[Advaita-l] Significance of Mula Avidya

Venkatesh Murthy vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 26 12:10:58 EDT 2017


IMHO Mula Avidya is necessary for us to explain Creation of the World.
Brahman cannot be Upaadaana for Jagat. If Brahman is Material Cause
Jagat will become Satya like Brahman. Therefore we say Jagat's Material
Cause is the Positive Mula Avidya. It has to be Positive because Jagat is
positive. If it is only Absence or Negative - some positive thing like
Jagat cannot come out of that pure Absence.

On Thu, Oct 26, 2017 at 8:32 PM, Aditya Kumar via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Namaste,
> I want to understand the significance of Mula Avidya in Shankara's
> Vedanta. It seems to me that Mula Avidya is the main distinguishing factor
> between Vijnanavada Buddhism and Vedanta. Is this Mula Avidya also the
> reason why we have vyavaharika and paramarthika satyas?
> I haven't fully studied SSS views on it. Hence I am keen to know if there
> are any implications if we consider Mula Avidya to be positive in nature or
> otherwise.
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