Still Confusion regarding Shankaras co
cjreilly at OZEMAIL.COM.AU
Tue Jan 28 03:32:44 CST 1997
At 00:47 28-01-97 -0500, "Jaldhar H. Vyas" <jaldhar at braincells.com> wrote:
>On Tue, 28 Jan 1997, Cameron Reilly wrote:
>> Inferior? Are you saying that advaita recognises one 'mental concept' to be
>> of a higher order than another 'mental concept'?
>Certainly. A pot is far more real than a three sided square isn't it?
>A basic misunderstanding people seem to have is the idea that in Advaita
>the world is not real. Actually we say it is real but misunderstood.
No, I disagree. The pot and the three sided square have equal reality -
both are nothing more than concepts in your mind. Advaita does NOT say the
world is real at all. Advaita sayd the world is a mental concept. What is
real is the Brahman. Everything else is sensory illusion.
>> Certainly the word 'advaita' itself means 'non-duality', does it not? Not
>It is the jiva and Brahman which are not two. I don't see why what we're
>talking about should affect that in any way.
That's exactly it. This has EVERYTHING to do with it.
>> This inability to see beyond the pairs of opposites is due to a fixation
>> with dualism. The 'one-ness' of things must first be apperceived before the
>> words of the Masters will become clear.
>The words of the masters are clear. The problem is a lot of people don't
>bother to read them.
I think people DO read them but rarely investigate for themselves and thus
get trapped in trying to understand words - which again are concepts. And
the truth will never be found in concepts.
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