[Advaita-l] Advaita-l Digest, Vol 2, Issue 29

Nagarjuna Siddhartha nagarjunasiddhartha at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 12 16:36:57 CDT 2003

Dear Jay Nelamangala,

> You can also increase your level of understanding
> by looking at the grosser forms,  just as you look
> at
> subtler forms.  Both are needed.  No can say one
> knowledge has higher level truth than other
> knwoeldge.

The knowledge of the essence is definitely at a higher
level. Without essence there is no gross. Not
otherwise though.  

> "aNoraNeeyAn mahatO maheeyAn sam anusmarEdyaha"
> One need to understand the subtler of the subtlest,
> and bigger than the biggest.

Subtler than the subtlest is nothing but the ultimate
essence. Bigger than the biggest is an indication of
greatness and not grossness.
> >From brick you need to go down,  from the same
> brick
> you need to go up as well.  Either knowledge has the
> same truth,  because there are no levels in truth to
> begin
> with.  Either it is true or it is not true.

The mistake in your point lies in the fact that brick
is the not the absolute essence here.When you go down
from the brick, brick represents the gross. When you
come up from the brick, brick represents the subtle.In
the latter case a relative subtle item (brick) helps
you in constructing the well which is relatively gross.

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