[Advaita-l] Advaita Siddhi series 016 - dvitIya mithyAtva vichAra: (part 8)

Ravi Kiran ravikiranm108 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 9 03:05:37 EST 2017

On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 11:32 AM, Venkatraghavan S <agnimile at gmail.com>

> How can one extend this explanation to other examples like mirage water,
> *crystal* appearing *red* because of its proximity to the *red* rose etc ?
> The cause of the mirage is the temperature of the air above the sand and
> distance of the observer from the mirage. If any one of the contributory
> causes are destroyed, the mirage ceases to appear. This is an observable
> phenomenon. The same principle can be applied to the red crystal. When the
> cause of the redness, the flower, is removed, the crystal ceases to appear
> red. In each of the two instances, despite one knowing the true nature of
> the substratum (ie there being no ignorance of its nature), as long as the
> causes of the illusion continue (distance, flower), the illusion continues.

Also, can we say, in these above examples, the appearance of mirage-water
or red crystal is not prAtibhAsika, unlike the prAtibhAsika shell-silver ?
We have to see them as vyavahArika illusions only.

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