[Advaita-l] Eka jiva vada and nana jiva vada.

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 30 23:35:49 CDT 2013

Namaste Sri Sadananda Sir

I have gone through your e-mail carefully. You have said two things. Mithya
and Asat. Mithya is experienced but Asat is not experienced. If someone
imagines hare's horn it is experienced and Mithya for him but for others it
is Asat. Is it not? Mithya is Not Sat Not Asat. Mithya is Sat Asat
Vilakshanam. Asat thing cannot be seen. It will not be DRushya.

But Alata Shanti Prakarana has said even experienced thing is Asat only.
What you are saying Mithya as Not Sat Not Asat is not found anywhere in
Gaudapada Karika. Kindly show me where it is said Mithya is Not Sat Not
असज्जागरिते दृष्ट्वा स्वप्ने पश्यति तन्मयः ।
असत्स्वप्नेऽपि दृष्त्वा च प्रतिबुद्धो न पश्यति ॥  GK ASP 39
In this Sloka Gaudapada has said one person can SEE ASAT thing in waking
and SEE it in dream also. He may see Asat thing in dream but not in waking.

But you have said Asat cannot be seen. You are calling seen thing as Mithya
but Gaudapada has said it is Asat only.

The Sat Asat Vilakshana is NOT Gaudapada's view. It is invented by other
Advaitis to confuse Purva Pakshis. When GK has said Mithya it means Asat
only. There cannot be anything Not Sat Not Asat.

On Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM, kuntimaddi sadananda <
kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Shree Venkatesh – PraNAms
> First I must say, you are very eager to question but eager to apply the
> logic of the arguments I have presented. Once a seeker went to Bhagavan
> Ramana and started his question; Sir, I have been seeking an answer to my
> question and have asked many mahaatmaas and no one has answered to my
> question satisfactorily. Therefore I came to you thinking that I may find
> the answer from Bhagavan. With that introduction, he started stating his
> question. Bhagavan stopped him right there and said no need to ask the
> question, since my answer is also not satisfying to you. The person was
> surprised since he has not even asked the question. When other disciples
> asked why Bhagavan said without even listening to the question, Bhagavan
> replied - This gentleman loves his question so much that he is not going to
> let the question go, no matter who answers his question. Hence there is no
> point in answering his question. Nobody can answer the seeker's question
> unless the listener
>  is ready to listen and contemplate on the answer. Please think it over
> and ponder the
> statements made by me and by Shree Subbuji. Here are my responses based on
> my
> understanding.
> The statement is – Anything that is experienced is mithyaa since it is
> experienced it is not asat and since every experience is time-bound it is
> not
> real. Mithyaa is sat asat vilakshaNam. Now any experience is from the
> point of
> experiencer who is experiencing – not from the point of bystanders who are
> not
> having the same experience. Hence in every experience there is a subject,
> object and the relation between the two – experiencing. Real cannot be
> experienced
> since it is nityam and that which is nityam is anantam and that is
> Brahman. The
> subject itself cannot be experienced since anything experienced is an
> object of
> experience. Vedanta says subject I is not different from Brahman – for that
> Vedanta is pramaana. These are statements are logical and has scriptural
> basis.
> Now apply these statements to every experience you have stated in your
> example-
> no matter what that experience is.
> ------------------------
> Venkatesh:
> But I can ask one important question. Where is the example taking place?
> It is
> in waking or dream state only.
> Sada:
> The direct answer is the example is taking place in your mind, which is
> present
> in the waking and dream states. Perception of any object is via vRittis
> that
> form in the mind. Without the mind there are no object perceptions. The
> object
> is perceived via the attributive content of the object as seen or measured
> by
> the senses.  This is about external perceptions.  The internal perceptions
> do not involve senses but recollection of the objects perceived in the past
> but recollected. Creation of the new objects in the mind can also take
> place from the known segments either from the memory- that is your strange
> elephant or creation of new objects outside by assembling things externally
> – all new creations are just assemblage of available matter from Iswara’s
> creation only. Train as we know of now was asat few hundred years ago but
> it was created by assembling using what is already known before. Now train
> is experienced –therefore it is mithyaa, since it is experienced. It is not
> like you strange elephant which is your creation in the mind – but this is
> objective creation since every observer can transact with it. How the
> definitions of what is sat, asat and mithyaa remain the same and have to be
> applied
> correctly.
> ----------
> Venkatesh: Because in Sushupti sleep there are no object like a table. If
> I am seeing a table and other people are seeing it is my waking state or my
> dream state only. If I and other people are seeing it in my dream we think
> in the dream it is real. But after the dream is ended I will wake up and I
> will say the table in the dream is false.
> Sada:
> Examine your statement carefully. First in deep sleep state there is no
> mind to
> have internal or external perceptions. There are no other people also when
> there is no mind to recognize the other people. ManDukya Up. defines
> clearly
> the three states of consciousness. We do not know that other people saw the
> table when I am in deep sleep state since there is neither table nor other
> people to see – Venkatesh – the reference is the observer for all
> observations.
> Only when I get up I was told by other people that I see now that they saw
> table when I was asleep. My mind has to be there to recognize the other
> people
> and their statements and have a faith in the validity of their
> statements.  This is the knowledge of the past from the point of the one
> who got up – but there is no knowledge of the presence of the table or the
> people when I am in the deep sleep state. All objective knowledge (that
> includes others as well as tables and elephants) come and go with the mind.
> Apply the definition – whatever that is experienced – which comes and goes
> – all is mithyaa since it is experienced- dRisyatvaat. Hence even the
> waking state, dream state and deep sleep states of experiences that come
> and go are mithyaa – That is the essence of ManDukya and also Goudapaada
> Kaarika who says – since whole creation is apparent there is no real
> creation – ajaati vaada  – whatever that appears is mithyaa and infinite
> Brahman cannot create anything since he is infinite. That is the essence of
> whole teaching, and the rest
> including the elephants with or without and the other people etc. are
> mithyaa
> experienced in waking or dream or in both. It is simple as that.
> ----------
> Venkatesh:
> In that same dream I see a four tusk elephant and one person with eight
> arms I will wake up and say it is false. In that same dream if I imagine a
> hare's horns I will wake up and say it is false.
> Sada:
> Apply the definition again: Anything experienced in any state – is mithyaa
> since it is experienced. Mithyaa means false – neither real nor unreal.
> Hence
> it includes – external perceptions as well as internal perceptions which
> are
> differentiated for convenience as vyaavahaarika satyam and praatibhaasika
> satyam – because of different reason.
> -------------------------
> Venkatesh:
> Your argument -
> If I see a table in waking it is experienced but if I imagine a hare's
> horns it is not experienced.
> Sada: No. I have not stated that way. If you imagine that imagination is
> your experience. You are creating a hare with horns using the hares and
> horns that you have seen in the waking state. That is jiiva sRiShTi. Hence
> in your mind you are experiencing. Hence it is mithyaa for you. Please
> apply the definitions correctly. If you ask others how have not created the
> hares with horns and therefore have no experience either externally or
> internally, it is asat from the point of their minds.
> Venkatesh, please note that every experience involves pramaata-prameyam
> and pramaaNa. When you imagine something, as many who create things that
> are not there but perceive in their minds as a concept, it is an internal
> perception and therefore it is object of perception and any object is
> mithyaa. These are clear definitions. Praatibhaasika and vyaavahaarika are
> relative definitions within mithyaa to differentiate the internal
> perceptions vs. external perceptions or to be more precise jiiva sRiShTi
> and Iswara sRiShTi.
> ------------
> Venkatesh:
> What is the difference between objective reality table and hare's horns?
> The table is experienced but the hare's horns is imagined. Hare's horns
> cannot be experienced. The table is Mithya. It is not Sat not Asat. But
> hare's horns is Asat. This is your argument.
> Sadananda: The last statement tells me that my statments are
> misinterpreted. Here they are again:  Anything that is imagined, for the
> one who imagined, it is an experience and that experience is mithyaa since
> all experiences
> are mithyaa by definition. If you have assembled hares with horns in your
> mind
> and thus imagined an animal of that type – it is your creation using parts
> of
> Iswara’s creation. FOR YOU WHO IMAGINED – IT IS MITHYA. For others who
> have not had such wild imaginations, there are no hares with horns and it
> is asat. All
> these definitions are with reference to a conscious entity who wants to
> enquire
> what is real and what is unreal and what is false. Apply the definitions
> correctly the analysis helps the mind to seek what is really real from that
> which is apparently real. This is a teaching for a seeker of truth not for
> others.
> Please understand Goudapaada Kaarika correctly – The translations of the
> words in terms of real and unreal etc. gets confused without proper
> teaching. Hence these have to be studied under a sampradaaya teacher. If
> you are interested in the explanation of the GK – following reference can
> help http://www.advaitaforum.org/  which provides a link to where talks
> are stored.  We have exhaustively covered
> both the aagama and other prakaranas.
> With this I stop since everything that needs to be said has been said from
> my side.
> Hari Om!
> Sadananda
> >________________________________
> > From: Venkatesh Murthy <vmurthy36 at gmail.com>
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