[Advaita-l] A Vichara on the terms 'Avidya' and 'Maya' Part 1
bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Thu May 13 05:08:09 CDT 2010
Here Shankara is clearly using the terms avidyA, prakrtih etc
synonymously. Also in In IshavAsya mantra 8 bhASya explaining the word
shuddham shankara says
shuddham nirmalam avidyAmalarahitam iti kAraNasharIrapratishedah..
Here Shankara is equating avidyA with kAraNasharIra.
Those who hold that avidyA is abhAva and mAyA is different from avidyA
should explain these statements properly.
I think this is not at all a 'fresh' objection to uphold the theory
avidyA=mAya...This topic has been discussed in great detail by those who
donot agree that avidyA = mAya ( I am talking about those who donot belong
to Sri SSS lineage)!! In short, in the previous maNtra it is said
avidyayA mrutyum teertvA vidyayAmrutamashnute..from avidyA he crosses
mrutyu and through vidya he attains amrutatvaM..Here shankara says avidyA
is kArma & vidyA is upAsana. So, understanding of the proper context is
very important here.Since in avyAkruta there exist the seeds of avidyAkAma
karma..here avyAkruta called as avidyA..see for example : avidyAdyaneka
saMsAra beejaM antardOshavat mAyA, in geeta bhAshya...it is just like
calling the poisoned rice (vishAnna) as just 'poison' (yathA
vishasaMyuktaM annaM vishaM iti uchyate) or calling the 'suitcase' as
'clothes' since the suitcase is full of clothes..Moreover, the context
here is not about equating the avidyA with mAya. daivee hyeshA guNamayi
mama mAyA duratyayA says geetAchArya...change the word mAya here and
replace it with 'avidyA' and you can see the repercussions of your stand
i.e. avidyA=mAya...So, you can be rest assured that those who hold that
avidyA is NOT mAYa have properly understood the above bhAshya vAkya
without disturbing its context & purpose.
Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
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