Still Confusion regarding Shankara’s co

Rushikesh K. Joshi rushi at BRONTO.IITM.ERNET.IN
Wed Jan 29 22:14:16 CST 1997

> You can see that a radical idealism which treats objects as being wholly
> illusionary will only end up in absurdity.

This is the beginning of Bhakti.

> The pot has an essential existence which is illumined by
> Brahman.  It appears different from Brahman because of maya.

This looks paradoxical. You say that the pot has an essential
existence, and then you deny its appearance immediately. Now I am
confused, what 'essential existence' are you talking about ?
The existence that cannot be verified due to the Maya obstruction,
or the existence that has been verified ? If the former, then the
the idea of pot itself is illusory, and hence the pot as it is
known now is non-existent, and hence talking about its essential
existence becomes absurd. But if the latter, then you are saying
that there is nothing like Maya. And hence talking about Maya becomes

> Sometimes
> the Acharya have used language of awakening from a dream as an evocative
> metaphor for jnana but it is not something to be taken literally.

That's convenient.
In many other cases too.

- joshi

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