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

Vidyasankar Sundaresan svidyasankar at hotmail.com
Sun May 22 22:43:21 CDT 2011

> Actually, you thought a lot but even that was little.
> I already indicated in my previous post(by these words : *tR^ivR^itkaraNam
> of pR^ithivi, etc. is said in upaniShad and not dvivR^itkaraNam of silver
> and shell. *) what you are saying now.

Yes, I'm aware of what you wrote earlier, but sometimes, cryptic statements
need elaboration by one or the other person.
> When you said above you presumed that all is made up of pR^ithvi, etc. and
> there are no separate gold-parts etc. Now, when everything is made up of
> these three, then gold, silver, shell, rope, snake, etc. all are made of it.
> Then it comes that there are no molecules of god in gold, silver in silver,
> etc. Now, the question of large and small quantity of gold, etc in gold,
> etc. is gone. All have same ingredient, i.e., pR^ithivi,etc. So, someone
> sees something as shell and other as silver. Both are correctly seeing as
> the kAraNa keeps every kArya(gold, etc) in it's womb hidden. Some kArya is
> revealed by vyApAra and normal eyes can see it. Those which are not
> expressed are seen with defective eye, etc.

My point is, if some potential quality of "silver-ness" arising from the pRthvi
component of shell is responsible for an error, then the so-called "defective
eye" is actually a blessing, as it would be really a very subtle eye, capable
of seeing things that are there but not obvious to the "normal vision" people!

Seen in that light, seeing silver in a shell is not an error at all. It is a rare
window into ultimate reality. Nothing would really be an error, by logical

And speaking of properties of kArya and kAraNa, is it really tenable to hold
that every single property of a kArya is hidden in the kAraNa? 

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