[Advaita-l] Partlessness of Brahman and Maya

Praveen R. Bhat bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Tue Jun 18 22:51:24 EDT 2019

Namaste Chandramouliji,

On Tue, Jun 18, 2019 at 10:07 PM H S Chandramouli via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Please see last sentence of Bhashya on Mandukya 3-3, copied here
> << यदा मन्दबुद्धिप्रतिपिपादयिषया श्रुत्या आत्मनो जातिरुच्यते जीवादीनाम् ,
> तदा जातावुपगम्यमानायाम् एतत् निदर्शनं दृष्टान्तः यथोदिताकाशवदित्यादिः ॥ >>
> << yadA mandabuddhipratipipAdayiShayA shrutyA Atmano jAtiruchyate jIvAdInAm
> , tadA jAtAvupagamyamAnAyAm etat nidarshanaM dRRiShTAntaH
> yathoditAkAshavadityAdiH || >>,
> Illustration of AkAsha is not to be taken literally as Sidhanta. It is
> meant to explain easily to mandabudhis. It applies to all other instances
> where the same technique is adopted in respect of AkAsha as representing
> Brahman. Otherwise AkAsha has to be taken as nitya which is also stated in
> the Mandukya Bhashya on 4-99 cited by you.

Very well quoted. Whenever in the context of A (anything), E (example) is
brought in as an example, to establish B (brahman, although nirguNa) via
guNa of E, the guNas of B and E are not exactly same. It is just that guNa
of B is contrasted with guNa of A via that of E, since E is well-known
(like A, unlike B) and easily contrasted with A. AkAshavat niravayaH,
AkAshavat sUkShmaH, AkAshavat ekaH, kUTavat nityaH, etc, are so, as
niravayavatva, saukShmya, aikya and nityatva of brahma is not the same as
of those in the examples.

Kind rgds,
--Praveen R. Bhat
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