[Advaita-l] Fwd: A question on PariNAma and vivarta
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Thu Feb 9 01:44:38 EST 2017
You cannot wear a lump of gold on your finger as you can a ring. Looking
from the point of utility the lump of gold and the ring are different. A
real transformation has taken place and this transformation requires a
goldsmith's effort. So is the case with a lump of earth and a pot.
For me real example of vivarta is rajjusarpa bhranti.
On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 8:02 AM, kuntimaddi sadananda via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Venkatraghavanji - PraNAms
> You have zeroed-in on the very purpose of the three examples scripture
> provided to establish that the creation itself is vivarta since
> a) Brahman being infinite cannot undergo real modification to create the
> 2. Brahman is still the upaadaana kaarana - yatovaa imaani bhuttani
> jaayante ... shruti declares.
> 3. Only way to account both 1 and 2 is to introduce the concept of vivarta
> which I call it as transformation-less transformation - that is apparent
> transformation.- vaachaarambhanam vikaaraH.
> 4. Gold example provides clear insight into this - yatova imaani
> aabhaanaani jaayante, and most importantly, sustence and laya .. tat
> swarnam. Hence it is vivarta.
> 5. Parinaama applies only to transformations within the jagat - ring
> transforming into bangle, etc. and 1 and 2 cannot be accounted by parinaama
> since sthiti and laya are not possible - Vidyaranya clearly states this in
> the ch. 13.
> 6. We do not need some intricate logic to prove that mud and gold
> trasformation is parinaama.
> 7. I can simply prove that everything in the world also vivarta - since
> they are nothing mere assemblage of fundamental particles -
> electrons-protons and neutrons or even more fundamental particles - from
> which all objects came, by which they are sustained and into which they go
> 8. The strength of Advaita is to differentiate the ontological status of
> Brahman from the world of plurality - Same applies to the Ontological
> status of gold in relation to ornaments or mud in relation to pots and
> cannot simply apply this to mild to curds without using some concocted
> logic of fundamental particles as the starting point.
> 9. Further hair splitting arguments will not lead to any more new
> knowledge if we understand simply that Brahman to world transformation is
> only vivarta or apparent transformation as indicated by the
> vaachaarambhanam sruti and tatasta lakshana - jnamaadyasya yataH.
> 10. Now I am reveling on the beauty of Vidyaranyas exposition of how
> maaya shakti acts as universal force diverging into many others that we are
> Hari Om!
> From: Venkatraghavan S via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-
> Going to the broader question of what the vAcArambhaNa shruti is trying to
> establish - is it the absence of independent existence of kArya from
> kAraNa, or is it to establish that jagat is a vivarta of Brahman?
> The bhAshya to BS 1.4.23 gives a clue. The sUtra itself is helpful in the
> current discussion प्रकृतिश्च प्रतिज्ञादृष्टांतानुपरोधात् - the drishTAnta
> and the pratijnA must not be in contradiction, hence Brahman must be the
> material cause too.
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