Teaching, a certain sage, Gaudapada by name, has written a poem. This poem is now translated, prefaced by the Mandukya Upanishad itself. Gaudapada. Gaudapada, grand Guru of Shankara, is the author of Mandukya Karika, a commentary on Mandukya Upanishad. It was written in 8th century, and is the earliest. : Mandukya Upanishad with Gaudapada’s Karika eBook: Gaudapada, Charles Johnston: Kindle Store.

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This Realisation of the Absolute is that one thing that is the highest truth.

Kaivalya Upanishad verse The Vishva and Taijasa state of Self — states Gaudapada — can be a source of cause and effect, the Prajna is only cause, while Turiya state is neither. How will a cause, that is itself not established, produce an effect?

Mandukya Upanishad with Gaudapada’s Karika

The calm soul, contemplating AUM as madnukya, does not grieve. The kwrika singularity of consciousness will be seen only through Absolute Truth. Visva having exterior consciousness is all-pervading, whereas taijasa has interior consciousness, and prajna, similarly is dense with consciousness. I shall therefore speak of the nonmiserable state in which Gaaudapada an artificial jiva comes into existence and disappears, so also these jivas perceived in the waking state appear and disappear.

In that case the destruction of the veil is out of the question. Those who know the enjoyer hold the enjoyer to be real, whereas those familiar with the enjoyable things think of them to be real. Whatever there is, moving and unmoving, which constitutes this duality, is perceived by the mind, for when mind does not exist as mind, duality is never perceived.

The essence of the Consciousness manifesting as the self in the three manfukya, It is the cessation of all phenomena; It is all peace, all bliss and non—dual. The dualist sees duality in both karkia Absolute and the relative. The wise declare the unreality of all objects in a dream because they are located within [the body] and also because they are confined within a limited space. There is no real entity that serves as the cause of another real entity.


Chronologically, according to Hajime Nakamurathe Buddhist texts that quote from Gaudapada Karikas imply that the Vedantic ideas in the first three chapters are of greater antiquity. He who knows this obtains all desires and becomes first among the great. This unity occurs only through Self Realisation or after the dissolution of the said three “quarters” of AUM or the Universe back to unmanifest knowledge which is described next gaudalada verses The knowledge of the one who is enlightened and all-pervasive, does not enter into objects.

The Absolute is unchanging in all ways.

Again, He turns His mind within and imagines various ideas. The knowers of Reality say that the knowledge which is free from imagination and unborn is not distinct from the knowable. Which One quarter is it taudapada through the very fact of its existence allows the other three quarters to “imagine” themselves as being a complete entity? For the state of inactivity is as harmful as the state of desires. AUM is the fearless Brahman.

The knowers of prana hold prana to be the cause of the world, which the knowers of the elements regard the elements to be the cause. We imagine things in our mind, we create things in our mind, we destroy things in our mind, says Gaudapada; yet all these things are not different from It, the Atman gender neutral. Mandukya Upanishad continued 8. Vaisvanara Atman, whose sphere of activity is the waking state, is A, the first letter of AUM, on account of his all— pervasiveness or on account of his being the first.

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It kariia beyond doubt that the quarters of the Self are the letters of OM. The text states, “all kqrika are without beginning, without variety, and are consciousness only”.

Gaudapada’s Karika on the Mandukya Upanishad

He is the all-seer by whom is the Lord perceived as untouched by these. He is the inner controller. But they think they are subject to senility and death and by the very power of thought they appear to iarika from their true nature. The condition of the mind in deep sleep is not like that but is of a different kind. How can there be an effect without a cause?

AUM is beginningless and unique.

Nor does he, when awakened, find himself in the places seen in the dream. The second quarter is taijasa. Mandukya Upanishad continued He is the source of all; for from him all beings originate and in him they finally disappear. The causality of Brahman is denied by such a statement mmandukya “Who can cause It to come into birth?

Prajna has the meaning of pure consciousness and knowledge. Prajna is conditioned by cause.

Karlka is called the omniscient Brahman, being one with the birthless Self, which is the true object of knowledge. Just as when the jars, etc.