[Advaita-l] The collapse of duality in the geeta

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Tue Mar 29 23:44:15 CDT 2011

On Sat, 26 Mar 2011, Sunil Bhattacharjya wrote:

>  What you said is the Hinayana view only. The Mahayana view means 
> Nirvana is getting out of the five Skanfhas (five Koshas) so that one 
> gets out of the birth and death cycle by following the prescribed path 
> or way of life.  The oneness with the universal awareness is achieved 
> after leaving the individualistic body of five koshas. Nagarjuna boldly 
> says that Shunyata does not mean non-existence.

But neither Nagarjuna nor any other Mahayana philosopher upto the Dalai 
Lama of today says anything positive about what this "universal awareness" 
actually is.  At best you can say they are agnostic about it.  By contrast 
even though there are negative statements in shruti such as "neti neti" 
even supposedly "Buddhist-influenced" Vedic philosophers like 
Gaudapadacharya unequivocally speak of an ultimate reality.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>

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