solipsism and advaita
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Mon Jan 5 12:34:11 CST 1998
On Tue, 16 Dec 1997, Sankar Jayanarayanan wrote:
> This is a point of view in Western philosophy called "solipsism" which
> states that (in my version) the only thing that can be verified is oneself.
> >From the Websters dictionary:
> solipsism n : the philosophical theory that the self is all that you know to
> Everything is experienced only "within oneself," bringing us once again to
> expect nothing more than just the experience of oneself. There is no past,
> future, or time itself.
> Then my question would be: is this all there is to advaita? Is the experience
> of Rishis simply the same awareness that we feel and the fact that there is
> nothing else? Was Krishna merely preaching solipsism to Arjuna -- which is
> nothing but some cheap argumentation of some second-rate philosophers?
It seems to me that solipsism is more in tune with the charvaka darshan
(from what little we know of it.) While we also believe in the ultimate
non-existence of time, space etc we don't treat that isn't a carte blanche
to disregard them. Rather than reject the "outside" world one should know
it and reach beyond it. Then you can reject it.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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