[Advaita-l] Introductory remark in the siddhAnta-lesha-saMgraha
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Thu May 31 08:04:06 CDT 2007
Appayya Dikshita outlines the reason for the diversity of methods in advaita
vedAnta and for the perceived mutual contradictions among them.
sannahyadbhiranAdarAt.h saraNayo nAnAvidhA darshitAH |
The ancient AchAryas (of vedAnta) were completely intent on establishing the
One Atman, (but) provided different explanations owing to their iniifference
shown to things that can be established in vyavahAra (bhrAntimAtrasiddha -
valid only in the illusory world).
There is no doubt that all AchAryas of Shankara's lineage were intent upon
establishing the Non-dual Atman as the only reality (tattva). There was not
the same intent and emphasis on establishing conclusions that pertain to the
illusory world, conclusions that have relevance or validity only in
vyavahAra. Therefore, owing to the indifference of the AchAryas to such
matters, there resulted a diversity of explanations in advaita works.
In summary, any perceived contradictions among AchAryas are not relevant in
the final analysis, and hence can be safely ignored.
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