[Advaita-l] RE: Dasa Avatars(In response to Shri B. Shankar)

Jaldhar H. Vyas jaldhar at braincells.com
Mon May 19 23:27:24 CDT 2003

On Tue, 20 May 2003 bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com wrote:

> >  I completely agree with you prabhuji, atman cannot be the locus of
> avidya as it is witness consiousness... which is alone is really real
> ultimately according to vedanta.  So, agnAna can be traces its root in our
> conditioned sharIras which is non-self made up of the body, the senses &
> the mind & obviously unreal appearance, set up by ignorance.  Human
> intellect has the natural tendency (svabhAvatah) to project the non-real
> anAtma & confound the identity of the real & the unreal whenever it
> functions (satyAnruta mithunIkaraNatvam).

You are right but at a certain level.  "Common sense" tells you that
"self" = the body.  It is only through a process of learning (or rather
relearning what was forgotten) that one can distinguish the two.  Advaita
Vedanta is a systematic way of practicing that process.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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