[Advaita-l] When there is more then one?
yajvan at san.rr.com
Mon Jan 11 18:37:03 CST 2010
We know advaita अद्वैत means the following: a=not + dvaita = duality , duplicity , dualism
Also - advitīya = without a second , sole , unique, matchless ( as in couple) from a + dvitīya a=not + dvitīya= second, couple, accompanied by, companion
So , why such a big deal over this? What helps us better understand the value of this notion of
this advitīya ?
IMHO there are many reasons and I hope the members of this forum will offer their views
based upon the śāstra-s, yet one salient point for me comes from the
bṛhadaraṇyaka upaniṣad - puruṣavidha-brāhmaṇa, 2nd śloka. It simply says the following:
Any time there is a sense of 2, fear arises i.e. dvitiyad vai bhayam bhavati -
Fear is born of duality.
* dvitiyad or dvitīya द्वितीय - 2nd or two , couple,
* bhayam or bhaya भय - fear , alarm dread apprehension
( rooted in bhī to fear for , be anxious about )
* vai an emphasis and affirmation , generally placed after a word
and laying stress on it (it is usually translatable by 'indeed' ,
'truly' , 'certainly' )
* bhavati or bhava भव arising or produced from , being in
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