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

Praveen R. Bhat bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Sun May 22 08:43:25 CDT 2011

Hari OM, Venkateshji,

Your posts on this thread has thrown a lot of light on Vishishta advaita
angle on crucial things. I've some comments inline and would be glad if you
could elaborate there.

2011/5/21 Venkatesh Murthy <vmurthy36 at gmail.com>

> >> Here the Sribhashya Page 120 has arguments for actually silver-ness in
> >> a shell.  In Purva Mimamsa they say when Soma plant is not available
> >> Putika sprouts can be used Somaabhave Putikagrahanam Sruticoditam
> >> because in Putika there are parts of Soma plant in Putika
> >> Somavayayavasadbhavaditi Nyayavido Viduhu. Like this there is silver
> >> in shell. This is known from Sruti only.

Since you mentioned Chhandogya, another Sruti, to prove that everything is
in everything, why wouldn't simple kuSha grass do instead of soma here?
Clearly, Chhandogya has as much of soma in perspective as it has silver in
nacre in small qty.

> Sribhashya has said Yathartha Sarva Vijnanam Iti Vedavidam Matam
> SrutiSmrutibhyaha Sarvasya Sarvatmatva Pratititaha means all Jnana in
> this world is true Jnana only. There is no false Jnana because we know
> from Sruti and Smruti everything contains everything. Shell will have
> silver silver will have shell iron will have gold and diamonds and
> platinum.

Why can't one see those gold, diamonds or platinum instead of silver in
nacre, why only silver? I'm hoping that the answer is not that there is more
qty of silver that other things.

> Even mud will have gold silver and platinum. Why it is like
> this? Chandogya Sruti has said Tasam Trivrutamekaikam we see by
> Pratyaksha the Trivrutkarana of elements in combining. All things in
> the world have the same basic elements.  Even our body has the same
> elements like Carbon. So everything contains everything.

Shouldn't this 'everything in everything' make one wonder why can't one see
silver in rope and snake in nacre, etc?

--Praveen R. Bhat
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