[Advaita-l] Unreal Can Point to the Real - parables of SringeriAcharyal
srirudra at vsnl.com
Sat Oct 14 07:54:15 CDT 2006
Dear Sri Sundar Rajan
You can also go through the recent quotes from Sanatsu jAtIyam bySri
S.N.Sastri -slokas 2.42,2.43 and 3.43 and Acharya`s interpretation for
them.This will help your understanding of Paramatman.Krishnamoorthy.
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From: Sundar Rajan <avsundarrajan at yahoo.com>
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> (From the book: 'Edifying Parables' of HH
> Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyateertha Mahaswamigal
> published by Sri Vidyateertha Foundation, Chennai)
> Unreal Can Point to the Real
> A person went to sleep. He soon had a dream in which he
> beheld himself being chased by a ferocious tiger. Since the tiger
> was by far swifter than him, the distance between them shrank
> rapidly. He was overcome with fear. So terrified was he that he
> abruptly woke up, his forehead wet with perspiration. The tiger
> seen by him in the dream was undoubtedly unreal. However, it
> was instrumental in bringing about a real effect,awakening.
> Some people raise this objection : "According to the Advaitins, the
> world is illusory and Brahman alone is real. If so,
> the teachings of the Vedas, which are included in the cosmos,
> should be unreal. Hence, they cannot produce true knowledge.
> Consequently, Advaita philosophy, which is based on the Vedas,
> should be worthless.". This objection is invalid.
> Advaitins speak of the unreality of the world only from
> the standpoint of the Absolute. From an empirical standpoint,
> the world and the Vedas do exist.
> Another reply of the Advaitins is that an unreal object can,
> as in the example considered earlier, lead to the real.
> Hence, though being illusory, the Vedas
> can bring about enlightenment and, thereby, establishment in
> the Supreme.
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