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

vaidehi chaitanya vaidehi.chaitanya at gmail.com
Wed Jan 25 01:52:26 CST 2012

Hari Om

I understand in the following way.

The explanation about the advaita is made from the realm of  two levels of
realtiy or satta
a)  the vyavaharika satta ot transactional reality level wherein avidya -
maya or reflection theory or limitation theroies are used to indicate the
b) in paramarthika satta level or the absolute reality level no examples or
propositions or logic needs to be used. A statement is made or several
statements are made about the same Absolute.

Hence, it is important to see from which level of reality or satta we wish
to understand/ Understand. hence, the answer to the question is

from the paramarthika satta avidya - maya or theories are not required
from vyavharika satta these are required to refer to the Absolute truth.

Salutations to the Absolute seen through this mail  ( even this is
Vyavaharika Satta)

Hari Om

Vaidehi chaitanya

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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