Intro to Vedanta Sutra

Vedanta Sutra is absolutely fascinating, and one day I hope to present the whole text. For now, however, I can at least present the first dozen sutras.

Spiritual Questions

1

athātho brahma-jijñāsā

So now we must inquire about our origin…

2

janmādy-asya yataḥ

…the origin of all things.

Where to find Answers

3

śāstra yonitvāt

The authoritative texts are the mother [of the answers to these questions]…

4

tat tu samanvayāt

…but only when considered with all intellect.

5

īkṣate-nāśabdam

We cannot see the answer in the texts alone, but also we cannot see the answer without the sacred texts.

6

gaunaś-cen nātmaśabdāt

We cannot comprehend the qualities of the soul simply by hearing the word “soul”…

7

tan-niṣṭhasya mokṣopadeśāt

…But by determined effort we can be enlightened by such words and instructions.

8

heyatvāvacañāś-ca

And so we are never told to abandon them.

9

svāpyāt

[These answers are] self-attained; yet not entirely…

10

gati-sāmānyāt

…are identical to their goal…

11

śrutatvāc-ca

…and are assisted by hearing the sacred texts.

What is the Origin?

12

ānanda-mayo `bhyāsāt

Repeatedly we are told: it is bliss itself.

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