Sincerity, gentleness and real spirit of enquiry1 min read

Shri Shankara Acharya’s Vakyavritti Verse 5

’The teacher said: “Thy speech, as it appears to me, is good and gentle. I will tell thee the secret. I shall clearly explain all that thou needest know. Do thou give attentive hearing to me”.   .

Commentary

The master approves of the approach of the disciple to him. He is convinced of his sincerity, gentleness and real spirit of enquiry. He promises to impart  the full secret to him.

He is sure that the speech of the disciple is sincere, and all that he demands now is his undivided attention. Divided attention makes even a worldly end difficult of achievement. Even study of grammar, rhetoric or science needs full attention. Attention is something creative. Any subject which may appear difficult today will reveal its secret to the student when studied with full attention. This advice of the teacher is the key to the understanding of the holy philosophy.

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