[Advaita-l] adhyAsa = avidya? (adhyAsa as the root cause of evil)

Raghavendra N Kalyan kalyan7429 at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Nov 11 15:37:04 CST 2003

Dear Kartik and Venkat,
Is not adhyAsa the same as avidya? (vide AchArya's BSB)

How can avidya be the cause of adhyAsa when avidya itself requires adhyAsa?

Sri Kartik wrote - 

>AFAIK, adhyAsa is not the root cause of evil. 
>The words "good" and "evil" are used in relation to action (Karma)
>alone. In advaita, karma is a product of kAma (desire), which in turn
>is a product of avidyA. (avidyA --> kAma --> karma)


Sri Venkat wrote -

>In my humble opinion, in the causal chain, Adhyasa should come in 
>between Kama and Avidya.
>Kama happens because of Adhyasa, taking the unreal as real. And >Adhyasa 
>happens because of Avidya.

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