Substance The couple is in the disguise of a lowly placed and unkempt downtrodden family. This learned and holy man, though theoretically very well versed in the Atma Jnaana, not recognizing the true nature of the persons coming into him, uttered the words, you…. Go away, Go away, Go aloof - in some form of scorn and hatred. Best among the learned! The perfect man of Self realization - Sir, I wish to know, whom are you addressing to get away from your esteemed presence out of hatred?
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Sankara took a bath in Ganges and was going towards Viswanatha Temple. This body made of food came from a body that was made of food. This Chaitanya the Self is from another Chaitanya. Which one, do you want me to clear off?
It reflects in the golden pot as well as in mudpot. This great bliss is there in every living being, whether there is any difference between a Brahmin and a lowly dog-eater? Esha means the power or function.
Such a title is given since in most of the verses, Adi Shankara ends with esa mama Maneesha — this is my firm conviction. It is a conviction that human beings superiority does not primarily depend on his birth or caste.
Birth or caste can give certain advantages. But, advantages are not everything. Similarly karma or occupation does not give greatness to a person. Only Satva guna, the character and wisdom determines the superiority of a person. When the virtues are capped by the wisdom it is worth cherishing. Shankara was touring all over India bare foot. He went to Kashi. He bathed in Ganga and was walking towards the temple when Lord Shiva comes in the form of a low caste person or a chandala.
A chandala is a person of mixed birth no advantage by virtue of birth and whose habits are wild. He is uncultured and animalistic. He is a prakruta purusha as opposed to samskrata purusha. It is said that Lord Shiva wanted to test Adi Shankara to see if he has actually transcended deha abhimana. The story goes that Adi Shankara for a moment forgot this wisdom and got identified with this body as a superior Brahmana.
Then Lord Shiva in the form of Chandala asks him two questions. Do you want to distance your annamaya physical body form my annamaya? Or, Do you want to separate my consciousness from your consciousness?
Please clearly tell me what you want. Or what gradation exists in the space in golden pot or the earthen pot? The indwelling truth in everything is of the nature of SatChitAnanda, is of the nature of an absolute, blissful, division- less, resolute ocean. Oh great one why this illusion of discrimination between a learned Brahmin and the one who eats dogs meat?
The Reply of Adi Shankara After these words struck like a lightning in Sankara, he replies in five verses, where he states about 3 states of waking etc. This great Bliss is all pervasive and I misunderstood it due to my 3 gunas, sattva etc. This great bliss is an ocean, from the drop of which Indra and other devas are satisfied and the great sages are feeling complete.
05 Manisha Panchakam Verse 5
Sri Ranganthananda had all the praise and choicest English words to describe the greatness of Sri Shankaracharya. After all, Sri Ranganathananda rose to the position of the President of R K Math because of his mastery over English language and oration. The tragedy of most intellectuals of this great country is that once they are impressed with a person or an ideology their entire life is spent in choosing finest words to praise that person or the ideology. Objectivity is a serious sin for them.
Maneesha Panchakam Of Shankaracharya
Sankara took a bath in Ganges and was going towards Viswanatha Temple. This body made of food came from a body that was made of food. This Chaitanya the Self is from another Chaitanya. Which one, do you want me to clear off? It reflects in the golden pot as well as in mudpot. This great bliss is there in every living being, whether there is any difference between a Brahmin and a lowly dog-eater? Esha means the power or function.
मनीषा पञ्चकम् – Manisha Panchakam
Through unwavering commitment, when the Seer ultimately and completely merges in the Self, the ocean of Absolute-Bliss, he is no more the knower of Brahmam, but verily the Brahmam. Whoever understands and holds steadfast knowledge on this everlasting, perfect and absolute-bliss, he alone, irrespective of his perceived stature in the world be it lowly or holy is the real preceptor, having the feet worthy of worship by Indra. This is my determinate knowledge or conclusive wisdom. Interpretation: The first two verses indicate that the Atman is eternal as the ultimate noumenal Sat.