[Advaita-l] jnAna-vidyA

kuntimaddi sadananda kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 21 13:29:50 CST 2003

--- "M. S. Ravisankar" <ravi at ambaa.org> wrote:

> ajnAna  can also be taken as absence of jnAna rather than opposite of
> jnAna.
> To give an example, darkness is absence of light. There is no such
> thing as
> darkness by itself.
> My 2c.
> Ravi

Ravi - your comments are interesting. Question whether aj~naana is just
the absence of knowledge or presence of ignorance- is a very subtle
issue. Is it 'bhaava ruupa' that veils the knowledge or abhaavaruupa 
there is just the lack of knowledge has been debated. According to
Advaita - knowledge is considered as eternal ever existent entity - it
cannot be said as absence of knowledge (that which is non-existent can
never come into existence), but then one is cornered in bringing 
aj~naana as positive quantity that covers the ever present knowledge.
That brings another problme - if aj~naana is an existent entity then it
can never cease to exist.  'aj~naana' is muddled with aj~naana! -
anirvachaniiyam may be the best escape! 

Hari OM!

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