[Advaita-l] Shankara and DrishTi-SrishTi vAda - eka jeeva vaada

Anand Hudli anandhudli at hotmail.com
Wed Jun 15 09:56:09 CDT 2016

Just to clarify the basic concept of prAtibhAsika satya, which seems to
be necessary these days!

The Vedaanta paribhaashhaa of dharmaraaja adhvarin defines these
   three orders of reality (satya):

   yadvaa trividhaM sattvaM -- paaramaarthikasattvaM brahmaNaH,
   vyaavahaarikaM sattvamaakaashaadeH, praatibhaasikaM sattvaM
   shuktirajataadeH |

   The reality of Brahman is pAramArthika satya, the reality
   of the objective world, which includes space etc., is vyAvahArika
   satya, and the illusory appearance of silver in nacre (oyster-shell)
   is  prAtibhAsika satya.

Note the example of shukti-rajata which is also cited by PrakAshAnanda
while describing the world (which I quoted earlier below).

Contribution of PrakAshAnanda: The so called "objective world" is not
vyAvahArika satya but only prAtibhAsika satya. In fact, there is no such a
thing called vyAvahArika satya in his DSV/EJV system.


On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 8:08 PM, Anand Hudli <anandhudli at hotmail.com> wrote:

> >In fact this is exactly what prompts PrakAshAnanda ( hereon I am only
> >going by what Dasgupta has presented ) to postulate his prakriya to
> >establish the advaitic sidhAnta without resorting to anirvachaniya (
> second
> >alternative in above verse cited by you )  prakriya  which according to
> him
> >Is defective as it does not accord with the shruti and is not able to
> >satisfactorily refute the objections raised against it , and goes on to
> >establish the sidhAnta through his postulate  based on the first
> >alternative ( which is what is in accordance with the shruti )  namely
> mAyA
> >is nonexistent (tuccha, कालत्रयेऽप्यसती nonexistent in all three
> >periods of time.
> You seem to have completely misinterpreted Dasgupta as well as
> PrakAshAnanda. Let me quote PrakAshAnanda's own words. It is better to hear
> the words straight from the horse's mouth rather than rely on other people
> quoting what is supposed to have been said by PrakAshAnanda.
> अतोऽविद्याकल्पितस्य जगतः प्रतीतिसमकालीनमेव सत्त्वमुचितम्,
> रज्जुसर्प-शुक्तिरजत-गन्धर्वनगर-स्वप्नप्रपञ्चेषु तथादर्शनात्। (Page 40, VSM
> with English translation by Arthur Venis).
> Here PrakAshAnanda is saying the world is imagined due to Avidya, and its
> existence (not its creation, which is the other view of DSV) is
> cotemporaneous with its cognition. And he gives the examples of snake-rope,
> silver-nacre, a mirage, and the dream world.
> What more do you want as proof to make the point that for PrakAshAnanda,
> the world is prAtibhAsika satya, not tuccha or totally nonexistent like a
> hare's horns? He would certainly have given examples of hare's horns of
> man's horns, etc., if he intended otherwise.
> Anand

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