Posted by: adbhutam | March 5, 2018

Advaita Vedanta Brahma Jnana Yoga in the Kurmapuranam

Advaita Vedanta Brahma Jnana Yoga in the Kurmapuranam

The chapter under consideration of the Kurmapuranam is a fine teaching of Brahmavidya.

The teaching of Brahmavidya in this chapter is complete in the sense that it teaches the Brahma svarupam, the kind of realization, brahmabhaavah, the saadhana – enquiry, the adhikari – the one with chittashuddhi and bhakti – indicated by karma anushthana, bhakti sadhana, worship of Shiva, shiva-mantras Rudram, etc. A number of Upanishadic passages are explicitly or implicitly paraphrased here.  The Bhagavadgita and the Brahmasutras too are implicitly woven into the verses here. One can also see how a crucial word in the Shaankara Brahma Sutra bhashya – ब्रह्मभावश्च मोक्षः is contained in this chapter verbatim.

This writing, of some 26 pages, can be studied by those who are not exposed to the teaching of Vedanta, as an introduction manual. For those who are versed with the Vedanta, this will serve the purpose of a revision, especially, mananam. The article can be downloaded here:

Om Tat Sat


  1. This is exactly the same as Krishna’s statement ‘I do not bow to anyone’ in the Mahabharata. Where does Krishna say this statement in Mahabharata?

  2. Yes it says Vishnu doesn’t offer prayers to any deity except his self. But before that Krishna says that his self is Shiva. So he does offer prayers to Lord Shiva.

  3. I have heard from Advaitians that devotional service is also classified as Karma Yoga. But Lord Krishna says there are three types of Yoga, where devotional service or Bhakti Yoga is a separate one in Uddhava Gita. He also says Bhakti Yoga is the supreme of all greater than Jnana and Karma Marga. Please clarify on that Sir.

    SB 11.20.6 — The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear Uddhava, because I desire that human beings may achieve perfection, I have presented three paths of advancement — the path of knowledge, the path of work and the path of devotion. Besides these three there is absolutely no other means of elevation.
    SB 11.20.7 — Among these three paths, jñāna-yoga, the path of philosophical speculation, is recommended for those who are disgusted with material life and are thus detached from ordinary, fruitive activities. Those who are not disgusted with material life, having many desires yet to fulfill, should seek perfection through the path of karma-yoga.
    SB 11.20.8 — If somehow or other by good fortune one develops faith in hearing and chanting My glories, such a person, being neither disgusted with nor very much attached to material life, should achieve perfection through the path of loving devotion to Me.

  4. The view of Advaita Acharyas is this: Jnana is indispensable for moksha. Bhakti and karma yogas prepare the mind for Jnana by rendering the mind pure and subtle. In fact the Uddhava Gita itself is a fine source for the Advaita Jnana. Several verses there are of the kind Gaudapada karikas teach of mithyatva of jagat.

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