Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Mon Feb 22 06:33:53 CST 1999

On Sun, 21 Feb 1999, Ashish Chandra wrote:

> Jay wrote :
>         'The snake in the rope DOES  illustrate the relationship between maya and
> brahman.'
> The snake does not *realize* the rope. There is no snake in the rope. Here
> the perceiver is the snake alone. There should be no third person who is
> the observer. The whole argument is probably misconstrued.

Well not quite.  The full example is this.  A man wakes up in the night
and feeling something under his foot, thinks "Aaargh! It's a snake." On
lighting a lamp, he realizes that what he thought was a snake was ust a
piece of rope.

The man is the Jiva bound by avidya.  The snake is  Maya.  The rope is
Brahman and the light is Jnana.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at>

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