[Advaita-l] Defintion of anubhava

Venkatraghavan S agnimile at gmail.com
Tue Jul 4 08:24:02 EDT 2017

Namaste Praveen ji,

Sometime ago in this list, there was an email exchange that I participated
which I think deals with the point you have raised. Perhaps it is of



On Tue, Jul 4, 2017 at 9:38 AM, Praveen R. Bhat via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste,
> I hear a lot of refutation of the word अनुभव by translating it as
> 'experience' first and then beating it up by saying that ब्रह्मज्ञान is not
> experential.
> However, when Bhashyakara himself uses the word अनुभव, he means
> अपरोक्षज्ञानम् variously called as अपरोक्षानुभूतिः (using the suffix क्तिन्
> instead of अप् with the same भावे व्युत्पत्ति), साक्षात्कारः, or even
> प्रत्यक्ष। That being the case, could someone confirm as to what exactly is
> the definition of अनूभव in orthodox Advaita Vedanta? To me, it appears that
> we agree with the Nyaya definition of अनुभव as स्मृतिभिन्नज्ञानम् अनुभवः।
> If we disagree, what is the definition?
> I'm not particularly interested in what it translates into English, since
> it seems to be that the connotation of the word अनुभव is unfortunately
> reverse-engineered from its English translation 'experience'.
> ​Thanks much
> ,
> --Praveen R. Bhat
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