Non-reality of the world
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>Subject: Re: Non-reality of the world
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>>> I think G Murthy has addressed a very fundamental and vital point
>>> here. When we know the water is a mirage and the snake is a rope why
>>> don't people too realize the non-reality of the world?
>As I understand:
>The mirage and the snake/rope examples signify two different aspects of
>adhyaasa ( Superimposition) The following may clarify.
>Relating to the world - There is an objective world and then there is a
>subjective projection of the objective world. One is, it is, therefore
>see it - and second is I see it, therefore it is. Error can creep in
>of them. There is an objective error due to distorsion or limitation of
>medium of perception. Example is the sun-rise and sun-set or apparent
>bending of the pencil or mirrage waters etc. Enquiry into the nature
>diffraction etc. are required to understand the truth of the
>call it objective error in the sense that it does not depend on a
>particular individual. Everybody in that situation sees sun-rise and
>sunset or mirrage waters or apparent bending of the pencil etc. This
>the example of- it is and therefore I see it. The error is not in my
>The second is more subjective like seeing a snake when there is a rope.
>Snake is because I see it. you say Rope is because you see it as a
>It is not universal error as in mirrage waters or sun-raise and sunset.
>After scientific inquiry, we understand that sun neither raises nor
>But this does not negate the apprearence of the sun-raise nor further
>experience of sun-raise. Only the inquiry and understanding eliminates
>misunderstanding that sun raises and sets everyday or the waters I see
>only due to light reflection. Hence a JNaani also sees the world of
>plurality but he does not have a mistaken notion that it absolutely
>That is the reason Shankar or Krishna could teach us even after
>there are no others to teach!
>The subjective errors are eliminated by the knowledge that it is rope
>not a snake. I donot see anymore snake there, once my mind is
>that it is only a rope. Dream states come under this category.
>Delusion consists of both. In my analysis of thoughts, I touched based
>the objetive thoughts and subjective superimpositions on top of the
>objective thoughts. A Jnaani sees the thoughts, but he also sees that
>are objects superimposed on consciousness and he is that consciousness.
>cannot attribute to reality to those thoughts just as the waves on the
>ocean that rise and subside and the ocean need not have a
>that the waves are different from it.
>A Jnaani sees the thoughts, but he also sees that they
>are objects superimposed on consciousness and he is that
If a jnaani sees thoughts, there itself duality exists. Then,how can he
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