[Advaita-l] A Vichara on the terms 'Avidya' and 'Maya' Part 1

Br. Pranipata Chaitanya pranipata at hotmail.com
Sun May 2 02:41:05 CDT 2010


> >
> > Hari Om Shri Subrahmanianji, Pranaams!
> >
> >>> 
> Namaste. 
> तस्माद्वा एतस्मादात्मन आकाशः सम्भूतः (Taittiriya Upanishad 2.i.1)
> Below is the bhashyam which gives the meaning of the mantra as well:
> तस्माद्वा एतस्मादिति ब्रह्मण्येव आत्मशब्दप्रयोगात् वेदितुरात्मा ब्रह्म ।
> //Since in the text, 'From that Brahman indeed which is this Self,
> (was produced this space), the word 'Atma' is used with regard to
> Brahman Itself, it follows that Brahman is the Atma of the knowing
> individual.//
> Here, we have two words: तस्मात् and एतस्मात् . The two words are in
> 'saha prayoga' (used together) and in 'sAmAnAdhikaraNa', in
> apposition. Both the words have the same meaning: Atma,
> अर्थसामानाधिकरण्यम् .

Will this make you conclude tasmAt = etasmAt?? That is what you have done is declaring avidya = mAyA from juxtaposition of avidyayA and mAyayA. 


> To know more about the meaning of that bhashya passage, you may look
> into the article: The PrAjna of the Mandukya Upanishad (in two parts)
> posted last month. There you will find that the Mandukya Upanishad
> itself teaches this state without differentiating between the jiva and
> Ishwara. You will appreciate how consistently the Acharya is writing
> in the BSB as well.

In lighter vein, there is no anuktam, niruktam or duruktam in bAshya that I am in need of someone's essay. 


> Best regards,
> subrahmanian.v


In Shri Guru Smriti,

Br. Pranipata Chaitanya
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