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Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at BRAINCELLS.COM
Wed May 3 14:36:14 CDT 2000

On Wed, 3 May 2000, a_sandesh wrote:

> I have a question
>      Swami Vivekananda has said that before creation there was prakriti in
> unmanifested state called 'Avyaktam'
>      where all three forces 'tamas,Rajas ans sattva' are  held in perfect
> equilibrium.
>      Is this avyaktam same as brahman?

No.  Even in its unmanifest state, matter is maya, a false superimposition
on changeless Brahman.  This is in contrast to Samkhya/Yoga which teaches
a kind of dualism where Prakrti is equal and completely distinct from
Purush (their equivalent of Brahman) which is just an inert observer.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at>

bhava shankara deshikame sharaNam

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