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Spiritual Import of Religious Festivals :Ch-4. Part - 24.

Chapter-4. Swami Sri  Adi  Sankaracharya - The Genius ( Sankara Jayanti ) :


But what is the goal of life according to Yoga?

Is it God-realisation? According to Yoga, God-realisation is not the goal, because this God is necessary only for the sake of dispensing justice to the Purushas.
The goal of life is self-withdrawal.

Consciousness or the essence of the Purusha resting in itself is liberation and the final goal of life.

It has nothing to do with Isvara who is also, after all, one of the Purushas, though He may be a special Purusha – Purusha-visesha.

What is the internal relationship among Purusha, Prakriti and Isvara?

There is no proper answer.

Unless there is a relationship among entities, how can we posit the entities?

It is logically inadmissible and it is an untenable thesis.

We should not say that there are two things, unless we are able to explain the relationship between the two things.

How do we know that they exist?

Our consciousness that posits the existence of two objects transcends the two objects.

The very fact that we know that there is a God and a world and there are Purushas, shows that we who make this judgement have intrinsically some thing, some principle which seems to transcend the limitation of these three posited principles.

Here we have an introduction to the Vedanta philosophy.

God is there.

Yes, it is wonderful.

World is there.

Yes, we see it.

The Purushas are there.

Yes, we do experience them.

But what is the internal connection among these things?

What is the relevance that obtains between these three principles?

This could not be answered by either the Sankhya or the Yoga.

Swami Krishnananda
To be continued  ....

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