[Advaita-l] Whether darkness is bhava - Vivarana Prameya Samgraha of Shri Vidyaranya
H S Chandramouli
hschandramouli at gmail.com
Fri Dec 27 09:25:47 EST 2019
Namaste Sudhanshu Ji,
Reg the question you had posed to me at the following reference
Which I am copying below
<< What is the pramana for the following?
Darkness is not bhAva, it is bhAvarUpa. It is not a vastu to be termed
bhAva. But since it conceals bhAvAs, it is termed bhAvarUpa.
Chitsukhi clearly articulates darkness as द्रव्यान्तर. I quote --
"तमालश्यामलज्ञाने निर्बाधे जाग्रति स्फुटे। द्रव्यान्तर तमः कस्मात् अकस्मात्
अपलप्यते।।" It goes on to prove darkness as द्रव्यान्तर through various
I recently came across the following in Sidhanta Bindu of Sri Madhusudhana
<< एवमविध्यात एवान्धकारोपि भावरॄप एवावरणात्मा चाक्षुषज्ञानविरोधी
आलोकनाश्यश्च झटिति महाविध्युदादिवदाविर्भवति तिरोभवति चेति सिद्धान्तः ॥ >>
<< evamavidhyAta evAndhakAropi bhAvarRRIpa evAvaraNAtmA
chAkShuShaj~nAnavirodhI AlokanAshyashcha jhaTiti
mahAvidhyudAdivadAvirbhavati tirobhavati cheti siddhAntaH || >>
Sri MS uses the word अन्धकार (andhakAra) itself meaning darkness instead of
the word tamas which could have different meanings depending upon context.
I am not sure if this meets with your requirement. If not please ignore
this post. I am not trying to reopen the debate. Only responding to your
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