Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse  17

“Neither am I the aggregate of the senses or the mind. Come to a clear conviction through reasoning (anumana) that the seer is distinct from the seen”.

Commentary

That the Self is a combination of the mind and the senses is a plausible theory, but it is untrue. Some of the old philosophers inclined to this view.

Hegel held the spirit to be absolute, but to him the manifestation of the spirit in the form of the world was more important than the spirit itself.

Only the Vedanta of Shri Shankara declares the truth boldly, and it is that the Self is not a combination of the mind and the senses.

Reasoning may help this understanding but the real riddle is solved through contemplation and discipline.

The grace of God comes to those who work for it and not to those who only reason and reason like Berkeley or John Stuart Mill.

Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse  18

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