[Advaita-l] Re: Locus of avidyA

Ramakrishnan Balasubramanian rama.balasubramanian at gmail.com
Sun Nov 5 11:10:30 CST 2006

On 11/4/06, Antharyami <sathvatha at gmail.com> wrote:

> Balasubramanian ji, as far as anvaya vyAtireka's logical methodology you
> stated was, A => B and not(A) => not(B), is incompatible to both anvaya
> vyatireka and the syllogistic syntax. it is valid only on the tollemic term
> which is A-> B and (not) B giving (not) A. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Dear Sri Devanathan,

Yes, indeed A => B is equivalent to not(B) => not(A). The necessary
condition for proving A <=> B is to prove A => B and *also* prove
not(A) => not(B) . This is what Sureshvara calls anvaya-vyatireka in
NaiSi 3.60-3.62. In this instance, he shows that avidya <=> existence
of objects, the "this" feeling and the feeling of "mine". This is the
place where he most clearly defines what anvaya-vyatireka is.


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