[Advaita-l] Advaita-The Vedanta.

Srikanta Narayanaswami srikanta.narayanaswami at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 11 05:07:10 CDT 2012

Srikantaji PraNAms
If I understand correctly vishiTaadvaita is not the word coined by Bhagavan Ramanuja. It is the discription of later commentators.
The word is used specifially the visheShaNa visheShya sambandha of paramaatma with jiiva-jagat. In accounting the Chandogya statement - sat eva idam agra asiit - the adivaita is pointed but that advaitic sat, according to Bhagavan Ramanuja, has internal differences or swagata bhedaas with jiiva and jagat as parts of that sat.  chita and achit are considered as attributes of that sat, where internal divisions are accepted while the Paramaatma is antaryamin pervading both chit (jiivas) and achit(jagat) with organic relationship with the later two. avidya of jiiiva is not knowing one's depedence on paramaatma (sheSha-sheShee bhaava). Sharanaagati becomes a means for liberation with the recognition of ones dependence on Iswara and recognition of its role as service to Iswara. Knowledge of this dependence and surrender is the means of liberation - in explaining the charama sloka - sarva dharmaan....
Most of the purvapaksha in the Shree bhaashya addresses the seven untenables of avidya as described by Advaita. 
I was not aware where Ramanuja addreses about the aagama prakaraNa kaarika part. 
Hari Om!
The Advaita vedanta says that the 'Atman"or "Brahman"is devoid of "svagata bheda"(Panchadashi)and "Vigata bheda".Further,in the Vyavaharika state,in the phenomenon state. the "Jiva'and the "jagat"disappears at the "Paramarthika",in the noumemon. stateThe Upanishath says,"Ekamevadvitiyam".There are no divisions in the "Paramarthika". state.
The Gaudapada karika-I.16 ,"Anadi Mayaya supto yada jivah prabudhyate"is quoted by Ramanuja in his Sri Bhashya in his siddhanta(Refer sriBhashya).

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