[Advaita-l] [advaitin] 'Dvaita accepts body-adhyasa'
v.subrahmanian at gmail.com
Fri Oct 15 03:57:27 EDT 2021
On Thu, Oct 14, 2021 at 10:11 PM Vinodh <vinodh.iitm at gmail.com> wrote:
> Kindly pardon any ignorance on my part, but I thought that body-adhyasa
> was always accepted by Dvaita? In other words, I assumed that Dvaitins hold
> that the Jivaatma which is chaitanya-svaroopa (nature of consciousness or
> sentient) is falsely imagining itself to be the body which is jada
> (insentient). This is, in my limited understanding, similar to the view
> of the Samkhya philosophy where the (multiple) Purushas which are sentient
> experience the Prakriti which is insentient (and makes up 24 tattvas
> including the five panchabhootas of which the body is made) while not
> realizing the difference between Purusha and Prakriti.
> It is my understanding that the main difference of Advaita to these
> philosophies is not the body-adhyasa but rather the Jiva-Brahma-aikyam
> (one-ness of the Jiva and Brahman).
> So this post makes me wonder if there anything new (or surprising) about
> Dvaitins accepting body-adhyasa.
That all aastika schools hold the Atma to be distinct from the body-mind
complex is well known. The purpose of mentioning this with reference to
Dvaita is that the consequence of the error (of taking the body to be the
self) is, as explained by the Adhyasa Bhashya, all pramana-prameya
vyavahara, both laukika and shaastriya, up to moksha, will have to be
bracketed as happening in the realm of avidya. This default, bold
observation by Shankaracharya is unacceptable to all the others. The
status of the body-mind that is wrongly seen as the self, is also in
danger: avidya kalpita. It falls in the category of anirvachaniya since
it can't be satyam as it is sublated upon right knowledge and it can't be
asat like the gagana kusuma since it is experienced. Such a category is
anathema to all others. So, merely holding the idea that the
body-identification is an error is not enough and one will have to go
further to accept the consequences too.
> Please do correct me if any of my above understanding is incorrect. 🙏
> On Thu 14. Oct 2021 at 21:36, V Subrahmanian <v.subrahmanian at gmail.com>
>> Here is an updated article on the above topic. New evidences are added
>> including a short video clip of the late Pejawar Swamiji on taking the body
>> as the self is bhrama, mithyaajnana:
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