The name of the text Drk-Drsya Vivéka suggests that
it shows the difference between Drk (Atman) and Drsya
(24, the visible world). Vakya Sudha is another famous
name for this treatise.
Logical intellect is the best tool to free the mind from
incorrect ideas and conceptions. One who has logical
intellect is rightly eligible for the study of Vedanta.
According to Vedanta, one must make use of his
intellect for progressing on the path of Self-realization.
The seeker’s intellect should be as sharp as a razor’s edge for
treading on the spiritual path. The same intellect is called
as Mahadhi or Mahabuddhi in Mandiikya Karika (4.29).
Vedanta says that only the seeker who has righteous
conduct, focused mind and controlled sense organs can
realize Atman with the help of subtle and sharp intellect
(Katha Up. 1.2.24). The Knowledge of Atman can be
gained with meditation, -pure intellect, persistent
persuasion of the Eternal Truth and celibacy (Mundaka. Up.
Scholars have rightly understood the complexity of
Vedanta doctrine and written many texts, treatises to
supplement Vedanta philosophy. Such treatises are called
as Prakarana Grantha.
Drk-Drsya Vivéka is one such Prakarana Grantha.
Respected Swami Nikhilananda from Ramkrishna Matha
has stated its significance in his commentary ‘An inquiry |
into the nature of the Seer and the Seen’. The main
purpose of this treatise is Self-realization with the
practice of Samadhi. After realizing Atman as the real
Self, the enlightened person experiences (uninterrupted)
Samadhi wherever his mind goes.
‘One who has detached himself from the body and
achieved steady realization of Atman as the real Self,
experiences (uninterrupted) Samadhi wherever his mind
Dr. Shrikrishna Deshmukh, who is a well-known saint
from Kolhapur District in Maharashtra, expressed a
desire that I write a remark on his commentary on Drk-
Drsya Vivéka. My association with Dr. Deshmukh goes
back a long way. He has in-depth knowledge of the
Upanisads and the Brahmasiitras. He has done a
phenomenal job of propounding the doctrine of Advaita
Vedanta in lucid language through his many lectures,
discourses and writings. His work continues even today,
and I feel short at words to express appreciation for his
contribution to the field.
Dr. Deshmukh has cited many scholarly references in
this text. His profound knowledge and distinguished
writings are highly remarkable. I pray to the God for his
long healthy life, so he can continue his work of
propounding the Advaita Vedanta doctrine.
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