[Advaita-l] Difference between AkAsha and AvakAsha

Praveen R. Bhat bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Tue Jun 18 05:09:36 EDT 2019

Namaste Sudhanshuji,

On Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 2:23 PM Sudhanshu Shekhar via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Kindly share your views on difference between AkAsha and AvakAsha.
> Taittiriya 2.1.1 लक्षणं तु सर्वत एव, यथा अवकाशप्रदात्राकाशमिति
> Taittiriya 2.1.1 आकाशो नाम शब्दगुणः अवकाशकरो मूर्तद्रव्याणाम्
> These verses show AkAsha as avakAsha-pradAtrA or avakAsha-kara. Certainly A
> cannot be A-pradAtra. A has to be ~A-pradAtrA otherwise the usage will be
> meaningless as agni is vahni-pradAtrA.

I am not sure I understand your question/ objection as AkAsha and avakAsha
have different meanings as space and occasion/ opportunity, respectively.
avakAshapradAtA AkAshaH means that AkAsha is that which provides an
occasion/ opportunity for everything else, meaning it becomes an adhikaraNa
(so to say) for everything else to manifest. That is why AkAsha is the
first to manifest.

Kind rgds,
--Praveen R. Bhat
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