Thursday, May 24, 2012

Soundarya Lahari - Part 115


To the same question the scholars of the other (dvaita) schools cite the ‘bhava-bhIti’ that is, the fear of the cycle of births and deaths, as the major fear to be removed by Divine Grace and that is why, they say, ‘abhaya’ is kept separate from the other boons; and they stop there. 

The  ‘abhaya mudrA’ is shown by the upward extended palm of the right hand. Other schools of philosophy say that this right hand points to the Divine worlds like Vaikunta and Kailasa in the upper worlds. But we advaitins say that it indicates the non-dual state which is vast and boundless like the  wide space (AkAsha) up above.


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