[Advaita-l] Perception in lightning

Praveen R. Bhat bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Tue May 11 00:55:55 EDT 2021

Namaste Venkatji,

On Tue, May 11, 2021 at 8:30 AM Venkatraghavan S via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Having thought about it, this wouldn't work for the reason that the mind
> cannot be expected to go to the object which had ceased to exist millions
> of years ago.
The mind "travels" faster than anything known. Yogis can get siddhis to
travel across space and time as well using the same mind.

> Therefore, it would appear that the simpler explanation is to say that the
> mind + sense organs do not travel to the object at all. They must be, as
> science says, reacting to light and sound presented to them at the location
> of the subject.
> One will have to redo the vedAnta paribhASha. Perhaps some enterprising
> soul can make the attempt!

I'm surprised at this solution as the effect is not limited only to VP! It
is better to explain that indrIyas and manas work in an inexplicable way or
that the mind is already at the viShaya, sarvasya kalpitatvAt.

--Praveen R. Bhat
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