[Advaita-l] Avidya Part 2

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Sun Apr 4 11:57:44 CDT 2010

On Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 8:07 PM, Shyam <shyam_md at yahoo.com> wrote:

> The Brahman that is immediate and direct, the innermost Self (ya atma
> sarvantarah) ...is by virtue of Its inscrutable power the cause of the
> manifestation of unmanifested name and form which abide in the Self through
> its very presence, but are different from It, which are the SEED of the
> universe (jagadbeeja), are describable neither as identical with It nor
> different from It (anirvachaneeyayoh) and are cognized by It alone.
> Pranams Dear Shyam ji,

This being 'cognized' by the Self alone is what makes avidya/mAyA a
bhAvarUpa vastu, for only that can become a viShaya for being cognized which
is an existent entity.

Your citing the Mundakopanshat bhashyam introduction is quite revealing:
अविद्यादिसंसारकारणं च अत्यन्तमवसादयति विनायति....

Thanks for a detailed analytical presentation.

Om Tat Sat

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