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

Sunil Bhattacharjya sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Tue Apr 26 14:45:24 CDT 2011

Pranaam Sadanandaji,

As regards the creation the Tantric view is as follows: The  Kalivilasa Tantra says that the thought of becoming mother came to Mother Gauri and 
that thought / desire  make her assume the form of Mother Kali (literally probably the master of time), who is the 
Primordial Mahavidya or the first of the ten Mahavidyas.  She is the 
embodiment of all the three Gunas. She is the beginning and the end of 
the creation.  She is the Ishvara or the Apara Brahman
 or the Manifest Brahman and he is not separate from Brahman. She is 
the cause of the creation and its dissolution. Lord Krishna is her  male form. (Mother Tripurasundari,  Lalita or  Kamakshya or Kamakshi, is another appearance of her as a separate Mahavidyaidya, Shodashi). Did Gaudapadacharya and Adi Sankaracharya looked upto Mother Lalita the same way as they were proponents of Sri-Vidya?


Sunil KB

--- On Tue, 4/26/11, kuntimaddi sadananda <kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: kuntimaddi sadananda <kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Can a mithyA-vastu produce an effect? असत्यवस्तुनः अर्थक्रियाकारित्वम्
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Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 10:55 AM


--- On Tue, 4/26/11, Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:

BTW, do you know, even advaita too say brahman is 'abhinna nimittOpadAna 
kAraNa' for this jagat?? But, it is not in the sense that 'brahma pariNAma 
vAda', it is because of the simple reason that brahman is nirvikAri. 

And the reason Brahman is nirvikaari is, it is Brahman - meaning infiniteness. Infinite cannot undergo a modification and creation is modification in the status. Hence Goudapaada spends three chapters of the Kaarika to prove the point that there is no creation and apparent creation is only apparent and not real - that is what vivarta means. For the same reason Brahman is nirguNa since guNas belong to finites and not infinite. Hence He is guNa attiita, not just dosha guNa rahita as Bhagavan Ramanuja interprets. 

Hari Om!
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