Salient Features of Sankara Vedanta – Appendix
offering perception, inference, presumption or the
aspramanas in evidence of
, has been in vogue just becauseof this failure. Curious problems have cropped up regarding thelocus of
as well as the number of
, 'Does it residein the individual soul or Brahman? Is there a single
or arethere as many
as there are individual souls? Would uni-versal liberation ensue when the
of a single
is des-troyed? ' And so on!For a detailed discussion of this subject, readers are referredto my '
Vedanta-Prakriya – Pratyabhijna
', a Sanskrit work, wherethe only comprehensive method of Vedanta has been explainedat length, The English Introduction to this book has been separ-ately published by the Adhyatma Prakasha Karyalaya under thetitle '
How to Recognize the Method of Vedanta
4. Vedantic texts purport to teach
alone as anentity
; that is to say, they negate what are not really Hisproperties, and culminate in revealing the self-established
, There would remain nothing more to be done afterrealizing the import of the texts.
Various strange beliefs prevail among those that are notaware of this open secret. Some imagine that the Vedantic textonly yields an indirect knowledge of
, and that hence therepeated practice of the knowledge of the
, or themerging of the world of multiplicity in
by means of med-itation or the meditation on the qualityless Brahman or thepractice of Patañjala Yoga, or else continued mental repetitionof
(the syllable Aum) etc. is required,
is an ineffable entity.
He cannot be expressedby words or sentences; for no genus, quality, action or anyother specific feature pertains to Him, He is devoid of all dis-tinctions and can never be objectified.
Some who cannot understand this, think that negative pro-positions are incapable of giving rise to the knowledge of theform 'I am Brahman' just because they end in merely negating3