[Advaita-l] Understanding Reality in the Vision of Advaita Vedanta

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 22 00:32:10 CDT 2016


I heard some Buddhist theory has accepted Dependent Arising. All
things in the world are dependent on something. There is no
independent thing.

But in Advaita a Mithya Vastu is accepted as Illusion only. It is like
a snake illusion of rope. This is the correct meaning of Mithyaatva.
Advaita is not saying dependent reality is Mithya.

Probably we can say Dvaitis borrowed the dependent reality idea from
Buddhists. They converted the sentence Nothing is independent reality
in the world to Everything in the world is dependent reality and God
alone is Independent reality.

On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 10:50 PM, Venkatesh Murthy <vmurthy36 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Namaste
> It is a good article. I did not understand why you say Mithya means
> dependent reality. Take a dog. The dog's tail is depending on the dog.
> Without dog there is no dog's tail. But there can be a dog with tail
> cut off. I heard some Tantric practitioners cut a dog's tail and use
> it for strange practices. Near my home there is a street dog. Someone
> has recently cut its tail and took it.  It is independently used. But
> can we say dog's tail is Mithya compared to dog when it is attached to
> dog? No. It is not less real than dog.
> On Thu, Jul 21, 2016 at 7:13 PM, Wolfgang P via Advaita-l
> <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
>> Dear friends,
>> the following article explains the vedAntic categories satyam, asat and
>> mithyA. The article is titled "Understanding Reality in the Vision of
>> Advaita Vedanta".
>> I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
>> https://ia801507.us.archive.org/10/items/UnderstandingReality_201607/01_Understanding_Reality_en.pdf
>> Comments are welcome!
>> kind regards
>> Wolfgang P
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> -Venkatesh



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