[Advaita-l] Maya and Sunrise Example

H S Chandramouli hschandramouli at gmail.com
Mon Feb 3 04:41:12 CST 2014

Dear Sri Kuntimaddiji,

<< Ultimately the reality what we give to the  apparent Iswara creation -
yushmad ashmad pratyaya gocharayOH .. as Shankara starts his adhyaasa
bhashya - The differences of sajaati- vijaati-swagata bhedAs - they are all
adhyaasa at vyaavahaarika level only >>

<< The knowledge of the truth does not remove the appearances in the
vyaavhaarika level - thus distinguishing the Iswara sRiShTi vs Jiiva
sRiShTi. As long this point is clear the difference between two types of
adhyaasa are clear. >>

I just want to point out one more difference between the types of adhyasas
pointed out by you. The adhyasas of the type sunrise - sunset, mirage water
, rope snake etc are negated ( either cognitive alone or both cognitive and
appearence ) by knowledge other than that of Brahman. But the sajati vijati
swagata bheda adhyasas mentioned are negated by and only by Brahma jnana.


On Sat, Jan 25, 2014 at 6:21 PM, Suresh <mayavaadi at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Friends,
> Most people explain maya using the snake-rope example (or silver, mirage
> etc.), but wouldn't the sunrise example be better? Rope-snake example leads
> to the problem: there is an error in perception, which is later on
> corrected. In sunrise example, there is no error in perception. According
> to perception - which is never corrected - sun rises, period.
> Point is, the event called sunrise is false, yet we perceive it 100 times
> out of 100 .... establishing that even if perception isn't faulty, it still
> gives us wrong knowledge. Also that if something is perceived, it doesn't
> necessarily have to be true. Sunrise (jagat) is clearly perceived, yet it
> is false. Earth's movement (Brahman) is not perceived, yet it is true.
> So wouldn't the sunrise example be better in explaining maya, ignorance,
> and all the rest?
> Thanks,
> Suresh
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