[Advaita-l] Re: A note on adhyAsa

Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Sat Sep 9 07:57:03 CDT 2006

The self is not completely unknown, as pointed out by Shankara
himself. The true nature is what is obscured by the non-self.


On 9/8/06, S Venkatraman <svenkat52 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Namaste Shastrji,
> Thank you very much for a very clear exposition of adhyasa. A question just
> to clarify my understanding of Samasarga Adhyasa:
> You Said:
> "Because of the superimposition of the non-self on the self, the
> existence of the self is not recognized at all, and the non-self, (that is,
> the body, mind and organs), is alone recognized as existing. This is
> svarUpa- adhyAsa. In the superimposition of the self on the non-self, only
> the existence and consciousness aspects of the self are attributed to the
> body, mind and organs. This is samsarga-adhyAsa."
> My Question:
> If in samsarga adhyasa, both the substartum and the superimposed object are
> simultaneously available for perception eg. flower and crystal, how can the
> superimposition of self on the non-self be called that when the self itself
> is not available for perception?
> My question probably is very trivial, but I think it will clarify for me the
> concept of samsarga adhyasa.
> Many thanks and praNAms,

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