[Advaita-l] 'iti' in the vAcArambhaNa shruti

Venkatraghavan S agnimile at gmail.com
Tue Feb 13 10:06:03 EST 2018

Thank you. Please do share your findings from the tIkAs.


On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 1:10 PM, Praveen R. Bhat <bhatpraveen at gmail.com>

>> ​Thanks Venkatraghavanji,​
> On Tue, Feb 13, 2018 at 6:33 PM, Venkatraghavan S <agnimile at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Thanks Praveenji. Good spot, but the author of the work is deliberately
>> invoking the shell and the rope-snake to make a subtle point.
>> By actually comparing a real entity from one illustration (shell from the
>> shell-silver example) with an unreal entity from another illustration (rope
>> snake from the rope-snake example), he/she wishes to demonstrate that even
>> if only one of the two is real, without kArya kAraNa ananyatvam, eka
>> vijnAnena sarva vijnAnam is not possible. That is, as the rope snake is
>> fundamentally different from the shell, it is not possible to know the
>> former, just by knowing the latter.
> It "clicked" in my mind when I clicked send! :-) Apologies. Indeed, its an
> interesting subtlety.
> I want to see if I see anything more in TIkAs. I have one reason why
> Bhashyakara drops iti, but thats my DSV perspective and since this very
> Shruti is quoted by Bhashyakara in vaitathyaprakaraNa for jagat being a
> mere kalpanA.
> ​gurupAdukAbhyAm
> ,
> --Praveen R. Bhat
> /* येनेदं सर्वं विजानाति, तं केन विजानीयात्। Through what should one know
> That owing to which all this is known! [Br.Up. 4.5.15] */

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