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Anandagiri * in his commentary on the Gaudapada-Karika- bhasya (that goes under the name of Sankara) mentions that. Gaudapada practised penance at. Gauḍapāda’s work is Māṇḍūkyakārikā, which consists of verses. Each verse is called a kārikā. Śaṅkara writes a commentary on the 12 mantras of the. This is the English translation of the Mandukya Karika by Gaudapada, which is a commentary on the Mandukya Upanishad. The school of.

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When the absorption in cause and effect ceases, one does not undergo transmigration. In that case the destruction of the veil is out of the question.

Consciousness is not in contact with objects nor is it in contact with the appearances of objects. That mind alone becomes Reality, the Fearless, endowed with the light that is consciousness on all sides.

He by whom is known OM, which is without measure and possessed of infinite magnitude and which is auspicious, since all duality ceases in it, is a sage and none else. There is no evidence of the existence of the one without the other; they are cognized only through each other.

The Muktikopanishad says that the Mandukya Upanishad alone is enough for salvation. Gaudapada is one of the key persons in the Advaita Vedanta. Visva having exterior consciousness is all-pervading, whereas taijasa has interior consciousness, and prajna, similarly is dense with consciousness.

The dreamer, as he wanders in the dreamland always sees the creatures born from eggs or from moisture as existing in all the ten directions. These are as follows: He who knows thus, measures all and becomes all. Having understood AUM quarter by quarter, one should not think of anything else. Nothing whatsoever is born either of itself or of something else.


For if the manifold were real, then the immortal would become mortal. Regarding both body and Atman as his abode, he remains satisfied with what comes by chance. When it is still, the appearances do not leave the motionless fire—brand and go elsewhere, nor do they enter into the fire—brand itself. For duality is never perceived when the mind ceases to act. Again, consciousness is without object and is, therefore, declared to be ever unattached.

The Mandukya Upanishad (Gaudapa Karika and Shankara Bhashya)

Therefore non-duality is auspicious. The body and the Self should be his support and he should depend upon what chance brings. Those who think of creation hold it as the manifestation of God’s power; while others regard creation as the same as dream and illusion. Prior to creation all this was of the nature of the birthless Reality. Of particular interest is Chapter Four, in which according to Bhattacharya, two karikas refer to the Buddha and the term Asparsayoga is borrowed from Buddhism.

The ascetic should be free from praise and salutation and also from rituals.

Gaudapada – Wikipedia

Hence the man with such a view is considered to be of narrow outlook. If [in your view] the effect is non-different from the cause and if, for that reason, the effect also is Unborn, how can the cause be Eternal, since it is gaudaapda from the effect that undergoes birth?

It is great peace, eternal effulgence and samadhi; It gxudapada unmoving and fearless. The same applies to the jivas. Creation is the mere will of the Lord, say those who thought out well the [process of] creation, but those who rely upon time hold that the birth of beings is from time. Therefore consciousness is not born, nor are things perceived by it born. But he does not see in the waking state the unreal objects seen in dreams.

The other reason for such identity is another common feature, namely, that both represent the state of mergence. Gaudapada Karika then acknowledges the theory of Ajativada or non-origination of the Buddhas Buddhists. Visva is seen in the right eye which is its seat of experience, whereas taijasa is inside the mind and prajna is in the space inside the heart.


Having known thus, the enlightened one becomes rooted in tranquillity. Some claim creation is the result of the expansion of the Self, some claim it is a mere magic show, some claim the creation is from God’s desire, some claim Kala time creates all beings. Just as from a magical seed comes out a sprout gadapada that very nature which is neither permanent nor destructible, so too, is the reasoning applicable in respect of objects.

If it is subject to modification, how then can it be said to be eternal? One should know OM to be the Lord dwelling in the hearts of all.

Gaudapada’s Karika on the Mandukya Upanishad

That object, too, becoming one with him, protects him. When we sleep, we feel the external things we dream about are real and the internal states as unreal, but in the awakened state we realize kariika are unreal.

The separateness of the individual soul and the Supreme Self which has been declared [in the sruti] prior to the discussion of creation [in the Upanishads ], is in a secondary sense in view of the result of the future, for it [separateness] is not in fitness if held in its primary sense. It is seven-limbed and nineteen-mouthed. Another estimate places him around the early 6th century.

Sleep as a State of Gadapada in Advaita Vedanta. This is what is known as the Fourth Turiya.

There is nothing outside it. Moksha Moksha Anubhava Turiya Sahaja. The birthless is known by the birthless.

Reality is possessed of a form, say the worshippers of God with form, while the worshippers of the formless hold the Reality to be formless. The last chapter of Gaudapada Karika has a different style than the first three, and it opens by expressing reverence for all “the greatest of men”, who are like the cosmic space through their awareness of nonduality, free from self-contradictions and confusion, and who understand Dharma.

Even so is the true nature of Atman determined.


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