darshanam Jnanam" is a deeply held and cherished belief but I have not had any such experience of non-dualism (and so I am not "wise" or a "Jnaani"). Further, as of now, to be frank, I am not interested in having such experiences as I think I will not be able to handle such experiences, and the great changes that such experiences will, I am quite sure, bring to one's life.

Bhagavan, I deeply believe, lived in that experience of oneness, and his divine powers of knowing what others have done or are thinking seems to me to have some relation to the Advaita oneness experience that He lived in.

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  1. Swamy has said in Gita Vahini Existence is Asti (sat)-Being, Bhati(chit)- Knowing, Priyam(ananda)- bliss, Nama -Name, Rupa (Form)

    At all times you know- you are awareness
    At all times, you exist- you are existence, isness
    At all time, you have a name and form

    The knowing of your own being as name and form at all times is blissful

    The knowing, the being, the name, the form is one seamless integrated whole

    At all times there is only the screen. The Screen knows itself. The knowing of itself as sun, moon, hero, villain (all names and form) in the movie of the screen is blissful

    The screen and the movie is one seamless integrated whole!

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