[Advaita-l] Significance of Mula Avidya
Praveen R. Bhat
bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Fri Oct 27 03:22:32 EDT 2017
On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 11:54 AM, Venkata sriram P via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> I think Madhusudana Saraswathi defines 'bhAva' rupa as something different
> from 'abhAva' in His
> monumental work 'Advaita Siddhi'. I have not read that work but heard
> someone saying.
> अनादिभाव रूपत्वे सति ज्ञानविवर्त्या अविद्या । भावत्वं च अत्र
> अभावविलक्षणत्वमात्रं विवक्षितम्
Thanks; I think this was also mentioned by Anandji in one part of Advaita
> A scholar while supporting the above view says that if bhAva rUpa of
> ajnAna is accepted as an
> existing entity, then it affects the main principle of advaita as one has
> to accept two truths (entities) ie.,
> Ignorance & Brahman which violates the basic principle of advaita vedanta.
Yes, this is why some people take the other extreme of abhAvarUpa.
Instead, by bhAvarUpa, only mithyAtva is meant, not pAramArthikasatyatva.
In any case, mAyA/ avidyA is kAryAnumeyA.
> So, the meaning of 'ajnAna' as 'bhAva-rupa' implies acceptance of it's
> presence just like presence of
> shasha in chandra.
True, that is why instead of asserting bhAvarUpAvidyA, it is said
--Praveen R. Bhat
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