[Advaita-l] 'world' is not the mental creation of tiny soul !!

Bhaskar YR bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com
Thu Mar 13 07:28:43 CDT 2014

I think you are not considering Sri SSS statement Maayaa is Avidyaa

praNAms Sri Venkatesh prabhuji
Hare Krishna

No need to mention whatever I have written in the previous mail is the 
gurukAruNya bhiksha only....If anything in mail  that goes against Sri SSS 
then it is my fault & my misunderstanding only.  But it is always better 
to not to bring the individual Acharya's name when we are discussing some 
topic with both side acceptable pramANa i.e. shankara's prasthAna trayi 

Anyway, as you are rightly observed yes, shankara at various places says 
mAya is avidyAkalpita, avidyApratyupasthApita, avidyAkruta, avidyAkArya 
etc.  The context we need to understand here is mAya is 'false appearance' 
which appears as if it is there due to ignorance of the truth.  If I see a 
snake in place of rope, then it is my ignorance about the true nature of 
rope.  Due to this ignorance of the real nature of rope, the false 
appearance of snake happens on the rope.  For the person who does not know 
the real nature of rope, 'the snake' appears as if it is there really. 
This false appearance of snake is called mAya which is avidyAkruta by 
jeeva.  Hence, according to shankara bhAshya, avidyA is subjective defect 
and mAya is an objective false appearance like snake in the place of rope. 
 Meaning of this is ignorance of the real nature of rope gives the 
existence for the false appearance of snake.  It is because of this reason 
only it has been said that mAya is avidyA kalpita.  But as pointed out 
before, jagat is NOT like a snake on the rope OTOH whatever is there in 
the form of pot, jug etc. it is nothing but 'clay' only. 

Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!

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