[Advaita-l] Fwd: "time" as defined in Vedanta pariBAsha.

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Mon Dec 26 11:26:34 CST 2016

On Mon, Dec 26, 2016 at 6:48 PM, Praveen R. Bhat via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> a) Explain as to how is time known during pralaya when मायाकार्य is
> resolved, for creation to begin.
> b) refute the inference presented by pointing a logical flaw and/ or
> showing that the same contradicts the Shruti statement directly, in which
> case, likely, the 3rd category will also stand dismissed.
> c) present an alternate interpretation of the Suta Samhita verse 1.8.24
> putting काल in the 3rd category.

I think that the 'paramaḥ kālaḥ' that the SS admits is the one, which I
mentioned in another post, that persists in pralaya. I had said that this
kāla does not get resolved, like māyā, and hence can be taken as
pravāha-nitya. It is only the aparaḥ kālaḥ that gets dissolved. Sri
Anandagiri in the Māndūkya bhāṣya ṭīkā cites a mantra to show that time  is

He reasons for the mūlakāraṇam, that is the ajñāna, is not limited by time
since it is the very cause of time:

अव्याकृतं साभासाज्ञानमनिर्वाच्यं तन्न कालेन परिच्छिद्यते, कालं प्रत्यपि
कारणत्वात् ।  कार्यस्य कारणात्पश्चाद्भाविनो न प्रागभाविकारणपरिच्छेदकत्वं
संगच्छते । सूत्रम् (सूत्रात्मा) आदिपदेन गृह्यते, तदपि न कालेन परिच्छेत्तुं
शक्यते । ’संवत्सरोऽभवन्न ह पुरा ततः संवत्सर आस’ इति सूत्रात्
(हिरण्यगर्भात्) कालोत्पत्तिश्रुतेः ।



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