Anubhuti-prakasa of Vidyaranya (Philosophy of Upanisads: An Interpretative Exposition)

... This is the litmus test for an enlightening being that they are always extraordinary happy, blissful, and content. This is called 'Brahmananda' (the bliss of the infinite) and 'Ananda Prapthi' (attaining everlasting happiness) (Mishra, 1992). These are the seven stages of the spiritual journey, which is illustrated by the ten men story. ...
... A 3D movie illustrates this; there, it appears like things and characters are coming in front and playing but, it is all an appearance that doesn't exist. Vedanta says exactly that all the pleasures of the world are appearances in the 'Consciousness' (Mishra, 1992). ...
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The article dwells on a Mantra from Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. This Mantra contains the essence of Vedanta. Vidyaranya Muni in Panchadasi Text writes the biggest chapter (seventh chapter) 290 Verses on this one Mantra. Four aspects are to be understood from this Mantra to understand the spiritual process in Advaitic realization. The first one is the realization, which means realizing who or what am 'I' truly (individual 'I' or Jiva). As a result, the negation of worldly enjoyments (Bogya Nisheda) means nothing in this world becomes an object worth pursuing, so one transcends this stage. The next aspect of the Mantra signifies for whose sake am 'I' (Jiva) doing all this? Hence, the 'enjoyer' or the 'person' who is trying to get pleasures, satisfaction, and enjoyment in this world must inquire into 'that;' it is nothing but the negation of the enjoyer (Boktri Nisheda). The third aspect of Mantra deals with what is there to be desired in this world from the point of realized 'self'. As a result of this process, the 'One' who thinks an 'individual being' having the body and mind and trying to attain certain goals in life, that 'One' is dissolved. Finally, suffering along with the 'body and mind' complex is transcended, this is called liberation while living (Jivanmukti); it means that life continues with the body and mind but amidst this 'realized one' transcends suffering; this is called living in the body yet transcending the body. These four aspects have dwelled in this article with the help of 'Ten men story' from a sacred text called Panchadasi written by Vidyaranya Muni
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