Antiquity of Advaita Vedanta

Anand Hudli anandhudli at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 26 17:34:29 CDT 2000

On Mon, 26 Jun 2000 09:27:33 PDT, nanda chandran <vpcnk at HOTMAIL.COM> wrote:

>>It sure changed my previously held
>>(misinformed) opinion of mAdhyamika as mere nihilism.
>Be prepared to change it again.

 This is unlikely. The final equation that nAgArjuna gives is
 pratItya-samutpAda = shUnyatA . This is made very clear also in the
 VigrahavyAvartanI. And what is pratItya-samutpAda? It is the relative
 reality of all things or the interconnected-ness of all things.

 This is in a nutshell what he says. If you understand pratItya-samutpAda,
 you have understood shUnyatA, and viceversa. This equation is his
 tight-rope balance - the Middle way. There is no absolute reality;
 there is no nihilism either. To realize the pratItya-samutpAda is
 to realize the shUnyatA which is again nirvANa, the "blowing out."
 He never says the world vanishes in nirvANa, like it does in the
 advaitin's mokSha.


bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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