[Advaita-l] [advaitin] Question on Sankhya prakruti versus Advaita maya from Vedanta Paribhasha

Vikram Jagannathan vikkyjagan at gmail.com
Sun Feb 11 13:54:54 EST 2024

Namaskaram Shri Bhaskar ji,

Thank you for your response. The last statement that Chaitanya (pure
sentience) is the only sentient entity and whatever appears to be other
than sentience is mithya and insentient - is my current understanding. But
I am not able to understand Swamiji's statement.

Namaskaram Shri Chandramouli ji,

Thank you for your directions. I read through the mentioned sutras and also
associated relevant sutras. Unless I missed something I did not see any
reference to Prakruti or Maya being sentient. The closest is that Maya is
the divine power of Isvara, similar to Shri Bhaskar ji's opinion. Could you
clarify or direct me further?

Thank you!


On Sat, Feb 10, 2024 at 4:46 AM H S Chandramouli <hschandramouli at gmail.com>

> Namaste Vikram Ji,
> Please refer BSB 1-4-3. I think your question is answered there.
> You may also  like to refer to BSB 1-4-8 for a discussion on the Sv. Up
> mantra referred to in the Foot Note in VP mentioned by you.
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> On Thu, Feb 8, 2024 at 11:34 PM Vikram Jagannathan <vikkyjagan at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Namaskaram all,
>> I have a question regarding note#9 on page#41 in the English translation
>> of Vedanta Paribhasha (Advaita Ashrama edition - fourteenth reprint).
>> There is a sentence in the footnote where Swamiji says "If the Sankhyan
>> view of Prakrti is modified so as to make it sentient and dependant on God,
>> then Vedanta will have no objection to accepting it as a synonym of maya."
>> I understand the relationship of dependence, but I do not understand the
>> usage and context of the word 'sentient' with respect to prakruti or maya.
>> Is Prakruti or Maya in Advaita considered to be sentient? Could someone
>> please clarify this point?
>> Thank you!
>> prostrations,
>> Vikram
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