Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse 51

“All-limitations of cause and effect having ended, unconditioned by the subtle and the gross bodies, no longer attached to the chain of action, the disciple is immediately liberated from nescience.”

Commentary

This verse describes the state of nirvana, which should constantly be reflected upon.

A man can gauge the extent of his spiritual awakening by referring to the conditions contained in this verse.

He is no longer subject to the law of cause and effect which’ operates in the realm of relativity (Maya).

He knows Atman to “be absolutely distinct from the physical and mental bodies and the vital airs”.

Liberation, like the dawn of the sun, comes all at once.

A man does not feel it slowly creeping on him. It is. not like the gradual emergence of the moon from a total eclipse.

It is a sudden rush of reality-consciousness which overpowers the consciousness of relativity.

Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse 52

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