vidyajayaram at YAHOO.COM
Tue Aug 6 00:10:41 CDT 2002
Shri.Jaldhar has given the right example and explanation however the following statements confused me as the first line seemed to be a definition of visheshana.
"UpAdhi means the distinguishing or defining lakshaNa (characteristic of a
thing.) For instance if we are talking about a red crystal, redness is
the upAdhi beause redness is what seperates it from a blue crystal, white
crystal etc. "
This is especially in light of the usage of the two terms and the explanations given in the vedanta paribhasha as to their differences.
What exactly does dharmarAja adhvarIndra say about the mind and the witnesses - jIvasAkshin and IsvarasAkshin ? Could someone explain the portion beginning with "taccha pratyaksham punardvividham etc"?
This is my understanding of upadhi in the brahman context.kindly correct me if it is wrong:
Upaadhi is defined as--upa samiipe aadadhaati sviiyam dharmam�that which gives its quality to an object near it. A red flower which makes a transparent crystal near it look red is an upaadhi. The superimposition of the red colour on the crystal is a superimposition with upaadhi and it is known as �sopaadhika adhyaasa�. In the superimposition of the snake on the rope, the substratum is considered to be the rope. But the rope itself is not real, and is a superimposition on Brahman or Consciousness.
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