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

Sunil Bhattacharjya sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 30 00:06:21 CDT 2011

What that Universal awareness is difficult to say like we cannot describe Turiya. That is anirvacaniya. Kenopanishad had alone seems to have succeeded in telling us positively about the role of that awareness. The eyes can see because of that etc.

Sunil KB

--- On Tue, 3/29/11, Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:

From: Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] The collapse of duality in the geeta
To: "A discussion group for Advaita Vedanta" <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org>
Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 9:44 PM

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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