[Advaita-l] The collapse of duality in the geeta
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Tue Mar 29 23:44:15 CDT 2011
On Sat, 26 Mar 2011, Sunil Bhattacharjya wrote:
> What you said is the Hinayana view only. The Mahayana view means
> Nirvana is getting out of the five Skanfhas (five Koshas) so that one
> gets out of the birth and death cycle by following the prescribed path
> or way of life. The oneness with the universal awareness is achieved
> after leaving the individualistic body of five koshas. Nagarjuna boldly
> says that Shunyata does not mean non-existence.
But neither Nagarjuna nor any other Mahayana philosopher upto the Dalai
Lama of today says anything positive about what this "universal awareness"
actually is. At best you can say they are agnostic about it. By contrast
even though there are negative statements in shruti such as "neti neti"
even supposedly "Buddhist-influenced" Vedic philosophers like
Gaudapadacharya unequivocally speak of an ultimate reality.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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