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Hari Om,

In Questionnaire 7, Question#23, correct answer for "The mind is predominantly made of:" is given as Sattva. However, isn't it true that everyone's mind has all three gunas in different proportions? We have learned that Mind and intellect are what makes human beings unique. We even learned that varna vyavstha was also based on different proportions of these three gunas in an individual. If every Mind is predominantly made of Sattva, every one will be Brahman (in terms of varna). No one will be Kshatriya, Vaishya, or Shudra. Can someone please explain?



Hari Om!

In 10th lesson of Advanced Vedanta course, a match the following question was given on Desa Paricheda stating that it relates to the Objectival limitation and Jivabhava as the Notion of finite. Why can't it be vice-versa? Since Jivabhava is a limited individual considering different from others with the experience of objectival limitation (which means every finite object/being is limited by all other finite objects/beings by the very fact that they are different in nature), Jivabhava has the experience of objectival limitation at a point of time and at particular place.
Desa Paricheda also known as Spatial limitation is finite and is conditioned by space, hence to my understanding it can be related to the notion of finite too. Please correct me if I am wrong...

My second question: To my understanding, usually for most of us it takes several births to get rid of all the vasanas, but for few enlightened ones(rare) Isn't few births or one janma not enough to be devoid of vasanas?

Thank you.


Hari OM!

Could you please clarify the following?

For the 5TH question: Śrī Ādi Śaṅkarācārya (in Ātmabodha, verse 45) gives the analogy of the post–thief. Which of the following does the example elucidate?

One of the answers given in the answer key is:
a) Ignorance of the POST is the cause of misapprehension of the post as a thief. So too, ignorance of PARAMATMAN causes Its misapprehension to be the jīvātman

My question is:
Is it the "ignorance of the post/Paramatman" that causes the misapprehension of the post/SELF as a thief/Anatma ? or IS it the "ignorance of the PERCEPTION of the individual or JIVA/ANATMA" that causes the misapprehension of the post as a thief since,
Paramatman is NEVER ignorant even though it has the self deluding power "SAKTHI" of the self which could be destroyed by the dawn of self knowledge as it is of the nature of SAT(That exists in all 3 periods of time, considering the fact that ignorance is neither SAT nor ASAT)- CHIT- ANANDA?

Ajñāna comes under the category of mithyā/anirvachaniya because:
If Ajnana can't be either SAT or ASAT then,
Is it not that Ajnana doesn't exist in all 3 periods(Present,Past,Future) of time?
since it won't be there in future after the ignorance is destroyed by the light of SELF knowledge..

Thank You!

Sudharma kantheti posted Jun 7 '23 at 4:26 am

Hari Om!

Could anyone clarify this for me please?

For the question in Chapter 12, Which of the following are manifestations of ‘jagati satya-buddhi’?

Why isn't " I am a middle-aged person" not a manifestation of jagati satya-buddhi eventhough it's a manifestation of Atma-Anatma-Budhi( the 3 sariras or anatma concept) as given in the material?

To my understanding, eventhough Jagati satya-buddhi and Atma-Anatma-Budhi are categorized as 2 fold effects of Ignorance/Bondage, the underlying concept is same. Jagati satya-buddhi means the world of names and FORMS OF BEINGS ( she/he be a woman/man- infant/toddler/youth/"middle aged person"/old person) and objects are considered real which meant " I am a middle-aged person" is a manifestation of ‘jagati satya-buddhi’.

Thank You!

SUBHODEEP MUKHOPADHYAY posted Jun 6 '23 at 6:19 pm

Dear Course Acharya, I have a hypothetical question. Imagine a scenario 1 million years down the line where humans have evolved into some different species which has 6 indriyas (one new faculty) or 4 indriyas (lost one faculty), or lost the need for udana, or have no deep sleep/ sushupti state at all. Every other faculty is same as humans, and they have same mumukshatva burning desire. Will the methods described in Tattvabodha be applicable to them as well?

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Manjit Kaur posted May 30 '23 at 12:24 pm

Lesson 5 about 50min. The sh in Vishnu is shortened but other consonants in other words used as examples before and after in the middle are not mostly shortened. Is that because there was no vowel with sh?

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