[Advaita-l] ***UNCHECKED*** The five pUrva pakshis of vaitathya prakaraNa

Venkatraghavan S agnimile at gmail.com
Sat Nov 5 07:10:25 CDT 2016

Namaste Sri Ravi Kiran,

Yes, I think the portions that you highlighted below are relevant to the
discussion because the presence of duality in its kAraNa or potential form
in deep sleep has been quite clearly described, especially in the bhAshya
to 3.34 यस्मात्सुषुप्ते... अविद्यामोहतमोग्रस्तस्य

However just to clarify, and you may have picked up on this already - I am
not saying that it is because of prAjna's association with *ignorance* that
it's view of reality cannot be accepted. It is because any participant in a
system is only able to vouch for what he experiences in the system. He will
say what he sees is true and what he does not see is false. So without
shruti, each of prAjna, taijasA and vishvA are only able to say that their
prapancha is real and the other two are false. Whereas what mANDUkya is
saying is that all three prapanchas are mithyA.

In order to objectively describe something, the one describing that thing
has to be outside it. That is why turIya, who is not associated with either
the jAgrat, svapna or kAraNa prapanchas and sharIras can objectify them,
and because he is able to do so, they are all mithyA. दृश्यत्वात्

Further it is only the seer of all prapanchas that is true. So actually the
pAdas are not four, there is only one pAda - turIya. That is why in mantra
7, turIya is called चतुर्थं "मन्यन्ते" - it is "considered as" fourth - it
is not really the fourth.


On 4 Nov 2016 12:54 p.m., "Ravi Kiran" <ravikiranm108 at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 4:11 PM, Venkatraghavan S <agnimile at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Namaste Sri Ravi Kiran,
>> Because prAjna is still associated with kAraNa sharIra, and therefore
>> part of kAraNa prapancha. Only from turIya's perspective, which is
>> completely disassociated from all sharIras, can the judgment be made.
> True, I see this aspect further explored in kArika 3.34 to 36 and the
> relevant bhAshya / tIka.
>> Regards,
>> Venkatraghavan
>> On Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 9:34 AM, Ravi Kiran <ravikiranm108 at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> Namaste Sri Venkatraghavan
>>> Therefore any judgment made by either the waker or dreamer
>>> observer cannot be taken as absolutely true. Hence, Vedanta says that
>>> the judgment of
>>> reality by vishvA or taijasA or prAjna is not acceptable.
>>> >> could follow vishvA or taijasA part, in the above line of argument,
>>> but, why prAjna is unacceptable above?
>>> Thanks
>>> On Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 12:58 AM, Venkatraghavan S via Advaita-l <
>>> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
>>>> Please find below a link discussing the five pUrva pakshis appearing in
>>>> the
>>>> vaitathya prakaraNa.
>>>> https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/46044985/Five%20pUrva%20
>>>> pakshis%20of%20vaitathya%20prakaraNa.pdf
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Venkatraghavan
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