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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The Self realised one, the person that recognises the Absolute, the knowledge that is The Absolute, this Creation that is the Knowledge that is The Absolute is worthy of being heard is the meaning here. I make obeisance with my whole being to those holy feet—the dispellers of the fear of the chain of births and deaths—of my own great teacher, who, through the light of his illumined wisdom, destroyed the darkness of delusion enveloping my mind; who put an end, for ever, to my appearance and disappearance in this terrible ocean of innumerable births and deaths; and who enables all others, too, that take shelter at his feet, to attain unfailing knowledge of the scriptures, peace and the state of perfect non—differentiation.

Verse 12 of the Mandukya Upanishad are traditionally associated with Verses of the Gaudapada Karika. The first quarter is Vaisvanara. Views Read Edit View history.

Mind is a servant that needs to be supervised by Buddhi. Thus, OM is the Self, verily. Bliss is the natural eternal state of The Absolute. The notion [such as the teacher, the taught and the scripture] will disappear, if anyone had imagined it.

The Fourth state [Turiya] corresponds to silence as the other three correspond to OM. Of these, the three, excepting the thing to be realised, are regarded as mere imaginations born of ignorance. It was written in 8th century, and is the earliest available systematic treatise on Advaita. Augustinian theodicy Best of all possible worlds Euthyphro dilemma Inconsistent triad Irenaean theodicy Natural evil Theodicy. Further, he does not possess in the waking state anything he acquired while dreaming.


How can the cause, which itself is not established, give birth to the effect? Verses of the Gaudapada Karika are traditionally associated with Verse 7 of the Mandukya Upanishad.

Thus, the One alone is regarded in three ways. The non-existence of the chariot etc. Karl Potter [22] [28]. Similarly, It is said to gaudapqda existing as the aggregate of bodies, even as ether exists like jars, etc He thinks that before the creation all was of the same nature as the birthless Reality.

Its ggaudapada is the waking state. The dreamer, as he wanders in the dreamland always sees the creatures born from eggs or from moisture as existing in all the ten directions. Gaudapada argues that the Absolute alone Exists without origination.

Mandukya Upanishad with Gaudapada’s Karika

All of these represent the means of experiencing the satisfaction of material desire. If it is subject to modification, how then can it be said to be eternal? The controlled mind is verily the fearless Brahman, the light of whose omniscience is all—pervading. There is no doubt that the mind, which is in reality non—dual, appears to be dual in dreams; likewise, there is no doubt that what is non—dual i. The meaning is, Which quarter is the One quarter that knows all other quarters or states, but at the same time is unknown by those three states?

No creature whatsoever is born, nor is there any source for it.


Hence it is declared to be eternal and unattached. But from the point of view of Reality, the [external] cause is regarded as no cause. As when the real nature of the rope is known, the illusion ceases and the rope alone remains in its non-dual nature, so too is the ascertainment of the Self.

Having known the all-pervasive OM, the intelligent one does not grieve. But when this attachment to causality wears mandumya, cause and effect become non—existent.

Which one quarter is it that allows the other states to rise and fall, come into apparent being and apparently to fall out of being? Therefore, for the reasons jarika their having a beginning and an end, they are definitely remembered to be unreal. This immutable existence suffers no division through quarters or any other form of differentiation. May Indra of great fame be well disposed to us; May the all-knowing [or immensely wealthy] Pusha be guadapada to us; May Garuda, the vanquisher of miseries, be well pleased with us; May Brihaspati grant us all karia.

Gaudapada’s Karika on the Mandukya Upanishad

Nothing whatsoever is born either of itself or of something else. Then, there follows a state of stillness, when the consciousness has become free from attachment and does not engage itself in unreal things. In that state one should not enjoy the happiness, but should, by means of discrimination, become unattached. There is nothing outside it.