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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But the souls cannot be regarded either as substances or as some other thing different from all else. How can it ever be subject to delusion, when there is no cause mandukua such delusion? They follow the path of difference, and speak of diversity and are, therefore, considered to be mean.

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.

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Know therefore the enjoyment in three ways. Just as the fire-brand set in motion appears as straight, mandykya etc. This creation is supported by knowledge and consciousness Absolute and that Absolute is a Singularity is nandukya definite verdict of all the ancient Seers. Assuming how long each lived and when, Gaudapada is estimated to have lived sometime in the 7th century CE.


Those who know the enjoyer hold the enjoyer to be real, whereas those familiar with the enjoyable things think of them to be real.

Gaudapada – Wikipedia

Prajna is a mass of consciousness. Some claim creation is the result of the expansion of the Self, some claim it is a mere magic show, some claim the creation is from God’s desire, some claim Kala time creates all beings.

Know these to be the threefold experience.

He to whom a teacher might show an object sees that alone as the Reality. Now hear from us about Ultimate Reality, which is free from all disputations. Do not see the created objects, remembering that all this is the unborn Atman. We have pointed out at length the Nairatmya standpoint of Buddhism and its total opposition to the Atman soul, substance, the permanent and universal in any form.

Can the one exist independent of the other? Having understood AUM quarter by quarter, one should not think of anything else.

That is known as the Fourth quarter: And whatever else there is, beyond the threefold division of time—that also is truly AUM. Just as the fire-brand devoid of motion is without appearances and birth, so also consciousness devoid of vibration is without appearances and birth. Another reason for this identity is the all—pervasiveness of each. This is Atman and this has to be realized. In this narrow space, how is the vision of creatures possible? Again, consciousness is without object and is, therefore, declared to be ever unattached.

He who knows these both does not become attached to objects though enjoying them. All aggregates [such as body] are created like dream by the maya of the Self. When Creation comes to an end it is but Maya ceasing to display duality. Just as an artificial creature [brought into being by incantation and medicine], takes birth and dies, so also do all these creatures come into being and disappear.


The body and the Self should be his support and he should depend upon what chance brings.

Gaudapada’s Karika on the Mandukya Upanishad

In both deep sleep and “Transcendental Awareness” there is no consciousness of objects but the objective consciousness is present kwrika an unmanifested “seed” form in deep ,andukya, while it is transcended in Turiya. And so the souls also do not enter into objects. That which is settled by the sruti and supported by reasoning is true, and not anything else.

This dualistic understanding is seen by the non-dual philosophy of Advaita as being due to their their attention or discrimination being captured within creation. Therefore the one Atman is perceived threefold in the same body.

The M is the Tamasic measure of all mortal things. He who knows these two, [viz. Gaudapada Karika states that while we do grasp objects, we perceive, we think, but this does not connote the nature of reality and unreality, just like our fear of “a rope for a karikz in darkness”.