Creation theories (was Re: What is the exact meaning/significance of this?)

kalyan chakravarthy kalyan_kc at HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 23 09:23:25 CDT 2003


Sri Vidyasankar ji, how is creation to be explained in the context of
Aitareya Upanishad 1.3.12 which seems to be saying that the waking state is
similar to a dream. Elsewhere in his commentary on Br.U, Sri Adi Shankara
says this again. AchArya Gaudapada, in his vaitathya-prakaraNa, repeatedly
compares the waking state to the dream state, though he points out a
difference between them.

Thanks in advance

Best Regards

>From: Vidyasankar <vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM>
>Reply-To: List for advaita vedanta as taught by Shri Shankara
>Subject: Re: Creation theories (was Re: What is the exact
>meaning/significance of this?)
>Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2003 14:50:34 -0400
> >Are you saying that creation never happened or are you saying that it is
> >dream? If it is a dream, is the process of dreaming real or is it again a
> >dream, which is again a dream, which is again a dream, which is again a
> >dream...
> >
>I did not bring up the word "dream" at all, except in response to your
>having invoked it when a different poster referred you to ajAti.
>What I am saying is this. It is wrong to think of ajAtivAda in terms of a
>dream. That is all, pure and simple. To say that there is no event that can
>be called creation is not to say that creation is a dream. The two are
>quite different philosophical positions.

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