[Advaita-l] Is the concept of maya essential to explain advaita?

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 20 04:50:06 CST 2012


Maya is not necessary to explain Advaita. We can say Brahma Satya
Jagad Brahmaiva Jeevo Brahmaiva instead of Jagan Mithya. Everything is
Brahman only.

Another Professor from USA Anantanand Rambachan-
'He insists that for the great teacher Sankara, all that exists is
non-different from Brahman, which emits the world much as a spider
spins out its web.Rambachan argues that the principle of Maya as a
secondary creative principle and the source of illusion is an
unnecessary later accretion that merely contributes to the erroneous
idea that knowing the one devalues the many. For him the world has
value as the celebrative expression or overflow of Brahman's
undiminishing limitlessness.' - Dualities: A Theology of Difference
Page 58.

On Fri, Jan 20, 2012 at 1:13 PM, Rajaram Venkataramani
<rajaramvenk at gmail.com> wrote:
> Shri R Balasubramanian, Former Chairman, Indian Council of
> Philosophical Reasearch, observes in his foreword to The sruti sAra
> samuddharana of Sri Totakacharya, "Though the concept of maya-avidya
> is important in Advaita, there is no reference to it in the text. Nor
> is there any discussion about the the tenability of the reflection
> theory or of the limitation theory. The reason for this is that it is
> quite possible to explain the central thesis of Advaita without
> bringing in the concept of maya-avidya and getting into complicated
> arguments about these theories for the purpose of explaining the
> relation between the jiva and Brahman." Hence my question stated in
> the title of this post.
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