[Advaita-l] Negating the Five Differences, 'Pancha Bheda-s'

V Subrahmanian v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Wed Apr 24 03:01:03 EDT 2019

On Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 11:54 AM Bhaskar YR <bhaskar.yr at in.abb.com> wrote:

> praNAms Sri Subbu prabhuji
> Hare Krishna
> Yes, I have not read that article.  If my understanding is right, paNcha
> bedha-s as propagated by sri Ananda teertha through tattvavAda in the name
> of vedAnta,  was not existed at the time of shankara hence he has not taken
> ‘this type of bedha-s’ by vedAntins for refutation in prasthAna traya
> bhAshya while dealing with the dvaitins.  All vedAntins at the time of
> shankara were Atmaikatva vAdins though bedha accepted at certain levels.
> Anyway thanks for your clarification.

Bhaskar ji,

In this Brahma sutra bhashya, while countering the purvapakshi's example -
if a drop of water is put in a reservoir, we cannot take 'that' drop out.
In the same way when jivas enter sushupti/pralaya, and become one with the
Supreme, that same jiva does not come out - Shankara argues for jiva-jiva

Yet, as you know, he does not accept this as the paramarthika position.
Similarly jiva-jaDa bheda in vyavahara is admitted but 'aitadatmyamidam
sarvam tat satyam tat atma tat tvam asi...' we have the karya  kaarana
ananyatva. Here jaDa-jaDa bheda too is negated. Naturally, the jaDa-Ishwara
bheda too gets negated. 'idam sarvam yat ayam atma', 'atmaivedam /
brahmaivedam sarvam' shruti-s negate jaDa-jaDa, jaDa-jiva, etc. bhedas.


> Hari Hari Hari Bol!!!
> Bhaskar

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