[Advaita-l] Adhyaropa-Apavada Nyaya.
bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Fri Feb 11 05:07:19 CST 2011
How can you ignore the positive way Kena and Mundaka talks about Brahman?
praNAms Sri Sunil prabhuji
Yes there are somany positive description about brahman like satyaM jnAnaM
anantaM brahma, prajnAnaM brahMa etc. in shruti..but same shruti also says
that it is beyond the speech & mind (yato vAcho nivartante aprApya manasa
saha). So, we have to understand that shruti mAta, being compassionate
towards us, somehow trying to convey the knowledge of Atman which is
unobjectifiable, svayaM siddhA & aprameya. This has been beautifully
expressed by shankara in taitireeya bhAshya. Here he clarifies that
brahman cannot be even called by 'jnAnam' (knowledge) either.
Nevertheless, it is indicated (lakshyate says sankara) though not
expressed, by the word 'jnAnaM' denoting the semblance of consciousness
which is really a modification of mind. It is not directly denoted by
this term because brahman is devoid of genus and other specific features
which alone are the occasion for the application of words to a thing.
Shankara continues here to clarify that in the same way the term ' satyaM'
also coined to describe brahman but it would not denote brahman. Since
brahman is by its very nature devoid of all specific features, the term
satyaM really refers to the genus 'being' inhering in external objects and
when brahman is described as 'satyaM' it is only indicated by that term,
but brahman is not actually expressed by the terms 'satyaM'.
By the way, neti neti is not the declaration of advaita, shruti itself
saying that neti neti is the highest teaching available to describe
Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
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