[Advaita-l] ***UNCHECKED*** Pratyabhijna and avidyA vRttis of suShupti

Raghav Kumar Dwivedula raghavkumar00 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 30 08:42:01 EST 2023

The experience of deep sleep of "I slept happily and did not know anything"
is explained by Sri MS as being experience of three 'avidyA vRttis' and not
antaHkaraNa vRtti, since the antaHkaraNam is in a bIja avasthA.

I had a doubt about how if these vRttis are not somehow registered by sUxma
antaHkaraNa vRttis, how is their experience recollected on waking? Can we
say antaHkaraNa is also rudimentarily active in sleep for it to register
the experience of these *avidyA vRttis*. Because the sAxI merely
illuminates the vRttis but cannot carry impressions and "record" what is
experienced - a function usually assigned to antaHkaraNa.

A similar situation exists in rope-snake example, with the absence of
indriya sannikarsha of snake, necessitating the postulate of the
avidyA-created snake (arthAdhyAsa) and it's corresponding experience
through the avidyA vRtti of that snake (jnAnAdhyAsa).

Here too, I presume the antaHkaraNam (since it's active in waking)
immediately registers these avidyA vRttis and so we can recollect having
seen the snake even the next day.

Can we thus assume some mechanism whereby the antaHkaraNa too
registers/records the avidyA vRttis seamlessly?


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