savithri_devaraj at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 12 12:35:19 CDT 2007
Thanks Michael for your explanation, and the further
private email exchange.
--- michael reidy <michael_reidy at eircom.net> wrote:
> Namaste Smt. Savithri,
> You expressed a difficulty with the concept of
> Idealism. This might help.
> In the preamble to the B.S.B. there is an implicit
> rejection of Idealism.
> The basic question that he opens with is the puzzle
> of knowledge. It
> ought to be impossible given the antithetical nature
> of subject and
> object; the one being conscious and the other inert.
> This is the basic
> paradox, the out-there inert comes in some manner to
> be in-here as
> consciousness; a seeming impossibility that yet
> occurs as our knowledge
> testifies. But how?
> At this point one can pause to consider the
> implications of his statement
> of the paradox. It is only a problem if the inert
> object is truly out
> there in its reality as an existence that is
> independent of our knowledge
> of it. If its reality is merely as an object in our
> (Idealism) then the paradox dissolves because there
> is no out-there in
> reality, the object exists as it shines in our
> consciousness. No
> transference has occured. This notion is
> specifically rejected by Sankara
> in B.S.B. II.ii.28.
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