अधिकोपदेशात्तु बादरायणस्यैवम्, तद्दर्शनात् ॥ ८ ॥
adhikopadeśāttu bādarāyaṇasyaivam, taddarśanāt || 8 ||
adhika-upadeśāt—Because (the scriptures) teach (the Supreme Self to be) something over and above; tu—but; bādarāyaṇasya—Badarayana’s (view); evam— such i.e. correct; tat-darśanāt—for that is seen (from the scriptures).
8. But because (the scriptures) teach (the Supreme Self to be) other (than the agent), Badarayana’s (view is) correct; for that is seen (from the scriptures).
Sutras 2-7 give the view of the Mimamsakas, which is refuted in Sutras 8-17.
The Vedanta texts do not teach the limited self, which is the agent, but the Supreme Self, which is different from the agent. Thus the knowledge of the Self which the Vedanta texts declare is different from that knowledge of the self which an agent possesses. The knowledge of such a Self, which is free from all limiting adjuncts, not only does not help, but puts an end to all actions. That the Vedanta texts teach the Supreme Self is clear from such texts as the following: “He who perceives all and knows all” (Mu. 1. 1. 9); “Under the mighty rule of this Immutable, O Gargi” etc. (Brih. 3. 8. 9).