[Advaita-l] looking for a comparative study on these two topics

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Sun Apr 9 04:29:32 EDT 2023

On Sun, Apr 9, 2023 at 10:16 AM Krishna Kashyap via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste  everyone:
> looking for a comparative study on these two topics
> 1) substance attribute relationship in Advaita and comparison with other
> vedantic schools
> or in other words "guna-guni bhava" or "dharma-dharmi bhava"
> 2) dictionary meaning of sublate is: sublated; sublating
> transitive verb <https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/transitive>
> 1
> : NEGATE <https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/negate>, DENY
> <https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deny>
> 2
> : to negate or eliminate (something, such as an element in a dialectic
> process) but preserve as a partial element in a synthesis
> sublation
> ˌsə-ˈblā-shən
> <
> https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sublate?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=sublat02
> >
>  noun
> what is sublatability?

Sublation is 'baadha' in Advaita. A pot can be annihilated in two ways: 1.
by breaking it: this is nAsha. 2. by knowing that it is no different from
its cause, clay: this is kArya-kAraNa ananyatva rUpa jnAnena ghaTasya
baadhaH.  As per the Chandogya analogy, the clay products are mere names
while clay alone is real in them. In the Aparokshanubhuti we have this

  Yadwan mrudi ghatabranthim shukthou va rajatha sthithim, Thadwath
brahmani jeewathwam veekshamano na pasyathi. 59

यद्वन्मृदि घटभ्रान्तिं शुक्तौ वा रजतस्थितिम्।
तद्वद्ब्रह्मणि जीवत्वं भ्रान्त्या पश्यति न स्वतः।।59।। some variant
reading. not significant.

The point is, the clay-pot analogy is seen as akin to shell-silver analogy,
for bhrama.

After the illusion is corrected, one no longer sees a pot in clay and
silver in shell, so too jivatvam is not perceived in Brahman.

The idea of sublation is used in Advaita in the sense of bAdha, correcting
an error.



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