[Advaita-l] FW: ​Re: [advaitin] A talk on avidyA by Manjushree

H S Chandramouli hschandramouli at gmail.com
Sat Dec 10 08:24:03 EST 2022

Namaste Subrahmanian Ji,

Reg  <<  I had asked before what are the exact, original, statements of the
post-Shankara Advaitins that gave the impression to SSSS that the Mula
Avidya is as real as Brahman, it could not go away by knowledge, etc. that
made SSSS conclude that such an avidya would 'shatter the Advaitic Brahman
to pieces' (implying that there will be duality and not non-duality)?
Those exact statements, if provided, would help one to examine them and
decide on the merits of SSSS's conclusions >>,

I am giving reference to two texts by Sri SSS, one in kannada and the other
one in Sanskrit which address your above question.

First one in kannada, Commentary on BSB Appendix 2, link ref


Section 4, **Adhyasa is termed Avidya by Panditas**, Book page 18 onwards.
On page 20, Sri SSS concludes, inter alia, as follows (lines 14 to 17).

(Translation mine)  << Further, as per this argument, since AvidyA ,  the
cause of AdhyAsa,  will not be an   AdhyAsa kArya, it  thereby  qualifies
as an anadhyasta  or satya  entity. Then it will be false to term it
jnAnavirOdhi >>.

The second one in Sanskrit is from the text **Sugama** by Sri SSS. It is a
detailed commentary on AdhyAsa Bhashya by Sri SSS. Most of the kannada text
 mentioned  above is reflected here as well. It may therefore be useful for
those who are not well versed in kannada.  Link ref


Section 33. Conclusion of the refutation by Sri SSS on the statements of
post-Shankara Advaitins  on the topic presented in the immediately
preceding couple of  Sections.

<<  अथाऽनध्यस्तः, तदा परमार्थ एव स्यान्न विद्यानिवर्त्य इत्यनिष्टमापद्यते ।
न चैवं शङ्क्यम् - अध्यासस्तत्संस्कारश्चेत्युभावप्यध्यस्तावेव ।  >>

<<  athA.anadhyastaH, tadA paramArtha eva syAnna vidyAnivartya
ityaniShTamApadyate | na chaivaM sha~Nkyam -
adhyAsastatsaMskArashchetyubhAvapyadhyastAveva | >>

The above portion reflects exactly the same sentiment as in the kannada
version cited above.


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