[Advaita-l] My question
V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l
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Mon Aug 4 00:12:43 CDT 2014
The term 'māyāvāda' was used by Vachaspati Mishra in the Bhāmatī which is a
commentary on Shankara's Brahma Sutra Bhāṣya. For Shankara the opponents
were not Vedantins but the Sānkhya, Nyāya-Vaiśeṣika, Yoga, etc. which are
all dualistic and not Aupaniṣada. There were no non-advaitic Vedantic
schools prior to Shankara. All these schools hold the world to be real
absolutely, and the jivas are many and real. Vedanta alone, based on the
Upaniṣads, holds the world to be unreal and the jiva is only Brahman
appearing so due to avidyā. Hence the term 'māyāvāda' is another term for
Aupaniṣada siddhānta. Brahmavāda is another term.
Even though the bhāmatī did not use the term in a pejorative sense, the
schools that later took birth claiming to be Vedantins, used the term
against Advaita pejoratively. These schools are no different from the
other schools that are not based on the Upanisads in holding the world to
be real and admitting jīva-nānātva.
On Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 7:36 AM, Venkatesh Murthy via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Other Mata followers say Advaita is Maayaavaada because in Advaita we say
> everything in the world is Maayaa. Even we say after realization Ishwara is
> Maayaa. The only true thing is Brahman. That Brahman is your Atma. There is
> no other Truth than Brahma.
> But I think the other Mata followers cannot understand this. They think
> Advaita is saying everything is Maayaa and there is no Truth at all. This
> is like Bauddha Mata. But we are different from Bauddhas. They dont believe
> in Brahman and Atman like us.
> They say everything in the world is changing. Some people say the only
> permanent thing is Change. But Change is possible to see only if you have
> Permanent Background. What is the Permanent Background? It is the Witness
> of Change. It is Brahman.
> On Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 1:11 AM, Animesh via Advaita-l <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> > Namaskaram all respected members,
> > I'm new member , i want to ask a question .
> > Sometimes other than advaita vedantins other mata call adwait as
> > I'm unable to understand why they call adwait vada as maya vada, please
> > clarify.
> > Srī mātre namah:
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