[Advaita-l] [advaitin] Re: Interesting comment by Udayanacharya

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Tue Feb 20 08:17:35 EST 2024

A correction in the verse cited:

*न ग्रामेदवधूय     should read: **न ग्राह्यभेदमवधूय...  *

*(It occurred due to the 'convert image to word' facility, a very useful
tool: *https://www.imagetotext.info/)

On Tue, Feb 20, 2024 at 6:43 PM V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>

> On Tue, Feb 20, 2024 at 4:12 PM Venkatraghavan S <agnimile at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Namaste Bhaskar ji,
>> However, the point remains that an eminent ancient tArkika holds that
>> advaita is the veda-naya and jaganmithyAtva is not a concept borrowed from
>> Buddhism, rather it is revealed in the Vedas themselves.
>> Kind regards,
>> Venkatraghavan
> Yes, the point is well stated. That an eminent ancient Naiyayika has said
> this is what matters. In the book 'Sridakshinamurtistotram Vol 1, page 614
> - 615 we have the topic 'Nyaya Vaisheshika' under the sub topic 'Other
> schools pointers to Brahmavidya'.  Excerpts from that book are copied here:
> (b) Nyaya and Vaiseshika
> Since, just as in the case of the Sankhyas etc, even according to the
> schools of Nyaya, Vaišesika etc., liberation results from knowledge, and
> from the standpoint of the liberated, the world characterised as non-Self
> does not exist apart from the individual, they too must necessarily admit,
> like the Sankhyas etc, the non-duality of Self and the illusory nature of
> the world. Liberation being coveted as more beneficial than the positions
> of Brahma, Indra etc, greatest happiness is in liberation though not
> explicitly stated as such They speak of the non-existence of knowledge as
> well in liberation, in this sense that there is no knowledge whatsoever of
> anything that is different from Atman like the mind, senses, body, objects
> etc, of the world. Consciousness that is Atman is absolutely nirvikalpaka
> 1.c., It has no objective characteristics and hence there is no knowledge
> categorised as a quality in their system That liberation ensues from right
> knowledge which dispels the illusory knowledge is expressed by their own
> sutras
> तत्त्वज्ञानान्निःश्रेयसाधिगम । दुःखजन्मप्रवृत्तिदोष मिथ्याज्ञानानामुत्त-
> रोत्तरापाये तदनन्तरापायादपवर्गः । ( 1-1-2)
> [Liberation results from the removal of the illusory knowledge, which in
> turn, results in the successive removal of defects (like attachment,
> repulsion etc.,), activity, birth and misery.]
> *Śri Udayanācārya, the great logician, when dealing with the Buddhist
> logicians points out the discrepancy in their sunyavada by such statements
> as-न ग्रामेदवधूय धियोऽस्ति वृत्तिः ।तद्वाधके बलिनि वेदनये जयश्रीः || *
> [Without an external object, there can be no knowledge relating to it
> Thumping victory crowns only the impregnable Vedantic set-up which alone
> shows that the external world is sublated only on the dawn of the knowledge
> of the Substratum.] and -

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