Life has to be studied on a very long-term view1 min read

Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse 36

“That which the holy Shruti declares to be the giver of the fruits of human actions and the cause of man’s individual existence – that is Brahman. This you must understand”.

Commentary

Two further reasons are adduced to mature the conviction of the truth about Brahman and the Self. Man acts, and his actions are judged good or otherwise.

That power which rewards him for his good actions is Brahman. It cannot be the little self of man.

No prisoner would himself go to prison, and no good deed could be rewarded on mere merit without any agency.

Therefore Brahman is to be understood as that which rewards man for his good deeds. Often good actions seem to lead to distress and trouble, but the reward is ultimate and assured.

Life has to be studied on a very long-term view. Besides, who has made the infinite look finite and the cosmic existence assume phenomenal individual existence?

By meditating on these facts we come to the conclusion that Brahman exists.

Mere logical proofs are not enough. It is by contemplation of this fact in deep silence that we reap the real benefit of shanti.

Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse 37