[Advaita-l] Can a mithyA-vastu produce an effect? असत्यवस्तुनः अर्थक्रियाकारित्वम्

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 05:13:44 CDT 2011

2011/4/26 Venkatesh Murthy <vmurthy36 at gmail.com>

> Namaste
> If we tell a lie to a mother her soldier son is dead in the war she
> will weep with sadness. Her son is not dead but her tears are not
> false. But when she comes to know after some time it is a lie she will
> think I wept for no purpose. It was a waste. What is the use of her
> tears?  Where is the Arthakriyakaritva of the lie?
> --
> Regards
> -Venkatesh


In the first instance, the lie told to her has had its effect -  of invoking
grief in her; she shed tears..  This is the arthakriyAkAritva of the lie.
This is because the one who told her the lie had in his mind this or some
other effect to manifest. That objective is achieved once she gave in to the
grief which manifested in the form of her shedding tears.


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